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Navy upholds ban on flash media

April 9, 2010 5:53 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

To follow up on an earlier story, the US Navy has maintained the ban on flash media. Notwithstanding the official “lifting” of the ban, Navy officials consider flash media too risky. Sailors who violate the policy could have their account access terminated for 30 days.

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What Is Your Experience with Composting?

April 8, 2010 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, John told you about his experience with composting and vermiculture - or composting with worms. John pointed out that communities use a lot of energy pumping and treating water and wastewater, and composting can help avoid sending so much food and water through the water...

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Solar-powered craft aims for perpetual flight

April 8, 2010 6:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The solar-powered Impulse HB-SIA completed its maiden voyage on Wednesday. The 90-minute flight reached an altitude of 5,500 feet, over a mile above the Swiss countryside, with an average speed of 44 mph (70 kph). This is the first step towards an ambitious goal: travel around the world by 2012.

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Composting with My Wiggly Friends - or, The Great Escape That Never Happened

April 6, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's hard for many of us of the "me" generation to think about being careful and conserving energy, even when it directly affects our pocketbooks. We leave the lights and television on when there's no one in the room, despite the fact that this specific action - or lack of action -...

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Avoiding the Gray Market

April 5, 2010 9:46 am | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rochester Electronics | Comments

Buying components through brokers and independent distributors on the gray market provides no guarantee of a continuous supply, authenticity, quality or reliability of the procured devices.

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The Truly Integrated Circuit is Printed and Flexible

April 5, 2010 6:48 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

For 40 years, so called integrated circuits have integrated little more than transistors, diodes and sensors assembled onto one piece of material.

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Connect with EERE and Energy Savers on Facebook

April 5, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As a communicator, I'm constantly amazed how social media continues to impact consumers' lives in new and surprising ways. Social networks reach an estimated 940 million people around the world, according to a January 2010 research study by a European Internet research firm. Politicians,...

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Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

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Sony removes PS3 Linux support

April 1, 2010 6:59 am | by Andrew Maiman | Comments

So, even if you haven’t heard the latest news regarding Sony and the PlayStation 3 it will come as no surprise that they’re up to their anti-consumer practices once again. According to a blog entry on the official Sony web site, they have released a new firmware version (3.21) todayThis new “update” removes the ‘Other OS’ feature that is present on older PS3s...

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What Improvements Did You Make After a Home Energy Assessment?

April 1, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Elizabeth pointed you to some resources on home energy assessments, also known as home energy audits. If you've never had one, Energy Savers has a new video describing what you can expect from a professional home energy assessment. If you have done a home energy assessment -...

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Lockheed Martin tests precision-guided missile system

March 31, 2010 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Lockheed Martin has successfully tested a tri-mode seeker for its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The advent of “Fourth Generation Warfare” has put renewed emphasis on reducing collateral damage. Thus, precision weapons systems have taken on prime importance.

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Everything You Need to Know about Home Energy Assessments

March 30, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

We've talked an awful lot about home energy assessments (or "energy audits") here on this blog. So if you've been following us for a while, you already know the drill: You spend a bit of money on an assessment, you get a detailed analysis of where your house is wasting energy, and you...

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GAO Finds Incompetence and Fraud in EPA Energy Star Program

March 30, 2010 3:43 am | by by Susan Kraemer, cleantechnica.com | Comments

While much of the Energy Star program is sound, and has led to real quantifiable energy savings over time, over the last four years,  alarm bells have been sounding on the increasingly lax certification process.

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Energy Tax Credits: Secretary Chu is Spreading the Word, and You Should, Too!

March 29, 2010 4:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As we've mentioned many times on the Energy Savers blog, you can receive up to $1,500 in tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements like adding insulation, installing energy efficient windows, or replacing water heaters.

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DARPA fields small arms detection system for helos

March 25, 2010 7:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a system that will assist helicopter crews in pinpointing the source of small arms fire. HALTT uses advanced acoustic detection and data processing to “exploit the supersonic shock wave produced by a bullet in flight.” In other words, it would detect the “snap,” “hiss,” or “crack” of a bullet.

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