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2018 Mission: Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled in UK

March 28, 2014 11:13 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars...                                         

Top Three Reed Switch No-No's

March 26, 2014 5:09 pm | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch...                        

Managing Renewables Intelligently

March 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Kurt Rohrig | News | Comments

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together...                    

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Photo of the Day: RoboClam

March 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent, RoboClam | News | Comments

In addition to anchoring underwater vehicles and detonating mines, the RoboClam could also be used to lay underwater cables...                                                       

Robot Builds on Insights into Atlantic Razor Clam Dynamics

March 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent, RoboClam | News | Comments

The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam...                           

HotSpot Episode 55: Space Sunflower Snaps Pictures of Space

March 24, 2014 1:54 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, changing everything mobile; a mobile headset and smartwatch rolled into one; a computer system that spots fake expressions of pain; and a space sunflower...                     

Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 11:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors...                

Photo of the Day: Hybrid Materials Conduct Electricity for Diagnostic Sensors

March 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

These hybrid materials could be worth exploring for use in energy applications such as batteries and solar cells...                                      

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Experiment Opens the Door to Multi-Party Quantum Communication

March 24, 2014 11:25 am | by Nick Manning, University of Waterloo | News | Comments

In the world of quantum science, Alice and Bob have been talking to one another for years. Charlie joined the conversation a few years ago, but now with space-like separation, scientists have...                   

Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

March 24, 2014 10:32 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change...                                 

Police Keep Quiet about Cell-Tracking Technology

March 24, 2014 10:28 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do...                       

Discovery of New Semiconductor Holds Promise for 2D Physics and Electronics

March 21, 2014 11:58 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

From super-lubricants, to solar cells, to the fledgling technology of valleytronics, there is much to be excited about with the discovery of a unique new two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, by researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry...         

Tiny Transistors for Extreme Environs

March 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Aditi Risbud, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday might enable smartphones that...                     

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New Technique Makes LEDs Brighter, More Resilient

March 19, 2014 7:48 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new processing technique that makes LEDs brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride with a layer of phosphorus-derived acid. “By coating polar GaN with a self-assembling layer of phosphonic groups, we were able to increase luminescence..."

Anaheim Scientific Introduces the E100 Gauss Meter

March 19, 2014 6:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific has released the first product in the new E-Series of Electromagnetic Meters, the E100 Gauss Meter. The E100 – Gauss Meter measures electromagnetic field strength (magnetic flux density)...

HCS Series Offers High Current Handling, Lower Self-Heating

March 19, 2014 6:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The HCS Series shunt resistor from Stackpole utilizes a solid metal element that is elevated off the mounting plane. This elevated design increases the ability of the part to dissipate the heat into the ambient air and not into the PCB...

Meaghan's Minute: Tiny Electrical Switches

March 19, 2014 9:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, GE Labs has developed tiny electrical switches thinner than a human hair that can transmit kilowatts of power...                       

Modular Pressure Transducer Provides Low-cost Flexibility

March 18, 2014 8:19 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties now offers the M5200, a low-cost, durable pressure transducer with exceptional modularity that provides an accuracy of ±0.25% F.S. BFSL in harsh environments...

WPC 1.1 and PMA 1.1 Dual-mode Wireless Power Receiver

March 18, 2014 8:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated Device Technology has announced the industry’s first dual-mode wireless power receiver compatible with both the Wireless Power Consortium’s 1.1 Qi standard, as well as the Power Matter’s Alliance 1.1 standard...

Sierra Wireless Introduces Legato

March 18, 2014 7:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of machine-to-machine applications from the device to the cloud.

Durable, Low Pressure Overmolded Backshell Cable Assemblies

March 18, 2014 7:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies now offers durable, low pressure overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. This simplified backshell design is readily available and more cost-effective than its metal counterpart...

Meaghan's Minute: CMicrotek's Micro-Current Probe & Micro-Power Analyzer

March 18, 2014 8:50 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, CMicrotek is developing a family of instruments for very low current/power measurements to meet the demands of today’s low-power electronic products...                                    

HotSpot Episode 54: Floating Sphere Sonically Responds to Environment

March 17, 2014 11:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a floating sphere that responds sonically to its environment; a ground-breaking diagnostic system based on smart cards and skin patches; and catching satellites with radio-frequency sensors...                         

Meaghan's Minute: Ultra-Battery Energy Storage

March 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organization has developed an UltraBattery, a new dimension in lead acid battery technology...                         

Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing documentaries, talking toilet lights, and riding the flying phantom above the water ...                  

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