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Robot Takes Muscular Approach To Bomb Disposal

August 20, 2012 11:44 am | by Reuters | Videos

A team of Colombian students is developing a bomb-deactivating robot that responds to human muscle movement. Using sensors and wireless technology, the students say their robot, called Prometheus, will bring a new level of precision to the delicate task of disarming explosives.

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New Battery Could Solve Solar Power Issues

August 17, 2012 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Startup Liquid Metal Battery is developing a low-cost battery by using an approach that involves a high-temperature system with liquid metals and molten salts. They say it will store wind or solar electricity for when there's no wind or sun.

NASA's Next Rover Has 3D-Printed Parts

August 16, 2012 11:45 am | by stratasysfdm | Videos

NASA engineers talk about developing and testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans on other worlds.

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Biggest Product Flops Of 2012

August 15, 2012 1:02 pm | by Yahoo | Videos

Despite all the hype, some products simply fail to live up to their expectations – and there was no shortage of flops in recent months.

Sharp: Just A Piece Of The Apple Pie?

August 15, 2012 11:30 am | by Reuters | Videos

If the firm can put its ego aside, there may be a brighter future ahead not as a standalone brand, but as a component supplier to Apple.

Flying With A Mach 5 Hypersonic Engine

August 15, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The 'scramjet' is an engine that can go from New York to Tokyo in under 2 hours -- and development is well under way by the Air Force.

Watch Luxury Cars Struggle In Crash Tests

August 15, 2012 10:59 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety better simulates more realistic, off-center frontal crashes. Luxury cars did not fare well...

Giving Buttons To The Button-Less

August 13, 2012 2:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Silicon Valley start-up Tactus Technology has created liquid buttons for touch screens that can morph into different shapes on command.

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Where Cell Phones Go To Be Reborn

August 13, 2012 11:49 am | by CNN Money | Videos

While most old mobile phones end up in landfills, increasingly they end up in the hands of eRecycling Corps. The company restores them to be sold again at a later date.

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Call It A Comeback For Cisco?

August 10, 2012 1:52 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Even though the stock is down this year, Cisco is sitting on billions in cash. And some analysts think demand will pick up.

Should Apple Get Rid Of Cash?

August 9, 2012 4:25 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says Apple should eventually give its entire $117 billion cash stockpile to shareholders and that the faster it does so, the faster it will achieve his $910 price target.

Where The July Job Growth Came From

August 8, 2012 1:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Manufacturing was one of the critical drivers of job growth in July. Roughly 163,000 jobs were created during that month.

Dare To Disagree (It's Good For Business)

August 8, 2012 1:26 pm | by TED | Videos

Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns -- like conflict avoidance and selective blindness -- that lead managers and organizations astray.

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Microsoft's 'Gesture Control' Technology

August 8, 2012 1:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Microsoft's testing a new gesture control for computers that uses sound waves from laptop speakers.

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The Lesson Of Nissan

August 8, 2012 1:09 pm | by New York Times | Videos

The migration of Nissan jobs to the United States is discussed in great detail. Subjects include outsourcing and unions, among others.

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How The Mars Rover Was Designed

August 7, 2012 1:01 pm | by Siemens PLM | Videos

The Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester works with NASA and the European Space Agency, supplying instrumentation and other hardware for space missions. The centre uses NX and Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software to develop its products, uniting all phases of projects, from design through analysis and manufacturing.

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Microsoft's Wacky New Mood Butterfly

August 6, 2012 12:26 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

How is it going to sell? That being said, it is a pretty innovative experiment out of Microsoft's research lab.

Augmented-Reality Technology For Mobile Phones

August 3, 2012 2:05 pm | by TED | Videos

Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone.

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Expert: U.S. Overdue For A Crippling Cyberattack

August 2, 2012 1:44 pm | by CBS News | Videos

The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. has seen a 20-fold increase in cyberattacks. Bob Orr reports how every day, U.S. government and private computer systems are being probed by cyber thieves and state-sponsored hackers from China and Russia.

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Overcoming Challenges To Bring Products To Market

August 1, 2012 11:54 am | by New York Times | Videos

Fisker Automotive and other companies designing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles face challenges bringing the new cars to market.

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