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Light beams let data rates soar

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can ...

Live images from inside materials

December 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too - as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what's hidden on inside materials and components and to check for ...

Medical-grade power supply boasts BF-rated outputs

December 16, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners’ (Hudson, MA) new PMAM200 Series is a unique medical power supply that provides 200W of power and features both BF rated outputs and Class I and II AC grounding schemes in a compact 3” x 5” footprint. The slim 1.48” height easily ...

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Mouser launches new motor control application site

December 16, 2014 10:48 am | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser's new applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components ...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...

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Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-budget, behind schedule, an astronomical long-term financial commitment, and some critics — including yours truly — question the wisdom of a “Swiss Army Knife” solution and ...

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HotSpot: Stuffing bras with actuators and sensing tech

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed a bra with actuators and sensing technologies that automatically tightens in response to breast movement. According to Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) ...

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Building a connected home, one fiber at a time

December 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Nathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Standards for TE Connectivity, Datacomm | Articles | Comments

With the Internet of Things now upon us, it has the potential to dramatically change our lives at a dizzying pace. Gartner believes that the IoT market will grow from 0.9 billion units today to 26 billion units by 2020, an almost 30-fold increase resulting in ...

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Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

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Pressure transducers designed for oil and gas equipment applications

December 15, 2014 5:57 pm | Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls (Plainville, CT) has announced the global market launch of the 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series. The Gems 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series is a family of heavy duty explosion proof pressure transducers. They are expressly designed to ...

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GaN driver provides low harmonic content of <40dBc

December 15, 2014 5:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for the TGA2627-SM. This 32dBm Psat GaN driver comes packaged as a 5x5mm, air-cavity ceramic QFN providing an SMT advantage over lower performance, DIE-based competitors. The push-pull ...

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MicroTCA chassis offers high performance density

December 15, 2014 5:44 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height. The chassis is designed to meet MIL-STD-901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 offers the highest performance density of ...

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Climate change could leave cities more in the dark

December 15, 2014 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms. Johns Hopkins engineers created a ...

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Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

December 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists with ...

Mobile radio passive radar makes harbors safer

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Airports are now subject to careful security surveillance, but many coastal towns and ports are not; they often lack radar installations to keep track of small boats, meaning terrorists could easily use speedboats to approach the coastline and bring explosives ...

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