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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.

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The Chevy Sonic As An Instrument

February 8, 2012 9:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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The Ultra-Rich Sound Off On The Middle Class

February 3, 2012 9:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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The Incredible Miniatur Wunderland

February 2, 2012 9:45 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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Lego Man In Space

February 1, 2012 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos
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Why Is Your Cereal Getting More Expensive?

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

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

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Orion: From Factory To Flight

January 31, 2012 10:08 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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2012: The Year Of 3D Printing

January 30, 2012 10:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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A Crime-Fighting Police Robot

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

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

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(Cyber) Crime And Punishment

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

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

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Motorcycle Versus Car Drift Battle

January 23, 2012 9:47 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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. 

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Making A Surfboard That Lasts Generations

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

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

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Protecting Curiosity: The Mars Science Lab Aeroshell

January 17, 2012 9:30 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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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