According to a new report from Virginia-based research firm,
Input, federal spending on energy solutions could reach $19 billion by 2015.
The report, "Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency, 2010-2015,"
discusses the technology solutions that federal agencies are turning to for
help in reducing government energy consumption and carbon footprint. The report
projects billion-dollar spending on energy-saving approaches that include cloud
computing, virtualization, green hardware and building management systems.
The report cites the following IT-related strategies the
government will deploy to reduce energy consumption:
Smart grid modernization,
including integrated communications, sensing and measurement technologies;
advanced components; advanced control methods; and improved interfaces and
including smart meters, sensors, building management systems and energy
Green IT, including cloud
computing, virtualization, data center consolidation, energy-efficient
hardware, and other environmentally sustainable computing products and services.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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