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NASA Prepares to Crash into Mercury

April 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface, is helping navigate the ... 

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How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 16, 2015 10:36 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's abdomen with a rapid ultrasound ... 

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Clamshell Spring Pin Socket for Power Transistors

April 15, 2015 8:05 pm | by Ironwood Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new QFN socket addressing high performance requirements for testing power transistor - CBT-QFN-7043. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.93 nH, insertion loss < 1 dB at 23 GHz. The current capacity ... 

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NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development

April 15, 2015 4:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into ... 

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Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Sack Network Issues

April 15, 2015 2:47 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD and James Davis, Wireless Applications Engineer, API Technologies Corp. | Articles | Comments

Picture this: You're at a major sporting event and you just took a phenomenal snapshot of the field, or the players, or maybe even you on the field with a player. You undoubtedly want to send it to your wife, or kids, or friends, or maybe even your entire friend list on Facebook. You crop it, maybe ... 

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Why Latency Management Will Decide the Future of the IoT

April 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

Acceptable response times on the web have steadily been decreasing. While 10 seconds used to be considered reasonable, a 2009 study showed that 40 percent of visitors will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. In the 6 years since, users’ expectations ... 

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March/April 2015 — Distributed Antenna Systems Sack Network Issues

April 15, 2015 11:35 am | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The March/April issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of content from Distributed Antenna Systems(DAS) to Machine-to-Machine Communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), Energy Harvesting, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about the exciting products and technologies to come at IMS 2015 ... 

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LED Light Guide Offers Superior Solution to OLED Panels

April 15, 2015 11:15 am | by Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) has introduced a new 4” x 4” LED-based light guide developed to demonstrate its higher efficiency, better durability, longer life, and lower cost than a comparable OLED panel. GLT’s LED-based 4” x 4” square light guide is intended as a superior solution for applications considering similar-size OLED panels with similar diffused-light output ... 

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

April 15, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press & NASA | News | Comments

After a scrub on Monday, the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for another launch attempt at complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This is SpaceX's sixth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space ... 

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"Asleep-Yet-Aware" Electronics Could Revolutionize Remote Wireless Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

State-of-the-art military sensors today rely on “active electronics” to detect vibration, light, sound or other signals. That means they constantly consume power, with much of that power and time spent processing what often turns out to be irrelevant data. This power consumption limits sensors’ useful ... 

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MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015 9:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified carbon ... 

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A Camera That Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 9:22 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered--it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed ... 

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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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