The combination of plasma and digital video recorders may get most people thinking about big-screen TV viewing. But on the International Space Station, that linkage is just another setup for, well, far-out research. Earlier this year, German research house Kayser-Threde GmbH wanted to study “dusty plasma” matter characteristics in a weightless condition.
Since plasma changes being investigated were not visible to the naked eye, four analog video cameras were linked to ruggedized digital video recorders made by Fast Forward Video. Its Recon board-level DVR, which measures 2.8 × 3.9 inches, holds eight hours of video with a 720 × 486-pixel resolution. A key factor in getting that resolution quickly with reliability levels needed in space exploration is the analog-to-digital decoder, an NXP Semiconductor part that transforms video input into digital data for storage.
German research house Kayser-Threde GmbH wanted to study “dusty plasma” matter characteristics in a weightless condition.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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