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The Hardest Step In Making A Nuclear Bomb

August 2, 2012 10:25 am | by the Engineer Guy | Comments

The hardest step in making a nuclear bomb is making the proper type of uranium. Bill outlines the two key methods for separation: gas diffusion and centrifuges.

RIM May Be Toast

May 31, 2012 9:50 am | by CNN Money | Comments

The struggling BlackBerry-maker issued a dire warning about its business, saying Tuesday that it will post an operating loss for the second-straight quarter and will lay off a large number of employees this year.

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How A Smartphone Knows Up From Down

May 24, 2012 9:45 am | by Bill Hammack, EngineerGuy | Comments

Ever wonder how your smartphone knows when you've tilted or swung it around? The secret is in some microscoping silicone etching.

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Space Goes Private

May 22, 2012 11:04 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

SpaceX made history today by becoming the first private company to launch a spacecraft toward the International Space Station.

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Can A Car Ride The Wall of Death?

April 10, 2012 10:01 am | by Zoom Zoom Mag | Comments

Motorcycle-riding daredevils have long taken on the task of riding their machines on walls. What about a car?

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Making The Best Bacon In The Country

April 3, 2012 10:09 am | by Jennifer Davick | Comments

Allan Benton is known nationwide for his smoked bacon, ham and prosciutto, which he makes using a family recipe that’s been around for longer than a lot of us.

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Boston Dynamics' Incredible Jumping Robot

March 29, 2012 9:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Boston Dynamics has been hard at work on the Sand Flea, which is an 11-pound robot that can drive like an RC car and jump up to 30 feet in the air.

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Printing Prosthetics, Engines, And Jets

March 27, 2012 10:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Additive manfuacturing is an industrial form of 3D printing that can produce large, complicated designs with only a fraction of the waste as seen in the typical machining process.

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Rebuilding The Old Fords At Rancho Deluxe

March 22, 2012 10:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Ben Thomas, the owner of Melbourne, Australia-based Rancho Deluxe, gives a walkthrough of his workshop and his most prized possession: a '32 Ford Roadster.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: We Stopped Dreaming

March 20, 2012 10:24 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson says NASA is a creator of dreams, which help fuel the innovation that will create the technologies and industries of tomorrow.

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Andrew McDonald Is A Shoemaker

March 15, 2012 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

This video showcases shoemaker Andrew McDonald, who operates out of a small shop in London.

The Violin Maker

March 13, 2012 10:03 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Sam Zygmuntowicz makes all of his instruments by hand, chiseling and shaving away at the thin planks of wood to get them sounding just right.

DARPA 'Cheetah' Sets Speed Record for Legged Robots

March 8, 2012 10:08 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The recently-developed "Cheetah" robot, built by DARPA, has set a new land speed record for legged robots, galloping at speeds up to 18 miles per hour.

Want To Learn Rocket Science?

March 6, 2012 10:54 am | by Minute Physics | Comments

This short tutorial walks through the absolute basics of rocket science, such as finding out how much fuel one would need, and how quickly it would need to be expelled from the rocket, to get airbourne.

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The Super Camera On A Different Time Scale

March 1, 2012 12:21 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Michio Kaku, the world-renouned physics professor, talks a little bit about the recent developments on a new camera that is capable of capturing imagery at 1 trillion frames per second.

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Meet The Carpenter

February 28, 2012 10:45 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

This video is a science fiction-esque look at the work that goes into crafting a single table leg out of a solid piece of wood.

GE Works: 140 Things We Just Made

February 23, 2012 4:16 pm | by General Electric | Comments

Last week in Washington, DC, GE hosted a four-day summit focused on U.S. manufacturing, innovation and jobs. “American businesses can compete and win anywhere,” said GE Chairman’s Jeff Immelt.

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The House Of Crystal

February 23, 2012 10:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Baccarat, the world-renouned crystal glassware maker, gave photographer James Bort a carte blanche to shoot this video in its workshops.

A Work In Progress

February 17, 2012 1:27 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Paul McKinnon's story is the ultimate in entrepreneurship — after losing his job in motorcycle fabrication, he turned around and started his own business.

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Saving A Made-In-America Business

February 17, 2012 12:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

After the New England Shirt Company shut down in 2009, Robert Kidder, a former worker, reopened it as a bespoke shirt manufacturer.

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