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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

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Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at 1 million kilometers per hour

July 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas....

Forecasting the development of breakthrough technologies to enable novel space missions

July 7, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new report, Technological Breakthroughs for Scientific Progress (TECHBREAK), has been published today by the European Science Foundation. The European Science Foundation (ESF) was contacted at the end of 2009 to conduct a foresight activity for the European Space Agency (ESA)....

The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

A young star's age can be gleamed from nothing but sound waves

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Determining the age of stars has long been a challenge for astronomers. In experiments published in the journal Science, researchers at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy show that 'infant' stars can be distinguished from 'adolescent' stars by measuring the acoustic waves they emit....

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Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

July 7, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade. Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone around its star....

Fully illuminated 30mm pushbutton meets the ISO 7000 standard

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. (Vista, CA) announces the new FP30 series pushbutton. Available in either snap-in or threaded bush mounting, this large but lightweight pushbutton is only 1.5 to 2.5mm for the snap in version, and 1 to 9mm for the threaded bushing version....

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

July 2014: Opto & Displays

July 1, 2014 5:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.

Research proves shock wave from explosives causes significant eye damage

July 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13 percent of all battlefield injuries....

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Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

Space-tested robot inspires medicine and manufacturing uses

June 30, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand - literally - thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM), has been on the International Space Station since February 2011....

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

June 30, 2014 8:49 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy - this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes....

Diverse groups fly airship over NSA’s Utah Data Center to protest illegal internet spying

June 27, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) joined forces today to fly an airship over the NSA’s data center in Utah to protest the government’s mass surveillance program....

North Korea tests new precision-guided missiles

June 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three short-range projectiles South Korean officials say the North fired toward its waters a day earlier....

Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

Connectors suitable for cable diameters 2 to 27mm

June 26, 2014 4:33 pm | Lemo Usa | Product Releases | Comments

LEMO (Rohnert Park, CA) has added a new connector size to its M Series. The new MM connectors are the most compact in the lightweight M Series product line. MM Plugs and cable mount sockets come with LEMO’s signature ratchet-coupling shells and offer excellent weight and space savings....

Two-output DC-DC converters designed for satellite power systems

June 26, 2014 4:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the D Series of low power radiation-tolerant two output DC-DC converters developed to meet the high-reliability design needs of satellite power systems. The new D28xxD and D50xxxxP D Series of DC-DC converters offer extremely low output noise....

Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

Company successfully tests space tourism balloon

June 26, 2014 8:04 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell....

All together now -- a lesson from Space Station 'ant-stronauts'

June 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent study on the International Space Station brings to mind Aesop's fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and it is pretty amazing what we can learn from these industrious insects. The activities of a crew of ants that lived aboard the orbiting laboratory as part of the Ants in Space CSI-06 investigation are inspiring students and scientists alike....

Crimes to crops: Drone display shows potential use

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen....

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