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Graduate student selected to receive NASA fellowship

September 27, 2013 1:27 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Carlos Lopez, a master's student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship. Lopez will continue working on thermal aspects (such as safety and thermal......

This drone will make sure you’re never lost again

September 27, 2013 12:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know that moment when you’re walking around say, a college campus, and suddenly realize you’re horribly lost and all the buildings of ivy-covered bricks look exactly the same? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it happens a lot at MIT because they’ve developed a drone to make sure you’re always on the right path.

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Reference design board offers customization options

September 27, 2013 11:41 am | Videos | Comments

The QorIQ Qonverge BSC9131 processor is a highly integrated device targeting evolving femto and enterprise-femto applications. The BSC9131 device combines Power e500 and StarCore SC3850 core technologies with MAPLE-B2F baseband acceleration processing, addressing the need for a high-performance, low-cost, integrated solution, that handles all the digital-baseband processing required for femtocells.

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How to make ceramics that bend without breaking

September 27, 2013 10:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ceramics are not known for their flexibility: they tend to crack under stress. But researchers from MIT and Singapore have just found a way around that problem -- for very tiny objects, at least. The team has developed a way of making minuscule ceramic objects that are not only flexible, but also have a "memory" for shape...

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Spirals of light may lead to better electronics

September 27, 2013 10:45 am | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created the optical equivalent of a tuning fork—a device that can help steady the electrical currents needed to power high-end electronics and stabilize the signals of high-quality lasers. The work marks the first time that such a device has been miniaturized to fit on a chip...

7 cars get top rating in high-tech safety test

September 27, 2013 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Yahoo, Softbank back Alibaba in HK IPO battle

September 27, 2013 10:21 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's biggest shareholders, Yahoo and Japan's Softbank Corp., on Friday backed the company's unusual management structure that Hong Kong's stock exchange was unwilling to accommodate, forcing it to look to the U.S. for a potentially mammoth IPO. The show of support came a day after a senior Alibaba Group executive sharply criticized the southern Chinese city's stock exchange...

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MOSFET power modules allow designers to shrink system size

September 27, 2013 9:20 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces availability and full design support capabilities for eleven new low loss, high density silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET power modules from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new modules feature high speed switching, low switching losses, low input capacitance, low drive requirements, minimum parasitic inductance, increased reliability, and low profiles....

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Photos of the Day: Water for future Mars astronauts?

September 27, 2013 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Within its first three months on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover saw a surprising diversity of soils and sediments along a half-kilometer route that tell a complex story about the gradual desiccation of the Red Planet. Perhaps most notable among findings from the ChemCam team is that all of the dust and fine soil contains small amounts of water.

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Test set designed for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons

September 26, 2013 4:49 pm | Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Marvin Test Solutions (formerly known as Geotest-Marvin Test Systems) is bridging the critical test gap that exists in 4th generation aircraft with its MTS-3060 SmartCan, a universal O-level aircraft armament test set for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons.

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Stamped spring pin socket features temperature range of -55°C to 180°C

September 26, 2013 4:34 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing Unisem's 124 lead QFN - CBT-QFN-7031. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions.

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E-Meters turn to smart relay drivers for remote grid management

September 26, 2013 4:20 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Smart meters have been touted to consumers as being integral in helping them lower their utility bills. Armed with accurate information – such as consumption pertaining to specific times of day – consumers can then adjust their behaviors to shrink their bills and their carbon emissions and, if regulations allow, even select from different pricing structures....

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Episode 26 bloopers: The dreaded Bloomberg report

September 26, 2013 3:24 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such a great sport!

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Drexel researchers find new energy storage capabilities between layers of 2-D materials

September 26, 2013 3:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are as thin as a single atom, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.

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Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared

September 26, 2013 3:19 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum.“The identification of molecules by sensing their unique absorption resonances is very important for environmental monitoring, industrial process control and military applications...”

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