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NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

October 16, 2014 4:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice...

Fabric connector designed for wearable military applications

October 16, 2014 3:54 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand introduced ruggedized, state-of-the-art fabric connectors designed to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of wearable military applications, reducing the weight burden, improving comfort and mobility....

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TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

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Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries

October 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries serve us well, powering our laptops, tablets, cell phones and a host of other gadgets and devices. However, for future automotive applications, we will need rechargeable batteries with significant increases in energy density....

Chicago Innovation Exchange partners with Engineering at Illinois

October 16, 2014 3:21 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The University of Chicago’s new Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), which celebrated its grand opening on October 16, announced a partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. The CIE, in collaboration with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business...

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

October 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles...

Light-bending material facilitates search for new particles

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. But now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles....

The first direct detection of dark matter

October 16, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions'....

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Earth's magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

October 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It's not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth's magnetic field has flipped – though not overnight – many times throughout the planet's history....

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

October 16, 2014 12:19 pm | by Eric Tucker - Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI director is warning against smartphone encryption. James Comey is talking about tech companies like Apple and Google that say their new operating systems will be encrypted, or protected by coding. Comey says encrypting smartphone data ...

How do you do math like a girl?

October 16, 2014 12:04 pm | by Bendta Schroeder, School of Science, MIT | News | Comments

On Sept. 27, a warm Saturday afternoon, 270 students, their families, and volunteers gathered in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to hear the results of the Math Prize for Girls competition, the world’s largest math prize for female students in grades 7 through 12....

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New cargo plane design takes off, lands vertically

October 16, 2014 12:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Historically, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles have been relegated to helicopters and expensive military aircraft. Yet the design, as applied to commercial aircraft, has not been successful without significant sacrifices in flight capabilities....

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20% of U.S. broadband households to get smart home devices in next year

October 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

A new survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates shows continued strong growth of smart home products in U.S. homes, as 20 percent of households with broadband intend to acquire one or more smart home ...

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Broadband differential amplifier delivers 51dBm OIP3 linearity

October 16, 2014 11:24 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LTC6430-20, a 20MHz to 2GHz differential input and output 20dB gain amplifier from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA), offers outstanding linearity of +51dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.9dB noise figure at 240MHz. It has a best-in-class....

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Hi-power LED offers brightness more than 16.000 lm/cm²

October 16, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

With its new SYXEM Micro-08 series flip-chip Hi-Power LED, CONTOC (Landsberg) offers a very small, extremely powerful and efficient LED. Not only does the Hi-Power SYXEM Micro-08 LED have excellent parameters, it is also more cost-efficient....

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