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Photos of the Day: Electromagnetic Levitator in Space

November 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

The new electromagnetic levitator on the International Space Station suspends liquid metals in weightlessness as they cool and solidify in ESA's Columbus laboratory ...                   

Researching the Physics of Cooling Liquid Metals Adds Levity to Space Station

November 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Sure, it's easy to say that research in microgravity is cool, but the European Space Agency's (...

Don't Get Hacked!

November 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

You're your own worst enemy when it comes to online security.Say you ignored one of those “this...

Pasternack Introduces New Lines of Digitally Programmable Attenuators

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has announced the new 5, 8, and 10 Bit broadband PIN diode digital step...

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Photo of the Day: Complex Electronic Circuits Printed with T-Shirt Printer

November 20, 2014 11:02 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics ...            

Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected with GPS Satellites

November 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno | News | Comments

The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter ...              

Tiny Satellites Show Earth as It Changes In Near-Real-Time

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by Will Marshall, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster ...              

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An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

Some in NSA Warned of a Backlash to Collecting American Phone Records

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say ...     

Photos of the Day: Parrot’s Bebop Drone

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Bebop is part remote-control flyer and part robot. It has a host of sensors — including pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer — to help it fly stable, hover in the air, and take off and land smoothly without assistance. The AR.Drone has those, too, but Bebop adds a built-in GPS that tells Bebop where it ... 

Meet Parrot’s Powerful Bebop Drone and Crazy Optional Controller

November 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable | News | Comments

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors). Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

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A Wakeup Call for Europe's Comet Lander

November 18, 2014 10:36 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae lander nears the sun its solar panel-powered battery will recharge, and the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet will send a second round of scientific data back to Earth ...                     

HotSpot Episode 89: Digital 6th Sense

November 17, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung announces the Innovator Edition of its Gear VR headset; LTE Direct will be available in 2016; an app to help fix your slouching problem; and Mimosa Networks announces a hotspot-to-the-home-gateway ...                

X-REL Semiconductor’s Bidirectional Level Translators

November 17, 2014 11:17 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

X-REL Semiconductor has unveiled two new products targeting digital applications in demanding markets including aerospace, industrial, hybrid and electric vehicles, transportation, geothermal and oil and gas ...                     

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Continue System Advancements

November 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's industry partners continue to complete development milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The work performed by Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX during partnership and contract initiatives are leading a new generation of safe, reliable...

NASA Opens Registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

November 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has opened team registration for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the event will be held April 16-18, 2015, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, also in Huntsville.

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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.  

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...

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...

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