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U.S. pushes for more global cooperation in space

June 8, 2012 11:11 am | by Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters | News | Comments

The United States wants more global cooperation in space including joint war games and combined operations with allies, and is pushing for data-sharing deals with France, Japan and other countries, a U.S. defense official said in an interview. Greg Schulte, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said in an interview on Wednesday that it made sense for countries to work together in space...

Photovoltaic cells tap underwater solar energy

June 7, 2012 3:28 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Electronics Science and Technology Division, dive into underwater photovoltaic research to develop high bandgap solar cells capable of producing sufficient power to operate electronic sensor systems at depths of 9 meters.

LNA MMIC offers a noise figure of 1.5 dB from 6 GHz to 18 GHz

June 7, 2012 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC announced its CMD157 (die) and CMD157P3 (packaged) are GaAs MMIC low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) for applications from 6 GHz to 18 GHz. These broadband devices each offer a low noise figure of 1.5 dB, deliver >25 dB of flat gain, and have


Navy researchers seek to improve weather prediction for global operations

June 7, 2012 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the Atlantic hurricane season officially beginning this month, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is pursuing a number of projects to help Navy forecasters and meteorologists around the world predict storms better. "Weather is one of the most significant factors affecting naval operations at sea," said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder.

Lockheed Martin integrates NI PXI into U.S. Navy's eCASS test system

June 7, 2012 1:04 pm | News | Comments

National Instruments today announced that Lockheed Martin will integrate NI PXI modular instrumentation and platform products in the U.S. Navy’s electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) automated test equipment family. The eCASS test stations replace the existing CASS program as the U.S. Navy’s core test system for on-ship and onshore electronic subassembly diagnostics and repair.

Weizmann Institute solar technology to convert greenhouse gas into fuel

June 7, 2012 10:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Australian venture will use solar technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of brown coal. The venture has been recently launched in Israel by NewCO2Fuels Ltd., a subsidiary of the Australian company Greenearth Energy Ltd., which has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the solar technology from Yeda, the Weizmann Institute's technology transfer arm.

Google deploying planes over cities for 3D maps

June 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by By Alexei Oreskovic | News | Comments

Google Inc is deploying a fleet of small, camera-equipped airplanes above several cities, the Internet search company's latest step in its ambitious and sometimes controversial plan to create a photo-based map of the world.

Compact and flexible thermal storage

June 6, 2012 10:20 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

There's a growing trend towards generating electricity from biogas. But these systems would be considerably more effective if better use could be made of the heat that is produced in the process.


Nations must talk to halt "cyber terrorism": Kaspersky

June 6, 2012 8:47 am | by Tova Cohen and Maayan Lubell, Reuters | News | Comments

Eugene Kaspersky, whose lab discovered the Flame virus that has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East, said on Wednesday only a global effort could stop a new era of "cyber terrorism".

Solar plane completes maiden intercontinental trip

June 6, 2012 8:45 am | by Zakia Abdennebi, Reuters | News | Comments

A solar energy plane landed in Morocco on Tuesday, completing the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun to show the potential for pollution-free air travel.

Venus makes last in lifetime move across face of sun

June 6, 2012 8:41 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The planet Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun on Tuesday, the last such passing that will be visible from Earth for 105 years.

Unmanageable? Thermal management for embedded enclosures requires creative solutions

June 5, 2012 5:18 pm | by Justin Moll, vice president, US market development, Pixus Technologies, | Articles | Comments

Embedded computing packaging continues to pack faster/hotter processors into tighter spaces. Not only are the processors requiring more cooling, but often the enclosures are stuffed with more boards and components, taking away space from airflow. Electronics packaging companies have had to get creative to tackle some of the more challenging applications

To improve reports, use diagrams wisely

June 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Engineers can follow my tips to ensure their diagrams enhance their writing.


Skywatchers prepare for rare Venus fly-by

June 5, 2012 8:52 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Transits of Venus happen in pairs eight years apart, with more than a century between cycles. During the pass, Venus appears as a small, dark round spot moving across the face of the sun, like a bug on a dinner plat

Sealed, side-mount contactor suits high-current DC or AC switching

June 4, 2012 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC  announced an addition to its line of EPIC Sealed Contactors —the MX56. The Single Pole Single Throw Normally Open (SPST-NO) MX56 is rated for continuous duty up to 600 A and capable of switching 600 A at 24 VDC, or AC, 100,000 times.  The contactor was developed for

NASA mission sending unmanned aircraft over hurricanes this year

June 4, 2012 9:17 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Beginning this summer and over the next several years, NASA will be sending unmanned aircraft dubbed "severe storm sentinels" above stormy skies to help researchers and forecasters uncover information about hurricane formation and intensity changes.

Intel inspired by aerospace to make sturdier laptops

June 4, 2012 9:08 am | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Engineers at Intel Corp are applying lessons from aircraft design to create sturdier laptops in a bid to reduce the prices of the new ultra-thin computers the top chipmaker is promoting heavily.

Integrated sensors handle extreme conditions

June 1, 2012 11:21 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has designed and fabricated integrated amplifier circuits that operate under extreme temperatures – up to 600 degrees Celsius - a feat that was previously impossible.

Where will your design live?

May 31, 2012 3:14 pm | by Ron Moore, Director, Field Technical Programs, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

Industrial applications cover a broad range of solution types. Depending on whom you ask, the industrial market segment can include military, scientific and commercial solutions. Though these segments run across a broad spectrum, there are some common themes that a design team must confront regardless of which area their particular application is focused on.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

FAA clears Virgin Galactic spaceship for test flights

May 31, 2012 11:21 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceShipTwo, a commercial six-passenger spacecraft owned by Virgin Galactic, to begin rocket-powered suborbital test flights, the company said on Wednesday.

There's more star-stuff out there but it's not dark matter

May 31, 2012 10:53 am | News | Comments

More atomic hydrogen gas — the ultimate fuel for stars — is lurking in today's Universe than we thought, CSIRO astronomer Dr Robert Braun has found. This is the first accurate measurement of this gas in galaxies close to our own. Just after the Big Bang the Universe's matter was almost entirely hydrogen atoms. Over time this gas of atoms came together and generated galaxies, stars and planets...

Mars missions may learn from meteor Down Under

May 31, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

A discovery about the make-up of the atmosphere of Mars could help inform future missions searching for life there. Scientists have tried to find out how the planet's environment came to contain methane gas, which contains carbon – a substance found in all living things.  

Technology for technology’s sake

May 29, 2012 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

Piezoelectric accelerometers support ground vibration testing requirements

May 29, 2012 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler ( has announced the availability of its piezoelectric accelerometer technologies for cost-effective, high-accuracy support of aircraft, helicopter, rotorcraft, missile, satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground vibration testing (GVT), as well as large-scale MIMO and SIMO aerospace structural monitoring.

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