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The Challenges of Rapidly Developing an Autonomous Robotic System

September 23, 2010 9:51 am | by Frank van Gennip, Ben van Seggelen, Bart Bouten, Daan Verstegen, Erik Hoedemaekers, Jeroen van de Mortel, and Rik Boonen - Fontys University of Applied Sciences | Comments

The Challenge: To rapidly develop an autonomous robotic system to perform complex tasks quickly and accurately for the Field Robot Event 2010 competition with team members of various programming skill levels.

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How Has a Ceiling Fan Affected the Way You Heat and Cool Your Home?

September 23, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Chris told you about his new ceiling fan and how it's changed the way he cools his home. In warm weather, ceiling fans cool people (not rooms) by producing a wind-chill effect - which is why you should turn off fans when you leave the room. A ceiling fan allows you to raise the...

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Fall Is a Great Time for Energy Awareness

September 21, 2010 8:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A lot of people wait until the first of year to set goals and make life changes, but I think the change of seasons is a good time to think about these things, especially when it comes to energy use and saving strategies. Heating and cooling account for roughly 43% of an average home's...

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Turning on the Fan and Turning off the A/C

September 20, 2010 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As part of some recent money- and energy-savings improvements I've been making to my home, a couple of weeks ago I installed a ceiling fan in my main living room. Part of my research led me to understand how ceiling fans are considered the most effective fans compared among table fans,...

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Darnell’s Power Forum Reflects Optimism in the Industry

September 20, 2010 5:19 am | Comments

Darnell’s Power Forum concluded on a note that bodes well for the power supply industry. The conference included sessions on digital power implementation; energy harvesting solutions; implications for power in the smart grid; GaN developments; and the future of power-supply-on-a-chip.

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The World’s Largest Solar-powered Boat, Producing Lithium Battery Materials Cheaper

September 17, 2010 9:03 am | by compiled by Chris Warner | Comments

With summer vacation season in the rear view mirror, here’s a collection of news items from the last couple of weeks. In 1873, Jules Verne showed how steam power made it possible to go “Around the World In 80 Days.”

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Making Engineering a Desirable Career Choice

September 17, 2010 5:19 am | by Chris Forbes, CEO, Knovel (www.why.knovel.com) | Comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the first members of the Baby Boom generation will reach the age of 65 by 2011.  As they begin to retire, there’s an increased concern that this transition will create an alarming skill gap in the engineering community.

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Energy 108 – Solar Cells II

September 16, 2010 5:14 am | by Prof. Ken Johnson | Comments

Perhaps you have wanted to do your part to promote the end of fossil fuels and thought about having a photo-voltaic (PV) system installed on your new home. Frankly, that is a dream mostly created in you by very devious, but typical, Ruling Class politicians who are always out there dangling a carrot...

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Would You Consider Driving a Vehicle that Can Run on Biodiesel?

September 16, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Shannon told you about biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can power a vehicle using less fuel and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. DOE has an Alternative Fuel Station Locator that can help drivers find the nearest fueling station to fill up their vehicles.

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Avnet and Bourns Celebrate 45 Years of Partnership

September 14, 2010 12:57 pm | by Ed Smith, President, Avnet Electronics (www.avnet.com) | Comments

I’ve been in this industry a long time and while we are all clearly focused on the innovations of tomorrow, it’s nice to see where we’ve come from.

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Harness the Power of the Sun

September 14, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

In the past, when I thought of solar power I would automatically think solar panels or more specifically, solar photovoltaics. However, within the last couple of months I've gained a better understanding of the variety of ways we can harness the sun's abundant energy to help meet our power needs.

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Cellular Usage Around the World

September 14, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

It is fascinating how cellular usage varies around the world, its impact on emerging economies, and how that drives economic growth and improves lives.

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Biodiesel Offers a Renewable Alternative

September 13, 2010 5:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A few weeks ago, I visited the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Maryland, eager to view cute barnyard animals and eat fried food. Among the flashing lights and noisy crowd, a colorful sign caught my eye. I was surprised and pleased by its message: all of the thrill rides were...

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New Micro Fuel Cell Developments Featured at DPF 2010

September 10, 2010 6:51 am | by Linnea Brush | Comments

With ongoing interest in micro fuel cell development, what are some of the more promising technologies for portable power applications? Darnell’s Power Forum will highlight a number of trends in the “alternative” energy storage market.

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How Are You Preparing to Save Energy this Fall and Winter?

September 9, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Hard to believe, but summer is almost officially over! Cooler weather is just around the corner, and it's always best to be prepared. As Andrea mentioned on Tuesday, one of the best things you can do to get ready for cool weather is have a home energy assessment to find out where you are...

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