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India Vies for Elite Role in Space with Mars Trip

November 4, 2013 9:25 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth. With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan...

Engineering Newswire 63: Space Glider Skids Off Runway

November 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, the first free-flight approach-and-landing test doesn't go so smooth; making things cooler with a microwavel; a bipedal robot that is very realistic; and a mathematical model that shows the impact of unexpected events in...

Primary GOES-R Instrument Ready to be Installed onto Spacecraft

November 1, 2013 9:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and...

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FAA Eases Rules on Electronic Devices on Planes

November 1, 2013 9:01 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airline passengers won't have to "turn off all electronic devices" anymore — they'll be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate under new guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration. But they still can't talk...

Berkeley Scientists Develop Fire Detection Satellite for Wildfires

October 30, 2013 9:21 am | by Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley | News | Comments

As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it’s time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds...

AVX Adds Harsh Environment MLCC Series

October 29, 2013 3:19 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SpiCalci 8.0 now features SXP- & SMX-style MLCCs rated for up to 200°C & ideal for down-hole oil exploration, space, aerospace, & hybrid automotive applications...

API Technologies Introduces 44 GHz Millimeterwave Amplifier

October 29, 2013 2:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies (Orlando, FL; Nuremburg, Germany) recently announced the addition of a new standard 44 GHz millimeterwave (MMW) amplifier to its family of products. It features an ultra-high frequency, two-stage design for high gain and medium power, and is enclosed in a rugged...

Israeli Tunnel Hit By Cyberattack, Experts Say

October 28, 2013 9:39 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Israel's military chief delivered a high-profile speech this month outlining the greatest threats his country might face in the future, he listed computer sabotage as a top concern, warning a sophisticated cyberattack could one day bring the nation...

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Report: U.S. Monitored 60M Calls in Spain

October 28, 2013 9:36 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies...

Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Dolphins Inspire New Radar System to Detect Hidden Surveillance & Explosive Devices

October 24, 2013 9:42 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Detecting Bombs with Sound Waves

October 24, 2013 9:29 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | Videos | Comments

That capability -- never before reported in a remote bomb detection system -- was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conferenceon Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection

October 24, 2013 9:22 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability – never before reported in a remote bomb detection system – was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams.

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Big Plans for Small Spacecraft

October 22, 2013 9:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano’s MIT office. The 100-lb. propulsion system — about as big as a car’s tire and built almost entirely of stainless steel — sits in a large glass showcase. The engine is the type of bulky hardware that powers many of today’s spacecraft to the moon, planets and far-off asteroids like Ceres and Vesta.

September/October 2013 – The Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 21, 2013 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics, including an article by Cavendish Kinetics concerning new design space for mobile antenna designers, a Brainstorm on Test & Measurement, and Sacrificing Conversation for Connection from the editor.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

EU Lawmakers to Beef Up Data Protection Laws

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying. The draft regulation was beefed up after Edward Snowden's leaks about allegedly widespread U.S. online snooping.

70.3M Records, 30 Days: NSA Report Draws Paris Ire

October 21, 2013 8:47 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French telephone records in a 30-day period, according to a newspaper report that offered new details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has angered some of the country's closest allies. The French government on Monday summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation.

Jellyfish Energy Consumption to Improve Navy Robotics

October 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy. The study highlights jellyfish as one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet.

Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg Cockroaches Map Collapsed Buildings

October 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”

Report: NSA and CIA Collaborate on Drone Strikes

October 17, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Current Trends Affecting Future Aerospace and Defense Test & Measurement

October 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Chris Johnston and Greg Jue, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Recent headlines about sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA2011) have amplified ongoing concerns about decreased spending on U.S. aerospace and defense programs. This downturn is of great interest to companies that provide test and measurement (T&M) hardware, software, and services to the aero/defense industry.

HotSpot Episode 34: Safety that’s Not Annoying

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.

How will ZigBee Open Up the Sentroller Markets for Smart Home Device Developers?

October 14, 2013 10:27 am | by Elly Schietse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Articles | Comments

According to a recent report from Nextmarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market is about 3.6 billion and is forecast to grow to around 15 billion by 2017. This market growth will be driven by a newly emerging homes service market where various cable MSOs,  broadband service providers, and telcos will be offering a variety of new home automation and connected home services.

Photo of the Day: Bionic Man

October 14, 2013 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true "bionic man." For real, this time. The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts.

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