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NASA budget to fund Mars mission, asteroid capture

February 3, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) ...

Zebrafish flex their muscles for research aboard the International Space Station

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Although zebrafish are not deadlifting weights in orbit, they are helping researchers learn about muscle changes during their stay aboard the International Space Station. This impacts not only the fish, but also the crew and can have implications for Earth-related muscle ...

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects

February 3, 2015 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects in health care and biomedical research, according to the findings of a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report calls for greater transparency about how people's data are used, and recommends the ...

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An aircraft’s electric power characteristics

February 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Bharat Rawal and Ron Demcko, AVX Corp | Articles | Comments

Aircraft electric power characteristics are critical in present-day designs. Design engineers of system blocks, ranging from central processing units to control surface actuators/motors, are increasingly concerned with voltage holdup and quality during transition times between ...

What driver assistance system will change the way we drive?

February 3, 2015 10:01 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

Would you trust an autonomous car? Would you trust its extra pair of eyes identifying the objects all around, in all circumstances — including pitch-black night, heavy rain or deep fog? Would you trust your car to adapt its speed and to change lanes according to the ...

British Army uses old Soviet tactics with "Facebook Warriors"

February 3, 2015 8:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The British Army is creating a battalion of "Facebook Warriors" who will spread disinformation and propaganda through social media. Seriously, the definition of “warrior” is changing by the minute. The “Facebook Warriors” will take their cue ...

A scalable electric drive for buses and trucks

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The future belongs to electric motors, and commercial vehicles are no exception. To date, however, many attempts to develop electric motors for commercial vehicles have stalled at the prototype stage or are extremely expensive: Usually electric models ...

Modules simplify design and installation at the system level

February 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by Ioxus, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus has announced the official launch of the iMOD X-Series, a family of 22 modules that makes the design and installation at the system level extremely easy for the end-customer. The architecture of the iMOD X-Series will be the framework for ...

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High-voltage MOSFETs built on Gen II Super Junction Technology

February 2, 2015 3:29 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced the addition of 11 new devices to its 500 V series of high-voltage MOSFETs optimized for operation in switch mode power supplies (SMPS) to 500 W. Featuring the same benefits of extremely ...

Microcontrollers draw only 124 μA when operating at 1 MHz

February 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Renesas Electronics America | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of the RL78/I1D group of microcontrollers (MCUs). The RL78/I1D group realizes the industry’s lowest power consumption and integrates a wealth of analog functions usable in various sensing ...

Engineering Newswire: Vampire-bat inspired drone walks & flies

February 2, 2015 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot drone was inspired by vampire bats, which use the tips of its wings like legs to essentially walk while on the ground. Likewise, the new drone has wings that act as both wings and legs. The bat-inspired drone ...

Pi aims for the sky with Raspberry Pi 2

February 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Today, element14 launched the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, adding speed and memory to the $35 credit-card sized computer in its first major upgrade since 2012. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has six times the speed and two times the memory of its ...

APEC 2015

February 2, 2015 10:37 am | by ECN Staff | Events

As the premier event in Applied Power Electronics, APEC focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business. This is not just a designer’s conference, APEC has something of interest for anyone involved in ...

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Gates talks philanthropy, fighting disease in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post, Gates said that ...

App lets anyone see for the blind

February 2, 2015 10:02 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help.....

Kickstarting IoT in 2015

February 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Iain Galloway, Manager Technology Strategy, Global Sales and Marketing | Blogs | Comments

As analysts had anticipated, IoT technologists are keeping the sector’s innovation engine strong in the first quarter of 2015. At this year’s CES and across the globe, IoT ecosystem developers brought exciting new products to the launch pad....

This is the only advice for girls who want to be engineers

February 2, 2015 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There is a constant discussion in STEM about what we should do about the gender gap. The conversation ranges from, 'Should we be doing anything?' to 'What types of toys will teach my children the skills they'll need to succeed as an engineer?'

Smart cameras designed for use in intelligent transportation systems

January 30, 2015 12:12 pm | by Vision Components.com | Product Releases | Comments

Smart cameras from Vision Components’ new VC F series are designed for use in intelligent transportation systems, e.g. for automatic license plate recognition (freeflow ALPR applications) in combination with the company’s software tool CARRIDA....

The Super Bowl is a "No Drone Zone" (really?)

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Just in case you wanted to try something dumb in front of the largest audience in the world, the FAA is here to tell you ... no. I’m not sure why this needed clarification in the first place, but the FAA has clarified that Super Bowl XLIX is a “No Drone Zone”....

Module stores the last 30 daily total flows

January 30, 2015 11:43 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

With a built-in user-configurable, real-time clock, the wireless Totalizer Module stores the last 30 daily total flows. Data can be accessed wirelessly when connected to the SignalFire Modbus-in-a-Stick, a rugged, integrated device combining ...

Varistors provide bi-directional transient voltage protection

January 30, 2015 11:34 am | by Avx Corporation | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the voltage and energy ratings of its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series with the addition of its new VR20 varistors, expanding both the number and type of applications for which the series is an ideal solution. Based on ...

DC/DC module simplifies power supply design

January 30, 2015 11:18 am | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the ISL8203M, a dual 3A/single 6A step-down DC/DC power module that simplifies power supply design for FPGAs, ASICs, microprocessors, DSPs and other point of load conversions in communications, test and measurement ...

SXSW names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables ...

Why hard work is the best part of engineering

January 30, 2015 8:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Erin Conklin, a senior at Syracuse University (Editor: Go Orange!), studying aerospace engineering and psychology with a  minor in mathematics. When Erin was a child, she wanted to be a paleontologist. But as she grew older, her thoughts turned towards a very different career....

Automotive thin-film chip resistor offers performance to +155°C

January 30, 2015 8:32 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its PATT precision automotive thin film chip resistor family with devices in the 0402 and 1206 case sizes. The devices are available with gold-plated terminals for conventional solder assembly....

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