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Astronomer gets grant to better measure mysterious black holes

March 18, 2013 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Black holes, the high-gravity phenomena of galaxies from which no light can escape, will be better measured thanks to a $862,769 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to a Georgia State University astronomer. Misty Bentz, assistant professor of astronomy at Georgia State, received the five-year grant to help untangle the uncertainties that exist when trying to measure black holes.

A fireside chat: Counterfeit components in the military

March 15, 2013 1:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Driven by financial gain and opportunism, counterfeiting is not new, or uncommon. Recently, counterfeited products have been appearing in the military and aeronautics marketplace as counterfeiters take advantage of profitable components. PD&D caught up with Mark Bollinger, Vice President of Marketing at Smith & Associates, to learn more about this trend....

Holt Integrated Circuits announces validation of world’s smallest MIL-STD-1553 remote terminal

March 15, 2013 11:07 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced formal MIL-STD-1553 RT validation of HI-6130/31, the world’s smallest BC/MT/ RT multi-terminal solution. Validation was performed at Test Systems, Inc., an independent Air Force approved testing service for MIL-STD-1553 remote terminals.

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Engineering Update #6: Spidey's new suit, robotic cheetahs and stretchable power supplies

March 14, 2013 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, takes a look at: a Spidey Sense suit. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago have found a way to replicate Spider-Man's superhuman powers of perception with a Spider Sense suit. Modeled after the Marvel comic book hero...

Stereotyping prime obstacle to women in commercial science

March 13, 2013 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Female professors are almost 50 percent less likely than their male counterparts to be invited to join corporate scientific advisory boards (SABs) and start new companies mainly because of gender stereotyping, says University of Maryland researcher Waverly Ding, an assistant professor of management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Europe gets 1st fix from its own satnav system

March 13, 2013 9:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it has received the first location fix from its own satellite navigation system. The Galileo system is seen as Europe's rival to the American-built Global Positioning System. ESA says technicians at a control center in the Dutch city of Noordwijk received a longitude, latitude and altitude reading early Tuesday from the four satellites already in orbit.

Drone pilots don’t need a “participation trophy”

March 12, 2013 4:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes — and I stress sometimes — the government does work for the people. Case in point: The new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has halted production of the new Distinguished Warfare Medal — awarded to drone operators — in response to veterans' complaints that the "participation trophy" ranks above combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Space weather research to look at energy distribution

March 12, 2013 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington physicist has been awarded more than $400,000 in NASA funding to develop a 3D look at how electrodynamic energy from solar winds enters and moves throughout the Earth's upper atmosphere.

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The closest star system found in a century

March 11, 2013 3:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. The discovery was made by Kevin Luhman, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University....

Solving the counterfeit crisis, engineers weigh in

March 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

How would you stop counterfeiting? One of the hottest topics in electronic components--and basically every other industry-- is how to deal with the issue of counterfeiting. So we put it to the readers to come up with the best solutions for the counterfeiting crisis.

Earth gets a rush of weekend asteroid visitors

March 11, 2013 9:21 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An asteroid as big as a city block shot relatively close by the Earth on Saturday, the latest in a series of visiting celestial objects including an asteroid the size of a bus that exploded over Russia last month, injuring 1,500.

Flat cables ideal for guided missile and fire control systems

March 7, 2013 5:01 pm | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil’s highly durable flat cables are designed for guided missile and fire control systems, where unparalleled performance is critical and cable failure is not an option. Their compact, silicone encased flat cable solutions are engineered to provide consistent electrical characteristics, space & weight savings, optimum cable flexibility...

Subrack enclosure family offered in EMC, compact, and mobile rugged styles

March 7, 2013 4:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pixus Technologies offers Eurocard subracks for 3U and 6U boards in multiple configurations. The subrack enclosures can house backplanes or special modules for industrial, mil/aero, communications, medical, energy, and test/measurement industries.

