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  • F'd: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World's Worst New Warplane

    08/14/2015 11:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Axe
    From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon’s biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tag—currently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copies—is steadily going down. Production of dozens of the planes a year for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps is getting easier. Daily flight tests increasingly are hitting all the right marks. Or so proponents would have you believe.
  • (San Francisco) Lamp post destroyed by urine falls in street, just misses driver

    08/06/2015 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 5, 2015 | Lizzie Johnson
    Concerns about San Francisco’s decaying light poles were ignited Monday night after one corroded by urine toppled onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The three-story-tall lamp post at Pine and Taylor streets snapped around 6:30 Monday and landed on a nearby car, almost crushing the driver. No one was injured.
  • The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

    07/22/2015 7:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | July 22, 2015 | Mike Fredenburg
    The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E),...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinator’s latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class. “Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • No, the F-35 Can’t Fight at Long Range, Either

    07/10/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 9, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Pentagon’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is dead meat in a close battle against even a dated two-seat F-16D fighter jet, according to a scathing test pilot report War Is Boring obtained. Don’t sweat it, JSF-maker Lockheed Martin responded. “The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot and kill its enemy from long distances,” Lockheed’s F-35 team wrote in a press release on July 1.
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • Congress tries to turn off lights on bulb mandates

    07/11/2013 8:06:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 46 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives. The House voted Wednesday to adopt an amendment by Burgess that would bar the Energy Department from using any funds to implement efficiency standards for light bulbs, six years after Congress first mandated the change. The provision in a 2007 energy law was designed to encourage manufacturers to produce more energy efficient light bulbs; although it didn’t rule out traditional incandescents, they would need a redesign to qualify under...
  • Lighting Al Fresco (A better way: Induction Lighting courtesy of Tesla!)

    01/25/2012 2:55:32 PM PST · by dickmc · 28 replies
    Distributed Energy magazine ^ | January 1, 2012 | Lori Lovely
    Surprisingly, there is a better --not well known-- energy efficient lighting solution than LED for roads, factories, and the like. Interestingly, Tesla invented it! It's called induction lighting. From the latest issue of Distributed Energy magazine... "While it’s more expensive than traditional lighting, it is cheaper than LED. However, it has other benefits, such as long life, due to electrode-less technology. Because there are no parts inside the lamp, it lasts “forever,” which Shelton equates to 100,000 hours or roughly 20 years if left on around the clock. LED is an adequate source light, Shelton explains, but it dissipates quickly—induction...
  • Wisconsin protesters give Nazi Salute at Xmas tree lighting

    12/02/2011 4:30:23 PM PST · by madameguinot · 19 replies
    Youtube video of Scott Walker do official Xmas tree lighting at the capitol. Two in the audience prominently give a 'Nazi' salute as he is introduced.
  • Man Struck By Lightning For Sixth Time

    07/03/2011 7:51:21 PM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies · 1+ views
    SENECA, S.C. -- An Upstate man has again disproved the old adage about lightning never striking the same place twice after being struck for the sixth time on Monday. Melvin Roberts, 58, is recovering at Oconee Memorial Hospital after being struck at his home on Deer Park Drive in Seneca on Monday. His wife, Martha Roberts, said that her husband was outside trying to cover his lawn mower when he was struck. Neighbors found Roberts lying unconscious in the yard. Melvin Roberts said he was struck several times over the last several years, and in the last case in 2007,...
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee

    11/08/2010 9:12:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 8, 2010 | Matt Cover
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) seeks the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee ( – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton's voting record.Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in  2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the...
  • The All-American Light Bulb Dims as Freedom Flickers (Thomas Edison's Invention Under Attack)

    07/03/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/02/2010 | Deroy Murdock
    As the U.S.A. celebrates its 234th birthday, the plight of a quintessentially American innovation says volumes about the state of the union. As American as the grand slam, the Mustang convertible, and the constitutional republic, Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent light bulb is among this nation’s most enduring gifts to mankind. Granted U.S. Patent No. 223,898 on January 27, 1880 (after some 1,200 experiments), Edison’s “Electric-Lamp” essentially made night optional for most Earthlings. Days stopped ending at sunset. Simple, convenient, and cheap, Edison’s greatest invention also was far safer than the flammable kerosene lamps they replaced. Today’s federal government, naturally, had...
  • St. Andrew: Lighting the way for Advent

