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Should we retire the A-10 Warthog?

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is "no," we shouldn’t. But the ongoing efforts to scuttle the A-10 in favor of the F-35 expose a sick culture in Washington that’s divorced from fiscal and military realities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will form, to quote Lt. General ...

Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

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NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

Millimeter-wave right-angle RF adapters available up to 50 GHz

September 12, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Allen, TX) releases an expanded family of high-frequency right-angle adapters, widely used in the military and commercial sectors for communications and cellular applications. Right-angle adapters are ...

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NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere

September 12, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated....

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

High-energy lithium batteries target military applications

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | Tadiran Electronic Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced its TLM Series of rugged, long-life, lithium metal oxide batteries developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet …

Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

OpenVPX backplanes include new central-switched and pass-through profiles

September 10, 2014 9:57 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon central-switched ...

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Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

Squeezed quantum communication

September 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future – at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg will be successful....

On Space Station, Earth's beauty is in the eye of the high definition beholder

September 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution....

First evidence for water ice clouds found outside solar system

September 9, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune....

NRL scientist explores birth of a planet

September 9, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth. This research is published....

New remote-sensing instrument to blaze a trail on the International Space Station

September 9, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a new instrument that will measure the character and worldwide distribution of the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke, will do more than gather data once it's deployed on....

Radar systems of the future

September 5, 2014 1:19 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Navy is generally regarded as invulnerable to defeat at sea thanks to its formidable fleet and electronic warfare capabilities. Still, one enemy tactic that can potentially make some high-value targets such as aircraft carriers vulnerable is a barrage of incoming missiles....

ESF symposium focuses on 'New American Environmentalism'

September 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of leading environmental scientists and policy experts will gather Sept. 11 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to discuss a New American Environmentalism.Participating in a symposium held in connection with the inauguration of ESF's new president, the panelists will represent ESF and several other institutions: Syracuse University, the Mohawk Council of the Akwesasne, the U.S. Green Building Council....

New materials technology delivers high reliability capacitors for aerospace applications

September 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow | Articles | Comments

The high performance electronics systems used in aerospace applications are rapidly improving in terms of processing power, complexity, and reliability, which—although ideal on a system level—often presents a challenge for passive components. System improvements ...

Rosetta-Alice spectrograph obtains first far ultraviolet spectra of a cometary surface

September 5, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is the first spacecraft to study a comet up close....

Hurricane Norbert pinwheels in NASA satellite imagery

September 5, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Eastern Pacific's Hurricane Norbert resembled a pinwheel in an image from NASA's Terra satellite as bands of thunderstorms spiraled into the center. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission has helped forecasters see that Norbert has lost some of its organization early on September 4....

News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher....

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