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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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Transistor Laser Research Aims to Push Modulation Speeds into THz Range

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004. The transistor laser offers the potential ... 

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies. Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined ... 

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Signaling Tester with Rapid Test Designer (RTD)

April 10, 2015 3:56 pm | by Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu announces it successfully completed testing of GCT Semiconductor’s 4G LTE-Advanced chip, GDM7243Q, using Anritsu’s MD8430A signaling tester with Rapid Test Designer (RTD). GCT Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, offers an advanced FDD-TDD LTE Category 5/6/7 single chip, with the ... 

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Aluminium-Ion Battery Can Charge a Smartphone In One Minute

April 10, 2015 2:46 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Scientists say they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery that is made of aluminum. The ultrafast rechargeable aluminium-ion battery was designed to be used in smartphones and researchers claim that it can be charged ... 

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In the HotSeat: Mike Fahrion, B+B SmartWorx

April 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MTZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Mike Fahrion, vice president of IoT Technologies for B+B SmartWorx to discuss the news strategies and roadmaps the company has put in place to be a leading force in the industrial IoT (IIoT) space ...

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Photos of the Day: Graphene Looking Promising for Future Spintronic Devices

April 10, 2015 10:43 am | by Johanna Wilde, Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known ...

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Research Could Usher in Next Generation of Batteries, Fuel Cells

April 10, 2015 10:32 am | by Jeff Stensland, University of South Carolina | News | Comments

Scientists from South Carolina's leading public universities--the University of South Carolina and Clemson University--have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells ...

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Driverless Vehicle Makes a Cross-Country Trek

April 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

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SpectralNet Eliminates Physical Distance Limitations in RF Signal Distribution

April 10, 2015 12:02 am | by RT Logic | Product Releases | Comments

RT Logic’s SpectralNet eliminates the physical distance limitations in RF signal distribution, enabling the optimization of ground infrastructure to improve flexibility, reliability and reduce costs. SpectralNet is the first product to digitize and transport RF spectrum over IP networks in a way that preserves both frequency and timing ... 

Ultra Low Profile Chip Antenna

April 10, 2015 12:01 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the AT2450A2008AT ultra low profile chip antenna from Frontier Electronics. The AT2450A2008AT serves 2.4GHz applications with bandwidths as wide as 150MHz. Capable of handling 3 watts of continuous power and up to 5 watts for short durations, the Frontier AT2450A2008AT provides ... 

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