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Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 11:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon ...

Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

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Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

Power supplies comply with latest level VI energy efficiency standard

November 13, 2014 2:22 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced what it believes to be one of the first 5 Watt plug top power supplies to comply with the new Energy Star level VI energy efficiency standard. A requirement for all such external power supplies in use from February 2016 ...

SmartWatch: Obama fancies self an Internet advocate with Title II remarks

November 13, 2014 1:23 pm | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same. In this ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

AC/DC power supplies designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards

November 13, 2014 10:01 am | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct (Stoughton, MA), the MPG-120S series is a family of high performance 120W open-frame AC/DC power supplies specifically designed to meet energy saving eco-design standards. Fabricated on a ...

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Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

Wind farms generate enough power for every home in Scotland

November 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what is a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

Automotive-grade film capacitors designed for safety applications

November 12, 2014 3:21 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET (Simpsonville, SC) introduced automotive-grade film capacitors at the Electronica 2014 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The F862 Metallized Polypropylene Film Class X2 Series is specifically designed for safety applications subject to ...

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Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

This robot fights like the Karate Kid

November 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you take a look at this recently released video from IHMC Robotics you may feel like you’ve seen these moves somewhere before. This is the Atlas robot build by Boston Dynamics. IHMC did the control algorithm that allows the 330-pound...

Mouser to distribute products by Advantech, an Intel IoT Member

November 11, 2014 3:51 pm | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced today it has entered into a distribution agreement for Europe and the Americas with Advantech, an innovator in the development and manufacture of high-quality, high-performance embedded and automation ...

Harwin signs Lacon as German distributor

November 11, 2014 3:43 pm | News | Comments

Harwin has appointed Lacon as its German distributor to help drive increased market penetration in the region.  Lacon has over thirty years’ experience in high value-added distribution services and carries over 100,000 product lines from leading European ...

Automotive lighting solution capable of driving LEDs up to 60 volts

November 11, 2014 3:39 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced two new devices for use in vehicle lighting systems. The NCV78763 advanced smart power ballast and dual channel LED driver provides a highly efficient single-chip automotive lighting solution that ...

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

High-power transceiver permits signals to penetrate obstacles

November 11, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron, Inc. (Carmel, IN) introduces the new HP Series transceiver which features the same high-performance RF specifications and reliability as the existing DTX+ Series with the added benefit of a high-power transmitter. This permits signals ...

Wireless sensor development kits enable rapid deployment of industrial systems

November 11, 2014 8:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced a suite of comprehensive development kits enabling manufacturers of industrial equipment to easily add remote sensing and monitoring capabilities to their Internet of Things and Big Data products....

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