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Why space exploration rarely includes women

February 19, 2015 3:19 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Blogs | Comments

Mars One will be assembling and training teams for its settlement. We have much work to do before the teams are ready, and getting a good match of skills and personalities is part of that work.

Building a perpetual-flight drone with Stanford’s UAV Club

February 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. This week, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg shines the light on Stanford's UAV Club and an enthusiastic new member, Natalie Muenster. Her goal is to help create a perpetual-flight UAV as a proof-of-concept....

New NIST tools to help boost wireless channel frequencies and capacity

February 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more channel capacity. Boosting bandwidth and capacity could speed ...

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A new view of the solar system: Astrophysical jets driven by the sun

February 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the sun skims through the galaxy, it flings out charged particles in a stream of plasma called the solar wind, and the solar wind creates a bubble extending far outside the solar system known as the heliosphere. For decades, scientists ...

Obama sets out privacy rules for government drones

February 19, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. prepares to see more drones aloft in coming years, President Barack Obama is taking steps to ensure that the government respects privacy and civil liberties when it uses the unmanned aircraft to collect information. Obama issued a memorandum....

MAPPS Fall Conference to be held in conjunction with Drone World Expo

February 19, 2015 1:45 pm | News | Comments

Drone World Expo is thrilled to announce a conference partnership with MAPPS, which will bring together all stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. The MAPPS Conference will be held as a part of Drone World Expo....

Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

February 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along. One of my frustrations with early smartwatches has been how little ...

High-current inductor features temperature range to +180 °C

February 19, 2015 12:13 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new automotive-grade IHLP low-profile, high-current inductor in the 4040 case size featuring an industry-high continuous operating temperature range to +180 °C. Offering a low profile of 4.0 mm, the Vishay Dale IHLP-4040DZ-8A provides a wide ...

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Engineering Update #98: The FAA’s proposed rules for commercial drones

February 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine – quite possibly the greatest business opportunity since the automobile – and a plethora of different companies have proposed various commercial applications. But one of the biggest roadblocks to any sort of mass deployment ...

Electromechanical relay switches achieve up to 10 million life cycles

February 19, 2015 12:06 pm | by Pasternack | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack introduces a new family of in-stock high-rel electromechanical relay switches with designs that range from 2 to 10 million life cycles, making them uniquely qualified for applications including defense and commercial aviation, semiconductor manufacturing, communications, radar ...

The industry’s first integrated, programmable USB Type-C port controller solution

February 19, 2015 12:02 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. sampled the industry’s first integrated, programmable USB Type-C port controller solution. The USB Type-C standard is gaining rapid support with top-tier PC makers by enabling slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, the ability to transmit multiple protocols ...

Power system meets IEC 61535 standards

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by TE Connectivity - Intelligent Buildings | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces its newly enhanced NECTOR M power system. In addition to meeting IEC 61535 standards, the power system solution is designed to meet the UL 1977 guidelines and just debuted a 5-position splitter that provides power, signal and control connection options for multiple ...

Russia's new fuel allows cruise missiles to exceed Mach 5

February 19, 2015 9:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Cold War may be over, but don’t tell Russia. They’ve just taken the lead in a brand new hypersonic arms race with a fuel that allows cruise missiles to fly 5x the speed of sound. The fuel would allow specially designed cruise missiles ...

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Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

February 19, 2015 8:52 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR? The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all ...

Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

February 19, 2015 8:47 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said ...

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

Proposed rules for drones envision routine commercial use

February 18, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday ...

Remcom announces benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation

February 18, 2015 9:45 am | News | Comments

Remcom announces unique benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation for automotive radar sensors via XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software.  XFdtd enables simulations of full sensor models with a bumper’s fascia ...

Air Force tests satellite network against worst-case scenario

February 18, 2015 9:04 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The Air Force recently tested whether its high-powered communications satellites could be operated from a mobile ground unit in case of a nuclear war. In January, after about six months of testing, the exercise proved that the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) ...

Fast-growing LED power supply market provides great opportunities

February 18, 2015 8:45 am | by IHS | News | Comments

The market for power supplies used for light-emitting diode (LED) lighting applications will expand to more than $9 billion by 2019, up from approximately $3 billion in 2013. Growth is being driven by the rapid transition ...

FAA's proposed rules would cripple domestic drone industry

February 17, 2015 5:34 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine. But the FAA's proposed rules for domestic drone operation could thwart a promising business opportunity in its infancy. The FAA's regulations would flat out kill Amazon Prime Air....

Photos of the Day: World's 1st compact rotary 3D-printer-scanner

February 17, 2015 1:09 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

The device is the brainchild of Blacksmith Group's founders, NTU engineering graduate Dr Alex Pui Tze Sian and Mr Fang Kok Boon. Mr Fang, CEO of Blacksmith Group, said their aim is to make 3D printing easy and accessible to the average consumers....

Linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability

February 17, 2015 11:58 am | by Cissoid | Product Releases | Comments

CMT-ANTARES is a new fixed-voltage 5V linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability and high temperature automotive and industrial applications. CMT-ANTARES delivers up to 200mA to the output load from input voltages between 5.5V and 30V. The output voltage is stabilized to 5V +/- 5% including ...

Color sensor comes in 2 mm by 1.25 mm by 1.0 mm package

February 17, 2015 11:41 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new digital RGBW sensor featuring Filtron technology for accurate RGBW spectral sensitivity while providing ambient light spectral sensitivity with responses close to that of the human eye. Vishay Semiconductors' ...

PWM inverters deliver 500VA with pure sine wave output voltage

February 17, 2015 11:39 am | by Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ CSI 500-2XD3-IP66 series was developed for the transportation, mining, marine, military, telecom, oil and gas applications that require a rugged, waterproof, dust-proof, sand-proof, fire and explosion proof* pure sine wave output solution. The CSI 500-2XD3-IP66 high frequency PWM inverters deliver 500VA....

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