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UK Drone draws inspiration from Celtic mythology

July 16, 2010 11:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

For proof that unmanned systems represent the future of warfare, check out BAE Systems’ new Unmanned Combat Aircraft System (UCAS), Taranis. Resembling something out of The Terminator, Taranis (named after the Celtic God of Thunder) is a sight to behold.

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Summit Addresses Defeating Electrical and Electronics Counterfeiting

July 16, 2010 6:02 am | Comments

Combating counterfeiting and supply chain security will be on the agenda this September when experts meet at a special summit to discuss strategies for improving product security and tackling brand piracy.  

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Energy 106 – Solar Thermal

July 15, 2010 5:04 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

Before becoming engrossed in the topic of this episode, there were some rather interesting recent occurrences associated with the last episode, “Energy 103 – Wind Turbines II”, which alluded to my theory that tornados which occur in ‘Tornado Alley’ in the Midwestern US...

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How Do You Choose the Right Lights for Your Home?

July 15, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Elizabeth told you about new labels for light bulbs that the Federal Trade Commission will be rolling out in 2011. The labels are based on the familiar nutrition labels you see on food packaging and are designed to help you choose the right lighting for your home. Until the...

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Trends in Test - Standardization

July 14, 2010 5:48 am | by by Richard McDonell, National Instruments (www.ni.com) | Comments

Organizing your test strategy around a common test platform is a proven technique for reducing capital cost, increasing reuse, and lowering the operational overhead...

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Humans, a Thing of the Past

July 13, 2010 7:18 am | by Lauren DeStefano, Assistant Editor | Comments

Humanoid Robots are becoming very popular all around the world. Japan, Iran and Vermont are only a few places that have created such structures. You may be asking yourself, “What is a humanoid robot?”

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Hot Time in the City? Keep Cool in Your Home

July 13, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

If you live on or near the East Coast, you know that Summer 2010 is already really, really hot. We've had many days above 90°F and July is plenty toasty too.

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Why High Capacity Storage Enables More Effective Security Surveillance

July 12, 2010 10:15 am | by Ed Strong, Marketing Director of AV Storage, Western Digital | Comments

Security concerns are a fact of life today and improved audio/video surveillance is extremely important for both private businesses and public entities. As the security/surveillance market transitions to digital from legacy analog-based systems, new capabilities and benefits are helping to spur market growth.

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Software helps troops avoid IEDs

July 12, 2010 7:59 am | by Elizabeth Long, 711th Human Performance Wing | Comments

The Air Force is developing software that will help field commanders avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The software will integrate data from multiple sources to provide real-time intel for mission planners.

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Changing How You Choose Light Bulbs

July 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that light bulbs will have a brand new style of packaging, starting in 2011.

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HB-SIA achieves first solar-powered night flight

July 9, 2010 12:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back in April, we reported on the Impulse HB-SIA, a solar-powered aircraft piloted by balloonist Bertrand Piccard. Powered by 11,628 monocrystalline silicon cells, the HB-SIA is an impressive piece of work. Yesterday, the craft achieved an important milestone: the first solar-powered night flight.

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ControlPanelGRC Helps Powell Electronics Perform

July 9, 2010 6:42 am | by Mike Ayars, SAP Project Manager, Powell Electronics (www.powell.com) | Comments

Overly broad accesses in SAP was a concern for Powell, as a user could either accidentally or intentionally execute potentially harmful transactions outside of their job functions.

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F-35 soars past cost overruns, controversy

July 8, 2010 6:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Despite cost overruns, delays, and controversy, the F-35 program is surging forward. Recently, Lockheed Martin received a $522 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense towards development of the “Joint Strike Fighter.” One thing’s certain—for better or worse, we’re putting all our eggs in one basket.

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What Changes Are You Willing to Make to Save Energy at Work? What Aren't You Willing to Change?

July 8, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about some of the innovative features that make the new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab highly energy efficient. Some of the features require employees to change how they work and collaborate on a daily basis.

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SuperSpeed USB Opens Opportunities

July 7, 2010 8:56 am | by by Dan Harmon, Texas Instruments | Comments

There has been a lot of coverage of SuperSpeed USB as its adoption is starting to ramp up, even with the lack of native support in the PC chipsets.

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