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Orion Launches New Era of Space Exploration

December 5, 2014 2:09 pm | by USA TODAY

On the second attempt day, NASA successfully launched Orion from Cape Canaveral Friday morning. A future phase of the mission is to take astronauts first to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, possibly in the 2030s.          

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Orion Launch Scrubbed by NASA Due to Valve Failure

December 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY

NASA's first attempt to launch Orion, a new exploration capsule, was scrubbed Thursday after numerous delays. The ultimate goal for Orion is to take astronauts to Mars, but that won't happen until at least the 2030s.          

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Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

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Germany Might Not Keep its Promise of a Million Electric Cars on Road by 2020

December 3, 2014 2:28 pm | by USA TODAY

Germany is set to fail in its ambitious plan to put a million electric cars on the road by 2020. An expert panel has warned that only half the target number will be achieved unless the government spends millions to make electric cars more attractive.

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'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency to Police Shootings

December 3, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.

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The Supersonic Jets of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by CNNMoney

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

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Gun Manufacturers are Targeting a New Demographic

December 2, 2014 2:53 pm | by CNNMoney

At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, a new trend in gun manufacturing was made clear: gun sales for women and by women are on the rise. As a result, the industry is beginning to make guns that are more aesthetically appealing to women and are better suited for women's specific needs. 

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Bolivian Recycling Changes the Manufacturing of School Furniture

December 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Reuters

Innovative recycling project in La Paz separates city waste and converts plastic garbage into school furniture made from 'plastiwood'.                                 

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A Super Jumbo A380 Gutted in Two Minutes

December 1, 2014 2:44 pm | by Bloomberg News

Emirates performs a heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane, the A380. The process took 55 days to complete. Here it is in under two minutes.                         

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Can Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Go the Distance?

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Bloomberg News

A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation isn't without risks in an unproven market.

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Student Makes Low-Cost Prosthetic With 3D Printer

November 26, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News

Jeff Powell, a college student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. The impact of this could be more profound.                   

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Ford Edge Gets 'Adaptive Steering'

November 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by USA TODAY

Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer talks with USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard about the 'adaptive steering' feature in the 2015 Ford Edge crossover, due in showrooms next spring.                       

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This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

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Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

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The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

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Michelin: Taking the Average Tire and Turning it into a 'Tweel'

November 21, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today

Tire maker Michelin is literally reinventing the wheel for industrial equipment and commercial mowers. Michelin North American Chairman and President Pete Selleck says, "the tweel is a revolutionary new product that combines a tire and a wheel."

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What Exactly is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.                                                     

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Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

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Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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Where are Tesla’s 12,000 'Missing' Cars?

November 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by Bloomberg News

Kyle Stock and Cory Johnson examine the “mystery” of Tesla’s missing vehicles.                                                  

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