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Engineering Update 72: 3D-printed Army chow

August 21, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of burnt cardboard could tell you that the Army isn’t known for its fine culinary selections. While troops can eat surprisingly well in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, the military subsists on odious chow hall food or the infamous Meals Ready to Eat (or MREs)....

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DC/DC converters feature typical efficiency of 86%

August 22, 2014 9:15 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The FWA15S and FWA15D series from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA) of regulated 15W single & dual DC/DC converters feature industry standard pinout in a standard 2" x 1" metal package with a minimum isolation voltage of 2000Vdc, maximum efficiency of 86%....

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Engineering Newswire: Giant darts probe Mars for signs of life

August 22, 2014 8:46 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

There is a new Indiegogo campaign, and it’s mission: To find life on Mars. Explore Mars, Inc. believes that in order to find life on mars, we must look deep beneath the surface instead of just scratching it like we have been with rover bots and cameras....

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Part 1, Screaming Circuits and the Maker community

August 22, 2014 8:36 am | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Can Screaming Circuits, a full-service assembly provider, compete with a “no-frills” assembly house? Upon first thought, it might seem like like Screaming Circuits, would be too expensive for anything but well-funded big-business and big-education. In reality, that may not at...

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USB pen scope displays signals from 5mV to 50V

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the new Owon RDS1021 Wave Rambler — a new, USB pen scope that packs the features of a high-performance bench top oscilloscope in a small, lightweight and ergonomic probe that fits perfectly in the hand....

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ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors

August 21, 2014 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism....

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New CloudLab will help researchers test new cloud architectures

August 21, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer systems engineers Michael Zink and David Irwin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a three-year, $390,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help create a new instrument for the national research community known as a "cloud laboratory"....

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

August 21, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. The study, which was reported online ...

Ozone-depleting compound persists, NASA research shows

August 21, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide. Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning....

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Cirrus Logic completes acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics

August 21, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Cirrus Logic, Inc. today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and end-to-end signal processing solutions....

University of Cincinnati adds 50 new faculty members to engineering department

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by University of Cincinnati | Blogs | Comments

 University of Cincinnati Provost Beverly Davenport has made it her mission to propel the university along its path of growth and expansion, stated earlier by UC President Santa Ono. As UC approaches its bicentennial, Davenport has geared up with plans to enter the next phase of UC with a clear vision through the Third Century initiative.

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DC/DC controller draws only 50µA in standby

August 21, 2014 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC3807, a low quiescent current synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 50µA in standby mode with the output voltage in regulation. The 4V to 38V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients....

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Five impacts of Chinese telecom carriers decision to cut subsidies

August 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

China Mobile, the country’s biggest telecom carrier, recently announced that it would cut subsidies for smartphone purchases, driven by a directive from the Chinese government to telecom carriers to cut their management and marketing expenses by 20% over the next three years....

Tropical Storm Karina looks like a giant 'number 9' from space

August 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Despite being the eleventh tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Season, Karina looked like a giant number nine from NASA's Aqua satellite. Tropical Storm Karina was weakening on August 20 when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead....

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Conclusive evidence on role of circulating mesenchymal stem cells in organ injury

August 21, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are present in virtually every type of human tissue and may help in organ regeneration after injury. But the theory that MSCs are released from the bone marrow into the blood stream following organ damage, and migrate to the site of injury, has long been debated....

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Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order....

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