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U.S.-China Summit Shows Two Powers 'In The Same Boat'

June 13, 2013 8:02 am | by Reuters TV | Videos

A successful weekend summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping points to the countries boosting cooperation on issues from North Korea to China's alleged cyber theft, says one Chinese academic. U.S. officials now say that China is ready to begin working more closely with the U.S. on these big issues.

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Driverless Car Steering Course To Road-Readiness

June 13, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers at Carnegie Melon University are putting the finishing touches on their version of a driverless car that, they say, lays the groundwork for computers to replace humans in the driver seat within a decade and will make roads safer. Reuters' Ben Gruber went for a ride.

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U.S. Economy Graded A 'B'

June 12, 2013 12:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian says uncertainty is keeping the United States economy from growing faster, but we're still doing better than the rest of the world. El-Erain discusses the factors behind economic growth and what's holding it back.

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Chevron CEO: Responding To Safety Concerns

June 11, 2013 12:25 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos

Chevron CEO John Watson discusses energy production in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Watson says energy companies are taking a more proactive approach to safety, securing their systems, and operations before government regulators come knocking.

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IMTSTV iSpy: Machine Whisperer At [MC]2

June 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos

Jake Ervin is the Machine Whisperer, or at least trying to be. He goes to the [MC]2 conference to meet some cool machines but he keeps striking out, they won't talk to him. Will he find a way to talk to the machines? Will he learn that dinner and dancing is not the way to a machine's heart? Will Jake unlock the secret of the MTConnect standard?

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Robot Action Connected To Human Thought

June 7, 2013 11:01 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Thought controlled robots are no longer science fiction: An international team of scientists is working to connect human thought patterns to robotic actions. Controlled humanoids present a new world of mobility for some and a disaster clean-up tool for others.

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Chinese Solar Panel Makers Face New Taxes

June 6, 2013 1:14 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks about the European Commission's new tax on Chinese solar panel manufacturers and the possibility of a trade war. De Gucht talks about what this means for trade between China and the European Union.

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Tools For Tomorrow

June 6, 2013 8:04 am | by Grainger | Videos

Grainger has announced its sponsorship of 20 concerts throughout the Florida Georgia Line summer tour. During these stops, the duo will celebrate industrial trades professionals by honoring Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship program recipients. In addition, Grainger recently launched a sweepstakes for a chance to win Florida Georgia Line tickets for these 20 shows.

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Balloons Set to Take Wind Power to New Heights

June 6, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon that they say will offer a cheap renewable energy alternative to communities that live off the grid. The inventors say this could be the future of wind power. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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The Latest ERP Trends For Manufacturers

June 6, 2013 8:02 am | by Sage ERP Solutions | Videos

Learn what the three most important new trends are in ERP, and how they will play a key role in helping manufacturers run their businesses more efficiently. Sage points out what manufacturers need to do to take their ERP to the next level.

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Knock On Wood, This Car Works!

June 6, 2013 8:01 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos

First it was a bike, then a motorcycle. Now, a Hungarian man has created a car made almost entirely out of wood. Istvan Puskas toiled away for four months until all the pieces came together. The frame, axles, gearbox, and even the gas tank are made from wood.

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Nation's First Floating Wind Turbine Launched

June 5, 2013 1:44 pm | by CBS News | Videos

VolturnUS, the nation's first floating wind turbine designed to generate electricity from ocean winds, was launched as demand for clean and alternative energy grows. Developed at the University of Maine, the technology has the potenial to power the U.S. 4 times over. Terrell Brown reports.

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Where Cell Phones Go To Die

June 4, 2013 12:55 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Cell phones arrive in this town by the truckloads, where locals are experts in sorting through the electronic trash.

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Wind Energy Company Touts Giant Blades

June 3, 2013 12:26 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Vestas, a Danish wind power company, says its manufacturing facility in Colorado is making the biggest blade for wind power in the United States. Bjarne Nielsen, Vestas Blades Division, says the V117 blade is nearly 60 meters in length, longer than half a football field.

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Global Joblessness To Hit 200M This Year

May 31, 2013 1:48 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Global unemployment will hit 200 million this year, and declarations of intent to tackle the problem will mean nothing without action, says International Labor Organization director general Guy Ryder. And within the next five years, he suspects global joblessness to reach 215 million.

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Inside Chinese Firm's Deal To Buy Smithfield Foods

May 30, 2013 12:06 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, is being bought by Shuanghui. The price: almost $5 billion. If approved, it will be the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese buyer. This is the latest in a string of American companies being purchased by China. So why this company—and why now?

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Superhydrophobic, Oleophobic Coating

May 30, 2013 8:04 am | by Ted | Videos

Ultra-Ever Dry is a superhydrophobic (water) and oleophobic (hydrocarbons) coating that will completely repel almost any liquid. Ultra-Ever Dry uses proprietary nanotechnology to coat an object and create a barrier of air on its surface. UltraTech was asked to demonstrate Ultra-Ever Dry at the 2013 TED Conference.

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From Many Colors Comes One

May 30, 2013 8:03 am | by KYDEXsheet | Videos

Matching a color sounds simple. But what do you do when a customer shows you a tableau of colors to translate into one? KYDEX Global Creative David Scott and Color Development Specialist John English show both the creative and technical process in action.

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Building A Home With A 3D Printer

May 30, 2013 8:02 am | by AssociatedPress | Videos

The relatively new technology known as '3D printing' has already been used to make prosthetic legs. Now, architects claim they'll soon be able to build a whole house using a 3D printer. The technology is still relatively new, but it's already being used in the medical world and in the arts.

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Flying Car For The Masses Set For Take-Off

May 30, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

New England aviation company Terrafugia has unveiled its latest conceptual version of a flying car. Unlike its current flying car, which is designed for pilots, the new design incorporates autonomous functionality, a move the company says will open up the skies to everybody. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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