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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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Check out the Femto Forum Plugfest at CTIA

March 22, 2010 4:00 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip, www.picochip.com | Comments

Although common in the data-communications industry, plugfests are less familiar to those of us who work in mobile communications.

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Indian Army develops chili grenade

March 19, 2010 10:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Now here’s some news tailor-made for a Friday: the Indian Army is developing a “chili grenade.” Packed with bhut jolokia peppers (aka the world’s hottest chili pepper), these special grenades will be used as non-lethal munition. Check your calendars, folks. It isn’t April 1st yet.

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How Have You Improved the Efficiency of Your Windows?

March 18, 2010 5:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, John told you about his experience with window shades that improve the energy efficiency of his windows. There are several things you can do to improve the efficiency of existing windows, including adding storm windows, caulking or weatherstripping, or using window treatments.

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Energy 102 - Heat Engines

March 18, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

There is no question the overwhelming majority of ‘mechanical’ energy utilized in this country has as its source the output of Heat Engines, i.e. devices that convert stored solar energy in fossil fuels to ‘mechanical work’.

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Carpe Diem: Install Insulated Roman Shades

March 17, 2010 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I had insulated window quilts installed on most of my home's windows. I should have bought window quilts for all of our windows, but I refrained from doing so on two downstairs windows to save money (which, in the long run, I didn't). There were window...

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling: Roller Window Shades

March 17, 2010 8:30 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

There's a lot of talk these days about installing new energy-efficient windows. Thanks to a Federal tax credit of up to $1,500, window advertisements, both print and radio and TV broadcasting, are aplenty. I don't want to knock energy-efficient windows. There are some great window...

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Mark Peters - Living the Dream

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Any time I get a chance to talk to Mark Peters, I always ask him the same question - "How are you". The answer is always the same..."I'm Living the Dream". Mark Peter's contribution to the SolidWorks Community cannot be measured by the success of his user group because he's never been a...

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From SWUGN Founder to Tarantulas

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Of the four original founding members of SWUGN, Scott Bemis is somewhat a mystery. His contribution to the SolidWorks Community can still be seen in some of the support documentation provided to user group leaders, but shortly after 2000, work pressures forced Scott to step away from the...

10 Years of SWUGN Committee Members

March 17, 2010 8:29 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Since the formation of the SWUGN Committee, there have been a few changes. Originally a 4 person board, the SWUGN committee has expanded to 8 members - 5 US based and 3 international. Even the name has changed - from SNUG (SolidWorks National User Group) to SWUGN (SolidWorks User Group...

Do gamers make better soldiers?

March 17, 2010 5:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Findings by the Office of Naval Research indicate that video games improve overall perceptual and cognitive abilities. While nothing new—the claim is nearly as old as Pac-Man, the irregular warfare we face today makes it more relevant than ever. Since Pong, video games have been castigated for everything from school truancy, to school shootings, to even global warming.

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Processes That Protect

March 16, 2010 5:30 am | by Barry LaFontaine, Quality Manager, Fusion Trade | Comments

While leveraging state-of-the-art equipment and aligning with like-minded organizations such as the IDEA fuels the fight against counterfeiters, there’s always more that can be done.

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On Mobile Broadband and Spectrum Availability

March 16, 2010 5:25 am | Comments

I’ve recently read Peter Rysavy’s excellent analysis on the demand for mobile broadband and spectrum availability; the report is very interesting & well worth reading.

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Software Quality - What you don’t know CAN hurt you

March 15, 2010 11:16 am | Comments

My point here is not to join the chorus of Toyota-bashers. Rather it is to point out that major software quality problems seem to be occurring with increasing frequency across more industries today – and they are definitely happening more frequently in the embedded industry. 

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Model-Based Design Creates Configurable, Space-Qualified Digital Channelizer

March 12, 2010 8:56 am | by Bradford Watson, Staff Engineer, Advanced Algorithm Development Group at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company | Comments

Many commercial communications satellites are limited to fixed band plans that assign a bandwidth to users even if they are not actively employing it, an inefficient use of communications capacity. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company developed a dual-stage, satellite-based channelizer (also known as a bent pipe transponder) that can move bandwidth on demand between users and locations.

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