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Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology

March 26, 2015 10:13 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

It's tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That's why the area where the Mars rover Curiosity team had targeted to land was an ellipse that may seem large, measuring 12 miles by 4 miles (20 by 7 kilometers) ...

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Nano Piano's Lullaby Could Mean Storage Breakthrough

March 26, 2015 9:59 am | by Bill Bowman, MechSE | News | Comments

A team led by MechSE associate professor Kimani Toussaint has demonstrated the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a nonmagnetic plasmonic nanostructure ...

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Tern Continues Progress toward Enabling Small Ships to Host Their Own Unmanned Air Systems

March 26, 2015 9:55 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) ...

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Teaching Computers to Understand Pictures

March 26, 2015 9:41 am | by Fei-Fei Li, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

When a very young child looks at a picture, she can identify simple elements: "cat," "book," "chair." Now, computers are getting smart enough to do that too. What's next? In a thrilling talk, computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li describes the state of the art ...

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Smart PIR Sensor for Smart Home Applications

March 26, 2015 9:31 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies has announced a new addition to its Smart Home portfolio with the launch of a reference design for a low cost Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensor with outstanding performance ...

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5-Bit Attenuator Reaches 31 GHz

March 25, 2015 5:35 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a 5-bit digital attenuator spanning 1-31 GHz. The Qorvo TGL2223-SM offers a 0.5 dB least significant bit (LSB) providing 15.5 dB of overall attenuation range. The TGL2223-SM is packaged in a ceramic, air-cavity QFN measuring 3 x 3 x 1.45 mm. Useful in applications such as point-to-point radio, SatCom, EW and radar, the Qorvo TGL2223-SM has measurably ...

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Research Holds Great Promise for Advancing Sustainable Energy

March 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Yankee Public Relations | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later. "We have developed a ... 

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NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 11:11 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more, when observed ... 

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Photo of the Day: Smartphones and Wearables Top Shopping Lists in 2015

March 25, 2015 11:04 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

FatWallet.com, where millions of online deal hunters go to stack coupons with cash back, announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend ... 

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New Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

March 25, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can be manipulated to turn electricity on and off the way ... 

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Michael Stonebraker Wins $1 Million Turing Award

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing ... 

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New Kind of “Tandem” Solar Cell Developed

March 25, 2015 9:17 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that ... 

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New Digital Printing Service For Front Panels And Enclosures

March 24, 2015 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s metal enclosures division METCASE is pioneering the use of digital printing for front panels, rack cases and instrument housings – saving customers time and money. METCASE’s new state of the art digital technology means legends, logos and complex photo quality graphics can be printed on front panels and enclosures quickly and easily. METCASE can print in full ... 

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New Law Requires Solar Panels (or Plants) on all Commercial Buildings

March 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Though the Step In Time dance from Mary Poppins is not longer an accurate depiction of the world above us, roof tops still play an interesting role in society. They're used as bars, patios, and places to hang out, but they can also serve as much better purpose. A new law ... 

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Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Global Warming, Cool Down Cities

March 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve heard the claim (and I stress claim) that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional ... 

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