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Building A Plane That Avoids Crashes

August 30, 2012 3:48 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.


Where 6 Tons Of Snacks Are Made Every Hour

August 30, 2012 3:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.


Engineering Newswire 2: Advertising On Toilet Paper

August 30, 2012 11:26 am | by PD&D Broadcasting Crew | Videos

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.


Engineering Newswire: Toilets Of The Future

August 28, 2012 9:41 am | by Product Design & Development Broadcasting Crew | Videos

In this episode of Engineering Newswire — from  Product Design & Development — the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant.


Manufacturing's Robot Factory Future

August 23, 2012 10:04 am | by the New York Times | Videos

A new generation of adaptive vision-equipped robotics is set to change manufacturing around the world. How these robots adapt to their environment is just as important as what they can accomplish. They are being developed to handle and adapt to assembly line shifts, which would be a game-changer for modern manufacturing.


Biggest Product Flops Of 2012

August 21, 2012 11:35 am | by Yahoo | Videos

Farnoosh Torabi from Yahoo digs through some of the recent projects that didn't quite match their expectations. Flops include smartphones from Nokia, which in turn caused the company's stock to plummet, and the "ultrabook" that Intel tried so very hard to push into widespread adoption.


Watch Luxury Cars Struggle In Crash Tests

August 16, 2012 11:15 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety better simulates more realistic, off-center frontal crashes. 


The Creative Engineering Of Anodizing

August 14, 2012 10:58 am | by the Engineer Guy | Videos

Bill Hammack, the "Engineer Guy," tackles anodizing, the process of corroding aluminum just enough to provide a variety of colors, not to mention a durable coating.


The Lesson Of Nissan

August 9, 2012 11:16 am | by The New York Times | Videos

The migration of Nissan jobs to the United States is discussed in great detail. Subjects include outsourcing and unions, among others.


The Hardest Step In Making A Nuclear Bomb

August 2, 2012 10:25 am | by the Engineer Guy | Videos

The hardest step in making a nuclear bomb is making the proper type of uranium. Bill outlines the two key methods for separation: gas diffusion and centrifuges.

RIM May Be Toast

May 31, 2012 9:50 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The struggling BlackBerry-maker issued a dire warning about its business, saying Tuesday that it will post an operating loss for the second-straight quarter and will lay off a large number of employees this year.


How A Smartphone Knows Up From Down

May 24, 2012 9:45 am | by Bill Hammack, EngineerGuy | Videos

Ever wonder how your smartphone knows when you've tilted or swung it around? The secret is in some microscoping silicone etching.


Space Goes Private

May 22, 2012 11:04 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

SpaceX made history today by becoming the first private company to launch a spacecraft toward the International Space Station.


Can A Car Ride The Wall of Death?

April 10, 2012 10:01 am | by Zoom Zoom Mag | Videos

Motorcycle-riding daredevils have long taken on the task of riding their machines on walls. What about a car?


Making The Best Bacon In The Country

April 3, 2012 10:09 am | by Jennifer Davick | Videos

Allan Benton is known nationwide for his smoked bacon, ham and prosciutto, which he makes using a family recipe that’s been around for longer than a lot of us.


Boston Dynamics' Incredible Jumping Robot

March 29, 2012 9:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Boston Dynamics has been hard at work on the Sand Flea, which is an 11-pound robot that can drive like an RC car and jump up to 30 feet in the air.


Printing Prosthetics, Engines, And Jets

March 27, 2012 10:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.


Rebuilding The Old Fords At Rancho Deluxe

March 22, 2012 10:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Ben Thomas, the owner of Melbourne, Australia-based Rancho Deluxe, gives a walkthrough of his workshop and his most prized possession: a '32 Ford Roadster.


Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Stopped Dreaming

March 20, 2012 10:24 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Neil deGrasse Tyson says NASA is a creator of dreams, which help fuel the innovation that will create the technologies and industries of tomorrow.


Andrew McDonald Is A Shoemaker

March 15, 2012 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

This video showcases shoemaker Andrew McDonald, who operates out of a small shop in London.


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