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Tools For Tomorrow

June 6, 2013 8:04 am | by Grainger | Videos

Grainger has announced its sponsorship of 20 concerts throughout the Florida Georgia Line summer tour. During these stops, the duo will celebrate industrial trades professionals by honoring Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program recipients. In addition, Grainger recently launched a sweepstakes for a chance to win Florida Georgia Line tickets for these 20 shows.

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Balloons Set to Take Wind Power to New Heights

June 6, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon that they say will offer a cheap renewable energy alternative to communities that live off the grid. The inventors say this could be the future of wind power. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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The Latest ERP Trends For Manufacturers

June 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Sage ERP Solutions | Videos

Learn what the three most important new trends are in ERP, and how they will play a key role in helping manufacturers run their businesses more efficiently. Sage points out what manufacturers need to do to take their ERP to the next level.

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Knock On Wood, This Car Works!

June 6, 2013 8:01 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos

First it was a bike, then a motorcycle. Now, a Hungarian man has created a car made almost entirely out of wood. Istvan Puskas toiled away for four months until all the pieces came together. The frame, axles, gearbox, and even the gas tank are made from wood.

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Nation's First Floating Wind Turbine Launched

June 5, 2013 1:44 pm | by CBS News | Videos

VolturnUS, the nation's first floating wind turbine designed to generate electricity from ocean winds, was launched as demand for clean and alternative energy grows. Developed at the University of Maine, the technology has the potenial to power the U.S. 4 times over. Terrell Brown reports.

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Where Cell Phones Go To Die

June 4, 2013 12:55 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Cell phones arrive in this town by the truckloads, where locals are experts in sorting through the electronic trash.

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Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

June 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Vestas, a Danish wind power company, says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the United States. Bjarne Nielsen, Vestas Blades Division, says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a football field.

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Global Joblessness To Hit 200M This Year

May 31, 2013 1:48 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Global unemployment will hit 200 million this year, and declarations of intent to tackle the problem will mean nothing without action, says International Labor Organization director general Guy Ryder. And within the next five years, he suspects global joblessness to reach 215 million.

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Inside Chinese Firm's Deal To Buy Smithfield Foods

May 30, 2013 12:06 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, is being bought by Shuanghui. The price: almost $5 billion. If approved, it will be the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese buyer. This is the latest in a string of American companies being purchased by China. So why this company—and why now?

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Superhydrophobic, Oleophobic Coating

May 30, 2013 8:04 am | by Ted | Videos

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. UltraTech was asked to demonstrate Ultra-Ever Dry at the 2013 TED Conference.

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From Many Colors Comes One

May 30, 2013 8:03 am | by KYDEXsheet | Videos

Matching a color sounds simple. But what do you do when a customer shows you a tableau of colors to translate into one? KYDEX Global Creative David Scott and Color Development Specialist John English show both the creative and technical process in action.

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Building A Home With A 3D Printer

May 30, 2013 8:02 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos

The relatively new technology known as '3D printing' has already been used to make prosthetic legs. Now, architects claim they'll soon be able to build a whole house using a 3D printer. The technology is still relatively new, but it's already being used in the medical world and in the arts.

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Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-Off

May 30, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car. Unlike its current flying car, which is designed for pilots, the new design incorporates autonomous functionality, a move the company says will open up the skies to everybody. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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China Factory Contraction Signals Fragile Recovery

May 29, 2013 1:47 pm | by Reuters | Videos

China's economy, the third largest economy in the world, shows fresh signs of faltering, with an advance reading of manufacturing output shrinking for the first time in seven months. That may worry trading partners--but not its leaders.

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Cheap Energy Will Bring Back U.S. Jobs

May 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Manufacturing growth in parts of the U.S. is moving at the same rate or better than emerging markets growth, while some parts of the country are still struggling and possibly clouding the picture of growth. Analyst Meredith Whitney says that the flood of cheap, natural gas will ultimately bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

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British Firms Face Ethical Dilemmas In Bangladesh

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by NBC News | Videos

For the first time, Tesco, one of the largest retailers in the world, opened the doors to its factory in Bangladesh. ITV News visited a production center said to be ethically run. It manufactures many of the 40 million garments made in Bangladesh every year for the supermarket giant Tesco.

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Driving Out Costs Using Manufacturing Project Management

May 23, 2013 10:51 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

Project management is particularly effective in a manufacturing environment, considering the number of variables involved such as maintenance schedules and projects, run times, and quality control. But if you're like a lot of manufacturers, project management is really a five-letter word.

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What Is Cloud Computing?

May 23, 2013 8:03 am | by Dell | Videos

Dell and Intel experts discuss where cloud computing began, where it is now, and what quantitative and qualitative results it can bring to your enterprise. Smaller companies generally choose to start off with a public cloud, but as they grow, they bring those functions back in-house and create their own private cloud. Watch to learn more.

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Learn From "Dirty Jobs"

May 23, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN | Videos

Mike Rowe discusses what he learned working at QVC, his grandfather's influence, and what "Dirty Jobs" accomplished. From selling lava lamps to hosting the hit "Dirty Jobs," Rowe talks about a necessary skill that allowed him to work in Hollywood.

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Ram 1500: Good Looks, Great Truck

May 23, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Ram 1500 combines great looks with fuel efficiency, air suspension, and real truck performance, reports CNN Money's Senior Writer Peter Valdes-Dapena. With nice looks both inside and out, the Ram 1500 also offers a fuel-saving eight speed transmission.

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