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Natural Gas Export Plans Stir Debate

May 13, 2013 2:28 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.

Don’t Wait ... Automate!

May 10, 2013 3:02 pm | by By Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (A3) | Articles | Comments

Recently, there has been a large amount of media coverage on the issue of automation technologies taking jobs, especially in manufacturing. Though we appreciated the focus on how technological advances in automation and robotics are revolutionizing the workplace, we were very disappointed in how they characterized the segment as “robots taking jobs” in America.

Google Glass: A First Real Life Look

May 10, 2013 12:34 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

ABC News' Joanna Stern shares what life is like behind Google's connected glasses.  With 16 gigabytes of storage, a 5 megapixal camera, Bluetooth radio, and more, Google Glass is making it's debut into the real world.    

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Why Manufacturers Need To Bulletproof Their Virtualized IT Environments

May 10, 2013 8:00 am | by Frank Hill, Stratus Technologies | Articles | Comments

Today, many popular manufacturing applications are certified for virtualization and with good reason. The benefits of virtualization, including cost control, higher productivity, and better long-term planning, are indisputable. Yet, some manufacturing engineers and plant IT departments are missing out on these benefits because they think virtualization involves too much risk — a point of view that is not entirely without merit.

Tesla Model S Gets Consumer Reports' Top Score

May 9, 2013 2:15 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Tesla Motors Inc. Model S electric car has tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in Consumer Reports magazine's automotive testing. The Model S, which starts at $62,400 after a federal tax credit, scored 99 points on a scale of 100 in the magazine's battery of tests.

Robots As Pharmacists?

May 9, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center could be the next big thing for hospitals. The robot counts, dispenses and packages pills with perfect accuracy. Doctors at the Medical Center say the machine has been a game-changer – eliminating errors and mistakes.

Flying Disc-Throwing Robots Teach Kids Tech

May 9, 2013 8:02 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Thousands of high school students from around the world have put their engineering skills to the test at an international robotics contest. "FIRST" is compared to a "Superbowl of the Mind" mixing math, science, and technology with competition.

How Audi Sees The Future Of Cars

May 8, 2013 1:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

We've seen a number of concept cars from Audi, but when will we be able get behind the wheel of a fully plug-in electric car from Audi? Audi of America president Scott Keogh talks about Audi's technological breakthroughs in plug-in and self-driving vehicles.

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Solar Plane Lands In AZ, First Leg Of U.S. Trip

May 6, 2013 10:18 am | by Bob Seavey, Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He's flying Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane.

An Opportunity For Intelligent Device Manufacturers

May 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Articles | Comments

Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.

Clean Technology Investors Shift Focus To Drilling

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world's dependence on oil, natural gas and coal. But as profits from wind, solar, biofuels and other alternatives consistently fell short of expectations — and as the fossil fuel business boomed — things got complicated.

Electric Car Maker CODA Files For Bankruptcy

May 2, 2013 2:17 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker CODA Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday after selling just 100 cars and said it plans to quit the auto business altogether. The Los Angeles-based parent of CODA Automotive filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Delaware. A consortium of debtors plans to acquire CODA for $25 million, according to a company statement.

If Cars Could Talk, Accidents Might be Avoidable

May 2, 2013 1:36 pm | by Ted | Videos | Comments

When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road? Jennifer Healey imagines a world without accidents.

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Care-O-Bot, The Future Of Home Help For Seniors

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart have unveiled a third generation robot prototype, designed to assist the elderly in their homes. The 'Care-o-bot 3' is equipped to detect, grasp and carry ordinary household objects on command, and bring a measure of independence to the aged and infirm.

The Death Of Innovation, The End Of Growth

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

The U.S. economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons U.S. growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the U.S. into a period of stasis we can't innovate our way out of. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Erik Brynjolfsson.

The Key To Growth? Race With The Machines

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

Shelby's 575-hp Raptor

April 30, 2013 1:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Shelby America just unveiled its new Shelby Raptor pickup truck and CNN Money senior editor Peter Valdes-Dapena took the new truck out for a spin at Monticello Motor Club, which offers both a performance track and an off-road course. The 575-hp Shelby Raptor has monster performance and rugged off-road capability, making it a pick-up truck for the not-so-faint-of-heart.

New Corvette To Start Around $52,000

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Autos Writer | News | Comments

General Motors said Friday that a base model of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will start at just under $52,000. Considering everything that GM put into the newest Corvette, the $1,400 price increase over the current model seems pretty modest. The 2014 Corvette goes on sale this summer. The latest version was completely redone, and shares only two parts with the current model, which is nine years old.

Technology And The Digital Revolution

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The story of Silicon Valley Silicon Alley is a tale of two digital cities competing for national dominance. Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation.

Three Examples Why Cheaper Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

April 26, 2013 8:05 am | by Carol Thorsen, Wynright Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions the Internet has made to our daily lives is the ability to find the rock-bottom price for just about anything we need to purchase easily. With a quick search on the right keywords, we can find exactly what we’re looking for and save a lot of money to boot. Or so it would seem. The truth is that strategy works for some items but not others.

Solar Plane To Make Historic Flight

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Solar Impulse, a solar power plane, is being prepped to fly across America - and right into aviation history. "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger met with CBS's John Blackstone to watch the takeoff, and discusses the importance of the flight.

A Year Of Clutter For China's Car Market

April 23, 2013 2:22 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Fancy a spin in a shiny, new Horki? Want to test drive a Ranz? These are just a couple of made-for-China brands global automakers have cooked up to comply with the government's policies. A bevy of new brands from the likes of Toyota and BMW will join China's already crowded car market in 2013, thanks to policies designed to help local automakers. But are they doing the opposite?

How Wearable Technology Is Transforming Facilities

April 23, 2013 8:00 am | by Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions - North America, Motorola Solutions | Articles | Comments

Mobile devices are necessary tools to increase the efficiency and productivity of workers across many industries and markets, including the warehouse. But wearable, voice-directed and multimodal mobile technologies are helping to transform the warehouse environment at an even faster pace than standard mobile tools in other markets.

Silicon Valley Has Nothing On Manufacturing

April 22, 2013 8:05 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing floors don’t have Lego stations and pool tables – and yes, OSHA may take issue with throwing empty cans from the mini bar into the same bin as the scrap metal from the lathe, but that doesn’t mean that the industry has any fewer engineers flocking to it.

Purell's Long Path To Success

April 17, 2013 4:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Now the top pick among careful parents and germaphobes alike, Purell's market success wasn't always so obvious. After a decade of rising sales and steady marketing, the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer has become wildly successful, surpassing analyst predictions on its way to the top.

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