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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round...

March 9, 2010 3:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

I have a love/hate relationship with buses. I love that they save me gasoline, are more efficient than driving a car, and reduce my greenhouse gas emissions. However, I hate them when they're running late! But there is one category of buses that I'm particularly fond of – those that...

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Mama always said "Feed Your Guests." Thanks Michelle, I will.

March 8, 2010 12:22 pm | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

When I was first considering starting a SolidWorks User Group in Central Texas, I turned to Michelle Pillers of the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power Users Group (SASPUG) for advice.  Michelle was kind enough to send me a wonderfull email full of great ideas.  One...

The EERE Web Site Has a New Look!

March 8, 2010 9:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The freshest energy news on the block this week is the newly designed eere.energy.gov. In case you haven't visited the site lately, the EERE site contains in-depth information about the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

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The SolidWorks User Group Network Turns 10

March 8, 2010 8:22 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

In the fall of 1999, several SolidWorks user group leaders were contacted by Carol Faiola, a Marketing representative at SolidWorks Corporation. I was one of the lucky ones along with Mark Peters, Michelle Pillers, and Scott Bemis that were asked to travel to Concord for a discussion...

US ITC Hands Seagate Patent Win

March 8, 2010 4:36 am | by Charles Schill, Steptoe & Johnson | Comments

The US ITC handed Seagate a big win by issuing its final determination on a major patent case, finding no violation of Section 337 by Seagate’s computer hard drives or the integrated circuits used in its products supplied by LSI.

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Energy 101 - The Basics

March 8, 2010 4:23 am | Comments

Since there is a great worldwide debate going on about “energy”, some of the debate participants need to refresh their memories, or in some cases, learn something about the basic ‘Energy Laws’ (EL), associated with it’s utilization and conversion from one form to another.

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Industry Orgs Fight Back against Counterfeits

March 8, 2010 3:19 am | by Barry LaFontaine, Quality Manager, Fusion Trade | Comments

With the increase in counterfeit activity has come an emergence of quality-focused organizations dedicated to supporting collaborative attempts to keep counterfeiters at bay.

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US Must Do More to Prevent Loss of Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs

March 5, 2010 4:16 am | by Sam Haswell, Apollo News Service | Comments

The United States must commit to developing a domestic manufacturing sector capable of meeting heightened demand for the parts, systems and components of the growing clean energy economy...

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How Do You Track and Budget for Energy Costs?

March 4, 2010 3:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Amy discussed how she keeps track of her energy costs and uses past bills to plan her budget for the coming months. Her utility has a useful tool that helps with her planning. If your utility doesn't offer a similar service, you might try using ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick.

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A New Way of Doing Business with China

March 3, 2010 10:20 am | by Joseph Wong, VP, Made-in-China.com | Comments

It wasn’t long ago that sourcing products overseas meant logging endless hours of plane travel, working with numerous in-country middlemen, and hoping with a dose of optimism that the products were of the best quality.

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The High Speed Data Race

March 3, 2010 8:42 am | by James O. “Jim” Farmer, Enablence Systems, www.enablence.com | Comments

This article is about speed, the speed of data communications for the home and small-and-medium-business markets.

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France's Competitive Clusters Succeed with Projects

March 2, 2010 10:44 am | by Rayna Lewis, Assistant Web Editor, Advantage Business Media | Comments

Changes in France’s economic climate prompted the country to recreate its industrial policy based in the development of competitive clusters. These clusters, founded in December of 2002, were created through an active partnership between manufacturers, research centers and training bodies, which together tackle innovative projects while increasing the economy’s growth potential.

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Brrrrr. It's Cold In There!

March 2, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This winter has seemed like an especially long one to me. I'm ready to wear shorts and enjoy nice, long summer days. Alas, the reality is that it will probably be cold for at least another month here in Washington, D.C. All that cold air robs not only our jacketed bodies of warmth, but it...

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GaN vs. Silicon in Power Management

March 2, 2010 8:03 am | by Alex Lidow, CEO, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation | Comments

In June 2009 Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduced the first enhancement-mode GaN on silicon power transistors designed specifically as power MOSFET replacements. These products were designed to be produced in high-volume at low cost using standard silicon manufacturing technology and facilities.

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When Utility Bills Attack!

March 1, 2010 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It may come as a shock to my college math professor, but where my family's finances are concerned, I'm a budgeter. Just before a new month begins, I take some time to plan for the month's regular bills as well as any special events or holidays that might require setting some extra money...

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