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NASA's Aqua satellite sees demise of Tropical Cyclone Ola

February 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tropical Cyclone Ola was being battered by vertical wind shear in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an infrared picture of the storm. On Feb. 3, 2015 at 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...

Smart clothing could take over the wearables market

February 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martine Escoffier, Mass Market and On Line Channel – Volume MEMS division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

In the realm of wearables, smart watches and fitness wristbands seem to rule the day. But a new legion of wearables is strutting to the stage. Here comes Smart Clothing. We’re not talking about exotic couture like the robotic spider dress created by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht recently ...

Embedded computer intended for demanding mobile environments

February 3, 2015 11:58 am | by Elma Electronic Inc. | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. now offers a modular, high performance embedded computer packaged for applications in demanding mobile environments. The modular COM Express-based computer includes a Cisco-certified routing engine complete with the full suite of ...

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Power supply designed for medical devices and industrial test equipment

February 3, 2015 11:56 am | by SL Power Electronics Corporation | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The MINT1500 AC/DC power supply from SL Power Electronics Corporation solves a multitude of power challenges for next-generation medical devices and industrial test equipment. The high performance MINT1500 meets design engineers’ requirement for a highly efficient ...

NTU unveils Singapore's first 3-D printed concept car

February 3, 2015 11:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the ...

Ultra-miniature connectors ideal for PCB and panel applications

February 3, 2015 11:37 am | by Southwest Microwave, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. has announced the introduction of a series of ultra-miniature 0.9 mm SuperMini DC to 67 GHz connectors. Connectors in the 0.9 mm SuperMini product line provide the superior performance of Southwest Microwave’s standard-size, high frequency ...

Cables ideal for commercial lighting designs

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by AFC Cable Systems | Product Releases | Comments

AFC Cable Systems announces their “NEW” MC Luminary cables. These metal-clad cables combine electric lighting and control circuits under a single interlocked armor. MC Luminary cable is ideal for commercial lighting designs in Smart buildings for both LED and fluorescent dimming....

‘Rugged’ drives join military drone’s arsenal of tech

February 3, 2015 10:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Mountain Secure Systems in Longmont, Colo. recently shipped an order of removable, ruggedized solid state drives for use in a pod system for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone, the company announced on Feb. 3. The MQ-9 drone is utilized by the U.S. military....

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The wonderful world of Internet of Things

February 3, 2015 10:52 am | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are becoming smarter and smarter. Enormous tasks ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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....

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