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Finding Bombs with Electric Noses

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re breaking world records with Legos, checking up on spoiled food without smelling it, and using lobsters to find bombs ...                                     

Possible Plane Debris Tracked by Satellites

March 20, 2014 9:23 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SCOTT MCDONALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said...                 

Malaysia, FBI Analyze Missing Pilot's Simulator

March 19, 2014 5:58 pm | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger Wednesday — wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty...

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Malaysia: Files Were Deleted from Flight Simulator

March 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that the pilot...

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...

Photos of the Day: NASA Tech Sees Birth of the Universe

March 18, 2014 7:35 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. Techniques called micro-lithography and micro-machining are used to fabricate the devices. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves...

NIST Chips Help Find Evidence of Universe's Origin

March 18, 2014 7:23 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Astronomers are announcing that they have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe during an explosive period of growth called inflation. This is the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation theories, which say the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times...

Hotseat Episode17: Personal Satellite Hotspot

March 18, 2014 4:22 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For this HotSeat interview, Josh Miner, the Director of Product Management, Land Mobile, for Iridium Communications, will be discussing the IridiumGO, a new personal satellite hotspot that enables unprecedented satellite communications access for consumers...           

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Thailand Gives Radar Data 10 Days After Plane Lost

March 18, 2014 3:23 pm | by Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thailand's military said Tuesday that its radar detected a plane that may have been Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 just minutes after the jetliner's communications went down, and that it didn't share the information with Malaysia earlier because it wasn't specifically asked for it...

Why Do Airplane Transponders Have an 'Off Switch?'

March 18, 2014 10:20 am | by Joan Lowy & Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder? It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication...

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...                                    

Photos of the Day: Nanobionic Plants Become Supercharged

March 17, 2014 9:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we breathe, and add beauty to our surroundings. Now, a team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production...

Bionic Plants

March 17, 2014 8:34 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we breathe, and add beauty to our surroundings. Now, a team of MIT researchers wants to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production...

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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...                         

Searchers Relying on Satellite Data to Find Plane

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Finding a missing Malaysia Airlines plane may hinge on whether searchers can narrow down where they need to look using satellite data that is inexact and has never been used for that purpose before, search and rescue experts say ...                   

Photos of the Day: Drones at Home

March 16, 2014 9:40 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals baseball players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first...

U.S. Lags as Commercial Drones Take off Around Globe

March 16, 2014 9:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals baseball players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first...

3 Pieces of Evidence Point to Jet's Takeover

March 16, 2014 9:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There are three pieces of evidence that aviation safety experts say make it clear the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was taken over by someone who was knowledgeable about how the plane worked. One clue is that the plane's transponder was shut off about an hour into the flight...

U.S. Goes High-Tech to Help Oversee Afghan Aid Work

March 16, 2014 9:08 pm | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press | News | Comments

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country...

Missing Jet Creates Legion of Armchair Sleuths

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Scott Materowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

There aren't supposed to be any mysteries in the Digital Age. The answers to most questions, it seems, can be found using Google or Twitter. So, maybe that's why the world is ...            

NASA's Latest Smartphone Satellite Ready for Launch

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's preparing to send its fifth in a series of smartphone-controlled small spacecraft into orbit. PhoneSat 2.5 will ride into space as part of the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX-3 is scheduled to lift off ...

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 ...                  

Photos of the Day: Drone Development Restricted

March 11, 2014 10:04 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations...

States Wrestle with Developing, Restricting Drones

March 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations...

HotSpot Episode 53: Entire Movie Shot with iPhone

March 10, 2014 10:45 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, an entire movie shot with the iPhone; a fiber cable system that eliminates the complexities of small cell installation; high-frequency electrical stimulus to heal chronic wounds; and taking finger gestures to the next level...                   

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