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Solar-Powered Plane Energizes Industry

March 29, 2013 1:25 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Two pilots are preparing to fly across the U.S., powered only by the sun. CBS News' John Blackstone talks to the team looking to make aviation history. The plane's wings are as wide as a 747 and can fly day and night without a drop of fuel.

Boeing CEO Says 787 Is 'Very Close' To Flying

March 29, 2013 10:14 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said his company is "very close" to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again. Two incidents involving batteries on 787s led the Federal Aviation Administration and regulators in other countries to ground the planes in January. Boeing is testing a redesign of the battery system.

Japanese Automakers Show Off Luxury Offerings

March 28, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese carmakers showcased their sports utility vehicles and luxury cars at the annual New York International Auto Show, which opened on Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. debuted the 2014 Highlander SUV with a redesigned exterior, increased interior space and three engine choices including a hybrid option.

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Subaru Unveils Its First Hybrid

March 28, 2013 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Subaru is coming out with a gas-electric hybrid crossover SUV for the crunchy granola crowd that wants to save fuel but still haul kayaks to the river. The Japanese brand, which specializes in all-wheel-drive vehicles, unveils the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid on Thursday at the New York International Auto Show.

Mercedes, Tesla Team Up On Electric Car

March 28, 2013 1:12 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Mercedes' new B-class Electric Drive is powered by Tesla Motors' technology and has an electric range of up to 115 miles per charge. The B-class is basically a Mercedes Benz, but inside the batteries, electric motors, and the charging system all come from Tesla Motors.

Play With Smart Materials

March 28, 2013 9:12 am | by Ted | Videos | Comments

Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says it's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker, and have fun.

Top Five Reasons For Self-Driving Cars

March 28, 2013 9:08 am | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

Self-driving cars are inevitable. They eliminate the most commonly defective component in cars today: people. Brian Cooley reports for CNET on the top 5 reasons for self-driving cars based on the ills they cure like drunk-driving and accidents.

Spirit Of Carroll Shelby Lives In 2013 Mustang

March 27, 2013 2:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a year after race car driver and car designer Carroll Shelby died, his spirit lives on in a 2013 Ford Mustang with the most powerful series production V-8 in the world and unmistakable Shelby Mustang styling. With a top speed of 200 miles per hour, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe is breathtaking, even daring, to drive.

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Jeep Takes A Radical New Turn With Cherokee

March 27, 2013 10:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Jeep Cherokee is back, with a surprising design that could win some new buyers but lose some old fans. The 2014 Cherokee midsize SUV makes its debut Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show. The remake is so radical that observers might not realize it's a Jeep.

ORNL, Consortium Working On Cheaper Carbon Fiber

March 26, 2013 2:10 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

A consortium of about 40 companies is working with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a cheap form of carbon fiber that can be used to replace steel in manufacturing. The lab used a $35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a manufacturing demonstration facility to improve carbon fiber technology.

GM In Next Phase Of Hoped-For Buick Revival

March 26, 2013 9:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is making an attempt to shake up Buick's image as a car for older buyers with freshened up versions of its Regal midsize sports sedan and the LaCrosse large luxury car. GM unveils the pair Tuesday ahead of the New York auto show.

Zero Hope For BlackBerry?

March 25, 2013 1:32 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research In Motion, plunged after the lackluster U.S. launch of its new Z10 smartphone and the stock was downgraded by Goldman Sachs. Blackberry stock has been volatile over the last few weeks, and the new phone doesn't seem to be helping.

Honda Accord, Now With Blind-Spot Camera

March 22, 2013 5:11 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, lot of cars have cameras all around to use while you're driving but on the 2013 Accord, Honda has finally produced a camera you can use while you're driving down the highway. Honda has introduced the new Accord with the first-of-its-kind camera that allows drivers to check blind spots.

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Bosch To Abandon Solar Energy Business

March 22, 2013 5:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German engineering company Bosch said Friday that it is abandoning its solar energy business, because there is no way to make it economically viable amid overcapacity and huge price pressure in the industry. The solar power industry has been hit by falling subsidies, weaker sales and increasingly stiff price competition, especially by Chinese manufacturers.

BlackBerry CEO: iPhone Is Outdated

March 22, 2013 10:11 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States. AT&T begins selling the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry on Friday, more than six weeks after RIM launched the devices elsewhere.

New Network Communication Technologies Enhance Motor Feedback Systems

March 22, 2013 9:08 am | by Vikram Phadke, SICK Product Specialist - Encoders | Articles | Comments

Over the past 25 years, improvements to motor feedback technology have allowed servo system manufacturers to reduce costs and provide products that are simpler, more reliable, and more accurate. New network communications technologies are now enabling the next set of breakthrough innovations in feedback device technology.

Elon Musk: The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...

March 20, 2013 5:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company, and a fully reusable rocket.

Ex-NASA Contractor Arrested On Plane To China

March 19, 2013 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese national who worked at NASA's Langley Research Center has been arrested on a plane bound for Beijing on charges of lying to federal agents. Bo Jiang made his initial appearance Monday in Norfolk federal court. It wasn't immediately clear whether Jiang had an attorney.

Oji, Mitsubishi Chemical Develop Transparent Paper

March 18, 2013 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oji Holdings Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. said Monday they have succeeded in making sheeted transparent paper by thoroughly thinning down plant-fiber material to enable the world's first mass production of such product. The two companies will work to put the transparent paper into practical use around 2016 or 2017.

Cyber Attacks A Leading Threat Against U.S.

March 18, 2013 1:06 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

For the first time, the U.S. intelligence community says cyber attacks and cyber espionage—not terrorism—are the top threats to national security. Now the Pentagon is forming 13 teams to guard the nation in cyberspace. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

Suntech Announces Bond Default, Financing Search

March 18, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest solar panel manufacturers, Suntech, says it has defaulted on $541 million in payments to bondholders after a downturn battered the global industry. The announcement Monday by Suntech Power Holdings Ltd. was a severe setback for one of the renewable energy industry's most successful companies.

Boeing: Commercial 787 Flights To Restart In Weeks

March 15, 2013 2:01 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing said Friday it sees commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming "within weeks" even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating. Boeing Co. Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett outlined a fix centered on a new design for the lithium-ion battery system that has layers of safeguards to prevent overheating and measures to contain malfunctions.

Obama Wants Research To Wean Vehicles Off Oil

March 15, 2013 10:17 am | by Matthew Daly, Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address, but he was putting a price tag on the idea during a trip Friday to the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago — $2 billion over 10 years. The White House said the research would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not add to the deficit.

U.S. Teens Fear Risk-Taking; STEM Careers Demand It

March 15, 2013 9:08 am | by Kelton Global | Articles | Comments

While 95 percent of teens agree that risk-taking is required for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — careers, 46 percent say they are afraid to fail or uncomfortable taking risks to solve problems, according to an ASQ survey conducted by Kelton Global.

The Training Manufacturers Really Need

March 13, 2013 4:41 pm | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent study authored by Deloitte LLP and the Manufacturing Institute says that “for years, manufacturers have reported a significant gap between the talent they need and what they can actually find.” In fact “67 percent of manufacturers reported that moderate to severe shortages of available, qualified workers exist.

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