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Green Living, Green Technologies: Things to Be Thankful For

November 24, 2009 4:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's nearly Thanksgiving, the second of the "big" holidays that break up the last three months of the year. One of the most common family traditions is listing the things for which we are thankful. These are mostly items such as "family," "friends" or "good

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Autonomous Military Robots: A Short Survey

November 24, 2009 4:19 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The four soldiers move from their concealed position and “stack” themselves, one behind the other, parallel to the door. The #2 man throws an M84 grenade (flashbang) into the room, then yells “frag out!” The flashbang detonates, and the fire team storms through the “fatal funnel” (door). 

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Tips to Green Your Home

November 23, 2009 12:52 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new green homes Web site. The site provides an interactive experience that helps people

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Phil Sluder Writes Good Stuff

November 23, 2009 8:53 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Here's a good article by Phil on SolidWorks 2010. I like the bio at the end: Phil Sluder is a mechanical engineer, owner of TriAxial Design and Analysis, certified SolidWorks instructor, certified SolidWorks professional, a longtime member of the SWUGN committee, and leader of the San...

Do You Buy Clean Electricity From Your Utility?

November 19, 2009 4:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, John discussed buying clean electricity from your utility. If you can't set up a small renewable energy system of your own, buying clean electricity is a great way to support the use of renewable energy.

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Engines of Prosperity

November 18, 2009 11:16 am | by M. Simon | Comments

In my last post I discussed Forth as a language.  A language that is based on a virtual machine. What if that virtual machine was turned into a real machine? Good things. For one operations can be done in parallel. Returns can be automatically initiated at the end of an instruction cycle.

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Russia to ban incandescent bulbs

October 16, 2009 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Russia has jumped on the CFL bandwagon, and decided to ban the incandescent bulb. As of January 1, 2014, the manufacture and sale of all incandescent bulbs will be prohibited in Russia.

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CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

October 15, 2009 8:55 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.

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George Soros to invest $1 billion in “green tech”

October 13, 2009 6:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Earlier, we reported that global investments in renewable energy had dipped 40% from 2008-09—thus, the following comes as welcome news. George Soros has decided to invest $1 billion of his own money into “green technologies.” Soros issued a clear directive on how his money ought to be spent

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Testing Wind Turbines To Power Cell Phone Towers

October 12, 2009 4:32 am | Comments

Helix Wind Corporation gave an update today on its efforts to provide cost-effective renewable energy solutions to telecommunications companies. Helix’s wind turbines can lower the costs of operating expenses associated with cell phone towers in remote locations.

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Institute unveils efficient redox flow battery

October 9, 2009 10:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) has developed a redox flow battery that could become the gold standard in Advanced Technology Vehicles. If the claims hold up, this battery would be a true breakthrough. There’s nothing revolutionary about the concept of redox flow batteries.

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Israelis bring green power to West Bank village

October 9, 2009 5:41 am | Comments

Residents of a West Bank village with no electricity have been helped out of the darkness by unlikely benefactors - a group of Israelis who installed solar panels and wind turbines to illuminate the Palestinians' makeshift homes. The villagers of Susya live in tents and caves with power lines darting right above their dwellings

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Climate watch: choosing Kyoto's successor

October 8, 2009 12:23 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Global investments in renewable energy technology dipped 40% from 2008-09—this according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization Director, General Kandeh Yumkella. “Due to the current economic crisis we have seen almost a 40 percent decline in 2009 alone in these investments,” said Yumkella at a global conference on green energy in central Mexico.

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EPA’s Energy Star Label Now Available for Four Types of Glass and Food Processing Plants

October 7, 2009 7:31 am | Comments

From strawberry jam jars to frozen french fries, the manufacturing plants that make several well-known container and food items in the United States can now earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy efficiency. The new Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for flat and container glass manufacturing plants

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OLED Display Technology and Capabilities

October 6, 2009 10:20 am | by Oliver Nachbaur, Systems Engineering Manager – Display Power, Texas Instruments | Comments

The organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is becoming more and more popular, especially for mobile phones, media player and small entry level TVs. Contrary to a standard liquid crystal display, the OLED pixel is driven by a current source. To understand how and why the OLED power supply impacts the display picture quality, it is key to understand the OLED display technology and power supply requirements.

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