Briefs: Physical Sciences
Infrared Sensor on Unmanned Aircraft Transmits Time-Critical Wildfire Data

Since 2006, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and Ames Research Center have been perfecting and demonstrating a new capability for geolocation of wildfires and the real-time delivery of data to firefighters. Managed for the Western States Fire Mission, the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Strain System for the Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator

The Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator (MBSMS) Strain System is an innovative engineering tool used to monitor the stresses applied to the MBSMS motion platform tilt pivot frames during motion simulations in real time. The Strain System comprises hardware and software produced by...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pyrotechnic Actuator for Retracting Tubes Between MSL Subsystems

An apparatus, denoted the “retractuator” (a contraction of “retracting actuator”), was designed to help ensure clean separation between the cruise stage and the entry-vehicle subsystem of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The retractuator or an equivalent mechanism...

Products: Green Design & Manufacturing

Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, TX) has introduced the Si348x family of power management ICs, enabling reduced system cost and improved efficiency in power over Ethernet (PoE) power sourcing equipment (PSE).

News: Energy

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineers have developed a way to produce high-volume chemical feedstocks including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and olefins from pyrolytic...

News: Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released updated versions of its EnergyPlus simulation software and OpenStudio Plug-in for Google SketchUp, which help engineers and architects...

INSIDER Product: Motion Control

Advanced Motion Controls (Camarillo, CA) offers the AZ and AZB series servo drives for use under normal industrial conditions, as well as the AZX series for use in extended environments. The PCB-mount embedded, plug-in servo...

INSIDER Product: Motion Control

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduces the EVM58 Ethernet IP Encoders available in single or multi-turn configurations. The rotary encoders provide absolute machine position or velocity feedback to the system...

INSIDER Product: Motion Control

Colson Caster Corp. (Jonesboro, AK) has announced the 4 Series stainless steel bearing that withstands corrosive exposures and is completely sealed to keep grease and other debris out for jam-free operations. The...

INSIDER Product: Robotics, Automation & Control

Exlar (Chanhassen, MN) offers the EL100 explosion-proof linear actuators, rated for Class I, Div 1, Groups B, C, D and T3 hazardous environments. The EL Series linear actuators integrate a planetary roller screw mechanism...

Blog: Physical Sciences
The Antimatter Mystery Continues

Matter and antimatter are almost identical, but their one crucial difference, an opposite charge, can cause mutual annihilation when the two are mixed.

So if there's plenty of matter here in the world, where is its counterpart? When the universe formed, matter and antimatter should have been produced in...

News: Energy

Check out the new issue of Lighting Technology for more new feature articles, videos, application stories, tech briefs, products, and more - all on the latest advances in LEDs and...

Videos: Energy

National Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the WEBENCH® LED Architect, which enables designers to perform real-time comparisons and optimize lighting systems for performance, size, and cost.

Videos: Lighting

A new lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is dedicated to improving the quality of light that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) produce. NIST vision scientists Wendy...

Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

Strobe or rotating beacon-type emergency lighting is a requirement on all Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) maintenance and construction vehicles. There is an effort to...

Products: Green Design & Manufacturing

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) offers the eTEG™ HV37 thermoelectric power generator, the next entry in the high-voltage (HV) series of clean energy generators based on thin-film thermoelectrics. The...

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Not Just Playing Around

Like many other alluring things on this Earth, video games can toe the line between good and evil. They are notoriously addicting (sometimes to their users' detriment) — but that quality also allows them to function as a successful medium in rehabilitation and therapy applications.

“There are some people who...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

Noble metals such as platinum and palladium are becoming increasingly important because of growth in environmentally friendly applications such as fuel cells and pollution control...

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Cleared for Takeoff

You just know somebody’s going to make a movie about this.

On October 22, New Mexico’s governor, Bill Richardson, presided over the dedication of what could become the world’s first commercial spaceport. And what is a spaceport, you ask? Think of it as an airport for space travelers, and apparently they’re...

Blog: Energy
New Energy-Efficient Design Brings the Heat

To provide an alternative to energy-inefficient, fume-heavy fire cooking, Paul Montgomery, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, is helping to design a better, cleaner stove for people in developing countries. Central to the design is a heat-powered fan.

Here's how the process is...

News: Energy

The heat radiating off roadways has long been a factor in explaining why city temperatures are often considerably warmer than nearby suburban or rural areas....

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MathWorks (Natick, MA) offers enhancements to its Polyspace embedded code verification products, which prove the absence of certain run-time errors in source code. The new Polyspace metrics web dashboard, automated scheduling...

INSIDER Product

JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) offers a new support package for board-level and system designers looking to implement a convenient BIT (Built-In Test) access for boundary-scan testing and on-board device...

INSIDER Product

AdaCore (Paris, France) has released GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) 5.0. This version of AdaCore‚'s graphical Integrated Development Environment (IDE) offers enhanced support for C and C++, more...

INSIDER Product

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Wilsonville, OR) offers the next generation of its FloTHERM® 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for electronics cooling applications. FloTHERM allows engineers to...

Products: Energy

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has released a high-efficiency circuit and optimized power components that will produce cost savings and are ideally suited for boost or buck converters - power devices usually...

Question of the Week
Should toys be kept out of a Happy Meal?

This week's Question of the Week concerns a new law in San Francisco, taking effect on Dec. 1 that bans restaurant toy giveaways unless the meals meet certain healthy standards for calories, sodium, and fat. Supporters say the move will offer better nutrition standards for children, while opponents say...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

With a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, researchers from North Carolina State University are developing a cost-effective electronic monitoring system that will advance understanding of...

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Finally! My invisible cardigan is ready!

Designing a material to cloak objects from visible light has always been a challenge -- Trust me, I've tried it many times during my childhood.

Published today, the New Journal of Physics (co-owned by the Institute of Physics and German Physical Society) details how Meta-flex, a new material...

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