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Researchers Enable Solar Cells to Use More Sunlight

February 25, 2015 11:34 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

Scientists of the University of Luxembourg and of the Japanese electronics company TDK report progress in photovoltaic research: they have improved a component that will enable solar cells to use more energy of the sun and thus create a ...

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Using 'Fuzzy Logic' to Optimize Hybrid Solar/Battery Systems

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance? In the Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy, from ...

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EV Range Depends On Where You Live

February 25, 2015 11:18 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many car buyers weighing whether they should go all electric to help the planet have at least one new factor to consider before making the switch: geography. Based on a study of a commercially available electric car, scientists report in ...

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Wireless Sensor System Monitors Large Infrastructure

February 25, 2015 11:06 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

European researchers have developed a wireless sensor system to monitor the safety of large infrastructure. The new system will not only potentially save lives when the structure is old, it is reducing costs during construction, too. Building ...

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DOE Funds Development of Next-Gen Methane Detector

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded a team from Duke University a major grant to develop a next-generation methane detector to sniff out natural gas leaks across America ...   

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Industry Joins Research Effort of Dynamic Energy Systems

February 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Purdue University has formed an industry research consortium as part of a national center to create temperature-control technologies for dynamic energy systems on aerospace vehicles. The Center for Integrated Thermal Management of ...  

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China. The Danish company said Wednesday it invested ...  

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Mysterious Drone Overflights Continue

February 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months ...   

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Asian American Engineering Honorees Credit Families for Success

February 25, 2015 10:30 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Two scientists at Sandia National Laboratories thought back to their roots when they won Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) awards: Somuri Prasad to a village in India and Patrick Feng to a refuge in America ...    

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Texas Has New Big, Bright Webb STTARS

February 25, 2015 10:21 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Pathfinder Backplane is a practice section of the James Webb Space Telescope. To ensure the telescope will operate at its frigid destination 1 million miles out in space, it must complete cryogenic tests. The biggest cryogenic test occurs at ...

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Photos of the Day: Military's Largest Cargo Plane Transports Pathfinder Backplane

February 25, 2015 10:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

After landing at Ellington Airport, the James Webb Space Telescope’s STTARS was unloaded and readied for its route to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. STTARS is a giant white shipping container with a very important cargo ...  

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ViVa Actuators Operate Valves of Camless Engine

February 25, 2015 10:12 am | by David Bowes, P.Eng. | Articles | Comments

The Viking AT ViVa actuators are piezo electric devices designed as a solenoid replacement.  Back in October 2014 I successfully demonstrated a 3mm ViVa actuator operating the intake valve of my 12cc EVIC Mk2 engine. The next step was ...

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Cheapest Electric Car to Go on Sale Next Month

February 25, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi's 2016 iMiev will remain the cheapest electric car on the market when it goes on sale in the U.S. next month. The tiny four-seater starts at $22,995, the same as the previous model year. With a ...      

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Train Car Design Saves Lives in Crash

February 25, 2015 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a horrific crash a decade ago that killed 11 people and injured 180 more, Southern California's commuter train network began investing heavily in passenger cars designed to protect passengers from the full force of ...   

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Resourcing Continual Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions, LLC | Blogs | Comments

We all know there is no free lunch.  Continual Improvement (CI) takes time and energy. There is a significant learning curve, skilled people need time away from “normal” work to analyze and plan improvements, and there is disruption ... 

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