Malta architect William Bondin has come up with a prototype sculpture that could turn public art into malleable, moving “organisms” that respond to their environment as they change shape and position. The scaffolding-like structures would use solar energy to power light and moisture sensors that would help guide the structures as they changed position — a concept that is both delightful and unnerving. Continue reading
The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has added more muscle to its supercomputer infrastructure for complex railway simulations. The organization, which focuses on research and development of railway-related science and technology, has deployed a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer, and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production.
The introduction of new materials, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and advanced computational models have changed the way designers and engineers go about their work. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Drexel University hope to develop new computational tools that combine computing, materials, and manufacturing advancements to better account for the complexity of new products that are manufactured in non-traditional ways using advanced materials.
Kudos go out to Ticona and Innegra Technologies, which have both been honored for their work in the composites sector.
Technology has certainly gotten faster and smarter, but the human brain remains the clear champ when it comes to raw performance. We’ve written before about attempts to simulate brain function electronically; now researchers at Boise State University have launched a project to build a new computing architecture that mimics the brain called “CIF: Small: Realizing Chip-scale Bio-inspired Spiking Neural Networks with Monolithically Integrated Nano-scale Memristors.” Continue reading