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Demand for drones at home raises fear on political right and left of a surveillance society

June 19, 2012 4:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Predictions that multitudes of unmanned aircraft could be flying here within a decade are raising the specter of a "surveillance society" in which no home or backyard would be off limits to prying eyes overhead.

DigitalGlobe says US govt plans to renew contract for third year

June 19, 2012 9:38 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc said the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) plans to renew its agreement under the EnhancedView contract for the third year.

21 Watt LED spotlight light features heavy duty permanent mounting base

June 19, 2012 9:30 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com announced today the addition of the PML-7LED-3C 21 Watt Handheld LED Spotlight with permanent mounting base to its line of high power LED spotlights. This permanent mount LED spotlight produces 1,596 lumens, a light beam 650 feet long by 50 feet wide, and draws only 1.7 amps when powered from a 12 volt power source.

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China astronauts complete successful space docking

June 18, 2012 9:42 am | by Michael Martina and Ben Blanchar, Reuters | News | Comments

Chinese astronauts carried out a manned docking with an experimental space module on Monday, the latest milestone in China's ambitious campaign to build a space station.

Secret military mini-shuttle lands in California

June 18, 2012 8:54 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. military's unmanned X-37B robotic space shuttle returned from orbit at 5:48 a.m. in California (1248 GMT)from a secretive 15-month test flight, Air Force officials said on Saturday.

Nature inspires new submarine design

June 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Superhydrophobicity is one of most important interfacial properties between solids and liquids. SHI Yanlong and his group from the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key laboratory of Hexi Corridor Resources Utilization of Gansu Universities, Hexi University investigated the superhydrophobicity of the water boatman's hind wings.

SpaceX founder talks Mars with Caltech grads

June 15, 2012 4:30 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Fresh off SpaceX's historic return from the International Space Station, company founder Elon Musk said Friday that he would like to see humans settle Mars and become a "multi-planet species." The 40-year-old entrepreneur reiterated his vision to graduates at the California Institute of Technology, a private university 10 miles northeast of Los Angeles known for its science and engineering programs.

Voyager space probe reaches edge of solar system

June 15, 2012 2:48 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space

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Oscillator features exceptionally-low phase noise, low-power consumption

June 15, 2012 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CLX-900 Phase-Locked Oscillator from EM Research operates at 900 MHz and features exceptionally-low phase noise (<-114 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz).  Phase-locked to a 100 MHz external reference, the unit offers +7 dBm output power and features low power consumption (+5 VDC @ <65 mA)

First flight instrument delivered for James Webb

June 15, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) has been delivered to NASA. The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail than ever before. MIRI arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., May 29. It has been undergoing inspection before being integrated into Webb's science instrument payload known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM).  

Liu Tang draws cheers as first Chinese woman set for space voyage

June 15, 2012 8:53 am | by Maxim Duncan, Rueters | News | Comments

China will send its first woman into outer space this week, prompting a surge of national pride as the rising power takes its latest step towards putting a space station in orbit within the decade.

Telescope to hunt black holes reaches orbit

June 14, 2012 8:54 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An innovative X-ray telescope blasted off aboard an unmanned air-launched rocket on Wednesday to begin a two-year mission to ferret out black holes and other high-energy celestial phenomena in space, NASA officials said.

SRC system offers rugged, sealed hybrid connection system

June 13, 2012 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduces the Sealed Rectangular Connector (SRC) System, the next generation SRC system offers a rugged, sealed wire-to-panel and wire-to-wire hybrid connection system. SRC is designed for high-circuit-count applications in harsh environments such as those found in agricultural machinery, construction and mining equipment.  

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GPGPU offers defense industry's highest performing stream processing capability

June 13, 2012 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mercury Computer Systems Inc. announced the Ensemble™ Series 6000 Dual AMD GPGPU OpenVPX™ GSC6201 module. This new module delivers the defense industry’s highest performing stream processing capability in a 6U form factor. Its flexible, modular design expands the customer’s choice of GPGPU, allowing them to select the best GPGPU for their application.

Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory

June 13, 2012 3:21 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.

No evidence for 'knots' in space

June 13, 2012 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Theories of the primordial Universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space - known as cosmic textures - which could be identified by looking at light from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the relic radiation left over from the Big Bang. Using data from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite, researchers from UCL, Imperial College London and the Perimeter Institute have performed the first search for textures on the full sky, finding no evidence for such knots in space.        

Filtered connectors survive 300G mechanical shock and 18°C/sec thermal shock

June 13, 2012 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cooper Interconnect introduced the G3 Series of filtered connectors. According to the company, extensive testing of these MIL-DTL-38999 Series III compliant products has confirmed no measurable change in filtering performance after exposure to 300G shock, 60G sine vibration and

Experts warn of shortage of U.S. cyber pros

June 13, 2012 8:56 am | by Jim Finkle and Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Symantec Corp Chief Executive Enrique Salem told the Reuters Media and Technology Summit in New York that his company was working with the U.S. military, other government agencies and universities to help develop new programs to train security professionals

Radiation-resistant circuits from mechanical parts

June 12, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers designed microscopic mechanical devices that withstand intense radiation and heat, so they can be used in circuits for robots and computers exposed to radiation in space, damaged nuclear power plants or nuclear attack.

NASA jet pack provides safety to astronauts - PTC

June 12, 2012 9:04 am | Videos | Comments

SAFER - an emergency jet pack for NASA astronauts - is designed to propel a spacewalker to safety if he becomes un-tethered and can't get back to the airlock.

Green light for world's biggest optical telescope

June 12, 2012 8:58 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will directly image planets outside the solar system and those orbiting other suns in so-called "habitable zones" to perhaps answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.

NuSTAR provides new look at black holes

June 11, 2012 4:11 pm | News | Comments

When NASA launches a new telescope this Wednesday that will look at black holes in ways never seen before, Georgia Tech astrophysicist David Ballantyne will be more than a curious bystander. He helped plan the mission. Ballantyne, one of the Institute's black hole experts, is on the science team of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), which is scheduled for launch Wednesday morning.

Robotic probe to seek Martian life with new focus

June 11, 2012 2:33 pm | by Irene Klotz | News | Comments

This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth.  Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will look for places that could have hosted and preserved life.  This summer, a robotic geologist arrives on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth.

Flame pieces found in Stuxnet virus: Expert

June 11, 2012 12:44 pm | by Jim Finkle | News | Comments

A leading computer security firm has linked some of the software code in the powerful Flame virus to the Stuxnet cyber weapon, which reportedly was used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

Ethernet switch requires no additional chassis slot

June 8, 2012 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has announced that it is currently shipping the XMC-651, the embedded military market’s first managed XMC Ethernet Switch.

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