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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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On Optical Bonding and Multi-touch Panels

March 25, 2010 6:00 am | by Phil Spivey, President and CEO, Ocular (www.oculardisplaysystems.com) | Comments

With touch panel solutions making their way into a wide variety of applications, system designers have seen the light – both literally and figuratively – when it comes to human interfaces with touch panel displays.

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What Did You Learn About Your State's Energy Profile?

March 25, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Amy pointed you to some resources that will help you learn more about your state's energy profile. Check out some of the resources she mentioned, and tell us:

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UK military incorporates Virtual Reality Parachute Trainers

March 24, 2010 10:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has purchased Virtual Reality Parachute Trainers (VRPT) for the Parachute Training School at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. The contract with Gloucestershire-based Pennant Training Systems Limited is for the design, manufacture, and installation of eight Virtual Trainers.

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Army goes “green” with electric vehicles

March 23, 2010 8:17 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Fort Sam Houston received 20 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in January as part of a larger plan to replace petroleum-based DoD vehicles with more “energy-efficient” transportation. The Army plans on replacing up to 28,000 gas-powered ground support vehicles with electric vehicles at more than 155 Army installations worldwide.  

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How's Your State's Energy Appetite?

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

An Energy Empowers story that was recently highlighted on the EERE home page detailed Kentucky's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and generally curb the state's "energy appetite." The story caught my eye as I was born and raised in Kentucky's capital, and I still...

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Fullerene Discovery Sparks Research

March 22, 2010 10:10 am | Comments

A team at the University of Florida has discovered that functionalized fullerenes heat, ignite, glow and transform into other carbon nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes upon exposure to low-intensity laser light.

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France obtains micro UAVs

March 22, 2010 6:43 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The French Special Forces Command is now equipped with an unspecified number of Skylark 1 and Wasp Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l'armement, DGA) made the handoff on March 8th...

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Check out the Femto Forum Plugfest at CTIA

March 22, 2010 4:00 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip, www.picochip.com | Comments

Although common in the data-communications industry, plugfests are less familiar to those of us who work in mobile communications.

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Indian Army develops chili grenade

March 19, 2010 10:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Now here’s some news tailor-made for a Friday: the Indian Army is developing a “chili grenade.” Packed with bhut jolokia peppers (aka the world’s hottest chili pepper), these special grenades will be used as non-lethal munition. Check your calendars, folks. It isn’t April 1st yet.

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How Have You Improved the Efficiency of Your Windows?

March 18, 2010 5:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, John told you about his experience with window shades that improve the energy efficiency of his windows. There are several things you can do to improve the efficiency of existing windows, including adding storm windows, caulking or weatherstripping, or using window treatments.

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Energy 102 - Heat Engines

March 18, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

There is no question the overwhelming majority of ‘mechanical’ energy utilized in this country has as its source the output of Heat Engines, i.e. devices that convert stored solar energy in fossil fuels to ‘mechanical work’.

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Carpe Diem: Install Insulated Roman Shades

March 17, 2010 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I had insulated window quilts installed on most of my home's windows. I should have bought window quilts for all of our windows, but I refrained from doing so on two downstairs windows to save money (which, in the long run, I didn't). There were window...

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling: Roller Window Shades

March 17, 2010 8:30 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

There's a lot of talk these days about installing new energy-efficient windows. Thanks to a Federal tax credit of up to $1,500, window advertisements, both print and radio and TV broadcasting, are aplenty. I don't want to knock energy-efficient windows. There are some great window...

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Mark Peters - Living the Dream

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Any time I get a chance to talk to Mark Peters, I always ask him the same question - "How are you". The answer is always the same..."I'm Living the Dream". Mark Peter's contribution to the SolidWorks Community cannot be measured by the success of his user group because he's never been a...

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