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A Quest for Spindle Speed Using a Multi-Physics Motor Design Tool

September 28, 2010 12:47 pm | by Lois Lee, Manager, Cobham Technical Services USA | Comments

The Opera motor design software package is helping Air Bearings of Poole to extend the speed of spindle motors beyond 400,000 RPM.

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Raytheon unveils wearable exoskeleton suit

September 28, 2010 12:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Coinciding with the release of Iron Man 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD, Raytheon unveiled a real-life wearable robotic suit. The second-generation exoskeleton (XOS 2) purportedly is lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor, yet it uses 50 percent less power. Before one conjures Sci-Fi fantasies of space marines, it’s worth pointing out what the XOS 2 is not—it isn’t a futuristic robotic battle suit.

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High-Resolution Diagrams Now Available

September 28, 2010 7:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The newest content now available on Energy Savers is high-resolution diagrams!

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Managing Diabetes with Wireless Connectivity

September 27, 2010 6:32 am | by Alf Helge Omre, Nordic Semiconductor (www.nordicsemi.com) | Comments

Equipping a blood glucose meter with a wireless connection offers several advantages in the management of diabetes.

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Creating Thin Connectors for High-Density Flexible Substrates

September 27, 2010 5:30 am | by Nakagawa Satoru, DKN Research (www.dknresearch.com) | Comments

DKN Research, a leading engineering firm specializing in micro electronics and packaging technology, unveiled a new concept to create the industry’s thinnest connectors for high density substrates.

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Going Green: Traveling in an Environmentally Responsible Manner

September 27, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

My wife and I recently took a trip to Virginia Beach. I wanted to visit a research center there. I spent a lot of time at the center, including attending a 3-hour conference session. So really - a main reason for the trip was not leisure. I do admit, however, that my wife and I couldn't...

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Femtocells - The Green Solution?

September 24, 2010 11:08 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

Cellular networks use a surprisingly large amount of power: approximately 2% of UK energy - about the same as aviation. Yet while greenhouse emissions of flying are very public/controversial, the wireless energy use is less visible.

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Legislation Could Repeal Incandescent Ban

September 24, 2010 6:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Incandescents may be given a stay of execution. Last week, U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) introduced legislation designed to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban.

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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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