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UT Dallas engineers twist nanofibers to create structures tougher than bulletproof vests

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar. These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram....

American, Russian leaving Earth for year at space station

March 26, 2015 1:19 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year, all in the name of science. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko begin their marathon mission with a Soyuz rocket launch from ...

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NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

March 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it - a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars. The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25 billion plan....

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USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality

March 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early. The Federal Communications Commission's new rules on broadband service are meant to uphold "net neutrality"....

Army improves systems testing to deliver more capability to fight

March 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army is now using high-performance computer modeling and simulation to ensure its weapons platforms and systems deliver greater effectiveness to the warfighters, said Dr. Jeffery Holland, director of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in someone’s backyard. Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable flamethrower on the market.”

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Mini DIN adapter kit available in 6 and 7 pc variations

March 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Rf Industries | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

4.1-9.5 DIN connectors, commonly referred to as “Mini DINs”, are used in wireless infrastructure and DAS installations for their compact size and low PIM performance. Technicians encounter challenges to interface the Mini DINs with the more widely used N and 7-16 DIN connector interfaces....

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Termination Pod includes a complete turnkey field kit

March 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Platinum Tools | Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools announces it will feature the new EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod, a complete turnkey field kit (P/N 90173), during 2015 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 15-17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 5036. Now shipping, the EZ-RJPRO Termination Pod has an MSRP of $279.00....

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ICP DAS USA reveals the importance of ethernet communication in industrial systems

March 26, 2015 8:58 am | by ICP DAS USA | News | Comments

Industrial Ethernet (IE) refers to using standard Ethernet protocols in an industrial environment. IE systems use the same physical layer that already exists in most environments and can easily be expanded upon, reducing the need to add another network....

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Vector Network Analyzers offer sweeps at 100 microseconds per point

March 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the ShockLine MS46121A series of 1-port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) that bring the price, performance, and ease-of-use advantages of Anritsu’s patented ShockLine VNA technology to an extremely compact package. Two models with frequency coverage ...

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Industrial SBCs offer a wide range of memory storage options and I/O

March 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. is bringing its expertise in rugged, high performance embedded boards and systems to the industrial market. The new industrial line-up includes two 6U VME SBCs, one based on the Intel Haswell processor and one that is Freescale QorIQ-based. Aitech’s new rugged, industrial SBCs ...

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PR electronics signs exclusive distributor agreement with WIKA Canada

March 26, 2015 8:39 am | News | Comments

The agreement takes effect immediately and gives WIKA Canada exclusive distributorship of the PR electronics products in all of Canada. Being the world leader in pressure, temperature and level measurement instrumentation and addressing PR electronics' key ...

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San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose lead EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list

March 26, 2015 8:01 am | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its seventh-annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. This year, San Francisco ranks fifth with Sacramento coming in at 19th and San Jose at 22nd....

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LED lights serve harsh industrial environments

March 25, 2015 4:55 pm | Binder Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Binder is proud to announce the release of its new Industrial LED light bar. The IP69K rated lights are ideal for diverse automation and industrial machinery. The LED lights are designed to provide energy efficient illumination while defying harsh work environments and are able to withstand high-pressure washdowns....

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Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 flight reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered aircraft was 50 ft. long....

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