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Ram 1500: Good Looks, Great Truck

May 23, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money

The Ram 1500 combines great looks with fuel efficiency, air suspension, and real truck performance, reports CNN Money's Senior Writer Peter Valdes-Dapena. With nice looks both inside and out, the Ram 1500 also offers a fuel-saving eight speed transmission.

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Cheetah Robot: Model Of Speed, Efficiency

May 23, 2013 8:00 am | by ReutersVideo

The cheetah is not only the world's fastest land animal, it is also one of the most energy efficient, expending only what it needs to survive. It's that efficiency that engineers at MIT are working to emulate in a robotic cheetah, already clocked as the second fastest robot ever developed.

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Apple CEO: No Plans To Move $100B Back To U.S.

May 22, 2013 1:15 pm | by NBC News

Apple CEO Tim Cook states to a Senate panel Tuesday that under the current U.S. corporate tax code, he has no plans to transfer $100 billion in company profits to the U.S. from overseas. Some analysts think this might push congress to make some changes in corporate tax code.

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Is Apple Losing Its Cool?

May 21, 2013 1:22 pm | by CNN

Google has released a spate of new products, but tech giant Apple still leads—today—says business reporter Rocco Pendola. Now accused of losing it's innovative edge, Pendola says Apple needs to release the next new gadget within the next year and questions whether CEO Tim Cook is the right leader for the job.

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Go Inside A Bangladeshi Garment Factory

May 20, 2013 11:59 am | by CNN Money

Garment factory owners struggle to shake off the stigma of poor working conditions after the tragic collapse of a rented facility that was not equipped for factory use. Garment workers now question how safe they are at their own factory jobs.

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Small SUVs Struggle In Crash Test

May 17, 2013 12:30 pm | by CNN Money

Five SUVs including the Hyundai Tuscon, Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Buick Encore and Jeep Patriot earned poor ratings in a tough new crash test. Only two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations.

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Why Full Skies Could Mean A New Recession

May 16, 2013 2:39 pm | by ReutersTV

Rebound or relapse? Reuters Breakingviews says planespotters know that the global economy could be heading for a fresh downturn. Aggressive aircraft orders may mean economic contraction the following year, and a warning that things may get pretty bumpy next year.

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Crash Course: Spacer Shaft Alignment

May 16, 2013 8:03 am | by LUDECA Inc.

Misalignment between machines can cause unscheduled downtime, increased power consumption, and increased vibration. In this video, LUDECA focuses on spacer shaft alignments, describing the unique benefits, tolerances, and alignment methods specific to spacer shaft machines using laser alignment equipment.

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Wearable Robots Getting Lighter, More Portable

May 16, 2013 8:02 am | by The Associated Press

A wheelchair may not be the only option for people who cannot walk on their own. So-called wearable robots are becoming lighter and more portable. The devices won't replace wheelchairs, which are faster. None of the devices are speedy enough, for example, for a paralyzed person to walk across a street before the light changes, said Arun Jayaraman of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, who is testing a number of similar devices.

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Top 10 Coolest Things At AMUG 2013

May 16, 2013 8:01 am | by IMTSTV

iSpy Jake Ervin attended the AMUG (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida this year. Vendors displayed some very exciting parts manufacturing with additive technology. Jake shows us the top 10 coolest parts exhibited at the event.

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Second Life For Boeing Airplanes

May 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Boeing

Boeing has earned a reputation for its commitment to environmental strategies, positioning itself as an industry leader in developing ways to lessen environmental impact. One example of that is through its aircraft recycling program. Take a look at some of the ways Boeing is providing a second life to reclaimed and certified airplane parts and materials.

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Paradise Lost For Asian Manufacturers

May 15, 2013 12:55 pm | by ReutersTV

Cheap labor and fast production once made Asia a near-nirvana for Western retailers and manufacturers. Massive factories and a yound population with a strong work ethic created an ideal production location. But as risks, and costs, rise, many of these Western businesses are planning to shift their production closer to home.

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Inside BMW's Design Lab

May 14, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money

An inside look at BMW's North American design lab, where the company works on everything from cars to coffee makers. Designworks is an independent creative agency owned by BMW that is always working on the next generation of cars.   

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Building Apple's iPhone Doesn't Pay Like It Used To

May 13, 2013 11:52 am | by ReutersTV

Apple's legendary profit margins may be challenged if the firm releases its long-rumored low-end iPhone later this year. But the ones really feeling the pinch will be its suppliers. Apple does none of its own production and relies on Asia's contract makers - the biggest of the bunch being Foxconn. Foxconn draws an estimated 60 to 70 percent of its business from work commissioned by Apple.

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Google Glass: A First Real Life Look

May 10, 2013 12:34 pm | by ABC News

ABC News' Joanna Stern shares what life is like behind Google's connected glasses.  With 16 gigabytes of storage, a 5 megapixal camera, Bluetooth radio, and more, Google Glass is making it's debut into the real world.    

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Why Is U.S. Manufacturing Left Out Of The Recovery?

May 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Bloomberg TV

Scott Paul, executive director at Alliance For American Manufacturing and Bloomberg political analyst Matt Dowd discuss the current state of manufacturing in the United States. They speak on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

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Robots As Pharmacists?

May 9, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN

A robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center could be the next big thing for hospitals. The robot counts, dispenses and packages pills with perfect accuracy. Doctors at the Medical Center say the machine has been a game-changer – eliminating errors and mistakes.

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Flying Disc-Throwing Robots Teach Kids Tech

May 9, 2013 8:02 am | by The Associated Press

Thousands of high school students from around the world have put their engineering skills to the test at an international robotics contest. "FIRST" is compared to a "Superbowl of the Mind" mixing math, science, and technology with competition.

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Handmade In Detroit

May 9, 2013 8:01 am | by NBC News

Willie J. Holley III and Lakishka Raybon, employees of the watchmaker Shinola, share their pride in creating watches by hand. Heath Carr, CEO of Bedrock Manufacturing, explains why it is important to be in Detroit, a city with a rich manufacturing history.

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Why BMW Is Building A Bobsled

May 9, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN Money

The United States Olympic team has tapped the automaker to design and develop a two-man bobsled for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games. To the bobsled-making game, BMW brings its technical experience in functionality and aerodynamics.

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