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Google Building Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

August 28, 2014 11:52 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com...

Photos of the Day: NASA in the 1940s

August 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

An engine mechanic checks instrumentation prior to an investigation of engine operating...

'Smart Skin' Will Enable Aircraft to Feel

August 28, 2014 1:12 pm | by BAE Systems | News | Comments

Work is underway at BAE Systems to give aircraft human-like ‘skin’, enabling the detection of...

Engineering Newswire 105: BAE Makes Planes More Human

August 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing bump keys to pick locks, taking electrical...

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NASA Demonstrates New Tech for Acquiring Measurements of Earth

August 28, 2014 12:09 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Earth-observing satellites have long collected radiance measurements of the Earth. But recent technology advances could lead to future measurements with higher levels of accuracy than what is currently available to researchers ... 

Photos of the Day: New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

August 28, 2014 12:04 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach space-like conditions ...

Photos of the Day: NASA App Finds Errors in Software Logic

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's actually much more sophisticated than a mobile device app. In fact, it's a fully developed program that finds errors in the logic of software that is still under development. IKOS is short for Inference Kernel for Open Static Analyzers...

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IKOS Debugger Zaps Error Rate for Aviation Software Developers

August 28, 2014 10:15 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To err is human, but don't worry about it. NASA has an app for that. It's called IKOS and it's actually much more sophisticated than a mobile device app. In fact, it's a fully developed program that finds errors in the logic of software that is still under development. IKOS is short for Inference Kernel for Open Static Analyzers...

Your New Home On Mars

August 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the ...

Internal Reference Buffers with a Wider Dynamic Range

August 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products announced the MAX11905, a 20-bit, 1.6 Msps successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter...

Photo of the Day: A 'NIRSpec-tacular View'

August 27, 2014 10:40 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A NASA photographer recently captured a "NIRSpec-tacular" photo of an instrument that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in 2018. Access into a clean room to get a close-up view of a complicated, high-value scientific instrument is carefully controlled...

NASA's Webb Telescope Instruments

August 27, 2014 10:40 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A NASA photographer recently captured a "NIRSpec-tacular" photo of an instrument that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in 2018. Access into a clean room to get a close-up view of a complicated, high-value scientific instrument is carefully controlled...

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VPG Ultra High Precision Z1 Foil Wrap Around Chip Resistor

August 27, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors...

Medium Power Broadband Amplifiers

August 27, 2014 9:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises announced the release of ten new 1and 2 W broadband amplifiers, which are ideal for...

A Smooth Take-Off and Landing on Energy Savings

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by Cheryl De Los Santos, Leviton Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) operates Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and nearby Ypsilanti’s Willow Run Airport. Throughout its history, WCAA has invested in numerous capital improvement projects to enhance the travel experience. Recently it sought to improve behind the scenes operations...

Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

August 26, 2014 12:28 pm | by David Koenig & Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. American cut short the Sony Corp. executive's flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix...

Photo of the Day: New Chip Design Mimics the Brain

August 26, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

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DARPA's Computer Chip Mimics Brain's Power-Saving Efficiency

August 26, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

ZigBee in the Sky

August 26, 2014 10:49 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

A team of engineers from Singapore has successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee wireless sensor network for satellite communications. With the weight of payloads being a major constraint in satellite design, constructing a lightweight, low power-consuming, wireless communication system...

Low Range, High Line Differential Pressure Transducers

August 25, 2014 2:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation announced the introduction of its Model 216/316 Series, a family of differential pressure transducers...

HotSpot Episode 77: Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 25, 2014 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the U.S. Navy has successfully completed landing and deck maneuvers with its new unmanned combat aerial vehicle; an optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by squid; how to deal with lost cell phone anxiety disorder; and remote-controlled moths, or biobots, for rescue missions...                   

EMI/RFI Filter Sample Kits

August 25, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation, through its CTS Electronic Components, Inc. and Tusonix, Inc, subsidiaries announced the release of four new sample kits of electromagnetic interference filters specifically for military, industrial control, telecomm and T&M transport systems applications in the U.S. and European markets...

Iran TV Shows off Allegedly Downed Israeli Drone

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. The brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what the channel says are parts of the drone...

Lawsuits Challenge U.S. Drone, Model Aircraft Rules

August 25, 2014 12:23 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights...

Two Europe Navigation Satellites in the Wrong Orbits

August 24, 2014 11:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network. The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace...

Delta 40 GHz Connectors for .047, .085 & .141 Cables

August 22, 2014 10:54 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for Delta Electronics 2.92 mm SMK coaxial cable connectors rated to 40 GHz for use in commercial, industrial, and military applications...                                   

Europe Launches 2 Navigation Satellites

August 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arianespace has signed a deal with the European Space Agency to deploy 12 satellites and help speed up the creation of the European Union's Galileo navigation system. Arianespace said in a statement late Wednesday that it will use three launch vehicles capable of carrying four satellites each...

Engineering Newswire 104: Giant Darts to Probe Mars for Signs of Life

August 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating the future of armored vehicles, waging robot wars, and throwing giant penetrator probes at Mars ...                

Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve...

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