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Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

Filming Injustice in the World’s Most Dangerous Places

December 2, 2014 3:56 pm | by Oren Yakobovich, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness ...                

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Photos of the Day: NASA's Unmanned Capsule Debut

December 2, 2014 10:52 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The new Orion spacecraft is not going to Mars just yet; Thursday's debut will be unmanned and last just 4½ hours. But it will be the farthest a built-for-humans capsule has flown since the Apollo moon missions, shooting 3,600 miles out into space in order to gain enough momentum to re-enter the atmosphere at a scorching 20,000 mph ...                 

NASA to Debut Orion Spacecraft with Around-Earth Test Flight

December 2, 2014 10:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's quest to send astronauts out into the solar system begins this week with a two-laps-around-Earth test flight ...                                     

High-Tech Mirror to Beams Heat Away from Buildings Into Space

December 1, 2014 11:20 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings, even on sunny days, by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into space ...                           

Bending Light on A Computer Chip with Sound

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by Rhonda Zurn, University of Minnesota | News | Comments

University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a chip on which both sound wave and light wave are generated and confined together so that the sound can very efficiently control the light ...                  

Earth's Plasma Shield

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT, the University of Colorado, and elsewhere have found there’s a hard limit to how close ultrarelativistic electrons can get to the Earth. The team found that no matter where these electrons are circling around the planet’s equator, they can get no further than about 11,000 kilometers from the Earth’s surface ...          

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Amazon's Robotic Army Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees ...                   

Photos of the Day: Cheetah Robot Has Real-World Applications

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven ...                

MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

Making Nuclear Weapons Uncrackable

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a wireless button for anything; making nuclear weapons uncrackable; an eye-tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset; and a Internet-connected golf putter that helps your game ...                                   

Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated Serial Communication Cards

November 26, 2014 9:54 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., has announced the release of a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure just 30 x 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated ...

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New Terahertz Device Could Strengthen Air Travel Security

November 24, 2014 1:31 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

We are all familiar with the hassles that accompany air travel. We shuffle through long lines, remove our shoes, and carry liquids in regulation-sized tubes. And even after all the effort, we still wonder if these procedures are making us any safer. Now a new type of security detection that uses terahertz radiation is looking to prove ... 

FJ-Series of PCB Surface Mount Test Points

November 24, 2014 12:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Components Corporation offers the FJ-Series of preform jumpers in a variety of package sizes. The FJ-Series is a flat wireform that eliminates the need for zero ohm resistors or other even less acceptable substitutions, offering stability, strength, and reliability when mounted. The FJ-Series is the first true series of printed ... 

Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Antenna Arrays for Satellite Mission

November 24, 2014 11:49 am | by RedEye 3D, NASA | News | Comments

The spacecraft bus configuration that carries the satellites is currently being assembled and tested. FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 will launch six satellites into low-inclination orbits in May 2016, and another six satellites into high-inclination orbits in early 2018 ...                

RedEye 3D & NASA JPL to Buils COSMIC-2 Satellite Antenna Array

November 24, 2014 11:48 am | by RedEye 3D, NASA | News | Comments

The mission comprises a 12 satellite constellation, each satellite with 2 antennas. Through this project, RedEye successfully entered NASA JPL’s approved supplier list ...                                 

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

Photos of the Day: Electromagnetic Levitator in Space

November 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

The new electromagnetic levitator on the International Space Station suspends liquid metals in weightlessness as they cool and solidify in ESA's Columbus laboratory ...                   

Researching the Physics of Cooling Liquid Metals Adds Levity to Space Station

November 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Sure, it's easy to say that research in microgravity is cool, but the European Space Agency's (ESA) new electromagnetic levitator brings new meaning to the word. A new ESA facility aboard the International Space Station will serve as a furnace capable of levitating and heating metals up to 3,632 degrees Fahrenheit ...         

Don't Get Hacked!

November 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

You're your own worst enemy when it comes to online security.Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react ...                     

Pasternack Introduces New Lines of Digitally Programmable Attenuators

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has announced the new 5, 8, and 10 Bit broadband PIN diode digital step attenuators with performance up to 40 GHz depending on the configuration. These programmable, variable step attenuators are commonly used ...        

Photo of the Day: Complex Electronic Circuits Printed with T-Shirt Printer

November 20, 2014 11:02 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics ...            

Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected with GPS Satellites

November 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno | News | Comments

The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter ...              

Tiny Satellites Show Earth as It Changes In Near-Real-Time

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by Will Marshall, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster ...              

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