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Engineering Newswire: Flying Car Crash Lands In Test Flight

May 22, 2015 | by Product Design & Development | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at upgrading phones with a new smartphone case, testing the limits of a flying car and shedding weight from the army’s machine gun.

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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Crews Race To Save Wildlife

May 22, 2015 11:29 am | by NBC News

Two oil slicks stretch nine miles down the Santa Barbara coast as crews work to contain the spill that has devastated the California coast line.


Is This America's Best Butter?

May 22, 2015 11:26 am | by CNNMoney

Diane St. Clair makes butter for some of America's best chefs, including Thomas Keller. Katie Quinn finds out why it tastes so good.


Fizzics Makes Cheap Beer Taste Expensive

May 21, 2015 11:10 am | by The Verge

The Fizzics uses sound waves to put the perfect head on your brew. It's science.


Smarter Driver: Crash-Proof Cars

May 21, 2015 11:07 am | by CNET

Along the way to fully self-driving cars, we'll make several stops, one of which may be the crash-proof car. Brian Cooley explains.


Takata Airbag Recall Largest In History

May 20, 2015 12:29 pm | by CBS News

According to federal regulators, nearly 34 million vehicles will need to be fixed because of defective Takata airbags. At least five deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the problem. Jeff Glor reports on the historic recall and what's being done to diagnose the problem.


The Juicy Story Of Florida's Orange Trade

May 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by CNNMoney

Enjoy a glass of orange juice in the morning? Here's how that citrus makes its way into your cup.


Ancient Bacteria Sweat Fuel Under New Mexico's Desert Sun

May 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Under the desert sun of New Mexico, scientists have engineered ancient bacteria to produce carbon-neutral ethanol using just the sun, waste carbon dioxide and non-potable water. The fuel that results could one day be cheaper than oil.


Icahn Is Right, Apple Car Could Be The Next iPhone

May 20, 2015 12:17 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White, KPCB's John Maeda and Point View Managing Director John Petrides discuss Carl Icahn's open letter to Apple.  


Bill Nye Raising Cash For A Space Sail

May 19, 2015 12:41 pm | by CNNMoney

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye is taking to Kickstarter in order to crowdfund for his latest space venture.


U.S. Greenback's Gain Complicates Global Business

May 19, 2015 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. dollar's gain, for some, is causing pain. Its strength is adding problems for U.S. exporters and is giving a lift to importers. The wild currency fluctuations seen recently around the globe are leaving many wary of what might come next.


Battle Of The Flying Cars

May 19, 2015 12:18 pm | by CNNMoney

Small companies from around the world are racing to commercialize their flying cars in the next few years, convinced their vehicles will transform the transportation sector. Alanna Petroff reviews the roadblocks to getting flying cars to the mass market.


Solar Windows May Soon Charge Your Phone In Flight

May 18, 2015 11:55 am | by Wall Street Journal

We’ve all been there before, our electronic device is about to die just as we board a plane. Now engineers at B/E Aerospace think they have found a new source that will recharge the phone: the sun. 


Making The Robot That Delivers Your Room Service

May 18, 2015 11:51 am | by Bloomberg Business

Jake Knapp, design partner at Google Ventures, and Savioke Chief Executive Officer Steve Cousins talk about the Google Venture "Design Sprint" and how the process helped develop a unique personality for Savioke's Room Service Robot.


Meet The All-New Chevy Camaro

May 18, 2015 11:47 am | by CNNMoney

General Motors unveiled the all-new lighter, faster Camaro, on sale later this year.


How 'Positive Train Control' Works

May 15, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNNMoney

Tom Foreman explores whether PTC technology could have prevented the Amtrak derailment.


Engineering Newswire : Sword-Fighting With Robots

May 15, 2015 12:07 pm | by Product Design & Development

This Engineering Newswire looks at using drones to assess cyclone carnage, sword-fighting with robots and riding in the first compressed air-powered car.


Air Force's Secret X37B Drone Begins New Space Mission

May 14, 2015 11:55 am | by Bloomberg Business

The U.S. military is preparing to launch its super-secret autonomous space drone for a fourth mission.


The Sony Walkman Gets Serious At $1.2K

May 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Bloomberg Business

The Sony Walkman ZX2 is a far cry from the cassette players that dominated the 1980s and '90s. This gadget plays high-definition audio files, is filled with components usually found in home stereos, and will set you back $1,200. But is it any good?


'Smart' Invisible Ink Could Foil Counterfeiters

May 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Wall Street Journal

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new kind of sophisticated invisible ink that they say can be used to create codes that would be nearly impossible for counterfeiters to duplicate.


New Fiat 500X Pins Hopes On Italian Flair

May 14, 2015 11:38 am | by USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard takes a spin in the new Fiat 500X, a stylish crossover.



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