There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.
U.K. air accident investigators recommended Thursday that aviation authorities temporarily disable a Honeywell emergency transmitter on all Boeing 787 Dreamliners following a fire last week at London's Heathrow Airport. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also recommended that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered emergency locator transmitter systems.
All feats were the result of a spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to ditch the Five Eyes relationship.
This week in WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Pentek has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon analog and digital recording systems; Scientists have demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing; a new satellite system covering the Arctic region; and a wireless range extender that creates wireless connectivity where ever you go.
Researchers are designing robots for the most delicate crops by integrating advanced sensors, powerful computing, electronics, computer vision, robotic hardware, and algorithms, as well as networking and high precision GPS localization technologies. Most ag robots won't be commercially available for at least a few years.
During this HotSeat interview, Brock Butler, Marketing Director for mobile devices at Spirent Communications, discusses the major trends occurring in the HD Voice and VOLTE markets. He also provides an overview of the major challenges that are present in these markets and insight on how they can be overcome.
The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas outside the reach of current geostationary communications satellites. The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas.
As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building drones with a do-it-yourself kit, making batteries out of wood, rewriting the rulebook on solar cars, and creating e-skin that can sense touch and temperature.
The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks that a pilot is asked to do.
How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged.
To wring more power out of lithium ion batteries, scientists are experimenting with different materials and designs. However, the important action in a battery occurs at the atomic level, and it’s been virtually impossible to find out exactly what’s happening at such a scale.
Graphene, a two-dimensional crystal of carbon atoms packed in a honeycomb structure, has been in the focus of intensive research which led to a Nobel Prize of Physics in 2010. One major challenge is to successfully integrate graphene into the established metal-silicide technology.
The crash landing of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco has revived concerns that airline pilots get so little opportunity these days to fly without the aid of sophisticated automation that their stick-and-rudder skills are eroding.The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, is a long way from reaching a conclusion as to its probable cause.
Verizon, the country's second-largest landline phone company, is taking the lead by replacing phone lines with wireless alternatives. But competitors including AT&T have made it clear they want to follow. It's the beginning of a technological turning point, representing the receding tide of copper-wire landlines that have been used since commercial service began in 1877.
This week on the WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, understanding heart disease with two cardiovascular monitoring devices, gardening from any Web browser, electronic bag tags for tracking luggage, and a spacecraft that fits in your pocket.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re further developing BAE systems Railgun, making a bionic eye for the blind, demonstrating robotic apes, and re-reinventing the toilet.
Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.
The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States' central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game. Other countries, from dictatorships to democracies, are also avid snoopers, tapping into the high-capacity fiber optic cables to intercept Internet traffic.
Germany's top security official says Internet users worried about their data being intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies should stop using American websites such as Google and Facebook. Leaked revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's wholesale information on foreign web users has prompted outrage in Europe.
Tribune on has announced a deal to buy Local TV and its 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion. The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households. The deal is the latest in a wave of consolidation sweeping the industry as TV station owners gird for battle in contentious fee negotiations with cable and satellite TV companies.
As Molex Incorporated [NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA], begins its new fiscal year, the company proudly celebrates its 75th year in business serving customers in the global electronics industry. Providing innovative interconnect solutions to the world’s leading manufacturers, the company’s primary markets include data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense, medical and lighting.
When faced with an unusual and challenging technical requirement, FalTech GPS and Syrinix Ltd partnered to design and install a system to monitor the integrity of large-diameter water main pipes deep under the capital’s landscape. FalTech’s GPS repeater systems are deployed in a wide variety of locations where GPS satellite signals are required inside a building,
In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Sense+ has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Smoke and Gas Sensor smart dock and app; researchers have developed a new technology that uses wireless signals to provide non-invasive diagnosis of brain swelling or bleeding; and a hardware/Cloud-based system providing the ability to monitor and control any sensor equipped process or device.
New research pinpoints the current location of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft: It's still in our solar system. Since last summer, the long-running spacecraft has been exploring uncharted territory where the effects of interstellar space, or the space between stars, can be felt.