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Mars rover Curiosity sends home first color photo

August 8, 2012 8:34 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA's newly landed Mars science rover Curiosity snapped the first color image of its surroundings while an orbiting sister probe photographed litter left behind during the rover's daring do-or-die descent to the surface, scientists said Tuesday.

Ten tips for smart battery implementation

August 7, 2012 4:47 pm | by Adam Hickerson, Raveon Technologies, | Blogs | Comments

Smart battery design starts with knowing the details of the system that is using the battery power. A battery does not make a system battery-powered. For operational lifetimes measured in days, weeks or years, power must be a design consideration from the ground up.

The Golden Touch: Behind the Webb Telescope

August 7, 2012 4:06 pm | by HubbleSiteChannel | Videos | Comments

The Webb Telescope's mirrors are coated in an extremely thin film of gold. This gold layer, only a few millionths of an inch thick, enables the mirrors to best reflect the infrared light the telescope seeks. The thinner the layer, the better off the telescope will be -- every bit of weight counts when a telescope as big as Webb is being lifted into space by a rocket. Join us at Quantum Coating in New Jersey, where engineers are vaporizing gold to apply a thin, even layer to the telescope's mirrors. - HubbleSiteChannel


This week from NASA: Landing Curiousity, test firings for project Morpheus, International space station

August 7, 2012 4:02 pm | Videos | Comments

This week on @NASA Following a daring plunge through the Martian Atmosphere -- billed as 7-minutes of Terror, The Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover made a successful, on-target landing on the Red Planet in Gale Crater. Curiosity is scheduled to conduct a two-year mission to investigate the most intriguing places on Mars in an effort to determine if microbial life is possible on the planet. Also, engineers at the Johnson Space Center have conducted test firings of the Project Morpheus Lander, the quickest trip ever to the International Space Station of an unpiloted Russian Progress resupply ship, Marking History at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility and more! -NASA Television

California's hydroelectricity production is vulnerable to climate change

August 7, 2012 2:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

 California's hydropower is vulnerable to climate change, a University of California, Riverside scientist has advised policymakers in "Our Changing Climate," a report released July 31 by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

PBS Off Book: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye

August 7, 2012 10:20 am | by PBS Off Book | Videos | Comments

Technology defies the boundaries of human perception. From photomicrography to astrophotography, size and distance are no longer barriers, and through slow-mo and timelapse, we are allowed to see time and humanity in a new light. Through our curiosity and thirst for the unknown, the beauty of the universe can now be explored beyond the limits of the naked eye. - PBS Off Book

This week in Engineering: Inflatable Heat Shield

August 7, 2012 10:07 am | by | Videos | Comments

This Week in Engineering - Paint absorbs weaponized chemicals; Pioneer anomaly solved; tires from dandelions; nanobots target Hepatitis-C; Japanese trashcan bot; and inflatable heat shield.

Disinformation flies in Syria's growing cyber war

August 7, 2012 8:55 am | by Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - On Sunday, it was a hijacked Reuters twitter feed trying to create the impression of a rebel collapse in Aleppo. On Monday, it was another account purporting to be a Russian diplomat announcing the death in Damascus of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


Mars rover landing "miracle of engineering," scientists say

August 7, 2012 8:53 am | by Steve Gorman and Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA scientists hailed the Mars rover Curiosity's flawless descent and landing as a "miracle of engineering" on Monday as they scanned early images of an ancient crater that may hold clues about whether life took hold on Earth's planetary cousin. The one-ton, six-wheeled laboratory nailed an intricate and risky touchdown late on Sunday, much to the relief and joy of scientists and engineers eager to conduct NASA's first astrobiology mission since the 1970s Viking probes.

In RI waters better known as playground for yachts, US Navy develops undersea drones

August 7, 2012 8:52 am | by MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press | News | Comments

 NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Just beneath the placid, sailboat-dotted surface of Narragansett Bay, torpedo-shaped vehicles spin and pivot to their own rhythm, carrying out missions programmed by their U.S. Navy masters.

