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Engineering Update #105: Driverless vehicle makes a cross-country trek

April 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

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USB enclosures designed for a wide range of OEM applications

April 9, 2015 9:05 am | Teko Enclosures Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Following popular demand from design engineers, TEKO has launched its new TEK-USB standard USB enclosure. TEK-USB is perfect for a wide range of OEM applications including USB dongles, pen drives and wireless transmitters. The enclosures have an attractive snap-together design with an integrated soft touch protection ring in the middle....

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Army center shows glimpse of next-generation synthetic training

April 9, 2015 9:03 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Army training will likely always involve Soldiers going to the field and firing their weapons. But in the near future, it will also involve a lot more training in "synthetic" environments to make time in the field more productive and meaningful....

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Making smart systems that interact with the physical world

April 9, 2015 9:03 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Connecting electronics embedded in everything around us to make the world a better place. Miroslav Pajic , an expert in cyber-physical systems, which merge physical processes with information systems, will join Duke University’s...

Wet tantalum capacitor offers improved vibration capability

April 9, 2015 8:12 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new tantalum-cased wet tantalum capacitor with a glass-to-tantalum hermetic seal that is approved to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) drawing 15005. For avionics and aerospace systems, the device is the industry's first wet tantalum capacitor approved to ...

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A digital field guide to cancer cells

April 8, 2015 6:04 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Scientists are mapping the habits of cancer cells, turn by microscopic turn. Using advanced technology and an approach that merges engineering and medicine, a Yale University-led team has compiled some of the most sophisticated data yet on the elaborate signaling networks directing highly ...

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The demands of mobile devices

April 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group and Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

Our smartphones have become indispensable and the value we attach to these devices will continue to grow along with steadily advancing device capabilities. New designs coming to market showcase increasingly sophisticated components: ever-faster 4G/LTE ...

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Japan’s first indigenous stealth fighter could take flight this summer

April 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has been overly protective of the F-22 Raptor — and rightfully so. The air-superiority weapon is our ace in the hole against 5th-gen fighters like China’s Chengdu J-20 & Shenyang J-31 and Russia’s PAK-FA, and to that end, we’ve banned the F-22 from export....

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Tesla boosts range, power, and price of low-end Model S

April 8, 2015 9:48 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model. But the added features at the low end of the Model S lineup will come ...

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How to train your astronauts

April 8, 2015 9:45 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Training an astronaut is no easy task. Astronauts go through years of rigorous technical, health and safety training to learn simple and complex tasks for a typical four to six month mission. They develop skills in systems, robotics, spacecraft operations ...

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Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

April 8, 2015 9:44 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tired of those annoying, sometimes costly, robocalls favored by scammers? The Federal Communications Commission is being asked to consider whether more can be done to block the automated phone calls, but the options appear to be limited....

Taking aim with precision-guided firearms

April 8, 2015 8:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Hunting requires a lot of patience and skill, and nothing can be more frustrating than a missed shot on a target a few hundred yards away. Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that ...

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Components of risk: Counterfeit electronic parts

April 8, 2015 8:06 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry benefits from innovative leaps and incremental developments from an impressive number of engineering disciplines. No matter if a technological problem centers on process, device, or circuit design; thermal or mechanical engineering ...

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March 2015: Smart Energy

April 7, 2015 3:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical, which means that twice a day ...

February 2015: Displays

April 7, 2015 2:34 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month’s digital issue of ECN explores the worlds of passives, displays and smart readers. A breakthrough in nanotechnology research could result in electric cars that are powered by their own body panels. Electric vehicles rely on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for propulsion.....

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