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maxon motors fly into outer space on board the "Dragon" spacecraft

July 16, 2012 11:21 am | News | Comments

The flawless launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 22, 2012 is another successful step for maxon motor ag in the use of high precision motors in the astronautics industry. The crucial tasks of the maxon motors in the SpaceX mission included orienting the solar arrays of the Dragon spacecraft towards the sun to provide the power supply.

Nuclear weapons' surprising contribution to climate science

July 13, 2012 10:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Los Angeles (July 13 2012). Nuclear weapons testing may at first glance appear to have little connection with climate change research. But key Cold War research laboratories and the science used to track radioactivity and model nuclear bomb blasts have today been repurposed by climate scientists. The full story appears in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE.

Platinum is wrong stuff for fuel cells

July 12, 2012 4:06 pm | News | Comments

Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew.

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Solar storm protection

July 12, 2012 3:39 pm | News | Comments

Massive explosions on the sun unleash radiation that could kill astronauts in space. Now, researchers from the U.S. and South Korea have developed a warning system capable of forecasting the radiation from these violent solar storms nearly three hours (166 minutes) in advance, giving astronauts, as well as air crews flying over Earth's polar regions, time to take protective action.  

To extinguish a hot flame, DARPA studied cold plasma

July 12, 2012 3:33 pm | News | Comments

Fire in enclosed military environments such as ship holds, aircraft cockpits and ground vehicles is a major cause of material destruction and jeopardizes the lives of warfighters. For example, a shipboard fire on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in May 2008 burned for 12 hours and caused an estimated $70 million in damage.

Apple pulls its products from environmental ratings registry, San Francisco stops buying Macs

July 12, 2012 8:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's withdrawal from an environmental ratings registry has prompted at least one city - San Francisco - to stop buying its computers.

It's not lunacy: Not-a-planet Pluto boasts 5 moons

July 12, 2012 8:25 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Pluto may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion.

Navy closer to landing UAV on aircraft carrier

July 11, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leona Mynes, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs | News | Comments

A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office tested communication software for the Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during its sea trials, July 7-10. The UCAS-D program, based at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on Naval Air Station (NAS) Paxutent River, Md., is designed to demonstrate the ability for the unmanned, autonomous X47-B unmanned air vehicle...

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Board mount pressure sensors offer cost-effective, basic performance

July 11, 2012 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced the release of its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, NBP Series. These are a cost-effective, basic performance, mV output, unamplified, uncompensated, high quality, and high resolution solution for customers seeking high-volume, economical board mount pressure sensors.

Transmitter’s 1.8mm thickness is ideal for narrow, flat spaces

July 11, 2012 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA has introduced their new piezo ceramic MLCT (Multilayer Ceramic Transmitter) series. Its unique simple acoustic multi-layer ceramic construction produces a high output of 80 Db with only 16V low driving voltage. Its milliwatt of power consumption and high conversion efficiency lead to an even broader range of applications.With an overall size of 30 X 20 X 1.5mm, the series is ideal for flat and narrow spaces. 

Push-pull connectors promise space and time savings

July 11, 2012 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd. announced a complete range push-pull connectors that rival screw and locking types. The company states they offer panel designers space savings since there is no need for a coupling-tool or locking by hand and fast and easy mating and un-mating for

Virgin boss Branson gets kids on board for first space flight of his Galactic venture

July 11, 2012 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British mogul Richard Branson says he and his two children Holly and Sam will be on the first space flight of his Virgin Galactic venture next year.

NASA's Mars chief frets over heat shield for probe

July 11, 2012 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So far, the scorecard for missions to Mars reads attempts 40, successes 14.

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Giant ice telescope hunts for dark matter's space secrets

July 10, 2012 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Scientists are using the world's biggest telescope, buried deep under the South Pole, to try to unravel the mysteries of tiny particles known as neutrinos, hoping to shed light on how the universe was made. The mega-detector, called IceCube, took 10 years to build 2,400 meters below the Antarctic ice.

