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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Robots

January 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The annual World Economic Forum for 2015 was held this month Davos, Switzerland, and robots were an unexpected hot topic. UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg discussed robotics at Davos with Bloomberg News. He touched on the rather new concept of cloud robotics, or the idea that robots are able to...

Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Wearable Devices

January 27, 2015 3:01 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Smart watches, Google glasses, and exercise-tracking wearables were all the rage in 2014. So...

Boeing, SpaceX To Beat Russia On Price For Astronaut Rides

January 26, 2015 2:24 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program...

Where GE Ventures Sees The Next Big Ideas

January 26, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Like many inventors, Thomas Edison started out as a teenage tinkerer with empty pockets. But his...

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 3:24 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The modern consumer is certainly a new breed. Researching features and pricing options online, today’s consumer — whether buying a car or toothpaste — is more informed, more discerning and quick to leap from one brand to the next. This certainly places added pressures on manufacturers.

Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 20, 2015 11:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California, company...

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The last couple of weeks have flooded our imaginations with tech innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. But just as companies show off a handful of their ideas, many more are sitting in a lab being planned, built, re-engineered, and...

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Highlights From The North American International Auto Show

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The first week of the North American International Auto Show comes to a close today at the COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan, and it has been a whirlwind week of new models with incredible technology. Here is a wrap-up of the biggest news of the week...

Detroit Auto Show: Long-Range EVs Set Auto World Abuzz

January 16, 2015 9:23 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest headlines coming out of this week’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show was GM’s Chevrolet Bolt, a long-range, all-electric concept car that can travel 200 miles on a single charge and will reportedly cost around $30,000, after rebates. That range is nipping at the wheels of Tesla’s Model S sedans, but...

Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to...

Researcher Uses Crustaceans To Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped...

ClearSign Has The Answer To Industrial Pollution

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

The age-old warning – don’t play with fire – doesn’t seem to apply to ClearSign Technologies. In fact, the manufacturing industry is quite lucky that they decided not to heed this cautionary warning. That’s because ClearSign Technologies has developed a new technology for the...

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World's Newest Airliner Takes Off On First Commercial Flight

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Abdullah Rebhy, Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital Doha bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It marks the debut of the relatively...

'Ghost Guns' Manufactured On Steps Of TX Capitol

January 14, 2015 12:24 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Articles | Comments

Yesterday when the Texas State Legislature convened in the Austin state capitol, they were greeted with a very unique form of demonstration — Advocates of open carry were manufacturing ‘ghost guns’ in front of the capital to celebrate three proposed open carry...

Hyundai Reveals New Take On Trucks At Auto Show

January 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The car isn’t quite a pickup, but isn’t just an SUV, it is what Hyundai describes as an extension to the utility of a crossover designed for millennials who want...

Trucks Roll In At The Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

On the heels of Ford’s North American Truck of the Year Award win for the aluminum F-150 truck, other automakers have announced updates to their line of trucks for the upcoming model years. Here is a series of announcements from Bloomberg Business at the...

Local Motors Brings A 3D Printed Car To Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year. It's a two-seat neighborhood car that can go up to 25 miles per hour. Local Motors prints the car's frame and panels out...

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Airbus, Boeing Split Annual Sales Rivalry

January 13, 2015 5:47 am | by David Mchugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but the European aircraft manufacturer edged its U.S. rival in terms of future orders. Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France, reported Tuesday that it delivered 629 planes, shy of Boeing's...

The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. The team has launched their website to create a space where home seekers and designers can share construction...

As Cheap Gas Shifts Car Buyer's Habits, Automakers Power On

January 12, 2015 2:17 pm | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels. That dichotomy has the industry scrambling to sell alternative vehicles...

Meet Chevrolet's Battery-Powered Car

January 12, 2015 2:09 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The affordable, long-range electric vehicle we have all been expecting from Tesla may have just arrived...from Chevrolet. The Chevy Bolt is battery powered, and it will travel about 200 miles between charges, double the range of other popular electric cars. After a federal tax...

VW Golf And Golf GTI Win 2015 North American Car Of The Year

January 12, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the 2015 Golf and 2015 Golf GTI have been named the 2015 North American Car of the Year. The Golf and Golf GTI were recognized for setting new benchmarks in their segments, including innovation, distinguished design, and available driver assistance features, as...

Weekend Marked By Good News, Bad News For SpaceX

January 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

SpaceX had an eventful weekend, with a disappointing crash landing of a supply ship on Saturday and a successful delivery of groceries and Christmas gifts to the International Space Station on Monday morning. Saturday’s flight of the Falcon rocket started well, but ended...

Nissan Introduces New Titan Pickup With Diesel Engine

January 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Over the last two years, all three of the nation's best-selling full-size pickups — the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 — have gotten big redesigns. Now it's the Nissan Titan's turn. The Titan is a tiny player in this space. Last year, Nissan sold 12,527 Titans in the U.S. By...

The Future Of Big Data: Beyond The Internet Of Things

January 9, 2015 11:03 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The big unifying theme of this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been the Internet of Things (IoT). From BMW’s self-driving car to Quirky’s and GE’s connected light bulbs, smart door locks and bells, and Wi-Fi tea pots, there were hundreds of exhibitors who presented their IoT-ready...

The Best And Worst Of CES 2015

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all the talk this week as companies showcase their new products, inventions and ideas. This year, the Internet of Things (IoT) is making a big push as the connected home appears to be a big trend, as well as more technology coming to our vehicles. CNNMoney presents...

Nissan, NASA To Work Together On Self-Driving Technology

January 8, 2015 11:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive themselves. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle...

Drones Must Learn To Navigate Populated Areas

January 7, 2015 2:10 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities — without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians. Technology has advanced to the point where hobbyists can fly the unmanned aircraft with their iPhones. But nobody has yet developed a successful system for...

CA To Begin Work On Nation's First Bullet Train

January 6, 2015 2:00 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's high-speed rail project reaches a milestone Tuesday as officials mark the start of work on the nation's first bullet train, which is designed to whisk travelers at 200 mph between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. The ceremony in Fresno comes amid challenges from Central...

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