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UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

Any way the wind blows....

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

When I hear or read the phrase wind power, I immediately imagine tall-towered machines with tri-blade impellers tracing out huge arcing sweeps against partly cloudy skies. Your imagery may vary. Globally, wind generation capacity climbed to 318 GW in 2013 and has increased, year-over-year, an average of 37 MW since 2008....

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MediaTek addresses 2K smartphones with the latest in its 64-bit processor lineup

July 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

MediaTek announced its first 64-bit Octa-core processor, the MT6795, supports 2K (2560 x 1600) displays. Previously, MediaTek announced two other 64-bit products, MT6732 and MT6752, which support HD and full HD, respectively. The new processor is targeting the high-end 4G smartphone segment....

DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

Industrial grade filters for AC/DC power supplies are offered in 10-A and 20-A versions

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) has introduced 10-A and 20-A industrial filters for its TER Series of low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The TER-10ASF and TER-20ASF are designed to attenuate high frequency noise on AC lines thereby reducing the level of conducted emissions.

How to Prevent Streetlight Glare in the New World of LED Lighting

July 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has ...

GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. The company has repaired just over 491,000 cars that are covered by the recall announced in February ...

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New Material Puts a Twist in Light

July 18, 2014 11:40 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics ...

Ultrafast X-Ray Laser Sheds New Light on Fundamental Utrafast Dynamics

July 18, 2014 11:36 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Ultrafast X-ray laser research led by Kansas State University has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules ...    

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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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…

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

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.

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