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Less wear, longer life for memory storage device

September 12, 2012 8:56 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Probe storage devices read and write data by making nanoscale marks on a surface through physical contact. The technology may one day extend the data density limits of conventional magnetic and optical storage, but current probes have limited lifespans due to mechanical wear.

Dark energy is real, Anglo-German researchers argue

September 12, 2012 8:55 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Dark energy, the mysterious cosmic force thought to be the fuel behind the accelerating expansion of the universe, is real, according to an Anglo-German team of astronomers.After a two-year study, scientists at the University of Portsmouth

Europe space agency eyes manned flights with China

September 12, 2012 8:47 am | by FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | News | Comments

European astronauts could hitch a ride into orbit aboard Chinese spacecraft before the end of the decade, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Tuesday. The head of ESA's human spaceflight division said his agency


DC-DC converter designed for military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems

September 11, 2012 11:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT announces the availability of a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converter meets several military standards and features three outputs...

GA-ASI introduces system-wide enhancements for Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper

September 11, 2012 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced the successful first flight of the Block 1-plus Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper, an upgrade to the original Block 1 Predator B that has been in production since 2003. The MQ-9 Block 1-plus test flight occurred on May 24 at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., with no discrepancies.

Meeting satellite design challenges with both off-the-shelf and customized space-grade DC-to-DC converter solutions

September 11, 2012 9:30 am | by Rob Warren, Vice President and General Manager, Microsemi Corporation | Articles | Comments

Satellite design engineers face many difficult issues. End customers such as the U.S. Air Force are demanding ever higher levels of reliability. Failure in space-related applications is not an option. The products used in satellites must work every time, in a plethora of environmental extremes...

Istanbul -- The earthquake risk of a megacity

September 10, 2012 9:10 am | by | News | Comments

Today the drilling starts for a seismic monitoring network on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul. Specially designed seismic sensors in eight boreholes on the outskirts of Istanbul and around the eastern Marmara Sea will monitor the seismic activity of the region with high precision.

Enough wind to power global energy demand

September 10, 2012 9:09 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

There is enough energy available in winds to meet all of the world's demand. Atmospheric turbines that convert steadier and faster high-altitude winds into energy could generate even more power than ground- and ocean-based units. New research from Carnegie's Ken Caldeira examines


Connector system ideal for DC servers

September 7, 2012 3:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products announces the launch of the Saf-D-Grid connector system for use in the direct connection of DC electronic devices to a DC micro grid. This connector system is ideal for use in DC servers or any device connecting directly to renewable energy sources such as Solar or Wind power.

Ku-band block up converter designed for transportable satellite communications uplinks

September 7, 2012 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comtech Xicom Technology today introduced a new compact, lightweight and highly efficient solid-state Ku-band block up converter (BUC) designed for transportable satellite communications uplinks. The Comtech Xicom Technology Model XTS-40KHE-B1 is the perfect solution for commercial and military users ready to take advantage of available Ku-band capacity.

Neil Armstrong to be buried at sea: family

September 7, 2012 8:52 am | by Kim Palmer, Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, will be buried at sea, family spokesman Rick Miller said on Thursday. Armstrong died on August 25 following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.

10 must-see posts from August

September 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Editors | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Seeing the birth of the universe in an atom of hydrogen

September 6, 2012 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Windows to the past, stars can unveil the history of our universe, currently estimated to be 14 billion years old. The farther away the star, the older it is — and the oldest stars are the most difficult to detect. Current telescopes can only see galaxies about 700 million years old, and only when the galaxy is unusually large or as the result of a big event like a stellar explosion.


Pressure sensor designed for mobile phones, portable devices

September 5, 2012 2:13 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new pressure sensor that allows mobile phones and other portable devices to calculate their vertical elevation relative to sea-level with very high accuracy. This means that the mobile device will know not only on which floor of a building it is located, but almost on which step of the staircase.

Power supplies designed for compact spaces

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda ZWS-BP series of single output, PCB-type AC-DC power supplies. Based on the popular ZWS series, the ZWS-BP is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, thus simplifying equipment design and is offered in two mid-power output models – ZWS150BP (150W) and ZWS240BP (240W). With a 200% peak power capability, the ZWS-BP is ideal for use in electromechanical equipme

Shapeable LED backlight designed for enhanced light distribution

September 4, 2012 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announces the global launch of its first-in-the-industry QuantumBrite Shapeable LED Backlight. With the new shapeable LED backlight, holes can be cut into the backlight in virtually any shape (for example, to allow space for a switch or other component on the circuit board). This combination of flexible and shapeable LED backlight technology...

The Norton Report: Removal of conformal coating with small sandblasters

September 4, 2012 9:45 am | by Jim Norton, President, Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The development of conformal coating technology was driven to a large degree by the military and aerospace industries. While conformal coatings are mostly used on populated, printed wiring boards (PWBs), they are also used to protect components such as transistors, diodes, rectifiers, resistors, integrated circuits (ICs) and hybrid circuits including multi-chip modules (MCMs) and chip on board (COB).

Scientists test new marine robot hurricane-hunters

September 4, 2012 9:02 am | by Harriet McLeod, Reuters | News | Comments

As Tropical Storm Isaac was on its path through the Caribbean before becoming a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico this week, U.S. scientists were testing an experimental new weather spy tool - an unmanned, marine robot about the size of a surfboard that can gather storm data at sea level.

35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

September 4, 2012 8:58 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space - the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

Stuck bolt on space station stymies spacewalkers

August 31, 2012 9:00 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA on Thursday halted attempts to replace a power distributor on the International Space Station after spacewalking astronauts were repeatedly stymied by a jammed bolt, officials said. NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Japan's Akihiko Hoshide, both station flight engineers

Smartphone app can track objects on the battlefield as well as on the sports field

August 30, 2012 1:38 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Missouri researchers have developed new software using smartphones' GPS and imaging abilities, that determine the exact location of distant objects as well as monitor the speed and direction of moving objects. The software could eventually allow smartphone-armed soldiers to target the location of their enemies.

'Nano machine shop' shapes nanowires, ultrathin films

August 30, 2012 9:20 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new "nano machine shop" that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties. The structures might be "tuned" for applications ranging from high-speed electronics to solar cells

Newly discovered dust-obscured galaxies may be missing link

August 30, 2012 9:18 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled a new species in the cosmic zoo, a super-heated, dust-shrouded object called a "hot DOG," which may represent a missing link in galaxy evolution. A full-sky survey by NASA's wide-field infrared WISE telescope turned up about 1,000 hot

Rocket blasts off, puts NASA radiation belt probes in orbit

August 30, 2012 9:09 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket lifted off on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, placing a pair of heavily shielded NASA science satellites into position to study Earth's radiation belts.The 190-foot (58-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, blasted off at 4:05 a.m.

'Blue moon' on same day as Neil Armstrong service

August 30, 2012 8:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

There's a rare `blue moon' on Friday, a fitting wink to Neil Armstrong by the cosmic calendar. That's the day of a private service for Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died last Saturday in Ohio at age 82.

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