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Engineering Newswire: Karate Robot Does Crane Kick On Cinder Blocks

November 21, 2014 | by Product Design & Development | 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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Ford Builds Robots For Rough-And-Tumble Roads

November 20, 2014 12:57 pm | by CNNMoney

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.                         


The Band-Aid Of The Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

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

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.                   


When Fake 'Super Meat' Is Better Than The Real Thing

November 18, 2014 4:41 pm | by Bloomberg News

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," is aiming at the heart of the carnivorous market. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 


Where Are Tesla’s 12,000 'Missing' Cars?

November 18, 2014 4:36 pm | by Bloomberg News

Kyle Stock and Cory Johnson examine the “mystery” of Tesla’s missing vehicles.                                                 


Pittsburgh's Robot Renaissance

November 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by CNNMoney

Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.                                               


Ford Pulls Back Curtain On New Shelby GT350

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by CNNMoney

The Ford Shelby GT350 is back, powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine producing over 500 horsepower.                                             


Kelley Blue Book Reveals 2015 Best Car Buys

November 17, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News

According to Kelley Blue Book, nearly 17 million vehicles could be sold in the U.S. next year.  Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for, reveals which cars made the list.       


Why Diamonds May Be The Key To Smaller, Thinner Smartphones

November 17, 2014 12:47 pm | by Bloomberg News

Most microprocessors are made from silicon. AKHAN Technologies is developing a way to make them from industrial diamonds, allowing the chips to be thinner and require less energy.                     


Cisco CEO Critical Of Net Neutrality

November 17, 2014 12:40 pm | by CNNMoney

Cisco CEO John Chambers says regulation of Internet service providers could hinder development and growth.                                         


Engineering Newswire: Engineers Drop Bombs For Safety

November 14, 2014 11:34 am | by Product Design & Development

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at dropping bombs for safety, coating batteries for consumption, and saying goodbye to our bearded friend.                               


Resurrecting Drowned iPhones From The Dead

November 14, 2014 11:27 am | by CNNMoney

Startup TekDry has created a machine that can dry out a waterlogged phone.                                                   


Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 11:22 am | by CBS News

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.         


Brazil's Drought Brews High Coffee Price

November 13, 2014 12:34 pm | by CNNMoney

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets. The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.               


The Future Of Robotics May Be A Robot You Wear

November 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Bloomberg News

In a small lab at Purdue University in Indiana, a new kind of robot is being developed. Research could some day lead to a revolution in what we wear, from rehabilitative clothing to military performance enhancers, to everyday athletic gear. 


This Car Has A Jet Engine

November 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by CNNMoney

The 1963 Chrysler Turbine car has a jet engine under its hood. In its heyday, it represented the future of automobiles.                                     


A $40 Invention That Could Transform Heathcare

November 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Bloomberg News

British chip designer ARM Holdings is best known for supplying processors to mobile giants like Apple. Now the company has thrown its weight behind a tiny Cambridge-based startup named SimPrints that may be on the brink of revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare.


The Drone That Is Years Ahead Of Google And Facebook

November 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Bloomberg News

Satellites are so 2014. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain.              


'AirLegs' Technology Helps Troops Stay One Step Ahead

November 12, 2014 12:48 pm | by CBS News

The military's DARPA lab creates stunning inventions, and they could help service members stay one step ahead when answering the call of duty. Chip Reid reports on the new "AirLegs" technology for U.S. troops.           


Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by CNNMoney

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       


Ford's CEO On The Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney

After a dismal last quarter, CEO Mark Fields says he plans to turn Ford around as the company unveils its new F-150 truck.                                     



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