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Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

November 8, 2012 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

In October, we asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our December Roundtable to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom. 

New planet discovered in habitable zone

November 8, 2012 8:50 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

An Anglo-German team of astronomers has discovered a new planet orbiting a nearby sun at just the right distance for an Earth-like climate that could support life. The team actually found three new planets orbiting the star 44 light years away, but only one of them is in the so-called Goldilocks Zone, the band around a sun where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist.

Top 10 must-see posts from October

November 1, 2012 1:49 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.


6U single-slot processor blade designed for use by robust computer makers and intelligent system integrators

November 1, 2012 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announces availability of the cPCI-6520, a 6U single-slot CompactPCI (CPCI) processor blade designed for use by robust computer makers and intelligent system integrators in mission-critical applications such as those developed for the military sector.

Spacewalkers leave station to track coolant leak

November 1, 2012 10:41 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A pair of spacewalking astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday to attempt to bypass a leak in one of the outpost's cooling systems.Engineers suspect a micrometeoroid or tiny piece of space debris may have punched a hole no bigger than the width of a hair into one of the station's radiators

Scientists look at climate change, the superstorm

October 31, 2012 9:13 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer stood along the Hudson River and watched his research come to life as Hurricane Sandy blew through New York. Just eight months earlier, the Princeton University professor reported that what used to be once-in-a-century devastating floods in New York City

Durability or bust

October 30, 2012 2:51 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Kansas State University-led research project is helping high-speed rail systems handle the stress of freezing and thawing weather conditions. The university's Kyle Riding, assistant professor of civil engineering, is leading a three-year study that looks at the freeze-thaw durability of concrete 

Insight: Unable to copy it, China tries building own jet engine

October 30, 2012 2:31 pm | by David Lague and Charlie Zhu, Reuters | News | Comments

China has designed nuclear missiles and blasted astronauts into space, but one vital technology remains out of reach. Despite decades of research and development, China has so far failed to build a reliable, high performance jet engine. This may be about to change. China's aviation sector is striving for a breakthrough


Sandy and storm surge pose 'worst case scenario'

October 29, 2012 3:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday. The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water - which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes.

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid

October 26, 2012 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course...

Son-Tinh Moving Into South China Sea

October 25, 2012 4:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Son-tinh soaked the Philippines and is now moving into the South China Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of the storm as the bulk western half of the storm had already moved over water. On Oct. 25, 2012 at 0525 UTC (1:25 a.m. EDT) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer...

NASA satellite shows Son-tinh over Philippines

October 25, 2012 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The latest tropical storm in the western North Pacific Ocean has already spread its clouds and showers over the Philippines, as seen in NASA satellite imagery. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image as it flew over Tropical Storm Son-tinh today, Oct. 24.

U.S. military hypersonic aircraft trial set for 2013

October 25, 2012 9:31 am | by Mary Slosson, Reuters | News | Comments

The last of four unmanned experimental U.S. military aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound is expected to be tested next year, the program manager said on Wednesday, months after its predecessor broke up during a trial. The third test flight of the craft, known as the Waverider or X-51A, broke apart over the Pacific Ocean seconds into a test flight in August.


Revealing a mini-supermassive black hole

October 25, 2012 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the lowest mass supermassive black holes ever observed in the middle of a galaxy has been identified, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and several other observatories. The host galaxy is of a type not expected to harbor supermassive black holes...

Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size and sequestration

October 24, 2012 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the ONR (Office of Naval Research) Naval S&T (science and technology) Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22, 2012, and highlighted the importance of innovative S&T programs being developed by the Navy.

Small unmanned aircraft systems log 168 flight hours in the Antarctic

October 23, 2012 1:39 pm | News | Comments

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems announced that its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System logged 168 flight hours in the frigid, harsh climate of Antarctica, supporting meteorological research by the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Wideband miniature transformers meet NASA low outgassing specifications

October 23, 2012 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

For aerospace and other ultra-critical applications requiring miniature ferrite-core transformers, Coilcraft CPS has introduced the new AE458RFW Series.  These robust, open design surface mount transformers are specially designed and tested to meet or exceed NASA’s demanding low-outgassing specifications

Declassified documents describe real-life flying saucer

October 23, 2012 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

X-Files fans, conspiracy theorists, and the tinfoil hat crowd were right all along! Sorta… In the 1950s, the US government really was building a flying saucer. But it didn’t involve little green men, human-alien hybrids, or David Duchovny; this isn’t what you’d call a "smoking gun."

Italian court ruling sends chill through science community

October 23, 2012 9:03 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists reacted with alarm to the manslaughter conviction of six earthquake experts in Italy for failing to give adequate warning of the 2009 earthquake in the city of L'Aquila that killed 308 people. Scientists warned that researchers in areas involving unpredictable natural threats, like volcanology

The best solution for dealing with space junk

October 19, 2012 2:26 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of junk in space. There’s American junk, Russian junk, Chinese junk, and corporate junk. There are satellite pieces and discarded rocket parts and metal bits. Basically, all the junk is just floating around clonking into other junk and causing general mayhem when they get a bit too close to the stuff that’s not junk.

Wind shear adversely affects Tropical Storm Maria

October 19, 2012 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tropical Storm Maria is moving away from Japan and strong wind shear is pushing its rainfall east of the storm's center, according to NASA satellite imagery. On Oct. 18 at 0845 UTC (4:45 a.m. EDT), NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite saw that rain associated with...

Search for alien life about to step up a gear

October 19, 2012 9:25 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life. The step change comes as the most powerful telescopes ever built are about to enter into service

Rover Curiosity eats first Martian dirt

October 19, 2012 9:24 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity tasted Martian dirt for the first time on Thursday, testing equipment needed to assess if the planet most like Earth in the solar system has or ever had the ingredients for microbial life.The sampling of about a baby aspirin's worth of Martian sand was slightly delayed while scientists puzzled

2000W compact pure sine wave inverter features 90-140VDC or 180-275VDC inputs

October 18, 2012 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer introduces the AEP-2000 Series of 2000W, rugged,  high efficiency, pure sine wave inverters. The “clean” pure sine wave output of the AEP-2000 Series, with less than 3% total harmonic distortion, is ideal for powering sensitive loads and for improving AC equipment performance.

New military apparel repels chemical and biological agents

October 18, 2012 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists and collaborators are developing a new military uniform material that repels chemical and biological agents using a novel carbon nanotube fabric. The material will be designed to undergo a rapid transition from a breathable state to a protective state.

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