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UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 1, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

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A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

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Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

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Natick's cognitive science research helps steer Soldiers in the right direction

October 2, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

When the going gets tough, Dr. Tad Brunyé wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Brunyé is investigating spatial and non-spatial influences on Soldier navigation choices....

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All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

October 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has shown that standard ...

Novel approach to magnetic measurements atom-by-atom

October 1, 2014 5:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties....

Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal

October 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions....

Louisiana Tech University, CSC develop curriculum to support high-tech workforce needs

October 1, 2014 5:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Faculty from Louisiana Tech University's cyber engineering, computer science, and computer information systems programs, and research and development group hosted over 30 executives from CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT, last week....

Stressed out: Research sheds new light on why rechargeable batteries fail

October 1, 2014 5:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pity the poor lithium ion. Drawn relentlessly by its electrical charge, it surges from anode to cathode and back again, shouldering its way through an elaborate molecular obstacle course. This journey is essential to powering everything from cell phones....

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New absorber will lead to better biosensors

October 1, 2014 5:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biological sensors, or biosensors, are like technological canaries in the coalmine. By converting a biological response into an optical or electrical signal, they can alert us to dangers in our external and internal environments. They can sense toxic chemicals....

New frontier in error-correcting codes

October 1, 2014 5:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences that engineers call "noise"....

Solving the mystery of the 'man in the moon'

October 1, 2014 5:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New data obtained by NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon — a giant basin often referred to as the "man in the moon" — likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume....

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

October 1, 2014 4:41 pm | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5....

Novel porous silicon microfabrication technique increases sensing ability

October 1, 2014 4:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a novel method for improving silicon-based sensors used to detect biochemicals and other molecules in liquids. The simplified approach produces micro-scale optical detection devices....

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GaN-on-Silicon LED Lamp achieves IES recognition

October 1, 2014 4:15 pm | Lattice | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Power (Palo Alto, CA) announced that its new PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. The company’s new proprietary GaN-on-Silicon LED ...

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Power supply series includes constant voltage and constant current modes

October 1, 2014 4:03 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced its latest multi-range DC power supply, the model 9111, expanding its 9110 multi-range supply offering. With constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, the 9111 automatically recalculates voltage....

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