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SpaceX's Bankruptcy Threat; 50-Hour Shift Before Crash; FedEx Forest Mystery | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 44

Also on the podcast, boozy stream reeks of beer, owner gets prison after explosion, robots learn to reproduce, exonerated shoplifter gets $2.1 million, and Christmas trees (real and fake) face shortages.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Hundreds of FedEx Packages Found in Woods

While many families were enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, an Alabama sheriff was in the woods sorting through a river of FedEx boxes. 

Engineering Company Owner Gets Prison in Explosion Probe

Loren Kim Jacobson is headed to prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an explosion at his Idaho tanker testing and repair company about three years ago. 

Boozy Stream Clocks in at 1.2% Alcohol

A person was hiking near a stream on the island of Oahu in Hawaii when he noticed that it had a funny smell. An independent laboratory found that 1.2% of the water was booze. 

Ship's Operator Awake for 50 Hours Before Crash

At 4:46 am on Oct. 17, 2020, the Atina oil tanker hit an offshore oil platform in Louisiana and did an estimated $72.9 million in damage. When asked why he crashed, the man behind the wheel said, I was tired. He had been awake for more than 50 hours.

Musk Says Rocket Engine Issues Threaten to Bankrupt SpaceX

The day after Thanksgiving, Elon Musk ordered his employees back to their posts in Hawthorne, California, in order to address a “disaster” with a new rocketship engine.

In Case You Missed It

‘Living’ Robots Reproduce

Scientists discovered an entirely new form of reproduction. 

Walmart Said She Shoplifted; Jury Awards Her $2.1 Million

Defense attorneys say the practice is legal in the state.

Christmas Tree Buyers Face Reduced Supplies, Higher Prices

Tis the season for pandemic-induced shortages and inflation.

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