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How do you drive a lunar spacecraft?

July 31, 2015 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to drive a lunar spacecraft? If you have, it might be a little bit different that you have imagined.

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This is what the future of touchscreens looks like

July 31, 2015 3:44 pm | by Sri Peruvemba, Vice President, Cambrios Technologies Corp. | Articles | Comments

Flat and breakable are out. Flexible and durable are in. Every industry experiences it and its endemic in the tech sector. Dot matrix to laser printers, desktops to laptops and tablets in computers, discrete ICs to systems-on-a-chip.....

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Never lose a Sunday to laundry again

July 31, 2015 3:41 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Do your Sunday afternoons go to die at the laundromat? Washing clothes isn’t the bad part. It’s waiting for them to dry (and maybe the folding part). Not only do dryers eat up your free time, they’re also a huge energy drain. Well, pretty soon, you may be drying your clothes via vibrations, instead of heat...

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Input DC-DC converter series extended with additional output voltages

July 31, 2015 3:00 pm | by TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of an extension to the TDK-Lambda PH-A280 series of DC-DC power modules with high voltage DC input...

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1MHz-100MHz direct digital synthesized RF signal source

July 31, 2015 2:59 pm | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. announces the availability of the USB-stick-sized TDDS100-48 - a laboratory quality Direct Digital Synthesized RF signal source with a frequency range of 1Hz to 100MHz and a minimum of 0dBm output power that is available from its SMA female socket...

Environmental boots shields connectors from water, dirt, chemicals and UV

July 31, 2015 2:54 pm | by Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product® (APP), a leader in high power interconnect solutions, now offers Environmental Boots to protect their dual pole SB® 50, SB® 120 and SB® 175 connectors from water, dirt, chemicals and UV...

Want to take a panorama tour of the ISS?

July 31, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Ever wondered what it looks like inside the International Space Station? Well, space lovers, wonder no more. Now you can tour the ISS right from your couch, in all its gravity-defying glory...

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Compact DIN rail mountable AC/DC power supplies

July 31, 2015 2:46 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available now from MicroPower Direct, the MDR-240S and MDR-120S are compact DIN rail mountable AC/DC power supplies. They are an ideal choice for a wide variety of industrial applications, providing a compact form factor, easy DIN rail mounting capability, robust performance, long field reliability and low cost...

NASA's Spitzer confirms closest rocky exoplanet

July 31, 2015 2:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data...

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Bio-inspired robots jump on water

July 31, 2015 2:23 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

By studying how water striders jump on water, Je-Sung Koh and colleagues have created a robot that can successfully launch itself from the surface of water. As the team watched the water strider jump on water surfaces using high-speed cameras, they noticed that the long legs accelerate gradually, so that the water surface doesn't retreat too quickly and lose contact with the legs...

New tech signifies shift in assessing Army innovation

July 31, 2015 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Fort Bliss, Texas, is a hub for Army technological innovation. This fall, it will not just be the technology that is innovative; but also the event in which new technologies will be reviewed...

Hardware from nuclear weapons systems becomes teaching resource

July 31, 2015 2:16 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is preserving the history of nuclear weapons in hardware developed since the start of the nuclear era as a way to connect new generations of weapons engineers to the engineering work of past generations...

'Plasmonic' material could bring ultrafast all-optical communications

July 31, 2015 2:13 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created a new "plasmonic oxide material" that could make possible devices for optical communications that are at least 10 times faster than conventional technologies...

Shaping the hilly landscapes of a semi-conductor nanoworld

July 31, 2015 2:09 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Nanoscale worlds sometimes resemble macroscale roller-coaster style hills, placed at the tip of a series of hexagons. Surprisingly, these nanohills stem from the self-organisation of particles - the very particles that have been eroded and subsequently redeposited following the bombardment of semi-conductors with ion beams...

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Robotic insect mimics nature's extreme moves

July 31, 2015 2:08 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The concept of walking on water might sound supernatural, but in fact it is a quite natural phenomenon. Many small living creatures leverage water's surface tension to maneuver themselves around...

Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics

July 31, 2015 2:06 pm | News | Comments

New technology developed by bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, promises to make a workhorse lab tool cheaper, more portable and many times faster by accelerating the heating and cooling of genetic samples with the switch of a light...

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