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Flashback: Automated Manufacturing In 1955

July 23, 2013 3:04 pm | Videos

Here's an interesting look at automated manufacturing in 1955. This film from General Electric shows the history of automation in the U.S. and how far it had progressed at the time.                   

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How The Tesla Model S Is Made

July 23, 2013 10:26 am | by WIRED | Videos

If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That's where the battery-powered Model S is born.      

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Battery Aims To Take Stress Off Power Grid

July 22, 2013 10:01 am | by CBS News | Videos

Record-high temperatures broiled most of the U.S. last week and pushed power grids to their limits. Eos Energy Corp is building a battery that company President Steve Hellman says will relieve the grid during times of peak demand - and help save consumers money.

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Death By iPhone Not Likely, Say China's Microbloggers

July 18, 2013 3:44 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The alleged electrocution of a Chinese woman who made a call while charging her iPhone has some netizens looking to Apple and others conducting their own tests.

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The Future Of Manufacturing: Kyle Hermenean At TEDxEdmonton

July 18, 2013 11:04 am | by TEDxTalks | Videos

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. Here he talks about the 2nd industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies. 

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Scientists Look To The Ocean As Fuel Of The Future

July 18, 2013 11:00 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don't worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel. Lester Ranby has more.                           

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World's First All Stainless Steel Robot

July 18, 2013 10:34 am | by diginfotwo | Videos

Kawasaki Heavy Industries recently showed off what it calls the world's first stainless steel robot arm with seven joints, or "degrees of freedom."                             

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Hershey's Takes A Bite Of China's Huge Candy Market

July 18, 2013 10:29 am | by CBS News | Videos

Hershey's has been making and selling chocolate for more than a century but the company is just getting started in China. CBS News' Seth Doane reports on how the brand is changing to appeal to its new customers.            

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Wrigley's, RFID And Manufacturing - Something To Chew On!

July 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Cisco | Videos

Hear how Wrigley's - the biggest producer of chewing gum in the world - used RFID with their Cisco wireless network to improve visibility to the plant floor, reduce losses and save time.                   

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Robots Replace Human Farm Hands

July 16, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | Videos

Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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Artificial Spider Silk That's Tougher Than Kevlar

July 15, 2013 10:24 am | by Spiber Inc. | Videos

Spider silk is tougher than Kevlar, strong as steel, lighter than carbon fiber, and can be stretched 40 percent beyond its original length without breaking. Now, Japanese startup Spiber says it has found a way to produce it synthetically and, over the next two years, will step up mass production to create anything from surgical materials to auto parts and bulletproof vests.

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Pig Virus Threatens Pork Supply

July 12, 2013 10:45 am | by NBC News | Videos

A rapidly spreading virus that kills nearly all the piglets it infects has reached the U.S. While the disease is no threat to humans and doesn't affect mature pigs, it is quite deadly to young pigs and could mean an increase in pork prices. 

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Nissan Celebrates 30 Years Manufacturing Cars In The U.S.

July 11, 2013 11:10 am | Videos

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of its Smyrna, Tenn. Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan is adding more than 900 manufacturing jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue, marking the first time the Rogue has been produced in the U.S.

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Stealth Barcodes For Manufacturing Tracking

July 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Diginfonews | Videos

Stealth barcodes track individual items during the manufacturing process. The barcodes are printed with an invisible ink that is virtually undetectable to the naked eye, but under a black light glows. The system allows manufacturers to track individual products and collect data about their processes. 

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3D Printing Of Liquid Metals

July 11, 2013 10:49 am | Videos

Researchers at NC State have developed a way to print liquid metals into 3D structures at room temperature. The structures are stabilized by a thin oxide 'skin' that forms on the liquid metal. The approaches shown here represent new ways to direct write metals in 3D. In addition, the resulting components can, in principle, self-heal and be ultra-stretchable.

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Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 10:41 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.

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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 10, 2013 10:11 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year. 

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Powering The Future: Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 9, 2013 10:33 am | by CBS News | Videos

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil -- and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.

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Ford's Advanced Prototyping

July 8, 2013 10:29 am | by fordvideo1 | Videos

Ford engineers are developing a highly flexible, first-of-its-kind, patented technology to rapidly form sheet metal parts for low-volume production applications. Once fully developed, the technology (Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology, or F3T) will allow for lower costs and ultrafast delivery times for prototypes – within three business days versus conventional methods that take anywhere from two to six months.

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Obama Delays Employer Healthcare Mandate

July 3, 2013 9:56 am | by NBC News | Videos

On Tuesday the U.S. Treasury Department announced the Obama administration will push back implementation of the Affordable Care Act's mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements. Now these rules will not go into effect in January 2015, which means some people will need to wait an extra year to get that healthcare coverage. 

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