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Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

July 14, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars. If this interpretation is correct, the outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst....

LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

50 VA rugged pure sine wave inverter targets CCTV systems

July 11, 2014 10:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics (Ottawa, Canada) has released the CSI 50-24/24-FT, an industrial quality low voltage DC-AC sine wave inverter specifically designed for powering CCTV systems. The inverter uses...

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Current sense resistors combine low TCR down to ±2 ppm/°C with power ratings to 80 W

July 11, 2014 8:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VPG (Malvern, PA) announced that its Powertron resistor brand has introduced the first seven devices in its S Series of precision foil current sense resistors. Offering a TCR of ±2 ppm/°C — said to be the industry's lowest for high-power current shunts…

Guide to designing a device incorporating MEMS-based pico projection

July 11, 2014 4:00 pm | by By Carlos Lopez, Strategic Marketing Manager for Pico Products, Texas Instruments DLP | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years, millions of products incorporating pico projection have shipped, and developers are innovating new applications for this rapidly growing display category. Ideal applications for pico projection include near eye display, interactive digital signage, head mounted display, ultra short throw (UST) TV, standalone portable projectors and embedded projection in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system....

Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

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Rotary joints accommodate signal transmission between rotating RF devices

July 11, 2014 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave, Inc. announced a line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints. These rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system.

Kasey's Korner: Removing toxic materials from batteries

July 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Though lithium-ion batteries have a lot to offer, they also have some issues-- including using toxic elements that are rare and difficult to work with. But they may be the future of portable electronics batteries, so it’s vital that researchers find another way of creating the batteries.

Engineering Newswire: Airbus details windowless cockpit of the future

July 11, 2014 9:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new patent from Airbus has recently been released detailing an aircraft with a cockpit including a viewing surface for piloting which is at least particularly virtual. This virtual surface would most likely be an OLED screen, and may include the use of holograms....

The IoT Uplink: Connecting with a $12 billion technology

July 11, 2014 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration....

COTS demi-brick size converters come in package size less than 2 ounces

July 10, 2014 4:29 pm | Synqor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SynQor, Inc. (Boxborough, MA) announces the release of its Military Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Demi Brick Series of DC-DC converters. The new Demi Brick is an isolated and fully regulated converter in a 1.55" x 1.52" x 0.50" size package....

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300 watt LED spotlight tower ideal for security and corrections applications

July 10, 2014 3:24 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-TSL-300W-LED security spotlight tower from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to be an effective security and corrections lighting solution that produces a powerful spot beam that can be adjusted to track moving objects on the ground....

Ethernet cables provide high data rate in lightweight package for aerospace applications

July 10, 2014 3:17 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Landenberg, PA) introduces GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package. Featuring the unique cable jacket material found in GORE 1394b FireWire Cables ...

Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

FMCs designed for network interface

July 10, 2014 1:11 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers FMCs with high-speed interfaces up to 40GB speeds. This includes cages for dual QSPF+, SPF+, and RJ-45 as well as some quad cage versions. The latest in the network interface series of FMCs is the FMC108....

Engineering Update Episode 66: The Navy's robo-tuna

July 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Navy is experimenting with a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This so-called "biometric" autonomous vehicle not only looks like a fish, but swims like one as well. The "robo-tuna" doesn't rely on traditional means of propulsion like propellers or jets, but it actually swims by flipping its tail....

AC & DC axial fans available for harsh environments and IP56 rated

July 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek (Mentor, Ohio) introduces its series of high-performance, low-cost HPLC series, AC and DC axial fans tested to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including dust and water. The axial fan series, with sizes ranging from 172mm to 280mm, have met or exceeds the international standard IEC 60529....

RFID light detector is battery-free

July 9, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SHADOW from Farsens S.L., (San Sebastián, Spain), is a battery free RFID ambient light detector tag. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. It features a LPRS N5AC501085 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) to detect exposure to light or darkness.

BMW is developing inductive charging systems

July 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by BMW | News | Comments

Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio....

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' quadcopter to lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. Starting from scratch for the eight-month project, the Dropter team was challenged to produce vision-based navigation and hazard detection and avoidance for the dropship....

Six cases where big data can reduce healthcare costs

July 9, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the use of electronic health record becomes widespread across the United States, due in large to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the quantity of clinical data that will become available for research and analytic purposes will also dramatically increase....

Miniature diffuse mode photoelectric sensors suit complex applications

July 9, 2014 12:34 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added three high performance diffuse mode sensors to its family of user-friendly and field-proven ML100 Series photoelectric sensors. These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.

Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

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