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Energy Data Available Anywhere, Any Time

January 21, 2010 11:53 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL launches a new Internet site to allow organizations around the world to both post their own energy data and download data, for free.

NREL to Help Scale Up Biofuels Operations

January 21, 2010 11:53 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Thanks to a partnership with DOE and NREL, companies are getting the cash and expertise needed to jumpstart biofuels production scale-up.

What Was Your Surprising Energy-Saving Discovery?

January 21, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy told you how her dog, Matilda, revealed that they were losing a lot of heated air from ducts damaged by

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COMs and Smart Batteries: Helping Deliver Advanced Imaging Devices

January 20, 2010 6:02 am | by Christine A. Van De Graaf, Kontron, www.us.kontron.com | Articles | Comments

Life threatening situations require the use of portable medical devices to deliver the right information to doctors in medical settings, emergency personnel on the go, and patients at home so they can make informed decisions.

Touchless, Holographic HMIs Prevent Disease Transfer

January 20, 2010 5:59 am | by R. Douglas McPheters, HoloTouch Inc., www.holotouch.com | Articles | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Design Talk: February 2010

January 20, 2010 5:57 am | Articles | Comments

The New York State Health Department’s June 30, 2009 Hospital-Acquired Infections Report has drawn serious attention of healthcare professionals and the public to the daunting challenges faced in eliminating contamination and disease transmission rampant in hospitals and other healthcare facilities...

Don't Bother Me...or Else.

January 20, 2010 5:54 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Yes, you're welcome to ask me whatever you like, but keep in mind that I will hate you. Forever. There's a reason I'm wearing headphones...I'm pretending that you don't exist. I tried adding a little bonus footage at the end, let me know what you think of this style change.

High Temperature Quartz Oscillators Meet Oil and Gas Exploration Challenges

January 19, 2010 9:26 am | by Farzin Jahed, Application and Product Engineer, Statek | Articles | Comments

Application of high temperature quartz oscillators in oil, gas, and geo-thermal exploration has been the subject of increasing discussion in recent years. The need for these devices, and high temperature electronics in general, has arisen from application requirements that have pushed the upper temperature range limit higher.

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Tax Credits Might Be Your Ticket to Savings

January 19, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Most of us love saving money from anywhere we can pinch it. You can do it the hard way, by writing up a budget and finding all the fun, little things you spend money on that you don't really need. For me, I'm thinking about that double dip at the Sunday movi

Our Dog Discovered Our Ducts Have Cats

January 18, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Our Australian Shepherd, Matilda, is not the fiercest of protectors. In fact, she's a total coward. She flees in horror from strangers and is terrorized by the vacuum cleaner; even a pair of shoes left in an unaccustomed place can strike fear in her heart. B

Compact Packaging – Squeezing Every Inch Out of Embedded System Platforms

January 15, 2010 6:10 am | by Justin Moll, Manager of Marketing, Elma Americas, Elma Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

Design applications are getting increasingly dense for embedded system platforms. You name the application, and in most cases, space it at a premium. Packaging the boards, power supplies, fans, drives and other components into these smaller spaces can be challenging.

Femtocells and Backhaul Issues

January 15, 2010 3:33 am | by Rupert Baines | Blogs | Comments

One of the questions that often gets asked around femtocells is “What about the backhaul issues?” Indeed, some people have suggested that DSL will need to be upgraded to some carrier-grade Ethernet or xPON service to solve this issue.

Energy Harvesting Applications

January 14, 2010 10:58 am | by Jim Drew, Sr. Applications Engineer, Linear Technology | Videos | Comments

Energy harvesting applications are finding their way into many remote monitoring applications where utility power is not available.

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What Are Your Reasons for Saving Energy?

January 14, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Elizabeth discussed how saving energy could be contagious. There are various reasons people are energy consci

Give Sensors a Gentle Touch

January 13, 2010 4:05 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

New devices, technologies, and development kits make it easier than ever to include haptic controls in a design. Here's an overview of several hardware and software advancements. Atmel's first maXTouch touch-sensor controller and microcontroller, the mXT224, gives equipment designers as many as 224 sensing nodes across display screens than can exceed 10 inches.

Blindness groups, ASU settle suit over Kindle

January 12, 2010 11:11 am | News | Comments

Two organizations representing the blind have settled a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University over its use of Amazon's Kindle e-reader device. Arizona State is among several universities testing the $489 Kindle DX, a large-screen model aimed at textbook and newspaper readers.

Electronic Arts lowers 2010 guidance as sales weaken

January 12, 2010 10:39 am | News | Comments

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. cut its full-year guidance on Monday, as ongoing weakness in its game disc sales didn't ease up over the holidays as the company had hoped. The news sent shares down sharply in extended trading.

Chimneys: Warm and Cozy or Easy Exit for Your Heat?

January 12, 2010 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Both of my childhood homes featured fireplaces. If you've had one, you know how terrific they can be—great places to bask on cold winter nights, an easy opportunity to toast marshmallows, picturesque, undeniably a pleasure in the house that has one.

How Saving Energy Might Be Contagious

January 11, 2010 11:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I was wondering the other day if saving energy might be, you know, contagious. And yes, that's an awfully dorky thing to think. But I found myself wondering that because I really was being a bit of a dork. You see, before I started working at the Nat

DO Try This at Home.

January 9, 2010 7:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

While I worship them as demi-gods, I'm just as smart as any of those Mythbuster guys. Sure they have a near-limitless budget and years of experience in the field of abusing poor crash-test dummies, but where to they get off telling me to "not try this at home?" Where's the fun? Where's...

What Steps Do You Take to Maintain Your Furnace?

January 7, 2010 11:29 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Chris told you about his plans to maintain his furnace to keep it running efficiently. Pr

Simple Maintenance Saves Costly Furnace Repair/Replacement

January 6, 2010 6:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For the past few weeks, my forced-air gas furnace has been on the fritz. I blame this on the fact that I haven't been as diligent as

Sensor Captures both Linear and Angular Motion

January 5, 2010 6:16 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of MEMS for consumer and portable applications, has integrated a 3-axis digital accelerometer with a 2-axis analog gyroscope in a single module.

The Fastest Hydrogen Powered Vehicle in the World

January 5, 2010 4:11 am | by Ed Hillstrom, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University | Articles | Comments

In September  the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2(BB2) became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to eclipse the 300 MPH mark, setting an international speed record of 302.877 MPH, making the BB2 the fastest hydrogen powered vehicle in the world, including those using hydrogen combustion engines.

LED Lighting: Just the Facts, Please!

January 4, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My June 16, 2009 blog gave tips on purchasing high-quality LED lights. Now there's another arsenal in the toolbox to help c

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