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Check out the newest NASA space suit design

May 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear which space suit design the public chose for the future trips to Mars. About a month ago, NASA announced they would hold a content to select what the suits would look like.  Let’s take a moment to review the suit, itself. It’s called the Z-2 and is the successor to the Z-1 suit....

Astronomers observe corkscrew nature of light from a distant black hole

April 30, 2014 4:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time an international team of astronomers has measured circular polarisation in the bright flash of light from a dying star collapsing to a black hole, giving insight into an event that happened almost 11 billion years ago. Dr Peter Curran from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research ...

OCULLAR sees ocean color day and night

April 30, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team led at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has developed an instrument capable of observing ocean color during normal sunlight conditions and under moonlight — a first-ever capability that will allow scientists to monitor the health and chemistry of the planet's oceans....

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Russian official: The US should use trampolines to get to space

April 30, 2014 9:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back when Russia first began “acquiring” Ukraine, NASA immediately cut all ties with the Slavic republic, except for efforts related to the International Space Station (the US relies on Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS). And now, after a fresh round of US sanctions, a Russian defense official has a helpful suggestion — the US should use trampolines to get into space....

High voltage Reed switch is presented as world’s smallest

April 29, 2014 2:47 pm | Standex Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, OH) announced the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch. At a maximum glass length of 10.5 mm and an overall lead length of 34.5 mm, the KSK-1A35/1 can...

Experiment on Earth demonstrates effect observed in space

April 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streaming jets of high-speed matter produce some of the most stunning objects seen in space. Astronomers have seen them shooting out of young stars just being formed, X-ray binary stars and even the supermassive black holes at the centers of large galaxies....

Broadband limiting amplifiers target electronic warfare, broadband communications

April 29, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) unveiled new wide dynamic range broadband limiting amplifiers commonly used in electronic warfare, microwave receivers and broadband communications systems. These coaxial limiting amplifiers cover...

Manual, pneumatic, and cordless guns ideal for dispensing two-component adhesive materials

April 29, 2014 9:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces a new line of manual, pneumatic, and cordless guns for dispensing two-component adhesives. The guns make dispensing even the thickest materials easier and less cumbersome. A 26:1 thrust ratio enables a lighter touch to dispense more material....

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Photos of the Day: The nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle

April 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Resembling the X-47B, the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle will have range, payload, and capabilities that resemble manned aircraft. The demonstrator is 10 m long by 12 m wide and weighs 5 tons. On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a first of its kind formation flight, including a nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, a Rafale twin-engine fighter, and a Falcon 7X business jet....

Solving the mystery of a superluminous supernova

April 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An exceptionally bright supernova reported in 2013 is so luminous, a new study reports, because a lens in the sky amplified its light. The discovery of the lens settles an important controversy in the field of astronomy. In 2010, a team of scientists observed a supernova, PS1-10afx, shining brighter than any other in its class....

AC power source delivers 1350 VA

April 28, 2014 9:53 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics (Hauppauge, NY) has developed a new AC Power Source/Frequency Convertor/Inverter ideal for all these market segments. It delivers 1350 VA of clean, regulated AC power from a 3.5” high bench-top unit that easily converts to rack mount....

Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

Wide-band, unmatched transistor enables efficiencies up to 77%

April 24, 2014 4:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the T2G6001528-SG from TriQuint. This wide band, unmatched transistor offers up to 15W P3dB of power from DC to 6GHz. GaN on SiC HEMT enables efficiencies up to 77%. Other features include....

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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

Think tank: Russian stealth fighter is superior to the F-35

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Air Power Australia is no fan of the F-35. Let’s get that out of the way. For years, they’ve been panning the Joint Strike Fighter, praising the F-22, and warning about emerging threats from Russia and China — threats that could best the F-35 in single combat....

Liquid spacetime

April 23, 2014 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. Some of these models predict that spacetime at the Planck scale (10-33cm) is no longer continuous....

Mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics now are solved

April 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition on 22 April 2014. The study, which presents the first viable model for the planetary system...

Is this solar-powered airplane the future of green travel?

April 22, 2014 9:47 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Solar Impulse team is at it again! This is the team that flew the first solar-powered plane capable of flying around the clock coast-to-coast across the United States in 2013. They just unveiled that plane’s successor, the aptly named Solar Impulse 2, which has an even greater destiny for 2015: to circumnavigate the globe....

High gain amplifiers target commercial and military radar

April 21, 2014 7:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA)  introduced new portfolio of L and S band high gain amplifiers covering 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz specifically used for commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems.

Wrap-around chip resistors tested per EEE-INST-002 and MIL-PRF-55342

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors.

Photos of the Day: NASA's flying saucer

April 21, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

NASA recently unveiled the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator, a disc-shaped spacecraft which could potentially deliver supplies for future manned Mars missions. In theory, NASA’s flying saucer would, upon descent, deploy a 100-foot-wide parachute to decelerate from a Mach 3.5 descent down to about twice the speed of sound....

16-26 GHz double-balanced fundamental mixer offers high isolation

April 21, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced its CMD179 general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 GHz and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than

Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 21, 2014 8:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

Bright points in sun's atmosphere mark patterns deep in its interior

April 18, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Like a balloon bobbing along in the air while tied to a child's hand, a tracer has been found in the sun's atmosphere to help track the flow of material coursing underneath the sun's surface. New research that uses data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, to track bright points in the solar atmosphere...

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