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HotSpot: Paint-on skin for concrete structures

July 14, 2014 3:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed new "sensing skin" technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond quickly to damage in everything from nuclear facilities to bridges....

The first guided .50-caliber bullets

July 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Snipers have to take numerous factors into account, including the terrain, weather, wind-resistance, and over long distances, even the curvature of the Earth — at 1,000 yards, the Coreolis Effect will alter a bullet’s trajectory by about .5 moa (Minute of angle). But until now, we haven’t been able to intentionally alter the course of a bullet....

Drone lighting

July 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots....

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Rugged 6U VPX radar solution is SWaP-optimized

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the VPX6000, a rugged 6U VPX blade featuring a dual processor design based on quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700EQ processors.

Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

July 14, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars. If this interpretation is correct, the outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst....

LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system....

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Photos of the Day: The Navy’s robo-tuna

July 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s robo-tuna, designed by Boston Engineering, is a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This "biometric" autonomous vehicle moves just like a fish, flipping its tail to propel itself....

Engineering Newswire: Airbus details windowless cockpit of the future

July 11, 2014 9:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new patent from Airbus has recently been released detailing an aircraft with a cockpit including a viewing surface for piloting which is at least particularly virtual. This virtual surface would most likely be an OLED screen, and may include the use of holograms....

COTS demi-brick size converters come in package size less than 2 ounces

July 10, 2014 4:29 pm | Synqor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SynQor, Inc. (Boxborough, MA) announces the release of its Military Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Demi Brick Series of DC-DC converters. The new Demi Brick is an isolated and fully regulated converter in a 1.55" x 1.52" x 0.50" size package....

Ethernet cables provide high data rate in lightweight package for aerospace applications

July 10, 2014 3:17 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Landenberg, PA) introduces GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package. Featuring the unique cable jacket material found in GORE 1394b FireWire Cables ...

Engineering Update Episode 66: The Navy's robo-tuna

July 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Navy is experimenting with a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This so-called "biometric" autonomous vehicle not only looks like a fish, but swims like one as well. The "robo-tuna" doesn't rely on traditional means of propulsion like propellers or jets, but it actually swims by flipping its tail....

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Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' quadcopter to lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 12:50 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. Starting from scratch for the eight-month project, the Dropter team was challenged to produce vision-based navigation and hazard detection and avoidance for the dropship....

Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at 1 million kilometers per hour

July 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas....

Forecasting the development of breakthrough technologies to enable novel space missions

July 7, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new report, Technological Breakthroughs for Scientific Progress (TECHBREAK), has been published today by the European Science Foundation. The European Science Foundation (ESF) was contacted at the end of 2009 to conduct a foresight activity for the European Space Agency (ESA)....

The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

A young star's age can be gleamed from nothing but sound waves

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Determining the age of stars has long been a challenge for astronomers. In experiments published in the journal Science, researchers at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy show that 'infant' stars can be distinguished from 'adolescent' stars by measuring the acoustic waves they emit....

Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

July 7, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade. Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone around its star....

Fully illuminated 30mm pushbutton meets the ISO 7000 standard

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. (Vista, CA) announces the new FP30 series pushbutton. Available in either snap-in or threaded bush mounting, this large but lightweight pushbutton is only 1.5 to 2.5mm for the snap in version, and 1 to 9mm for the threaded bushing version....

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

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