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NASA: Comet Bombarded Mars Sky with Meteor Shower

November 10, 2014 9:08 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of ...

This is the Wayward Comet that Buzzed Mars

November 7, 2014 4:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting ...

Stanford Students Turn Open-Source Smartphone Operating Systems into Control of Mechatronic Devices

November 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Bjorn Carey | News | Comments

Caitlin Clancy gave her quadcopter one final inspection and backed away slowly. She had spent the past week designing and building the copter, mostly from scratch, and now, the moment of truth. She pulled up the flight controls on her Android phone ...

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Coating Batteries for Consumption & Dropping Bombs for Safety

November 6, 2014 1:34 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re dropping bombs for safety, coating batteries for consumption, and saying goodbye to our bearded friend ...                                  

Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster ...                     

Photos of the Day: SkySense Pad Charges Your Drone the Moment it Lands

November 5, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

SkySense is developing a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station and promises yet another layer of automation. The SkySense Charging Pad is a gold-plated dock with a 100-240 V power input and a 10 A charge rate. Using the pad to recharge a drone is as simple as landing on it, the company ... 

SkySense Pad Charges Your Drone the Moment it Lands

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by Nick Lavars | News | Comments

In addition to shotguns, regulations and laser defense systems, limited battery life is an obstacle that drone companies need to contend with in driving widespread adoption. Berlin-based startup SkySense is looking to play a part, developing a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station and promises yet ... 

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Data Center Experts to Debate & Discuss Solutions to Big Data’s Technology & Policy Challenges

November 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Telecommunications Industry Association | Events

With a new report predicting a 50 percent jump in cloud services spending and data center construction over the next four years as the data revolution continues, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is gathering tech and policy experts to debate and offer solutions for the biggest challenges facing data centers and data-driven technologies ...

RSA306 Portable Spectrum Analyzer

November 4, 2014 11:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced a new class of spectrum analyzers based on a USB architecture...

DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or ...                          

Flying Car Transforms in Seconds

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we are learning that rocket science is actually pretty hard, flying, terrified, in a windowless plane, bringing new life to FrankenEyes … and flying a car ...                        

UK Spies Get Bulk Access to NSA Data

October 30, 2014 11:04 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday ...

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HotSpot Episode 86: A Mouthguard that Detects Head Injuries

October 27, 2014 11:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a motorcycle helmet that makes riders more visible; a mouthguard that indicates when a player should be pulled from a game; predicting landslides with optical fiber sensors; and sweat sensors that eliminate blood screenings...                              

Infographic: The Drone Revolution

October 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Who are these drones about to revolutionize our lives? Who is the Drone Hobbyist today? Which devices are the most popular...                                 

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Takes Flight

October 23, 2014 4:31 pm | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors to reduce dynamic loads on the wing.

NASA Interns Developed and Flight-Tested a More Efficient Flight Control System

October 23, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In an ongoing effort to make airplanes fly more efficiently, NASA Aeronautics Academy interns have developed and flight-tested a flight control system employing multiple segmented trailing-edge flaps and a fiber-optic sensing system that could significantly improve aerodynamic efficiency while reducing flight loads on the wing.

14 Slot Rack Mount Architecture Expands Compact COTS Packaging Capabilities

October 23, 2014 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 14 slot, 19 inch Mild to Wild rack mount SBS architecture for accommodating a wide range of compact COTS applications, from process control to high end automated test equipment (ATE) systems. The architecture offers expansion and replaces the need for different system architectures for varying industrial and military applications ... 

High-Performance, Single Stage EMI Filter from Astrodyne

October 23, 2014 12:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Astrodyne has expanded its custom military filter product line with a high-performance single stage EMI filter. The LCR F19734 helps bring systems in compliance with MIL-STD 461F (a U.S. military standard set to test for electromagnetic compatibility), as well as CE101and CE102 conducted emission standards under various loads...      

NASA Awards Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

October 22, 2014 4:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, of Azusa, California, for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.

RSA306 Portable Spectrum Analyzer

October 22, 2014 11:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced a new class of spectrum analyzers based on a USB architecture...

Chip Resistor Sample Kits from Stackpole

October 22, 2014 10:23 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole announced the release of their engineering sample kits designed for precision applications...

Illegal Drones a Growing Issue at Sporting Events

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions...                

Rugged COM Express Carrier Board from MEN Micro

October 22, 2014 9:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc announced the XC15, a carrier board for Rugged COM Express modules...

Ka-Band HPA and Block Upconverter

October 22, 2014 9:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced today two Ka-band devices for use in single-carrier satellite communications...

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