Mix seven shuttle astronauts and six space station residents and you set a record for the biggest off-the-planet gathering. NASA is aiming to launch Endeavour on Saturday morning to the international space station for a long, laborious construction job. When the shuttle pulls up, there will be 13 people at the station — the most people ever together in space at one time.
A superconducting sheet of lead only two atoms thick, the thinnest superconducting metal layer ever created, has been developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Austin.
A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.
Northern Kentucky University broke ground recently on a new, $55 million, ultra high-tech Center for Informatics that will house the university’s new College of Informatics, which combines all information-related disciplines under one college. The Center, largely funded with state dollars, will be built to provide the ultimate intersection of education and economic development, and is a key strategy for the region’s 2015 goal to create 50,000 new jobs.
Whether you design drugs, manufacture consumer products or airplanes, or search for oil, improving your computing performance will improve your competitiveness. But what do you do when the “need for speed” collides with demands for reduced operating budgets and lower environmental impact?
The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday. Solar and wind-power companies, energy-efficient light bulb makers, environmental engineering firms and others expanded their work force by 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007, the latest year available, according to Pew. The average job growth in all industries was 3.7 percent during the same period.
Global warming is uprooting people from their homes and, left unchecked, could lead to the greatest human migration in history, said a report released Wednesday. Estimates vary on how many people are on the move because of climate change, but the report cites predictions from the International Organization for Migration that 200 million people will be displaced by environmental pressures by 2050.
House Republicans are calling for a hundred new nuclear power plants to be built in the next two decades as part of an energy plan they say is a better alternative than one championed by Democrats. The legislation unveiled by the GOP Wednesday would also increase production of oil and gas offshore, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and spur refinery construction.
Designed for optimized heat, power, and optical performance, the Transcend family of LED lamps from Molex eases design of lighting fixtures. Based on the Acriche 4-W LED from Seoul Semiconductor, the lamps can be directly plugged into AC line voltage without a converter or separate power supply.
Kiva.org has spent the past 3 1/2 years raising money on the Internet to finance destitute entrepreneurs in 44 impoverished countries. Now in a sign of the economy's spreading despair, the online "microlender" is reaching out to low-income entrepreneurs in the United States
The new publisher of USA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the printed newspaper and charge readers for it. The new version will be sent by e-mail to readers beginning Aug. 3 and cost slightly less than printed editions of USA Today, which is the nation's largest newspaper by circulation
Thinking about getting an e-reader but not sure if you like reading the dim screen? An international collaboration of the University of Cincinnati, Sun Chemical, Polymer Vision and Gamma Dynamics has announced Electrofluidic Display Technology (EFD), the first technology to electrically switch the appearance of pigments in a manner that provides visual brilliance equal to conventional printed media.
Providing a resolution of 1 nm at up to 100 m/s, Renishaw's Resolute optical encoder system is capable of 27 bit resolution at up to 36,000 rpm. WIth features such as a jitter of less than 10 nm RMS and a sub-divisional error (SDE) of ±40 nm, the dirt-resistant device suits both linear and angle encoding applications.
With package dimensions of 1.7 mm x 1.7 mm x 0.9 mm, aq family of 3 barometric pressure sensors from Epcos is presented as the smallest device of its type available. The sensor provides air pressure and/or altitude above sea level information for portable electronics such as navigation devices, watches and mobile phones.
Targeting high- and low-side pressure measurements in refrigeration systems as well as environmental test equipment, Kavlico has added the P528 OEM Refrigeration Pressure Sensor with a ¼ SAE Female Flare, Schrader Deflator with 7/16-20 UNF internal threads to its P528 family of sensors. Incorporating ceramic capacitive sensing technology, the device is packaged in a brass or plated-steel housing to endure the high vibration, broad temperature ranges, and high humidity conditions found in refrigeration systems.