Did you know there was a third co-founder of Apple? Just a mere 11 days after he helped form the company with fellow co-counders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Ron Wayne sold his 10-percent share in the company for $800. If he had only known what the future held for Apple, Wayne's share of the company would be worth about $20 billion today.
You're out in the middle of nowhere, with no outlet in sight, but you need a little juice to power a gadget or two. What used to be an impossible sitation is now a reality thanks to the engineers at the U.S. Air Force, who developed a "bat hook" that can be tossed over nearby power lines. A small razor blade cuts through the insulation and completes the circuit, which brings electricity down to the user.
According to almost any physicist you ask, creating a fusion reaction that will output more energy than it consumes — not unlike our sun — is well beyond our scientific reach at the moment. Just don't say that to Mark Supez. He's spent $37,000 of his own money, and two years of his time, to build a miniature fusion reactor that gets us a little closer to the energy "holy grail.
With more electric cars coming to the market, one has to ask: will the grid be able to handle the extra load? Experts say that charging an electric car draws the same amount of energy as half the average house, which means that as few as three Teslas or Nissan Leafs on one block could overload a nearby transformer.
Have you ever wondered why certain foods are just so edible? Let's be honest — if you're like most people, you just keep on eating instead. And that's exactly what the food industry wants you to do. The Today Show takes a look at food engineering and the effects that some foods may have on consumers’ brains.
GENEVA (AP) — An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight Wednesday. The plane with its 262.5-foot (80-meter) wingspan left Payerne airfield in Switzerland shortly before 7 a.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that cause smog. The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the new rule represented its most consequential effort yet to tackle deadly pollution that contributes to smog and soot that hangs over more than half the country.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have approved a first-of-its-kind technology to counter a leading cause of blindness in older adults — a tiny telescope implanted inside the eye. The Implantable Miniature Telescope aims to help in the end stages of incurable age-related macular degeneration, a creeping loss of central vision that blocks reading, watching TV, eventually even recognizing faces.
TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the time it takes to develop new vehicles by about four weeks for more quality checks in the wake of its massive safety-related recalls, a top executive said Wednesday. Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada said the company has learned a lot from its recalls of more than 8.
SALEM, S.D. (AP) — Two men at the helm of Salem's largest employer when it collapsed into bankruptcy now face criminal charges. Randy Bauer, 52, of Appleton, Wis., and Jason Ollerich, 37, of Sioux Falls, each are charged with four counts of theft by deception, Attorney General Marty Jackley said.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Researchers at Oregon State University appear to have landed themselves in a sticky business thanks to a discovery made entirely by accident. The researchers, led by wood science Professor Kaichang Li, recently stumbled on a new form of adhesive that they say is just as good as those currently used in various tapes, stick-on notes and stamps.
The five-gallon Oil Eater Table-Top Parts Cleaner from Kafko International Ltd. (Skokie, IL) makes the cleaning of greasy parts faster, easier, and safer, according to the company. The water-soluable Oil Eater solution flows through the integral cleaning brush, allowing for an easier clean-up.
Union Process, Inc. (Akron OH) is now offering an optional data acquisition package to provide customers with real-time data for monitoring conditions in the manufacturing facility, as well as improving quality control and making test comparisons easier. The software package is designed to interface with the Baldor VS1SP variable frequency drive, and enables customers to monitor the following parameters: Voltage to the motor.
Schober USA (Fairfield, OH) announces five VentPerf-Hot systems for the online or offline micro-perforation of film and other specialty materials. According to the company, the VentPerf-Hot systems are ideal for packaging or ventilation applications, with a system to fit any need.
Sherwin-Williams (Cleveland, OH) introduces Polysiloxane 1K, a single-component polysiloxane finish coat that provides weathering and chemical resistance like other polyurethanes. The 1K coat also has long-term color and gloss retention, extending the system’s life cycle in harsh environments, making it an ideal steel coating choice for maintenance in industrial environments.
Photo via flickr user alancleaver_2000 . The economic recovery may be in full swing, but many manufacturers are still struggling and some federal tax policies have the potential to send these manufacturers to the soup line. Of the manufacturers in the U.S., approximately 70 percent are mid-size to small manufacturers.
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TOKYO (AP) — Toyota knew two years ago about the engine problem behind its latest Lexus recall, even changing the spring part to correct it, but did not think a recall was warranted until recently, a company official said Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp. started Monday a global recall over engine defects in its Lexus luxury models sold around the world, as well as the Crown sold in Japan, moving to repair some 270,000 vehicles to replace valve springs — crucial engine components that are flawed and could cause vehicles to stall.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is readying a new hybrid system for its Infiniti luxury model, set to go on sale later this year, while revamping technology for regular gas engines to send a green message. Nissan Motor Co. is a leader among global automakers in zero-emission electric cars, with its Leaf being rolled out in a few months time.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One of Massey Energy's top executives has traded his power office for the soot-covered depths of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men. Chris Adkins, chief operating officer of the S&P 500 coal company, led Massey exploration teams into the Upper Big Branch for nearly a month, spokesman Jeff Gillenwater said.