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3D Printing Of Liquid Metals

July 11, 2013 10:49 am | Videos

Researchers at NC State have developed a way to print liquid metals into 3D structures at room temperature. The structures are stabilized by a thin oxide 'skin' that forms on the liquid metal. The approaches shown here represent new ways to direct write metals in 3D. In addition, the resulting components can, in principle, self-heal and be ultra-stretchable.

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Researchers Project The Future Of Smart Phones

July 11, 2013 10:41 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers at the University of Tokyo are developing indoor projection technology that incorporates a sense of touch for interactive devices of the future. The system emits ultrasonic waves to generate pressure a user can feel and could one day render keyboards, smartphones, and even pens obsolete.

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Is Apple Making A Comeback?

July 10, 2013 10:11 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The future may be looking brighter for Apple after the company reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan to patent the iWatch. Back in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on exciting new products that may hit the market later this year. 

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Powering The Future: Will Algae Fuel Your Next Car?

July 9, 2013 10:33 am | by CBS News | Videos

Some of the top minds in the nation are working to find an alternative for oil -- and Professor Juergen Polle is placing his bet on algae. What makes algae ideal is that it can be grown in non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide (CO2) like fossil fuels, it requires CO2 to photosynthesize, making it carbon neutral.

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Ford's Advanced Prototyping

July 8, 2013 10:29 am | by fordvideo1 | Videos

Ford engineers are developing a highly flexible, first-of-its-kind, patented technology to rapidly form sheet metal parts for low-volume production applications. Once fully developed, the technology (Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology, or F3T) will allow for lower costs and ultrafast delivery times for prototypes – within three business days versus conventional methods that take anywhere from two to six months.

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Obama Delays Employer Healthcare Mandate

July 3, 2013 9:56 am | by NBC News | Videos

On Tuesday the U.S. Treasury Department announced the Obama administration will push back implementation of the Affordable Care Act's mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements. Now these rules will not go into effect in January 2015, which means some people will need to wait an extra year to get that healthcare coverage. 

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U.S. Sponsors Competition To Test Cyber Defenses

July 2, 2013 9:58 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Department of Homeland Security helped sponsor a national hacker competition in an attempt to put America's cyber defenses to the test. Michelle Miller reports and shows what happens when the hackers are turned loose.            

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Report: CEO Compensation Rises As Shareholders Lose

July 1, 2013 10:17 am | by NBC News | Videos

A recent study showed that the average American worker's salary has risen by 5.4 percent since 1978, while the growth of CEOs' compensation in that time is 875 percent. CNBC's Jim Cramer reports on why executives are still getting raises even as shareholders are losing money. 

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Universal Robots Brings Manufacturing Back To U.S.

June 28, 2013 10:44 am | by Universal Robots | Videos

To stay competitive, RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich needed an inexpensive automation solution that could easily be moved between CNC machines, assembly lines and tube benders. The company deployed a UR5 from Universal Robots and was quickly impressed with the Danish robot arm's performance and ease of use.

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Badminton Robot A Study In Energy Efficiency

June 27, 2013 11:34 am | by Reuters | Videos

Belgian scientists are developing a badminton-playing robot to demonstrate how new software can optimize energy efficiency in production machines. Scientists say if they can reduce the energy consumption of these machines, they will be able to significantly reduce the energy consumption of mankind. Reuters' Tara Cleary reports.

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Businessman Held Captive In Factory Freed

June 27, 2013 11:28 am | by ABC News | Videos

Chip Starnes, who said he was "saddened" by the experience, indicated a deal was reached overnight to pay the scores of workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining workers weren't being laid off.

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Leap Motion's 'Touchless' Tech Future

June 27, 2013 11:23 am | by NBC News | Videos

Michael Buckwald, Leap Motion CEO, explains how the next big tech advance is likely to include a device that allows users to communicate with their computers without using a mouse, keyboard  or touch pad.            

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Small Businesses Are Still Scared To Hire

June 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The job situation is still a very hot topic in the United States. ADP has access to jobs data from 600,000 employers and ADP CFO Jan Siegmund explains what the data is telling us now. He says that the slowing of employment growth over the last few months is due to tax rate changes and the anticipation of health reform.

Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 26, 2013 10:45 am | by TeslaMotors | Videos

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.

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BYOD Is Dead, Long Live SYOD!

June 25, 2013 10:25 am | by Cloud Powered Work | Videos

Analyst Aaron Goldberg says that if five years ago you told corporate management of IT that we’d allow end users to bring in any device they owned and that we’d give them access to all of their corporate applications and information on those personally owned devices, you’d have thought it was crazy.  Well it has come to pass, and for security and data control issues, it can’t continue. 

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Meals Per Hour

June 24, 2013 10:21 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche | Videos

A look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient. 

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Inside A $350,000+ Porsche

June 21, 2013 10:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CNN Money's Sue Callaway goes inside Singer Vehicle Design, an exclusive Porsche shop in Southern California that takes old Porsches and modernizes them – for a price. Singer Vehicle Design says it is “dedicated to the passionate study, preservation, and optimization of the world’s most respected high performance vehicles through modern techniques and unique and fresh perspectives.”

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CMR Demos Its Printed Polarity Magnets

June 20, 2013 10:27 am | by TechCrunch | Videos

While at Capital Factory in Austin, TechCrunch got a demo from Correlated Magnetics Research VP Stephen Straus. Currently operating under various grants and military contracts, they are looking to reach out to third parties to license their technology for use across the globe.

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GE CEO: China Will Drive Energy Tech

June 20, 2013 10:18 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Fossil fuels are still the number one energy source. Andy Serwer, managing editor for Fortune asks GE what that means for the company today, as well as five years from now. At the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt says that future energy development will be focused in China.

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Boeing CEO Announces New, Bigger 787

June 20, 2013 10:14 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CEO Jim McNerney says the 787 is a mature technology as Boeing launches a stretched version of the airliner, the 787-10. The 787-10 holds more passengers, but is designed for shorter distances — ideal for regional carriers.     

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