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Don't fear the dawn of the drones; someday 1 might save your life, thanks to UC research

January 15, 2014 3:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the not too distant future, you may hear the hum of a drone's rotors as it descends upon you and be filled with a sense of relief, not panic. After all, it's coming to save you, not harm you. Research at the University of Cincinnati could soon enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)...

Domestic drones and you: Leveraging privacy vs. security

January 13, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers are mostly confined to overseas battlefields, a wide variety of unmanned systems will play an expanded role in law enforcement, commerce, and even mail delivery ... which leads to all sorts of privacy concerns. Get your thinking caps and opinions ready, because we’re looking to drill down to the core issues presented by the use of unmanned systems in Peoria, USA.

To curb China’s haze and air pollution, use water

January 13, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. This suggestion comes from Shaocai Yu of Zhejiang University in China, and North Carolina State University in the US. In an article published in Springer’s journal Environmental Chemistry Letters...

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January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Digital Editions | Comments

We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.

Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

Photos of the Day: Long shots: Galaxies from 13.2 billion years ago

January 8, 2014 11:57 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Hubble Space Telescope has peered back to a chaotic time 13. 2 billion years ago when never-before-seen galaxies were tiny, bright blue and full of stars bursting to life all over the place. Thanks to some complex physics tricks, NASA's aging telescope is just starting to see the universe at its infancy in living color and detail.

100-Ohm backplane connector is scalable up To 25 Gbps data rates

January 8, 2014 11:31 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides

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TVS diodes suited for aerospace applications

January 8, 2014 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. offers users the ability to customize the upscreening and sorting process flows for High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes. These components protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events and have been specially screened and sorted for use in DC line protection in aviation electronics (avionics) and other applications that demand high reliability.

Technology 1 step ahead of war laws

January 6, 2014 12:20 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Today's emerging military technologies—including unmanned aerial vehicles, directed-energy weapons, lethal autonomous robots, and cyber weapons like Stuxnet—raise the prospect of upheavals in military practices so fundamental that they challenge long-established laws of war. Weapons that make their own decisions about targeting and killing humans...

Dimensionally stable two component urethane modified epoxy gel is thermally conductive

January 6, 2014 11:58 am | Master Bond Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Primarily used for potting and encapsulation applications, Master Bond Super Gel 9AO is a soft, urethane modified gel-like epoxy that offers thermal conductivity and electrical insulation properties. This two part system is also employed for

Pulsar in stellar triple system makes unique gravitational laboratory

January 6, 2014 9:01 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth's orbit around the Sun. The closeness of the stars, combined with their nature, has allowed the scientists to make the best measurements yet of the complex gravitational interactions in such a system.

Engineering Update #39: A functioning car made from Legos

January 2, 2014 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Super Awesome Micro Project is a car just like any other, only its made entirely of Legos. Stave Sammartino and Raul Oaida used 500,000 Lego pieces to construct the vehicle which features a car engine made from lego pieces that runs on air.

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Photos of the Day: CEO predictions for the next 100 years of flying

January 1, 2014 2:40 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours. Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight....

Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

December 30, 2013 2:15 pm | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites....

Top 10 must-see posts of 2013

December 30, 2013 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s the top 10 most popular, compelling, controversial, and highly-trafficked stories from 2013. These were the posts that led the most discussions, excited the most readers (for better or worse), and caught your collective eyeballs. So check out some old favorites, or catch up on a post you may have missed — and find out what all the fuss was about!

Photos of the Day: 3rd spacewalk in a week at space station

December 30, 2013 8:43 am | News | Comments

Two Russian astronauts have completed a spacewalk that included an unsuccessful attempt to install cameras on the exterior of the International Space Station. Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky placed the high-resolution cameras early in the venture that began Friday.

Miniature absolute rotary encoder is lightweight

December 27, 2013 12:25 pm | Electromate | Product Releases | Comments

Rotary Electric Encoders from Netzer are said to provide exceptionally accurate, high resolution, absolute position with miniature to wide diameter hollow shaft and are available with analog or digital outputs. The holistic structure of the encoder provides

Europe launches satellite to map 1 billion stars

December 24, 2013 10:05 am | by FRANK JORDANS and DANICA COTO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy. The satellite was lifted into space from French Guiana at 6:12 a.m. (0912 GMT; 4:12 a.m. EST) aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket, the agency said.

What role will unmanned aerial systems play in America’s future warfighting arsenal?

December 23, 2013 3:35 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many of our aerial warfare and surveillance operations are now conducted in regions where we might not necessarily have air support operations near-by or they are in countries where we do not want the world to know we are conducting operations. The loss of a pilot is never something an air-wing wants to hear about....

Solid-state power amplifiers designed for a wide range of X-Band frequency applications

December 23, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTT announces a new family of compact, GaN-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) operating in the 7.0 to 11.0 GHz frequency range for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and military microwave applications. CTT’s latest compact SSPA designs offer as much as 100 Watts of Output Power in a compact package.

Multilayer ceramic capacitors and varistors provide UAV power systems with performance & design advantages

December 23, 2013 1:09 pm | by Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, Advanced Operations, AVX | Avx Corporation | Articles | Comments

The power systems designed into today’s advanced military and aerospace applications are incorporating increasingly sophisticated components and design topologies to achieve improved efficiency, weight reduction, and performance enhancements. Two essential criteria for realizing the cutting edge, energy efficient power systems...

From General to CEO: One man’s journey from the battlefield to the boardroom

December 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

I’m proud to work in an industry with such a disproportionately high number of military veterans. Many of our colleagues previously served the nation with honor and distinction, trading ACUs for business suits and M4s for fountain pens. Case in point: Steve Sargeant, CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, formerly a Major General with the United States Air Force.

Ethernet switch module offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports

December 20, 2013 2:51 pm | Diamond Systems Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems unveiled Epsilon-12G2. The rugged, managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets in a compact COM Express form factor.

Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station

December 20, 2013 11:00 am | by EMILY WANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station...

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