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Pilot program reveals asteroid's size for the first time

November 10, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting. Observing the event, known as an occultation, from multiple sites where each observer ...

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QFN socket operates at up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss

November 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance QFN socket for 0.5mm pitch QFN40. The CG-QFN-7009 socket is designed for 6X6 mm package size and operates at bandwidth up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB....

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Wireless devices used by casual pilots vulnerable to hacking

November 10, 2014 4:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic ...

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Design competition teams recognized for advancing voting technology

November 10, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates the two winners of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition: corporate winter Intuitive Company and academic winner Georgia Tech Student Chapter. The winners, along with the six other ...

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Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

November 10, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal, an Australian led team of astronomers has used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen....

Obama wants more regulation of Internet providers

November 10, 2014 4:05 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama touched off an angry debate Monday over government regulation of Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's ...

Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

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VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset

November 10, 2014 2:10 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55FL-0183-0219 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 183 MHz to 219 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has ...

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Pushbutton switches feature independent LED illumination

November 10, 2014 2:01 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has announced that it will add painted and laser-etched custom graphics or symbols to the backlit caps on the illuminated versions of its AP Series industrial pushbutton switches. Available illuminated by either blue ...

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Lighter, cheaper radio wave device could transform telecommunications

November 10, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used....

Photos of the Day: Using 3D-printing to land a spacecraft on a comet

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft was launched in 2004, with the intent to give the most in depth understanding of a comet that humanity has to date. Last August, the spacecraft became the first to successfully rendezvous with a comet with the intent to orbit....

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New electron spin secrets revealed

November 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Cambridge in the UK have demonstrated that it is possible to directly generate an electric current in a magnetic material by rotating its magnetization....

Good vibrations give electrons excitations that rock an insulator to go metallic

November 10, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, scientists have debated what turns particular oxide insulators, in which electrons barely move, into metals, in which electrons flow freely. Some scientists sided with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Nevill Mott in thinking direct interactions ...

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A billion holes can make a battery

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components. The structure is called ...

Heat transfer sets the noise floor for ultrasensitive electronics

November 10, 2014 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments....

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