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Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

STEM Student of the Week: Carter Yagemann

November 6, 2014 9:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Carter Yagemann, a cybersecurity researcher at Syracuse University (Editor's note: Orange represent!) under the supervision of Professor Kevin Du. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM intiative....

Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

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Next for DARPA: 'Autocomplete' for programmers

November 5, 2014 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Writing computer programs could become as easy as searching the Internet. A Rice University-led team of software experts has launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that will both "autocomplete" and "autocorrect" code....

High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

Zener diodes feature 500 mW of power dissipation

November 5, 2014 2:18 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced the first new series of Zener diodes with 500 mW of power dissipation in the new ultra-compact MicroSMF eSMP series package. Combining extremely tight voltage tolerances with low leakage current ...

LED rig light fixture withstands the rigors of offshore operation

November 5, 2014 1:58 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a powerful new LED fixture designed to provide powerful output combined with rugged construction capable of withstanding the rigors of offshore operation. The HAL-48-2L-LED-BMSW-BL ...

5 top engineering fields for recent grads

November 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Matt Pierson | Blogs | Comments

As the world economy transitions into the 21st century, many industries are contracting as entire occupations begin to disappear thanks to technological improvements. Engineering, however, is not one of these occupations. Although consisting of a widely diverse field of careers, engineering not only seems immune from bleak forecasts for the rest of the economy, but looks more promising than ever for recent college graduates.

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US, Japan's first rain radar in space comes to end

November 5, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year. NASA predicts that science operations will cease....

Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Articles | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

'Grimsel' electric car breaks world record

November 5, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Formula Student team at the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) finally did it: its 'grimsel' electric racing car smashed the previous world record when it accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.79 seconds. The previous record of 2.134 seconds ...

Infrared technology for touchscreens

November 5, 2014 8:44 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

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AeroDef Manufacturing 2015

November 4, 2014 4:28 pm | Events

Join leaders in commercial aerospace manufacturing and defense aerospace manufacturing at the industry’s most acclaimed manufacturing event – AeroDef Manufacturing, with Composites Manufacturing. The leading aerospace manufacturing OEMs ...

Digital data logger enables large bursts of data up to 20bits at 100 MHz

November 4, 2014 4:19 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced LOG Storm 2MS, a new economical high-speed digital data logger for troubleshooting digital system buses. LOG Storm 2MS contains an 8Mbyte/2Msample memory buffer, enabling large bursts of data....

Rack-mount OpenVPX chassis serves commercial and military applications

November 4, 2014 3:08 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new high-power conduction-cooled rack-mount OpenVPX chassis designed for use in commercial and military system development applications....

Image sensors enable exceptional low-light video capture

November 4, 2014 1:24 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has set a new benchmark in low-light imaging for industrial markets with the introduction of a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s industry-leading Interline Transfer (IT) CCD ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

UCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

November 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole. Having studied it during its closest approach to the black hole ...

Photos of the Day: The Army's new "smartsuit"

November 4, 2014 10:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit with the aim of reducing injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. The undersuit won’t exactly augment troops’ physical capabilities....

What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

November 4, 2014 8:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement....

Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Is space tourism safe or do civilians risk health effects?

November 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according to a series of articles on space biomedicine....

Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

November 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection ...

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