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Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

US, Japan's first rain radar in space comes to end

November 5, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year. NASA predicts that science operations will cease....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

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AeroDef Manufacturing 2015

November 4, 2014 4:28 pm | Events

Join leaders in commercial aerospace manufacturing and defense aerospace manufacturing at the industry’s most acclaimed manufacturing event – AeroDef Manufacturing, with Composites Manufacturing. The leading aerospace manufacturing OEMs ...

Rack-mount OpenVPX chassis serves commercial and military applications

November 4, 2014 3:08 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new high-power conduction-cooled rack-mount OpenVPX chassis designed for use in commercial and military system development applications....

UCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

November 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole. Having studied it during its closest approach to the black hole ...

Photos of the Day: The Army's new "smartsuit"

November 4, 2014 10:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit with the aim of reducing injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. The undersuit won’t exactly augment troops’ physical capabilities....

Is space tourism safe or do civilians risk health effects?

November 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most individuals according to a series of articles on space biomedicine....

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Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

November 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection ...

Army "smartsuit" would augment strength and reduce injuries

November 3, 2014 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

How climate change is affecting NASA

October 31, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

Engineering Newswire: Flying car transforms in seconds

October 31, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Yesterday, at the Pioneers Festival Austria AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled a flying car. A concept that has been in the works for the past 25 years, the AeroMobil 3.0 can transform from a car to an airplane within seconds. Powered by a Rotax 912 engine ...

Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

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Photos of the Day: Supersonic skydiving suit breaks sound barrier

October 29, 2014 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace, in the spacesuit, is shown with crew members Blikkies Blignaut, left, and Alex Garbino in preparation his leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert....

What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

The thrill and challenge of aerial photography

October 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

Projected capacitive sensors pass mil/aero EMI/RFI requirements

October 23, 2014 8:53 am | Touch International | Product Releases | Comments

Touch International (Austin, TX) confirmed that their latest MulTI-Touch line of high-performance projected capacitive sensors passes military and aerospace EMI/RFI requirements. This will have huge benefits for engineers looking to integrate....

Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

October 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today. Over several years ...

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