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LulzBotz 3D Printer Overview

October 10, 2013 9:23 am | by gizmag | Videos

Boasting the largest print envelope for less than $5,000, the LulzBot TAZ has set big expectations.                         

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Mirror Maker Reflects On Success

October 10, 2013 9:17 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Hirschler Glas knows a thing or two about survival. The family business based in the Hungarian city of Sopron was founded in 1899. These days it makes rear view mirrors for vehicles.            

Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 10, 2013 9:11 am | by TED | Videos

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively.

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Behind The Wheel Of A Hot Wheels Camaro

October 10, 2013 9:06 am | by CNNMoney | Videos

While it may be a $7200 option, Hot Wheels teamed up with Chevrolet to create a fun, flashy car in the form of the Chevy Camaro SS, Hot Wheels Edition.                 

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3D Food Printer: The Future Of Food?

October 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by NBC | Videos

A company may have come up with a way to solve food shortage problems using a 3D printer.                                             

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Driverless Car No Longer Just Science Fiction

October 8, 2013 2:13 pm | by CNN | Videos

Engineers all over the world are hard at work shaping the highway of the future. While a few kinks still need to be worked out, the reality of a road-ready driverless car is right around the corner.         

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KY Coal Town Suffers Amid Natural Gas Boom

October 7, 2013 12:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos

The increase in natural gas production has had a devastating impact on coal country, forcing many miners to seek employment elsewhere. Eastern Kentucky has lost 42 percent of its mining jobs, and CBS News' Jeff Glor reports from one of the hardest-hit towns.

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Shutdown Could Slam Frail U.S. Economy

October 4, 2013 1:19 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

The bitter blame game continued with the still employed politicians in DC - while as many as a million workers were sent home on Tuesday, out of work and out of luck. The government's partial shutdown also means the September jobs report is being postponed. The workers who produce it aren't deemed "essential," which is why they're among the 800,000 federal employees being furloughed.

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Employers Add Fewer Jobs

October 3, 2013 2:11 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Amid the Washington shut down that furloughed nearly a million government workers, the private sector isn't doing much better. U.S. companies added just 166,000 jobs last month, which is fewer than economists had expected. Analysts say the softer numbers have renewed worries on Wall Street.

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Porsche Boxster S: One Fun Driver's Car

October 2, 2013 4:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The new Porsche Boxster S is a fast, fun, driver-centric car. This car pays attention to how someone who truly likes to drive would like the cockpit set up, and it's especially responsive to the driver around corners. This car responds just like the driver thinks it should, and is like an extension of the driver's body, says this test driver.

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Lionhead 3D Printer Creator Shares Biggest Fears

October 2, 2013 4:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Videos

In this exclusive interview with the creator of the Lionhead 3D printer, IMPO's sister magazine PD&D is on-site to learn more about the design process, and the biggest fears of bringing a new product to market.      

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Inside The Vertu Luxury Smartphone Factory

October 2, 2013 4:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Vertu is polishing up its newest product and getting ready to unveil its more affordable smartphone known as Constellation, though the company is not known for its affordability. Each Vertu smartphone is all assembled by a single person and the finished product can run thousands of dollars. 

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How To Print A 1927 Miller 91 Racecar In 6 Weeks

October 2, 2013 3:56 pm | by Cideas | Videos

Put together a car guy and a great designer, and you get a 3D CAD design for a 1927 racecar. Cideas has 3D-printed a 1927 Miller 91 model car using all four major 3D printing processes (FDM, Polyjet, SLS, and SLA) in just six weeks. The car is a 40 percent scale model and was created with 100 percent 3D-printed parts.

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Inside Alcoa's Largest U.S. Factory

October 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

If you've ever flown internationally, there's a good chance the wings, and large parts of the body on the plane, originated in Alcoa's massive 135 acre factory in Davenport, Iowa. Alcoa rolls out huge sheets of aluminum for Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 wings using the largest hot roller in the world. 

Subaru's Crash Avoidance Tech Ranks First

October 1, 2013 1:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of its first crash avoidance test for several car models. Both the Subaru Outback and Legacy received the highest ratings, while the Infiniti JX performed poorly.       

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Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Loom Large

September 30, 2013 1:49 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The sequester and forced budget cuts have been squeezing budgets and sending home federal workers all year. Now, October is a key month as the federal government has been unable to pass a budget or raise the debt ceiling. The consequences of failing to do either could be damaging to the economy. 

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How MakerBot's 3D Scanner Works

September 27, 2013 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

It sits on your desktop and makes 3D models for you. 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has created a $1400 digitizer that can scan objects in 3D. Set an object on the turntable, watch the laser and camera go to work, and then sent the scan to the 3D printer.

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Car Gadgets Turn Dashboards Into Computers

September 26, 2013 1:18 pm | by NBC News | Videos

New technology is making the driver's seat look more like an office chair, making the dashboard into your computer. Car companies say these improvements are helping them stay competitive, but others think this auto technology is just a built-in distraction for drivers.

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A Pick-Up That Cost $6M To Build

September 25, 2013 4:32 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

This Ford F750 World Cruiser pick-up truck, with its full living room, kitchen, bathroom, and enough beds for 6, was built by Dunkel Industries and cost $6 million to build. It also has 4 tons of cargo capacity, perfect for the driver who wants it all.

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Customizable Robot: Intel Makes Science Fiction A Reality

September 25, 2013 4:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Intel has created a robot that can be customized to the individual owner's needs that will cost well under $1,000. Intel futurist Brian David Johnson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss this remarkable scientific achievement.     

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