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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,

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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.

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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.

Shuttle Endeavour embarking on new mission to Los Angeles museum

September 17, 2012 8:44 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The space shuttle Endeavour, built to replace NASA's lost ship Challenger, prepared for a final flight this week, heading not into orbit but west to a Los Angeles museum.Riding piggyback on top of a specially modified 747 jet, Endeavour will be the second of NASA's three surviving shuttles to leave

U.S.-Russian space crew lands safely in Kazakhstan

September 17, 2012 8:42 am | by Nastassia Astrasheuskaya, Reuters | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppe on Monday, delivering a trio of astronauts from a four-month stint on the International Space Station.The capsule, carrying U.S. astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin,

Neil Armstrong, 1st to walk on moon, buried at sea

September 17, 2012 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea.NASA says Neil Armstrong's cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday during a ceremony aboard the USS Philippine Sea.  Armstrong was a Navy fighter pilot before joining the space program. He died last month in Ohio at age 82.       

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Temperature variable attenuator designed for high reliability, commercial applications

September 14, 2012 4:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 State of the Art (SOTA), Inc. introduces a new line of temperature variable attenuator (TVA) for both high reliability and commercial applications. Available in a 1512 case size (.150" X .125" X .020") with single surface solderable or wire bondable terminations. The attenuation of these TVA's decrease

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

September 14, 2012 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our November Roundtables to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.  Check out the October Roundtable, here.

Radiation-enabled chips could lead to low-cost security imaging systems

September 13, 2012 8:53 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

With homeland security on high alert, screening systems to search for concealed weapons are crucial pieces of equipment. But these systems are often prohibitively expensive, putting them out of reach for public spaces such as train and bus stations, stadiums, or malls, where they could be beneficial.

DC-DC converter powers electronics in military, rugged systems

September 12, 2012 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Incannounces the availability of a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converte

Engineering Newswire 3: Building planes that avoid crashes

September 12, 2012 9:34 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the Air Force is developing a new technology that can take control of the plane in the event of a likely crash; will.i.am premieres the first musical broadcast from another planet; companies are customizing climates on airplanes; Georgia Tech develops a self-charging power cell...

Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes

September 12, 2012 8:57 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

An invisible quick response (QR) code has been created by researchers in an attempt to increase security on printed documents and reduce the possibility of counterfeiting, a problem which costs governments and private industries billions of pounds each year.

Less wear, longer life for memory storage device

September 12, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Probe storage devices read and write data by making nanoscale marks on a surface through physical contact. The technology may one day extend the data density limits of conventional magnetic and optical storage, but current probes have limited lifespans due to mechanical wear.

Dark energy is real, Anglo-German researchers argue

September 12, 2012 8:55 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Dark energy, the mysterious cosmic force thought to be the fuel behind the accelerating expansion of the universe, is real, according to an Anglo-German team of astronomers.After a two-year study, scientists at the University of Portsmouth

Europe space agency eyes manned flights with China

September 12, 2012 8:47 am | by FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | News | Comments

European astronauts could hitch a ride into orbit aboard Chinese spacecraft before the end of the decade, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Tuesday. The head of ESA's human spaceflight division said his agency

DC-DC converter designed for military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems

September 11, 2012 11:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT announces the availability of a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converter meets several military standards and features three outputs...

GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper

September 11, 2012 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003. The MQ-9 Block 1-plus test flight occurred on May 24 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., with no discrepancies.

Meeting satellite design challenges with both off-the-shelf and customized space-grade DC-to-DC converter solutions

September 11, 2012 9:30 am | by Rob Warren, Vice President and General Manager, Microsemi Corporation | Articles | Comments

Satellite design engineers face many difficult issues. End customers such as the U.S. Air Force are demanding ever higher levels of reliability. Failure in space-related applications is not an option. The products used in satellites must work every time, in a plethora of environmental extremes...

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