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More “lady brains”: Barbie is a lousy engineer

November 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let’s be honest — Barbie has never been a shining beacon of progressive thought. Her figure looks more like Jessica Rabbit than Jane Doe, and her physics-defying measurements would kill an ordinary girl. That said, her latest fictional adventure ...

Power supply series extends to 800W 650V output

November 24, 2014 9:33 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 800W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160 ...

Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into ...

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Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

PWM controller features integrated power stage driver

November 20, 2014 4:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) announces the release of the ZSPM2000, a configurable true digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. ZMDI’s ZSPM2000 operates as a synchronous step-down ...

Engineering Newswire: Electric scooter unfolds in a second

November 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Kleefer, a France based company specializing in light electric vehicles for the urban mobility market has partnered with Solvay Engineering Plastics to unveil its unfolding scooter. The foldable scooter was specially designed for intermodal mobility in ...

3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive LIGO ...

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Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Articles | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

Be thankful marketing isn't running R&D

November 19, 2014 4:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I’m back in the office after my annual trip to Minneapolis for a trade show that always happens around the Halloween time of year. The timing seems strangely appropriate given how scary the diminishing event has become. That is to say ...

Network switches reliably expand wired connections for any network

November 19, 2014 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the launch of the G8SW, G16SW, and the GP48SW wired network switches. These switches provide a reliable way to quickly and easily expand wired connections for any network. Features of the new ...

Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC in order to bring application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to market which are resilient to radiation effects. Radiation hardened by design ...

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Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

Universal contact interconnects designed for right-angle applications

November 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand announced a new offering of universal-contact connectors for perpendicular/right angle configurations at electronica 2014. Driven by the growing medical industry need for a low-cost ...

Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

Deadline is Thursday to enter STEM Excellence Awards

November 19, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Educators implementing the growing field of STEM into their everyday school curriculum will have the opportunity to be honored for their efforts at FETC 2015, one of the largest conferences in the nation devoted entirely to education technology. New ...

Agency proposes fee for electric cars

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by ...

LED light engines intended for large fluorescence imaging systems

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) offers high-power LED Light Engines as excitation illuminators for large field-of-view fluorescent imagers used in life science instruments. Specific OEM applications are life science instruments such as ...

MEN Micro announces rugged display computers for railway environments

November 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

MEN Micro, a provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial, mobile, and harsh environment applications, now offers the DC13, a rugged display computer for demanding railway environments. The company is also ...

32-bit microcontroller series features scalable memory configuration

November 18, 2014 2:07 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced a new series of its low-cost, high pin count 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). By blending the key features of Microchip’s existing PIC32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, this latest ...

Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things (On Demand)

November 18, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age ...

Catch ECN's Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things

November 18, 2014 7:53 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter ...

RF power-adjustable radios includes frequencies between 425MHz and 470MHz

November 17, 2014 4:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lemos International/Radiometrix (England), has launched a new range of highly flexible, frequency programmable, RF power adjustable radios. The new NTX2B Transmitter offers industry-leading true Narrow Band FM performance and is available on ...

GaN driver amplifier offers 2W of output power

November 17, 2014 3:53 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a 5 to 8GHz GaN Driver Amplifier. The TriQuint TGA2599-SM offers 2W of output power with >23dB of small signal gain. It uses a 25V bias and draws only 50mA. Other features ...

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