Unmanned weapons systems (aka, "killer robots") have the power to reduce collateral damage and save lives, and we should support and encourage their development, not preemptively ban them and set disproportionately high ethical standards as a function of their deployment.
Facebook. We use it every day to stay connected with family and friends and, well, to snoop on...
So the wearable tech revolution seems to keep getting delayed, first with Google Glass and now...
Microsemi Corporation unveiled its IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications and security applications. The non-volatile flash-based IGLOO2 FPGAs have the highest number of mainstream FPGA features....
Aside from offering up the world’s least-appetizing pizza (protein cheese layer anyone?) and a way to eliminate illegal poaching, 3D printing might play a vital role in the future of the military. Though the technology is not nearly advanced enough to make a significant impact right now, the Navy is looking to 3D printing as a potential money saver for the future, according to an article published in the Armed Forces Journal.
The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's research laboratory and aviation missile and communications-electronics RD&E centers
Newly published research from a University of Texas at Arlington communication team offers a groundbreaking perspective on the controversial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and mass communication, or “drone journalism.” The remotely guided aircraft gained prominence in the military’s hunt for suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It is a mystery that has stymied astrophysicists for decades: how do black holes produce so many high-power X-rays? In a new study, astrophysicists from The Johns Hopkins University, NASA and the Rochester Institute of Technology conducted research that bridges the gap between theory and observation by demonstrating that gas spiraling toward a black hole inevitably results in X-ray emissions.
Linear Technology announces the high temperature H-grade (-40°C to 150°C junction temperature) and high reliability MP-grade (-55°C to 150°C) version of the LTC3115-1 in a 20-lead thermally enhanced TSSOP package. The LTC3115-1 is a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current....
China's latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported. Automated controls guided the Shenzhou-10's docking with the space lab, the Xinhua News Agency said.
Here at ECN we're always looking for the "next big thing" and this month we're focusing on near-field communications. NFC only seems to be increasing in popularity and usage across the electronics board, but we want to know what's happening in your labs and on your benches.
Clip-Air project researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are currently working on the technical feasibility of futuristic airplanes with a single flying wing that can transport up to three capsules. The autonomous capsules would be 30 meters long and weigh 30 tons, roughly the size of a railroad car so they’re also compatible with existing rail systems.
Lumex announced the global launch of its TitanBrite Wireless Bonded LED featuring “flip chips” that are said to be up to 15 percent brighter than any others in the market. In addition to the standard 3-W and W LEDs, this LED is also available in 9 W. High light output is achieved in a
In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.
Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.
China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
Modern soldiers require state-of-the-art innovations, particularly when integrating connectors within advanced Wearable Soldier Systems (WSS). Key requirements for wearable soldier electronics are: increased situational awareness, increased weapons effectiveness, and increased individual agility.
China's astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science.
Neil Armstrong's name is attached to a lunar crater, an asteroid, more than a dozen schools and a museum, but not a single NASA facility is christened in honor of the man whose "giant leap" made him the first to walk on the moon. All that could soon change on the fringes of the Mojave Desert...
Hi-tech inventors at Solar System Express and biotech designers Juxtopia are collaborating on a suit set to release in 2016, which will allow adrenaline junkies to space dive from up to 62 miles above the Earth's surface - at the very edge of space - and safely land using thruster boots instead of a parachute.
Oven Industries announces the new 5R1-1400 AC Temperature Controller with the integrated potentiometers or via a PC through the TTL level UART Communication port. This compact design measuring two and one half inches square can deliver up to 15 AMPS of load current from a zero voltage switched, low-noise, solid-state relay.
In this week's headlines: Computer scientists at Cornell are in the process of producing a robot with anticipatory cognitive abilities. They've programmed a PR-2 robot to accomplish typical robotic tasks, as well as the ability to pour you a drink ... and anticipate when you want another.
In an expansive hangar in central Israel, workers toil on one of the world's most contentious aircraft, fitting dozens of drones with advanced sensors, cameras and lasers before they are shipped to militaries worldwide to perform highly sensitive tasks. Whereas drones are often criticized elsewhere for being morally and legally objectionable...
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. announced a portfolio of low noise amplifiers (LNAs) that provide a desirable noise figure, a critical component to boosting weak incoming signals for today’s 4G wireless infrastructure as well as diverse broad market systems including GPS, broadband, military and satellite
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri's precise path in the heavens and predicted the two close encounters using data from Hubble.
SKB just introduced their new 3i-2617-12 Injection Molded case for industrial and military applications. And Canyonwest Cases is making them available to companies needing proven-tough cases to safeguard sensitive or expensive equipment.
Molex Incorporated supports challenging industrial automation, aerospace and defence network connectivity with its compact Brad® Nano-Change® (M8) connectors. The rugged Nano-Change product line offers the industry’s broadest selection of space-saving connectors, cordsets, receptacles, inserts, splitters and moulded junction boxes for sensor and actuator applications.
Custom MMIC is offering a new device from their growing MMIC library of standard products. The CMD187 is a wideband GaAs MMIC amplifier die for applications from 2 to 20 GHz. This device delivers greater than 22 dB of flat gain with a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +14 dBm, and a noise figure of 4.5 dB at 20 GHz.