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How Airbus Makes The A380

December 6, 2012 10:39 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.

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Engineering Newswire 15: Disney Robots Play Catch with Your Kids

December 4, 2012 9:34 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we're playing catch with Disney robots, colonizing Mars with deep pocketed donors, and beaming aboard a Star Trek classroom.

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Engineering Newswire 14: Blowing Up James Bond’s Aston Martin

November 29, 2012 9:53 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re propelling bio-bots with rat blood, creating a dancing robot, “Gangnam Style”, and blowing up James Bond’s Aston Martin.

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Yes, Some TVs Are Made In The USA

November 27, 2012 9:23 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Element Electronics is one of many companies who have re-shored an assembly line from Asia back to Canton, Michigan. While most of the parts are still produced overseas, the TVs are assembled, tested and packaged in Canton by workers who otherwise might not have a job.

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Kindle Phone? Amazon CEO: 'Stay Tuned'

November 20, 2012 10:16 am | by CNN Money | Comments

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses how Amazon makes money off of Kindles, which is one of the key differentiators between Amazon and its competitors, like Apple. As to whether a phone is in the company's future, Bezos won't say one way or another. Bezos seems skeptical of same-day deliveries, but is optimistic about opening retail stores — but only if they're better than existing retail stores.

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American Manufacturing Thrives As Industry Faces 'Renaissance'

November 15, 2012 12:19 pm | by NBC News | Comments

The United States may have shifted to a post-industrial economy, but that does not mean the manufacturing sector is dead. Far from it. From coast to coast, manufacturers are making more products, but with fewer people, as the sector makes an improbable rebound after a tough recession.

Home Videos Engineering Newswire 13: Mechanical Exoskeleton Could Create Super Humans

November 15, 2012 11:24 am | by by PD&D TV | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we’re building a bionic arm, creating a bladeless ceiling fan, and adding hands-free augmented reality to glasses.

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Engineering Newswire: Nissan Builds A Batmobile

November 13, 2012 2:18 pm | by PD&D TV | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, the unique 1.6-liter Nissan DIG-T DeltaWing bears a striking resemblance to the a vehicle driven by the caped crusader (that means Batman). Also, we’re painting dreams with robots, monitoring our neural activity, and carving pumpkins with CNCs.

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Another View Of Patents

November 1, 2012 9:31 am | by The New York Times | Comments

James Dyson, inventor and founder of the Dyson company, discusses patent infringements with New York Times reporter Steve Lohr. The Dyson company works diligently to not only innovate, but protect that innovation patent infringement. It's an issue that is as prevalent as its ever been.

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Engineering Newswire 10: Amphibious ATV Rides on Water, For $40K

October 25, 2012 11:19 am | by PD&D Broadcast Crew | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we’re building nanoscale structures with metal, solving the iPhone’s picture problems, manufacturing 40 custom coupés, engineering Porsche’s greatest model yet, and designing an amphibious ATV.

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Auto Industry Czar: The Volt Is Irrelevant To GM's Bottom Line

October 18, 2012 10:20 am | by Reuters | Comments

Steve Rattner, the former auto industry czar, says that the Chevy Volt is irrelevant to GM's bottom line but that the auto industry has never been more efficient. The problems that remain are the complete opposite of what affected the industry during the auto bailouts.

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Sappi CEO: U.S. Manufacturing Not Dead

October 11, 2012 9:36 am | by Reuters | Comments

Manufacturing, and manufacturing jobs in particular, have come into focus with the presidential election. But will the sector become a major driver of the economy? Sappi Fine Paper CEO Mark Gardner says, despite the slow economic recovery, he is adding jobs to his company's payroll and expects growth in manufacturing businesses to pick up over the next 12 months.

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Engineering Newswire 6: Get Lost with Apple's iPhone 5

October 4, 2012 9:16 am | by PD&D TV | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: The new iPhone 5 features a thinner, lighter design, with a taller screen, a faster processor, and updated software, everything you’d hope to expect from a new phone – except a suitable map app. Rethink Robotics has unleashed a revolution in manufacturing with the friendly faced, factory robot: Baxter.

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Are Droids Taking Our Jobs?

October 2, 2012 11:01 am | by TED | Comments

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet.

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Made In Brooklyn, Shipped To China

September 27, 2012 9:13 am | by New York Times | Comments

Typically, we hear about the U.S. purchasing goods and materials from overseas. This story highlights the opposite scenario. Jim Dwyer, ‘About New York’ columnist, talks to Louise Story of the New York Times about a Brooklyn manufacturer whose custom luxury fixtures have caught the eye of buyers in China.

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Engineering Newswire 5: The World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle

September 25, 2012 10:39 am | by PD&D TV Broadcast Crew | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV: A group of dedicated engineering students from San Jose State University is attempting to build a self-balancing electric motorcycle, and Motoczysz has set out to build the world’s fastest motorcycle, but they have made other landmarks along the way.

Ford's Mulally: Fuel Efficiency Drives Car Sales

September 20, 2012 9:18 am | by CBS News | Comments

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the health of the automaker and the industry as a whole. He also denies any imminent succession plans, and discusses the effect of Europe on the global economy and the future of the F-150.

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Engineering Newswire 3: Building Planes That Avoid Crashes

September 10, 2012 12:02 pm | by PD&D Broadcast Crew | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the Air Force is developing a new technology that can take control of the plane in the event of a likely crash; will.i.am premieres the first musical broadcast from another planet; companies are customizing climates on airplanes; Georgia Tech develops a self-charging power cell; researchers develop tracking objects for the battlefield.

Million-Dollar Electric Super-Car Revs Up For London Debut

September 6, 2012 10:20 am | by Reuters | Comments

Having unveiled his superfast electric car in Frankfurt last year, a Croatian designer will be trying to find buyers at the prestigious Salon Prive motor show this week in London. The Concept One can get from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 300 kph, and has an operational range of 600 kilometres.

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Building A Plane That Avoids Crashes

August 30, 2012 3:48 pm | by CNN Money | Comments

The Air Force is developing technology that takes control of planes from pilots to avoid crashing into the ground or other terrain. The system is designed to take over for the pilot in the event of a possible crash, recover the aircraft, then give control back to the pilot.

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