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The Future Of Combat Could Be This Robot

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military hopes its new robot, Atlas, can one day take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. But Pentagon researchers are still learning how hard it is to get the technology to perform even the simplest of tasks.       

A Mission To Keep America Innovating

April 24, 2014 9:42 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nathan Myhrvold, CEO and Co-Founder of Intellectual Ventures and also Microsoft's first chief technology officer, is on a mission to keep America innovating, one patent at a time.                     

Grandfather Builds Safe Gun Tech After Sandy Hook

April 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Carmen Lobis is crowdfunding and applying for a Silicon Valley grant to build potentially life-saving gun technology.                   

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McLaren's New 207mph Beast

April 21, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The new McLaren 650S has a top speed of 207 mph and can go 0-60 in under 3 seconds. It cranks out 641 horsepower from its small 3.8 liter turbo-charged V8 engine — that's more power than the 12C.                

Revolutions In Car Tech

April 18, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, discusses the last 50 years of Mustang, global car markets, fuel economy, the GM recall and self-driving cars.                             

3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches.               

3D Printing & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights | Articles | Comments

Imagine if manufacturers no longer had to wait multiple years for a perfect location and a factory to be completed before they could start producing.                              

Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Verge | News | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                    

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The Corvette Z06 Convertible Unveiled

April 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

The Corvette Z06 Convertible was unveiled at the New York Auto show and boasts as much power as its hard-top sibling.                                      

Why Google Bought A Drone Manufacturer

April 15, 2014 5:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace and, like Facebook, hopes the technology will help deliver cheap and easy Internet access in the future.                              

3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D printing services to small businesses. This offers enormous potential for small businesses to print with the technology without having to invest in it.   

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

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

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.                        

Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:51 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.                            

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

Driving The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packs 887 horsepower. CNN was lucky enough to drive the $845,000 monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.                         

The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 10, 2014 9:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.                                         

3D Printing Easter Chocolates

April 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The world's confectioners are gearing up for Easter and an anticipated sales bonanza of chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies. But one small company has a message for lovers of all things chocolate — print your own.           

Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.                 

3D Printing Humans

April 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It appears that we’re on the cusp of a new world where custom human body parts can be grown or printed for those that need them.                                    

April 2014: Real Time Visibility

April 8, 2014 12:06 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we recap MODEX 2014, discuss how creating a nimble production environment requires up-to-the-minute information, and learn how the latest technology can improve the ROI of predictive maintenance. 

Patrolling The Patent Trolls

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

If you ask someone at Apple Computer, the defendant in more cases filed by patent trolls than any other U. S. firm, Apple will probably tell you that a patent troll is a person or organization that acquires a patent solely for the purpose of suing a deep-pocketed firm.

CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

Luxury Driverless Concept Car Offers View Of The Future

March 28, 2014 2:13 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE is a luxury car that leaves the job of driving to an onboard computer while passengers relax and enjoy the ride.                                  

GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

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