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March 2014: Counterfeiting

March 13, 2014 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Digital Editions | Comments

Counterfeit components cost the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. They also create dangerous situations and increase the risk of product failure. In this March issue of ECN, we identify the key battlegrounds in the fight against fake components.• Seeing through the lies explores the idea of using x-ray techniques as a way of identifying counterfeit components, walking readers through the most common indicators of a counterfeit. • Invisible bar codes offers up a solution to counterfeit components in the form of a covert micro-bar code that are virtually indestructible and invisible to the naked eye. • Counterfeit mitigation looks at a report by the Semiconductor Industry Association detailing the ideal defensive maneuvers against counterfeit components.

Up, up and away for a live TV special from space

March 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

National Geographic Channel is targeting a subject that's literally over our heads, bringing it down to Earth in an ambitious two-hour special. Airing Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, "Live From Space" will originate from the International Space Station....

Engineering Update Episode 49: The UK's newest UAV

March 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the Engineering Update. In this week's episode: The UKs newest UAV: UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450. Robots playing ping pong: UHTTR-1 robotic arm plays one mean game of table tennis.

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Microbes in space

March 13, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). The citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led by UC Davis microbiologists....

Photos of the Day: Influential women in engineering

March 11, 2014 9:28 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper served in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) in World War II and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in the 1950s. She was also one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and created the term “debugging”.

Engineering Newswire: Body mounted joystick gives astronauts touch feedback

March 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're getting touchy feely with a body-mounted joystick, 3D-printing heart attack predictors, and installing a fifth eye. This episode features touchy feely body joysticks: To help astronauts experience touch-based feedback in weightlessness...

Galactic gas stations could fuel future missions to the moon

March 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space, according to MIT engineers: A spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the moon, and pick up extra rocket fuel before making its way to the lunar surface.

University of Nevada, Reno joins with NevadaNano for flying sensor project

March 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new contract from the U.S. Army, the University of Nevada, Reno is partnering with NevadaNano to develop a robotic flying vehicle that can be used for environmental health and safety monitoring of large areas. The project combines the autonomous systems expertise of the University with the unique sensor technology NevadaNano has developed for chemical sensing.

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NASA's THEMIS discovers new process that protects Earth from space weather

March 7, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the system that connects Earth to the sun one event happens over and over: solar material streams toward Earth and the magnetic bubble around Earth, the magnetosphere keeps it at bay. Sometimes the magnetosphere blocks almost all the material, other times the connection allows much material in.

Photos of the Day: The AT Black Knight Transformer

March 7, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

The AT Black Knight Transformer is the world’s first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It has the ability to transform from a VTOL helicopter to an off-road vehicle. The Black Knight was designed as a rapid-response evac vehicle for wounded soldiers or cargo transport.

Standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers supplied in current ratings from 150A to 400A

March 6, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Union, NJ) introduced the new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. Used to convert raw alternating current (AC) mains' electricity into direct current (DC) power, the robust devices are hermetically sealed....

650-W AC-DC supply complies with MIL-STD-810F and ANSI/ISA standard for demanding applications

March 6, 2014 2:17 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power’s (Sunnyvale, CA) HHP650 Series of fan-cooled rugged AC/DC power supplies is designed for heavy-use industrial applications. These single output 650-W units can accommodate the extended voltage input range from 85 V to 305 VAC, and can

Engineering Update Episode 48: Jet-powered UAV can roam up to 1,800 miles

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Predator C Avenger is a jet-powered UAV with the firepower, range, and capabilities to set a new gold standard for unmanned vehicles. Whereas the Predator and Reaper were powered by a relatively primitive turboprop engine, with a top speed of 300 mph, the Avenger uses a Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine ...

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Engineering Newswire: Multicopter flies like chopper, drives like car

March 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're using nanotubes to reduce flammability, test-driving BMW's i3 in Las Vegas, and creating real-life transformers with a multicopter. This episode features robots in disguise: Advanced Tactics has developed a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that also features off-road automobile capabilities, which leverages the simplicity and robustness of a multi-copter at a full-scale size.

It's a march of the CubeSats as space station deployment continues

March 5, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes. The miniature satellites, or CubeSats, conduct research and demonstration missions.

NASA's Hubble finds life is too fast, too furious for this runaway galaxy

March 5, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 looks like a dandelion caught in a breeze in this new Hubble Space Telescope image. The galaxy is zooming toward the upper right of this image, in between other galaxies in the Norma cluster located over 200 million light-years away. The road is harsh: intergalactic gas in the Norma cluster is sparse, but so hot at 180 million degrees Fahrenheit that it glows in X-rays.

New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.

Black hawks downed: Study reveals bird threat to U.S. military helicopters

March 4, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rotary-wing aircraft, such as Apache and Chinook helicopters, play vital combat and logistical roles across the U.S. military services, but new research in the Wildlife Society Bulletin reveals how vulnerable these aircraft are to wildlife strikes.

Photos of the Day: The AirMule UAV flying donkey

March 3, 2014 9:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proving that looks aren’t everything, the AirMule UAV, developed by Israel’s Urban Aeronautics, is designed for cargo transport, medical evac, and troop supply missions. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV was unveiled in 2008, completed its maiden flight in 2010, and is scheduled for deployment this year.

Airport lights are watching you

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Because I needed another reason to be skeptical of flying.... The newly installed LED lights in Terminal B of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey don’t just provide clean, bright light for people waiting to catch their flights. They’re part of another installment in the “things that watch us without our knowledge” saga....

Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature capacitance values from 10 to 330 µF

February 28, 2014 4:35 pm | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Liberty, SC) announces the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer capacitors packaged in a V-chip....

40G MicroTCA chassis platform is presented as industry’s first

February 28, 2014 12:17 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced a 40G MicroTCA chassis platform. The 5U chassis holds up to 12 full-sized Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) modules in the single width format. The VT866 is designed for 40GbE (10GBASE-KR) signals. 

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV is a flying donkey

February 28, 2014 12:08 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're saving lives in a flying donkey. From Israel-based Urban Aeronautics, AirMule isn’t the prettiest airborne vehicle you’ll ever lay eyes on, but it is unique in its ability to lift payloads up to 500 kilograms.

NASA's Kepler mission finds 715 more planets outside solar system

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by Punditty | News | Comments

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday it had discovered an additional 715 planets orbiting a total of 305 stars, "revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system." The newly verified discoveries bring the total of known planets outside this solar...

Engineering Update 47: The world's fastest sports car

February 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The world's fastest sports car: Hennessey Venom GT might have just become the fastest 2-seats sports car in the world. In a run that took place on February 14 at the Kennedy space center, the Venom hit speeds of 270.49 mpg.

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