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Panasonic completes Sanyo acquisition

December 21, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Monday that it had taken majority control of Sanyo Electric Co., officially forming one of the world's largest electronics makers.Panasonic said it had converted preferred shares to give it a 50.27 percent stake in Sanyo. It acquired the shares in a previously announced...

Hollywood adds money, talent to made-for-Web shows

December 20, 2009 10:00 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Web sites that buy original video clips often pay so little that "The Bannen Way," a flashy crime thriller debuting online, looked destined to be made poorly if it could be made at all.Yet budding filmmakers Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt managed to hire 40-odd staff, including a boom operator,...

'Avatar' blasts off with $232.2 million worldwide

December 20, 2009 9:00 am | by DAVID GERMAIN - AP Movie Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

James Cameron launched his science-fiction epic "Avatar" into a safe orbit as the costly film soared to No. 1 with $73 million domestically and $159.2 million overseas, for a $232.2 million worldwide total.With that big a start, distributor 20th Century Fox was quick to proclaim it made a good...

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Global Temperatures Could Rise More Than Expected, New Study Shows

December 20, 2009 8:52 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

The kinds of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide taking place today could have a significantly larger effect on global temperatures than previously thought, according to a new study led by Yale University geologists. Their findings appear December 20 in the advanced online edition of...

Switchable Nanostructures Made with DNA

December 20, 2009 8:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using synthetic DNA “linkers,” Brookhaven scientists have built switchable, responsive nanostructures that could be useful as biosensors, in solar cells, and as new materials for data storage.

Soren Bisgaard 1951-2009

December 20, 2009 8:51 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Soren Bisgaard died earlier this month of cancer. Soren was a student (Ph.D., statistics) of my father’s who shared the commitment to using applied statistics to improve people’s lives. I know this seem odd to many (I tried to describe this idea previously and read his...

NREL Sets the Bar for Office Building Energy Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

When NREL decided to build a new office building, the national lab turned to its experts to establish a new energy use benchmark. The lab's researchers knew what they wanted - the request for proposals included 780 pages of specifications. The resulting Research Support Facility sets the...

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NREL Works with Truckers to Reduce Fuel Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Excessive idling of trucks has been identified as a source of wasted fuel; NREL is working with the trucking industry to find big savings.

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New Labs to Concentrate on Solar Thermal Energy

December 20, 2009 5:52 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

DOE funds facilities to advance concentrating solar power technologies; global capacity could reach 20 gigawatts by 2020.

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General Dynamics in deal to enhance Army vehicles

December 18, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Dynamics has won a $134 million Army contract for work to improve up to 550 Stryker combat vehicles.The eight-wheel-drive Stryker built by General Dynamics is in use in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the contract includes design, engineering and production work to update and enhance the...

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You got C in my L. No, you got L in my C

December 18, 2009 1:52 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Just another tale of a poor little capacitor feeling lonely and trying look up to a big inductor for advice and guidance. Sadly, Henry, the inductor rebuffed the little uf with nary a word and kept his emf to himself....

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Cornellians build computer climate-change model

December 18, 2009 12:52 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Researchers are contributing to a new model of climate change that may give more accurate predictions of the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in Earth's future.

WiMAX Chipset Market To Be Driven By Mobile PCs Through 2012

December 18, 2009 11:58 am | by In-Stat | News | Comments

The emerging WiMAX chipset market will be driven primarily by embedded Mobile WiMAX in mobile PCs through 2012.

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An Interview with Embedded.com

December 18, 2009 11:57 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

So the folks at Embedded.com found my videos and asked if we could do one for their embedded customers. Not being one to shy away from the limelight, I accepted. You can check out the video here:http://bit.ly/631FJW (scroll down a bit to the player on the right side of the page)Or here's...

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Powering the 2009 World Games

December 18, 2009 11:54 am | by Tyco Electronics | News | Comments

Tyco Electronics solar products helped power the 2009 World Games in Taiwan's Kaoshiung Stadium. This venue is the world's first multi-function stadium powered by Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solar energy. The 1.2 megawatts of electricity generated by this system eliminates up...

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