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Testing CATS in Space: Laser Technology to Debut on Space Station

February 5, 2014 10:55 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

While felines in space may be what you're thinking, the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a much more helpful accompaniment planned for the International Space Station. CATS will study the distribution of aerosols, the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants, and smoke...

Vishay Intertechnology Releases RCP, Thick Film Chip Resistors

February 4, 2014 4:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of thick film chip resistors for high-power, surface-mount RF applications. Optimized for high-power aerospace, military, industrial, and telecom systems, RCP series resistors feature a stable thick film resistive element on an aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate and an epoxy encapsulation...

New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost to the start of life. Some meteorites supply molecules that can be used as building blocks to make certain kinds of larger molecules that are critical for life... 

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Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 10:52 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run. Lakemaid Beer recently tested its delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs...

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

Photo of the Day: 'Jade Rabbit' Fans Await Rover News

February 3, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Jade Rabbit did not go quietly into that long lunar night. Instead, China's troubled robotic moon rover — given voice by a government news agency — melodramatically pondered the meaning of its perhaps-fleeting existence, measured its contribution to humanity and, finally, said goodbye...

Chinese Fans of 'Jade Rabbit' Rover Await News

February 3, 2014 9:36 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Jade Rabbit did not go quietly into that long lunar night. Instead, China's troubled robotic moon rover — given voice by a government news agency — melodramatically pondered the meaning of its perhaps-fleeting existence, measured its contribution to humanity and, finally, said goodbye...

Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

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Photos of the Day: New NASA Laser Technology Reveals How Ice Measures Up

January 29, 2014 9:43 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

New results from NASA's MABEL campaign demonstrated that a photon-counting technique will allow researchers to track the melt or growth of Earth's frozen regions. When a high-altitude aircraft flew over the icy Arctic Ocean and the snow-covered terrain of Greenland in April 2012, it was the first polar test of a new laser-based technology to measure the height of Earth from space...

New NASA Laser Technology Reveals How Ice Measures Up

January 29, 2014 9:42 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

New results from NASA's MABEL campaign demonstrated that a photon-counting technique will allow researchers to track the melt or growth of Earth's frozen regions. When a high-altitude aircraft flew over the icy Arctic Ocean and the snow-covered terrain of Greenland in April 2012, it was the first polar test of a new laser-based technology to measure the height of Earth from space.

HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

Photo of the Day: European Space Agency's Rosetta

January 27, 2014 10:10 am | by NASA, European Space Agency | News | Comments

U.S. mission managers are scheduled to activate their instruments on the spacecraft in early March and begin science operations with them in August. The instruments are an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph, a microwave thermometer and a plasma analyzer...                 

NASA Science Instruments to be Aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta

January 27, 2014 10:08 am | by NASA, European Space Agency | News | Comments

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November...                         

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Engineering Newswire 74: Human-Piloted Anti-Robot Walks

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re expanding the Internet of Things with the Wunder Bar, getting mustache rides from robots, and piloting robots to fight the Kaiju, in the future ...                        

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

NASA Launches Newest Communication Satellite

January 24, 2014 9:20 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An unmanned rocket blasted into a chilly, clear sky Thursday night carrying the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite...                                 

Opportunity Still Roving on Mars after a Decade

January 24, 2014 9:15 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A decade after 10 years a Mars exploration rover would continue to operate and operate productively," project manager John Callas said Thursday...                                

Miniature Pressure Sensor Eliminates Zero Shifts

January 21, 2014 5:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the rugged XP5, a miniature pressure sensor with SanShift technology that eliminates zero shifts caused by installation torque. Designed for use in environments involving measurements in corrosive liquids and gases...

Photos of the Day: Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Wake Up Signal

January 21, 2014 8:52 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 7:18 p.m. (1818 GMT; 1:18 p.m. EST) — a message that had to travel some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles)...                             

Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up, Signals Earth

January 21, 2014 8:50 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet...                 

Macro Sensors Subminiature LVDT Linear Position Sensor

January 20, 2014 3:15 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With a lightweight, low mass core and a compact 3/8” diameter, Macro Sensors CD Series of Subminiature LVDT Position Sensors offer the low weight, compact size and accuracy necessary for many of today’s aerospace applications with tight space and weight restrictions...

Scientists Hope Comet-Chaser Spacecraft Wakes Up

January 20, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet...                           

Photos of the Day: Object Recognition without Human Calibration

January 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

Lee likens the idea to teaching a child the difference between dogs and cats. Instead of trying to explain the difference, we show children images of the animals and they learn on their own to distinguish the two. Lee’s object recognition does the same thing: Instead of telling...             

Proposed Spy Phone Record Shift Draws Resistance

January 14, 2014 9:49 am | by STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Telephone companies are quietly balking at the idea of changing how they collect and store Americans' phone records to help the National Security Agency's surveillance programs...                        

RFMW Offers 285 W GaN Transistors from TriQuint

January 13, 2014 2:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for TriQuint’s T1G2028536, a 285W GaN transistor available in a low thermal resistance, solder mount package as the T1G2028536–FS or flange mount package as the T1G2028536–FL. Both the –FS and -FL house the transistor in a ceramic NI-780 enclosure...

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