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Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs

December 16, 2013 11:06 am | by JULIE WATSON and ALICIA CHANG, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago.

China's moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil

December 16, 2013 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. The 140-kilogram (300-pound) "Jade Rabbit" rover separated from the much larger landing vehicle early Sunday...

You won’t find selfies on this Instagram account

December 13, 2013 3:26 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Drones are becoming almost as prevalent in the skies as they are in the news. From “Amazon Prime Air” to military drones in overseas conflict, it seems like these are devices that aren’t going away any time soon. For London-based artist and activist, James Bridle, this is a troubling fact. One of Bridle’s most well-known endeavors is Dronestagram: an Instagram account that posts pictures of drone strike locations...

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Piezoresistive shock accelerometer designed for weapons testing

December 13, 2013 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has introduced the Endevco model 7284 series, a family of lightly damped, high-g, triaxial, piezoresistive shock accelerometers designed for weapons testing, high-g data recorders, missile fuzes and other extreme-g applications.

First rock dating experiment performed on Mars

December 13, 2013 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Although researchers have determined the ages of rocks from other planetary bodies, the actual experiments—like analyzing meteorites and moon rocks—have always been done on Earth. Now, for the first time, researchers have successfully determined the age of a Martian rock—with experiments performed on Mars.

"Our Drone Future" predicts frightening Big Brother dystopia

December 12, 2013 4:48 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You didn’t think we’d just use domestic drones for delivering packages and monitoring suspected animal abuse, did you? Of course not — we wouldn’t be furiously debating the legality and ethics of "octocopters" air-mailing copies of Harry Potter. No, the dark undertone of domestic drone usage is their application as omniscient law-enforcement devices, Big Brother-style.

Engineering Update #37: A drone-hacking drone

December 12, 2013 2:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode is brought to you by Components Corporation. In this week's Engineering Update: A drone that hijacks other drones, mid-air: The Skyjack seeks out wireless signals of other UAVs and take control of them, even while in flight.

China asks pilots to master low-visibility landing

December 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of domestic flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog. Beijing Capital International Airport, China's busiest, has the worst record for flight delays of any major international airport...

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Display module features CoreAVI software drivers to deliver 20-year lifecycle support

December 11, 2013 4:53 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX six head graphics display card, its first based on AMD’s next generation embedded Radeon Adelaar GPU. The rugged VPX3-716 module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms....

Power inductors achieve a “T” Level reliability rating

December 11, 2013 10:06 am | Api Delevan | Product Releases | Comments

API Delevan announced today that it now offers three popular SMD Power Inductors with the highest reliability rating available after achieving a “T” Level reliability rating. The MILP1812, MIL4922 and MIL8532 meet all Military QPL requirements, and the ruggedized molded and leaded construction is proven against MIL-STD-202 mechanical vibration....

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

Chinese-Brazilian satellite fails to enter orbit

December 9, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A satellite jointly developed by China and Brazil failed to enter orbit after the rocket carrying it malfunctioned after launch on Monday, state media reported. The high-resolution remote-sensing Ziyuan I-03 satellite was launched aboard a Chinese Long March 4B rocket in northern Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

German firm testing drones to deliver goods

December 9, 2013 9:04 am | by AP | News | Comments

Germany's express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The small pilotless helicopter was to fly a package of medicine Monday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company's headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

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Piezoelectric MEMS timing product targets communications infrastructure, industrial and military apps

December 6, 2013 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sand 9 announced it is the first MEMS company to achieve the stringent low-noise, high-stability and harsh environmental requirements for communications infrastructure, industrial and military applications. The TM651, based on Sand 9’s Temperature Compensated MEMS

GPGPU delivers desirable graphics processing to harsh environments

December 6, 2013 12:44 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems released a 3U VPX GPGPU that combines exceptional processing and high data throughput with a rugged design for C4ISR and advanced sensor processing. The C530 carries the latest industry-standard MXM modules with the ability to

Semiconductor parts: Distinguishing real from fake requires a trained eye

December 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Steve Martin, EVP of Sales for Components Direct, an Avnet Company | Components Direct | Articles | Comments

Detecting counterfeit electronic components is not easy — if it was, our industry would not be suffering the $160 billion in annual risk identified by IHS Research. The industry is being forced to take action, with recent federal legislation setting an example for the entire supply chain....

Engineering Update #36: Amazon's new drone delivery system

December 5, 2013 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

If you're already signed up for Amazon prime for its next-day delivery, you might want to get onboard the drone trend since Amazon says that's the next big thing in sales. The drones would be capable of carrying packages and orders under 5 pounds to any site within 10 miles of a fulfillment center.

Top general to teens: Watch what you post online!

December 4, 2013 4:11 pm | by PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | News | Comments

If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey worried aloud Wednesday that the next generation of possible military recruits is ignorant about the damage that can come from showing bad or illegal behavior online.

Photos of the Day: Glimpsing the infrastructure of a gamma-ray burst jet

December 3, 2013 3:04 pm | News | Comments

A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An international team of astronomers from Britain, Slovenia and Italy has glimpsed the infrastructure of a burst's high-speed jet.

China launches first moon rover, the 'Jade Rabbit'

December 2, 2013 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth. A rocket carrying the rover aboard an unmanned Chang'e 3 spaceship successfully blasted off early Monday...

Amazon.com sees delivery drones as future

December 2, 2013 12:49 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone. The world's largest e-commerce company said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs. But Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology...

Indian craft leaves Earth's orbit on way to Mars

December 2, 2013 12:47 pm | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth's orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said.

NKorea resumes work at missile site

December 2, 2013 12:42 pm | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets. Commercial satellite imagery shows work has resumed after a months-long hiatus at Tonghae, on the country's northeast coast, on what looks like a rocket assembly building and a launch control center.  

Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates

December 2, 2013 9:46 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and isn't likely to keep out spies.

Multifunction subsystems drive innovative thermal management solutions for military projects

November 27, 2013 1:02 pm | by Juan Zoppetti, Mechanical Engineer, Parvus Corporation | Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

Despite current budget challenges faced by the Department of Defense, the military continues to demand more performance and improved functionality from rugged computers and communications subsystems to fulfill its mission requirements. Many military programs have begun to request subsystems that combine network processing....

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