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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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How Audi Sees The Future Of Cars

May 8, 2013 1:18 pm | by CNN Money

We've seen a number of concept cars from Audi, but when will we be able get behind the wheel of a fully plug-in electric car from Audi? Audi of America president Scott Keogh talks about Audi's technological breakthroughs in plug-in and self-driving vehicles.

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BMW Factory Goes Green

May 7, 2013 1:25 pm | by NBC News

BMW's South Carolina factory goes green, by producing more than 40 percent of its energy on site, and gaining recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency. BMW's changes make more money and increase efficiency at the facility. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

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Unemployment At 4-Year Low, Markets At New Highs

May 6, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The United States economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April. The U.S. economy is now boasting the lowest unemployment rates in four years.

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Texas Fire Official: 'Debris Could Give Answers'

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Kelly Kistner, an assistant state fire marshal in Texas, said that investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. He said that debris there could provide answers.

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If Cars Could Talk, Accidents Might be Avoidable

May 2, 2013 1:36 pm | by Ted

When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road? Jennifer Healey imagines a world without accidents.

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