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European Space Agency sets date for comet landing

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST)....

Femtoamp bias current op amps achieve 500-MHz gain bandwidth

September 29, 2014 9:42 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC6268 and LTC6269 FET-input single and dual op amps, which deliver desirable performance for high speed and high dynamic range transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and buffer applications.

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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 9:40 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

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Murata's robot cheerleaders

September 29, 2014 8:51 am | by Murata | Videos | Comments

Using the latest sensing and communication technologies, as well as advanced group control technology, the Murata Cheerleaders are the latest addition to Murata’s family of Robots. Unlike their predecessors, bicycle-riding MURATA BOY ...

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Microsoft touches the large interactive display market

September 29, 2014 8:33 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Soon after Microsoft purchased Perceptive Pixel (PPI) in 2012, PPI founder Jeff Han spoke at their Build developers’ conference, stating “There’s no reason why large scale devices like PPI shouldn’t be in every meeting room, every conference room ...

In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

September 29, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance....

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

September 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole....

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Progress in materials science

September 26, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

RESEARCHERS at the University of Huddersfield have collaborated with a colleague at a leading Chinese university to produce a detailed appraisal of a complex new welding technique that could be increasingly valuable to modern industry....

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Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives

September 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination....

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DC small cell power system suits telecom and network equipment

September 26, 2014 12:49 pm | Dongah Elecomm Usa | Product Releases | Comments

DongAh Elecomm (Richardson, TX) introduced its new 288W LOPU-A4L rectifier from the Cheshire Series designed to support expansive growth in small cell 4G/LTE wireless/telecom base stations and network equipment. The LOPU-A4L rectifier module is …

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Digital 40-A, 132-W PoL DC/DC converter features PMBus interface

September 26, 2014 12:30 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA)  announced the addition of the OKDx-T/40 Series of non-isolated point-of-load (PoL) DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Available in three different package formats, through-hole, single-in-line, and surface mount, the OKDx-T/40 is a 40-A, 132-W digital DC/DC converter.

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How three teenage girls are solving world hunger

September 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The key to beefing up the country (and world) supply of engineer and technology superstars is giving them the opportunity to do great things, even if they can’t legally drive yet. The Google Science Fair is a competition for students between the ages of 13 and 18 with prizes ranging...

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Interstellar molecules are branching out

September 26, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space....

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Earth's water is older than the sun

September 26, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and....

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