Hubble unmasks ghost galaxies

July 10, 2012 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Astronomers have puzzled over why some extremely faint dwarf galaxies spotted in our Milky Way galaxy's backyard contain so few stars. The galaxies are thought to be some of the tiniest, oldest, and most pristine galaxies in the Universe. They have been discovered over the past decade by astronomers using automated computer techniques to search through the images of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

A plea from the trenches: Common sense in the supply chain

July 10, 2012 9:54 am | by George "Jr" Thompson, Strategic Supply Chain Manager | Blogs | Comments

I recently read a report that the Department of Defense received over 80,000 counterfeit components from a now-defunct Shenzhen-based broker named "Hong Dark Electronics." After reading this, I felt two things: amusement and terror. I felt amusement that the DoD has been authorizing purchases from a Shenzhen-based broker (and in turn receiving various types of counterfeit components)...

Antennas improve signal propagation, save space

July 9, 2012 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has developed new cable-based antennas (often referred to as leaky lines or leaky feeders) that improve signal propagation without increasing the amount of hardware required on an airplane. Ideal for both wide-body and single-aisle passenger aircraft, GORE Cable-Based Antennas provide reliable access to different wireless protocols so passengers can easily connect to in-flight entertainment, Internet servers, and email accounts

Magnetic field coil features multi-turn configuration for generating fields up to 1200 A/m

July 6, 2012 3:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a new magnetic field coil that generates fields up to 1200 A/m during magnetic field testing.

CAN to Wi-Fi converter supports point to point and ad-hoc communication

July 6, 2012 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. introduced I-7540D-WF, its CAN to Wi-Fi Converter, which will allow CAN bus devices to communicate with other CAN bus devices over wireless Wi-Fi networks.

New instrument sifts through starlight to reveal new worlds

July 5, 2012 12:32 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

An advanced telescope imaging system that started taking data last month is the first of its kind capable of spotting planets orbiting suns outside of our solar system. The collaborative set of high-tech instrumentation and software, called Project 1640, is now operating on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California after more than six years of development by researchers and engineers at the American Museum of Natural History, the California Institute of Technology, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The project's first images demonstrating a new technique that creates extremely precise "dark holes" around stars of interest were presented today at the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation meeting in Amsterdam by Ben R. Oppenheimer, an associate curator in the Museum's Department of Astrophysics and principal investigator for Project 1640.

What is polonium-210 and how can it kill?

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Jill Lawless, AP | News | Comments

Polonium first hit the headlines when it was used to kill KGB agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. This week, Yasser Arafat's widow has called for the late Palestinian leader's body to be exhumed after scientists in Switzerland found elevated traces of radioactive polonium-210 on clothing he allegedly wore before his death in 2004.

In McNeil's Nebula, a young star flaunts its X-ray spots

July 5, 2012 8:48 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Using combined data from a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Japan-led Suzaku satellite, astronomers have obtained a rare glimpse of the powerful phenomena that accompany a still-forming star. A new study based on these observations indicates that intense magnetic fields drive torrents of gas into the stellar surface, where they heat large areas to millions of degrees. X-rays emitted by these hot spots betray the newborn star's rapid rotation.

Poof! Dust disk that might have made planets disappears

July 5, 2012 8:45 am | by Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters | News | Comments

In a cosmic case of "now-you-see-it, now-you-don't," a brilliant disk of dust around a Sun-like star has suddenly vanished, and the scientists who observed the disappearance aren't sure about what happened.

This summer is 'what global warming looks like'

July 5, 2012 8:36 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Is it just freakish weather or something more? Climate scientists suggest that if you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, take a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.

A closer look at the Higgs boson

July 5, 2012 8:35 am | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson. Sometimes called the "God particle" because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe, the hunt for the Higgs involved thousands of scientists from all over the world.

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