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Phantom Eye In The Sky

January 2, 2013 3:01 pm | by Boeing

The Phantom Eye is a hydrogen-powered, unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) designed to serve as an eye in the sky for surveillance, disaster relief, search and rescue, and a multitude of other uses. For more information visit


$30,000 For A Gold MacBook With Diamonds

January 2, 2013 2:57 pm | by CNN Money

A Las Vegas startup, Computer Choppers, personalizes any electronic gadget with unique designs in precious metals and stones. Specializing in Apple products, the company can take an iMac or tablet and strip it down to bare metal, engrave or personalize it for a customer, and then plate the gadget 24K gold, platinum, or other finishes.


Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle Of Local Robot Makers

January 2, 2013 2:53 pm | by ReutersVideo

Despite being recognized as a world leader in robot design, Japan is playing catch-up to develop robots capable of dealing with the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Authorities have had to rely on American made machines to assess the damage inside the reactors. But now the country's big three manufacturers are building their own versions of durable, remote-controlled robots for hazardous environments.


Whisky Maker Mixes Drinking And Driving

January 2, 2013 2:52 pm | by Reuters

Millions of people around the globe toasted the new year with a glass of one of Scotland's best exports but only one traditional whisky also provides fuel for your car. Ivor Bennett reports from the Scottish distillery, Tullibardine, which has gone into business with Celtic Renewables, part of Napier University, to convert its whisky leftovers into auto fuel.


Made In The USA Again: Factors Affecting A Resurgence

January 2, 2013 12:48 pm | by PwC

In this video from consulting firm PwC, US Industrial Products leader Bob McCutcheon discusses seven key factors that will affect a resurgence in American manufacturing, from shale gas, to talent, to demand, and more. Check it out here.


IMTSTV: 2012 A 'Fantastic' Year For Manufacturing

December 21, 2012 11:59 am | by IMTSTV

IMTSTV's Penny Brown interviews Angel Martinez, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Caterpillar on how tax reform can boost manufacturing, improving U.S. infrastructure and importance of workforce development; Pat McGibbon interviews Richard Aboulafia with Teal Group on the fiscal cliff as it relates to the aerospace industry; and more. Brown says 2012 was "a fantastic year for manufacturing."


The True Cost Of Microsoft's New Tablet

December 20, 2012 8:11 am | by CNN Money

The Surface is Microsoft's attempt to break into the tablet market that the iPad has been dominating since it came out nearly three years ago. The first tablet the PC company has made, Microsoft's Surface tablet's healthy profit margin could make it a big winner.


Boeing Prepares For Happier Landings

December 20, 2012 8:10 am | by Reuters

With one of the busiest holiday travel seasons of the year about to begin, air traffic control procedures are set to receive a 21st century face lift. Aircraft industry giant Boeing is in the final stages of testing out a new system that gives airplanes tailor-made landing paths, a technology they say will decrease airlines delays and cut harmful fuel emissions significantly.


Ford C-Max: Strange Looking, Fun To Drive

December 20, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

The Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid may look like an appliance, but it is a surprisingly fun, peppy, and fuel efficient car.  The C-Max Energi Hybrid plugin model allows drivers to go an additional 20 miles on electricity only from wall outlet. A compact car, the C-Max is designed for maximum cargo and allows drivers to open the tailgate with their foot.


CNET's 2012 Gadget Tips And Picks

December 20, 2012 8:08 am | by CBS News

CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley lists the top gadgets of 2012 and gives tips on picking the right products. He covers the top smartphones (his top pick: the Galaxy S3), the top tablets (the Nexus 7 or the new Microsoft Surface), the top computers (the MacBook Air), the top e-readers (none, go cheap, he says), and the top TVs (plasma).


SC Johnson's Largest Manufacturing Facility Get Wind Energy

December 19, 2012 1:18 pm | by SC Johnson

When the blades started spinning yesterday on SC Johnson’s two new wind turbines, the company’s Waxdale manufacturing facility began to further minimize its dependence on fossil fuels. The addition of the turbines means that products made at Waxdale – brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex® – will now be made using clean energy.


Alabama Builds A New Economy

December 19, 2012 12:04 pm | by NBC News

Manufacturing is moving to the Southern United States in a big way. In Mobile, an Australian shipbuilding company called Austal is leading the way in hiring—bringing on up to 100 new employees every month.'s Matt Rivera explores why.


Tim Cook: Keeping Apple Cutting Edge

December 18, 2012 12:17 pm | by NBC News

Steve Jobs’ hand-picked successor, current Apple CEO Tim Cook, talks exclusively to Rock Center Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams about Apple’s battle with Samsung, glitches with their maps app, the prospect of Apple TV, and the challenge of keeping Apple cutting edge.


Greek Yogurt Craze Revives NY Manufacturing Town

December 17, 2012 1:29 pm | by NBC News

The growing popularity of Greek yogurt in the United States has revived at least one town in upstate New York when Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya decided to buy a closing yogurt factory in New Berlin, N.Y. He's grown the staff from 5 employees to over 1300 people. Rock Center’s Harry Smith reports.


United Tech Joins Chorus Of Optimistic Companies

December 14, 2012 1:20 pm | by Reuters

United Technologies joins 3M and Dupont with an optimistic outlook for the U.S. economy, saying it expects profit to rise about 13 percent next year. And the fall in consumer prices in November was the first decline in six months. Lower gasoline prices pushed prices overall lower, while inflation is just below a 2 percent pace for the year.


Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game

December 13, 2012 10:57 am | by Kettering University

Prof. Larry Navarre (Business) presents "Supply Chain Management: The Beer Game" during the Provost's Distinguished Faculty Speaker Series. Prof. Navarre touches on the important functions of fulfilling a customer request including product development, marketing, operations, distribution, finance, and customer service.


Automakers Easing Pain At The Pump

December 12, 2012 1:03 pm | by CBS News

Americans are buying new vehicles at the fastest pace since January 2008. But they're also looking to spend less time at the pump. And as CBS News' John Blackstone reports, automakers are finally getting the message and turned this year's LA Auto Show bolder - and greener- than ever before.


Laser Beaming Could Replace Power Lines

December 12, 2012 12:59 pm | by Reuters

A company in Washington state is developing wireless technology that delivers electricity via laser beams. The scientists and engineers who run the company, Lasermotive, are using the lasers to power aerial drones but say their technology could also replace conventional power lines to deliver electricity to homes.


Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Production

December 12, 2012 12:56 pm | by EuropeanMotorNews

Volvo Car Corporation is ramping up production of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2013. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars from model year 2014.


Aston Martin Vanquish: Worth It

December 12, 2012 12:53 pm | by CNN Money

The brand new Vanquish comes with some good news and some bad news: Though the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish will run you $280,000, its speed, handling, and refinement make it totally worth it, says CNN Money senior writer Peter Valdes-Dapena.



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