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Photos of the Day: Google's new airfield

February 13, 2014 8:27 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On Monday (2/11), Google announced that a subsidiary of theirs would be taking over management of the Moffett Federal Airfield, which the internet giant frequently uses for flights of its executives. Built in 1931, the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield was used by the U.S. Navy, and NASA's Ames Research Center managed it for the last 23 years.

2100 watt DC/DC converter offers efficiency up to 97%

February 12, 2014 4:40 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) introduces the MBH Series DC/DC Converters. The MBH offers up to 2100 Watts in a low-profile 9.0" x 6.5" x 1.25"H ruggedized chassis mount package. The module weighs only 3.3 lbs. making the MBH ideal for harsh shock and vibration environments in both COTS military and industrial applications.

How stellar death can lead to twin celestial jets

February 12, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers know that while large stars can end their lives as violently cataclysmic supernovae, smaller stars end up as planetary nebulae – colorful, glowing clouds of dust and gas. In recent decades these nebulae, once thought to be mostly spherical, have been observed to often emit powerful, bipolar jets of gas and dust.

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Four new galaxy clusters take researchers further back in time

February 12, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

Four unknown galaxy clusters each potentially containing thousands of individual galaxies have been discovered some 10 billion light years from Earth. An international team of astronomers, led by Imperial College London, used a new way of combining data from the two European Space Agency satellites....

GaN-based transistors take to the sky to capture the action

February 12, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When Ray Breslin and Emil Rottmayer attempted a highly daring escape from a super-high security prison in this fall’s thriller Escape Plan, audiences got up close to see (spoiler alert!) our two heroes — played by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively — engage in a gunfight with the prison’s “crew”....

Is your employer tracking your every move?

February 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Your employer probably isn’t tracking your every move just yet, but with new technology from Hitachi, it might not be that far down the road. Obviously there are ways for employers to track your productivity now whether it’s cameras or looking at your internet logs, but it’s really time consuming and not very informative for most employees.

General purpose accelerometers meet the needs of test applications

February 11, 2014 3:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Irvine, CA) has announced a significant extension of its family of Endevco brand Isotron accelerometers. This new line of general purpose IEPE accelerometers is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of test applications. Applications include general laboratory vibration testing....

Google subsidiary to run nearby federal airfield

February 11, 2014 9:39 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company's billionaire executives. The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google's Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield....

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Australians discover oldest star

February 10, 2014 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy.

Massive neutrinos solve a cosmological conundrum

February 10, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have solved a major problem with the current standard model of cosmology identified by combining results from the Planck spacecraft and measurements of gravitational lensing in order to deduce the mass of ghostly sub-atomic particles called neutrinos.

AUVSI's Unmanned Systems

February 10, 2014 12:27 pm | Events

AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014 features the largest exhibit hall dedicated to unmanned systems in the world with over 350,000 sq. ft. (32,500 sq. m.) of space and more than 600 exhibitors. It is the place to find the latest solutions and products the industry has to offer and to connect with colleagues and new business partners.

Linear power supplies now UL and CE certified

February 7, 2014 3:26 pm | Acopian | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by Acopian Power Supplies (Easton, PA) is the UL recognition and CE approval of their mini encapsulated series of linear regulated power supplies. The AC-DC power supply series is encapsulated in an ultra-compact, low profile housing to provide the ultimate in environmental protection in space-limited applications.

DC/DC products offer high efficiency, isolation

February 7, 2014 1:21 pm | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) announces the low output noise LN-Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically to meet the needs of signal sensitive applications such as unmanned vehicles, test and measurement systems, medical instruments and data acquisition and control systems.

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5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)

February 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Sasha Gurke, Elsevier’s Engineering Fellow and Co-Founder, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. 

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

RF inductor series complies with military spec MIL-PRF-15305

February 6, 2014 3:11 pm | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics (Gowanda, NY) announced that the company recently achieved military approval for four thru-hole RF inductor series: MLRF10M, MLRF15M, MLRF18M and MLRF17S. These Gowanda series meet the military’s Qualified Product List (QPL) requirement for military spec MIL-PRF-15305.

AFDX switch hardware comes in standard ANSI form factor 3U VPX

February 6, 2014 2:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TTTech announced the availability of the first AFDX switch hardware with the standard ANSI form factor 3U VPX (formerly known as VITA 46). The rugged, light, and space-saving switch will support customers in the design of optimized aerospace system architectures.

The anatomy of an asteroid

February 5, 2014 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using very precise ground-based observations, Stephen Lowry (University of Kent, UK) and colleagues have measured the speed at which the near-Earth asteroid (25143) Itokawa spins and how that spin rate is changing over time. They have combined these delicate observations with new theoretical work....

Crimp pins available in both gold and tin plating options

February 5, 2014 1:56 pm | Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. (Oyster Bay, NY) announces the addition of new crimp pins to their selection of wire termination products.  These new pins are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equivalents to the popular Mil-Spec M39029 crimp pins.

HD camera ideal for low-light imaging

February 5, 2014 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

UTC Aerospace Systems (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) introduces the newest high definition (HD) camera in its Sensors Unlimited MiniSWIR product line: the GA1280JSX. This new addition is a compact, mil-rugged 0.9MP high-resolution, high-sensitivity, shortwave infrared (SWIR) video camera....

This is what it’s like to fly a fighter jet

February 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Flying in a fighter jet isn’t an experience most of us will ever have. Personally, I’ve never had the urge, but for some, not being able to soar like Maverick is heartbreaking. Luckily for any wannabe pilots, Metropolis Entertainment — who make footage for simulators for places like this one which will show at London’s Science Museum — are more than willing to share the wealth.

Chemical weapons: Then and now

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Steven Pike, Managing Director of Argon Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Sadly, human history offers all too many examples of how chemical weapons can be used to devastating effect. The employment of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) dates back to at least as far as 1000 BC, when the Chinese used arsenical smokes as weapons.

The F-35 is "a failure waiting to happen"

February 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s an oldie but goodie. Last year, Four Corners — an Australian current affairs program — did an expose on the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and their conclusions were ... none-too complimentary. Like their American counterparts, Australia is pursuing a one-size-fits all solution....

Buck converter features 12µA quiescent current

February 4, 2014 11:37 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3638, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications.

High-power GaN switches designed for wideband applications

February 4, 2014 9:30 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power.

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