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Weighing the Milky Way

July 30, 2014 11:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? It turns out the way some astrophysicists have been studying our galaxy made it appear that the Milky Way might be more massive than it's neighbor down the street, Andromeda....

Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The world's oceans are vast and deep, yet rapidly advancing technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril, an international team of scientists warned this week. In an analysis in Biogeosciences, which is published by the European Geosciences Union, the researchers outline "services" or benefits provided by the deep ocean to society....

Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

July 30, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays....

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Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes....

NASA sees developing Tropical Storm Halong causing warning

July 30, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA infrared satellite data revealed that Tropical Storm Halong is surrounded by strong thunderstorms and an eye appears to be developing. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Halong on July 29 at 03:29 UTC (July 28 at 11:29 p.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument captured data on the cloud cover....

Mysterious molecules in space

July 29, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the carbon, hydrogen, silicon and other atoms in the universe....

TVS diodes include customizable upscreening and sorting process flows

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has expanded its offering of High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes available with customized upscreening and sorting process flows. These components, which protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events ...

Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth

July 28, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering....

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Glow in space is evidence of a hot bubble in our galaxy

July 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When we look up to the heavens on a clear night, we see an immense dark sky with uncountable stars. With a small telescope we can also see galaxies, nebulae, and the disks of planets. If you look at the sky with an X-ray detector, you would see many of these same familiar objects....

Hotspot: Talking to Mars with commercial orbiting satellites

July 28, 2014 12:58 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to Mars. By developing new business models for commercial and government partnerships, NASA is hoping to broaden the participation in exploring Mars....

Photos of the Day: The Striker II night vision helmet

July 28, 2014 11:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Striker II night vision helmet from BAE Systems aims to free up the pilot by integrating night vision within the helmet itself. According to the company, the system “integrates a center-mounted ISIE-11 sensor based on Intevac Photonics’ patented advanced imaging sensor technology, known as the electron bombarded active pixel sensor (EBAPS)”....

This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military standards is that of the jet fighter pilot. Not only are they required to process a lot of operational information very quickly, they must do it while wearing headgear that can strain the head and neck the faster the plane flies....

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

July 28, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone....

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Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

Hubble finds 3 surprisingly dry exoplanets

July 25, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth....

This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops. Information is king on the battlefield....

Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

July 23, 2014 12:14 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed there 45 years ago....

Low-loss, flexible cables rival semi-rigid

July 23, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a new range of flexible cable assemblies which outperform semi-rigid cable performance. Combining advanced coaxial cable and proprietary VP90 expanded PTFE (ePTFE) extrusion technologies, HSI is able to…

This is what a fireball in space looks like

July 23, 2014 9:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This mission on the International Space Station has been full of social media adventures, including the very first Space Vine! (Full disclosue: I coined the term Space Vine! and you probably won't see it anywhere else.)  Reid Wiseman is an American astronaut and naval aviator currently serving on Expedition 41 in the ISS....

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

July 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first defense technology transfer since Japan eased military export rules in April....

F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints

July 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying. The plane couldn't cross the Atlantic to be gazed at by industry experts at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England....

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

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