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China launches experimental moon orbiter

October 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft ...

California startup unveils gun technology for cops

October 24, 2014 8:49 am | by HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired....

Evaluating powerful batteries for modular grid energy storage

October 24, 2014 8:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, N.M. Project lead David Rosewater said Sandia will evaluate....

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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 ...

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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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The thrill and challenge of aerial photography

October 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

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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....

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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....

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+....

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