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Making New Enzymes to Engineer Plants for Biofuel Production

December 21, 2009 4:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Brookhaven scientists have created a new enzyme with the potential to interfere with a key cell-wall component in plants, possibly leading to plants that are easier to “digest” and convert to biofuels.

IPv6 Goes Embedded

December 21, 2009 4:27 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Most networked equipment uses Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4, which provides for about four billion 32-bit IP addresses. Concerns about exhausting these addresses--and other technical issues--led the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)to develop Internet Protocol version 6, or IPv6.

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Omron MEMS Flow Sensor Product Training Module

December 21, 2009 4:14 am | Videos | Comments

This product training module offers a succinct and informative presentation of Omron's MEMS flow sensor line-up, as well as their MEMS technology.

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Li ion Battery Monitoring Solutions: Accuracy and Safety

December 21, 2009 4:11 am | by Andrew Glascott-Jones & Thierry Masson, e2v | Articles | Comments

Li ion is an obvious choice to power future electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). It has a number of advantages: a high-cell voltage of 3.6 Volts means that fewer cells, with their associated connections and electronics, are needed for high voltage batteries.

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Panasonic completes Sanyo acquisition

December 21, 2009 4:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Monday that it had taken majority control of Sanyo Electric Co., officially forming one of the world's largest electronics makers.Panasonic said it had converted preferred shares to give it a 50.27 percent stake in Sanyo. It acquired the shares in a previously announced...

Hollywood adds money, talent to made-for-Web shows

December 20, 2009 10:00 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Web sites that buy original video clips often pay so little that "The Bannen Way," a flashy crime thriller debuting online, looked destined to be made poorly if it could be made at all.Yet budding filmmakers Jesse Warren and Mark Gantt managed to hire 40-odd staff, including a boom operator,...

'Avatar' blasts off with $232.2 million worldwide

December 20, 2009 9:00 am | by DAVID GERMAIN - AP Movie Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

James Cameron launched his science-fiction epic "Avatar" into a safe orbit as the costly film soared to No. 1 with $73 million domestically and $159.2 million overseas, for a $232.2 million worldwide total.With that big a start, distributor 20th Century Fox was quick to proclaim it made a good...

Global Temperatures Could Rise More Than Expected, New Study Shows

December 20, 2009 8:52 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

The kinds of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide taking place today could have a significantly larger effect on global temperatures than previously thought, according to a new study led by Yale University geologists. Their findings appear December 20 in the advanced online edition of...

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Switchable Nanostructures Made with DNA

December 20, 2009 8:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using synthetic DNA “linkers,” Brookhaven scientists have built switchable, responsive nanostructures that could be useful as biosensors, in solar cells, and as new materials for data storage.

Soren Bisgaard 1951-2009

December 20, 2009 8:51 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Soren Bisgaard died earlier this month of cancer. Soren was a student (Ph.D., statistics) of my father’s who shared the commitment to using applied statistics to improve people’s lives. I know this seem odd to many (I tried to describe this idea previously and read his...

NREL Sets the Bar for Office Building Energy Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

When NREL decided to build a new office building, the national lab turned to its experts to establish a new energy use benchmark. The lab's researchers knew what they wanted - the request for proposals included 780 pages of specifications. The resulting Research Support Facility sets the...

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NREL Works with Truckers to Reduce Fuel Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Excessive idling of trucks has been identified as a source of wasted fuel; NREL is working with the trucking industry to find big savings.

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New Labs to Concentrate on Solar Thermal Energy

December 20, 2009 5:52 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

DOE funds facilities to advance concentrating solar power technologies; global capacity could reach 20 gigawatts by 2020.

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General Dynamics in deal to enhance Army vehicles

December 18, 2009 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Dynamics has won a $134 million Army contract for work to improve up to 550 Stryker combat vehicles.The eight-wheel-drive Stryker built by General Dynamics is in use in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the contract includes design, engineering and production work to update and enhance the...

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You got C in my L. No, you got L in my C

December 18, 2009 1:52 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Just another tale of a poor little capacitor feeling lonely and trying look up to a big inductor for advice and guidance. Sadly, Henry, the inductor rebuffed the little uf with nary a word and kept his emf to himself....

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