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Processing Plant Blamed For Outbreak

August 6, 2013 1:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos

With hundreds already sickened across 16 states, the FDA has made headway in tracking the source of the outbreak of cyclospora. Officials have now identified an American-owned salad processing plant in Mexico as the origin of the cyclospora cases in Iowa and Nebraska. The source in 14 other states remains elusive.

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Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

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Spacesaver: Storage At Work

August 5, 2013 10:38 am | Videos

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.

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Laser Sintering: Blazing New Trails In Tool Manufacturing

August 1, 2013 2:50 pm | by deutschewelle | Videos

Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.

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Bike Of The Future Travels The East Coast

August 1, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos

The ELF bike runs on both man power and solar power. It has been turning heads along the east coast as Mark Stewart rides it from North Carolina to Massachusetts. The ELF, or "Organic Transit Vehicle," can go for 1,800 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

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Take A Ride On A Real Tron Bike

August 1, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The first questions always ask if the bike is in fact real, and if it can actually be ridden. The answer is yes. Parker Brothers Concepts in Melbourne, Fla., have developed a futuristic, street-legal motorcycle that reaches speeds of 100 mph and can travel up to 80 miles on its 100 percent electric engine. 

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Driving An Ultra-Rare Classic Bugatti

August 1, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos

French cars from the 1920s and 1930s are considered some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Worth more than a million dollars, this rare 1939 Bugatti may only have 170 horsepower but driving one is like driving a work of art.                 

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Inside Budweiser's Largest Brewery

August 1, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Take a look at how Anheuser-Busch Inbev brews and bottles dozens of brands of beer at its massive St. Louis brewery, in operation for over a century. The beer is still brewed how it was 100 years ago, but today's technology enables the company it to produce today's brews "very consistently and very well."

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Ford's Simulated Factory

August 1, 2013 8:01 am | by fordvideo1 | Videos

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

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Chain Of Explosions At Propane Gas Plant

July 31, 2013 11:57 am | by ABC News | Videos

At least eight people were injured in a blast at a Blue Rhino plant with 53,000 propane tanks on site. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith identified the possible causes Tuesday, but said sabotage was not suspected. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Monday night incident at the Blue Rhino propane plant, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

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Nice Numbers, Nissan... But Watch For Bumps Ahead

July 30, 2013 11:01 am | by ReutersTV | Videos

With the return of the Datsun, Nissan is making aggressive moves to expand its markets, and the latest numbers show that business for the automaker has been "pretty good." Nissan's quarterly net profits are on the rise, beating forecasts. But here are three reasons why Japan's number two automaker isn't out of the woods yet.

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Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                                          

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Addressing Market Disruptions: B2B Game Plan Forum

July 29, 2013 10:20 am | by Game Plan | Videos

Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.

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New Toyota "Winglet" Ready For Testing

July 26, 2013 12:38 pm | by Toyota | Videos

The Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user's world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.

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The Making Of The 3D Printed Battery

July 25, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Hearing aids right now use coin cell batteries; imagine being able to print a tiny battery directly into a hearing aid. Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have developed a way to create tiny batteries using standard 3D-printing technologies.

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This Is Automation, In 1955

July 25, 2013 8:04 am | Videos

Here's an interesting look at automated manufacturing in 1955. Automation in 1955 helped companies meet the "challenge of the day," meeting competition and rising costs by moving step-by-step toward continuous automatic production. This film from General Electric shows the history of automation in the U.S. and how far it had progressed at the time.

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Engineering In Zero Gravity

July 25, 2013 8:03 am | by UCDInnovation | Videos

Researchers from the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are interested in real time observation of what happens during solidification of aluminium alloys. There is a need for improved quality in a range of metal cast products like hip or knee replacement parts, engine pistons, and turbine blades and computer simulations of alloy solidification are a good way of doing this.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: TEDxEdmonton

July 25, 2013 8:02 am | by TEDxTalks | Videos

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. He splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary growing the public's awareness of the second industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies.

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Hyundai's $180K Hydrogen Car

July 25, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Unhook it, plug it in, and let the hydrogen flow. This could be how you refuel your car in the not-so-distant future. Hyundai has unveiled its first hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale to government and businesses with hopes to have the car in dealerships by 2025.

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Time Lapse: Building The Goodyear Blimp

July 24, 2013 12:38 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Since 1925, Goodyear blimps have adorned the skies as very visible corporate icons of the world's largest tire and rubber company that began operations in 1898. This remarkable time lapse video shows the beginnings of construction on the Goodyear Blimp.

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