PlanetSolar is the first boat to travel around the world on sunlight alone. Christian Ochsenbein, the on-board electrical engineer during the 19-month journey, shows off the yacht's power system. For more information visit http://spectrum.ieee.org.
The Toyota Avalon has always been a bit of a snooze, but the 2013 is actually not as boring as its predecessors. CNNMoney's David Valdes-Dapena reports that the new model is still a big, comfortable car but now it also is a nice drive as well. Take a look.
Using small explosions produced by a mix of methane and oxygen, researchers at Harvard have designed a soft robot that can leap as much as a foot in the air. That ability to jump could one day prove critical in allowing the robots to avoid obstacles during search and rescue operations following a disaster.
CNNMoney took a Tesla Model S sedan on a test drive from Washington D.C. to Boston, testing both the car and Tesla's supercharger network. The all-electric car drove 450 miles with two stops to recharge at Tesla's Supercharger stations in Delaware and Connecticut.
Lean manufacturing is a staple of most major industrial operations today, with companies of all types using time-tested methods to cut waste and reinforce the bottom line through “continuous improvement.” Even though the practice is nearly ubiquitous, it too is undergoing constant innovation to tackle some of the uniquely 21st Century manufacturing problems.
Harrington Grade 100 Sling Chain is durable, flexible and will tolerate a wide range of temperatures, the company says.
The YHC5150X is a simple, user friendly HART® communicator that allows all HART® field devices to be configured, polled, and trimmed utilizing a Windows Embedded CETM based system for faster processing and greater storage capacity, says the company.
The new Compact RBC Reversible Boom Crane, with many versatile, useful, and unique features a shorter base for operation in crowded environments and a telescopic mast for lifting and lowering the boom in a horizontal position without changing the angle of the boom.
Klaw Pump Pliers are compact and narrow for better access in small or hard to reach spaces and the gripping surfaces of the jaw have hardened teeth for positive gripping and reduced wear, says the company.
A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan's Transport Ministry said Wednesday. The Transport Safety Board said the battery for the aircraft's auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated.
Iowa workers who lost jobs when Hostess Brands went out of business are eligible for federal income, training and job search benefits. The maker of Twinkies and other snacks ceased operations in November, laying off dozens of workers at a Waterloo bakery and distribution center, as well as truck drivers and local retail employees in Iowa.
Company officials say they'll delay the start of nickel and copper production at the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine in Marquette County because of the economic situation and volatile commodities markets. Rio Tinto is continuing to build the mine and had planned to begin extracting minerals in early to mid-2014.
An Egyptian company planning to invest $1.4 billion to build a fertilizer plant in southeastern Iowa may have to pay for archaeological digging at the site because Native American artifacts were found there, the state archaeologist said Wednesday.
A food processor and manufacturer says it will open a $4.7 million production facility in Clinton, creating more than 200 jobs. Global Food Group says it will renovate an existing facility and create 224 jobs. The plant will produce sandwiches, quesadillas, tortillas and burritos for retail sales.
Dell Inc. on Tuesday posted another quarter of declining sales and profits, deepening a downturn that disenchanted shareholders and culminated in the slumping personal computer maker's recent decision to take its stock off Wall Street in a $24.4 billion deal.
There's no arguing that Apple set the standard for modern mobile devices with the iPhone and the iPad. It didn't take long after those products launched for competitors to rush out their own copycat devices. Competitors have built upon the foundation Apple laid in mobile and are now leapfrogging it with features you can't find on iPhones and iPads.
Boeing Co.'s engineers have accepted a new four-year contract while technical workers rejected their offer and voted to authorize a future strike. The union representing both groups had recommended rejection of the contract because it would not provide pensions to new employees. They would have a 401k retirement plan instead.
Japan posted a record 1.63 trillion yen ($17.4 billion) trade deficit in January as rebounding exports lagged behind surging imports of crude oil and gas due to rising prices and the weakening yen. The provisional data released Wednesday show exports for the world's third-biggest economy rose 6.4 percent to 4.8 trillion yen ($51.2 billion) in January from a year earlier, the first year-on-year increase in eight months.
Ford is moving production of a popular small engine from Spain to Cleveland as sales of four-cylinder motors rise. Later this week, Ford will announce a $200 million investment at its factory in Brook Park, Ohio, so it can make the four-cylinder, 2-Liter "EcoBoost" engine, according to a person briefed on the matter. The move will add about 450 jobs at the factory that now employs about 1,300 hourly and salaried workers.
The European Union's executive arm says the boss of steel maker ArcelorMittal has promised to suspend planned job cuts and plant closures in Europe through June. The EU Commission said Wednesday that CEO Lakshmi Mittal agreed after talks with Industrial Commissioner Antonio Tajani late Tuesday to suspend all restructuring programs until the body publishes its plan to help Europe's steel industry this summer.