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Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

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IGBT power modules offer complete integrated solutions

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED ...

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'Dressing' explains superconductivity in conventional superconductors

October 15, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Imagine a heavy ball rolling on an elastic net: what happens?" asks Daniele Fausti, researcher at Elettra Sincrotrone of Trieste and the University of Trieste. That's how Fausti explains the concept of "dressing" in physics: "the ball's movement is slowed down....

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Interactive typewriter allows communication through internet forums

October 15, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool. Joe Hounsham, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology programme at Plymouth University ...

3-D technology helps examine the formation of cliffband landscapes

October 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A blend of photos and technology takes a new twist on studying cliff landscapes and how they were formed. Dylan Ward, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of geology, will present a case study on this unique technology application....

LED light bulbs that don't require rare earth elements

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as a growing interest in energy efficiency, has given LED lighting a sales boost. However, that trend could be short-lived as key materials known as rare earth elements ...

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Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

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Micro SIM connector features a slim 1.50 mm profile

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a brand new Push-Push Micro SIM connector, which delivers functionality, combined with cost effective pricing. Suitable for 3ff Micro SIM cards, the CH03-GB has a 1.50 mm profile and measures just .620” x .676”....

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Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

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This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

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Astronauts receive mental health treatment through virtual reality

October 14, 2014 4:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized solace in the form....

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Engineers develop prototype of disposable lung infection detector

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's blood alcohol level. Timely knowledge ...

Researchers fight friction with one-atom-thick graphene

October 14, 2014 4:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk....

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15th MOST Interconnectivity Conference Asia

October 14, 2014 3:20 pm | Events

The MOST Cooperation (MOSTCO) – the standardization organization for the leading automotive multimedia network Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) – welcomes carmakers, suppliers and academics to join the 15th MOST Interconnectivity Conference Asia....

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Processor delivers up to 4200 DMIPS at speeds up to 2.2 GHz

October 14, 2014 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC HS38 processor, the latest addition to the ARC HS family of high-speed 32-bit processors based on the ARCv2 architecture, is optimized for power efficiency (DMIPS/mW) and area efficiency (DMIPS/mm2) and supports embedded Linux....

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