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Engineering Newswire 86: HeliCat Looks Like Copter, Drives Like Boat

April 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using a robot as a portable printer, cruising the water with the HeliCat, and rediscovering physics with electron beams ...              

What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand...

No Room for 'Stupid, Stubborn People' on This Plane

April 10, 2014 4:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Earlier this week, Solar Impulse unveiled the second version of its solar plane, the Solar...

Photos of the Day: Bionic Kangaroo Hops Around

April 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Festo | News | Comments

A development team from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network spent two years recreating the jumping...

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Engineers Design Short, Flexible, Reusable AFM Probe

April 9, 2014 11:28 am | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

JILA researchers have engineered a short, flexible, reusable probe for the atomic force microscope that enables state-of-the-art precision and stability in picoscale force measurements. Shorter, softer and more agile than standard and ...

Photos of the Day: Search for Malaysia Flight Continues

April 1, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are conducting a forensic examination of the final recorded conversation between ground control and the cockpit of the Malaysian plane before it went missing three weeks ago, the Malaysian government said Tuesday. Meanwhile Australia, which is coordinating the search for the Boeing 777, cautioned ...

High-Current Motor Control & Power Designs

March 31, 2014 10:34 am | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Expanding its NexFET portfolio, Texas Instruments has introduced 14 power MOSFETs in TO-220 and SON packages that support input voltages from 40 V to 100 V. The high-efficiency NexFETs include ...


Cartridge Valves Enable Compact Circuit Designs Without Power Compromise

March 31, 2014 9:19 am | by HydraForce | Articles | Comments

With the introduction of Tier 4 engine emissions standards, the conventional wisdom of bigger meaning better has been discarded. As OEMs find themselves having to make more efficient use of their available horsepower, the demand has grown for ...

Swivel Casters with Locking Brake

March 31, 2014 8:54 am | by PD&D Staff | The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Revvo Caster Company has announced the introduction of its new Sussex 63 Series swivel casters. Models with hand-operated locks are available with top plates measuring 4” (102 mm) by 3-1/8” (79 mm) that have ...

Baby Doll’s Circuit Board Is Burning Children

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll, isn’t being so sweet or cuddly. The electric baby doll, wearing pink floral clothing and a matching knit hat, has been reported to cause burns and blisters. The circuit board in the chest of the doll can ...

Photos of the Day: 'Mars Yard' Testing Ground is a Giant Sandbox

March 28, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars. The plan is to develop an autonomous robotic vehicle that ...  

Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled for 2018 Mission

March 28, 2014 9:04 am | by Gregory Katz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Mars rover unveiled Thursday at a "Mars Yard" testing ground in Britain is designed to drill beneath the surface of the Red Planet searching for signs of life. It's been dubbed 'Bryan' by its creators — earlier versions were named ...


Thrill Ride Is the Tallest, Free-Standing Drop Tower

March 27, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeff Hornick, director of design and engineering at Busch Gardens, said riders will reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour on the plunge. Park officials say it's the tallest, free-standing drop tower in North America and the only one in the world ...

Connect with the New TI Tiva C‑Series Connected LaunchPad

March 26, 2014 11:54 am | by Mouser Electronics | Texas Instruments, Inc., Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now supplying the new Texas Instruments Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad and Evaluation Kit. This new evaluation kit supports the Texas Instruments Tiva C Series of microcontrollers based on ...    

How Helical Gears Impact the Performance of Planetary Systems

March 25, 2014 4:48 pm | by Dr. Gerhard G. Antony, Neugart USA Corp | Articles | Comments

The belief “helical is better” is not sustainable.  For lower noise, and quieter run helical gears have the advantage. If it comes to load ability, smaller size, and higher torque density, as well as longer life, the zero helix angle system has the ...

Chopper Rotated 360 Degrees Before Deadly Crash

March 24, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency continues combing through pilot and maintenance and company records associated with the flight, the NTSB's Dennis Hogenson said earlier. Investigators are focusing on the helicopter's engine, the airframe, the pilot and the ...

Photos of the Day: Aircraft Simulates a Rocket in Flight

March 21, 2014 10:21 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to ...


Advancing the Tech Readiness of SLS Adaptive Controls

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Large rockets like the SLS have complex computers and software that swivel the rocket engines to steer the vehicle along its flight path. NASA's new software algorithm will make real-time adjustments as the vehicle pushes toward space ...

Customize & Simulate Analog Designs

March 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Texas Instruments, Inc., Avnet, Eurotech, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Texas Instruments has unveiled the WEBENCH Schematic Editor, a new editing and simulation feature that enables engineers to customize power management designs and simulate the circuit created within the WEBENCH environment ...    

Engineering Newswire 82: Finding Bombs with Electric Noses

March 20, 2014 10:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re breaking world records with Legos, checking up on spoiled food without smelling it, and using lobsters to find bombs ...                         

Jesse Jackson Takes On Tech's Lack of Diversity

March 19, 2014 9:27 am | by Jesse Washington & Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup ...

Compact Motor Controllers

March 18, 2014 4:37 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The C3 and C3 pump motor controller range from PG Drives Technology are suitable for small industrial vehicle applications including Class 3 pallet trucks and stackers. The C3 is a compact AC motor controller and is available in ...

NanoPWM Servo Drives

March 17, 2014 3:13 pm | by PD&D Staff | Acs Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

ACS Motion Control has developed a line of switching PWM servo drives that deliver sub-nanometer position jitter performance and nanometer level following error while moving at constant velocity ...

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