    11/27/2009 10:00:39 PM PST · by lightman · 6 replies · 648+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 28 November AD 2009 | Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS
    When the buider and I laid off the corners to excavate for my house we oriented the longest side toward the south southwest. By placing most of the windows on this sunniest side, we hoped to capture some of the free heat of every cloudless winter day. This orientation was to have an unexpected consequence each Advent; one that we could not have anticipated. As sun moves southward toward the winter solstice, our apparent sunrise actually becomes earlier; closer to the time listed in an almanac. In the summer the rising sun is blocked for several hours by a hill...
  • America's Dim Bulbs

    09/10/2009 5:57:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,826+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2009
    Energy Savings: Europe's ban on the incandescent light bulb began phasing in this month, and the U.S. will soon follow. Is Thomas Edison to blame for global warming? And why are we exporting green jobs?When the warm-mongers assemble in Copenhagen this December to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, no doubt their work to save the earth from the carbon dioxide that gives it life will take place under the eerie light thrown off by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) mandated by the European Union to fight climate change. The bulbs are more expensive, costing up to...
  • Obama Toughens Rules for Some Lighting

    06/30/2009 12:23:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 134 replies · 4,856+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2009 | KATE GALBRAITH
    President Obama announced tougher energy efficiency requirements for certain types of fluorescent and incandescent lighting on Monday, the latest step in the administration’s push to cut the country’s energy use. The new rule , scheduled to take effect in 2012, will cut the amount of electricity used by affected lamps by 15 to 25 percent and save $1 billion to $4 billion a year for consumers, the White House said. “Now I know light bulbs may not seem sexy,” Mr. Obama said, “but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is...
  • White House announces new lighting standards

    06/29/2009 4:49:42 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 103 replies · 4,759+ views
    State-Run Associated Press ^ | 6/29/09 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON -- Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put a plug in for administration efforts to make lamps and lighting equipment use less energy. "I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses," the president said, standing alongside Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.
  • New nanocrystals show potential for cheap lasers, new lighting (crystals continuously emit light!)

    05/10/2009 6:36:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 872+ views
    For more than a decade, scientists have been frustrated in their attempts to create continuously emitting light sources from individual molecules because of an optical quirk called "blinking," but now scientists at the University of Rochester have uncovered the basic physics behind the phenomenon, and along with researchers at the Eastman Kodak Company, created a nanocrystal that constantly emits light. The findings, detailed online in today's issue of Nature, may open the door to dramatically less expensive and more versatile lasers, brighter LED lighting, and biological markers that track how a drug interact with a cell at a level never...
  • Cambridge University creates low-cost production method for GaN LEDs

    01/30/2009 11:39:15 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 50 replies · 1,201+ views
    Electrical Engineering Times ^ | 01/29/2009 | Paul Buckley
    Winchester, UK - Cambridge University's Centre for Gallium Nitride has developed a new way of making GaN which could produce LEDs for a tenth of current prices and may see household lighting bills reduced by up to 75 percent within five years. [snip] Currently GaN LEDs can only be grown on 2-inch sapphire wafers. Following the Cambridge innovation nine times as many LEDs can be grown on a 6-inch silicon wafer compared with a 2-inch sapphire wafer. In addition, edge effects are less, so the number of good LEDs is about 10 times higher. The processing costs for a 2-inch...
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble

    12/15/2008 12:06:52 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 148 replies · 5,549+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 12/13/08 | National Center of Policy Analysis
    NCPA: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble Report Says Government Should Not Force CFLs on Consumers DALLAS (Dec. 10, 2008) - Although touted by many as the smart energy choice, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not suitable for many common uses and should not be required by the government, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The Environmental Protection Agency states that CFLs will reduce energy use and will last longer than standard bulbs. However, NCPA Senior Fellow and report co-author Sterling Burnett argues: "For many uses, compact fluorescent bulbs...
  • Caption Nancy Pelosi lightening Capitol Christmas Tree!

