Energy use plummets on Super Bowl Sunday, study finds

Publication: NBC News   Date: January 28, 2013   View Article

As millions of Americans huddle around TVs with friends and family this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, they’ll neglect their laundry, skip vacuuming the carpet and abandon just about anything else that requires electricity, according to a new study. As a result, energy usage will plummet.

During the 2012 Super Bowl, which ranked as the most watched television broadcast in U.S. history with 111.3 million viewers, energy usage dropped 5 percent in the Western U.S. and 3.8 percent in the East, energy software company Opower reported.

New material could lead to thin, flexible, wall-sized TVs

Publication: NBC News   Date: August 24, 2012   View Article

Sheets of material commonly used as an industrial lubricant — just one-molecule thick — may usher in a new era of thin, flexible, and transparent electronics, according to a researcher at the forefront of the technology.

The material, molybdenum disulfide, is similar to wonder material graphene that researchers have been working with since 2004. Unlike graphene, the molybdenum disulfide has a property called a bandgap.

How to get ready for the switch to digital TV

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: March 5, 2008   View Article

On Feb. 17, 2009, millions of Americans may turn on their TVs and get nothing but white noise. Don’t be one of them. It’s easy to get ready now for the switch to digital television. Here’s what you need to know.

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