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Aston Martin's Carbon Fiber Concept

August 21, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The CC100 is Aston Martin's new concept vehicle that features a carbon-fiber body and sports a 1950's race car look. But don't expect to order one anytime soon. The CC100 concept car is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and was introduced as part of Aston Martin's 100th birthday celebration.

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How To Build A Military Helicopter

August 20, 2013 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Take an inside look at how a military production plant in the UK goes from creating a computerized aircraft design to a battle-ready helicopter taking flight. AugustWestland builds military helicopters, "Wildcats" or the AW159, on a site that spans 300 acres.

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Where Used Cars Cost More Than New Ones

August 19, 2013 1:20 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

In Venezuela, consumers are paying more for used cars than new ones, as new car buyers have to wait years for delivery. Socialist policies and the currency exchange may be two reasons automotive imports and production have come to a screeching halt.

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Xiaomi CEO: Don't Call Us China's Apple

August 15, 2013 11:17 am | by Reuters TV | Videos

7.45 million pre-orders and 100,000 sold out in 90 seconds – China's new and popular low-cost smartphone went on sale this week. China's Xiaomi has sparked a frenzy with a low-cost smartphone that may help the tech firm widen its lead over Apple in the local market, but CEO Lei Jun says it has very different ambitions. 

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Harnessing The Power Of Wind And Waves

August 15, 2013 11:06 am | by CBS News | Videos

The Japanese company Modec is preparing to test the world's first hybrid wind and wave power generation turbine this autumn. It is designed to harness enough energy from wind and waves to power up to 500 homes. CBS News' Seth Doane has the story. 

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Flying Robots For New Data

August 15, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, and can recover and continue flying even after a crash. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Fracking Fight Hits England

August 15, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Areas in the North of England are being prepped for the controversial process of freeing fossil fuels from shale rock (or "fracking"), and residents in these rural farming communities are expressing worry about how the drilling plans will impact their communities and their livelihood.

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Five Approaches To Managing MSDs At Work

August 15, 2013 8:02 am | by HumanTech | Videos

Unfortunately, there is no gold-star approach a company can take for managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The most common approaches include fixing the person, fitting the person to the task, changing the person, changing how the person performs work, changing the work and the workplace.

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The Technology Behind Exoskeletons

August 15, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN | Videos

With a robust history of pop culture examples, its no wonder that real-life exoskeleton prototypes have been evolving for decades. General Electric's 1960s 'Hardi-Man' could help users lift 1500 pounds, but it also weighed 1500 pounds. Lockheed Martin's current day "hulc" helps soldiers tote up to 200 pounds without significantly weighing them down.

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Is Inventor Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop’ Just Hype?

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.

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Watch The Tesla Model S Crash Tests

August 13, 2013 12:38 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Tesla Motors is starting to look like the carmaker that just won't stumble. After the Model S won MotorTrend's Car of the Year and got a fantastic review from Consumer Reports, it aced the government's crash tests and Tesla is now making a profit. 

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Small Cars Perform Poorly In Crash Tests

August 12, 2013 1:21 pm | by auto, safety, IIHS, Highway Safety, crash test, Nissan, Kia, Honda, rating, subcompact, small, cars | Videos

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.

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Toyota: A Short Stint In Pole Position?

August 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos

Toyota's CEO and grandson of the company Akio Toyoda won't brake for anything, and he has been able to pull the company back from a series of misfortunes to help it retake its position as the world's number one carmaker. Toyota has innovated its way back to the top of the class, with bold designs and a weak yen boosting profit. But its export-dependence and weakness in Southeast Asia could see it quickly dethroned.

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China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

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The Mercedes-Benz That Nearly Drives Itself

August 8, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The new Mercedes-Benz S Class has technology that allows it to almost drive itself. While the Mercedes-Benz S Class has always been a leader in its class, it now boasts new and groundbreaking technology, like active cruise control that helps to keep the car in its lane.

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Is Silicon Valley Out Of Touch?

August 8, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos

Investor John Doerr defends Silicon Valley's culture against arguments by the New Yorker's George Packer that the tech industry is disconnected from the middle class. Is Silicon Valley just a bubble that isn't real, or connected with America?

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Behind The Wheel Of A 100-Year-Old Steam Car

August 8, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

These days, electric cars are making inroads against old-fashioned gasoline models. Well, there was a time when there were three ways to power your car: Gasoline, electric, and steam. This 1913 Stanley Steamer car takes almost 45 minutes to start up but it's quite a treat to drive.

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Nissan Breaks Ground On MS Supplier Park

August 8, 2013 8:01 am | by Nissan Canton | Videos

Nissan expanded its United States manufacturing footprint last week with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant joining Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park at the company's Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant.           

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Why Google Is Assembling Phones In The U.S.

August 7, 2013 12:47 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.        

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Processing Plant Blamed For Outbreak

August 6, 2013 1:02 pm | by NBC News | Videos

With hundreds already sickened across 16 states, the FDA has made headway in tracking the source of the outbreak of cyclospora. Officials have now identified an American-owned salad processing plant in Mexico as the origin of the cyclospora cases in Iowa and Nebraska. The source in 14 other states remains elusive.

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