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Multiple Instrument Station offers all-in-one testing tool one compact module,

July 31, 2015 8:56 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the ABI Electronics’ Multiple Instrument Station MIS4, an all-in-one testing tool that provides all commonly required test instruments in one compact programmable hardware module, mounted in a compact case or installed in a PC drive bay...

The world’s most powerful laser

July 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Do you remember watching Death Star blow up Alderaan in Star wars? If you don’t, refresh your memory below. If you do, watch it again anyway. This mind-blowing sci-fi explosion may soon be a science reality...

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How to look for a few good catalysts

July 30, 2015 2:15 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of chemical reactions; wetting refers to how liquids spread across a surface...

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Engineering Update #121: Chasing whales with drones

July 30, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Ocean Alliance, in coordination with Olin College of Engineering, has created the SnotBots. The drone will be able to quietly observe the whale while being operated...

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Developments enhance future vertical lift aircraft

July 30, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bill Crawford, AMRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Efforts are being made to establish methods to reduce the time to develop and field new software capabilities and their life cycle costs for future vertical lift aircraft...

F-35B needs workaround to fuse sensor data, General says

July 30, 2015 1:53 pm | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation fighter jet will initially rely on a workaround to merge targeting data from multiple aircraft, a general said...

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This could replace your silicon computer chips

July 30, 2015 1:50 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

Silicon Valley in Northern California got its nickname from the multitude of computer chip manufacturers that sprung up in the surrounding area in the 1980's. Despite its ubiquity as a chip building material, silicon may be facing some competition from a new version of an old substance...

NASA's MMS formation will give unique look at magnetic reconnection

July 30, 2015 1:44 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

On July 9, 2015 the four spacecraft of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission began flying in a pyramid shape for the first time. The four-sided pyramid shape--called a tetrahedron--means that scientists' observations will be spread out over three dimensions...

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Direct digital synthesized RF signal source with 1Hz to 100MHz frequency range

July 30, 2015 1:07 pm | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. announces the availability of the USB-stick-sized TDDS100-48 - a laboratory quality Direct Digital Synthesized RF signal source with a frequency range of 1Hz to 100MHz and a minimum of 0dBm output power that is available from its SMA female socket...

Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

July 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density...

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Studying killer whales with an unmanned aerial vehicle

July 30, 2015 12:31 pm | by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service | News | Comments

Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, to study killer whales from above. In an article published this month in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, scientists describe how they configured their UAV, turning it into a precision scientific instrument...

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Lockheed studying first-responder radiation shield for deep-space application

July 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

StemRad and Lockheed Martin have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad’s radiation shielding technology – originally designed for first-responders – could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions...

Like paper, graphene twists and folds into nanoscale machines

July 30, 2015 11:09 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

The art of kirigami involves cutting paper into intricate designs, like snowflakes. Cornell physicists are kirigami artists, too, but their paper is only an atom thick, and could become some of the smallest machines the world has ever known...

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New Horizons data hint at underground ocean

July 30, 2015 11:06 am | by Cassie Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Pluto wears its heart on its sleeve, and that has scientists gleaning intriguing new facts about its geology and climate. Recent data from NASA's New Horizons probe—which passed within 7,800 miles of the surface on July 14—have revealed striking features on Pluto's heart-shaped region...

Deserializer integrates four surround view camera streams in automotive applications

July 30, 2015 9:49 am | by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) enables the design of surround-view systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with fewer components and faster time to market...

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