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Jeff Salton

— Science

Scientists say goodbye to screen glare

If you have a cell phone or laptop or large screen TV, you’ll understand how annoying it is when sunlight glare renders your screen illegible. It’s even dangerous if that glare hits your dashboard and you can’t see how fast you're going. And for people who wear spectacles, glare off the lenses can be debilitating. But a new nanocoating developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, have developed a perfectly non-reflecting material for use on displays and through eyeglasses. The hybrid coating has further advantages: the components are scratch-proof and easy to clean. And where did the inspiration come from … would you believe moths? Read More
— Environment

The chilling power of sunlight

The sun is already being used to power air-conditioning systems so it seems a natural progression to apply it to refrigerate perishable foodstuffs - a huge consumer of fossil fuel-based energy. Scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany, are taking this task to heart with two solar refrigeration trials in the Mediterranean region – one at a Tunisian winery and the other at a dairy in Morocco. Read More
— Military

Unmanned helicopter demonstrates impressive cargo airdrop

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have transformed a 6,000lb power lifting K-MAX helicopter into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and successfully tested airdropping cargo by parachute to simulate resupplying troops in the field. The test involved cargo airdrops from 300ft-400ft using a four-hook carousel during one flight, demonstrating how the UAV could conduct four drops in a single mission. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Solo Internet radio features iPhone remote app

If you like to find out what else is on radio, the Grace Digital Solo Wi-Fi Internet radio tuner could be one to add to your collection of music devices. Solo connects to practically any home stereo system or powered speaker set via its stereo RCA jacks and promises easy set up with its built-in Wi-Fi 802.11g card that connects directly to any 802.11b/g/n wireless router. There’s also an free iPhone app that turns your phone into a remote that allows you search, skip, and power the Solo anywhere within range. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Media player dock doubles as a shelf

If your residence is cramped for space, so much so that you don’t have any shelves left on which to place your iPhone/iPod dock, then you need one of these. Finite Elemente’s Hohrizontal 51 is a shelf with a built-in dock and speakers that not only provides a special place from which to play your tunes, but also is big enough to house other things – like that vase your mother-in-law bought you as a house-warming gift. Read More
— Automotive

Mercedes C-Class models - better fuel efficiency with greater performance

Mercedes-Benz is now equipping its popular C-Class 180 CGI, 200 CGI and 220 CDI models with BlueEFFICIENCY. Featuring six-speed manual transmissions and ECO start/stop functionality, the company says this technology will reduce the vehicles’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 percent . The newly-configured C 220 CDI will now consume only 4.4L/100km and CO2 emissions drop to 117g/km. Also added to the line-up for the first time is the C 250 CDI 4MATIC Blue EFFICIENCY four-cylinder 4WD diesel. Read More