    12/04/2008 7:06:24 AM PST · by SolidWood · 45 replies · 1,469+ views
    Zimbio ^ | December 4, 2008 | Me
  • New machine prints sheets of light

    10/11/2008 10:33:42 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 888+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/10/08
    NISKAYUNA, New York (AP) -- On a bank of the Mohawk River, a windowless industrial building of corrugated steel hides something that could make floor lamps, bedside lamps, wall sconces and nearly every other household lamp obsolete. It's a machine that prints lights.
  • Forever Young

    07/12/2008 7:32:19 AM PDT · by joeystoy · 106+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | July 12, 2008 | J. Martini
    It was an inspiring evening. A very close friend and colleague invited a few intimate buddies to his 80th birthday at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. More than 300 people packed the main banquet room. He has been a great mentor to me, a pioneer in the art of television lighting. Literally a pioneer That term is bandied about, but when Immie started there was no such thing as TV lighting. He was trained in theater, so when he was hired on at ABC in 1950 he told his new boss that he knew nothing about TV lighting....
  • Standards Set For Energy-conserving LED Lighting

    06/30/2008 9:34:54 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 206+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 7-1-2008 | National Institute of Standards and Technology.
    Standards Set For Energy-conserving LED LightingThese solid-state lights are powered by energy-efficient light emitting diodes and are among the first ones of a new generation expected to cut energy needed for lighting by 50 percent by 2027. (Credit: NIST) ScienceDaily (July 1, 2008) — Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with national standards organizations, have taken the lead in developing the first two standards for solid-state lighting in the United States. This new generation lighting technology uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of incandescent filaments or fluorescent tubes to produce illumination that cuts energy consumption...
  • Standards set for energy-conserving LED lighting

    06/26/2008 3:22:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies · 58+ views
    Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with national standards organizations, have taken the lead in developing the first two standards for solid-state lighting in the United States. This new generation lighting technology uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of incandescent filaments or fluorescent tubes to produce illumination that cuts energy consumption significantly. Standards are important to ensure that products will have high quality and their performance will be specified uniformly for commerce and trade. These standards—the most recent of which published last month—detail the color specifications of LED lamps and LED light fixtures, and the...
  • "I'm a human being," young Guantanamo prisoner says (bright lighting gave him permanent headache)

    03/14/2008 6:43:10 AM PDT · by jdm · 34 replies · 643+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2008 | By Jane Sutton
    GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A young prisoner accused of throwing a grenade that injured two U.S. soldiers and their translator in Afghanistan called the Guantanamo war court illegal and unfair on Wednesday, and then refused to participate further. "I've been tortured. I'm a human being. I have not violated any law," Afghan prisoner Mohammed Jawad said in his first hearing on charges of attempted murder and causing great bodily injury. "I've been brought here illegally . I am innocent. It's an injustice to me," he said through a Pashto translator. His hearing occurred as the United...
  • Scientists Devise Brighter LEDs via Nano-imprint Lithography

    01/01/2008 5:08:49 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 39 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | January 1, 2008 | Wolfgang Hansson
    Brighter LEDs pave the way for a new type of home interior lighting The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, has been around since the late 60’s but only over the last few years have LEDs made headway into commercial mainstream use. Some new vehicles now use LED’s in headlights and taillights. The benefits of this are brighter light and much improved life span for the bulbs. Some stop lights also use LEDs to combat against the hazard of a stop light burning out. Of more interest to technophiles is the advent of LEDs for use as backlighting in our notebook...
  • Soldiers Attend Tree Lighting Ceremony

    12/12/2007 5:01:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Third Brigade Combat Team Soldiers waved Chemlights while singing Christmas carols during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer to welcome a Christmas season spent with their Army family. “I enjoyed the ceremony. It was very motivating and very uplifting,” said Staff. Sgt. Derrick Mears, from Richmond, Va., a communications non-commissioned officer in Headquarters...
  • The future is bright for LEDs

    12/06/2007 5:00:32 PM PST · by decimon · 73 replies · 130+ views
    BBC ^ | December 6, 2007 | Anna Lacey
    They wink at us every day from computer screens and stereos. But the humble LED is heading for a brighter future. New generation Light Emitting Diodes will purify water, make lights that mimic the colour of sunshine, and keep private data immune from hackers. Dr Rachel Oliver, an LED researcher from the University of Cambridge, thinks that they could easily succeed tungsten bulbs as the main way to light our homes. "LEDs have enormous benefits over standard light bulbs because they're a great deal more efficient, come in a range of different colours and have a very long lifetime. They...
  • Ann Arbor, Mich., Putting LEDs in All Streetlights

