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3D Printed Cookies Just In Time For The Holidays

December 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the 'Foodini', a 3D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, says this will inspire people at home to make fresher cookies without supermarket preservatives and...

Toyota Boosting MI Research, Development

December 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is further boosting its research and development work in southeastern...

Q&A: Drones Might Help Explain How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:22 am | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones...

Powdered Alcohol? Not So Fast, Lawmakers Say

December 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the...

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Industrial Growth: What’s Next For GE In 2015

December 16, 2014 5:04 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Each December, GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt gives investors insight into what the New Year will look like. In some ways, it will resemble 2014. His goal is to keep steering the company to a place where 75 percent of earnings come from GE’s core industrial businesses and 25 percent from its financial arm, GE Capital. Over the...

Cheap, Clean, Fusion Power One Step Closer To Reality

December 16, 2014 1:29 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels, a much smaller carbon footprint, no greenhouse gases, and no radioactive waste... 

14 Cities Get Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' Grants

December 15, 2014 10:33 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced...

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by David Nelson, President of Nel Pretech Corporation | Articles | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. For the first time in decades, we have seen a swing in our direction as jobs have returned and customers have made their preference for American-made goods known. Manufacturing technology is improving, methods are becoming more refined...

Bath Iron Works Awarded $21M Contract For Destroyers

December 12, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree...

Light My Sleigh Tonight: The Story Of Rudolph & GE

December 12, 2014 9:42 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when GE still needed to sell the general public on the value of artificial illumination. So it made sense for the company to devote an episode of the General Electric Fantasy Hour to a show about a little reindeer who saves the day with his bright red nose.  Rudolph the...

Obama Promotes Trade, Tax Fix, Innovation

December 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with corporate advisers and pushing for a simpler tax code for businesses and expanded trade, two policy proposals that are certain to put him at odds with some fellow Democrats as he enters the last two years of his presidency. Obama also was to...

Meet The Jet Engine Powering A $22B GE Business

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

What is the most disruptive idea since the Wall Street Crash of 1929? Bloomberg Businessweek, which turned 85 this fall, picked one idea for every year it’s been publishing, and the jet engine soared to the top of the list, above “The Pill,” Google search, television, e-mail and microchips...

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Elon Musk’s Big Bet On Battery Technology

December 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cory Johnson from Bloomberg News discusses how Tesla CEO Elon Musk is disrupting utilities. He discusses the Musk's bet that battery technology will not advance significantly, and that Tesla's $5B gigafactory is to be the largest in the world...

Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent video published by the American Chemical Society unveiled how researchers are trying to create a healthier hot dog. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods? While I am not a fan of the...

McD's Plans Customized Burgers As U.S. Sales Fall

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hold the pickles, onions, and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes. McDonald's is planning major changes in the U.S. as sales continue to slide, including an expansion of a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen. The company said...

The Winner & Loser Of The Week

December 8, 2014 9:29 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and...

Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by Specialty Food Association | Articles | Comments

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News, the daily newsletter from the...

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Amazon Launches Line Of Own Diapers, Baby Wipes

December 4, 2014 4:34 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is launching its own line of diapers and baby wipes exclusively for its Prime members to get more shoppers to sign up for the $99 annual program. The new line, Amazon Elements, will mean tougher competition for traditional consumer product companies, said...

'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency To Police Shootings

December 4, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved...

Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting A New Demographic

December 3, 2014 9:51 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, a new trend in gun manufacturing was made clear: gun sales for women and by women are on the rise. As a result, the industry is beginning to make guns that are more aesthetically appealing to women and are better suited for women's specific needs...

Google's Latest: A Spoon That Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power, and technology at the humble spoon. Of course these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's Disease to eat without...

Introducing Ortaggi, Veggie Ice Cream

November 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

We all know we should be eating our vegetables every day, but isn't there a more delicious way to get those greens? ABC's Tina Trinh samples the vegetable version of one of America's favorite desserts: ice cream. Ortaggi offers six delicious veggie flavors...

GE Working On Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be able to move around as their brains are being...

Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, the LED public restroom lighting system that has been...

Kohler Introduces Odor-Eating Toilet Seat

November 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by M.l. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating...

Commercial Drones Set To Soar

November 20, 2014 11:56 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Starting in the late 1980s, the Pentagon launched a top-secret constellation of two-dozen navigation satellites designed to guide U.S. nuclear missiles precisely to their targets. Then the Cold War ended, the technology shed the uniform, and put on civilian clothes. We know it as the...

Michelin Making Airless Tires At Its 10th SC Plant

November 20, 2014 6:06 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelin's 10th plant in South Carolina, opening Thursday, will produce the company's innovative airless radial tire and develop the concept's future generations, company officials told The Associated Press in advance of a news conference. Commercial production of the Tweel, named to reflect the...

Automakers Debut Key Models At L.A. Auto Show

November 19, 2014 4:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it's no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing...

NFL Challenge Winners Spot, Prevent Brain Injuries With Virtual Reality Goggles

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists, and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries. The partners just announced the...

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