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Ars Technica sent journalists to GE's China Technology Center in Shanghai to visit some of the labs and talk to several of the people who run research programs there. The interviews included in the series get into the technical details of the research and also provide a broad overview of the research and some idea of how GE Shanghai operates. The Chasing Brilliance series is a partnership between GE and Ars Technica that will also include visits to GE Global Research sites in Munich and San Ramon, California.

General Electric Co. won approval from the Food and Drug Administration to offer its 3-D breast-imaging technology in the U.S., the company said, adding substantial new competition to the fast-growing market dominated by Hologic Inc.

General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.

Low-energy microwaves can tell you the caloric content of food, providing a more accurate estimate of what is on your plate.

Health and fitness monitoring is helping us all look after ourselves a little better, but there's one stumbling block: calorie intake is still self-reported, making it laborious and often inaccurate. GE, however, thinks it has a way to change that.

Your next microwave might be able to measure how healthy your food is. Researchers at General Electric have developed a device that can quickly measure the calories in your food by utilizing just three pieces of information: fat content, water content, and weight. From this data its able to approximate the calories of your meal, and the team at GE Research is hoping to eventually incorporate the technology into appliances like microwaves.

GE Oil and Gas has struck a deal with Devon Energy Corp. to help test its new technology for the oil and natural gas industry.

Christine Furstoss, global technology director at GE, talked to TechRepublic about continually learning from her job, self-reflection, and pushing the boundaries of her industry.

Although the 3-D printing craze has captivated investors' imaginations, a lesser-known technology called "direct write," or 3-D inking as General Electric (NYSE: GE ) likes to call it, offers the potential to make products and components even smarter.

The heat of an active volcano. A 5,000 pound weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines, and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of the process. No safety goggles required.

Carbon dioxide, used for years to force crude oil out of old wells, likely will not replace water in fracking anytime soon because of technical challenges and limited infrastructure, says General Electric Co, which is studying the issue under a $10 billion research program.

The corporate conglomerate says 3D printing and "additive manufacturing" is one of the most important evolutions in modern history, and the best is yet to come.