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Naval Research Laboratory patents compact orbital debris sensor

May 21, 2015 1:29 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter, a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently on-board nano-satellite platforms.

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Connector designed for sign-phase AC applications

May 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by Anderson Power Products | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products® (APP) introduces the Saf-D-Grid® 300, designed specifically for single-phase AC applications requiring higher voltages, smaller size, and expanded current carrying capability. Saf-D-Grid 300 builds upon the performance of the 400V DC Saf-D-Grid...

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers.

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Pentagon’s mysterious X-37B space drone heads back into orbit

May 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Sputnik | News | Comments

The US Air Force is preparing to launch its super-secretive space drone into orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so “materials of interest” hold up in space’s harsh zero-gravity environment.

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Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices. Vortices are created when wind moves around a barrier in its path.

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Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

In the story of the Marvel Universe superhero known as the Hulk, exposure to gamma radiation transforms scientist Bruce Banner into a far more powerful version of himself. In a study at Berkeley Lab, exposure to alpha-particle radiation has been shown to ...

With one false tweet, computer-based Hack Crash led to real panic

May 21, 2015 9:29 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press (AP) in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 143.5 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost more than $136 billion of its value in the seconds that ...

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from ...

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Spotify introduces video, radio service

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

While saying that it is still a music company at heart, Spotify says it is expanding its lineup to include podcasts, news radio and video streaming. The company says it wants to help people create a soundtrack for their day that includes not ...

Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

May 21, 2015 9:18 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake. The setbacks threaten to erode Russia's leading position in ...

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AC/DC power supplies packaged in a miniature 1 x 1 inch case

May 21, 2015 8:58 am | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the MPM-03MM series is a family of 3W AC/DC power supplies packaged in a miniature 1 x 1 inch case. These power supplies provide the robust performance, safety approvals and small size required by a wide range of space critical, board level applications.

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Aggie engineers assist students with space project

May 21, 2015 8:02 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Two years ago undergraduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University took on the challenge of designing, developing, delivering and supporting a unique embedded intelligence system capable of monitoring, controlling, recording and reporting experiments run in ...

4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface

May 21, 2015 7:52 am | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a family of 4Mb serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (F-RAMs), which are the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs. The 4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), a 2.0V to 3.6V operating voltage range and are ...

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Jitter measurement in waveform generators

May 20, 2015 1:47 pm | by Chris Kelly, Keysight Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Jitter is an important characteristic of waveform quality, and low jitter in a clock waveform is an important feature in reducing error in communications systems. Low jitter is an important component of low Error Vector Magniture (EVM) in high quality digital communications networks. The latest generation of ...

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NASA advances CubeSat concept for planetary exploration

May 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.

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