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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.                             

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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.                           

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.                              

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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.                            

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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.        

Israeli Company Reinvents The Wheel

April 28, 2014 12:09 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

An Israeli company has developed a technology that allows wheelchairs and bicycles to travel more comfortably over bumps and down stairs.                                 

Google: Driverless Cars Mastering City Streets

April 28, 2014 9:50 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of the tech giant's driverless car project wrote in a blog post Monday that test vehicles are becoming far more adept at city driving. They already can comfortably handle freeways.                  

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D - @ChrisFoxPDD | Blogs | Comments

The survey results tell the suspected tale that engineers feel underpaid and overworked, but perhaps more importantly engineers feel qualified to engineer.                            

Inside Google X

April 24, 2014 9:52 am | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now.                               

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.                   

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.                             

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