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Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Blogs | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.


Once in a lifetime -- maybe

June 3, 2014 3:18 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Not everyone gets to meet the President of the United States. For Hudson High (right blue shirt), a Texas A&M graduate with a degree in industrial engineering, the opportunity was exhilarating and exhausting. He went to work at his job at the Ford Plant in Kansas City like he did every day....

$30 Million Gift to Advance Engineering and Science Education at Duke

June 3, 2014 3:15 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Engineering graduate J. Michael Pearson and wife, Christine, make landmark gift to support interdisciplinary education at Pratt School of Engineering Duke University alumni J. Michael and Christine Pearson have committed $30 million...


NASA snaps cosmic color portrait 'and then some'

June 3, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured our cosmos at its most colorful. A new NASA panorama looking deep and far into the universe for the first time includes ultraviolet light, which is normally not visible to the human eye. It shows up in the photo as bright baby blue with spinning galaxies, which are about 5 to 10 billion years old, not too old or young in cosmic terms.


Engineering project benefits public education in Ohio

June 3, 2014 12:18 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Last year Dr. Justin Yates, assistant professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was presented the opportunity to build a team of students to partner with Citizens in Space and the United States Rocket Academy in designing and building a device that would carry experiments...

HD audio CODEC integrates Class-D amplifier

June 3, 2014 12:02 pm | Conexant Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. (Irvine, CA) announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.


Computer scientists develop tool to make the Internet of Things safer

June 3, 2014 11:59 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security- a first for the field. One of the tool’s potential uses is described in the May-June issue of IEEE Micro magazine.


Just add water: 3-D silicon shapes fold themselves when wetted by microscopic droplets

June 3, 2014 11:56 am | by American Institute of Physics - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have taken the precise art of origami down to the microscopic scale. Using only a drop of water, the scientists have folded flat sheets of silicon nitride into cubes, pyramids, half soccer-ball-shaped bowls and long triangular structures that resemble Toblerone chocolate bars – an omnium-gatherum of geometric objects, which are almost too tiny to see with the naked eye.


Toxic computer waste in the developing world

June 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Inderscience Publishers - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As the developing world continues to develop, standards of living and access to technology increases. Unfortunately, as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones become increasingly common so the problem of recycling and disposal of such devices when they become technologically obsolete rises too, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.


Prototype electrolyte sensor to provide immediate read-outs

June 3, 2014 11:51 am | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Patients trying to navigate today's complex medical system with its costly laboratory analyses might prefer a pain-free home diagnostic device, worn on the wrist, that can analyze, continuously record and immediately remedy low electrolyte levels.


Controlling thermal conductivities can improve energy storage

June 3, 2014 11:18 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Controlling the flow of heat through materials is important for many technologies. While materials with high and low thermal conductivities are available, materials with variable and reversible thermal conductivities are rare, and other than high pressure experiments, only small...

NASA begins testing of new spectrograph on agency's airborne observatory

June 3, 2014 11:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world's largest flying telescope.

CERN’s ALPHA experiment measures charge of antihydrogen

June 3, 2014 11:15 am | by CERN Press Office | News | Comments

Geneva, 3 June 2014. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications today, the ALPHA experiment at CERN1's Antiproton Decelerator (AD) reports a measurement of the electric charge of antihydrogen atoms, finding it to be compatible with zero to eight decimal places. Although this result...


Optocoupler tested and certified for harsh environments

June 3, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, Ohio) announces a new ATEX optocoupler for intrinsically safe circuits. The optocoupler series are tested and certified for extreme/harsh environments such as potentially explosive atmospheres so they will not become an ignition point when subjected to short circuits or adjacent component failures.


Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats

June 3, 2014 9:15 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT and BRETT BARROUQUERE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's plan to curb power plant pollution put Democrats running for office in coal country in a tough spot on Monday: Criticize their president, or side with him and become part of what could be a major drag on their region's economy.



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