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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

NASA Begins Engine Test Project for Space Launch System Rocket

July 18, 2014 11:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the ...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 11:16 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers ...   

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This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 18, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military standards is that of the jet fighter pilot. Not only are they required to process a lot of operational information very quickly, they must do it while wearing headgear that can strain the head and neck the faster the plane flies....

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

July 17, 2014 6:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light). A standard optical microscope acts as a "nanocamera" whereas the pBNAs are the analogous film.

Future electronics may depend on lasers, not quartz

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in the laboratory of Kerry Vahala, the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics at Caltech, have developed a method to stabilize microwave signals in the range of gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second—using a pair of laser beams as the reference, in lieu of a crystal.

Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

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Ethernet and InfiniBand devices monopolizing your budget? Don't let them!

July 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Krishna Mallampati, PLX Technology, www.plxtech.com | Plx Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Organizations are losing money simply because they are not looking critically at the interconnect technology choices they have. Why? Because they are too wed to Ethernet and InfiniBand to acknowledge that these two are no longer the most economical technologies in system connectivity.

First ab initio method for characterizing hot carriers

July 17, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed the first ab initio method – meaning a theoretical model free of adjustable or empirical parameters – for characterizing the properties of "hot carriers" in semiconductors. Hot carriers are electrical charge carriers - electrons and holes – with significantly higher energy than charge carriers at thermal equilibrium.

Plasmon-enhanced Polarization-selective filter

July 17, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As we all know, some optical devices can only work with a certain incident polarization direction. In this case, a polarizer is necessary to shift the polarization direction of linearly polarized light. A common polarizer is also called half-wave plate, which constructed out of a birefringent material (such as quartz or mica).

No-wait data centers

July 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent — virtually doing away with queues.

An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?

July 16, 2014 6:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection

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ITAR-free OpenVPX rugged mission computer targets compute-intense applications

July 16, 2014 6:07 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fully integrated, ITAR-free compact mission computer, the MPMC-9365 Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC). The compact, SWaP-optimized MPMC-9365 supports up to...

NASA's Van Allen Probes show how to accelerate electrons

July 16, 2014 5:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes -- two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 -- address this question.

Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

July 16, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.

NOAA's GOES-R satellite Magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration

July 16, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and...

Eight-channel Type K thermocouple amplifier signal conditioner suits industrial applications

July 16, 2014 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4.  This eight-channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal from 8 Type K thermocouple probes to eight…

How to drive LEDs with power factor correction in a single stage

July 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian King, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

A PFC-SEPIC converter can be controlled using a traditional PFC-boost controller. An important characteristic of the SEPIC is the lack of isolation.  This limits the use of this topology to applications that don’t require safety isolation.  Think about applications that are completely sealed with no user-accessible energized parts, like street lights and high-bay lighting.

High-speed, backplane connector system is presented as future-proof

July 16, 2014 9:46 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex (Lisle, IL) announced today its Impel backplane connector system is available for use with the company’s Backplane Pin Map Configurator. This connector solution provides equipment manufacturers with the ability to have systems operate at today’s data-rates and costs, while providing…

GigE vision: Coming soon to a military screen near you

July 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by John Phillips, Senior Manager, Product Management, Pleora Technologies | Articles | Comments

Vision systems are playing an increasingly important role on the battlefield. Prized for their ability to improve surveillance while keeping troops out of harm’s way, these systems are becoming the vital electronic “eyes” in a growing range of military operations....

Forty-Watt radiation-hardened 120-V Input DC/DC converters target satellite power systems

July 15, 2014 4:42 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier, IR (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the M3G120 Series of 40-W radiation-hardened (RAD-Hard) 120V input DC/DC converters for a wide range of digital and analog satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life.

Automotive convenience and safety systems rely on optical sensors

July 15, 2014 4:33 pm | by Jim Toal is Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics | Articles | Comments

Twenty years ago, I worked for a flexible circuit manufacturer supplying to automotive instrument panel manufacturers.  At that time, these manufacturers were wary of LED lighting. The tried and true twist-in bulb represented 99.9% of interior and exterior automotive lighting....

Research alliance for the digital revolution

July 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Partners from industry and science are joining forces in a novel collaborative research alliance to address the future-oriented fields of automation and digitalization. Siemens is the first company to forge a research alliance with universities and research institutes that will utilize a new, fully integrated approach....

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

July 15, 2014 4:12 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner....

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