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Pluto up close: Spacecraft achieves flyby, then calls home

July 15, 2015 8:58 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home...

Q&A: The ongoing struggle to build a giant Hawaii telescope

July 15, 2015 8:57 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

For months, protesters have held up construction of a $1.4 billion telescope atop a mountain on the Big Island of Hawaii. The state imposed emergency rules making it challenging for opponents to continue their actions, which they say are meant to prevent the desecration of land held sacred by many Native Hawaiians...


Robots do check-in and check-out at cost-cutting Japan hotel

July 15, 2015 8:55 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

From the receptionist that does the check-in and check-out to the porter that's an automated trolley taking luggage up to the room, this hotel in southwestern Japan, aptly called Weird Hotel, is "manned" almost totally by robots to save labor costs...


Vicor Corporation and Mouser Electronics announce global distribution agreement

July 14, 2015 4:38 pm | by Vicor Corporation | News | Comments

Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) and Mouser Electronics today announced a global distribution agreement that extends the reach of Vicor’s worldwide sales network and provides Mouser with a new and differentiated power module solution portfolio...


The White Board: Mars Curiousity

July 14, 2015 4:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The day the Mars Curiosity Rover landed was a landmark day for NASA.The robotic rover, tasked with exploring the Gale Crater, landed on August 6, 2012 after a long journey from Earth.


Harvesting and scavenging ambient energy

July 14, 2015 4:32 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesters have only enjoyed mainstream support from commercial power-management IC manufacturers for less than a decade. Yet this broad class of transducer, known for nearly two centuries, takes advantage of a wide variety of technologies and has been welcomed in a surprisingly broad range of applications.


The mission of the synthetic diamond

July 14, 2015 4:16 pm | by Bruce Bolliger, Head of Sales and Marketing, Element Six Technologies | Articles | Comments

As semiconductor devices continue to shrink and increase in power density, there is less area for heat to dissipate. As a result, heat fluxes are dramatically increasing, reaching temperatures as hot as five times that of the sun’s  surface, and more than half of ...


SPACE 2.0: New Applications & Markets

July 14, 2015 4:07 pm | Events

Infocast is hosting the inaugural SPACE 2.0: New Applications & Markets, set in Silicon Valley. The Summit will profile fresh thinking around business models, partnering strategies, risk/reward and timelines, as illustrated by innovators in orbital services, geospatial analytics, satellite design, launch platforms, manufacturing platforms and ground systems...


Legislating power

July 14, 2015 4:00 pm | by Carol Pickford, ICCNexergy Technical Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

In 2004, when California announced the first energy efficiencies mandates, other government entities were considering similar actions, but everyone seemed reluctant to take the first step. In the late 1990’s...


Girls run the world?

July 14, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

As I sit at my desk listening to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)”, I’m also reading an article about the U.S. Army finally opening up engineering positions to women for the first time....


Significant development in the understanding of macroscopic quantum behavior

July 14, 2015 2:11 pm | by Polytechnique Montréal | News | Comments

For the first time, the wavelike behaviour of a room-temperature polariton condensate has been demonstrated in the laboratory on a macroscopic length scale. This significant development in the understanding and manipulation of quantum objects is the outcome of a collaboration...


AC-DC power supplies provide 96–135W continuous output power

July 14, 2015 2:10 pm | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. announces the new PUP121/PUP136 Series of desktop AC-DC switching power supplies which provide 96–135 watts of continuous output power...

Explosion proof tool tap reel with single receptacle

July 14, 2015 2:08 pm | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The EPLRT-50-12.3-HR explosion proof cord reel from Larson Electronics provides easy management of an included 50’ of SOOW cord which gives operators in hazardous locations the ability to easily extend the working reach of tools and lighting equipment...


Could dissolvable microneedles replace injected vaccines?

July 14, 2015 2:06 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Flu vaccines delivered using microneedles that dissolve in the skin can protect people against infection even better than the standard needle-delivered vaccine, according to new research published in Biomaterials...


Nasa investigating radar instrument anomaly

July 14, 2015 1:59 pm | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are assessing an anomaly with the radar instrument on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite observatory. The radar is one of two science instruments on SMAP used to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed...



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