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NASA advances CubeSat concept for planetary exploration

May 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.

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Sounding rocket to help calibrate NASA's SDO

May 20, 2015 1:39 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight.

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Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage. With new technology innovations, more features are being incorporated into power management ICs.

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OPALS boosts space-to-ground optical communications research

May 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is produced by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. It is pretty for stargazing, but a challenge for space-to-ground communications.

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Microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms -- structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets -- have been created at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.

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Digital power controller IC delivers benefits to power supply manufacturers

May 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by Chance Dunlap, Senior Marketing Manager, Intersil | Articles | Comments

It's not news that a power supply's performance is critical to an efficient and reliable system. Even so, the supply often doesn’t get the appreciation and respect it deserves. Very often, whether the product is a low-power, portable device operating from a battery or ...

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New portable device could test how 'squishy' cancerous tumors are

May 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Tumors come in all shapes, sizes ... and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them...

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This wearable will track your fluid loss during exercise

May 20, 2015 1:22 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

A wearable device being developed by the University of Strathclyde will provide real-time data analysis of fluid loss during exercise to enhance the performance of fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes.

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New technology could fundamentally change future wireless communications

May 20, 2015 1:17 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Radio systems, such as mobile phones and wireless internet connections, have become an integral part of modern life.

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Air force’s new unmanned strategy has F-35 pilots flying drones

May 20, 2015 1:14 pm | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | News | Comments

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot will one day control a small fleet of nearby drones from the cockpit while in flight — according to a new Air Force report on autonomous systems, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said.

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Thermal management and the biology of cool

May 20, 2015 1:11 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

While ever-smaller semiconductor-process nodes move from cutting edge to leading edge to mainstream, in percentage terms, smaller devices aren’t driving faster processor clocks or memory busses nearly so much as they are increasing functional density.

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Army tests new acoustic threat detection system

May 20, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is experimenting with acoustic threat detection systems to help soldiers in combat zones pinpoint the location of incoming fire, from automatic weapons to rocket-propelled grenade.

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TTI builds on 2014 momentum at EDS

May 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Articles | Comments

TTI kicked off the first full day of the 2015 EDS Summit with a filling breakfast spread followed by the traditional executive briefing. Momentum was the theme this year, as TTI Senior VP, and master of ceremonies, Michael Knight discussed TTI’s plan to ...

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Wearable display with on-cell PCAP technology

May 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by Tianma NLT America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Slim design with high resolution and low power Santa Clara, CA, May 18, 2015 – Leading LCD supplier Tianma Microelectronics USA has introduced a 1.3-inch circular wearable A-Si TFT LCD with On-Cell projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel technology. It can be used in wearable display applications, such as smart watches, as well as in automobile instrumentation, such as a joystick or scrollin...

How to combat counterfeit semiconductors

May 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by Peter Marston, Rochester Electronics | Articles | Comments

As semiconductors have reached into more and more applications, the threats posed by counterfeit components have become increasingly serious.

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