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Think Fast, Robot

May 29, 2014 9:25 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the reasons we don't yet have self-driving cars and mini-helicopters delivering online purchases is that autonomous vehicles tend not to perform well under pressure. A system that can flawlessly parallel park at 5 mph may have trouble avoiding obstacles at 35 mph...

Using Thoughts to Control Airplanes

May 27, 2014 1:33 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

Pilots of the future could be able to control their aircraft by merely thinking commands. Scientists of the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin have now demonstrated the feasibility of flying via brain control – with astonishing accuracy.

HotSpot Episode 64: Broadband Wireless Connection…to the Moon

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

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory and NASA have demonstrated a data communication technology that can provide space dwellers with the connectivity we all enjoy here on Earth, enabling large data transfers and even high-definition video streaming...

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China Calls on US to Stop 'Unscrupulous' Spying

May 27, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China called for a halt Tuesday to what it called unscrupulous U.S. cyberspying, saying that a monthslong investigation into reports on the "ugly face" of U.S. espionage has concluded that China is a major target of those efforts. The complaint in the form of a government agency report comes a week after...

Prosecutors: Hacker Helped Thwart 300 Cyberattacks

May 27, 2014 12:32 am | by Tom Hays, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prolific computer hacker who infiltrated the servers of major corporations later switched sides and helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets, according to federal prosecutors. New York prosecutors...

Nature Inspires Drones of the Future

May 26, 2014 12:01 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Based on the mechanisms adopted by birds, bats, insects and snakes, 14 distinguished research teams have developed solutions to some of the common problems that drones could be faced with when navigating through an urban environment and performing novel...

Photos of the Day: Record-Shattering Earth-to-Moon Uplink

May 23, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

If future generations were to live and work on the moon or on a distant asteroid, they would probably want a broadband connection to communicate with home bases back on Earth. They may even want to watch their favorite Earth-based TV show...

First Broadband Wireless Connection ... to the Moon?!

May 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

If future generations were to live and work on the moon or on a distant asteroid, they would probably want a broadband connection to communicate with home bases back on Earth. They may even want to watch their favorite Earth-based TV show...

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Classified Satellite Launched into Space

May 23, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Air Force has launched a top-secret satellite. The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday, soaring through a clear morning sky. It hoisted a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, which designs, builds and flies America's intelligence satellites...

Computers Flying Economy

May 23, 2014 10:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Some private jets come equipped with master bedrooms, Lalique crystal fittings and gold-plated seat belt buckles. GE’s new Boeing 747, on the other hand, carries almost 900 miles of wiring and fiber optic cable. The plane, which arrived at GE’s Flight Test Operations center in Victorville, Calif., this week...

Photos of the Day: Boeing Jet is a Flying Data Machine with 900 Miles of Cable

May 23, 2014 10:23 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The GE90-115B engine is the world’s most powerful engine. It generated 127,900 pounds of thrust. That’s more than the combined total horsepower of the Titanic (46,000 pounds) and the Redstone rocket (76,000 pounds) that took the first ...

Engineering Newswire 91: Iron Man Suit Designed for U.S. Special Forces

May 22, 2014 10:06 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras, and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces ...           

House Passes Curbs on NSA Phone Surveillance

May 22, 2014 9:08 pm | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden's impact on the debate over privacy versus security. But the final version of the legislation...

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Photo of the Day: Making Light Work of Orbit and Attitude Control

May 21, 2014 11:53 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When you observe the sky on a clear night, the twinkling objects you see may not only be stars but also man-made satellites. Occasionally visible from Earth, these orbiting spacecraft come in different sizes, from large telecommunications and TV satellite...  

Gyroscopes No Larger than a Wallet

May 21, 2014 11:48 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When you observe the sky on a clear night, the twinkling objects you see may not only be stars but also man-made satellites. Occasionally visible from Earth, these orbiting spacecraft come in different sizes, from large telecommunications and TV satellite...

Photo of the Day: Construction Begins on Mars Lander

May 21, 2014 10:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday. NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport...

NASA to Launch Mars Lander in 2016

May 21, 2014 9:51 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday. NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport...

Germany Clamps Down on Exports of Spy Tech

May 20, 2014 9:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany says it will restrict exports of surveillance technology to states that fail to respect their citizens' human rights. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says the move is designed to prevent spy software 'Made in Germany' from being used for...

API Wins Strategic Order for Front End Microwave System

May 20, 2014 12:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. has announced the receipt of a strategic development order for a multi-channel microwave front end system. This integrated microwave assembly (IMA) will be used in a next generation radar warning receiver targeted for use in major Department of Defense military aircraft platforms...

Peregrine Introduces UltraCMOS RF Power Limiters

May 20, 2014 10:41 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has debuted its new line of UltraCMOS RF power limiters, including PE45140 and PE45450 slated for release in May...

New 3,200 MHz VCO From Crystek Corporation

May 20, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's new CVCO55CC-3200-3200 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) is engineered and manufactured in the USA and packaged in the industry-standard 0.5 x 0.5-in. SMD package...

New 'T-Ray' Tech Converts Light to Sound

May 19, 2014 3:07 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A device that essentially listens for light waves could help open up the last frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum—the terahertz range. So-called T-rays, which are light waves too long for human eyes to see, could help airport security guards find chemical and other weapons...

Advanced Connectivity Solutions Reduce Weight in Space Applications

May 19, 2014 2:58 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

Members of the media are invited to visit the TE Connectivity (TE) at booth #1305 at the 30th National Space Symposium to see TE’s advanced solutions that reduce weight and are space qualified to meet the most critical demands for mission critical applications...

Malaysia Defends Military Inaction on MH370 Radar

May 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia's defense minister on Monday defended his military's failure to scramble a fighter jet to follow a Malaysian airliner when it veered off course and vanished two months ago, saying it wasn't seen as a hostile object. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 became invisible to civilian radar...

China Cited in Cyber-Espionage Case

May 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is preparing to announce first-of-its-kind criminal charges Monday against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case, a government official said.Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials...

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