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“Smart pills” could save firefighters from injury or death

January 22, 2013 11:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the idea of “Smart Medication”  didn’t go over very well with the ECN crowd, there is a group to which it could be the difference between life and death.Firefighters often battle in extreme environmental conditions that can be pretty tough on the body’s vitals.

NASA, Europeans uniting to send spaceship to moon

January 17, 2013 8:51 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is teeming up with the European Space Agency to get astronauts beyond Earth's orbit. Europe will provide the propulsion and power compartment for NASA's new Orion crew capsule, officials said Wednesday. This so-called service module will be based on Europe's supply ship used for the International Space Station.

Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room

January 17, 2013 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

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World warm last year, but not like record US heat

January 16, 2013 8:56 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

While the U.S. was smashing heat marks last year, the world as a whole barely slipped into the top 10 hottest years on record, two American science agencies said Tuesday

Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe

January 14, 2013 8:58 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

  (Reuters) - Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe - a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light. The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein's Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers said.  

British waterway deploys ship safety aid to combat GPS attacks

January 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by Jonathan Saul, Reuters | News | Comments

Britain is deploying a back-up ship navigation system in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, to tackle the growing risks of disruptions of vessel satellite devices and jamming by criminal gangs.Mariners increasingly rely on global navigation systems that use satellite

Weightlessness no cure for "morning clumsies," astronaut says

January 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Like many people, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield confesses that he's sometimes clumsy in the morning just after waking up. The three-time astronaut, now living aboard the International Space Station, was surprised to learn that did not change in the weightless environment of space.

Whew! Big asteroid no longer threat to Earth

January 11, 2013 8:51 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Upon further review, a big scary-sounding asteroid is no longer even a remote threat to smash into Earth in about 20 years, NASA says. Astronomers got a much better look at the asteroid when it whizzed by Earth on Wednesday from a relative safe 9 million miles away. They recalculated the space rock's

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Ruggedized nano connectors minimize space requirements

January 10, 2013 2:36 pm | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics' new Polarized Nano connector line, the PZN series, continues to add pin counts in response to customer demand.  These ultra-miniature connectors feature Omnetics' military style pin and socket designs to provide uninterrupted electrical connections for portable applications that are exposed to high shock and vibration environments.

Google Earth helps put North Korea gulag system on map

January 10, 2013 2:01 pm | by Paul Eckert, Reuters | News | Comments

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's visit to North Korea this week has been met with sharp criticism and low expectations, but the global Internet search giant indirectly is helping to make history by revealing one of the reclusive country's darkest secrets, say human rights activists

Year of oppressive US heat illustrated in numbers

January 10, 2013 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year was by far the hottest year on record in the United States. Here's 2012's heat by the numbers: - Average annual temperature: 55.32 degrees F, a record. The old record was 54.32 degrees, set in 1998. - Weather stations across the Lower 48 states setting all-time high temperatures: 356.

Inertial measurement unit integrated into autopilot

January 9, 2013 4:47 pm | VectorNav Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Unmanned Innovation announced that it has partnered with VectorNav Technologies to integrate VectorNav's VN-100 inertial measurement unit (IMU) into its os-Series Autopilots. Unmanned Innovation's os-Series Autopilots offer

Rocket's Core Gets Rave Review on This Week @NASA

January 9, 2013 3:30 pm | by @NASA | Videos | Comments

"The core stage of NASA's Space Launch System -- America's new flagship rocket -- has successfully completed a major technical review by meeting system requirements within acceptable risk, and fell within schedule and budget constraints.

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TWIE 130: Land Mine Sweeper that Blows in the Wind

January 9, 2013 3:26 pm | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

TWIE 130: Land Mine Sweeper that Blows in the Wind. This Week in Engineering - Asteroid pulling to lunar orbit; spiked space rovers; dandelion-inspired anti-mine device; robots sterilize hospital rooms; graves with QR codes; and printable record albums.

Engineering Newswire 19: Spikey Spacecraft Headed to Martian Moon

January 9, 2013 3:22 pm | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re sending spikey little spacecraft to Martian moons, building a creepy little robot toddler, and moving one step closer to robotic telepresence. This episode features:

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 461 potential new planets

January 9, 2013 8:51 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Kepler space telescope has uncovered another 461 potential new planets, most of which are the size of Earth or a few times larger, scientists said on Monday. The announcement brings Kepler's head count to 2,740 candidate new worlds, 105 of which have been confirmed.

Mock Mars trek finds down-to-Earth sleep woes

January 8, 2013 8:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronauts have a down-to-Earth problem that could be even worse on a long trip to Mars: They can't get enough sleep. And over time, the lack of slumber can turn intrepid space travelers into drowsy couch potatoes, a new study shows. In a novel experiment, six volunteers were confined in a cramped mock spaceship

Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others

January 7, 2013 8:54 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites. Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water, tests showed. The baseball-size meteorite, estimated to be 2 billion years old,

Spaceport wants protections from tourist lawsuits

January 7, 2013 8:53 am | by JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | News | Comments

Spaceport America officials are urging legislators to limit potential lawsuits from wealthy outer space tourists who take off from New Mexico, saying such a bill is crucial to the future of the project. Legal experts, however, say there is no way to know whether the so-called informed consent laws

Vt. Air Guard hopes for jet, but others fear noise

January 7, 2013 8:51 am | by WILSON RING Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans on where to base the U.S. military's next-generation fighter jet, the F-35, concern people in communities from California to Florida to Maine who worry the aircraft are too loud. In Vermont, where the Air National Guard has flown planes from Burlington International Airport for more than 60 years

Our galaxy's 'geysers' are towers of power

January 3, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

"Monster" outflows of charged particles from the centre of our Galaxy, stretching more than halfway across the sky, have been detected and mapped with CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope. Corresponding to the "Fermi Bubbles" found in 2010, the outflows were detected by astronomers from Australia, the USA, Italy and The Netherlands.

After setbacks, Russia boosts space spending

January 2, 2013 4:59 pm | News | Comments

The country that oversaw the launch of the world's first artificial satellite hopes to regain some of its former glory with a big boost in space spending announced by Russia on Thursday after a series of failures.

Approaching comet may outshine the moon

January 2, 2013 4:54 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A comet blazing toward Earth could outshine the full moon when it passes by at the end of next year - if it survives its close encounter with the sun. The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, is due to fly within 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) from the center of the sun on November 28, 2013....

Would you like to contribute to our Brainstorm section?

January 2, 2013 4:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our February issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about consumer electronics and the future of technology. Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary....

Top 10 must-see posts for December

December 21, 2012 12:34 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | 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.

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