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Researchers Develop Spray-On, DNA ‘Barcode’ for Food

February 17, 2015 2:24 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.

New 'Flexible' Factory in India is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.

Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working on Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. 

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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 3:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with the Alternative, a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly.

Judge Sends Contractor to Prison for Faulty Gun Parts

February 11, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado man who had a factory in Michigan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trying to sell faulty gun parts to the Defense Department.

New Automation Lends a Hand to U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on their clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech.                           

Five of the Most Important (and Awesome) SpaceX Launches

February 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

In honor of SpaceX's potentially historic rocket launch tonight, here are some of the companies most important launches.                                      

Autopsy Finds Texas Man was Killed by Exploding Air Bag

February 10, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective air bag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

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SpaceX Calls Off Launch of Space Weather Satellite

February 9, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system.         

Does A Shotgun Silencer Actually Work?

February 6, 2015 3:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Gun silencers have been around since the early 1900s. However, the world's first shotgun suppressor is now available on the gun rack, thanks to a company called SilencerCo from Salt Lake City, Utah.               

Taiwan Plane Crash Survivor Says Engine 'Did Not Feel Right'

February 5, 2015 10:35 am | by Ralph Jennings, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The exact reason for the Taiwan plane crash is still unknown, but most believe the answer lies with the engine. One survivor explained that "the engine did not feel right," and prior to the crash, the pilot told the control tower that the engine was experiening 'flameout.' 

This is Not Your Grandpa's Buick

February 4, 2015 2:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The official car of elastic waistbands and white sneakers is attempting to be cool again. Buick unveiled two new cars at the Detroit Auto Show and, surprisingly, they're pretty with it.                   

Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Category

February 3, 2015 2:10 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.                               

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Entries are Now Open for R&D Magazine’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards

February 2, 2015 9:30 am | by R&D Magazine | Events

R&D Magazine is now accepting entries for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards, the esteemed international competition honoring the 100 most innovative technologies and services in 2014. This year’s program has been expanded to include a wider range of categories spanning the manufacturing, design engineering, and consumer markets, in addition to science, academia, and government. 

GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.               

Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.                     

Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, Juan Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan.                         

New Safety Reports Show Cars are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, and cars are safer now than they have ever been. 

Ships Ahoy: GE’s New Marine Business Leaves Port

January 29, 2015 2:11 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Last fall, the British Royal Navy commissioned a powerful new high-tech frigate so silent that it would be able to sneak up on submarines undetected. The ship, called the Type 26 frigate, has been designated to become “the workhorse” of the British fleet.

Ford’s Focus on Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

When it comes to the auto industry, you've got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles.                  

Has Beretta Manufactured the Army's Next Gun?

January 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Army is in the market for a new standard issue handgun. The standard issue handgun has been the Beretta M9 since 1985 and the Army is opening the door to competitors to present their concepts.             

Can a 3D Printed Car Change the Industry?

January 27, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream.

Cars.com Announces the Best Car of the Year

January 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Every year, automakers roll out about 70 new or redesigned cars. Cars.com spends hundreds of hours test driving these cars. They pick six top cars, but only one can win Cars.com's Best of 2015 Award.               

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 23, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week our ‘Winner and Loser’ is assigned to two companies in very different places. Microsoft announced new and innovative technology which has earned them the winning slot of the week. However, BP is back in federal court facing fines for the 2010 oil spill, earning them the losing slot.

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