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Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

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Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 23, 2014 4:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400, it was a pretty pricey piece of equipment...

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What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 23, 2014 4:30 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

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Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 23, 2014 3:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power generated during the 24 hours, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 percent. It's not a huge gain, but it's a significant one. So what happened? Well, the better question is probably how did wind power out do nuclear energy...

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Using hyperspectral imaging for balloon-borne platforms

October 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Narrowband or hyperspectral imaging is a valuable technique used in planetary science for characterizing surfaces and surrounding environments. For example, it can be used to spatially map molecular species of interest on the surface of a solid or icy body....

Tackling blindness, deafness through neuroengineering

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million....

How safe is 'safe' when using the internet as a communication channel?

October 23, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With information transfers taking place more commonly on the internet nowadays, via email or electronic payment systems like PayPal, the integrity of the internet as a secure means for communication has become an obsession that is very real....

Waste, an alternative source of energy to petroleum

October 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Martín Olazar, a UPV/EHU chemical engineer, has designed a fundamental process for producing alternatives to petroleum in sustainable refineries. As Olazar himself pointed out, one of the unavoidable conditions of the process is not to harm the environment....

Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage

October 23, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale. We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars—or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity....

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Intelligent materials that work in space

October 23, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Currently, when a satellite is launched into space, the movable parts are usually attached using fixed mechanisms that are require small pyrotechnical explosions to free them. This occurs in solar panels, for example, which have been deployed for decades this way....

Flame-retardant polyester films certified with VTM-0 flame rating

October 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Dupont Company | Product Releases | Comments

New flame-retardant films from DuPont Teijin Films (Hopewell, VA) promise to help design engineers in the electronics, transportation, construction, and label industries deliver high performance at low cost. The halogen-free, white Teijin Tetoron ...

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Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 23, 2014 11:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

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Hitaltech announce distribution agreement with Allied Electronics

October 23, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

The range of DIN Rail mounting enclosures now available to purchase via Allied Electronics includes the Railbox Standard and Railbox Compact, the Modulbox XTS B version as well as a DIN rail mounting enclosure produced specifically to house the Raspberry Pi B+....

Systems on chip deliver optimized infotainment and display audio

October 23, 2014 9:02 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is enhancing the driving experience with robust new solutions for the integrated car cockpit. As the newest member of Renesas Electronics’ state-of-the-art R-Car Series for automotive, the R-Car ...

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Projected capacitive sensors pass mil/aero EMI/RFI requirements

October 23, 2014 8:53 am | Touch International | Product Releases | Comments

Touch International (Austin, TX) confirmed that their latest MulTI-Touch line of high-performance projected capacitive sensors passes military and aerospace EMI/RFI requirements. This will have huge benefits for engineers looking to integrate....

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Research tool captures information with ultrafast data collection

October 23, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When studying extremely fast reactions in ultrathin materials, two measurements are better than one. A new research tool invented by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute ...

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