News Briefs (Jan. 24, 2006)
Qucor Pty. Ltd. and the University of Melbourne have formed a joint venture to commercialize diamond-encrusted single photon sources, which are crucial components of quantum cryptography devices. The group was awarded $2.5 million from the Australian government as part of the University of Melbourne-led Quantum Communications Victoria Industry Development Initiative (QCV-IDI). It will work to design communication devices capable of producing and using single photons for storing and transferring vast amounts of information with impenetrable encryption. MagiQ is a private New York-based company with R&D laboratories in Somerville, Mass. Qucor is a startup company that is developing pathway technologies from quantum computing research undertaken in Australia; it is backed by Australia's Centre for Quantum Computer Technology at the University of New South Wales. . . . The Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" show cohosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, kicked off SolidWorks World 2006, the annual conference of CAD software maker SolidWorks Corp. which is being held this week at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. In the "surprise" appearance to the 3500 SolidWorks users attending the event, the two used SolidWorks to model an exotic-fueled rocket for the show's upcoming fourth season and used SolidWorks' COSMOSWorks analysis software to analyze structural issues that affected its dramatic flight. They also revealed an M5 prototype of a new stadium camera called WaveCam and described how COSMOSMotion analysis software optimized its design by reducing weight and calculating motor requirements. The duo said they use the software programs behind the scenes to analyze the problematic situations they investigate. "SolidWorks and COSMOS put some serious engineering chops at our fingertips, and someday they are going to keep us from kissing our butts goodbye," said Hyneman.
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