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May 20, 2022 1 min

When you’re driving, there’s acceleration and there’s testing the very bounds of time, space and human endurance. The upcoming Bentley EV will tilt toward the latter.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark promised that his company’s electric vehicle will sport 1,400 horsepower and go from 0-60 mph in a bonkers 1.5 seconds. Most current lists have even the fastest 0-60 mph times hovering around 2 se...

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Earlier this year, Ford made headlines after it came to light that the American automotive titan was considering spinning off its rapidly expanding electric-vehicle operations from its conventional, internal-combustion engine ones.

A complete split was quickly ruled out – likely amid opposition from the Ford family – and the company instead announced plans to create two separate businesses — sort of — under the Ford corporate umbrel...

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On Wednesday, Abbott Laboratories said that production at a troubled infant formula plant in Michigan could restart within two weeks.

In February, Abbott recalled baby formulas made at its plant in Sturgis after complaints of bacterial infections in infants who drank specific Similac products. As a result, two infants died, and several babies were hospitalized. 

Once the company gets the go-ahead, it will restart EleCare, Alimentum a...

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Cannabis use, both recreational and medicinal, has increased dramatically in the United States. As more people incorporate it into their lives, businesses remain concerned about protecting their workforce from impaired employees on the job. To combat cannabis intoxication, some companies have turned to breathalyzers; it's a familiar tech, and they are accurate when testing for the presence of THC.

However, according to Ken Ficht...

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The baby formula supply problem is not getting better. In fact, it is getting worse. Manufacturers claim production is at full capacity, but it still is not meeting the current demand. 

In the first half of 2021, the out-of-stock rate for baby formula sat between 2% and 8%. However, the rate skyrocketed between November 2021 and early April of this year to 31%. CNN Business reports that the number is currently up to 40%. 

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Lordstown Motors has struggled with a moving target of challenges over the past few years, among them multiple lawsuits that accused the EV maker of breach of contract, conspiracy and outright fraud.

It seemed for a moment the company was destined for bankruptcy, when a unique opportunity arose. Foxconn, the global electronics contract manufacturing giant based in Taiwan, handed the company an offer that was tantamount to a lifeline...

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On April 25, 2022, Urban-Air Port and Supernal unveiled the Air-One in the United Kingdom. The Air-One is a proprietary deployable operations hub that could provide quick multimodal infrastructure for eVTOLS and other passenger travel – think small turnkey airport, or, as they call it, a vertiport. Unfortunately, this one is for viewing purposes only, though they plan to hold drone demos to show potential advanced air mobility (AAM...

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Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot and current CEO of Bantam Tools, says the U.S. must bring prototyping and manufacturing back in-house, close the skills gap and build an independent manufacturing workforce.

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Cameras on drones is not a new concept but Snapchat’s just announced Pixy offers an interesting take on the product category.

Instead of being controlled by the user, the Pixy flies itself and follows the user like an adorable little creeper. The device, which is about the size of a CD case, pairs with a smartphone and uses its four propellers to take off from and land in a user’s hand. The company says the rechargeable battery supp...

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It was hard to look away from the Elon Musk-Twitter chronicles that spanned a few weeks. Musk became the social media platform’s biggest shareholder. Then Musk was set to join Twitter’s board. And then he wasn’t

Then, it looked like he was set to buy Twitter and take it private, then it didn’t. Then it did again. Now, as Musk and Twitter are looking to close the $44 billion buyout offer, each party has set out terms and conditions...

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You may recall that there was a lot going on in 2020. A lot. So in case you missed this one, we’ll offer up a quick recap:

In May of that year, just a scant two months into the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic, Nissan quietly announced that it would be winding down its Datsun brand – a big reveal that may not have registered amid the din, not to mention the fact that Datsun has been down this road before.

The brand, which had its heyday in the...

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Wind energy has the potential to dramatically reduce the world’s dependence on carbon-emitting energy sources, and governments across the globe are racing to develop new wind power facilities amid efforts to curb global warming.

But setting up a wind farm isn’t just a matter of putting up a windmill here or there; they can comprise hundreds of turbines across farmland or sea, and the turbines themselves can be hundreds of feet tall ...

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Tesla has continued to absolutely floor it, with revenue in its 2022 first quarter outpacing last year’s by seven times. But according to recent comments by CEO Elon Musk, vehicles might not be Tesla’s chief breadwinner for long.

In an earnings call with investors, Musk referenced an in-development robot that he believes will be worth more than Tesla’s car business as soon as 2023.

The humanoid robot in question stands at 5 foot 8 an...

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An Amazon warehouse collapsed and six workers died after a tornado struck the facility in Edwardsville, Illinois on Dec. 10. The company is still facing repercussions from decisions that were made that day. 

In a press statement, attorneys filed two lawsuits on behalf of victims involved in the deadly disaster. Plaintiffs include four Amazon drivers: Jamarco Hickman, Evan Jensen, Jada Williams and Deontae Yancey. 

The mother of DeAnd...

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Newark, California-based Lucid Group burst onto the electric vehicle scene with their Air model, which touts an industry-leading 520-mile range. You might also remember the company commencing manufacturing last spring at their recently completed 500-acre production facility in Casa Grande, Arizona.

This time Lucid is turning heads with the most powerful electric vehicle available in North America - their Air Grand Touring Performanc...

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It’s been nearly 20 years since the end of the Concorde put supersonic passenger air travel on hold, but startups and industry giants alike are working on ways to not only fly beyond the sound barrier, but potentially much faster — into the realm of hypersonic travel.

The most ambitious efforts in recent years floated the possibility of flying at Mach 4 or 5, up to five times the speed of sound — fast enough to trim the flight from ...

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April 19, 2022 2 min

Cooking oils are crucial for frying all the foods that make life so worth living. But after they fulfill their destiny and get our jalapeno poppers nice and golden brown, they are also often used as a sustainable fuel. And not just for cars, but also jumbo jets.

Airbus recently flew a three-hour test flight in France using a commercial jet outfitted to run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel or SAF, which is made up primarily of used cooki...

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This might come as a surprise to some of you, but SpaceX is not the only name in privatized space launching services. For example, Long Beach, CA-based Rocket Lab has had 25 successful launches since 2017, and deployed over 100 satellites into orbit for clients that include NASA, DARPA and Canon.

While their scale is smaller than the aforementioned competitor, their focus on innovation is definitely amongst industry leaders. Not onl...

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s investigators and attorneys are working to prevent companies along the United States-Mexico border from exploiting Mexican workers. 

Wage and Hour Division investigators recently discovered three San Diego-area customs warehouses were violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The employers, OMG Global Logistics, Atlas Freight Forwarding and Columbia Export Group PDSA, were ordered to pay approximately $2 ...

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Night shift workers at a New Zealand french fry factory were rattled by an unusual discovery last week that ended with a call to the bomb squad.

Richard Teurukura, a worker at the Mr Chips factory in Aukland was reportedly observing the conveyor line when an object caught his eye for being a bit oddly shaped. 

100,000 potatoes had just been delivered and were running down the belt when Teurukura saw what he thought was a muddy stone....

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