Russian rocket fails to reach target orbit

August 7, 2012 8:50 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | News | Comments

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's space pride suffered another blow Tuesday when a booster rocket failed to place two communications satellites into target orbits, a mishap that came a day after NASA successfully landed a robotic vehicle on Mars.

Enclosures designed for hazardous area applications

August 6, 2012 2:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces a complete family of increased safety enclosures and related solutions for the process automation industry. Part of the company’s Explosion Protection Equipment (EPE) portfolio, the wide range of enclosure styles and sizes provide optimal design configurations for nearly all Ex e and Ex ia hazardous area applications, including oil and gas.

Amplifier provides ~21dB of gain

August 6, 2012 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW , Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s TQP7M9106, high linearity amplifier with frequency coverage from 50MHz to 1.5GHz.


Rover to probe whether Mars was life-friendly in the past

August 6, 2012 8:48 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA plans to follow up a decade-long search for Mars' lost water with a mission to learn whether the Red Planet once harbored other ingredients necessary for life. The astrobiological hunt begins once the $2.5 billion Mars Science Lab rover Curiosity lands itself beside a towering mountain that rises from the floor of a vast, ancient impact basin called Gale Crater.

Space weather and the coming storm

August 6, 2012 8:48 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The delicate threads that hold modern life together are dramatically cut by an unexpected threat from outer space, with disastrous effects.

NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos

August 6, 2012 8:47 am | by Steve Gorman and Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA's Mars science rover Curiosity performed a daredevil descent through pink Martian skies late on Sunday to clinch an historic landing inside an ancient crater, ready to search for signs the Red Planet may once have harbored key ingredients for life.

New Mars rover to land in intriguing giant crater

August 6, 2012 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- The latest Mars destination is a giant crater near the equator with an odd feature: a mountain rising from the crater floor.   How did it get there?  

Anxiety over rover's Hollywood-style Mars landing

August 3, 2012 4:41 pm | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seven minutes of terror. It sounds like a Hollywood thriller, but the phrase describes the anxiety NASA is expecting as its car-sized robotic rover tries a tricky landing on Mars late Sunday.

Non-contact infrared temp. transmitters features a response time of 240mS

August 3, 2012 4:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduces its new series of non-contact infrared temperature transmitters.

Battery charging controller, power manager features input max. power point control

August 3, 2012 4:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4000-1, a high voltage controller and power manager with input maximum power point control (MPPC) that converts virtually any externally compensated DC/DC power supply into a full-featured battery charger.

Not for green technology, but for country

August 3, 2012 3:16 pm | by Clara Ennist, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

When building better weapons, a focus on green technology is untenable; rather, weapons need to be accurate, cost effective, and pose the least harm to US soldiers. How “green” a weapon is can be an unintended, positive consequence. Enter the Navy’s Electromagnetic Rail Gun (EMRG) with guided munitions.

Three firms share $1.1 billion of NASA space taxi work

August 3, 2012 2:32 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Calif. Aug 3 (Reuters) - NASA will pay more than $1 billion over the next 21 months to three companies to develop commercial spaceships capable of flying astronauts to the International Space Station, the agency said Friday.

'Cry' of a shredded star heralds a new era for testing relativity

August 3, 2012 10:25 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Last year, astronomers discovered a quiescent black hole in a distant galaxy that erupted after shredding and consuming a passing star. Now researchers have identified a distinctive X-ray signal observed in the days following the outburst that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole.

History littered with failed Mars probes

August 3, 2012 8:59 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Launching probes to Mars is not for the faint of heart. Out of the 40 spacecraft dispatched to the Red Planet, only 14 lived to fulfill their missions.

History littered with failed Mars probes

August 3, 2012 8:50 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter was about a week away from wrapping up an 11-month journey to the Red Planet in 1999 when engineers noticed a problem - the spacecraft, designed to study Mars' environment, was not where it was supposed to be.

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