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Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core

April 16, 2015 2:38 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in "dead" galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that three billion years after the Big Bang, these galaxies still made ...

An electronic micropump to deliver treatments deep within the brain

April 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) | News | Comments

Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this reason ...

Fighting the next generation of cyberattacks

April 16, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

The next generation of cyberattacks will be more sophisticated, more difficult to detect and more capable of wreaking untold damage on the nation's computer systems. So the U.S. Department of Defense has given a $3 million grant to ...

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Engineering Update #106: An electric vehicle designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 1:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

Medical team leverages Wi-Fi, mobile health in combat operations settings

April 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Imagine arriving at a major medical center with a life-threatening medical condition. Imagine now, this facility has no paging or cell phone capability. How will the right doctor be alerted that you need treatment to save your life? The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center's Mobile Health Innovation Center ...

Rectifier provides power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications

April 16, 2015 11:16 am | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s CP3500 rectifier is the latest addition to its recently launched rectifier product line and provides industry-leading power conversion density capabilities for data-hungry applications. It is the industry’s first compact, 3.5-kilowatt (kW) AC to 48-volt DC rectifier in a 1U module, providing a higher power-to-space ratio than ...

DoD official: The F-35 won’t outperform the A-10

April 16, 2015 10:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The F-35’s critics have denounced the Joint Strike Fighter for years, but this is one of the first concessions from a high-level government official that this flying Swiss Army Knife won’t live up to its lofty billing. The F-35’s battlefield capabilities won’t surpass the A-10....

Using the cloud to manage large data sets

April 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Dan O’Neil, LORD MicroStrain, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Justin Bessette, LORD MicroStrain, Engineering Manager | Articles | Comments

Having the ability to gather large quantities of data does not necessarily translate into also having the ability to use that data in a meaningful way. While technological advances have made it less expensive to collect data, a need remains for a way to store and ...

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Training Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets

April 15, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While the Navy ponders whether to replace the Tomahawk missile or just update it, Raytheon is preparing a multi-mode seeker test that could allow the Tomahawk Block IV to hit moving targets. The captive flight test would utilize a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone....

Swarming UAVs fly into the future

April 15, 2015 8:53 am | by Office of Naval Research (ONR) | News | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....

TFT display module provides consistent images from all viewing angles

April 14, 2015 1:57 pm | by KOE (Kaohsiung Opto-Electronics) | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial LCD manufacturer, KOE have announced the introduction of a new high performance 3.5" TFT display. The Rugged+ TX09D200VM0BAA features a 3:4 aspect ratio, QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) resolution and IPS (in-plane switching) technology to provide highly consistent color and image ...

8.5 GHz auto calibration unit ideal for manufacturing and test facilities

April 14, 2015 1:48 pm | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the MN25208A SmartCal two-port 8.5 GHz auto calibration unit for its ShockLine family of vector network analyzers (VNAs). A plug-and-play calibration unit, SmartCal automatically powers on via a USB connection and loads calibration coefficients from on-board memory, for faster ...

Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies

April 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an ...

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Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

Executive warns future generation of women at risk of getting pushed out of STEM jobs

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | News | Comments

According to Verizon, technology skills will be required in 80% of all jobs in the next decade. (1) However, the chance for a future generation of women to occupy and excel in these positions is being impeded by social perceptions that STEM ...

HotSpot Episode: High-tech armor monitors damage to combatant

April 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Sydney-based startup Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is developing a full-contact weapons-based fighting competition that uses extremely high-tech suits of armor to protect the combatants while providing real-time updates on how badly ...

China goes on the attack with the “Great Cannon”

April 14, 2015 9:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Not content with merely blocking their own citizens’ unfettered internet access, China has gone to the source, targeting the websites and servers which attempt to circumvent the infamous “Great Firewall of China.” Researchers have dubbed this new attack infrastructure the “Great Cannon”....

'Space-age' research looks to provide new human health insights

April 14, 2015 8:18 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Imagine if all of your physiological changes were hyper accelerated so that you passed through life cycles in weeks as opposed to decades. You'd be able to grow a beard overnight or your hair might begin graying in a matter of days or maybe menopause would come ...

Giant spider robots could change space forever

April 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Giant spiders in space may sound like the beginning of an epic sci-fi horror book, but the real purpose of these nightmare-come-to-life is a little less sinister.

Lethality expert: TRADOC to publish helpful robotics doctrine

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Doctrine drives training and modernization, and new doctrine to be released in January 2016, will provide impetus for growth in the rapidly-evolving field of robotics, Lt. Col. Matt Dooley predicted. Dooley, chief of the lethality branch at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, discussed the future of robotics in ...

Anti-vibration shock mounts improve equipment stability and life

April 13, 2015 11:08 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. has introduced Gell-Low, a series of novel bovine-based anti-vibration shock mounts, designed to reduce vibration and improve equipment stability and life. Also suitable for mounting under mobile cameras on drones, these flexible parts, created from recycled bovine by-products, are produced in a variety of sizes and three colors....

20 TB storage system features modular, CompactPCI serial design

April 13, 2015 10:56 am | by MEN Micro Inc | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has expanded its modular, built-to-order systems with the MH70S designed for storage applications. The CompactPCI Serial platform, which offers a capacity of up to 20 TB, is a pre-configured system for storage intensive applications such as digital video recorders, content servers or NAS. Its robust ...

Why learning to tinker is the key to engineering success

April 13, 2015 9:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jasen Massey. He has a B.S in Physics from Illinois State University and is working on an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His main area of focus is fluids/heat transfer and robotics.

Why I’ll never get in a self-driving car

April 13, 2015 8:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Those prone to car sickness usually prefer to drive. That’s because getting behind the wheel lessens the symptoms you feel as a passenger. But what happens when everyone’s a passenger? What happens to the occupants of self-driving cars?

Defying the odds as a female engineer

April 10, 2015 12:07 pm | by Julia Sklar, MIT News correspondent | Blogs | Comments

When MIT senior Emma Nelson was teaching engineering classes in China in 2013, a male student remarked of her as an instructor, “I thought we were supposed to meet engineers, not women.” As she stared out at the 100 college students before her ...

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