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Photos of the Day: The A-10 Thunderbolt II

September 18, 2014 | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proponents of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been trying, for years, to retire the A-10 “Warthog” and replace it with the former. The A-10 excels at close-air support, and critics worry that a “Swiss Army Knife” like the F-35 — a jack of all trades....

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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

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Multifunctional relay can implement up to three safety functions in one device

September 18, 2014 10:34 am | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

The PSR-MXF multifunctional safety relay is the newest addition to the Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) PSR safety relay line. This relay can help small and medium machine builders reduce cost and save space. The PSR-MXF accepts up to three....

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System-in-package (SiP) suits precision-sensing in portable medical devices

September 18, 2014 10:30 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors and …

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Webinar: Evolving Your Product Development Practices for the Internet of Things

September 18, 2014 10:02 am | Events

Whether in cars, medical devices, industrial automation, or seemingly simple household items like smoke alarms, software is becoming the key differentiator for physical products. When done right, these smart connected products command premium pricing....

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Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

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Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches ...

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News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case

September 18, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp. ...

A tech fix for texting while driving

September 18, 2014 9:09 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By now, almost everybody with a cellphone and a car knows that it's a bad idea to text while you're driving. But people still do it, and some of those people die in text-related car crashes and take innocent victims with them. What if technology existed....

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Explosion-proof LED work light intended for low-voltage operation

September 17, 2014 5:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-PM-150LED-24V-100 explosion proof LED light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 rated. This portable LED light is mounted within an A-frame portable stand constructed from ...

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Multi-touch panel based on a film/film/glass structure

September 17, 2014 4:51 pm | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 10.4” PCAP display. Their new 10.4” PCAP line is based on a F/F/G structure (film/film/glass) — or the ability of using one film layer for the X axis and then another film for the Y axis....

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Car hacking: The security threat facing our vehicles

September 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. Professor Andry Rakotonirainy will speak at ...

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Reinterpreting dark matter

September 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In cosmology, cold dark matter is a form of matter the particles of which move slowly in comparison with light, and interact weakly with electromagnetic radiation. It is estimated that only a minute fraction of the matter in the Universe is baryonic matter....

Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life

September 17, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Just about everything we touch in the course of a day - car, phone, computer, fridge, detergent - even medicines, rely on the chemical industry to turn raw materials such as petroleum by-products, minerals and farm products into valuable chemicals....

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American-made wind turbine blades

September 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries ...

Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch

September 17, 2014 3:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion ...

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