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NACA's space legacy: The Cold War and beyond

January 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Mark Wright, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who joined NASA after its creation, tested, developed, and recommended one of the most vital technologies that the United States needed in order to successfully launch the Saturn rockets in the 1960s.

2014: The year in ideas from TED Talks

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by TED Talks | News | Comments

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch TED's 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of the year at http://yearinideas.ted.com/2014. Including: Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space 

Poland to search for its famous WWII submarine

January 2, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Polish teams will search this year for the Polish submarine ORP Orzel, which disappeared in the North Sea in May 1940 during a mission with the Allies in World War II. The two searches will be conducted by the Culture Ministry and the Maritime Museum in the Baltic port of Gdansk.

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Samsung TVs to use company's own Tizen software

January 2, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the company's latest attempt to boost its software power. The company said Friday that the first Tizen-equipped smart TVs will be unveiled next week at a trade show in Las Vegas...

iPhone user returns to BlackBerry

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The BlackBerry's blinking red light used to haunt me. Just when I thought I could relax, enjoy a nice dinner or go for a run, my BlackBerry would start blinking again, signaling a new message. I was an addict. Typing with one hand, hiding the BlackBerry under the dinner table...

Subminiature fuses feature highly compact surface-mountable packages

December 29, 2014 2:51 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced two new series of its popular NANO2 Subminiature Fuse, each of which provides surge tolerance and circuit protection against overload conditions for downstream components. Both feature highly compact ...

Key decisions on drones likely from congress

December 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said ...

Wi-Fi range extenders boost coverage by up to 10,000 sq ft

December 29, 2014 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the debut of two new, first-of-their-kind, high power, ultra-fast AC1200 and AC1750, plug-in Wi-Fi range extenders. The REC22A and REC33A are easy to install; simply plug them into any wall outlet, and after ...

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Universal PMIC offers up to 40V input

December 29, 2014 1:16 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR77129, a quad output programmable Universal PMIC with an input operating voltage range of 6V to 40V. Its patented control architecture is well-suited for 40V inputs using a 17-bit wide PID voltage mode ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

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The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation. Worldwide market revenue for MEMS ...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

Why Beacon is the next big thing in wireless

December 29, 2014 5:35 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

During the year of 2014, the word beacon was redefined. If you know the word iBeacon technology, you probably know what I’m talking about. I could spend many pages describing the various opportunities with beacons although allow me to try to summarize the most ...

Drones become popular holiday gifts

December 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in ...

Leading the bionic age

December 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

The bionic age is no longer the workings of a far-fetched sci-fi movie; it’s here, now. We have experienced the first bionic eye and limbs. These technologies merge human capabilities with machines. They transform how we live, and who we are. They are ...

How to connect the "other 3 billion" people

December 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For those of us who are constantly connected to the grid, living without the Internet may be a difficult concept to grasp, but the reality is that more than three billion people lack the proper access to the Internet. In attempts to connect the “other three billion" ...

Engineering Live: The Connected Person

December 23, 2014 10:49 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Videos | Comments

The industry is rife with expanded interconnectivity, operability, and communication. Wearables and the e-health industry is personalizing healthcare beyond anything patients have ever experienced, as the Internet of Things has provided each of us with ...

Bluetooth transmitters can be configured in 9 different languages

December 22, 2014 3:49 pm | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The UWBT Series of Bluetooth transmitters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) combine the accuracy of an industrial sensor/transmitter with the convenience of smartphones and tablets. It measures different sensor inputs such as thermocouple, RTD, relative humidity ...

600 Watt universal power supply features metal enclosure

December 22, 2014 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition to their TRACO Power portfolio of the new 600 Watt TXH 600 Series of 12 to 54VDC output power supplies with universal input of 90–264VAC active power factor correction or ...

DC/DC converters designed for electric vehicle applications

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and ...

Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

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