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Engineering Newswire: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick On Cinder Blocks

November 21, 2014 12:15 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot.                         

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What Exactly Is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 12:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.                                                     

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Home Is Where The Smart Is

November 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by Steve Chalgren | Articles | Comments

Smart appliances and integrated products depend not only on ideation and generation but also component innovation — better, faster, lighter, and connected are the new rules of the game. Manufacturers who take the lead in developing these products need a way to be as smart as the homes they are helping to build.

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Government Tells Chrysler To Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision.                            

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FDA Approves New, Hard-To-Abuse Hydrocodone Pill

November 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.          

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GM Shakes Up Management, Names New Quality Chief

November 21, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has promoted its purchasing chief to be its head of quality as part of a management shakeup.                                         

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Mobile Still A Struggle For Intel While PC Doing Better

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015.       

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Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher & Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

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Toyota Recalls Lexuses For Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

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Future-Proof Secure Hardware Root Of Trust Technology For IoT Applications

November 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Elliptic Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Elliptic Technologies, a leading provider of embedded security solutions for the connected world, today unveiled tRoot, its future-proof secure hardware root of trust technology targeting the increasing security challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Tmax Link OEM UL 891 Switchboard Program

November 21, 2014 9:38 am | by ABB | Product Releases | Comments

ABB’s Tmax Link OEM UL 891 Switchboard Program enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to assemble a UL 891-compliant electrical distribution switchboard by properly fabricating parts to mount ABB Tmax molded case circuit breakers (MCCBs).

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Apriso 9.7 Now Available

November 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Dassault Systèmes | Product Releases | Comments

Apriso 9.7 is now available from Dassault Systèmes, with enriched integration to the company’s digital manufacturing applications.

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 21, 2014 9:29 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The alarming divergent paths between U.S. and Chinese trade statistics continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

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Mobile Capabilities Added To FactoryTalk VantagePoint

November 21, 2014 9:21 am | by Rockwell Automation | Product Releases | Comments

Manufacturers now have the freedom to use any digital device to easily access optimized performance metrics and data analytics from plant floors and machines, thanks to new capabilities embedded in the FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI v6.0 software from Rockwell Automation.

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Takata Quality Chief: National Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:09 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

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Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV For Opel

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Ford Builds Robots For Rough-And-Tumble Roads

November 20, 2014 12:57 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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The Band-Aid Of The Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

November 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A small lab in Brooklyn is working on a gel that can stop bleeding in 20 seconds. Platelets stick together when VetiGel, made from plant-based polymers, comes into contact with blood.                   

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Mobile Phones To Get Handy Upgrade

November 20, 2014 12:46 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Computer Scientists at the University of Washington are developing a radar-like system that will allow users to control their wireless devices with hand gestures. The system uses the reflection of radio waves to track hand movements and translate them into commands.

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