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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

Crews Work To Remove Toxic Sludge

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos

Workers are trying to turn the chemical tide to stanch the flow of toxic sludge in the rivers flowing toward the Danube River. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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The Ship That Flips

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos

The FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is a one-of-a-kind vessel: by filling ballasts in its long, horizontal construction, it can actually rotate itself into a vertical position. By bobbing in the water, the craft is much less susceptible to waves, which aids in properly utilizing the detailed instrumentation onboard.

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The Best Thing Since Sliced... Mouse?

October 6, 2010 9:07 am | Videos

A British bread maker recently came under fire for a certain disturbing find in a loaf of bread: a cooked, chopped-up mouse. The company was fined about $27,000 for the mistake, which they claim must have happened before the dough was even mixed together. The worst part of the whole story? The tail is missing, and no one's quite sure who might have washed it down with some turkey and cheese.

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Robots Perform Grape Surgery

October 6, 2010 9:03 am | Videos

While most manufacturing processes do not take this level of precision, this "surgery" on a grape proves just how advanced robotic technology has come in recent years. The drive of competition has pushed even the most heavy-duty of industrial robots to become increasingly accurate as well.

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Buffet: It's Time To Tax The Ultra-Rich

October 6, 2010 9:02 am | Videos

Warren Buffet, investor extraordinaire and current CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, recently sat down with CNN 's Poppy Harlow to talk the state of the U.S. economy. With deficits growing, Buffet offers a simple solution: raise taxes on the super-rich, even himself. With more money in the coffers from the greatest capitalist success stories, the country could better afford a tax break for the middle class.

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Inventing A Better (Less Sticky) Bubble Gum

October 6, 2010 9:01 am | Videos

Thanks in part to extensive university research, an American company is pushing to solve a timeless problem: chewing gum that's stuck to just about every surface imaginable. The solution is a chewing gum that retains much more moisture, making it easier to remove for a longer period of time. Even if the gum has hardened out, simply rewetting it can be enough to break the bond.

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Can RFID Tags Survive A Flamethrower?

September 27, 2010 11:53 am | Videos

In the latest edition of the RFID Network , durable RFID tags are put to the test in a number of extreme environments, including sledge hammer hits from an awfully strong-looking man. If that isn't enough, other tags get welded to metal plate, and a select few suffer the fate of a flamethrower. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Raytheon's Real-Life 'Iron Man' Suit

September 27, 2010 8:07 am | Videos

Raytheon — which has been in the news lately for a variety of military technologies, including a "death ray" — has not announced is XOS 2 exoskeleton, which has been developed to provide users additional strength and support when lifting or carrying heavy objects. This new model uses 50 percent less power than its predecessor, which brings the "Iron Man"-esque technology one step closer to seeing international deployment.

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The 'Very Light' Future Of Automobiles

September 27, 2010 8:03 am | Videos

The Very Light Car, built by the fledgling company Edison2, has recently been announced as the winner of the mainstream class in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10 million competition to build production-ready cars that get more than 100 mpg. The car's construction is based on a simple principle: being as light weight as possible.

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Quitting Technology Cold Turkey

September 22, 2010 12:10 pm | Videos

One way to address and overcome one's insatiable need and overreliance on technology is to put down the connecting devices and take a break from them. But New York comedian Mark Malkoff took this idea to the extreme when he quit technology — cold turkey — for five days and quarantined himself in his apartment bathroom to prevent a tech relapse.

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Building The 1,000-Horsepower Car

September 22, 2010 12:03 pm | Videos

The Bugatti Veyron carries a certain weight among car enthusiasts. Just the name is suggestive of raw power and incredible speed. It should come as no surprise that a multi-million-dollar car is built by hand, in an equally expensive-looking manufacturing facility. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Was Neglect To Blame For Gas Pipeline Explosion?

September 22, 2010 12:01 pm | Videos

By now, we've all heard about the tragedy in San Bruno, CA, where a large natural gas pipeline exploded. Seven have died, and dozens of homes were damaged, some irreparably. Recently, a number of people have come out and accused the pipeline's owner, PG&E, of neglecting regular maintenance. Was there more the utility company could have done to prevent the explosion? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Boeing Soars Into Private Space Industry

September 22, 2010 11:59 am | Videos

Boeing has decided to throw their multi-billion and international hat into the private space travel market with a number of R&D efforts, and it’s bound to make a few of the smaller companies quiver in their boots, or booster rockets. While experts say Boeing's efforts could be available come 2015, we know that actually means more like 2018 or 2019.

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Locals Blame Oil For Massive Gulf Fish Kill

September 22, 2010 11:57 am | Videos

Countless Gulf fish were found dead in a Louisiana bayou, and locals fear oil is to blame. While more testing is required to confirm the cause of death, it's entirely plausible that an underwater oil plume could cause this sort of environmental damage. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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The Majestic Plastic Bag

September 15, 2010 7:07 am | Videos

From the open plains of the asphalt jungle, the clever and illustrious plastic bag faces numerous challenges on its migration to the Pacific Ocean. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Joel.

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Tinkerers Build A Better Lunar Lander

September 15, 2010 7:05 am | Videos

Tech Shop, in Menlo Park, CA, provides prospective tinkerers with all the tools they could need to make their inventions come to life — everything from sandblasters to welding equipment. And while some members are there to entertain themselves and build something small, others have big dreams.

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U.S. Manufacturers Can Compete

September 15, 2010 7:01 am | Videos

Rajan Suri, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of industrial and systems engineering, has a strategy that could keep manufacturers strong in the downtrodden economy: quick response manufacturing. QRM can allow manufacturers to reduce lead times, cut inventory, and increase profitability.

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Extreme Maintenance At 1,700 Feet

September 15, 2010 7:00 am | Videos

After watching this video, you might take that free over-the-air TV or morning radio show a little less for granted. The 1,700-foot towers that broadcast those signals need occasional maintenance, just like any other piece of machinery. That means a brave soul — like the men in the video below — have to make the treacherous journey.

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Fish With 'Six-Packs'

September 8, 2010 9:52 am | Videos

A ten-year effort by University of Rhode Island scientist Terry Bradley to develop transgenic rainbow trout with enhanced muscle growth has yielded fish with “six-packs” and muscular shoulders. This development could ultimately provide a boost to the aquaculture industry. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Payroll Tax Break — A Good Idea? 

September 8, 2010 9:22 am | Videos

The heads of the AFL-CIO and the National Small Business Association join CNN to discuss a number of the economic policies that have been bouncing around the White House lately. While there are controversies around some of the specifics, both leaders agree: less payroll taxes on small business would mean more jobs.

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