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Research for One-Year Space Station Mission Launched Aboard SpaceX Resupply Flight

April 14, 2015 10:15 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Research that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars is among the two tons of cargo now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 14...

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Low Noise Variable Gain Receive Modules

April 14, 2015 5:12 pm | by Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks introduces eight low noise, variable gain receive modules for LTE and WCDMA infrastructure applications requiring low noise and high linearity. The SKY65369-11, SKY65370-11, SKY65371-11, SKY65372-11, SKY65373-11, SKY65374-11, SKY65375-11, and SKY65376-11, which are ideal for all wireless infrastructure OEMs and ODMs, are low noise, highly linear...

Taking Aircraft Manufacturing Out of the Oven

April 14, 2015 3:34 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large, industrial-sized ovens: Multiple polymer layers are blasted with temperatures up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, and solidified to form a solid, resilient material. Using this approach, considerable ... 

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Photos of the Day: Solar Orbiter Launch Moved to 2018

April 14, 2015 10:27 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017. "The decision to postpone the launch was taken in order to ensure that all of the spacecraft’s scientific ... 

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Quantization of 'Surface Dirac States' Could Lead to Exotic Applications

April 14, 2015 9:27 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon--the integer quantum Hall effect--in a new type of film, called a 3D topological insulator. In doing this, they demonstrated ... 

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5G World Summit to Explore How 5G Will Drive the IoT

April 14, 2015 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

5G is set to become the first network capable of being versatile and scalable enough to enable the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). With all of our everyday objects hyper-connected, the 5G network will have a huge amount of data to process which is why the 5G World ... 

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Fully-Certified, Small-Form-Factor Bluetooth Smart Module

April 13, 2015 10:33 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a Bluetooth® Smart module that provides an end-to-end Bluetooth Low Energy solution. The new, small-form-factor EZ-BLE™ PRoC™ module—based on Cypress’s PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution—includes Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification, greatly simplifying design and cutting time ... 

250 Watt ISM Transistor for Efficient, Controllable Power

April 13, 2015 7:39 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for NXP’s BLF2425M7LS-250P. This highly efficient (51% drain efficiency) LDMOS transistor is internally matched for broadband performance from 2400 to 2500MHz, supporting ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) applications. The earless, ceramic package adds to the excellent thermal stability, creating a 250 watt ...

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Scientists Develop Probabilistic Programming Languages

April 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns. To make machine-learning applications easier to build, computer scientists ... 

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50V GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors

April 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Cree, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. has extended its family of unmatched 50V gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) with a new 50W packaged part that provides high performance broadband solutions for a variety of RF and microwave applications up to 4GHz, including narrow band UHF applications, L- and S-Band applications, and multi-octave bandwidth ... 

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HotSpot Episode 109: High-Tech Armor Monitors Damage to Combatant

April 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, TE signs female driver; an invention by Tel Aviv University researchers may be able to turn smartphones into powerful hyperspectral sensors; researchers are helping blind rats see using an implanted compass; and Unified Weapons Master is developing ... 

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Amazon's Drone Delivery Service Cleared for Testing (Again)

April 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Remember last July when Amazon petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to begin testing its drones? Well it might actually be happening (this time). Last month, the FAA gave Amazon the OK to start testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime ... 

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Photo of the Day: Dragon Spacecraft Prepares for Launch

April 13, 2015 10:34 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Good morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida where a research equipment-and-cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft is being readied to head off the Earth so International Space Station astronauts can conduct science for the Earth as well as the Journey to Mars. Launch time ... 

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Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

April 13, 2015 8:50 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford ... 

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Illinois Teams with Google to Develop More Secure Smartphones

April 11, 2015 10:11 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Fingerprint identification, password protection and phone storage encryption are a few ways to make your smartphones more secure. But Google is looking to take the security measure one step further, using behavioral analysis of everything from typing habits to photo identifiers to authenticate people to their ... 

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