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Photos of the Day: Total Irradiance Monitor

November 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Total solar irradiance is currently measured by the Total Irradiance Monitor, deployed in 2003 on the LASP-built Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission. While SORCE was designed to last for five years, it recorded...         

Building TCTE: The Perfect Combo of Enthusiasm, Spare Parts & Resources

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Audrey Haar, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Building and delivering an instrument ready for spaceflight in five months was achieved with a little bit of luck, ingenuity, determination, and available spare parts. Scientists had to act quickly in order to find a way to continue the total solar energy...

NASA Diagnosing Problem on Mars Rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short. The six-wheel, nuclear-powered...

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RFMW Announces 125W SPDT from Skyworks Solutions

November 20, 2013 4:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for Skyworks SKY12215-478LF, a 125W SPDT switch...

Agilent’s Signal Studio Software Enables Cost-Effective WLAN DFS Testing

November 20, 2013 3:28 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies recently introduced dedicated dynamic frequency selection (DFS) radar-profile creation software to provide engineers performing DFS testing with pre-defined radar signals that support profiles defined by...    

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API's Spectrum Control Line of Standard Circular Connectors

November 18, 2013 10:49 am | by API Technologies | Videos | Comments

API Technologies has developed their Spectrum Control line of standard circular connectors for commercial, industrial and military applications that are completely intermateable with MIL-DTL-38999 Series III compact shell connectors. These EMI filtered or unfiltered circular...

Engineering Newswire 65: Efficient Batteries Go Viral

November 18, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re launching drones from tiny boats, recycling shower water, using sensors to prevent serious brain injuries, and making batteries more efficient by going viral ...       

HotSpot Episode 39: Watson's Return

November 18, 2013 9:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by National Instruments, a product that combines all of your credit cards into one, easy-to-use device; Jeopardy superstar, Watson returns; the EnOcean Alliance introduces its generic profiles; and an app to help drivers locate alternative fueling stations...

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NASA Launching Robotic Explorer to Mars

November 18, 2013 9:29 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's newest Martian explorer is on its launch pad in Florida, ready to soar. The Maven spacecraft was scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket Monday afternoon. NASA is sending Maven to Mars to study its upper atmosphere. Scientists want to know why Mars went...

New Antenna Spreads Good Vibrations in Fusion Plasma

November 14, 2013 10:07 am | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

If you want to catch a firefly, any old glass jar will do. But when you're trying to bottle a star—the goal of fusion energy research—the bottle needs to be very special. A tokamak is one type of fusion bottle, capable of holding extremely hot...

Using Airport Screening Technology to Visualize Waves in Fusion Plasma

November 13, 2013 4:40 pm | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

A new, quasi-optical radar technique images millimeter-wave radiation reflected from fusion plasmas in 2D, time-resolved images. This novel application lets researchers image waves in fusion plasmas in startling detail and provides vital information to devise strategies to avoid instabilities which...

Submarine, its Sailors Maintain Cold War Secrets

November 13, 2013 9:56 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows. It was known primarily as a research vessel, but it also carried out...

Richardson RFPD Introduces Two RF Power Vertical MOSFETs

November 12, 2013 3:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD recently announced availability and full design support capabilities for two new high-frequency vertical diffusion metal oxide semiconductor (VDMOS) MOSFETs from Microsemi. The new high-power, high breakdown voltage, common source configuration devices offer excellent stability and...

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Photo of the Day: Fingernail-Sized Biosensor Alert Doctors

November 12, 2013 11:13 am | by Phil Sneiderman, John Hopkins University | News | Comments

The project originated about two years ago when Katz, who chairs the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was contacted by Allen D. Everett, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center pediatric cardiologist who studies biomarkers linked to pulmonary hypertension and...

Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords

November 12, 2013 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research at Purdue University in Indiana. He says iris and fingerprint scans as well as facial and voice recognition are just a few of the tools that improve security while making lives easier. His basement lab is...

Satellite Hits Atlantic – But What about Next one?

November 11, 2013 9:54 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Monday on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The 2,425-pound satellite disintegrated in the atmosphere but...

ESA: Satellite Causes No Damage after Re-Entry

November 11, 2013 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites that had run out of fuel caused no known damage after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. ESA said the satellite re-entered the atmosphere at about 0000 GMT Monday on a descending orbit pass that extended across Siberia, the western...

HotSpot Episode 38: Sensors Smell Meth Labs, Bombs

November 11, 2013 9:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, sesnors smell meth labs and bombs; a smartphone app that increases driver safety in low visibility situations; flexible batteries made from carbon nanotubes; and a Smart SesnorTag that shortens design time for Bluetooth app development...

NASA's Orion Sees Flawless Fairing Separation in Second Test

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The three massive panels protecting a test version of NASA's Orion multipurpose crew vehicle successfully fell away from the spacecraft Wednesday in a test of a system that will protect Orion during its first trip to space next year. The panels... 

Engineering Newswire 64: Hypersonic Jet Strikes Anywhere in Less Than an Hour

November 7, 2013 1:02 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying unmanned Navy helicopters, adjusting our atomic clocks, reconfiguring robotic ape spines, and attacking any target in the world, in less than an hour with the ...      

Olympic Torch Blasts into Space for 1st Spacewalk

November 7, 2013 9:59 am | by LAURA MILLS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace. Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking with the space station about...

Vishay’s Wet Tantalum Capacitor

November 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new tantalum-cased wet capacitor with a glass-to-tantalum hermetic seal that is approved to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) drawing 13017. For avionics and aerospace systems, the device is a DLA-approved wet...

New WUXGA Large Format Display from IEE

November 5, 2013 10:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

IEE now offers a rugged, 25.5” WUXGA display with 1980x1200 resolution offering 10 percent more height than a standard full HD monitor. This display has been designed within IEE’s enhance lifecycle management program to ensure its availability for a minimum of seven years, a key benefit for IEE’s industrial...

Gravity and the Robot Satellite Attitude Problem

November 4, 2013 10:50 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Using an in-orbit robot to capturing a malfunctioning satellite that is tumbling out of control is currently just a theoretical idea. However, research inspired by nature to be published in the forthcoming issue of International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, could take us a small step towards...

HotSpot Episode 37: GPS Tracking Bullets Used in High-Speed Chases

November 4, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, StarChase creates GPS tracking bullets to help police in high-speed chases; digital villages help African communities become economically independent; a new Bluetooth anit lost alarm; and the perfect gift for kids during the holiday season...

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