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Vehicles Gone in 2023; Rubik's Inventor; Saving Car Radios | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 97

Also on the podcast, new stealth bomber debuts, Tesla delivers first electric semis, hardware falling off of helicopters, Monarch's autonomous electric tractor and novel spray deploys "tiny soldiers."

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from and Industrial Equipment News (IEN). In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Tesla Delivers Electric Semis to PepsiCo at Nevada Factory - @4:06

Last Thursday, Tesla delivered the company's first electric semis to PepsiCo.

Pentagon Debuts Its New Stealth Bomber, the B-21 Raider - @12:55

America has a new stealth bomber after years of covert development.

Lawmaker Calls for Saving the Car Radio - @20:37

Some auto industry experts think its time for AM radios to pull into the great rest stop in the sky because of their impact on long-term EV battery performance.

The Man Who Invented the Rubik's Cube Celebrates Lasting Puzzle - @30:08

The Rubik's Cube is an incredible story, one that began as a toy to tap into a basic human activity: problem solving.

The Vehicle Models that Won’t Return for 2023 - @36:42

American automakers are continuing the longstanding trend of shifting to larger vehicles.

In Case You Missed It

Novel Spray Deploys Billions of 'Tiny Soldiers' - @45:27

McMaster University researchers have created a powerful new weapon against bacterial contamination and infection.

Missing Hardware Could Lead to Catastrophic Helicopter Failures - @49:11

On June 8, 2022, at about 5:26, a Bell 407 helicopter was about 30 minutes into an air tour flight when it went into an uncontrolled spin in Hawaii.

Monarch’s Self-Driving, Electric Tractor - @54:41

Fully electric, driver-optional, smart tractors are coming off the production line in Livermore, California.

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