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Tesla's Mysterious Project; Lockheed's New Rocket; Toyota Shutdown Cause | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 135

Also on the podcast, engineers hack voice recognition with PVC, Nissan repurposes old Leaf batteries, tennis balls surprisingly unsustainable, U.S. needs to restore chemical oversight and a 99-year-old turbine gets a new lease on life.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Nissan is Making Portable Power Sources from Old Leaf Batteries - @3:35

The Leaf has fallen and faded, alas, its legend lives on.

Engineers Hack Voice Recognition with PVC - @15:00

It looks like your voice might not make the most secure passport.

Toyota Reveals Cause of Factory Shutdown - @26:00

Toyota finally got to the root cause of the carmaker's plant problem.

Lockheed Martin’s Rocket Flies Nearly Twice as Far as Current Munitions - @36:30

In a recent flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated its nextgen Extended-Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS).

Tesla Faces Investigations over Mysterious Project - @43:20

What is Project 42?

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Revitalizing a 99-Year-Old Hydropower Turbine - @52:19

The hydropower plant in West Java, Indonesia was originally built in the 1920s.

Government Eager to Restore Power to Keep Chemicals Out of Extremists Hands - @57:56

A program called the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards expired July 28.

Tennis Grapples with Fuzzy Yellow Recycling Problem - @1:04:38

Tennis balls are extremely hard to recycle and the industry makes 330 million of them every year.

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