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Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Galactic serial killer

April 2, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent. For instance, it has some unusual dust lanes [1] embedded within a much larger envelope of stars, and a population of unusually small globular star clusters. These suggest that it may have already swallowed a dust-rich spiral galaxy....

How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

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TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

'Cosmic barometer' could reveal violent events in universe's past

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure. Researchers from Imperial College London have now developed a method for analysing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material....

More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

March 31, 2014 11:11 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

March 31, 2014 9:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications....

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Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years. The autonomous airship operating at an altitude of about 20 km....

COTS Air-flow through (AFT) rugged chassis is presented as industry’s first

March 28, 2014 3:35 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Hybricon AFT16, which is said to be the industry’s first COTS OpenVPX Air Flow Through (AFT) Chassis. Leveraging the company’s AFT subsystem technology, the AFT16 supports

Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half-drone, half-satellite StratoBuses. A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation....

Photos of the Day: NASA's next spacesuit

March 28, 2014 9:19 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design....

First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

March 27, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping...

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Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

March 27, 2014 1:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 1/2 billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.

Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

Temperature-compensated crystal oscillators include accuracy to +/-.5ppm or better

March 26, 2014 4:52 pm | Precision Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices Inc. (Middleton, WI) has announced a major expansion of its TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) product line. These new products target applications where available circuit board space is at a premium or products that require excellent long term precision....

ADCs are hermetically sealed

March 25, 2014 10:00 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) has introduced its ADS-1011 series of analog-to-digital converters with 10-bit resolution and are housed in a 24-pin LCC hermetically sealed ceramic package. Each unit features

Watch a snowman explode at 4500 frames per second

March 25, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though the first day official day of spring has come and gone, those of us still looking at snow piles while waiting for another storm to hit this week aren’t celebrating just yet. In fact, about 99 percent of the conversations I have seem to be about people being “over” winter and “tired of snow”....

Studying crops, from outer space

March 24, 2014 5:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The photosynthetic activity of various regions is changing due to human interaction with the environment, including climate change, which makes large-scale studies of photosynthetic activity of interest. New research from a team including Carnegie's Joe Berry...

Like being inside a star

March 24, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of research scientists from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste used a simulation model that is far more accurate than previously used, and carried out an experiment to test a hypothesis about the behaviour of hydrogen that is splitting the scientific community....

Tracking urban change and flood risk with Landsat

March 21, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Landsat data, which can identify areas of urbanization, are used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a key indicator of sites where the agency should further investigate the potential for flooding. Landsat images help track urban change, a factor that can impact a community’s flood risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, uses these images to help identify where they should launch a new flood study.

Engineering Newswire: Finding bombs with electric noses

March 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Florida are finding that lobsters could one day help protect soldiers. Using data from the lobsters, the researchers have created algorithms that give artificial silicon neurons the ability to not only recognize a scent, but also find it....

Photos of the Day: The Hydra underwater drone

March 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy, in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to deploy the Hydra underwater drone, an underwater “truck”. Hydra will be used to deploy mini drones like Raytheon’s 6 lb. Switchblade drone, for example....

Dramatic new portrait helps define Milky Way's shape, contents

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using more than 2 million images collected by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360 degree portrait of the Milky Way, providing new details of our galaxy's structure and contents.

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