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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.      

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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.                     

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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.                                    

Kohler Brings Artists to Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.            

Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.         

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GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric | News | Comments

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

Auto Industry Tries to Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

To meet the U.S. government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg (19 kpl) by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.                                 

NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News | News | Comments

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

Commercial Aviation in the 21st Century

June 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how commercial aviation may change in the coming years.                                                    

Ford Develops Lightweight Concept Car

June 4, 2014 9:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The prototype is 800 pounds lighter than a regular Fusion thanks to greater use of aluminum and other materials.                                       

Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.                          

How Did Google Get States To Legalize Driverless Cars?

May 30, 2014 11:44 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.   

Futuristic 'Dream Cars' from the Past

May 30, 2014 11:01 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The Atlanta High Museum of Art's 'Dream Cars' exhibit showcases futuristic concept cars from the past.                                           

Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.            

Inside Lockheed Martin's Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life.                                       

Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

Manufacturing a Modern Roller Coaster

May 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Modern computing and manufacturing has made building a roller coaster a lot like putting together a Lego set.                                         

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