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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.         

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.                                  

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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.                          

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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.                    

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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.                                         

Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 9:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads.                                  

Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

Building A Better Egg (With No Chicken)

May 22, 2014 12:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Hampton Creek Foods is trying to build a more environmentally friendly egg that looks, tastes and has the nutrition of a regular egg. But unless it's cheaper, can they beat the egg?                      

Special Operations Forces Could Get 'Iron Man' Suit

May 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.          

Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

Britain Launches $17M Science Prize

May 19, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

Britain is offering 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges — once the public has decided what it is.                           

Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                             

How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer | Articles | Comments

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

Take a Ride in Google's Self-Driving Car

May 15, 2014 2:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google's self-driving car makes strides. One technology reporter got a chance to ride in the car and says it drives quite conservatively.                                 

Google Glass Resumes U.S. Sales

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after a one-day sale gave U.S. residents their first chance to buy the hottest accessory in geek fashion.                           

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