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Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed 'Nasty'

May 22, 2015 9:03 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalog name of NaSt1...


HELLADS Laser Achieves Acceptance For Field Testing

May 22, 2015 8:59 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA’s High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) has demonstrated sufficient laser power and beam quality to advance to a series of field tests. The achievement of government acceptance for field trials marks the end of the program’s laboratory development...


Basel Physicists Develop Efficient Method of Signal Transmission From Nanocomponents

May 22, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Basel | Comments

Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to two electrical conductors, which uncouple...


Robot Masters New Skills Through Trial and Error

May 22, 2015 8:49 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence...


Mission Possible: This Device Will Self-Destruct When Heated

May 21, 2015 3:05 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Where do electronics go when they die? Most devices are laid to eternal rest in landfills. But what if they just dissolved away, or broke down to their molecular components so that the material could be recycled...


Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Highest Power Single Chip Ka-band Amplifier Produced To Date

May 21, 2015 2:56 pm | by Northrop Grumman | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)  announced the highest power Gallium Nitride (GaN) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifier ever produced at Ka-band...


Photo of the Day: Mind Controlled Race Cars at IMS 2015

May 21, 2015 12:49 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

IMS2015 features a mind-controlled car racing experience coined "Thinking Forward" which took center stage at the Wireless & Wearables Pavilion at IMS! Using the Emotiv Insight, an EEG headset ...


Aggie Engineers Assist Students with Space Project

May 21, 2015 12:05 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Two years ago undergraduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University took on the challenge of designing, developing, delivering and supporting a unique ...


5 High School Students Win Robots4Us Video Contest

May 21, 2015 11:25 am | by DARPA | Comments

Five short videos prepared by U.S. high school students have been selected as winning entries in DARPA’s Robots4Us video contest and will be featured at a June 7 invitational workshop ...


Gauging Materials’ Physical Properties from Video

May 21, 2015 10:58 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Last summer, MIT researchers published a paper describing an algorithm that can recover intelligible speech from the analysis of the minute vibrations of objects in video captured ...


Photos of the Day: Keeping Up With #WearableWednesday at IMS 2015

May 20, 2015 1:50 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, @JMooneyWDD; Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Comments

For even more photos from IMS 2015, check out the Wireless Design & Development Twitter account at @wirelessdesign. Be sure to follow along and join the conversation, using today's hashtag #WearableWednesday.


Amazing Microdroplet Structures May Lead To New Technologies

May 20, 2015 1:29 pm | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | 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...


New Technology Could Fundamentally Change Future Wireless Communications

May 20, 2015 1:23 pm | by University of Bristol | Comments

Radio systems, such as mobile phones and wireless internet connections, have become an integral part of modern life. However, today's devices use twice as much of the radio spectrum as is necessary...


Taking Control of Light Emission

May 20, 2015 1:14 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves. They say this has the potential to lead to new kinds of light detection...


New High-Performance VNAs

May 20, 2015 1:08 pm | Comments

Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) unveiled a new, high-performance vector network analyzer (VNA) series at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Phoenix on May 17 – 22...



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