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NASA, Boeing Sign Space Launch System Contract

July 9, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space.           

Nissan Autonomous Drive Car Tackles New Highway

July 8, 2014 1:49 pm | Videos | Comments

Kanagawa, home to Nissan's Global Headquarters, technical and logistic centers, and multiple production plants, will host an Autonomous Drive proving ground near Nissan's Oppama factory.                   

$1,500 Google Glass Costs Under $80 in Parts

July 2, 2014 11:25 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google's (in)famous face wear has an extremely high sticker price, but the parts inside cost less than $80.                                          

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Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                                

Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass | Articles | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing to the Next Level

July 1, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti | Blogs | Comments

Systematic offloading of engineering services delivers dual benefits. It ensures seamless transition to higher value added service and locks up the cost advantages emanating from an outsourcing program for a longer period of time.         

Elio: 3 wheels, 84 mpg, $6,800

July 1, 2014 11:21 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Elio Motors has created a prototype two-person vehicle built for efficient transportation. With a price tag of $6,800, it already has more than 15,000 pre-orders.                         

Stryker Buying Joint Device Maker for up to $375M

June 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker said Monday it will buy bone and joint replacement maker Small Bone Innovations for up to $375 million in cash.                                

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‘Car of the Future’ Is Here

June 30, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Unveiled last week at a press conference in Japan, the zero-emission hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be available for sale to customers in California in summer 2015.                       

Harley's Electric Motorcycle Goes on Tour

June 25, 2014 1:35 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The company is giving its first electric motorcycle a road trip, stopping the environmentally friendly Hog in NYC as it looks for consumer feedback to expand sales beyond traditional customers.                  

Hand-Crafting Collectible Hunting Guns

June 25, 2014 11:26 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Fanzoj family has been producing guns for eight generations and now is bringing the classic tradition of collectible hunting guns to the 21st century with modern technology and innovative designs.               

If Your Hybrid Is Even More Efficient, Thank This Guy

June 24, 2014 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Dede’s invention provides a 70 percent increase in heat transfer with a 50 percent reduction of pumping power, which boils down to the potential for a 10 percent increase in hybrid efficiency.                 

Robot Valet To Park Cars at Airport in Germany

June 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.                                 

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MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 1:39 pm | by Microfactory, Inc. | News | Comments

GE announced two new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop that will harness the global brain of the maker community to bring innovative new products to market faster.                       

Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

June 23, 2014 9:26 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.               

Harley To Introduce Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

Scientist Receives World Food Prize For Wheat Advances

June 19, 2014 10:14 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A crop scientist credited with developing hundreds of varieties of disease-resistant wheat adaptable to many climates and difficult growing conditions was named Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of the World Food Prize.      

Hyundai's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Hits the Road

June 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

South Korean auto-maker Hyundai says it has launched a new era of clean, hydrogen-fueled motoring in the U.S.                                         

Dutch Government Encourages Self-driving Car Tests

June 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch government says it wants to encourage large-scale tests of self-driving cars in the Netherlands by next year, and supports a plan to allow tests of self-driving trucks by 2019.                   

Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing.                                         

Tesla Hands Over the Keys to Its Technology

June 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.                        

Boeing Shows Off Its Replacement for the Space Shuttle

June 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing shows off a mock-up of a spacecraft that could be the first to carry astronauts from Kennedy Space Center into orbit since the shuttle's retirement nearly three years ago.                     

Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                            

Is 3D Printing Right for You?

June 11, 2014 8:51 am | by PwC US | Articles | Comments

There are core questions all manufacturers ought to be asking themselves if they’re looking to implement a 3D printing strategy that could potentially expand their business and makes them more competitive in the marketplace.          

Musk: Big Risks 'Make Me Unhappy'

June 10, 2014 1:37 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

In a one-on-one interview with Richard Quest, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will definitely still be CEO when the gigafactory opens.                                    

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