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Insulation Saves Energy and Money at Home...and HOA from Disaster

December 30, 2009 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Earlier this month, just one day after Denver's first cold snap of the season, I woke up and saw a new text message from my downstairs neighbor. She was writing to let me know no one in our small, six-unit condo building had water. Immediately I fear

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Russian Space Agency considers Armageddon-like mission

December 30, 2009 6:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Russian Space Agency is considering a plan that evokes the 1998 disaster flick, Armageddon. The head of the agency, Anatoly Perminov, mentioned that Russia is assessing a mission to Apophis, a 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid. The difference between Hollywood and real life is that Apophis stands minimal chance of hitting Earth...

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Researchers Develop Anti-Counterfeiting Tech for RFID

December 30, 2009 3:43 am | Comments

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a unique and robust method to prevent cloning of passive radio frequency identification tags. The technology, based on one or more unique physical attributes of individual tags rather than information stored on them, will prevent the production of counterfeit tags...

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Fusion: the power source of the future

December 29, 2009 12:09 pm | by M. Simon | Comments

Fusion is the power source of the future, goes the old saw. And for fifty years, it has always been "fifty years in the future." That may be changing with a number of new small fusion projects in the works or doing actual experiments.

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Engines of Prosperity

December 29, 2009 12:07 pm | 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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Neighborhood Development Package Revisited

December 29, 2009 12:03 pm | by M. Simon | Comments

Since I wrote Neighborhood Development Package on November 11, 2006, I have been thinking about the pieces needed to make the system work 24/7. The full article is below but let me give you a short review. My idea was to electrify a neighborhood in order to educate, communicate, and pump water.

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Go Forth!

December 29, 2009 12:01 pm | by M. Simon | Comments

Levis (the jeans people) have been suggesting that people Go Forth. http://goforth.levi.com/fortune I'd like to make a similar suggestion. Not about jeans, but about software. Go Forth.

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Bug or Windshield?

December 29, 2009 11:58 am | by Alan Amling, Global Logistics and Distribution Marketing, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, www.ups.com | Comments

As I write this blog in early December the Dow is reaching 14 month highs, indicating a belief that the worst is behind us.  While many believe there will be more bumps in the road and the unemployment picture hasn’t improved much, the tide is changing.

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“Wingsuits” developed for airborne troops

December 29, 2009 11:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Here’s another example of life imitating art—SPELCO (Special Parachute Equipment and Logistics Consortium) is working on a personal glider that looks straight outta Science Fiction. With its glide ratio of 5:1 and self-propulsion system, the “Gryphon” could become an invaluable tool in the future warfighter’s arsenal.

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Motion Control Device Adds Pizzazz to Web Surfing

December 29, 2009 11:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back at CES ’09, I had the chance to preview Hillcrest Labs’ MEMs Accelerometer-based motion-control technology. They’ve since marketed it as a consumer device, the Loop Pointer. Essentially an air mouse on steroids, the Loop Pointer is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in a while.

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40 years later, ''The Final Frontier'' ain't what it used to be

December 29, 2009 11:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

40 years ago, Neil Armstrong emerged from the Lunar Module Eagle, and stepped into history. He became the first human being to step foot on the moon, forever changing the scientific and engineering communities. And yet, 40 years later, the space program is a shell of its former self. Public enthusiasm is at an all-time low. How did we get to this point?

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The Tin Foil Hat Brigade Strikes Again

December 29, 2009 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

In what’s sure to encourage conspiracy nuts worldwide, Britain has released the government's complete file on the "Rendlesham Forest Incident" of December 1980. The 191-page document was released as part of a larger cache of British “UFO files” covering the years 1981-1996.

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Global Warming or Global Cooling?

December 29, 2009 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Gentlemen, start your debating—according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the July average was the highest recorded ocean temperature in 128 years. July’s worldwide average of 62.6 will revive the global warming debates, inasmuch as some will cite this as evidence of climate change.

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Light Bulbs and the Madness of Energy Efficiency Regulations

December 29, 2009 8:06 am | Comments

Europeans (like Americans) choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10 (European Commission and light industry data 2007-8). Banning what people want gives the supposed savings that are "good for them"—no point in banning what people don’t want!

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Autonomous military eobots: A short survey

December 29, 2009 6:48 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

True robot “consciousness” may be eons away, or impossible, but that hasn’t stopped its development. The end stage includes robots acting as “full ethical agents,” i.e. “those that can make explicit moral judgments”. Some feel this is unnecessary. The benefits are clear: robots wouldn’t experience the “fog of war,” or fall prey to emotions.

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