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Air Force experiments with ''gesture recognition'' technology

July 29, 2010 10:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Wired has a piece discussing the Air Force Research Laboratory’s experiments with motion sense technology. Using a device similar to Nintendo’s “Power Glove”, the folks over at Wright Patterson AFB feel that “gesture recognition” can help fly planes. According to the labs, “Warfighter productivity is limited by the need to operate equipment via physical keys, switches, and buttons...

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Bringing Broadband to India

July 29, 2010 4:52 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

picoChip announced a partnership with a local firm (Entuple) which will help with our sales and support in India, and rather more importantly, we announced a major design win with Rancore for a 4G basestation design.

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What Kind of Green Jobs Most Interest You?

July 29, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Amy told you about some resources to help you learn about and find green jobs. "Green jobs" is a broad term, and there are opportunities for people with all types of skills.

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Bringing Better Information to the Energy Savers Crowd

July 27, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

One of the most fun things I get to do in my work in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is go to exciting public events to help get some of our best educational resources into the hands of the public. These outreach events run the gamut from sustainability expos...

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Greening Your Job: Careers in Energy

July 26, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Recently a friend considering switching careers asked me about job opportunities in renewables and efficiency - often referred to as green jobs. My friend was aware that there was a lot of focus around the country on being green, and that that focus was leading to growth in green jobs....

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What Eco-Driving Techniques Do You Use on the Road?

July 22, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about eco-driving and how it can improve fuel economy and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Simple measures such as observing the speed limit, planning your trips, and keeping your tires properly inflated can make a big difference in your savings.

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Porsche novelty mouse makes great gift

July 21, 2010 5:22 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

If, like most of us, you can’t afford a Porsche, a mouse shaped like a Porsche is the next best thing. As novelty computer mice go, this is one of the coolest I’ve seen. Avant Garde Gifts was kind enough to send me a sample of the “Motormouse,” and I’ve been evaluating it this week.

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Melts In the Streets, Not In Your Hands

July 20, 2010 7:56 am | by Lauren DeStefano, Associate Editor | Comments

Do you ever find yourself trying to squeeze your car into a tight parking spot? Isn’t it a pain when the power goes out and you can’t park your car in the garage?

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Eco-Driving: An Everyday Way to Reduce Our Oil Dependence

July 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Global warming and oil dependence are on the front burner for good, and for good reason. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began on April 20 is now the worst oil disaster in American history. Meanwhile, U.S. transportation is still almost totally dependent on oil and responsible for about...

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Commercial spacecraft makes first crewed flight

July 19, 2010 7:08 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back in December, we reported on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial spaceship. Christened the VSS Enterprise, the vessel is a sub-orbital spacecraft capable of ferrying two pilots and six passengers into the thermosphere (an apogee of about 110 km). On July 15th, the Enterprise completed its first crewed flight.

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Rebates for ENERGY STAR Appliances: State Stories

July 19, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As you're probably aware by now, every state and U.S. territory has been given funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to allow eligible consumers to receive rebates for the purchase of new energy-efficient appliances when they replace used appliances.

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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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