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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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Convenience At Your Fingertips

March 13, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bernard Steppeler, Design Engineer, HAVER Filling Systems | Articles | Comments

A cake mix supplier has 12 hours to fill a 15,000-bag production order for a new customer. during the seventh hour, the filling machine shuts down with no warning. the machine operator attempts to troubleshoot and diagnose the problem but is unable to do so.

Car Tech: Toyota i-Road Concept

March 13, 2013 3:57 pm | by CNETTV | Videos | Comments

CNET's Antuan Goodwin previews the Toyota i-Road concept, which was featured at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The i-Road concept is a tandem two-seater that runs on electric power and uniquely maneuvers using all three of its wheels. For more information visit www.cnet.com.

The 3D-Printed Car Of The Future

March 13, 2013 3:53 pm | by Mashable | Videos | Comments

We've already seen all kinds of 3D-printed items, from jewelry, to guitars, and even football cleats. Now, we might soon have an almost entirely 3D-printed car in the Urbee 2. The hybrid car, created by engineer Jim Kor, is designed to be light, cheap, easy to reproduce, and very efficient.

The Secret To Making Better Batteries

March 13, 2013 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Graphene, a sheet of carbon that is a single atom thick, is being touted as the next 'it' material. Companies like Vorbeck Materials hope this thin, electrically conductive material can help cut lithium battery weight and recharge times.

Croatian Micro-Car To Electrify Mass Market

March 12, 2013 12:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Croatian engineering company Dok-Ing has announced plans to start serial production of its electric three-seat microcar. The company believes urban commuters will find the vehicle ideal for low-cost, environmentally-friendly motoring. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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New BlackBerry Coming To The U.S. On March 22

March 11, 2013 2:23 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere. AT&T said Monday said the Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.

Flights From NY Airport Fueled By Cooking Oil

March 11, 2013 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch airliner is flying from New York to Amsterdam on a fuel mix that includes leftover oil from frying Louisiana's Cajun food. The KLM flights from Kennedy Airport are powered by a combination of 25 percent recycled cooking oil and 75 percent jet fuel.

Beechcraft Protests Air Force Contract Decision

March 8, 2013 2:12 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane maker Beechcraft said Friday it will formally protest an Air Force decision to award a competitor a contract worth more than $427 million, claiming the decision puts an estimated 1,400 jobs in Kansas and other states in jeopardy.

Apple Shareholder Drops Lawsuit On Preferred Stock

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A disgruntled shareholder pressing Apple to create a new class of preferred stock has dropped a lawsuit that became a moot point after the iPhone and iPad maker changed the agenda at its annual meeting earlier this week. Lawyers for hedge fund manager David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital notified U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in a letter sent Thursday that they no longer plan to pursue the lawsuit.

China Targets Satellite Launch Market

March 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 percent share by 2020, a leading space program official said. China hopes to increase its market share by establishing strategic alliances with major launch services providers and satellite manufacturers, the deputy head of the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, Liang Xiaohong, said.

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Innovations To Change The Way We Manufacture

March 4, 2013 3:05 pm | by SME | News | Comments

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers announces its 2013 list of Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. “While much of the tech world discusses the latest phone, computer, etc., the SME Innovation Watch Committee discusses what makes that new gadget possible,” said the manager of the Innovation Watch Committee. “They don’t stop at what we can do today, but look to what is possible.”

Manufacturing's Next Chapter

March 4, 2013 3:00 pm | by GEreports | Videos | Comments

At The Atlantic's event, leading experts talk about what they think are the main challenges of manufacturing and the way forward for the U.S. manufacturing industry. Leaders talk about lasers, programming our physical world and beyond. Jamie Tarabay from Ideas Laboratory reports.

CAT B15 Android Phone Aims To Be Forklift-Tough

March 4, 2013 2:51 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

CAT has announced its latest rugged smartphone, the CAT B15. Using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a grooved rubber back, and hard angles, the CAT B15 is aimed for construction and industrial workers. Aiming for durability, it is made of hardened rubber and aluminum.

Preparing A Workforce For Advanced Manufacturing

March 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by Science Nation | Videos | Comments

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on the education of technicians for high technology fields. ATE supports rigorous educational programs that incorporate industry recognized skills and competencies to prepare a qualified technical workforce for industries that are vitally important to the nation's prosperity and security.

Samsung's $1B Bill In Apple Case Reduced

March 4, 2013 10:15 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

March 2013 - Robotic Efficiencies

March 1, 2013 4:42 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue see how Starbucks' continuous improvement philosophy earns an AME Manufacturing Excellence Award, learn how mobile access to maintenance could mean easier troubleshooting, check out the 2013 Industrial Web Directory, and more.

Speedometer Top Speed Often Exceeds Reality

February 28, 2013 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109. So why do the Yaris — and most other cars sold in the U.S. — have speedometers that show top speeds they can't possibly reach?

Audi Allroad: Better Than An SUV

February 27, 2013 3:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, everybody has crossover SUVs - Audi even has two of them. But for 2013, Audi has brought the 'allroad' back to its lineup. An all-wheel drive station wagon with extra ground clearance that's more fun to drive than crossover SUVs.

Nissan - EPORO Robots Come To America

February 27, 2013 3:54 pm | by John Murphy | Videos | Comments

Seven small robots made by Nissan Motor Company could help change the fundamental way we get around forever. EPOROs - or zero emission robot car concepts - have made their debut in America and these little chick-like creatures run on electricity and use algorithms to move in harmony and in solitude.

School Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

February 27, 2013 3:51 pm | by AFTHQ | Videos | Comments

Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school is to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.

Apple CEO Promises Investors 'Great Stuff' To Come

February 27, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook is assuring shareholders that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price. True to Apple's secretive nature, Cook didn't provide any further product details during the company's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

Tesla CEO Vows To Pay Off U.S. Loan Early

February 27, 2013 10:16 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors says his company plans to pay back an Energy Department loan in half the time required by the U.S. government. CEO Elon Musk said Tesla plans to pay off the $465 million federal loan in five years, rather than 10 years.

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