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F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

February 26, 2015 4:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 26, 2015 3:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of...

Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 1:45 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to...

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

February 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-...

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Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

February 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

Photos of the Day: The "Ghost Gunner" milling machine for AR-15 lower receivers

February 26, 2015 11:21 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “Ghost Gunner” tabletop milling machine can “manufacture any mil-spec 80% AR-15 lower receiver that already has the rear take down well milled out ... lowers with non-mil-spec trigger guards that are otherwise mil-spec are also compatible”....

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Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

3 things kids need to become stellar engineers

February 26, 2015 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Part of the ongoing discussion on STEM is deciphering the perfect formula for introducing kids to engineering or science and keeping them interested enough to consider it for a career.

Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 25, 2015 5:12 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

Planar transformers feature power levels from 50-200W

February 25, 2015 2:06 pm | by Champs Technologies, LLC | Champs Technologies, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Champs Technologies officially introduces to the market a standard planar transformer series termed “G45”. They have been specifically developed, tested, and adapted for use in Linear Technology’s Reference Design Series DC1317A. That series is renowned for its high efficiency and power....

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Position hinge delivers “one-way” motion

February 25, 2015 2:03 pm | by Reell Precision Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The new “PHT Position Hinge” from Reell Precision Manufacturing introduces an ideal solution for high-performance position control applications by providing reliable holding force in one direction while enabling easy adjustment with virtually no resistance in the other. This unique hinge delivering “one-way” motion especially suits ...

DC-DC converters provide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC

February 25, 2015 1:55 pm | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s new 228-watt (W) quarter-brick QHHD019A0B isolated DC-DC converters are the latest addition to its Hammerhead series of DC-DC modules. The low-height converters provide a single, precisely regulated output voltage over an ultra-wide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC. Cost-effective and energy- and space-efficient ...

Photos of the Day: Military's largest cargo plane transports pathfinder backplane

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Rare glimpse into the mouth of a C-5 Galaxy military transport plane, the largest cargo plane in the U.S. fleet, which was designed to carry tanks, just before STTARS (the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea) was loaded for transport....

Power resistor lowers costs in automotive and industrial applications

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q200-qualified, 25 W thick film power resistor in a compact surface-mount TO-252 style (DPAK) package. For automotive, industrial, and military applications, the Vishay Sfernice DTO25 saves space compared with previous-generation solutions....

In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. That's one of the dilemmas confronting efforts to power cars ...

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NFC/RFID tags achieve best-in-class data retention

February 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The SRTAG NFC/RFID tags from STMicroelectronics combine the market’s widest memory range, best-in-class data retention and write-erase cycles, and the strongest data protection, opening new possibilities for short-range wireless connectivity in consumer electronics, computer peripherals, home appliances, industrial automation ...

Russia to keep its part of space station after its duty ends

February 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that. Roscosmos' scientific council concluded Tuesday that ...

An introduction to 3D-printed cars

February 25, 2015 9:24 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions....

Engineering Live: The Connected Person (On Demand)

February 25, 2015 8:49 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 ...

Company refuses to ship milling machine for 3D-printed firearms

February 25, 2015 8:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business partners – including 3D-printer manufacturers – the heebie jeebies. Some have outright refused to have their name associated with 3D-printed firearms....

9 experiments that shaped the future of engineering

February 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering. | Blogs | Comments

The electrical research event most people know of is Benjamin Franklin’s Kite & Key. The legend goes that Benjamin Franklin tied a key to a kite and flew that kite in a lightning storm to prove electricity was a natural occurrence.

Here's what it takes to to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

Nanotechnology and genetic interference may tackle 'untreatable' brain tumors

February 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new Tel Aviv University study may offer ...

100W S-Band transistors cover frequencies up to 3.5GHz

February 24, 2015 3:34 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS GaN transistors from TriQuint (Qorvo). These 28V devices offer 107W P3dB for applications in Radar, professional or military communication systems and avionics. Covering frequencies up to 3.5GHz ...

Space station 3-D printed items, seedlings return in the belly of a Dragon

February 24, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newly 3-D printed wrenches, data to improve cooling systems, protein crystals and seedling samples returned Feb. 10 aboard SpaceX's fifth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers will ...

Current-sensing resistors improve LED brightness portable battery-powered applications

February 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Vishay Precision Group (VPG) | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors product line (VFR) has introduced two new ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z-Foil current sensing resistors designed to improve LED brightness and efficiency in portable battery-powered applications. The LED1625 and LED221 ...

The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...

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