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Getting ever closer to the “Pocketable Computer”

January 24, 2011 6:20 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

At this years Consumer Electronics show, the most interesting product I saw wasn’t a Windows 7 or an Android pad. Yawn. Perfectly fine products for sure, but not really new. Rather, simply a turn of the crank and put in an iPad like form factor.


A Biofuels Revolution

January 24, 2011 6:03 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Biotechnology firm Joule Unlimited may have come up with a game changer in the quest for economically viable biofuels. Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline.


Got a Question? See if We Have an Answer!

January 24, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Have you ever had a question - maybe about energy efficiency, renewable energy, the Department of Energy, or the like - and not had any idea where to find the answer? Have you ever gone through the EERE website and not known where to find what you're looking for?


Engineering can be soooo frustrating!

January 20, 2011 8:48 am | by Mike Brace, EV | Comments

When I think back to my early years as a jet pilot in the Marine Corps I usually close my eyes, put my grin on, and imagine myself slipping those surly bonds of earth once again as a means to escape the complexities of life.


How Would You Use Your Mobile Device to Save Energy?

January 20, 2011 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon told you about some mobile tools on that can help you find and compare fuel efficient vehicles.


Energy 112: Ethanol

January 19, 2011 4:09 am | by Ken Johnson | Comments

No discussion about energy sources would be complete these days without saying something about the alcohol based fuels. The bulk of these come in two general forms: ‘methanol’ . . . also known as “wood” alcohol, and ‘ethanol’ . . . also called “grain” alcohol.


Fuel Economy on the Fly

January 18, 2011 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

With the North American International Auto Show in Detroit kicking off the auto-show circuit last week, manufacturers are unveiling their future models. If you're inspired and in the market for a new car, can help you pick the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs....


How to Save Energy When Working from Home

January 17, 2011 2:23 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I am lucky enough to be able to work from my home one or two days per week. I always enjoy these days; not only do I avoid my stressful commute, but I always get a lot of work done without the regular distractions of the office. More offices are allowing their workers this kind of...


EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.


How Do You Use a Space Heater Efficiently?(4)

January 13, 2011 4:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Andrea explored the question of space heaters and found that there are many factors to consider when deciding whether to use a space heater or central heating system.


Happy (But Cold) New Year(5)

January 11, 2011 4:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's gotten chilly in Washington, D.C., but that's probably old news to most of the country. I was thinking about it this morning, though, when there was a definite draft whistling from my bedroom windows. My family lives in a condo, so we have limited options for replacing the windows...


Chinese fifth-gen fighter shatters U.S. illusions

January 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.


5 Years After RoHS: What’s New, What’s Ahead in Legislation

January 11, 2011 7:28 am | by Gary Nevison & Ken Manchen, element14 & Newark | Comments

During 2010 there were a number of legislative developments that will have impact on design engineers and the electronics industry the world over. The debate around the scope of the so called RoHS recast has had many twists and turns over the last year.


HVAC vs. Space Heaters: Which is More Efficient?

January 10, 2011 1:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I live in Colorado, and when it's cold it is very, very cold. Since I hate paying high heating bills, I typically have my thermostat set to a chilly 62°F. My husband and I have gotten used to this, and really like being able to use a warm comforter while the air stays cooler.


CES 2011 Oddities: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!



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