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3 Reasons Apple's Watch Will Or Won't Change The Game

March 6, 2015 5:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. Is the Apple Watch going to be able to do the same? The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim...

New Silicon Valley Startup, Stanford Hospital Will Test Digital Device Claims

March 5, 2015 2:01 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A century ago, Sigmund Freud developed the radical idea that there is a lot more going on inside...

Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine With Parts Made From Amazing Ceramics

March 4, 2015 3:06 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s...

Manufacturing Snapshot of the Week: Mobile World Congress

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Check out one of our favorite images from the world's largest annual mobile technology gathering...

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Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

Hands On With The Very First Mac

February 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.                    

Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

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Flightless Jet Engine Will Keep 900-Year-Old Eastern European City Warm

February 25, 2015 2:50 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened in 1966, one year after...

Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...

Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

Meet Harriet, The World's Most Powerful Gas Turbine

February 19, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Eric King has made many an extreme machine cry uncle over his long career as a testing engineer. But nothing comes close to his current charge, Harriet, the world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine. “What we are doing is akin to the hardest military boot camp,” King says. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the world. We can simulate conditions ranging from...

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New “Flexible” Factory In India Is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change. GE has invested over $200 million in a new “flexible factory” that will produce diverse products, from jet engine parts to locomotive...

Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of...

Navy Debuts Robot That Can Fight Fires Aboard Ships

February 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and technology expo in...

Neuroscientist, Filmmaker Develop First Annual “Love Competition”

February 13, 2015 10:26 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

How deep is your love? Stanford neuroscientist Melina Uncapher has a system in her lab that can supply the answer.  In 2013, Dr. Uncapher and her friend, the filmmaker Brent Hoff, invited seven men and women ranging in ages from 10 to 75 to engage in a “love competition” that measured the strength of...

Moon Power Is Becoming Reality Off The Coast Of Wales

February 12, 2015 9:35 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Britain’s coast is way more than cold beaches and crisp-stealing seagulls. It also boasts some of the highest tidal ranges in the world, measuring between 23 to 40 feet. Twice a day, like clockwork, the moon’s gravity makes the seas ebb and flow. All that moving water is also a huge reservoir of...

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Barrier-Busting Electrical Engineer Joins National Inventors Hall Of Fame

February 11, 2015 10:02 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When Edith Clarke was born, the odds that she would one day join a group of celebrated inventors including Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell seemed microscopic. She lived in a pre-computer era when the few women with science education worked...

Rise Of The Machines: Study Sees Robots Cutting Labor Costs In Factories 24%

February 10, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots are expected cut labour costs at Canadian factories by 24 per cent over the next decade as more companies replace human workers at a faster pace, according to a report issued Tuesday. Globally, labour savings are expected to be reduced by some 16 per cent by 2025, the report by the Boston Consulting Group...

New Automation Lends A Hand To U.S. Clothing Manufacturers

February 10, 2015 2:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

Made-in-America may be a label consumers could start seeing on your clothes once again thanks to a company called SoftWear Automation and Georgia Tech. SoftWear and Georgia Tech are working together to create robots that are able to manufacture and manipulate fabrics through conventional sewing machines...

Softbank To Add Learning Technology To Empathetic Robots

February 10, 2015 2:12 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear. The AI engine "Watson" is already used in health care, travel and insurance services in English, but an adaptation was needed...

This Amazing New Material Could Revolutionize Jet Travel

February 9, 2015 2:08 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

In the century following the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, planes have gone through three materials revolutions: wood and fabric fuselages gave way to aluminum and, eventually, to light and strong carbon composites used to make the bodies of the latest planes like Boeing’s Dreamliner and the Airbus A350. But a new and...

SpaceX Calls Off Launch Of Space Weather Satellite

February 8, 2015 6:24 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory. The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system. At the same time, SpaceX was dealing with a rocket issue. SpaceX had been...

Shooting Laser Beams Inside Water Jets Gives Machining A New Cutting Edge

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Leonardo da Vinci always seemed to be hungry for new ideas, but sometimes he may have been just hungry. Some 500 years ago, he designed a roasting jack that powered an automatic rotisserie. It used hot air rising from a fireplace to spin a horizontal vane placed in the chimney above it. The vane was attached to a vertical rod that...

Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 5, 2015 10:21 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

It’s the afternoon rush hour just outside central London and the traffic is nose to tail. Drivers here have come to expect the sight of taillights as far as they can see. One section of road, a stretch of the A3 close to Heathrow Airport, has been named Britain’s most congested road and has holdups totaling 91 hours during the afternoon rush each...

Virgin Galactic Gets Back On Track Toward Space Tourism

February 3, 2015 4:27 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The only thing interrupting the creosote and mesquite that makes up one of New Mexico's most remote stretches of desert is a pristine runway where Virgin Galactic plans one day to launch the world's first commercial space-line. In the four years since its completion, however, the runway has seen...

$2M Innovation Challenge Seeks Advanced Materials To Protect Football Players From Brain Injury

February 2, 2015 10:21 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

GE, the NFL, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched a new open innovation challenge seeking to protect athletes, soldiers and workers in dangerous jobs from traumatic brain injuries. The challenge will focus on developing advanced...

NASA Launches Earth-Observing Satellite

January 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions. A Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil...

Q&A: The Changing Engineering And R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad. Banerjee explains the in’s-and-outs of the factors driving demand, to changes in the industry and...

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