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Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

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Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system....

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Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

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Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

July 11, 2014 10:47 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas. It's her first foray into the modern-day world of crowdfunding....

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

July 11, 2014 10:44 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity....

NYC police see risks with drones' popularity

July 11, 2014 10:39 am | by TOM HAYS, Associated Press | News | Comments

One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge....

Isola relocates its Asia-Pacific Technology Center in Taiwan

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l. announced the relocation of its Asia-Pacific Technology Center from Singapore to a new state-of-the art facility located in Yangmei, Taiwan. The company's manufacturing operations in Singapore are not affected by this announcement. The new Technology Center in Taiwan is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014; customer support will not be affected by the relocation.

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Leading space experts to discuss the search for life beyond earth

July 11, 2014 10:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars....

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Rotary joints accommodate signal transmission between rotating RF devices

July 11, 2014 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave, Inc. announced a line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints. These rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system.

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Kasey's Korner: Removing toxic materials from batteries

July 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Though lithium-ion batteries have a lot to offer, they also have some issues-- including using toxic elements that are rare and difficult to work with. But they may be the future of portable electronics batteries, so it’s vital that researchers find another way of creating the batteries.

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PC shipment slump bottoms out

July 11, 2014 9:14 am | by Mae Anderson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe. PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world...

Engineering Newswire: Airbus details windowless cockpit of the future

July 11, 2014 9:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new patent from Airbus has recently been released detailing an aircraft with a cockpit including a viewing surface for piloting which is at least particularly virtual. This virtual surface would most likely be an OLED screen, and may include the use of holograms....

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The IoT Uplink: Connecting with a $12 billion technology

July 11, 2014 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration....

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Controlling contamination in open algae ponds for biofuels

July 11, 2014 8:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biofuels derived from the oils produced by algae may offer a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, optimization of cost effective strategies for large-scale algae cultivation, such as in open pond systems, is needed. Sapphire Energy has developed an innovative solution....

New paths into the world of quasiparticles

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Christian Roos' research team at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck has established a new experimental platform for investigating quantum phenomena: In a string of trapped ultracold ions they can precisely initialise....

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