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New Corvette Feature Keeps an Eye on Valets

August 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."               

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.          

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-air

August 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.          

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Nissan's Clean Car Put to the Test

August 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. Watch as it gets put to the test.                                  

iPad Production Reportedly Underway

August 14, 2014 1:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Apple has reportedly started mass production of its next-generation iPads. The new iPad Air could be announced as soon as this quarter or early next, while a new 7.9-inch model may be unveiled by the end of the year.           

Why Particle Physics Matters to Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 10:16 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

When you look at big scientific questions, it’s hard to see the manufacturing implications at first. Author Mike Collins explains why particle physics has been transformative for the manufacturing sector.              

GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 2:32 pm | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                      

GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

FDA Lifts Hold on Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                    

U.S. Gov't Had Role in Ebola Drug Given to Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year.                

Adopting Additive Manufacturing in the Production Process

August 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Stratasys | Videos | Comments

Smart manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods.                        

Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used on U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                           

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:48 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work.  

Providing 3D Printing to the Masses

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, a 3D printing company that lets consumers dream up products and sell them on-demand, says that a manufacturing revolution is coming.                          

$1,000 Pill Now Treatment of Choice

July 29, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.                    

Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The moves come as organizations ranging from libraries to retailers adopt quickly evolving 3D printing technology. Recently eBay launched its own 3D printing store via an iPhone app called eBay Exact.              

28 Years of Windows in 60 Seconds

July 28, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A look back at Microsoft's Windows operating system from 1985 to today.                                                    

Marines Show Off New Amphibious Vehicle

July 23, 2014 2:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The new vehicle is expected to be the next generation of ship-to-shore transport for the U.S. Navy, and can carry a payload of almost 200 tons.                               

Large Scale Graphene Production

July 22, 2014 2:05 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Videos | Comments

Instead of marking mini-golf scores on paper, this form of carbon is suited for making faster and smaller electronic circuitry, flexible touchscreens, chemical sensors, diagnostic devices and applications yet to be imagined.        

Apple, IBM To Team Up on Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.                                 

Novartis, Google To Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease.                    

The Big Rig Truck That Drives Itself

July 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

German automotive manufacturer, Daimler, is taking self-driving vehicles to the next level. Check out this big rig truck that drives itself.                                 

Inventor Pushing Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.                     

Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 10, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.               

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