Wednesday, August 17, 2005

SOARING SILENTLY

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From the BBC

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The design of all things has changed radically since people began to use computer design programs more and more extensively. It shows up in car, aircraft, architecture, all over the place. The ability to configure physical materials has been greatly extended thanks to the increase in mental powers via computer programs. Bending, twisting, aerodynamism all have made giant leaps thanks to computers. Before, one had to imagine what effects wind or water would have on an object, build a model and then test it in wind tunnels or water tanks.

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