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In the United States, automation is feared because it could result in job losses. In car manufacturing plants in China, robots are also becoming more and more prevalent. But because the demand for cars is currently so high there, the automation isn't seen as a threat but more as a supplement.

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Video: Of all the objects you use on a daily basis, you've probably never stopped to wonder how plastic drinking straws came to be. But if you like complicated machines that are simultaneously extruding, cutting and sorting, you'll be more than satisfied with the high-speed process behind making two-toned plastic drinking straws.

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Image Cache: This is the brand new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility — where you seem to be able to eat your lunch from the floor. The European aircraft manufacturer inaugurated its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama on 14th September.

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A snakebot recently crawled up my leg. The engineers sort of grinned while I grimaced, wondering if I should try to attack it or cry for help, an impulse that comes from watching too many sci-fi movies, I guess. I expect most robots to destroy me, but these snakebots are designed to do the opposite. And they could change robotics as we know it.

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Skateboarding is fun but George Powell of Powell Peralta skateboard makes building skateboards look even more fun. It's always cool to see hands and machines and people transform wood into something completely different but especially neat to see how the whole skateboard — trucks and bearings and wheels — comes together.

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While you're watching the final game of the World Cup today, keep a keen eye on the advertisements along the sidelines. You're likely to see the name Yingli Solar: a massive Chinese solar power manufacturer that few soccer fans are likely to know. Climate Desk recently visited Yingli's sprawling plant, and got a first-hand look at the booming company.