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Photos of the Day: The Armatix iP1 smart gun

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Armatix GmbH .22 iP1 smart gun system works in conjunction with a wristwatch. Both the gun and watch contain RFID chips which communicate with each other and unlock the pistol. Without the watch, the gun won’t operate. In 2002, New Jersey passed a controversial gun-control that required all guns to contain personalization technology....

Embedded graphics module features CoreAVI software drivers

February 25, 2014 12:37 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has begun shipping its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX multi-head graphics display card, the first based on the next generation AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 “Adelaar” GPU.

Photos of the Day: The UAE's drone delivery service

February 25, 2014 9:49 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

While the U.S. struggles to adopt rules and regulations for domestic drone usage — putting Amazon’s planned 30-minute drone delivery service on the backburner for years, possibly decades — the United Arab Emirates plans to introduce their own fleet of drone couriers.

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Overmolded backshells on connector interfaces offer improved reliability

February 24, 2014 4:17 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...

Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

February 24, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy called Andromeda II.

Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

New calibration confirms LUX dark matter results

February 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new high-accuracy calibration of the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) dark matter detector demonstrates the experiment's sensitivity to ultra-low energy events. The new analysis strongly confirms the result that low-mass dark matter particles were a no-show during the detector's initial run, which concluded last summer.

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Europe to build planet-hunting space telescope

February 21, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it plans to launch a satellite to hunt for planets outside our solar system by 2024. ESA says the mission will be called PLATO, short for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars. The satellite will be equipped with 34 telescopes and cameras trained on 1 million nearby stars to search for tell-tale signs of orbiting planets.

Photos of the Day: The Navy's Laser Weapon System

February 21, 2014 9:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) uses the Phalanx Close in Weapon System’s (CIWS) radar track to obtain a target and combines six high-energy laser into a focused beam of light. While the laser uses a mere 30 kilowatts per volley — a few dollars a shot — the weapon is hampered by inclement weather and other adverse conditions.

Navy's laser weapon is thwarted by Mother Nature

February 21, 2014 8:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sci-Fi geeks rejoice — the U.S. Navy’s shipboard laser weapon will deploy this summer. *Cue John Williams soundtrack* But the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) — while dirt-cheap to operate — is hamstrung by Mother Nature: Inclement weather — plus a host of other conditions — could limit its effectiveness. Bummer....

Thick-film axial terminal resistors ideal for high frequency applications and controls

February 19, 2014 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL) adds a new non-inductive option to their Maxi-Mox series of thick-film axial terminal resistors. This alternative to the standard configuration is ideal for high frequency applications and controls. Features include a resistance range of 250 ohms to 1 Teraohm.

Rife with hype, exoplanet study needs patience and refinement

February 19, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine someone spent months researching new cities to call home using low-resolution images of unidentified skylines. The pictures were taken from several miles away with a camera intended for portraits, and at sunset. From these fuzzy snapshots, that person claims to know the city's air quality, the appearance of its buildings, and how often it rains.

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Journalist sues police who questioned drone use

February 19, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A journalist filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Hartford police officers violated his free-speech rights by questioning his use of a remote-controlled aircraft to record images of a car wreck. Pedro Rivera asked a federal court to weigh in on the appropriate uses for aerial drones....

Einstein's conversion from a static to an expanding universe

February 18, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Until 1931, physicist Albert Einstein believed that the universe was static. An urban legend attributes this change of perspective to when American astronomer Edwin Hubble showed Einstein his observations of redshift in the light emitted by far away nebulae—today known as galaxies.

RF loads provide up to 18 GHz

February 18, 2014 2:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) releases all new lines of medium and high power RF loads. These new RF loads (also referred to as RF terminations and dummy loads) are commonly used in military/aerospace, defense, and test and measurement applications in order to protect radios and amplifiers under test from excess power in the system.

When a black hole shreds a star, a bright flare tells the story

February 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz uses computer simulations to explore the universe's most violent events, so when the first detailed observations of a star being ripped apart by a black hole were reported in 2012 (Gezari et al., Nature), he was eager to compare the data with his simulations.

When the going gets tough, rugged connectors deliver

February 18, 2014 11:58 am | by David Cianciolo, Director of Engineering, Fischer Connectors | Fischer Connectors | Articles | Comments

When you’re designing equipment for extreme conditions or critical situations, high performing components are essential, and rugged connectors offer a reliable solution for the toughest situations. Rugged connectors are engineered for a variety of demanding applications, including extreme temperatures....

Photos of the Day: DARPA's "vanishing" electronics that self-destruct

February 17, 2014 10:45 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has awarded a $3.5 million contract to IBM for its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) project, which aims to create “transient” electronics that can "disappear" remotely. Here you see a chip dissolving into water droplets.

For DARPA’s next trick: Things that disappear

February 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), through its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR), is working on what it calls “transient” electronics that can disappear when activated remotely. The BBC recently reported that DARPA awarded a $3.5 million contract....

How far should the 1st Amendment protect domestic drones?

February 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Does the “right to know” trump privacy rights? Should journalists exercise restraint in coverage of sensitive topics? At what point does a slavish devotion to the 1st Amendment absolve the press of any moral responsibility? These are very old questions, but they’ve become particularly relevant in the age of 24/7 citizen journalism....

Photos of the Day: The Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle demonstrator

February 14, 2014 8:01 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The BAE Systems Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is being billed as the most advanced British aircraft ever built. The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator will be a semi-autonomous stealth vehicle capable of striking intercontinental targets.

Engineering Update Episode 45: The most advanced British aircraft ever built

February 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Taranis, an unmanned combat demonstrator aircraft being billed as the most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers took it's first 15-minute test flight under the command of test pilot Bob Fraser, a few months ago at a super top secret location.

Second NASA grant will fund UT Arlington study of space weather effects

February 13, 2014 10:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington physicist Yue Deng will receive more than $500,000 from NASA to study how space weather events such as solar flares drive vertical winds to affect electrodynamics in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Deng's work could one day help operators of near-earth satellites....

3D-printed drones: The future of warfare?

February 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s like learning about the newest celebrity couple. The only difference is that you won’t read about this development in the tabloids. The United States didn’t really need any more incentive to outdo other countries in military technology, but 3D printing is an attractive avenue to further enhance our growing preference for drone warfare.

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