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NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

September 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils....

Fanless, conduction-cooled front-end rectifier features a very low profile

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) introduced its CCR0512FP 12-volt, conduction-cooled, front-end rectifier, measuring half the height of traditional, industry-standard rectifiers, according to the company. The new “tablet-sized” rectifier delivers ...

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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

6 GHz to 16 GHz driver amplifier delivers 21 dB of gain

September 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD158C4, a new 6 to 16 GHz driver amplifier, to their growing standard product line. The CMD158C4 delivers 21 dB of gain across its bandwidth, while providing ...

DC/DC converter family accepts 85-400VDC input range

September 19, 2014 10:51 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The VHV15 DC/DC Converter Family from BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) is designed with a wide input range and nominal single and dual outputs. Additional features include input-to-output isolation, short circuit protection, thermal protection ...

Sensing neuronal activity with light

September 19, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture....

Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

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Trial begins for MRI-compatible robot designed to improve accuracy of prostate biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot....

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

Hurricane Edouard right environment for drone test

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes ...

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

Toward optical chips

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips' transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators....

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Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

Darnell Power Forum

September 18, 2014 2:53 pm | Events

Now part of Darnell's Energy Summit, Darnell's Power Forum (DPF) is an exciting international event that focuses on “advancing power technologies that matter” for the successful development of next-generation power systems. There is tremendous synergy....

Doing science just got cheaper -- and faster

September 18, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. Now a team led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University has published an open-source library of designs that will let scientists slash the cost of one commonly used piece of equipment....

System-in-package (SiP) suits precision-sensing in portable medical devices

September 18, 2014 10:30 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors and …

Webinar: Evolving Your Product Development Practices for the Internet of Things

September 18, 2014 10:02 am | Events

Whether in cars, medical devices, industrial automation, or seemingly simple household items like smoke alarms, software is becoming the key differentiator for physical products. When done right, these smart connected products command premium pricing....

Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches ...

Photos of the Day: The A-10 Thunderbolt II

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proponents of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been trying, for years, to retire the A-10 “Warthog” and replace it with the former. The A-10 excels at close-air support, and critics worry that a “Swiss Army Knife” like the F-35 — a jack of all trades....

Explosion-proof LED work light intended for low-voltage operation

September 17, 2014 5:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-PM-150LED-24V-100 explosion proof LED light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is Class 1 Division 1 & 2 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 rated. This portable LED light is mounted within an A-frame portable stand constructed from ...

Multi-touch panel based on a film/film/glass structure

September 17, 2014 4:51 pm | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 10.4” PCAP display. Their new 10.4” PCAP line is based on a F/F/G structure (film/film/glass) — or the ability of using one film layer for the X axis and then another film for the Y axis....

Car hacking: The security threat facing our vehicles

September 17, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The car of the future will be safer, smarter and offer greater high-tech gadgets, but be warned without improved security the risk of car hacking is real, according to a QUT road safety expert. Professor Andry Rakotonirainy will speak at ...

Engineers develop algorithms to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars

September 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with ...

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