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Be “smart” about security: Protecting your smart grid network

May 22, 2015 11:57 am | by Altaf Hussain, Business Development Manager, Digital Networking at Freescale | Articles | Comments

The systems that control electric power generation and distribution are ones we rarely see, but are crucial to much of our day-to-day lives...

New computational technique advances color 3D printing process

May 22, 2015 11:34 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers at Zhejiang University in China have developed a technique that enables hydrographic...

This Slinky lookalike helps us see tiny objects

May 22, 2015 11:27 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement...

ONR tests new glasses for augmented reality system with Marines

May 22, 2015 11:05 am | News | Comments

At Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, the Augmented Immersive Team Trainer (AITT...

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Aviation agency unveils messaging system to reduce delays

May 22, 2015 11:02 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will...

This device will self-destruct when heated

May 22, 2015 10:57 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if...

Why studying engineering was the best decision of my life

May 22, 2015 10:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

My least favorite thing is the continued perception that more women don’t want to be in STEM – that they’re choosing to not go into STEM...

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Why you should pursue a STEM career in agriculture

May 22, 2015 10:10 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Try explaining STEM to students and you probably get blank stares, eye rolls or even yawns. Sure, you can spell out the acronym (science, technology, engineering, math) but that doesn’t make it any more exciting...

Why the birth of PCs led to fewer women in STEM

May 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Muriel Kolker, MHS Engineering Teacher and Mechnical Engineer | Blogs | Comments

We are the product of our environment. Although it may account for the low numbers of girls and minorities in STEM careers...

Here's how you can change the world of CubeSats and win a prize

May 22, 2015 9:21 am | by Stratasys and MakerBot | News | Comments

A growing number of aerospace companies are embracing 3D printing as they transform how they prototype and manufacture. To support innovation in aerospace engineering, Stratasys...

A second life for MRI magnets

May 21, 2015 8:00 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at Argonne recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find...

Automotive security and the chain of trust

May 21, 2015 3:56 pm | by Justin Moon, Technical Architect, QNX Software Systems | Articles | Comments

Automotive systems are inherently complex and becoming even more so.  Increasingly, vehicle manufacturers...

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IoT long-life wireless sensors require ultra-low power architectures

May 21, 2015 3:43 pm | by Florian Feckl, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

One of the most technical challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT) is sensor nodes...

New methods to study sound generated by wind power plants

May 21, 2015 1:33 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | News | Comments

A new two-year research project on sound produced by wind power plants was launched at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT in May. In the study, the formation and dissemination of sound from wind power generators, and people's experiences of it in Finnish climatic conditions, will be modelled and experimented with.

Naval Research Laboratory patents compact orbital debris sensor

May 21, 2015 1:29 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter, a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently on-board nano-satellite platforms.

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers.

Pentagon’s mysterious X-37B space drone heads back into orbit

May 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Sputnik | News | Comments

The US Air Force is preparing to launch its super-secretive space drone into orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so “materials of interest” hold up in space’s harsh zero-gravity environment.

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Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices. Vortices are created when wind moves around a barrier in its path.

AC/DC power supplies packaged in a miniature 1 x 1 inch case

May 21, 2015 8:58 am | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct, the MPM-03MM series is a family of 3W AC/DC power supplies packaged in a miniature 1 x 1 inch case. These power supplies provide the robust performance, safety approvals and small size required by a wide range of space critical, board level applications.

Can kids learn by teaching robots? Maybe.

May 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

For decades, studies have shown that children learn better when asked to teach another student. In the past, I was a tutor for elementary-grade students and if they were almost understanding a matter, but just not quite getting it, I'd ask them to explain it to me.

4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface

May 21, 2015 7:52 am | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a family of 4Mb serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (F-RAMs), which are the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs. The 4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), a 2.0V to 3.6V operating voltage range and are ...

Jitter measurement in waveform generators

May 20, 2015 1:47 pm | by Chris Kelly, Keysight Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Jitter is an important characteristic of waveform quality, and low jitter in a clock waveform is an important feature in reducing error in communications systems. Low jitter is an important component of low Error Vector Magniture (EVM) in high quality digital communications networks. The latest generation of ...

NASA advances CubeSat concept for planetary exploration

May 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.

Sounding rocket to help calibrate NASA's SDO

May 20, 2015 1:39 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight.

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage. With new technology innovations, more features are being incorporated into power management ICs.

OPALS boosts space-to-ground optical communications research

May 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is produced by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. It is pretty for stargazing, but a challenge for space-to-ground communications.

Microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

Unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms -- structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets -- have been created at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.

Digital power controller IC delivers benefits to power supply manufacturers

May 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by Chance Dunlap, Senior Marketing Manager, Intersil | Articles | Comments

It's not news that a power supply's performance is critical to an efficient and reliable system. Even so, the supply often doesn’t get the appreciation and respect it deserves. Very often, whether the product is a low-power, portable device operating from a battery or ...

New portable device could test how 'squishy' cancerous tumors are

May 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Tumors come in all shapes, sizes ... and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them...

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