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Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Technology
In the opening scene of Toy Story, released in 1995, a cluster of boxes is scattered across a child's bedroom. The sun streams into the room as a Mr Potato Head doll demands money from a seemingly stricken cast of plastic and plush toys outside a cardboard bank. Into the picture arrives the hero - a cowboy sheriff made of plastic and fabric with a pull-string to make him speak. The sheriff casts a shadow over the villainous potato who flees from the law. It's a scene plucked from a child's imagination. It was also the culmination of decades of development in computer animation. This year two of the men behind those advancements, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, are the recipients of the Turing Award. The award recognizes "lasting and...
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: GPS pioneers lauded

Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: GPS pioneers lauded

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device This year's £1m QE Engineering Prize has been won by four individuals who played key roles in developing GPS.The Americans Brad Parkinson, James Spilker Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz were all present at the London ceremony held to announce the honour. HRH The Princess Royal made the award.The Global Positioning System began as a military project but has since had a revolutionary impact on wider society, and now underpins hundreds of billions of dollars of economic activity.Dr Parkinson said it was an extraordinary honour to receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, but he was then quick to pay tribute to the many people who were involved in the innovation. "It is an awesome ...