EV Maker Crashes; 5G Threatens Aircraft; Apple Tracking Thieves | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 45

Also on the podcast, Musk says job titles don't mean anything, poor planning before pipeline blast, robot enforces social distancing, supply chain hits Christmas cookies, and electrifying oceans to suck up more carbon.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

NTSB: Poor Planning Led to Deadly Texas Pipeline Blast

On Aug. 21, 2020, a dredging vessel’s rotating cutter head cut a 16-inch pipeline and released a geyser of propane that exploded around the vessel and killed five people.

5G Threatens Aircraft Instruments

The new 5G network is set to launch in January. However, months ago, the FAA began expressing concern over whether the 5G network could affect vital navigation and safety instruments on aircraft. 

Musk Says Job Titles Don’t Mean Anything

Elon Musk participated in the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit in Washington, D.C. and said that there are four titles that mean anything for a company — president, secretary, treasurer and director — and he says they can all be the same person. 

Thieves Use Apple Tracking Devices to Steal Cars

Thieves are placing Apple AirTags tags in hidden areas on high-end vehicles and then tracing the cars back to their owners’ homes where they steal them right out of the driveway.

EV Maker Lucid Crashes After Disclosing SEC Subpoena 

Lucid Group, a new EV startup, announced that it has been subpoenaed by the SEC over how it became a publicly-traded company. 

In Case You Missed It

Robot Designed to Enforce Social Distancing

Researchers from the University of Maryland at College Park have created the CS-robot, a mobile Covid surveillance robot that detects non-compliance and social distancing breaches. 

Panel: Consider Tinkering with Oceans to Suck Up More Carbon

The United States might soon zap oceans with electricity. It's an effort to fight climate change and get oceans to suck more carbon dioxide out of the air.

Supply Chains Impacting Christmas Cookies

The most expensive place in the U.S. to bake Christmas cookies is San Diego at $12.40 per batch. The cheapest is Charleston, South Carolina.

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