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Engineering Newswire 2: Advertising on Toilet Paper

August 31, 2012 12:46 pm | by PD&D Broadcasting Crew | Videos

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.

Where 6 Tons Of Snacks Are Made Every Hour

August 30, 2012 2:37 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Jim Herr went from poultry farmer to snack-making kingpin when he traded in his farm for a potato chip processing facility. Herr Foods Inc. is now one of the largest snack food processors in the country, making everything from potato chips to pretzels to popcorn.


Wealth Strategies: Global Economy 'Fundamentally Flawed'

August 29, 2012 4:23 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The credit crisis that pushed economies around the world into a recession still has yet to fully play out. Blackhorse economist Richard Duncan says that credit needs to be restored to the global economy and that if the fiscal situation isn't resolved, the Unites States could fall into a deep recession next year.


How AT&T Crowdsources Innovation

August 29, 2012 1:12 pm | by CNN Moneey | Videos

AT&T created a unique innovation pipeline for its 250,000 employees to streamline their ideas towards production. They crowdsource those ideas, and that's something other companies looking to innovate should consider for a wide range of reasons.

$4 Gas To Turn U.S. Vehicles Green

August 29, 2012 11:55 am | by Reuters | Videos

The reason there's only one natural gas-powered car on the United States market is a lack of consumer demand, says expert T. Boone Pickens. Howeverm significantly higher gasoline prices will eventually push American drivers to consider alternatives -- and soon.

Testing A 3D-Printed Baseball Bat

August 29, 2012 11:45 am | by Objet | Videos

Objet creates a fully-functional baseball bat prototype on an Objet Connex Multi-Material 3D Printer and test it against a variety of objects to see if it breaks. The bat is printed in Objet's ABS-like Digital Material - a very strong and functionally versatile composite material that is unique to the Objet Connex range of 3D printers.

Stanford's Robotic Car Hits The Track

August 28, 2012 11:47 am | by Stanford University | Videos

Stanford's self-driving Audi TTS, Shelley, hit 120 miles per hour on a recent track test. Combined with new research on professional drivers' brain activity, the car's performance could get even better. Watch as this robotic car pushes the limits.

Building A Plane That Avoids Crashes

August 27, 2012 11:52 am | by CNN Money | Videos

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.


A Helping Hand

August 24, 2012 1:01 pm | by answers (powered by Siemens) | Videos

Daniel is a normal boy.  He likes dinosaurs and tractors. But something makes him very special: curiosity, courage, and an arm designed just for him (thanks to the efforts ofbiomedical engineering students at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a little help from Siemens PLM Software).


Elon's Tour Of SpaceX

August 23, 2012 11:46 am | by YouTube | Videos

 Watch as Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO/CTO, gives a tour of the Spacex facility in Hawthorne, California. Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) designs, manufactures, and launches some of the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation and ultimately make it possible for people to live on other planets. 

What Chess Can Teach Us About The Financial Crisis

August 22, 2012 1:27 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Chess grandmaster and Harvard economics professor Ken Rogoff spells out the next financial move by using the game he loves as an analogy. Negotiation, reading other people, moves made out of desperation, all play a role in both chess and a financial crisis. Let's let Rogoff explain more...

Dell And HP: Behind The Curve On Mobility

August 22, 2012 11:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Slow to find success in the realm of mobile, HP and Dell are caught in a downward slide with no apparent end in sight. The tablet is the device that everyone wants right now, but Dell and HP are unable to deliver on that right now. Can that change in the not-so-distant future?


Who Stole The American Dream?

August 22, 2012 11:25 am | by Reuters | Videos

That's the question Frances Causey's new documentary "Heist" tries to answer. Rob Cox of Reuters speaks with her about the film and the events that preceded the Great Recession. Who is to blame? Causey has quite a bit to say in response to that question.

Manufacturing's Robot Factory Future

August 22, 2012 11:04 am | by New York Times | Videos

A new generation of adaptive vision-equipped robotics is set to change manufacturing around the world. How these robots adapt to their environment is just as important as what they can accomplish. They are being developed to handle and adapt to assembly line shifts, which would be a game-changer for modern manufacturing.


Design Products For People, Not Awards

August 21, 2012 2:07 pm | by TED | Videos

Timothy Prestero thought he'd designed the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world -- but his team learned a hard lesson when it failed to go into production. Here is a manifesto on the importance of designing for real-world use, rather than accolades.

Robot Takes Muscular Approach To Bomb Disposal

August 20, 2012 11:44 am | by Reuters | Videos

A team of Colombian students is developing a bomb-deactivating robot that responds to human muscle movement. Using sensors and wireless technology, the students say their robot, called Prometheus, will bring a new level of precision to the delicate task of disarming explosives.


New Battery Could Solve Solar Power Issues

August 17, 2012 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Startup Liquid Metal Battery is developing a low-cost battery by using an approach that involves a high-temperature system with liquid metals and molten salts. They say it will store wind or solar electricity for when there's no wind or sun.

NASA's Next Rover Has 3D-Printed Parts

August 16, 2012 11:45 am | by stratasysfdm | Videos

NASA engineers talk about developing and testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans on other worlds.

Biggest Product Flops Of 2012

August 15, 2012 1:02 pm | by Yahoo | Videos

Despite all the hype, some products simply fail to live up to their expectations – and there was no shortage of flops in recent months.

Sharp: Just A Piece Of The Apple Pie?

August 15, 2012 11:30 am | by Reuters | Videos

If the firm can put its ego aside, there may be a brighter future ahead not as a standalone brand, but as a component supplier to Apple.


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