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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.          

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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.                       

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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.                           

Cool Car Tech Hits the Road

May 13, 2014 10:05 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

From in-dash systems and larger touchscreens in the center consoles, car makers are increasing driver connectivity in their vehicles. Here's a look at some of the car technology happening right now.                

UN Weighs Laws For 'Killer Robots'

May 13, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday.                              

Engineering Newswire: Experimental Electric Plane Takes First Flight

May 9, 2014 12:11 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of Engineering Newswire looks at 3D printed tattoos, rescuing a 36-year-old satellite and flying an experimental electric aircraft.                                  

House Votes To Make R&D Tax Credit Permanent

May 9, 2014 11:59 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House voted Friday to make permanent a tax credit that rewards businesses for investing in research and development, adding $156 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.                    

Camera Tricks On Future Cars

May 8, 2014 1:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Car manufacturers like Nissan and Land Rover are looking at ways to make your car safer using cutting-edge camera technology to eliminate blind spots.                             

Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan | Articles | Comments

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Bruce Bradshaw | Articles | Comments

Catching design errors before committing to a production run can yield big savings, but there’s another benefit to using 3D printing at this early stage.                            

Choosing The Right Additive Manufacturing Technology

May 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Barfoot, Managing Director, Hyphen | Articles | Comments

Each additive manufacturing process is simply a different tool in the toolbox. Our goal is to help guide you through the technology options so that you can feel more confident and educated as you make your technology decisions.       

Nissan Invents A Self-Washing Car

April 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

If you're one of millions of car owner across the country who like a nice shiny car but hate what it takes to keep it that way... then wait til you see what Nissan is testing.             

USDA Announces Top Scientific Breakthroughs in 2013

April 28, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

A new report explores the scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers. Innovations range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling.        

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