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Power supplies designed for compact spaces

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda ZWS-BP series of single output, PCB-type AC-DC power supplies. Based on the popular ZWS series, the ZWS-BP is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, thus simplifying equipment design and is offered in two mid-power output models – ZWS150BP (150W) and ZWS240BP (240W). With a 200% peak power capability, the ZWS-BP is ideal for use in electromechanical equipme

Shapeable LED backlight designed for enhanced light distribution

September 4, 2012 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announces the global launch of its first-in-the-industry QuantumBrite Shapeable LED Backlight. With the new shapeable LED backlight, holes can be cut into the backlight in virtually any shape (for example, to allow space for a switch or other component on the circuit board). This combination of flexible and shapeable LED backlight technology...

The Norton Report: Removal of conformal coating with small sandblasters

September 4, 2012 9:45 am | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The development of conformal coating technology was driven to a large degree by the military and aerospace industries. While conformal coatings are mostly used on populated, printed wiring boards (PWBs), they are also used to protect components such as transistors, diodes, rectifiers, resistors, integrated circuits (ICs) and hybrid circuits including multi-chip modules (MCMs) and chip on board (COB).


Scientists test new marine robot hurricane-hunters

September 4, 2012 9:02 am | by Harriet McLeod, Reuters | News | Comments

As Tropical Storm Isaac was on its path through the Caribbean before becoming a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico this week, U.S. scientists were testing an experimental new weather spy tool - an unmanned, marine robot about the size of a surfboard that can gather storm data at sea level.

35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

September 4, 2012 8:58 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space - the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

Stuck bolt on space station stymies spacewalkers

August 31, 2012 9:00 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA on Thursday halted attempts to replace a power distributor on the International Space Station after spacewalking astronauts were repeatedly stymied by a jammed bolt, officials said. NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide, both station flight engineers

Smartphone app can track objects on the battlefield as well as on the sports field

August 30, 2012 1:38 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Missouri researchers have developed new software using smartphones' GPS and imaging abilities, that determine the exact location of distant objects as well as monitor the speed and direction of moving objects. The software could eventually allow smartphone-armed soldiers to target the location of their enemies.

'Nano machine shop' shapes nanowires, ultrathin films

August 30, 2012 9:20 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new "nano machine shop" that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties. The structures might be "tuned" for applications ranging from high-speed electronics to solar cells


Newly discovered dust-obscured galaxies may be missing link

August 30, 2012 9:18 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled a new species in the cosmic zoo, a super-heated, dust-shrouded object called a "hot DOG," which may represent a missing link in galaxy evolution. A full-sky survey by NASA's wide-field infrared WISE telescope turned up about 1,000 hot

Rocket blasts off, puts NASA radiation belt probes in orbit

August 30, 2012 9:09 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket lifted off on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, placing a pair of heavily shielded NASA science satellites into position to study Earth's radiation belts.The 190-foot (58-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, blasted off at 4:05 a.m.

'Blue moon' on same day as Neil Armstrong service

August 30, 2012 8:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

There's a rare `blue moon' on Friday, a fitting wink to Neil Armstrong by the cosmic calendar. That's the day of a private service for Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died last Saturday in Ohio at age 82.

New research eclipses existing theories on moon formation

August 29, 2012 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Moon is believed to have formed from a collision, 4.5 billion years ago, between Earth and an impactor the size of Mars, known as "Theia." Over the past decades scientists have simulated this process and reproduced many of the properties of the Earth-Moon system; however, these simulations have also given rise to a problem known as the Lunar Paradox...

Penn State ARL to lead defense manufacturing research project

August 29, 2012 3:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streamlining the design and manufacture of U.S. Department of Defense equipment, including vehicles, weapons and other complex systems, is the goal of a $48 million contract recently awarded to Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB) program...


TacSat-4 participates in Navy fleet experiment Trident Warrior

August 29, 2012 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite-4 successfully completes three weeks of intense testing, June 28, as part of the Navy's annual Trident Warrior Experiment 2012 (TW12). TacSat-4 is a Navy-led Joint mission that provides Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM). Sponsored by Navy Warfare Development Command, Trident Warrior is an annual fleet experiment...

Space-warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves

August 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gravitational waves, much like the recently discovered Higgs boson, are notoriously difficult to observe. Scientists first detected these ripples in the fabric of space-time indirectly, using radio signals from a pulsar-neutron star binary system. The find, which required exquisitely accurate timing of the radio signals, garnered its discoverers a Nobel Prize.

HALO: One-of-a-kind research aircraft ready for takeoff

August 27, 2012 3:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The airborne research platform "High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft" (HALO), co-funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), is ready for takeoff. The German Federal Minister of Research, Professor Annette Schavan, pre-sented the research platform to the science community in Oberpfaffenhofen

Engineering Newswire: Toilets of the future

August 27, 2012 10:44 am | by PD&D Broadcasting Crew | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant.

NASA's pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

August 27, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration. Some examples:

Supernovae of the same brightness, cut from vastly different cosmic cloth

August 24, 2012 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars called Type 1a supernova are ideal for measuring cosmic distance because they are bright enough to spot across the Universe and have relatively the same luminosity everywhere. Although astronomers have many theories about the kinds of star systems involved in these explosions (or progenitor systems), no one has ever directly observed one—until now.

New NASA video captures drama of Mars landing

August 24, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new NASA video detailing the final moments of touchdown. ,The space agency Thursday posted the video on its website embedded with audio from mission control

Spaceship builder setting up shop in Florida

August 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

XCOR Aerospace, one of a handful of U.S. firms developing suborbital spaceships, plans to build its vehicles and fly tourists, researchers and commercial payloads from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials announced on Thursday.

SiliconExpert Webinar on Counterfeit Electronic Component Detection & Avoidance

August 23, 2012 1:45 pm | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies, a provider of electronic component management tools, is hosting a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Diganta Das, a member of the research staff at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)

In Their Own Words: Brent Jett, Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager

August 23, 2012 10:02 am | by NASAKennedy | Videos | Comments

Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager Brent Jett discusses the importance of continuing research aboard the International Space Station and what the future holds for human spaceflight. Jett describes what it means to be in commercial crew research and finding alternative ways to get astronauts to the International Space Center-- Kennedy Space Center

High-density, output configurable power system provides 1,300 W for space-constrained apps

August 23, 2012 9:48 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corp. introduced the Westcor MicroPAC power factor corrected AC/DC power system providing up to 1300 W of continuous power at up to 92 percent efficiency and 25 W/in3 power density in a 4 x 1.72 x 7.45 inch package. Offering semi-regulated output voltages of

President praises Curiosity team on This Week @NASA

August 23, 2012 9:38 am | by This Week @NASA | Videos | Comments

On This Week @Nasa, the Curiousity team gets a special phone call from Barack Obama, praising them for their efforts and congratulating the team on the success of their recent Mars landing. Listen in to see the actual video clip and hear the Commander in chief say hello.

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