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Fly us to the Moon…south pole to be precise

April 2, 2010 9:37 am | News | Comments

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe’s next leap into space.


CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

April 2, 2010 9:35 am | News | Comments

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning.


VeriFone buys remaining stake in venture

April 2, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic payment equipment maker VeriFone Holdings Inc. said Friday it has acquired the remaining minority interest in VeriFone Transportation Systems.Financial terms were not disclosed.VeriFone Transportation was formed as a joint venture with TaxiTronic Inc. in 2005, the company said. It...


Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?


Europeans use innovation to tackle money laundering

April 2, 2010 9:24 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The EU is taking a bite out of money laundering, which is estimated at EUR 1 trillion worldwide. Helping the EU to stamp out this criminal activity is the BEINGRID ('Business experiments in GRID') project, which received more than EUR 15 million to implement and deploy grid solutions for...

Solera Holdings names John J. Giamatteo COO

April 2, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solera Holdings Inc., which provides software and services for auto insurance claims, said Friday it hired John J. Giamatteo as chief operating officer effective April 12.This is a new position. Giamatteo, 43, has served as COO of digital media company RealNetworks Inc. since June 2008.

Sharp Chases Small 3D Screens

April 2, 2010 8:23 am | by Wall Street Journal | News | Comments

Japan's Sharp will start producing small displays that don't require special glasses, betting that most portable devices will be 3D capable.

Aerospace engineering graduates to direct upcoming shuttle mission

April 2, 2010 8:22 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

When the space shuttle Discovery launches Monday (April 5), two graduates of Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will be directing the mission from the ground. Richard Jones '90 is the lead space shuttle flight director for STS-131 and has been a NASA flight...


UV-Vis-NIR Pulsed Light Meter Features External Trigger Input

April 2, 2010 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigahertz-Optik’s hand-held P-9710-4 radiometer photometer features an external TTL trigger input function for remote timing of pulsed light measurements. In the P-9710-4 pulse energy mode, the measurement begins automatically upon the trigger input. The meter is capable of


Plastic electronics could slash the cost of solar panels

April 2, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Princeton University, Engineering School) By producing plastics that are translucent, malleable and able to conduct electricity, researchers have opened the door to broader use of the materials in a wide range of electrical devices.


Do Engineers Go to Parties?

April 2, 2010 7:23 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.


Bettati named director of information security center

April 2, 2010 7:22 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Riccardo Bettati, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS). CIAS has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by...

LED Driver Addresses Medium LCD Display Backlighting

April 2, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduced a new high power LED driver with output disconnect for backlighting medium LCD displays. This driver targets in-dash navigation systems, automotive infotainment, and back-up camera displays.


MIT makes significant step toward lightweight batteries

April 2, 2010 6:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A team of researchers at MIT has made significant progress on a technology that could lead to batteries with up to three times the energy density of any battery that currently exists.

Liquid Level Sensors Suit Automotive, Control, and Industrial Apps

April 2, 2010 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hermetic Switch announced its PRX+1660 Series sensors for liquid level monitoring in appliance, automotive, control, household, industrial, municipal, petrochemical, power generation, processing, and recreational markets. These sensors can



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