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Synthetic biology is key for long-term manned space missions

November 6, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of Mars and the Moon? Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial-based alternative to the world's most effective ...

Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO says....

Cybersecurity firm IDs new Apple-targeting malware

November 6, 2014 12:52 pm | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China. The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected....

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Engineering Update Episode #84 Bloopers

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | 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 Editor Kasey Panetta, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg ...

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The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Articles | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

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Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

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STEM Student of the Week: Carter Yagemann

November 6, 2014 9:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Carter Yagemann, a cybersecurity researcher at Syracuse University (Editor's note: Orange represent!) under the supervision of Professor Kevin Du. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM intiative....

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Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

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New research looks at how information on the Internet can be manipulated

November 5, 2014 5:53 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

With the tight gubernatorial race in Illinois, voters were being bombarded with TV ads, yard signs, and robo calls. But what if candidates could use their campaign dollars to subtlety influence your vote on social media? It might be as simple as paying....

Review: Adapting to new Google email is a chore

November 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

My first reactions to Google's new email app, Inbox, boiled down to one part frustration, one part irritation. It's meant to make your life easier, but it's more complicated to use than Google's Gmail app. With Inbox, you keep your Gmail email address....

Next for DARPA: 'Autocomplete' for programmers

November 5, 2014 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Writing computer programs could become as easy as searching the Internet. A Rice University-led team of software experts has launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that will both "autocomplete" and "autocorrect" code....

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

November 5, 2014 4:38 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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Cable tie/bundle product line now includes expandable sleeving

November 5, 2014 4:19 pm | Nte Electronics Inc | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics (Bloomfield, NJ) has expanded their cable tie/bundle management product line to now include expandable sleeving. This flame-retardant expandable sleeving is made of lightweight, self-fitting, braided polyester material that is designed....

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High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

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Powerful imaging for point-of-care diagnostics

November 5, 2014 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new handheld probe developed by a team of university and industry researchers in the Netherlands and France could give doctors powerful new imaging capabilities right in the palms of their hands. The imaging system, which is described....

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