    10/18/2007 10:01:07 AM PDT · by decimon · 71 replies · 129+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2007 | Unknown
    DETROIT — How many Ann Arbor city workers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Soon, none. Instead, they will be installing light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, to replace about 1,400 street lights.< >...LED technology, which uses less than half the energy of traditional bulbs and could save the community $100,000 a year.< >..."LEDs pay for themselves in four years," said Mayor John Hieftje...< >
  • GE Will Speed Contraction Of Incandescent-Bulb Business (1400 layoffs)

    10/04/2007 10:48:06 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 36 replies · 1,018+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10/5/07 | KATHRYN KRANHOLD
    General Electric Co. will accelerate the shrinking of its 128-year-old incandescent light-bulb business in response to global pressure to switch to energy-efficient lighting. GE said it will close seven of the 54 plants and warehouses that serve its incandescent-bulb business by November 2008 and lay off 1,400 workers. Over two years, GE will have eliminated 16% of its lighting work force. GE previously laid off 3,000 workers in the unit. The downsizing or sale of the lighting business has been expected for several years as the market has changed. The lighting business contributed about $2.5 billion in sales in 2006,...
  • LEDs Move Into Home Lighting Market

    06/25/2007 3:08:11 AM PDT · by Wiz · 46 replies · 2,652+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2007 Jun 24 | Mark Jewell
    LEDs Expand Their Reach Into the Aesthetic-Minded Market for Home Lighting EVERETT, Mass. (AP) -- Joey Nicotera's fascination with multicolored light bulbs bordered on obsession when he was a teenager. He framed posters in lights and decorated his own Christmas tree. When he couldn't find a color bulb he wanted, he got paint cans from the basement and made some himself, bathing his second-story bedroom in an eerie glow. "I'd be driving home from work at night, and I could see his room from five blocks away, with all the weird colors and flashing lights," recalls his father, Joe Nicotera...
  • Studio Fire Knocks WABC-TV Off Air

    05/28/2007 7:14:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 470+ views
    Studio Fire Knocks WABC-TV Off Air By JENNIFER 8. LEE and ETHAN WILENSKY-LANFORD WABC-TV was knocked off the air just before its 11 p.m. newscast last night after a spotlight exploded and caused a fire at its Lincoln Center headquarters, according to a station official. The office was evacuated and no one was injured, according to officials of WABC, which broadcasts on Channel 7. “We had to go to black,” said the WABC news director, Kenny Plotnik. The channel was blacked out through the entire New York City metropolitan market for more than two hours last night and early today...
  • Crosslink flexible lighting could change the look of the future

    01/16/2007 5:19:00 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 27 replies · 1,380+ views ^ | 1/16/07 | Staff
    January 16, 2007 Futurists’ might need to reappraise their forecasts for the look of the future if the promise of a new electroactive polymer materials with remarkable properties reaches full commercialisation. Start-up Crosslink has developed a material with an array of real-world applications that could profoundly influence how our living environments, possessions and clothes look in the future as it effectively offers almost any object the ability to become a light source. SuperFlex is a lightweight, crushable, durable electroluminescent (EL) lighting technology based on polythiophene, an inherently conductive polymer known as PEDOT. SuperFlex can be formulated to emit light in...
  • Efficiency Jump for White OLEDs

    11/22/2006 5:33:15 PM PST · by annie laurie · 7 replies · 510+ views
    Microscale lenses and better materials move OLEDs closer to lighting our world. In an advance that could hasten the day when energy-efficient glowing plastic sheets replace traditional lightbulbs, a method for printing microscopic lenses nearly doubles the amount of photons coming out of the materials, called organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. Stephen Forrest, an electrical engineer and vice president of research at the University of Michigan, says his technology increases the light output of the thin, flexible OLEDs by 70 percent. "They just create local curvature that allows light to pass through," he explains. This means that OLEDs, which are...
  • High efficiency flat light source could be the end for the light bulb

    04/19/2006 10:57:35 AM PDT · by Neville72 · 82 replies · 2,520+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 4/19/2006 | Staff
    High efficiency flat light source could be the end for the light bulb April 19, 2006 The end of the lightbulb is nigh! Scientists studying organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) have made a critical leap from single-color displays to a highly efficient and long-lived natural light source. The invention is the latest fruit of a 13-year OLED research program led by Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry at USC and Stephen Forrest of the University of Michigan. If the device can be mass-manufactured cheaply - a realistic expectation, according to Thompson - interior lighting could look vastly different in the future. Almost...

