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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

High-efficiency GaN PA delivers 100W in S-Band

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a GaN power amplifier delivering 100W Psat power from 3.1 to 3.6GHz. Designed for S-band radar applications, the TGA2813-CP is a flanged, surface mount amplifier with a pure copper base providing superior thermal management. Power gain for the Qorvo TGA2813-CP is rated at 23dB with a 27dBm ...

Is a family of engineers the best kind of role model? (Yes.)

March 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Mary Scherer, Ohio State sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) Project Team Leader, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Secretary

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Ceramic chip capacitors deliver high reliability for automotive applications

March 20, 2015 9:26 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

New Vishay Intertechnology RoHS-Compliant SMD MLCCs Deliver High Reliability for Automotive Applications Featuring Voltages to 3000 VDC, Devices Offer C0G (NP0), X7R, and X8R Dielectrics in Six Case Sizes From 0402 to 1812 MALVERN, Pa. — March 11, 2015 — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced a new series of RoHS-compliant, surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacito...

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

March 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UNSW Australia scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated ...

Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

Chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy

March 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later....

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AC/DC power supplies operate from a universal input of 85VAC to 264 VAC

March 19, 2015 12:09 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Now available from MicroPower Direct, the MPL-05SEUP series is a family of ultra-miniature, 5W AC/DC power supplies. These low cost power supplies are specifically designed to provide the small package, robust features and safety approval required for a variety of board level applications where performance requirements are high....

Economical power supplies include output up to 600W

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the BENCH range of economical programmable power supplies - compact, remote-controllable, single-output DC power supplies with available power output up to 600W. The range includes voltages from 20V to 1000V output, and 1.5A to 30A current to a maximum of 600W....

Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

The future of government and military space

March 19, 2015 11:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I took a ride down to the nation’s capital for the Satellite 2015 expo and was fortunate enough to attend the panel “The Future of Government and Military Space: Safe Bets and Bold Predictions.” Moderated by Vice Admiral Lyle Bien (Ret.) and sporting an esteemed panel ...

Why are smart meters so dumb?

March 19, 2015 8:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak - Cees.links@greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

At the recent CES show in Las Vegas, everyone was talking about the Smart Home and the Internet of Things. We are seeing predictions that this will soon be a very big market — 20 billion dollars a year or more! But if you look around and try to see how many smart homes devices ...

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Autonomous vehicles are everywhere

March 19, 2015 8:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Autonomous vehicles are successful here and now but you are unlikely to meet one because the successes are in the upper atmosphere, open cast mines, nuclear power stations, underwater and in other relatively inaccessible places. As the new IDTechEx report ...

Would you win a dodgeball fight with a robot?

March 18, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Most readers of a certain age group--before the game was banned because someone knew someone who had their eye ripped out by a ball--will recall with a mixture of fear and excitement the experiences of playing dodge ball in gym class.

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

March 18, 2015 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In order to make solar energy widely affordable scientists and engineers all over the world are looking for low-cost production technologies. Flexible organic solar cells have a huge potential in this regard....

Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars ...

'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed

March 18, 2015 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Young, inexperienced drivers have always gotten into more automobile accidents, but if you add in a lot of distractions, it's a recipe for disaster - and a new Pacific Northwest research program is learning more about these risks while identifying ...

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

Why the gender pay gap matters for manufacturing

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker according to Employment and Earnings, the first report of The Status of Women in the States: 2015 project....

Photos of the Day: The Satellite 2015 expo

March 18, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

SATELLITE 2015 had "communications solutions for every end-user of satellite communications and serves a wide range of markets including: commercial, enterprise, broadcast, broadband, scientific research, maritime ...

Data acquisition system designed for harsh environments

March 18, 2015 8:58 am | by HBI, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

HBM , Inc. has introduced two new modules for its SomatXR Data Acquisition System.

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