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World's Largest Solar Plant Comes To CA

September 18, 2013 12:29 pm | by CBS News

A massive solar project in the Mojave Desert will hook up to the power grid this weekend, and could start supplying electricity to homes by the end of the year. The plant has 170,000 heliostats, each with the capacity to power one home.    

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VW Plant Helping TN Build A Manufacturing Future

September 17, 2013 12:08 pm | by CBS News

Chattanooga, Tenn., beat out 400 other cities to be the home of a new VW plant five years ago, which created jobs for 2,500 people. Jessica Davis is one of the workers who belong to the manufacturing middle class America is trying to rebuild. CBS News' Mark Strassmann reports.

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IMTSTV: New Co-Located Show At IMTS 2014

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by imtsvideos

Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.

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Driverless Mercedes Debuts At Car Show

September 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CBS News

Daimler has unveiled its much anticipated self-driving Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International car show. The auto maker has been making incremental improvements to its autonomous technology, saying the car, driving with limited autonomy, performed well on a recent 100 km test drive through Germany. Daimler plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle available to consumers by 2020. 

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Inside America's First Smartphone Factory

September 12, 2013 1:40 pm | by CNN Money

The Moto X smartphone is now being manufactured out of a new facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Gov. Rick Perry and top executives attended the opening of a Fort Worth plant where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S.

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$8M Mercedes With Lizard Skin Interior

September 11, 2013 3:39 pm | by CNN Money

In the early part of the 20th century, if you were buying a very expensive, luxury car, you'd probably commission a car to be made just for you. The 1928 Mercedes Saoutchik has seats covered in lizard skin, is powered by a 6.8 liter super-charged 6-cylinder engine, and recently sold for over $8 million. 

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Satellite Cameras Saving Endangered Species

September 11, 2013 3:36 pm | by CamConsultants

A remote monitoring system from product development firm Cambridge Consultants is helping conservationists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) combat poachers and track rare animals in the wild. The Instant Wild project uses the Iridium satellite communication network to transmit near-real-time images from motion-triggered cameras in the remotest areas of Africa.

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Advanced Manufacturing In The South

September 11, 2013 3:32 pm | by MAPI media

A new report finds that the implementation of advanced manufacturing in the American South could help the region realize its economic potential and make a vital contribution to an industry-led strategy for a revival in U.S. economic fortunes. 

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Buy Street-Legal Cars From Sci-Fi Flicks

September 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by CNN Money

Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. According to the Parkers, they build the "strange and unusual."

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What Has The U.S. Learned After The Financial Collapse?

September 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by NBC News

What has the U.S. learned five years after the financial collapse? Banking analyst Meredith Whitney and the Financial Times' Tom Braithwaite join Morning Joe to discuss. Has America steered itself out of the recession?         

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007 Style Submarine Lotus Drives Underwater

September 10, 2013 3:47 pm | by BBC

BBC's Richard Hammond drives a car into a reservoir, and explains how it has been specially designed and built for this purpose. Despite a few leaks, it does actually 'drive' underwater. A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" was recently sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

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Elon Musk Talks The Future Of Design

September 10, 2013 12:24 pm | by spacexchannel

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. The company is integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than by using purely 2D tools. SpaceX is just beginning, but eventually hopes to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor.

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Going Private BlackBerry's Only Hope?

September 9, 2013 12:54 pm | by CNN Money

Rumors that BlackBerry might be bought out by its biggest shareholder is fueling optimism about the smartphone maker a day before Apple's new iPhone announcement. Blackberry most likely won't steal Apple's thunder, but BlackBerry shares are rallying.

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What Do Strong Auto Sales Mean For The Broader Economy?

September 6, 2013 1:31 pm | by CBS News

New numbers show August had the highest number of auto sales of any month since the Great Recession. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales. Financial and economic analyst Mellody Hobson explains why sales are booming.

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$1.9M Car Based On Airplane Design

September 5, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money

The 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne was designed by an aviation designer and takes cues from airplanes of that era. The designer of the Voisin was originally an aviation designer and wanted to transfer aviation design to the automobile to create the best car he could. It recently sold at Pebble Beach for $1.925 million. 

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The Next Generation In Condition Monitoring

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by SPM Instrument

SPM Instrument releases the latest portable instruments in Vibration and Bearing Monitoring. Rugged Construction, Tri-Axial Vibration, Shock Pulse, Electronic Stethoscope, Temperature, Laser Alignment, Balancing, Voice Recording, and much more.

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Nissan Juke Nismo: Tiny SUV Packs A Punch

September 4, 2013 5:28 pm | by CNN Money

The Nissan Juke Nismo delivers only 9 HP more than the base Juke model, but with tighter suspension and steering it does make this small SUV just a touch more fun. Nismo is Nissan's performance brand, and in this case, does deliver just a bit more power.

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NASA Creates A Rocket Component Using 3D Printing

September 4, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mashable Video

NASA has successfully tested a new kind of rocket engine component created using 3D printing. The engine injector was put through high-pressure, test firings of liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, and it passed.            

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The New But Not Much Improved Microsoft

September 4, 2013 5:22 pm | by CNN Money

Microsoft's $7 billion deal to buy Nokia's cellphone business has investors wondering if the software giant can finally stake a claim in the mobile phone industry. A source of national pride, Finland's Nokia Corp. had led the cellphone industry for more than a decade, reaching a peak of 40 percent market share in 2008.

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The Pencil: An Engineered Communication Device

September 4, 2013 5:19 pm | by CBS News

As students go back to school, CBS News' Mo Rocca explores that classic writing instrument: the pencil. He introduces us to David Rees, who has written the book on sharpening pencils, and brings us to Pencil City USA to learn how pencils are made.

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