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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.

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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.                               

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‘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.

What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

February 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS | Articles | Comments

How do you accommodate 3D printing from a business management standpoint within an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application? Here are a few insights.                           

Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.           

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Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                    

3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

3D Printing Could Revolutionize Home Building

January 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A USC professor demonstrates how to build a 2,500-square-foot home in less than 20 hours. Brittney Hopper, KCBS 2 Los Angeles, reports.                                 

The Future of Localized Manufacturing

January 24, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Atlantic | Videos | Comments

Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow.

The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

January 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel-efficient car. It's a plug-in hybrid with a 0.8 liter, 2 cylinder aluminum diesel engine and gets 160 mpg.                             

Next-Level 3D Printing With Metal

January 22, 2014 9:32 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

3D printing took another leap forward when Michigan Technological University scientists invented a 3D metal printer available at a relatively affordable price. While the machine is still a work in progress, it opens up the possibility of 3D metal printing for medium and small businesses, and even dedicated hobbyists. Here are some possible pros and cons that result from affordable, open-source 3D metal printers.

Why Electric Cars Matter To GM

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Mark Reuss, President, GM North America discusses why electric cars are crucial to GM.                                               

Why 3D Printing Could Be A Manufacturing And Logistics Game Changer

January 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Danielle M., Blogger & Business Student | Articles | Comments

Could 3D printing revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David." Three-dimensional printing takes the opposite approach. 

New Infrared Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Fluke Corporation | Videos | Comments

A lot is at stake when you're relying on images that are out of focus. Never again question your infrared image with Fluke's LaserSharp Auto Focus which gives you consistently in-focus images, every single time, says the company.      

FutureGen Gets Key Energy Department Approval

January 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department issued its 25-page approval of the $1.65 billion plan that would refit a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia in western Illinois. The project would remove carbon dioxide from the coal and store it underground. The greenhouse gas is linked to climate change.

Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

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