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Software helps troops avoid IEDs

July 12, 2010 7:59 am | by Elizabeth Long, 711th Human Performance Wing | Comments

The Air Force is developing software that will help field commanders avoid improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The software will integrate data from multiple sources to provide real-time intel for mission planners.

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Changing How You Choose Light Bulbs

July 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that light bulbs will have a brand new style of packaging, starting in 2011.

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HB-SIA achieves first solar-powered night flight

July 9, 2010 12:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Back in April, we reported on the Impulse HB-SIA, a solar-powered aircraft piloted by balloonist Bertrand Piccard. Powered by 11,628 monocrystalline silicon cells, the HB-SIA is an impressive piece of work. Yesterday, the craft achieved an important milestone: the first solar-powered night flight.

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ControlPanelGRC Helps Powell Electronics Perform

July 9, 2010 6:42 am | by Mike Ayars, SAP Project Manager, Powell Electronics (www.powell.com) | Comments

Overly broad accesses in SAP was a concern for Powell, as a user could either accidentally or intentionally execute potentially harmful transactions outside of their job functions.

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F-35 soars past cost overruns, controversy

July 8, 2010 6:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Despite cost overruns, delays, and controversy, the F-35 program is surging forward. Recently, Lockheed Martin received a $522 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense towards development of the “Joint Strike Fighter.” One thing’s certain—for better or worse, we’re putting all our eggs in one basket.

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What Changes Are You Willing to Make to Save Energy at Work? What Aren't You Willing to Change?

July 8, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about some of the innovative features that make the new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab highly energy efficient. Some of the features require employees to change how they work and collaborate on a daily basis.

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SuperSpeed USB Opens Opportunities

July 7, 2010 8:56 am | by by Dan Harmon, Texas Instruments | Comments

There has been a lot of coverage of SuperSpeed USB as its adoption is starting to ramp up, even with the lack of native support in the PC chipsets.

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New Offices, New Ways of Working, and Abundant Energy Savings

July 6, 2010 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A few weeks ago, our entire communications office was lucky enough to be among the first to move into the new Research Support Facility (RSF) here at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Moving into a new building may not sound all that exciting, but this was a momentous day for...

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Optocouplers and Cigarettes

July 1, 2010 11:40 am | by Don Alfano, Director of Applications, Isolation and Machine Interface Products, Silicon Labs (www.silabs.com) | Comments

Optocouplers and cigarettes have a lot in common. Both burn excessive energy during operation and get hot as a result.

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How Do You Save Energy When Entertaining in the Summer?

July 1, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The Independence Day holiday weekend is almost here! If you're like many Americans, this is a favorite weekend to gather up family and friends, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the outdoors. Saving energy during these summer gatherings can be a little trickier in the summer than in the winter.

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National Space Policy downplays role of NASA

June 30, 2010 9:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On Monday, President Obama officially announced his National Space Policy. There were few surprises, but in this case, no news is bad news. NASA has never been so irrelevant to the National Space Policy. It’s right there in NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden’s statement (emphasis mine)—NASA is pleased to be an integral part of President Obama's National Space Policy.”

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Door Thrown Open to Inventions

June 29, 2010 4:29 am | by Robert Tosti and Thomas Meyers, Partners, Brown Rudnick | Comments

The electronics industry will be impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in the case of Bilski et al. v. Kappos. For about the past year, the door to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was closed to many inventions expressed as methods or processes, but now the door is at least a bit more open due to today's Bilski decision.

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Save Money and Stay Cool with an Efficient, Well-Maintained Air Conditioner

June 29, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

OK. It's officially summer here in Washington, D.C. I'm seeking the coolest, shadiest places possible as I get ready for the hottest few months of the year. It's already been a hot June in much of the country, and it may end up being one of the hottest Junes on record in DC.

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Energy Challenge Four: The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge

June 28, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

We've already seen over the past three Mondays how cooperation among the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit private sector firms can produce some real benefits. We've also seen how the success of a project or program can depend on the ability to mobilize the local community.

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Factor-in Femtocell Traffic

June 25, 2010 9:55 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

Let's look at the controversy that operators have triggered by including femto traffic into the data plan - i.e. you use up your quote even if using your femto on your broadband.

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