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Will the United States lose its air supremacy?

April 2, 2010 9:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The announcement of Russia’s newest fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi PAK FA, stunned the world. To put it succinctly, the “Future Frontline Aircraft System” is a game-changer. Its closest rival is the F-22 Raptor, and yet production on the United States’ premier air-superiority fighter has been scrapped in favor of the F-35. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

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Sony removes PS3 Linux support

April 1, 2010 6:59 am | by Andrew Maiman | Comments

So, even if you haven’t heard the latest news regarding Sony and the PlayStation 3 it will come as no surprise that they’re up to their anti-consumer practices once again. According to a blog entry on the official Sony web site, they have released a new firmware version (3.21) todayThis new “update” removes the ‘Other OS’ feature that is present on older PS3s...

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What Improvements Did You Make After a Home Energy Assessment?

April 1, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Elizabeth pointed you to some resources on home energy assessments, also known as home energy audits. If you've never had one, Energy Savers has a new video describing what you can expect from a professional home energy assessment. If you have done a home energy assessment -...

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Lockheed Martin tests precision-guided missile system

March 31, 2010 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Lockheed Martin has successfully tested a tri-mode seeker for its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. The advent of “Fourth Generation Warfare” has put renewed emphasis on reducing collateral damage. Thus, precision weapons systems have taken on prime importance.

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Everything You Need to Know about Home Energy Assessments

March 30, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

We've talked an awful lot about home energy assessments (or "energy audits") here on this blog. So if you've been following us for a while, you already know the drill: You spend a bit of money on an assessment, you get a detailed analysis of where your house is wasting energy, and you...

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GAO Finds Incompetence and Fraud in EPA Energy Star Program

March 30, 2010 3:43 am | by by Susan Kraemer, cleantechnica.com | Comments

While much of the Energy Star program is sound, and has led to real quantifiable energy savings over time, over the last four years,  alarm bells have been sounding on the increasingly lax certification process.

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Energy Tax Credits: Secretary Chu is Spreading the Word, and You Should, Too!

March 29, 2010 4:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As we've mentioned many times on the Energy Savers blog, you can receive up to $1,500 in tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements like adding insulation, installing energy efficient windows, or replacing water heaters.

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DARPA fields small arms detection system for helos

March 25, 2010 7:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a system that will assist helicopter crews in pinpointing the source of small arms fire. HALTT uses advanced acoustic detection and data processing to “exploit the supersonic shock wave produced by a bullet in flight.” In other words, it would detect the “snap,” “hiss,” or “crack” of a bullet.

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On Optical Bonding and Multi-touch Panels

March 25, 2010 6:00 am | by Phil Spivey, President and CEO, Ocular (www.oculardisplaysystems.com) | Comments

With touch panel solutions making their way into a wide variety of applications, system designers have seen the light – both literally and figuratively – when it comes to human interfaces with touch panel displays.

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What Did You Learn About Your State's Energy Profile?

March 25, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Amy pointed you to some resources that will help you learn more about your state's energy profile. Check out some of the resources she mentioned, and tell us:

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UK military incorporates Virtual Reality Parachute Trainers

March 24, 2010 10:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has purchased Virtual Reality Parachute Trainers (VRPT) for the Parachute Training School at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. The contract with Gloucestershire-based Pennant Training Systems Limited is for the design, manufacture, and installation of eight Virtual Trainers.

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Army goes “green” with electric vehicles

March 23, 2010 8:17 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Fort Sam Houston received 20 Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in January as part of a larger plan to replace petroleum-based DoD vehicles with more “energy-efficient” transportation. The Army plans on replacing up to 28,000 gas-powered ground support vehicles with electric vehicles at more than 155 Army installations worldwide.  

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How's Your State's Energy Appetite?

March 23, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

An Energy Empowers story that was recently highlighted on the EERE home page detailed Kentucky's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and generally curb the state's "energy appetite." The story caught my eye as I was born and raised in Kentucky's capital, and I still...

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Fullerene Discovery Sparks Research

March 22, 2010 10:10 am | Comments

A team at the University of Florida has discovered that functionalized fullerenes heat, ignite, glow and transform into other carbon nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes upon exposure to low-intensity laser light.

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France obtains micro UAVs

March 22, 2010 6:43 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The French Special Forces Command is now equipped with an unspecified number of Skylark 1 and Wasp Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The French Armament Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l'armement, DGA) made the handoff on March 8th...

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