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NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News | News | Comments

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

Commercial Aviation in the 21st Century

June 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how commercial aviation may change in the coming years.                                                    

Tesla CEO Hints at Surprise Move

June 5, 2014 9:52 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the company's annual shareholder meeting that he's thinking of doing something "fairly controversial" regarding the company's patents.                           

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Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                            

New Smart Car Tech Already Saving Lives

June 4, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

New technology that automates a lot of the driving is already saving lives. Safety advocates want it mandatory in all new cars.                                   

Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated | Articles | Comments

If implemented correctly, wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.                    

Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.            

Inside Lockheed Martin's Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Imagine a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life.                                       

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Manufacturing a Modern Roller Coaster

May 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Modern computing and manufacturing has made building a roller coaster a lot like putting together a Lego set.                                         

Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 9:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads.                                  

Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY | News | Comments

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.            

First Look: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3

May 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet at an event on Tuesday, saying the goal of the device is to "take away the conflict" between owning a laptop and a tablet.                        

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May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

Google Eyes up to $30B in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion.                                   

Special Operations Forces Could Get 'Iron Man' Suit

May 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning a similar suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe.          

Cobham Buying Aeroflex for $920M

May 20, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aeroflex, based in Plainview, New York, makes products and test equipment used by the aerospace, medical and wireless industries. Cobham makes everything from aircraft fuel tanks to antennas.                  

Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

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.                           

Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.            

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.                           

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

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