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The fearsome foursome: Technologies enable ambitious MMS mission

April 29, 2015 9:30 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission -- an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Cooling and Thermal Management

April 29, 2015 9:23 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

As electronics technology marches on, one thing doesn’t change: For safety and circuit integrity, designers must remove unwanted heat. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category include but are not limited to fans and blowers ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Boards, Modules, and Embedded Systems

April 29, 2015 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

This category recognizes the innovative embedded systems and computers that reside on boards and the modules and chassis that connect to them. Examples of products for Award consideration include, but are not limited to ...

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Datel Data Acquisition Becomes Private Company

April 29, 2015 8:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

On April 1, Datel Data Acquisition announced that it would split from parent company Murata Power Solutions and establish itself as a private, employee-owned company called Datel Incorporated ...

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Tracking exploding lithium-ion batteries in real-time

April 28, 2015 2:02 pm | by University College London | Comments

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause ...

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HOMER software grows from NREL origins to standard for global microgrids

April 28, 2015 2:01 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

While Peter Lilienthal was a senior economist with NREL's International Programs Office from 1990-2007, he saw the need for a better way to design hybrid renewable energy microgrids. He began developing the Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER) software....

Embracing the 5G era

April 28, 2015 1:56 pm | by Science China Press | Comments

To meet the demands of 2020, the 5G research has attracted global attention and made remarkable progress. 5G will be the first meaningful unified wideband mobile communication system. A recent research has systematically overviewed the ...

First proton collisions at world's largest science experiment should start in early June

April 28, 2015 1:53 pm | by Southern Methodist University | Comments

First collisions of protons at the world's largest science experiment are expected to start the first or second week of June, according to a senior research scientist with CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. "It will be about another ...

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Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential

April 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by the Associated Press | Comments

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted. The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts ...

Letter to the Editor: Engineers must take the lead

April 28, 2015 1:23 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

My initial reaction, the emotional one, to the idea of an autonomous car was: Anyone who would buy or even ride in such a car has got to be out of his mind. Technology is not the issue. As Musk says - it’s a doable problem. The problem is the car makers....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Antennas

April 28, 2015 1:07 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

With the demand for wider frequency coverage and complex designs with fast data retrieval continuing to increase, antennas need to be smaller while still maintaining their integrity. This category spotlights innovation among antenna types....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Analog & Mixed Signal ICs

April 28, 2015 12:59 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The real world provides us with oceans of signals such as voice, sound, pressure, temperature, and electricity. The success of the electronic device often depends on how well we turn those signals into precise, reliable data. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category ...

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APC awarded UK and Ireland franchise by ProLight Opto

April 28, 2015 12:28 pm | Comments

A new distribution franchise has been awarded to UK specialist electronic components distributor, Advanced Power Components (APC); by leading LED manufacturer, ProLight Opto Technology Corporation (ProLight)....

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Students participate in research laboratory design challenge at Natick

April 28, 2015 11:03 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

More than 150 students, from 17 colleges and universities and three service academies, were on hand at the Natick Soldier Systems Center, April 13-17, as they partook in the 2015 Air Force Research Laboratory University and Service Academy Design Challenge.

When mediated by superconductivity, light pushes matter million times more

April 28, 2015 10:19 am | by Academy of Finland | Comments

When a mirror reflects light, it experiences a slight push. This radiation pressure can be increased considerably with the help of a small superconducting island. This was revealed by the joint research done in the Aalto University and the ...

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