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Meaghan's Minute: Microsoft's New Surface Tablet

September 24, 2013 9:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 tablet has a built-in kickstand, and can be used flat on a table, or in someone's lap. It also has a 75 percent improvement in battery life.

HotSpot Episode 31: Cleaning Up Space Mess

September 23, 2013 11:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a low voltage, miniature TCXO; a satellite with the mission to clean up space; EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems for $115M; and resistive switching devices.

NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

September 23, 2013 9:38 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a question of high interest for years because methane could be a potential sign of life, although it also can be produced without biology.

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Tropical Depression Humberto fizzling, 2 areas developing

September 20, 2013 9:55 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Sept. 19 showed Tropical Depression Humberto had lost its organization, while one tropical low struggled near Bermuda, and another one was taking shape in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. NASA's HS3 hurricane mission is sending an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft to investigate the developing system in the Gulf.

Boingo Wireless to Acquire Advanced Wireless Group

September 20, 2013 9:00 am | by Boingo Wireless | News | Comments

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boingo’s acquisition of AWG creates an unmatched global leader in airport wireless services, providing public Wi-Fi, and cellular DAS network expertise.

Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion Jet Prototype is Tactically Practical

September 19, 2013 8:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.

Meaghan's Minute: Highest Open-Circuit Voltage for Quantum Dot Solar Cells

September 18, 2013 10:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, research scientists and engineers of the United States’ NRL have demonstrated an open-circuit voltage of 692 millivolts – the highest recorded to date. The Solution process ability coupled with the potential for multiple exciton generation processes make nanocrystal quantum dots...

Space Weather's Effects on Satellites

September 18, 2013 9:32 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT researchers are investigating the effects of space weather — such as solar flares, geomagnetic storms, and other forms of electromagnetic radiation — on geostationary satellites, which provide much of the world’s access to cable television, Internet services and global communications.

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TrueNorth Avionics: How Innovation Flies High

September 18, 2013 9:29 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale/Distribution Industries | Articles | Comments

Heads of State, Fortune 50 executives and discerning VIPs rely on the airborne telecommunications technologies of TrueNorth Avionics to stay connected while they’re in flight. The company’s products outfit private, VIP business jets. With full telecommunications capabilities available, high-powered passengers can turn otherwise nonproductive, “out-of-touch” time in the air into useful working time.

New 2 W GaAs pHEMT MMIC Power Amplifier Covers 15 to 20 GHz

September 17, 2013 4:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave has launched a new power amplifier which maintains excellent performance over its operating frequency range. The new amplifier, HMC6981LS6, is ideal for high linearity point-to-point and point-to-multi-point radios, SATCOM, military, and space applications.

HotSpot Episode 30: Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble

September 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.

NASA: Voyager 1 Probe Has Left the Solar System

September 13, 2013 9:35 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before. Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, NASA said Thursday.

Rugged Thin-client Display from IEE Offers Design Flexibility

September 11, 2013 5:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IEE specializing in the design, test, support, and fielding of human-systems interface display technologies in a wide range of military/aerospace, industrial, and retail applications, now offers a rugged, ARM-based 10.4” TFT XGA thin-client display that can be custom-tailored for harsh military environments.

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Megger Enhances DLRO Series, Improves Performance, Usability Updates

September 11, 2013 2:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Megger has enhanced several of its 10 A digital low-resistance ohmmeters (DLRO) including the DLRO10, DLRO10X and DLRO10HD. These DLROs are ideal for use in the utilities, telecom, railroad, aviation, manufacturing, and process control industries.

Frequency-Extension Modules Address Growing Needs in Millimeter-Wave Communications, Wireless Networks, and Aerospace/Defense

September 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies this week introduced a line of frequency-extension modules from Virginia Diodes Inc. (VDI), a company that designs, manufactures, and sells millimeter-wave and terahertz devices, components, and systems, for its signal generators and analyzers.

LICA Series Low Inductance Decoupling Capacitor Arrays

September 11, 2013 11:09 am | by WDD Staff | Podcasts | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded the applications for its LICA Series low inductance decoupling capacitor arrays. Widely utilized in commercial and industrial five nines (99.999%) uptime applications, such as mainframe class CPUs and ultimate performance multichip modules and communications systems.

Elon Musk Explains the Future of Design

September 10, 2013 9:18 am | by SpaceX | Videos | Comments

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. They are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than we could using purely 2D tools.

HotSpot Episode 29: Inflatable Antennas for Small Satellites

September 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Linear Technology’s LTC5551 ultra-high, dynamic range RF down converting mixer; a wristband, which uses the unique cardiac rhythm of consumers to authenticate their identity; a thin, wireless touch interface; and an inflatable antenna.

New High-temperature, Outgassing-compliant Power Inductors from Coilcraft CPS

September 6, 2013 3:39 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft CPS has announced its new AE619PYA Series of high-temperature, military-grade power inductors that meet all NASA low outgassing specifications. These robust, composite-core surface mount inductors are constructed of high-temperature materials.

Ex-NASA Engineer Gets Probation in Software Piracy

September 6, 2013 8:43 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former NASA engineer who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a copyright infringement scheme was sentenced to probation Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark credited Cosburn Wedderburn, 40, for his substantial assistance to federal authorities investigating the website called "Crack 99," which sold pirated, industrial-level software in which the access control mechanisms had been "cracked," or circumvented.

Engineering Newswire 54: Semi-Automatic Needle Gun

September 5, 2013 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re working out with RoboSimian, exploring the deepest place on earth, saving brains, and we’re locked and loaded with a semi-automatic needle gun.

Skyworks Introduces Differential Attenuator

September 4, 2013 4:36 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions unveiled a new device for cellular infrastructure, VHF/UHF military, and public safety radios. The SKY12408-321LF is a 6 dB differential attenuator that is pin-for-pin compatible with its 12 dB SKY12407-321LF attenuator.

HotSpot Episode 28: Google Glass Surgery

September 3, 2013 12:44 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung's 3D Vertical-NAND flash memory is fabricated using an innovative vertical interconnect process technology; a surgeon uses live, point-of-view video via Google Glass; a man wants to replace the knife with a scanner in autopsies; and the importance of successful vibration testing.

Engineering Newswire 53: New Keyboard Shocks Internet Abusers

August 29, 2013 12:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior.

Ultracold Big Bang Experiment Successfully Simulates Evolution of Early Universe

August 29, 2013 12:15 pm | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation in a laboratory simulation of the big bang, using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber at the University of Chicago. "This is the first time an experiment like this has simulated the evolution.

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