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Astronauts may play role in Mars robotic missions

September 26, 2012 9:08 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

NASA's future plans to explore Mars may end up using astronauts as space messengers.The new idea surfaced as a special team looking for a new Mars robotic exploration plan released a preliminary report Tuesday. The new idea surfaced as a special team looking for a new Mars robotic exploration plan released a preliminary report Tuesday.

How a space hater becomes a space junkie

September 26, 2012 8:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor, Space Nerd | Articles | Comments

Space has never really interested me. When I was forced to go to a Star Trek museum at age 10 and a man dressed as a Klingon--the fictional warrior race--chased me around the gift shop, I was pretty much done with how “fun” space could be.

Hubble goes to the 'eXtreme' to assemble the deepest ever view of the universe

September 25, 2012 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. By collecting faint light over one million seconds of observation, the resulting image revealed thousands of galaxies...

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Military demands shape rugged storage trends

September 25, 2012 1:29 pm | by Mike Southworth, Director of Marketing, Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

The success of network-centric operations relies on the ability to provide the right information to the right people at the right time. As a result, the issue of data storage is becoming increasingly important as the warfighter needs fast, reliable access to vast amounts of mission-critical data.

Princeton release: Slow-moving rocks better odds that life crashed to Earth from space

September 24, 2012 3:19 pm | News | Comments

Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research from Princeton University, the University of Arizona and the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Spain.

Thermal interface material exhibits thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K

September 24, 2012 2:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sarcon 30QR from Fujipoly is a low hardness thermal interface material that exhibits a thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K and a thermal resistance of .57 °Cin2/W. This material is available in roll or sheet form and can easily be die-cut, molded or extruded to accommodate your unique application specification...

Conductive elastomer compounds receive QPL certification

September 24, 2012 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech announces that the company’s newly expanded line of TechSIL Conductive Elastomer compounds received QPL certification by the Defense Logistics Agency. This unrivaled commitment to excellence distinguishes Leader Tech as the only MIL-SPEC approved & certified manufacturer of all 12 conductive elastomer formulations.

Spaceport is built, but who will come?

September 24, 2012 8:50 am | by JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says it will be New Mexico's Sydney Opera House. Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson has hinted it will host the first of his new brand of lifestyle hotels. And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously

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Aerospace materials protect against chafing, abrasion

September 21, 2012 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials to improve protection against chafing and abrasion in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft surfaces. Surfaces exposed to these environments are subjected to mechanical forces that can result in damage that decreases the strength and life of panels

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

September 21, 2012 2:10 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The tsunami in Japan in March 2011 unleashed a series of negligence related with the resulting nuclear disaster. A scientific study headed by Spanish researchers has for the first time identified those atomic power plants that are more prone to suffering the effects of a tsunami

Intelligent systems add brainpower to everyday electronics

September 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Fernando Mujica, Director of System Architectures Lab of the Systems and Applications R&D Center, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | Articles | Comments

What is an intelligent system? It’s any system that can input information, analyze it, and intelligently make decisions or take actions as a result. Intelligent systems have been emerging for decades, but they are on the brink of an intelligence explosion that will revolutionize the way we interact with machines, making our world smarter, safer and more fun.

Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 21, 2012 8:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction.The technique has been dubbed "space travel"

What's it like to fly a plane with shuttle on top?

September 21, 2012 8:44 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's the ultimate piggyback ride: A space shuttle perched atop a Boeing 747 as the pair crisscrosses the country. For three decades, this was how NASA transported shuttles that landed in the California desert to their Florida home base. But it's coming to an end.

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Polycarbonate enclosures designed to withstand harsh environments

September 20, 2012 2:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair Technical Products announces the Hoffman brand rugged Type 4X hinged-cover polycarbonate enclosures with stainless steel latches. Featuring durable, light gray polycarbonate, integrated molded hinges for secure cover attachment and stainless steel hinge pins for chemical and

Space shuttle Endeavour flyover

September 20, 2012 11:58 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

On Monday, Sept. 17, space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, conducted a low flyover of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is part of the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era. The flight began at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 20, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they're one of the fastest and most maneuverable

Final tests under way on Wyoming supercomputer to be used in weather research projects

September 20, 2012 9:07 am | by MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | News | Comments

Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer,

Panetta talks cyber issues with Chinese, but experts see no decline in attacks out of China

September 20, 2012 9:05 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,

Johns Hopkins astrophysicist spies ultra-distant galaxy amidst cosmic 'dark ages'

September 19, 2012 1:56 pm | News | Comments

With the combined power of NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes as well as a cosmic magnification effect, a team of astronomers led by Wei Zheng of The Johns Hopkins University has spotted what could be the most distant galaxy ever detected. Light from the young galaxy captured by the orbiting observatories shone forth when the 13.7-billion-year-old universe was just 500 million years old.

LED offers high intensity illumination for mining, hunting, boating, military, and law enforcement applications

September 19, 2012 12:18 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics Magnalight.com defines yet another premier lighting design with the launch of the LEDP5W-60-1227 Mining light.  Designed with durability and ruggedness in mind, the New Magnalight.com mining LED offers high intensity illumination for applications in the mining industry, hunting, boating, military, and law enforcement.

Protection for humans on Mars

September 18, 2012 2:40 pm | News | Comments

On Earth the atmosphere and the magnetic field weaken cosmic rays. But on Moon and Mars they pelt down unhamperdly. The cosmic radiation can harm astronauts and could cause cancer in the long run as a result of damage in DNA and cells. Chiara La Tessa is manager of experiments in GSI biophysics.

Ethernet, USB connectors designed for harsh environments

September 18, 2012 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

J-Tech has expanded its offering of “ruggedized” Ethernet and USB connectors for use in harsh environments.  The new connectors allow use of industry standard RJ45 and USB cordsets in a MIL-DTL-38999 Series III metal shell without any special tool for cable termination.

Type 6 Module with high-performance integrated graphics designed for medical, gaming, and military applications

September 18, 2012 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology presents its latest COM Express offering, the Express-HR. The Express-HR is a high performance COM.0 R2.0 Type 6 module featuring an Intel Core i7/i5 processor and supporting the latest digital graphics interfaces for future designs. With its high-level processing and graphics performance and long product life, the Express-HR is ideal for medical, gaming and military applications.

Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip

September 17, 2012 8:49 am | by Gerry Shih, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia

Antarctic ozone hole smaller than in 2011

September 17, 2012 8:45 am | by Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The hole in the ozone layer, the earth's protective shield against ultraviolet rays, is expected to be smaller this year over the Antarctic than last, showing how a ban on harmful substances has stopped its depletion, the United Nations said on Friday.

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