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Amazon's New Robot Workforce

February 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

The Amazon warehouse in Coppell, Texas is far from an average distribution center. This particular warehouse is populated by a fleet of robots, designed to move around the center at speeds faster than any human is capable. According to Amazon, the robots are able to travel up to 60 football field’s worth of customer...

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When Will Low U.S. Gas Prices Fuel Consumer Spending?

February 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos

The U.S. is benefitting from lower gas prices at the pump, but that has not yet translated to a spending boom as consumer spending fell 0.3 percent in December. Bloomberg’s Matt Townsend and Alix Steel report on In The Loop...   

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Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget For 2016

February 3, 2015 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

President Obama has unveiled his new budget proposal — all $3.99 trillion of it. According to the President, the goal of the new budget is to be “practical, not partisan” in order to provide a boost to middle class families and to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Under the President’s new proposal existing spending caps would...

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American Economy In The Fourth Quarter: A Mixed Bag

January 30, 2015 10:05 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Bloomberg News sat down with Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek Economics Editor, and Susan Lyne, AOL BBG Ventures President to discuss the American economy, and to try to answer the question: is America roaring back economically? Coy reported that with an average of a quarter million jobs added per...

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FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

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New Safety Reports Show Cars Are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, cars are safer now than they have ever been. The institute tested more than three dozen vehicles...

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ND Oil Boom Braces For A Winter Cooldown

January 29, 2015 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

People in Williston, North Dakota aren't just hunkered down because of the winter weather — they're feeling the slow down low oil prices have created for local businesses. As the city at the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, Williston's been hit by an economic downturn that defies basic economics. Though many rigs in...

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Ford’s Focus On Driving Innovation

January 28, 2015 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

When it comes to the auto industry, you’ve got to innovate or risk being left behind. Ford isn’t about to get lost in the shuffle as it continues to move forward on modernizing its vehicles. From aluminum-body F-150 trucks and carbon-fiber supercars, to researching future technology like...

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Can A 3D Printed Car Change The Industry?

January 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

Local Motors showed off its Strati 3D printed car in Detroit this year with plans to begin selling it later this year. If we’re all to believe the hype, 3D printed vehicles could play a role in the future of the auto industry. But some challenges remain before they can go mainstream...

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Has Beretta Manufactured The Army's Next Gun?

January 27, 2015 4:46 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos

The U.S. Army is in the market for a new standard issue handgun. The standard issue handgun has been the Beretta M9 since 1985 and the Army is opening the door to competitors to present their concepts. That does not mean Beretta is out of the running though. They have manufactured a...

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Yahoo Decision Day: What To Do With Alibaba?

January 27, 2015 10:33 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos

Scott Kurnit, chairman and chief executive officer at Keep, and Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson discuss the options available to Yahoo as it decides what to do with its stake in Alibaba. They speak on “In The Loop" for Bloomberg news...   

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The Next Global Markets For U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus? While there’s been talk about Cuba, now that restrictions...

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Obama Announces More "Made In America" Exports To India

January 26, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

During his trip to India, President Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives designed to generate $4B in trade and investments and create jobs in both the U.S. and India. He announced that over the next two years, the Export Import Bank will commit up to $1B in financing to support "Made in America" exports...

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Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance On Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on...

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Bloomberg News reports on how Robotics and AI have been taking some interest. Here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year...    

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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Cheap Gas Reignites America's Love Affair With The SUV

January 20, 2015 10:38 am | by CNN Money | Videos

SUVs are king once again, now that filling them up with gas costs significantly less than it did a few years ago. CNN Money's Christine Romans explains what drivers are buying, and why that doesn't necessarily mean an environmental catastrophe...  

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Renewing Detroit: Dan Gilbert’s Fight Against Blight

January 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert is responsible for $1.6 billion in funds to rebuild Detroit after its declaration of bankruptcy in 2013. One of the biggest obstacles is the number of abandoned buildings that need to be removed: 78,000, according to the...

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to CNN's Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum. The company is considering hiring an ethicist during the automated car design process... 

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Free Community College: Pathway To A Valuable Education?

January 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos

Bloomberg speaks to Gail Mellow, president at LaGuardia Community College, about the Obama initiative to make community college free.  Do we need more mechanics and plumbers, or does America need more entrepreneurs graduating from community colleges? Gail Mellow, president....

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