Time Magazine recently revealed its list of the 50 best inventions of 2010. There were a number of major technological breakthroughs over the course of the past few months, including the development of a jetpack, robotic prosthetic legs that allows paraplegics to walk again, and a super bus that can hold roughly 1,000 passengers.
So what's so special about the Chevy Volt? CNN's Maggie Lake hits the streets for a test drive in General Motor's electric car offering, highlights some of its features, and answers whether or not the Volt drives any different than a typical gas-fueled vehicle. Furthermore, she admits the Volt's $41,000 price tag and its mileage are two of the biggest concerns potential customers have as the vehicle hits showrooms.
Recent data suggests that the ubiquitous chemical BPA does have a fairly significant impact on both sperm count and "vitality," according to researchers with Kaiser Permenente. A comparison between male factory workers — who were regularly exposed to BPA — and a normal Chinese male showed that higher exposures to the chemical can cause significant defects.
With the World Series over for this year, we can take some time to reflect on how exactly a single baseball is made. It's a pretty delicate process that starts with what's called the "pill," which is a sphere of cork surrounded by a rubber casing, all smaller than a golf ball. The ball is finished with some cross-stitching done by hand, and perhaps even more impressive than the end product itself is the image of a few hundred workers in neat rows, all doing the same 108 stitches.
“Linotype: The Film” is a documentary about Ottmar Mergenthaler’s amazing Linotype typecasting machine and the people who own and love these machines today. Director & Editor: Douglas Wilson Director of Photography: Brandon Goodwin Audio & Sound Design: Jess Heugel Music: Iron & Wine “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven” Does anyone out there still use one of these machines in a regular (or even ir regular) production process)? “Linotype: The Film” Teaser from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo .
Japanese researchers have developed a human-like robot to supplement the country's shrinking workforce, as nearly 25 percent of the country's population is over the age of 65. The machine has 34 moving joints, stands almost 5-feet tall, and weighs 85 pounds. According to CBS News , the robots are expected to be used in manufacturing applications, and their mobility will allow them to move around the plant at will.
A group of what appear to be students get an important lesson on safety when dealing with molten metals. Step one: Get a bigger set of tongs. Step two: Wear your face shield, and don't lie about not wearing it to your boss. It's on video. Step three: It's usually better to delete these sorts of things, rather than put them on YouTube.
The legendary board game Monopoly turns 75 this year, so CNN visited Hasbro's manufacturing facility to ask the employees why they think the game has been so consistently successful. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
This one's an oldie, but a goodie. Mike Rowe, renowned for his work on Discovery's Dirty Jobs , gives a few anecdotes about some of the work he has been forced to do over the years. And while one of them is particularly cringe-worthy, Mike's message in the end is pretty clear: hard, dirty work is nothing to be ashamed of, and in fact, it's usually the better work.
Former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner discusses the state of the average U.S. worker in today's globalized tech industry, and how companies who are trying to make their enterprises efficient and global are treating their workforce. Furthermore, Gerstner touches on just how these workers can position themselves for success in this environment.
RIP, cassette Walkman. Anyone who was alive in the ’80s or ’90s fondly remembers the Sony Walkman, once the world’s smallest cassette player. Of course, the march of technology makes all things obsolete, this gadget included. Sony has recently announced they will discontinue selling the product in most markets.
What’s 830 pounds, can be moved using only one human thumb, and can travel 100 miles using just one gallon of gas? Apparently, the car featured in this video. The Edison 2 is this year’s winner of the Automotive X Prize competition. It’s certainly not a luxury automobile an executive would buy to impress his or her friends and colleagues, but it's a pretty impressive (and efficient) vehicle in its own right.
Richard Branson, billionaire and adventurous entrepreneur, recently unveiled the runway at what will someday be the world’s first commercial spaceport. While the actual craft that will take aspiring "astronauts" into space isn't quite ready yet, those who have already booked their six-figure ticket are eager to get into the air (and beyond it) some 12 to 18 months from now.
Styrofoam is well-known as an environmental disaster, considering that it can stick around for centuries after we throw it out. The problem is, it's relatively cheap to make compared to the alternatives, and it uses easily-procured petroleum. Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material.
China supplies approximately 90 percent of the rare earth materials to the rest of the world for use in the manufacturing of tech goods, among other uses. Needless to say, the recent news about China holding back exports of these important materials to countries such as Japan is rather disconcerting.
A researcher from Georgia Tech visited CNN to show off some of their newest innovations in the way we control all of our electronic gadgetry: conductive fibers embroidered right onto the sleeve of a jacket or shirt. The wires can then be run right through the fabric to whatever gadget might be in your pocket at the time, allowing you to answer your phone with the swipe of the sleeve.
Sixty Symbols asks the world's best physicists a relatively simple question: What would happen to your hand if you stuck it inside the Large Hadron Collider? A small sampling of possible answers: "Not a good idea." "I don't think you'd feel very much." "These protons have an energy .
A lack of innovation on the part of American companies is one of the biggest reasons behind the economy's struggles, or so argues Michael Mandel, the former chief economist at Business Week. And according to a National Science Foundation study, a mere 9 percent of American companies are committed to "innovating.
Just last week, Berkely Bionics unveiled eLEGS, which they describe as "an exoskeleton for wheel-chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest." The bionic legs will hopefully allow paraplegics to be mobile even after their accident. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
Kit Kat turns 75 this year, so CNN 's Ayesha Durgahee visited a factory in York, England to learn about their secret to success even after three-fourths of a century. The bars you buy today are the same Rowntree recipe that was used decades ago, so no flavor has been lost over the years. As an added bonus, chocolate appears to be relatively recession-proof — despite increases in the price of cocoa, consumers are almost always willing to maintain their chocolate habit even as pursestrings tighten.