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Pitt's forthcoming laser shooter could better detect foreign substances for Homeland Security

September 28, 2012 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity fired its first laser beam in August, blasting a space rock at more than one million watts per shot to determine whether the red planet could be habitable. The method, called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), is used to detect not only the composition of space-related soils but also an array of foreign materials.

Simulations uncover 'flashy' secrets of merging black holes

September 28, 2012 8:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

According to Einstein, whenever massive objects interact, they produce gravitational waves -- distortions in the very fabric of space and time -- that ripple outward across the universe at the speed of light. While astronomers have found indirect evidence of these disturbances, the waves have so far eluded direct detection.

Learning to live on mars

September 28, 2012 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Since the beginning of August, NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, has been roaming all over the distant planet learning as much as it can about the Martian terrain. The mission control team back on Earth has also learned what it may be like on Mars by trying to live and work on a Martian day, which is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day.


The emergency worker’s best friend: A backpack that maps

September 27, 2012 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Emergency workers risk their lives to keep us safe, and they’re often walking into situations essentially blind. If they run into a problem, they have only primitive ways of warning those coming in behind them. But, with the help of the researchers, the days of flying blind may be coming to a rapid end.

NYC auction offers 125 meteorites for sale

September 27, 2012 8:48 am | by ULA ILNYTZKY Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City auction will offer 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the moon and a 179-pound iron cosmic rock that evokes Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream." The sale, one of the largest of its kind, is being held by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Oct. 14.

PC/104 DC/DC supplies provide power management for renewable energy sources in off-grid computing apps

September 26, 2012 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems introduced PC/104 and PC/104-Plus integrated, “green energy” power supply modules for remote applications requiring renewable power sources.  The PS394 Series of DC/DC supplies support two inputs from solar panels, wind turbines, or other DC sources.

Cutting-edge technology makes NASA's hurricane mission a reality

September 26, 2012 9:12 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Cutting-edge NASA technology has made this year's NASA Hurricane mission a reality. NASA and other scientists are currently flying a suite of state-of-the-art, autonomously operated instruments that are gathering difficult-to-obtain measurements of wind speeds, precipitation, and cloud structures in and around tropical storms.

Astronauts may play role in Mars robotic missions

September 26, 2012 9:08 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

NASA's future plans to explore Mars may end up using astronauts as space messengers.The new idea surfaced as a special team looking for a new Mars robotic exploration plan released a preliminary report Tuesday. The new idea surfaced as a special team looking for a new Mars robotic exploration plan released a preliminary report Tuesday.


How a space hater becomes a space junkie

September 26, 2012 8:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor, Space Nerd | Articles | Comments

Space has never really interested me. When I was forced to go to a Star Trek museum at age 10 and a man dressed as a Klingon--the fictional warrior race--chased me around the gift shop, I was pretty much done with how “fun” space could be.

Hubble goes to the 'eXtreme' to assemble the deepest ever view of the universe

September 25, 2012 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. By collecting faint light over one million seconds of observation, the resulting image revealed thousands of galaxies...

Military demands shape rugged storage trends

September 25, 2012 1:29 pm | by Mike Southworth, Director of Marketing, Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

The success of network-centric operations relies on the ability to provide the right information to the right people at the right time. As a result, the issue of data storage is becoming increasingly important as the warfighter needs fast, reliable access to vast amounts of mission-critical data.

Princeton release: Slow-moving rocks better odds that life crashed to Earth from space

September 24, 2012 3:19 pm | News | Comments

Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research from Princeton University, the University of Arizona and the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Spain.

Thermal interface material exhibits thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K

September 24, 2012 2:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sarcon 30QR from Fujipoly is a low hardness thermal interface material that exhibits a thermal conductivity of 1.10 W/m°K and a thermal resistance of .57 °Cin2/W. This material is available in roll or sheet form and can easily be die-cut, molded or extruded to accommodate your unique application specification...


Conductive elastomer compounds receive QPL certification

September 24, 2012 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech announces that the company’s newly expanded line of TechSIL Conductive Elastomer compounds received QPL certification by the Defense Logistics Agency. This unrivaled commitment to excellence distinguishes Leader Tech as the only MIL-SPEC approved & certified manufacturer of all 12 conductive elastomer formulations.

Spaceport is built, but who will come?

September 24, 2012 8:50 am | by JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says it will be New Mexico's Sydney Opera House. Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson has hinted it will host the first of his new brand of lifestyle hotels. And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously

Aerospace materials protect against chafing, abrasion

September 21, 2012 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials to improve protection against chafing and abrasion in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft surfaces. Surfaces exposed to these environments are subjected to mechanical forces that can result in damage that decreases the strength and life of panels

23 nuclear power plants are in tsunami risk areas

September 21, 2012 2:10 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The tsunami in Japan in March 2011 unleashed a series of negligence related with the resulting nuclear disaster. A scientific study headed by Spanish researchers has for the first time identified those atomic power plants that are more prone to suffering the effects of a tsunami

Intelligent systems add brainpower to everyday electronics

September 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Fernando Mujica, Director of System Architectures Lab of the Systems and Applications R&D Center, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) | Articles | Comments

What is an intelligent system? It’s any system that can input information, analyze it, and intelligently make decisions or take actions as a result. Intelligent systems have been emerging for decades, but they are on the brink of an intelligence explosion that will revolutionize the way we interact with machines, making our world smarter, safer and more fun.

Computers get a better way to detect threats

September 21, 2012 8:52 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for intrusions, viruses or anything else that could cause a computer to malfunction.The technique has been dubbed "space travel"

What's it like to fly a plane with shuttle on top?

September 21, 2012 8:44 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's the ultimate piggyback ride: A space shuttle perched atop a Boeing 747 as the pair crisscrosses the country. For three decades, this was how NASA transported shuttles that landed in the California desert to their Florida home base. But it's coming to an end.

Polycarbonate enclosures designed to withstand harsh environments

September 20, 2012 2:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair Technical Products announces the Hoffman brand rugged Type 4X hinged-cover polycarbonate enclosures with stainless steel latches. Featuring durable, light gray polycarbonate, integrated molded hinges for secure cover attachment and stainless steel hinge pins for chemical and

Space shuttle Endeavour flyover

September 20, 2012 11:58 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

On Monday, Sept. 17, space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, conducted a low flyover of NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is part of the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era. The flight began at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security

September 20, 2012 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

No question about it… they're very good at what they do. But they don't take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they're one of the fastest and most maneuverable

Final tests under way on Wyoming supercomputer to be used in weather research projects

September 20, 2012 9:07 am | by MEAD GRUVER Associated Press | News | Comments

Final testing is being done on a National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne that will be used for climate modeling and other Earth sciences. Research is expected to begin this fall on the new computer,

Panetta talks cyber issues with Chinese, but experts see no decline in attacks out of China

September 20, 2012 9:05 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,

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