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Are You Participating in Bike-to-Work Day?

May 20, 2010 5:20 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Tomorrow is Bike-to-Work Day! Bike-to-Work Day is held each year on the third Friday in May to promote bicycles as an alternative commuting option. Biking to work is a great way to fit in some exercise, use less fuel, and save on your overall transportation costs.

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EOD system fires pencil-sized rockets at IEDs

May 18, 2010 6:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Imagine how much cooler “The Hurt Locker” would’ve been if they had this: Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has developed an EOD system that fires ‘pencil-size’ rockets at suspected IEDs. You read that right—it fires rockets at improvised explosive devices; this would’ve made for quite the different movie.

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EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

May 18, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

While most college students' experience with vehicles goes no further than the beater they picked up for a few thousand dollars, students participating in the EcoCAR: The NeXT Challenge competition get to experience the cutting-edge of driving technology. The competition, which was...

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Creating an HID Ballast with Constant Lamp Power Control

May 17, 2010 10:23 am | by Tom Ribarich, Director Lighting Systems, International Rectifier (www.irf.com) | Comments

With all of the excitement surrounding LEDs these days, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are still popular due to their high brightness, excellent color temperature and long lifetime.

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Vampire Power and Gaming

May 17, 2010 10:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

(No, this post has nothing to do with a certain twenty-four-year-old, side-scrolling action game series.)

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Energy 104 – Wind Turbines

May 17, 2010 5:13 am | by Prof. Ken Johnson | Comments

In a previous episode, the subject of wind turbines was briefly discussed.  They could be considered in an ‘esoteric’ class because of their various disadvantages, primary among them is the lack of reliability, i. e., if the winds don’t blow or they blow too fast, there is no electricity.

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How Do You Shade Your Home in the Summer?

May 13, 2010 3:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, you read about some ways you can use shade to keep your home cool in the spring and summer. Some people are lucky enough to have a lot of trees for natural shade, while others of us have to create our own.

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PS3 firmware update could cripple Air Force research program

May 13, 2010 12:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Last month, Sony essentially neutered the PlayStation 3 by removing its “Install Other OS” functionality. This precipitated a huge customer backlash (and, as of this writing, at least two class-action lawsuits), but there’s one foe Sony hadn’t anticipated—the United States Air Force.

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Someday all basestations will be like this

May 11, 2010 9:37 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip, www.picochip.com | Comments

Quite often, technology starts at the high-end (military, expensive lab gear or enterprise) and then with time as volumes rise it becomes affordable and moves into the mass-market. Think of computers (the famous but perhaps apocryphal, Thomas Watson’s “there is a market for perhaps five computers” or Ken Olsen “Why would anyone want a computer at home?”

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Cruising to Energy Savings This Summer Driving Season

May 11, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

My dad is obsessed with fuel efficiency. I joked with him on a recent road trip that when he retires, he'll have more time to pursue his dream career as a fuel-economy promoter. Well guess what, I just found the treasure trove of information on smart driving that's going to make his whole...

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A Little Shade Can Go a Long Way

May 10, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Spring is my favorite time of year. The snow (finally!) stops, the temperature is perfect, and everything is colorful again. We rarely need to turn on the heat or air conditioner to stay comfortable at home, and there's nothing better than a relaxing evening on the deck.

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How Do You Save on Lighting Costs?

May 6, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Amy discussed ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures and how they can you save on lighting costs. Lighting accounts for roughly 11% of a typical residential utility bill, so it's worth seeking ways to reduce your energy use and costs. ENERGY STAR fixtures, efficient lighting choices,...

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Wireless energy transfer for UAVs

May 5, 2010 8:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Lasers have been described as the “holy grail” of weapons—who wouldn't want to be like Luke Skywalker? But while researchers have pondered everything from “pain rays” to the “Zeus” anti-IED system, the folks over at LaserMotive are pushing something else entirely—power beaming for UAVs.

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Checking in on Solar Decathlon 2011

May 4, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This past October, we wrote a lot about the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. If you haven't heard of the Solar Decathlon, it's a competition held every two years that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective,...

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Through-wall radar aids in urban operations

May 4, 2010 6:05 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

In 2007, SSG David Bellavia released the most poignant memoir of the Iraq War, “House to House.” The title is significant, because house-to-house fighting is among the most dangerous forms of urban warfare. Camero may have a solution with the Xaver 400, a compact through-wall radar.

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