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Engineers can prevent the intellectual downfall of the nation

April 11, 2014 8:47 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation.If you strike up a conversation with “that guy” in the office, he may even tell you a yarn about the once great superpower falling....

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Green light for NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid sample mission

April 11, 2014 3:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday. NASA got the go-ahead to start construction of the spacecraft, flight instruments, ground system and launch support...

2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival

April 10, 2014 4:42 pm | Events

The 3rd Annual Science Festival will kick off throughout 2013 with nationwide school programs, contests and events year-round, and culminate in a 2-day Grand Finale Expo on April 26-27, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.....

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Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

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Four-channel portable oscilloscope samples at 5 GS/s

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. introduced its 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, said to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising

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Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

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Varactor diodes suit automotive, consumer, defense, and infrastructure markets

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks (Woburn, MA) introduced a series of surface-mount, silicon, hyperabrupt junction tuning varactor diodes. The SMV2026 Series provides high capacitance ratio and low-series resistance, and it is suitable for use in

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Don't become a victim of the Heartbleed bug

April 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Several security networks announced Wednesday that there is a security flaw in OpenSSL. In response, numerous sites including Tumblr and Pinterest have asked users to change their passwords. Tumblr states "this might be a good day to call in sick...

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Thin film chip resistors offer power rating to 2 W in 2512 size

April 10, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that it has extended the power rating of PTN Series precision surface-mount thin film chip resistors in the 2512 case size to 2 W. Built using a self-passivated, moisture-resistant tantalum nitride resistive film technology, the devices combine

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Engineering Update #53 bloopers

April 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to David Mantey, Jason Lomberg, and Kasey Panetta for being such great sports....

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Going viral: How ‘social contagion’ begins and escalates

April 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics, a new study co-led by Yale University reveals. The model devised for this...

NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

April 10, 2014 11:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels....

Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

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Researchers use common spray gun to create self-assembling nanoparticle films

April 10, 2014 10:18 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

The promise of nanoparticles stems from their potential to modify the physical and mechanical properties of polymers for diverse applications, such as photovoltaic cells, sensors, and separation membranes. Methods currently used to create desired nanostructure, however, rely on complex and...

VCSA: Fiscal constraints mean 'greater risk' in modernization

April 10, 2014 8:16 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell said the Army is reducing its end strength as "rapidly and as responsibly," while doing its best to meet its operational requirements, during testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on Airland, April 9, 2014, in...

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