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Can This Wearable Help on the Battlefield?

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Wearable devices can count the steps you take and the calories you burn. But can they help soldiers in the field? Or prevent someone from having a heart attack? Researchers at Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo say yes.

These Flying Atom Planes Are Stronger Than Graphene

November 14, 2014 9:50 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot. The world’s smallest reed switch: HSI Sensing has spent over a DECADE developing...

The Key to Preventing Space Collisions

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must forecast the weather in the thermosphere.  

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Mission to Discover Hundreds of Black Holes Could Unlock Secrets of the Universe

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, the Cardiff team hope their research will help scientists...

NASA Statement on Successful Rosetta Comet Landing

November 13, 2014 10:31 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ESA...

Comet Lander Ends Up in Cliff Shadow

November 13, 2014 9:45 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists from the European Space Agency said Thursday as they published its first image from the surface of a comet. The photo...

Drones Patrol Half of Mexico Border

November 13, 2014 9:39 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans...

New Army Priority: Lighter Communications Systems

November 12, 2014 3:03 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army's general in charge of all things tied to the network said one of his top priorities is to build lighter communications systems. Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army's chief information officer/G-6, spoke at the monthly Association of the U.S...

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Cosmic 1st: Spacecraft Sends Lander Toward Comet

November 12, 2014 10:13 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a speeding European spacecraft released a lander toward the icy, dusty surface of a comet on Wednesday, setting off a seven-hour countdown to an audacious attempt to answer some of the biggest...

Drone Sightings Up Dramatically

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It's a sharp increase...

Silicon in Space

November 12, 2014 9:51 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Silicon, which is one of the most common elements in the Earth's crust, is also sprinkled abundantly throughout interstellar space. The only way to identify silicon-containing molecules in the far corners of the cosmos - and to understand the...

Rosetta Space Probe Features Insulating Products

November 11, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

From the time of its launch on March 2, 2004 – and continuing through its mission for the last ten years – DUNMORE Corporation's insulating products have protected the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe, its sensitive instruments...

Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, ECN Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a video of a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he...

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This Galaxy is Producing Stars 1000 Times Faster Than the Milky Way

November 11, 2014 9:09 am | by The National Radio Astronomy Observatory | News | Comments

Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than our own Milky Way. This energetic starburst galaxy, known as AzTEC-3...

Pilot's Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

November 11, 2014 9:05 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security  attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic...

NASA Lining Up ICESat-2’s Laser-Catching Telescope

November 10, 2014 11:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

ICESat-2’s single instrument is the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System, or ATLAS. Once in orbit, ATLAS will time how long it takes for light from its green lasers to travel to Earth’s surface and back. By analyzing those times with ...

Photos of the Day: NASA's Laser-Catching Telescope

November 10, 2014 11:35 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To catch individual laser photons that have traveled more than 600 miles from a satellite to Earth and back, the satellite’s telescope needs to be perfectly positioned. Last week, engineers and technicians at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in ...

The Insatiable Demand for Analog Spectrum Technology

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Scientists Gear Up to Land 1st Spacecraft on Comet

November 10, 2014 9:10 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency is making final preparations to land the first unmanned spacecraft on a comet next week, and scientists are hoping that technology designed a quarter century ago will perform as planned. Europe's Rosetta space probe was ...

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 ...

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 ...                     

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