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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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NASA posts YouTube video debunking Maya "Armageddon"

December 21, 2012 9:11 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA is so sure there will be a December 22, 2012, it has already posted a YouTube video titled "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday."Scientists say rumors on social media and the Internet of Earth's premature demise have been prompted by a misunderstanding of the ancient Maya calendar, which runs through December 21, 2012.

2012 another record-setter, fits climate forecasts

December 21, 2012 9:07 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy.

NASA posts YouTube video debunking Maya 'Armageddon'

December 20, 2012 2:52 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA was so sure there would be a December 22, 2012, it posted a YouTube video titled "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday." Scientists say rumors on social media and the Internet of Earth's premature demise have been prompted by a misunderstanding of the ancient Maya calendar, which runs through December 21, 2012.

Defense bill lifts barrier on satellite exports

December 20, 2012 12:34 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Tucked into the annual U.S. defense budget bill making its way through Congress this week is a long-fought and potentially lucrative reprieve for U.S. satellite manufactures and suppliers to export their products, officials said on Wednesday. Since 1999, spacecraft and their components have been grouped with ammunitions, fighter jets and other defense technologies and subject to the nation's most stringent export controls.

The newest (and most invasive) surveillance technique

December 19, 2012 12:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Better watch what you say next time you take the bus; somebody could be listening in. We’re all pretty used to the increasing amount of cameras on public transportation, and a lot can be said in their favor. They provide a safer environment for the driver when dealing with unruly passengers.

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Three-nation crew blasts off for space station

December 19, 2012 8:16 am | News | Comments

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Canadian blasted off on Wednesday to the International Space Station (ISS), where the men are to spend half a year in orbit.

A swoosh in space: Merry Christmas from Hubble

December 18, 2012 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Planetary nebulae represent a final brief stage in the life of a star like the Sun. While consuming the last of the fuel in its core, the star expels a large portion of its outer regions, which then heats up and glows brightly, showing intricate structures that scientists are still trying to fully understand.

Hubble telescope spies seven galaxies from baby years of universe

December 18, 2012 12:49 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found seven galaxies that formed relatively shortly after the universe's birth some 13.7 billion years ago, scientists said on Wednesday, describing them "as baby pictures of the universe."

NASA crashes two probes into a mountain on the moon

December 18, 2012 12:04 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists to make detailed gravity maps.

NASA crashes two probes into a mountain on the moon

December 18, 2012 9:03 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed.The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists

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Virgin Galactic future at Spaceport uncertain

December 13, 2012 8:53 am | by JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | News | Comments

 The deal was sold to New Mexicans in classic Richard Branson fashion. If taxpayers would build the colorful British businessman a $209 million futuristic spaceport, he would make New Mexico the launching point for a space tourism business catering to the rich and famous.

Laser diodes designed for wide variety of applications

December 12, 2012 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (LDI)  introduces a product family of high power monolithic stack pulsed laser diodes for a wide variety of military/defense, industrial, automotive, and machine vision applications.  Single and stacked pulsed laser diodes are available up to 375W and fiber-coupled devices are available up to 188W.  Custom packaging is also available, upon customer request.

Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle back to space

December 12, 2012 8:44 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle rocketed into orbit Tuesday for a repeat mystery mission, two years after making the first flight of its kind. The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. As if on cue, clouds quickly swallowed up the rocket as it disappeared out over the ocean.

COTS/MOTS power converters available in new rack-mount configuration

December 11, 2012 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer announces  new 19” rack mount configurations for their Raptor Series of military power supplies. The Raptor’s robust construction and high reliability make it an ideal choice for harsh military applications such as shelters, armored vehicles, avionics, naval and open air applications.

A new tool for secret agents -- and the rest of us

December 11, 2012 8:41 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A secret agent is racing against time. He knows a bomb is nearby. He rounds a corner, spots a pile of suspicious boxes in the alleyway, and pulls out his cell phone. As he scans it over the packages, their contents appear onscreen. In the nick of time, his handy smartphone application reveals an explosive device, and the agent saves the day

Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What's time?

December 11, 2012 8:37 am | by FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press | News | Comments

Professor Alan Alda has a homework assignment for scientists. Yes, that Alan Alda. The actor known for portraying Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce on the TV show "MASH" and more recent guest shots on NBC's "30 Rock" is also a visiting professor at New York's Stony Brook University school of journalism

Hawking, CERN scientists win huge physics prize

December 11, 2012 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian billionaire's foundation is awarding two special prizes of $3 million each to British cosmologist Stephen Hawking for his work on black holes and to seven scientists at the world's biggest atom-smasher for their roles in the discovery of a new subatomic particle believed to be the long-sought Higgs boson.

Undersea defense applications demand robust battery technology

December 10, 2012 4:43 pm | by Mike Sink, Saft, www.saftbatteries.com | Articles | Comments

Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and sonobuoys continue to occupy a critical role in undersea warfare, and the design of such technologies – especially with regard to their power systems – is acutely important due to their growing indispensability to a variety of tactical defense operations.

British astronomer Patrick Moore dies at 89

December 10, 2012 9:10 am | by GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | News | Comments

British astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore died Sunday, according to friends and colleagues. He was 89. He died at his home in the coastal town of Selsey in southern England, according to a statement released Sunday. No specific cause of death was given,

COTS frequency convertors help program smart weapons and smart industrial applications

December 7, 2012 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics solved a vexing 1500 VA power supply problem sometimes experienced by US Air Force personnel when they must reprogram munitions in the field, and it grew into a 5000 VA solution for this and other applications, as well.

DC-DC voltage regulators designed for space applications

December 6, 2012 3:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a series of high current, ultra-low dropout (ULDO) RAD-Hard hybrid linear voltage regulators available in Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMD) for space applications including satellites and launch vehicles.

Gravity maps of moon reveal deeply fractured crust

December 6, 2012 2:28 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Asteroids and comets colliding with the moon not only pitted its surface but also severely fractured its crust, researchers with NASA said on Wednesday, in a finding that could help crack a Martian puzzle. On Mars, similar fracturing would have given water on the surface

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