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Engineering Update 58: Ground-based laser burns through enemy boats

May 15, 2014 10:35 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We've previously discussed the Navy's Laser Weapon System (or LaWS), a solid-state laser capable of burning through drones and small enemy boats with the lethality of a blowtorch. But in the meantime, Lockheed Martin has been hard at work developing a prototype ground-based laser....

GSM monitoring receiver targets government, military and homeland security systems

May 14, 2014 12:20 pm | Pentek | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek, Inc., (Upper Saddle River, NJ) announced the newest member of its Cobal family: the Model 52663 full spectrum GSM channelizer 3U VPX module. Using a highly optimized IP core for the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA, the 52663 is appropriate for…

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings

May 14, 2014 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Lubricants are required wherever moving parts come together. They prevent direct contact between solid elements and ensure that gears, bearings, and valves work as smoothly as possible. Depending on the application, the ideal lubricant must meet conflicting requirements.

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3 astronauts return to Earth

May 14, 2014 8:56 am | by DMITRY LOVETSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station landed Wednesday in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The landing occurred on schedule with the capsule descending under a white parachute. It had undocked from the orbiting laboratory some 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the Earth about three hours earlier.

Solar-powered UAS provides “silent operation”

May 13, 2014 3:51 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a flying Prius with all the blather of a mime and you’ve got the Silent Falcon sUAS. This solar-powered small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) was one of the cooler wares on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida....

Computing platform provides I/O design configurability

May 13, 2014 12:13 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduced the S50J Computing Platform, a rugged field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for design versatility. According to the company, virtually any I/O scheme can be supported using…

Rugged processing modules offer cost-effective solution

May 13, 2014 11:43 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the first member of its new family of rugged ARM®-based COTS processing modules, the VPX3-1701, a 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) based on a CPU that features dual 1 GHz ARM processors.

HADES searches for Dark Matter

May 13, 2014 8:53 am | by HZDR | News | Comments

Although Dark Energy and Dark Matter appear to constitute over 95 percent of the universe, nobody knows of which particles they are made up. Astrophysicists now crossed one potential Dark Matter candidate – the Dark Photon or U boson – off the list in top position.

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Remote-controlled research sub lost in Pacific

May 13, 2014 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A remote-controlled research sub exploring some of the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean has been lost. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution says the Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Nereus was lost during its six-mile dive to the Kermadec Trench on Friday.

UN weighs laws for future 'killer robots'

May 13, 2014 8:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday. At the first United Nations meeting devoted to the subject, representatives began trying to define the limits and responsibilities of so-called lethal autonomous weapons systems that could go beyond human-directed drones.

European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 13, 2014 8:39 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe's highest court said Tuesday. In a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing personal information.

Study validates air sampling techniques to fight bioterrorism

May 12, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Air and surface sampling techniques currently used by the US government are effective in fighting bioterrorism and potentially saving lives, a Saint Louis University researcher finds. Results published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism by Alexander Garza, M.D., MPH, former chief medical officer at the Department of Homeland Security and a team of researchers from Lo...

Court sides with US in cell-tracking records case

May 12, 2014 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

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Engineering Newswire: Snake robot enables automated aircraft wing assembly

May 9, 2014 8:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Thanks to a snake-like robot produced by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, automated aircraft wing assembly may be in the near future. Until now, aircraft assembly has involved a high proportion of manual processes, which limits production output....

NASA tests alternative jet fuel

May 8, 2014 4:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA took to the skies this week - along with international partners the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) - to begin a series of flight tests to gather critical data that may aid in the development of cleaner aircraft fuels.

Astronomers create first realistic virtual universe

May 8, 2014 12:38 pm | by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | News | Comments

Cambridge, MA -Move over, Matrix - astronomers have done you one better. They have created the first realistic virtual universe using a computer simulation called "Illustris." Illustris can recreate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution in a cube 350 million light-years on a side with unprecedented resolution.

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

UK Space Scientist Colin Pillinger Dies at 70

May 8, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Colin Pillinger, an ebullient British space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a probe on Mars, has died. He was 70. Pillinger's family said Thursday that he died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after suffering a brain hemorrhage while sitting in his garden in the university town.

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Europe mulls flight recorder changes after jet saga

May 7, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Aviation Safety Agency is proposing to improve aircraft flight recorders and underwater locating devices in response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Nearly two months after the Malaysian jet went missing...

Navy readies UAV for summer sea trials

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.The program’s test team will conduct various test events with the X-47B over the next few...

Astronomers harness the galaxy’s biggest telescope to make most precise measurement of spinning star

May 7, 2014 9:32 am | by International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has made a measurement of a distant neutron star that is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best. The researchers were able to use the interstellar medium, the ‘empty’ space between...

Staying on task in the automated cockpit

May 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society | News | Comments

Automation in the cockpit is traditionally believed to free pilots’ attention from mundane flight tasks and allow them to focus on the big picture or prepare for any unexpected events during flight. However, a new study published in Human...

Making light work of orbit & altitude control

May 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Microsatellites have to be very light – every gram counts. The same applies to the gyroscopes used to sense the satellite’s orientation when in orbit. A novel prototype is seven times lighter and significantly smaller than ...   

Engineering's 4 lines of business focus on problem-solving

May 6, 2014 11:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineering is about making dreams a reality. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the team in the Engineering and Technology Directorate not only puts those visions on paper, but sees the designs all the way ...      

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