Programming MIT spinout Akselos has developed novel software, based on years of research at the Institute, which uses precalculated supercomputer data for structural components — like simulated “Legos” — to solve FEA models in seconds. A simulation that could take hours with conventional FEA software, for instance, could be done in seconds with Akselos’ platform. Hundreds of engineers in the mining, power-generation, and oil and gas industries are now using Akselos software. The startup is also providing software for an MITx course on structural engineering.With its technology, Akselos aims to make 3-D simulations more accessible worldwide to promote efficient engineering design, says David Knezevic, Akselos’ chief technology officer, who co-founded the startup with former MIT postdoc Phuong Huynh and alumnus Thomas Leurent SM’ 01.“We’re trying to unlock the value of simulation software, since for many engineers current … [Read more...] about Simulation Software Drastically Increases Speed of 3-D Engineering Simulations
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Informatics “It was a fantastic year that brought us even closer to Mars,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Our space program welcomed advances from commercial partners who will soon launch astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station, and progress on new technologies and missions to take us into deep space, improve aviation and explore our universe and home planet.”Solar system and beyondNASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to unravel the mysteries of our universe. After a decade-long journey, the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft completed a historic flyby of Pluto in July, making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. New Horizons captured never-before-seen views of the distant dwarf planet and its moons, and collected data that will keep scientists busy for years to come, returning the data and images to Earth using NASA’s Space Network.NASA’s Dawn spacecraft made … [Read more...] about NASA Reports a Fantastic Year
F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives. Would he have changed his mind if The Great Gatsby had received the 3-D IMAX treatment -- with Jay Gatsby as an alien bootlegger and Nick Carraway as avenging Ivy League superhero?After burning bright and flaming out fast in the 1950s, "3-D: The Sequel" is now enjoying a surprising encore in the American film industry, thanks to the dazzling commercial and critical success of James Cameron's "Avatar." As they say in the movie business, this new technology trend has legs: "Alice in Wonderland," "Clash of the Titans" and "How to Train Your Dragon" have all done well at the box office in their 3-D versions, and the summer blockbuster crop includes "Shrek Forever After," "The Last Airbender," "Step Up 3-D" and "Halloween 3-D."Yet Cameron's Oscar-nominated film is one of the few movies to appear on screens in the last six months that left the storyboard stage designed to be shot in 3-D. A few more 3-D-shot films are on the … [Read more...] about Will Post-Production Kill the 3-D Movie Star?
Location-based mobile and Web services are increasingly delivering value and gaining adherents as service providers devote greater time and resources to developing them further.For example, Sprint's Xohm wireless broadband unit is working with a group of leading mobile Web application development companies to develop a set of personalized "geobrowsing" services that will make their debut along with the introduction of their metro WiMax networks later this year.Sprint's not the only carrier looking to blaze a trail in mobile and Web location-based services, however. Alltel, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile and others are all investing in application development and increasingly looking to leverage partnerships with leading application service developers in doing so.Boston-based uLocate Communications is the lead partner of a group of independent application developers working with Sprint to assemble an initial set of "geobrowsing" and widget-driven WiMax Web services custom … [Read more...] about In the Wireless World, 3 Things Matter: Location, Location, Location
Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly how it is that you can smell popcorn a mile away and instantly identify it? It is a split-second combination of a specific olfactory receptor in your nose smelling the buttered popcorn chemical, called diacetyl, which causes the nervous system to activate a cell that travels a pre-determined pathway directly to your brain.In the early 1990s, we didn’t know this was the case. In fact, we didn’t even understand the molecular under-pinnings of most of the human senses. That is, until neuroscientist Cornelia “Cori” Bargmann, Ph.D., mapped out the pre-determined pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans as one of her fi rst big breakthroughs in neurobiology.Nowadays, Bargmann is the president of science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a brandnew philanthropic organization that brings together world-class scientists from all disciplines, with the goal to provide scientists with the tools they need to make this world a better … [Read more...] about Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann Named 2017 Scientist of the Year