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Here's what the astronauts are having for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore...

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BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

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Polypropylene film capacitors designed for UPS systems

November 25, 2014 4:22 pm | Aerovox | Product Releases | Comments

Aerovox Corp. (New Bedford, MA) has released a line of UPS polypropylene film capacitors especially designed and tested to meet the needs of operation critical applications. The capacitors are used in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) in ...

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MIT grads launch all-terrain wheelchair in U.S.

November 25, 2014 4:13 pm | by Alissa Mallinson, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering | News | Comments

Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT), an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09 SM ’12, Benjamin Judge ’11 MEng ’12, and Assistant Professor Amos Winter SM ’05 PhD ’11, recently launched a successful Kickstarter ...

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New device could make large biocircuits practical

November 25, 2014 4:10 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits — systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components ...

Are virtual money transactions really anonymous?

November 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions really anonymous? Several research groups ...

Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

November 25, 2014 4:03 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. NASA says it churned out a replica of the face plate for ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

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MOSFETs offer flexible solution for mobile applications

November 25, 2014 3:40 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of an extensive portfolio of devices featuring IR’s latest low-voltage MOSFET silicon for lithium-ion battery protection applications including the IRL6297SD dual N-channel ...

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Digital signal controllers provide 5V operation

November 25, 2014 3:34 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced from the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) with the dsPIC33 "EV" family. This new family provides 5V operation for improved ...

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HotSpot: Mercedes' self-driving cars

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are changing the way designers think about the interiors of vehicles. the car of the future will be more than purely a means of transport – rather, it will become a variable and private area of retreat in increasingly dense urban traffic. By virtue of ...

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Laser lift-off enables breakthrough in flexible electronics

November 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from ...

A hybrid vehicle that delivers DNA

November 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn't measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies....

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

November 25, 2014 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wireless data transmission largely takes place via WLAN networks, such as WiFi. However, these networks are currently limited to high frequency ranges at 2 GHz and above and, hence, have a limited range. The authors of the study, Arnd Weber ...

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Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

November 25, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells -- suggesting ...

Heat-conducting plastic developed at U-Michigan

November 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. Plastics are inexpensive, lightweight ...

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