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Meaghan's Minute: Microchip Tombstones

November 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Tombstone Thefts are an apparent problem in Johannesburg, so a company will be offering relatives of the deceased microchips that can be inserted into the memorial. An alarm will be triggered if the...

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...

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...

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New Hologram Technology Created with Tiny Nanoantennas

November 15, 2013 10:20 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing...                  

Photo of the Day: Shoelace Antenna

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

The antenna is specially designed to match the wavelength of the target oscillations, while a custom power system covers the broad frequency range of the fluctuations. The operating principle is not so different from a violin string vibrating just right so...

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...

Meaghan's Minute: Invisibility Cloak

November 13, 2013 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, an effective invisibility cloak that is thin, scalable and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects has been successfully demonstrated by two researchers at the Edward S. Rogers Senior...

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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...

Animal, Human Health Benefits Anticipated from University's Premier Biomedical Instrument

November 12, 2013 5:21 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University team recently received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Institute for a biomedical instrument that is anticipated to help with breakthroughs in animal and human health as well as cancer...

Photo of the Day: Space Junk Fragments Fall into Ocean

November 11, 2013 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some 6,600 satellites have been launched. Some 3,600 remain in space but only about 1,000 are still operational, according to ESA. Not all are still intact, and the U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks some 23,000 space objects, ESA said. A lot of junk comes down unnoticed, said...

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...

Meaghan's Minute: Power Harvesting

November 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to modern solar panels, with inexpensive materials that are configured and tuned to...

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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... 

Wireless Device Converts 'Lost' Energy into Electric Power

November 8, 2013 9:32 am | by Minnie Glymph, Duke University | News | Comments

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with...                           

Exploring Public Perceptions of Future Wearable Computing

November 8, 2013 9:29 am | by Jason Maderer, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or...

How the NSA Betrayed the World's Trust -- Time to Act

November 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Mikko Hypponen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Focus on IPv6 Goes Mobile

November 7, 2013 1:45 pm | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg | Blogs | Comments

It is always a pleasure to meet with thousands of colleagues annually at IEEE GLOBECOM to discuss and share our views on the most pertinent topics facing the communications industry, worldwide governments and the billions of individuals, who benefit daily from the...

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...

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...

India Vies for Elite Role in Space with Mars Trip

November 4, 2013 9:25 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth. With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan...

Engineering Newswire 63: Space Glider Skids Off Runway

November 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, the first free-flight approach-and-landing test doesn't go so smooth; making things cooler with a microwavel; a bipedal robot that is very realistic; and a mathematical model that shows the impact of unexpected events in...

Primary GOES-R Instrument Ready to be Installed onto Spacecraft

November 1, 2013 9:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and...

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