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08 Sep 06. Shedding light on the world. Professor Nakamura’s inventions are used around the world. The 2006 Millennium Technology Prize has been awarded to Professor Shuji Nakamura, the inventor who is said to have kicked started the “blue laser revolution”. Professor Nakamura stunned the world more than 10 years ago with his inventions of light-emitting semiconductors: blue, green and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and the blue laser diode. Blue light has since opened up many opportunities. For example, blue LEDs are used in full-colour flat-screen displays, while blue lasers will change the face of information technology, some say. The 1m Euro (£680,000) prize, presented by the Finnish President Tarja Halonen, recognised these developments. As the world’s largest technology award, the Millennium Technology Prize awards outstanding achievement aimed at promoting the quality of life and sustainable development. “Professor Nakamura’s technological innovations in the field of semiconductor materials and devices are groundbreaking,” said Jaakko Ihamuotila, chairman of the Millennium Prize Foundation. Increasingly, computers and communications are relying on light to send, store and process information. Devices that work with light are much faster and can store more data. Lasers are key components of many of these devices. CD, DVD players, and storage systems all utilise these intense focused beams of light. (Source: BBC)

07 Sep 06. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) command, control and communications segment acceptance testing has been completed two months early, thanks to the efforts of Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System IPO (Integrated Program Office) testing team. This achievement clears the way for the NPP, a mission jointly managed by the NPOESS IPO and NASA, to fly early versions of key sensors and test the ground segments to reduce risks for the operational NPOESS.

06 Sep 06. Iran on Wednesday announced it has developed a 2,000 pound guided bomb named Ghased, or “Messenger,” aimed at enhancing its defensive capabilities. “Within the framework of enhancing our defense capabilities and in accordance with our deterrent principles, we have designed and manufactured a 2,000 pound (900-kilogram) guided bomb,” Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. A guided bomb typically uses laser technology to more accurately hit its target and is a weapon commonly used by the world’s air forces.

05 Sep 06. Nearly two months of rigorous tests conducted by Northrop Grumman Corporation showed that Milstar terminals operated by the U.S. Army and Air Force can send and receive data through the next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite (EHF) military satellite communications system. The company is providing the Advanced EHF payloads to Lockheed Martin, the
prime contractor for the Advanced EHF system. The Advanced EHF communication system will provide global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for warfighters serving under the U.S. Department of Defense. The Lockheed Martin-led team is currently under contract to provide three Advanced EHF satellites and the mission control system.

06 Sep 06. PulseTech Products Corporation introduces the unique SolarPulse® Industrial Solar Charging System. This patented solar-powered device combines a state-of-the-art charging system with PulseTech’s unique and proven ReNew-IT Pulse Technology®, the most effective method known for preventing the main cause of battery failure: Sulfation buildup on battery plates. SolarPulse provides clean, quiet energy to all types of lead-acid batteries, including flooded cell, AGM and gel cell. At the same time, it emits a constant electronic dc

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