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Schools Move Forward with Idle Reduction

November 2, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

With schools back in session returns the inevitable procession of parents waiting for their children in parking lots. Unfortunately, many of these parents idle their vehicles, wasting fuel and producing both smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. As children are particularly...

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Lockheed Martin showcases incredible “HULC”

November 1, 2010 5:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

At the recent Association of the U.S. Army conference in D.C., Lockheed Martin showcased its Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), the defense giant’s answer to Raytheon’s XOS-2 exoskeleton (the “Real Iron Man Suit”). That’s right: it’s HULC vs. Iron Man.

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Time to Talk about Home Energy Assessments Again!

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

Energy audits, energy assessments, home energy checkups… They're all the same thing, and we've talked about them quite a lot on this blog already. But whatever you call it, the idea's the same: When you get a home energy assessment, a professional runs a series of checks on your...

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This Month on Energy Savers: October 2010

October 29, 2010 6:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's been a busy Energy Awareness Month at Energy Savers, and we thought it would be useful to cover some of the highlights from EnergySavers.gov and the Energy Savers Blog.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 28, 2010 10:35 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On Thursday, October 28th, Advantage Business Media, ECN's parent company, held its annual pumpkin carving contest. The following is a photoblog of the event. Enjoy!

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Creating an Autonomous Robot for the IGVC Autonomous Challenge

October 28, 2010 8:08 am | by Gray Thomas - Olin College of Engineering | Comments

The IGVC challenges participating robots to traverse a grassy path defined by simple spray-painted lines and filled with obstacles such as traffic barrels and buckets.

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How Do You Save Energy in the Kitchen?

October 28, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Amy pointed you to a video Q&A session in which Energy Secretary Steven Chu answered some reader-submitted questions. One of the questions that Secretary Chu answered was about dishwashing. He confirmed that using a dishwasher does, in fact, save energy and water over...

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Secretary Chu Gets His Green On

October 25, 2010 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's not every day that you get to ask a question about home energy efficiency of a Nobel Prize winning physicist who also just happens to be the current Secretary of Energy. But not long ago, a few lucky folks got to do just that. Earlier this month, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu...

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The Disruptive Changes in Wireless Infrastructure

October 25, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

According to a report published by Informa today there are now more femtocells than macrocells in America.

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The benefits of Real-Time Test in Embedded System Design

October 21, 2010 5:31 am | by Richard McDonell, NI DEveloper Zone - www.zone.ni.com | Comments

As embedded devices become more ubiquitous and complex, embedded design and test engineers are facing significant challenges to streamline the design and test processes of embedded systems and devices.

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What Are Your Thoughts on Electric Vehicles?

October 21, 2010 5:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Erin told you about some pilot programs to install residential and commercial charging stations throughout the United States. These pilot programs will help researchers determine where the best locations are for these charging stations (outside the home). With the ramp-up in...

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Canada gets cold feet over F-35

October 19, 2010 9:53 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls Canada’s planned procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter “fundamentally flawed.” According to the CCPA, “Canada does not need the F-35, either for North American/domestic roles or for expeditionary roles.”

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Coming soon to a City Near You

October 19, 2010 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I recently attended AARP’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida as an exhibitor with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The event hosted over 20,000 attendees, several of whom provided great feedback at the exhibit booth - just...

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Winter Is Coming. Get Busy Saving Energy!

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

It's been a long, hot summer in Washington, D.C., but we're finally starting to slide into autumn and cooler weather. You might have noticed that we've already changed our seasonal tips page over to "Stay Warm, Save Money," so now is a good time to look at your house and car and think about winter.

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Energy 109: Thermoelectrics

October 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Prof. Ken Johnson | Comments

Several readers of these episodes disagreed with my approach of using a ‘worst case’ example of a private residence solar cell electrical power generation system as the sole source of power (ENERGY 108: SOLAR CELLS II)...

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