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A bug in the drone wars

March 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new element is being added to the drone wars: Micro Drones. You can watch a five-minute video by the Air Force that looks at the development of M.A.V - Micro Killer Drones. Done in the usual dominating voice that the people promoting superior military technology seem to like for their videos.

German flight set to take off with comet tourists

March 5, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

A German travel agency is selling tickets for a flight to give 88 astronomy buffs a close-up view of one of two rare comets expected to pass Earth this year. Eclipse Travel, based in Bonn, has joined charter agency Air Partner and airline Air Berlin to organize flight AB1000 on March 16 as comet Pan-STARRS passes through the solar system, 100 million miles from Earth.

Agita over 3D printed guns is absurd

March 1, 2013 4:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Hobbyists, tinkers, and DIYers are the unsung heroes of our industry — "hackers" in the original sense of the word. But conflating "hobbyists" with "guns" causes fits of hysteria. And it’s entirely unwarranted. The handwringing over the imagined capability to print 3D guns and the associated moral implications is absolutely absurd and betrays a basic misunderstanding of firearms and physics.

Top 10 must-read posts from February

March 1, 2013 3:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

CBS shields designed for mission-critical environments

March 1, 2013 11:01 am | Leader Tech Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

When selecting electronic components for a mission-critical environment, engineers look for extreme durability, reliability and proven performance. Many times the design specifications for these projects are satisfied at the expense of project budgets. The balance between performance and budget is no longer a battle if you choose one of Leader Tech's CBS board-level shields.

The economic impact of a war between Japan & China

March 1, 2013 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

A major conflict between the region's two largest economies would not only impose a harsh dilemma on U.S. diplomats, but also have a significant impact on the entire global economy. It is in every nation's best interest that the Chinese and Japanese settle their territorial dispute peacefully.

Mini planet found far beyond Earth's solar system

February 27, 2013 1:31 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Astronomers have found a mini planet beyond our solar system that is the smallest of more than 800 extra-solar planets discovered, scientists said on Wednesday. The planet, known as Kepler-37b, is one of three circling a yellow star similar to the sun that is located in the constellation Lyra, about 210 light years away.

Seals take scientists to Antarctic's ocean floor

February 26, 2013 9:11 am | by Pauline Askin, Reuters | News | Comments

Elephant seals wearing head sensors and swimming deep beneath Antarctic ice have helped scientists better understand how the ocean's coldest, deepest waters are formed, providing vital clues to understanding its role in the world's climate.

Chinese hackers seen as increasingly professional, methodical, as they plunder Web for secrets

February 26, 2013 9:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press | News | Comments

Beijing hotly denies accusations of official involvement in massive cyberattacks against foreign targets, insinuating such activity is the work of rogues. But at least one piece of evidence cited by experts points to professional cyberspies: China's hackers don't work weekends.

Analysis: The near impossible battle against hackers everywhere

February 25, 2013 8:49 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | News | Comments

Dire warnings from Washington about a "cyber Pearl Harbor" envision a single surprise strike from a formidable enemy that could destroy power plants nationwide, disable the financial system or cripple the U.S. government. But those on the front lines say it isn't all about protecting U.S. government and corporate networks from a single sudden attack. They report fending off many intrusions at once from perhaps dozens of countries, plus well-funded electronic guerrillas and skilled criminals.

White House directs open access for government research

February 25, 2013 8:47 am | by Mark Felsenthal, Reuters | News | Comments

The White House has moved to make the results of federally funded research available to the public for free within a year, bowing to public pressure for unfettered access to scholarly articles and other materials produced at taxpayers' expense."Americans should have easy access to the results of research they help support," John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote on the White House website.

Coaxial Resonator Oscillator features internal proprietary frequency doubler

February 22, 2013 3:23 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s new CVCO55CXT-5580-5685 Coaxial Resonator Oscillator (CRO) is a coaxial-based VCO with an internal proprietary frequency doubler. The CVCO55CXT family’s frequency doubling, 2X fundamental technology reaches new performance levels of lower phase noise and much lower harmonics over the competition, while achieving lower current consumption in the process.

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