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Daily news and top headlines for manufacturing professionals

The Secret To Better Productivity Is... Happiness

February 13, 2012 9:45 am | by TED | Videos

Many in America believe that work leads to success, and that leads to happiness — the typical American dream. But could we be thinking that backwards?

The Beginnings Of An NFL Football

February 10, 2012 10:16 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Horween Leather Co. starts with a raw cowhide and takes it through a number of processes, like tanning and embossing, in order to produce top-grade leather for NFL footballs.

Less Than $1 An Hour To Make iPads

February 9, 2012 9:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CNN's Stan Grant was recently able to sit down with a Foxconn worker to talk about the conditions in which she makes Apple products.


The Chevy Sonic As An Instrument

February 8, 2012 9:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

The idea is that the band drives around in a Chevy Sonic with retractable appendages that "play" the various instruments, such as a corridor of pianos or guitars.

Washing Machine Death

February 7, 2012 10:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

This Aussie YouTube user seems to take some satisfaction from seeing old washing machines meet untimely ends, and this video doesn't disappoint.

Apple Under Fire

February 6, 2012 10:32 am | by CBS News | Videos

Questions are beginning to be raised about whether the company is ignoring reports of abusive working conditions.


The Ultra-Rich Sound Off On The Middle Class

February 3, 2012 9:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, says that big business should be embarrassed by how badly the middle class has been hit by the recession.


The Incredible Miniatur Wunderland

February 2, 2012 9:45 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Between locales in mainland Europe, Scandanavia, and the U.S., there's 900 miniature trains pulling around 12,000 wagons, not to mention miniature cars being controlled by a complex system of software and human overseers.


Lego Man In Space

February 1, 2012 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Why Is Your Cereal Getting More Expensive?

January 31, 2012 1:37 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Ken Powell, CEO of General Mills, says that food inflation is at an all-time high, with it rising 11 percent in 2011.


Orion: From Factory To Flight

January 31, 2012 10:08 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

NASA is making consistent progress on its Orion spacecraft, which has been devised to help astronauts explore deeper into space than ever before possible.


2012: The Year Of 3D Printing

January 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

It's quite possible 2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace.


A Crime-Fighting Police Robot

January 26, 2012 9:46 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

There are already police robots currently on the market, but they're prohibitively expensive for most police forces. Not anymore.

Inside BMW's Carbon Fiber Manufacturing

January 25, 2012 10:05 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

The complexity of the whole operation is pretty staggering, and the results are just as cool.


(Cyber) Crime And Punishment

January 24, 2012 9:50 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks through three types of online attacks on privacy and data — and only two are considered crimes.


Motorcycle Versus Car Drift Battle

January 23, 2012 9:47 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

This short film puts Nick 'Apex' Brocha and Ernie Vigil in the roles of vagabond bikers with a penchant for going sideways and running from the cops, sometimes simultaneously. 


Making A Surfboard That Lasts Generations

January 20, 2012 9:39 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

Randy Weflen makes each hollow cedar surfboard by hand, and carves them out to last generations, not a single season.

The Oldest Piano Shop In Paris

January 19, 2012 9:44 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

The Fournitures Generales Pour Le Piano is a small shop on the streets of Paris that sells parts to repair pianos, a dwindling market if there ever was one.

Gentlemen, Thaw Your Chickens

January 18, 2012 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

In order to ensure that their planes are protected against potential bird strikes, aerospace companies regularly test their creations against chicken carcasses.


Protecting Curiosity: The Mars Science Lab Aeroshell

January 17, 2012 9:30 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Videos

The Lockheed Martin-aeroshell is a blunt-nosed cone that encapsulates and protects Curiosity during its deep space cruise to Mars.



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