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Army to deploy “revolutionary” smart weapon

February 3, 2011 9:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The U.S. Army is set to deploy a “revolutionary” airburst grenade launcher, said to be the first small arms “smart” weapon. Described as a “game changer,” the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System (CDTE) could fundamentally transform squad and platoon tactics. Most firefights in Afghanistan take place beyond 300 meters (often up to 500 meters).


Printed Electronics Enters Fast Growth Phase

February 2, 2011 5:15 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Comments

Printed electronics is associated with some orders, investments and acquisitions that are one hundred times as big as the largest two years ago.


Al-Qaida leader: Drone strikes costing fighters, territory

January 27, 2011 8:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

In a rare admission of defeat, an Al-Qaida leader in Pakistan conceded that drones are costing fighters and denying the terror network safe havens. This speaks to the continued success of the “drone war”, and will undoubtedly spur proponents of the F-35. According to Ustadh Ahmad Farooq, “There were many areas where we once had freedom, but now they have been lost,” he said.


How Do You Save Energy When Working at Home?

January 27, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week we talked a little about ways to save energy when working at home. Many people spend at least some time working from home. While telecommuting has many advantages, you also may be using a bit more energy than you would otherwise. So, tell us:


Cyberwar goes mainstream

January 25, 2011 11:38 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Once upon a time thoughts of computer warfare were restricted to science fiction stories. The role of the computer in warfare, both traditional and non-conventional, has grown and expanded as technology enhanced capability. Now cyberwar has matured to the point where a recent virus attack on the Iranian nuclear program...


Say Hello to Stricter TV Standards

January 25, 2011 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Two years ago, I described the ENERGY STAR® designation for television sets. Last month I explained how the Federal Trade Commission is requiring manufacturers to place yellow EnergyGuide labels on all television sets beginning later this year.


Getting ever closer to the “Pocketable Computer”

January 24, 2011 6:20 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

At this years Consumer Electronics show, the most interesting product I saw wasn’t a Windows 7 or an Android pad. Yawn. Perfectly fine products for sure, but not really new. Rather, simply a turn of the crank and put in an iPad like form factor.


A Biofuels Revolution

January 24, 2011 6:03 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Biotechnology firm Joule Unlimited may have come up with a game changer in the quest for economically viable biofuels. Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.


Got a Question? See if We Have an Answer!

January 24, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Have you ever had a question - maybe about energy efficiency, renewable energy, the Department of Energy, or the like - and not had any idea where to find the answer? Have you ever gone through the EERE website and not known where to find what you're looking for?


Engineering can be soooo frustrating!

January 20, 2011 8:48 am | by Mike Brace, EV | Comments

When I think back to my early years as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps I usually close my eyes, put my grin on, and imagine myself slipping those surly bonds of earth once again as a means to escape the complexities of life.


How Would You Use Your Mobile Device to Save Energy?

January 20, 2011 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon told you about some mobile tools on that can help you find and compare fuel efficient vehicles.


Energy 112: Ethanol

January 19, 2011 4:09 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

No discussion about energy sources would be complete these days without saying something about the alcohol based fuels. The bulk of these come in two general forms: ‘methanol’ . . . also known as “wood” alcohol, and ‘ethanol’ . . . also called “grain” alcohol.


Fuel Economy on the Fly

January 18, 2011 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

With the North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicking off the auto-show circuit last week, manufacturers are unveiling their future models. If you're inspired and in the market for a new car, can help you pick the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs....


How to Save Energy When Working from Home

January 17, 2011 2:23 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I am lucky enough to be able to work from my home one or two days per week. I always enjoy these days; not only do I avoid my stressful commute, but I always get a lot of work done without the regular distractions of the office. More offices are allowing their workers this kind of...


EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.



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