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Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Local Hospital

February 26, 2014 9:32 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace.

Samsung's New Products In 90 Seconds

February 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here's the first look at Samsung's new products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Gear 2 and the more innovative Gear Fit, which combines the functionality of the Gear with biometrics and a curved touchscreen.          

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What's A Bitcoin? A Look At The Digital Currency

February 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Early Tuesday, the world's most established exchange for Bitcoin disappeared from the Internet, sending the price of the virtual currency tumbling and prompting fears that the world's biggest experiment in electronic cash could soon be strangled by fraud or regulation.

Google Announces $1M Donation To Solve Problems Through Technology

February 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Google's ideas director, announce New Digital Age grants for groups or individuals that use technology to solve problems. Schmidt and Cohen also discuss the future of technology.     

Say Hello To Project Tango

February 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by Google ATAP | Videos | Comments

Google's Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.                                       

A Self-Driving Tesla From Swiss Futurists

February 20, 2014 2:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE concept car explores all that might be possible to do in a car once you no longer have to drive it yourself.                                    

What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple's top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion.

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'Back To The Future' Self-Tying Power Laces Coming Soon

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nike will introduce self-tying "power laces," as worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. In the 1989 movie, the power laces became a reality in 2015. Sure enough, next year is when Nike will unveil the laces, confirmed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield.

Why An Apple, Tesla Partnership Makes Sense

February 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Silicon Valley has always rewarded great design, both inside and out. The two companies are among the most exemplary examples of this, be it the iPhone, iPad, or the Model S. Every detail is thought of, and it all works seamlessly with each other. However, that's where many of the similarities end. 

Is There A Place For Wearable Tech In Manufacturing?

February 19, 2014 9:51 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technologies are a hot trend. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this past January, there was no shortage of high-tech watches, glasses, and hats for entertainment and fitness applications. But can wearables make the transition from recreation to business? 

Obama Orders New Fuel Standards For Trucks

February 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is ordering a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016. He is highlighting improvements already undertaken by companies such as Safeway to cut back on gasoline costs for their fleet of trucks.

Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.        

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Cadillac ELR: Plug-In Luxury, Hefty Cost

February 14, 2014 9:48 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in that also has a gasoline engine to extend its distance. The car has excellent suspension, decent acceleration, but the $76,000 price tag is a lot for a two-door Cadillac.                

Google Gets More Guarded About Acquisition Numbers

February 14, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing, marking the first time that the U.S. company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004.

Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step In Lab Test

February 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it.            

Study: Manufacturers Will Benefit From Low-Cost U.S. Natural Gas

February 13, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | News | Comments

Cheap natural gas will have a greater impact on U.S. manufacturing over the next several years than is commonly assumed, giving the U.S. a powerful cost advantage that will benefit a wide range of industries across the full value chain, from feedstock to finished goods.

Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Solar Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Brian Skoloff and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

Making The All-New Mac Pro

February 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Apple | Videos | Comments

The Mac Pro is a computer unlike any we have ever created. To build it, we pioneered new processes, innovated manufacturing techniques, and essentially rethought how to make a computer. This is the story of how it all comes together.      

Humanoid Robots Could Soon Replace Store Employees

February 13, 2014 9:06 am | by CBS News | News | Comments

Inventors say robots could soon replace people at grocery stores, airports, and sports stadiums. Lucy McDonald came face to face with one in Southwest England.                            

The High-Tech Racing Apparel Of Team USA Speed Skaters

February 10, 2014 2:21 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Team USA's long-track speed skaters will take the ice in Sochi wearing some of the most high-tech racing apparel the Olympics has ever seen — created by a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Under Armour.             

Farms In London's Underground

February 6, 2014 9:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A modern farming experiment in disused London Underground tunnels grows eco-friendly food. Its backers are hoping to grow the business as well.                               

‘Talking’ Cars? It Needs to Happen, Feds Say

February 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Experts say cars that are able to communicate with one another — warning about road dangers or an impending crash — could reduce fatalities.                                

Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put On Ice

February 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Gretchen Ehlke, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.             

Feds To Decide On Car-To-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

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