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SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature 'Buster' the dummy

May 1, 2015 2:34 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida....

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Inked and irked: Apple Watch users report tattoo problems

May 1, 2015 2:30 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist. Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter, complaining that they ...

Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Software Design

May 1, 2015 2:07 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Without software, we’d still be sketching on napkins and hunched over our draft boards. This category serves to reward any new design engineering software or new feature added to existing software in 2014. Product categories include, but are not limited to ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Sensors

May 1, 2015 2:01 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Our increasingly automated world makes sensors a prime category for innovation. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category include, but are not limited to: sensors, MEMS, accelerometers, gyroscopes/position sensors ...

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Bourns’ FLAT Gas Discharge Tube named as 2015 ECN Impact Award Finalist

May 1, 2015 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Bourns, Inc. announced that its FLAT Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology has been named a finalist for a 2015 ECN IMPACT Award in the “passive components and discrete” category. Compared to a Bournssurface mount 8 mm GDT ...

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SMD dual antenna includes both inertial navigation and GPS-compassing capabilities

May 1, 2015 12:58 pm | VectorNav Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

VectorNav Technologies introduced a surface mount version of its market- leading VN-300 Dual Antenna GPS-aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS). The VN-300 surface mount device (SMD) is a miniature MEMS-based inertial navigation module that includes both inertial navigation and GPS- compassing capabilities....

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2.4" TFT transmissive display includes operating temperature of -20 to 70ºC

May 1, 2015 11:56 am | by Microtips Technology | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is excited to announce their small 2.4" TFT transmissive display, normal white, with a operating temperature of -20-70ºC and a storage temperature of -30 ~ 80 degrees Celsius. They also have a bountiful of small-size displays, 1.44 etc. They complete many customizations ...

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IU researcher looks to Internet as new frontier in collecting data on the mind

May 1, 2015 10:54 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

With Apple's launch of new health tracking tools for the iPhone and medical researchers' forays into Facebook to recruit clinical trial volunteers, Web and mobile apps are increasingly seen as a new source for health data. But psychologists are also looking to the Internet as ...

Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster

May 1, 2015 10:51 am | by Princeton University | News | Comments

During the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east, according to Princeton University researchers who came to one overall conclusion ...

Online voting a step closer thanks to breakthrough in security technology

May 1, 2015 10:49 am | by University of Birmingham | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a technique to allow people to cast their election vote online - even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses. Taking inspiration from the security devices issued by ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: RF Amplifiers

May 1, 2015 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Amplifiers are important in wireless communications for increasing the voltage, current, or power of a signal. They accept a varying input signal and produce an output signal that varies the same way, but with larger amplitude.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Passive Components & Discrete Semiconductors

May 1, 2015 10:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Passive components don’t require external power to function, but they play a powerful role in today’s electronics by performing a variety of tasks. Resistors, capacitors, coils, inductors and filters are just some of the product types this category aims to honor.

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High-tech 'Smart Care' apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

May 1, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to ...

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Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

May 1, 2015 9:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and ...

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