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Chemical weapons: Then and now

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Sadly, human history offers all too many examples of how chemical weapons can be used to devastating effect. The employment of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) dates back to at least as far as 1000 BC, when the Chinese used arsenical smokes as weapons.

The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

Buck converter features 12µA quiescent current

February 4, 2014 11:37 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3638, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

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High-power GaN switches designed for wideband applications

February 4, 2014 9:30 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power.

Photos of the Day: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

February 4, 2014 9:18 am | News | Comments

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has weathered numerous delays, controversies, and cost-overuns. The troubled jet, set to be the world's most expensive weapons program, will replace the majority of America's legacy fighters. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the F-35 the "backbone of America's tactical aviation fleet for decades to come."

Space flies offer clues about microgravity's impact on astronauts

February 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fruit flies bred in space are offering scientists a clue as to how astronauts' immune systems may be damaged during prolonged space travel. A team of researchers from the University of California at Davis and the University of Central Florida has been studying the impact weightlessness has on fruit flies in space.

One planet, 2 stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form

January 31, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. Like the fictional Star Wars planet, Kepler-34(AB)b is a circumbinary planet, so-called because its orbit encompasses two stars.

'Attention on the flight deck': What doctors can learn from pilots about communication

January 31, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As computers become common in medical examination rooms across the United States, a new study explores the role this technology plays in the doctor-patient relationship. The researchers looked to aviation, with its long history of success in complex communication between humans and machines, as an exemplar that may provide useful strategies to improve communication in the exam room.

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Military Radar Summit

January 31, 2014 11:10 am | Events

In its 7th year, the event is the only one of its kind in North America that focuses solely on advancing military radar capabilities. This event will bring together the most influential and knowledgeable radar experts in order to discuss the future measures and strategies for Developing the Next-Generation Military Radar while Maintaining and Advancing Current Systems.

Photos of the Day: The Skywhale concept plane

January 31, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Skywhale, a concept plane by Spanish designer Oscar Vinals, would include three floors with a total seating capacity of 755 passengers. Much like luxury ocean liners, the top floor would be first class and have all the associated privileges. The middle floor would be business class, and the bottom floor would be coach.

Sea the future: New research on ocean conditions will aid planners

January 30, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) announced this week a grant to the University of Melbourne that will provide new insights into ocean conditions—crucial information for Navy planners involved in tactical and strategic decision-making. The project is intended to improve understanding of conditions in the Indian Ocean....

Engineering Update Episode #43: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane

January 30, 2014 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane: The SkyWhale might not sound like the greatest name in the world for an airplane, but it's a pretty apt description for this flying beast. A minesweeping robot: Unfortunately, the task of clearing the mines is often prohibitively expensive or complicated....

Step-down regulator in 3mm x 4mm QFNNow offered in H grade & military MP grade to +150°C

January 29, 2014 2:39 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces new high reliability H grade and military MP grade versions of the LTC3612, a high efficiency, 4MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency, current mode architecture. The device can deliver up to 3A of continuous output current....

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Electronic tilt sensors can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

January 29, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Durakool (Elkhart, Indiana) is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customer's exact specifications.

Ceramic capacitors offer first-to-market CV values

January 29, 2014 8:58 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation is pleased to announce High Voltage-High Temperature (HV-HT) Series, 200 degrees C Capable Surface Mount Ceramic Capacitors in C0G Dielectric. This new product line offers industry-leading performance at extreme temperatures, patented C0G dielectric technology and greater volumetric efficiency....

River of hydrogen flowing through space seen with Green Bank Telescope

January 28, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University has discovered what could be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen flowing through space. This very faint, very tenuous filament of gas is streaming into the nearby galaxy NGC 6946....

Circular connector delivers 10 Gb ethernet performance in lightweight package

January 28, 2014 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces its new CeeLok FAS-T nano circular connector, a nano-miniature, rugged I/O connector capable of meeting 10 gigabit Ethernet performance. The proven, noise-cancelling contact configuration minimizes crosstalk, making it ideal for a variety of markets and applications....

China's lunar rover has mechanical trouble

January 27, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years.

SMPS capacitors certified to T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 QPL qualification

January 24, 2014 10:30 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has received T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 qualification approval for its new 25V, unencapsulated, BX characteristic (X7R dielectric), horizontally stacked SMPS capacitors in case sizes 1-6.  The new components further expand AVX’s already extensive offering of BX characteristic SMPS capacitors listed on the MIL-PRF-49470 QPL....

Engineering Update #42: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone

January 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's edition of Engineering Update: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone: The Pocket Drone is a miniature, foldable tricopter designed to carry a GoPro camera. SeeThru smart glasses: The newest in smart glasses is called SeeThru, from French company, Laster Technologies.

LED drop light equipped with a 50,000 hour LED T8 lamp

January 23, 2014 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new 14 watt LED drop light. These drop lights are suitable for civilian and military shelters, general maintenance, construction, aircraft interiors, emergency shelters and ship yards. The LED lamp in the FTL-3-LED-25 offers much longer lamp life....

Power supplies offer up to 1350VA of AC power

January 23, 2014 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax now presents its customer base with the Behlman PF1350 and PF1351. Targeting mission-critical industrial and military powers system designs, these compact, power factor-corrected bench-top units differentiate themselves from competing AC frequency products on the market through their compelling mix of performance, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

12,000 lb test craft dropped 8,000 ft

January 20, 2014 1:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an ... 

Expanded ethernet switch family offers robust network communication

January 20, 2014 1:11 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has expanded its line of rugged, managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions. In addition to the original 6U CompactPCI (C660) version, Aitech now offers managed Gigabit Ethernet switches in 6U VPX (C670), 3U VPX (C680) and XMC (M620) formats.

How Boeing converted F-16s into unmanned aerial targets

January 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Boeing test pilot Jason Clements goes through final flight checks in the cockpit of an F-16. He makes sure all his switches are set, the throttle is free and clear, and the lights are on. Clements does a final radio check, and the jet is ready for takeoff. He then steps out of the cockpit and closes the canopy via remote switch. The F-16 takes off with no human occupant. What in the world just happened?

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