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Need To Repair A NASA Spacecraft? 3D Print It

April 26, 2013 10:03 am | by CNET | Videos

Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops, which is filled with state of the art equipment.

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Intel Ethernet For Industrial Protocols

April 25, 2013 9:59 am | by Intel | Videos

A robot hand that solves a Rubik's cube puzzle illustrates how a high-precision Industrial Protocol is implemented with Intel Ethernet, as opposed to a high-cost proprietary ASIC or FPGA. A PLC system running ProfiNet IRT with Intel Ethernet is connected to several industrial devices. 

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Technology, Google And The Digital Revolution

April 25, 2013 9:49 am | by NBC News | Videos

Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation. The story of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley is a tale of two digtial cities competing for national dominance. 

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Caterpillar Crawls Along

April 25, 2013 9:39 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Despite lackluster earnings, the construction equipment maker seems to show the global economy is not as bad as investors feared. Analysts were surprised to see that despite missing the mark, stocks were up primarily because the company performed better than feared. 

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Solar Plane To Make Historic Flight

April 25, 2013 9:31 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Solar Impulse, a solar power plane, is being prepped to fly across America - and right into aviation history. "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger met with CBS's John Blackstone to watch the takeoff, and discusses the importance of the flight.

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What To Expect If Apple Unveils A TV

April 24, 2013 10:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Even with many Smart TVs on the market, a Topeka Capital Markets analyst predicts that Apple will release a 60-inch TV by the end of this year. After seeing what the company did with phones and tablets, analysts are interested to see what they can do with TVs. 

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Hacking Anything Connected To The Internet

April 23, 2013 9:37 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Shodan search engine allows anyone to search for anything connected to the Internet and if security settings are not turned on, take control of the device. Hackers, both good and bad, use the site to locate the increasing number of Internet capable devices like traffic lights, a computer or even a business.

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Chinese Cars Still In The Slow Lane To Global Market

April 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Reuters | Videos

China's auto market is the biggest and most important in the world today says Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee. The world's largest auto market is their playground, and now China's carmakers have set their sights overseas. The president of market research group J.D. Power discusses their prospects.

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Technology Shifts From Cleaning Up Oil Spills, To Fracking

April 19, 2013 10:04 am | by CBS News | Videos

Glenn Rink, President and CEO of AbTech Industries, shows Rebecca Jarvis how his "smart sponge" technology cleans polluted water. Originally planning to market his services to oil companies, he's since discovered an interest from the fracking industry.

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How A U.S. Shoemaker Stays Competitive

April 18, 2013 10:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Okabashi Brands was founded in the 1980s when U.S. manufacturing was shrinking. During that time, manufacturing was already moving out of the states, but thanks to automation, a U.S. workforce, and recycling methods, Okabashi is a success story.

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Auto Black Boxes In Every Vehicle By 2014?

April 18, 2013 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Videos

Most drivers don't realize that over 90 percent of new cars are being made with a black box. Similar to a flight cockpit recorder, it is called an Event Data Recorder (EDS). It records everything that is happening in your car. At issue is your right to privacy.

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The Story Of Purell

April 18, 2013 10:27 am | by CBS News | Videos

The handy hand sanitizer has permeated society, but the path to market success was hardly free of pitfalls. Purell has now reached brand nirvana of being both a noun and a verb in pop culture. Yet the rise of Purell is someone of an improbable tale. Rebecca Jarvis finds out the story behind Purell.

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The Amazon Cure To The Plague Of Short-Term Thinking In Business

April 18, 2013 10:19 am | by Tompkins International | Videos

Are you weary of hearing companies blame an uncertain economy, Wall Street or the government for their short-term business thinking? In this new video, Jim Tompkins -- noted supply chain strategy expert and CEO of Tompkins International -- injects some new truths into this current plague of short-term thinking. 

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Scooter Store Is Wheels Down In Bankruptcy Court

April 17, 2013 10:09 am | by ABC News | Videos

The Scooter Store, which offers discounted scooters through Medicare, is hitting the brakes. The company filed for bankruptcy after a federal raid earlier this year and legal troubles forced massive layoffs. Lawmakers slammed the company for pushing scooters on people who didn't need them.

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FAA Orders Inspection Of Boeing 737 Jets

April 16, 2013 10:02 am | by NBC News | Videos

After reports of faulty parts on plane tails, the Federal Aviation Administration has asked for inspection of more than 1000 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 jets. NBC’s Brian Williams reports. The FAA order concerns mostly late model Boeing 737s to be examined to see if a part of the planes' tails need to be replaced. 

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 15, 2013 10:57 am | by UConn | Videos

UConn and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn will serve as an important resource for training the next generation of engineers and designers.

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Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 12, 2013 10:04 am | by NPR | Videos

NPR has recently released this pretty compelling video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. The plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.

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Bombardier's Dogfight With Airbus & Boeing

April 11, 2013 10:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Bombardier's CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, talks about the company's expansion in the mid-size jet sector and what that means in terms of competition with Airbus and Boeing. Bombardier is the leader in regional airline turboprop and jet planes, but is now moving into a bigger category. Fortune's Adam Lashinsky reports. 

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Hackers Targeting Android Smartphones

April 11, 2013 10:12 am | by NBC News | Videos

Internet security experts show how malicious code can sneak onto an Android smartphone through a non-threatening app installation, and give total control to a hacker. All hackers have to do is get smartphone users to download their apps. NBC's Chris Clackum reports. 

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Multi-Modal Picking Solution

April 11, 2013 10:03 am | by Motorola Solutions | Videos

From the ProMat 2013 show floor, Rob Armstrong of Motorola Solutions demonstrates how MSI technology can increase the efficiency and safety of workers picking inventory. Using devices like the WT41N0 Wearable Terminal, equipped with the SelectorPro application from SAE, and the RS419 Wearable Ring Scanner, Rob presents an efficient, scalable solution.

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