    12/06/2004 4:01:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 102 replies · 2,671+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Mon, Dec. 06, 2004 | Dean Takahashi
    How many engineers does it take to permanently unscrew a light bulb? At San Jose's Lumileds Lighting, the answer is hundreds. Lumileds, a joint venture of Agilent and Philips Electronics, makes semiconductor chips known as light-emitting diodes. LEDs are found everywhere, from the tiny flashes on digital cameras to the blue lights that illuminate the Arc d' Triomphe in Paris at night. And if all goes right, Lumileds will one day see its LEDs replace the common light bulb.
  • Accidental Invention Points to End of Light Bulbs

    10/22/2005 8:12:55 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 76 replies · 3,253+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 10/20/15 | Bjorn Carey
    The main light source of the future will almost surely not be a bulb. It might be a table, a wall, or even a fork. An accidental discovery announced this week has taken LED lighting to a new level, suggesting it could soon offer a cheaper, longer-lasting alternative to the traditional light bulb. The miniature breakthrough adds to a growing trend that is likely to eventually make Thomas Edison's bright invention obsolete. LEDs are already used in traffic lights, flashlights, and architectural lighting. They are flexible and operate less expensively than traditional lighting. Happy accident Michael Bowers, a graduate student...
  • Don't tell him lightning doesn't strike twice

    05/05/2005 4:06:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies · 815+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 5, 2005 | STEVE THOMPSON
    SPRING HILL - The first time lightning hit Emory Johnson, it wasn't so bad. The 1986 strike burned the inside of his truck and left him tingling. Wednesday's bolt was much worse. Johnson, 54, was working on the air-conditioning system of a four-unit villa under construction in the Heritage Pines subdivision in northern Pasco County. A band of rain passed over the area about 9 a.m., and he gathered his tools to work inside. He had just stepped to the floor from a fiberglass ladder when lightning hit a 50-foot pine tree just outside a nearby window. The electricity ripped...
  • CA: Lighting a fuse to blow up the boxes

    08/08/2004 9:26:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 347+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/8/04 | George Passantino
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lit the fuse on his promise to blow up the boxes of state government with the release last week of the massive, 2,500-page California Performance Review report. Many Sacramento insiders, including legislators and advocacy groups opposed to the reforms, are already frantically trying to stamp out that fuse. They say it won't work, reforms can't be made. Others say the report, like so many reports before, will simply end up in the dustbin of failed government reform efforts. But there's a difference this time: Schwarzenegger himself. "Of course there will be the special interests that will be...
  • Lighting up time

    07/26/2004 12:15:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 311+ views
    A research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created a new type of reflector that has dramatically improved the luminance of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). The US National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded the research team a three-year $210,000 grant to move the patented omni-directional reflector to market. 'We have developed an omni-directional reflector (ODR) for LEDs that will accelerate the replacement of conventional lighting used for a multitude of applications, such as lighting in homes, businesses, museums, airports, and on streets,' said Fred Schubert, a Professor of the Future Chips Constellation at Rensselaer who is heading the research effort. Increasingly...
  • Lubbock Launches Mackenzie Park Christmas Lighting

    11/27/2002 6:21:20 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 130+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | 11-27-02 | Aldred, Jane
    Canyon drive gets holidays glowing BY JANE ALDRED AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Touring the Lights in the Canyon is a great way to kick off the holiday season, said Susan Upchurch, who had just completed the two-mile drive through Mackenzie Park with her husband, Dan. "It sets the town in a mood for Christmas," Upchurch said. "I think this is great to bring to the city of Lubbock." Dan Upchurch said he believes the display is a great idea for the city. "It's spectacular," he said. Event organizers from Broadway Festivals Inc. expected several hundred people to view the lights Tuesday night, the...