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Flying Cars Coming To Market Soon

February 6, 2013 4:43 pm | by NBC News | Videos

A new joint venture hopes to bring not only flying cars, but also personal-sized utility saucer-shaped vehicles to consumers by 2014. Skycar 200 is designed for short distance, low-level flight and then it can be driven down a street at 30 MPH. KCRA's Tom DuHain reports for NBC News.

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Dutchman Brings Glow To Night-Driving

February 6, 2013 4:41 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

'Glowing lanes' on highways could spell the end of costly street lighting, according to a Dutch designer. Daan Roosengaarde's 'Smart Highway' involves photoluminescent paint markings on roads that are charged in sunlight and glow at night to denote lanes. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Michael Dell's Journey To Take Back Dell

February 6, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Dell decides to go private, the latest move by Michael Dell to take the computer company he founded to new heights. Like all good tech stories, Dell started in a college dorm room where Michael Dell would build computers and sell them directly to his classmates. Here is a look at how Michael Dell built his company.

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Toyota 2.0? Miss Reliable Gets A Makeover

February 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

The Crown, Toyota's oldest sedan still in production is a symbol of proud tradition. It's conservative evolution over the years has been typical for a company known more for being reliable than racy. But it's newest version is a sign of changes to come.

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Air India Still Flying Troubled 787s

February 4, 2013 1:01 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Air India continued to fly some of its 787 Dreamliner jets after the United States and other countries grounded the fleet as the probe into the aircraft's battery problems continues. Travel editor Peter Greenberg speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about why some 787s are still allowed to fly.

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Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back Home

February 1, 2013 1:14 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Workers are cranking out precision machine parts at the Komo Manufacturing plant in Lakewood, New Jersey now that the work has returned from China. Skilled manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States, as labor costs rise abroad and quality concerns permeate the market.

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Economy Is Thawing

January 31, 2013 11:44 am | by NBC News | Videos

The stock market is now back at pre-recession levels at a five-year high and unemployment is at a five-year low. CNBC's Jim Cramer talks about whether we're back on solid footing or looking at a short-lived bubble in this video from NBC's Today show.

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Where GM 'Beats The Heck' Out Of Cars

January 30, 2013 4:10 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Before a brand new General Motors car or truck goes to a dealer, the company has to "beat the heck out of a vehicle before the customer can" on a proving ground, where vehicles are smashed, weathered, and driven to the extreme, says James Bell, V.P. of GM Consumer Affairs.

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The Most Desirable American Muscle Car?

January 30, 2013 2:44 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda convertible was considered the most desirable - and most valuable - of all American muscle cars. Only 11 of them were produced that year. 'Cudas in good condition can be worth millions of dollars. After this 'Cuda was stolen and discovered in 2001, it was fully restored with original parts and painted 'Plum Crazy' color - take a look.

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The New Horizon In Tech

January 30, 2013 2:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos

As devices get smaller and smaller, tech companies are looking for the next innovation that will keep consumers coming back for more. IBM Fellow and Vice President of Innovation Bernie Meyerson offers five new innovations that could change our lives within the next five years.

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Check Out How Super Bowl Footballs Are Made

January 30, 2013 2:37 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Take a look inside a Wilson Football factory in Ada, Ohio where the official Super Bowl game balls are made. This Wilson Sporting Goods factory produces over 700,000 game footballs a year and has been making footballs at this location since 1955.

BlackBerry CEO Talks New Phones

January 30, 2013 11:49 am | by CNN Money | Videos

CEO Thorsten Heins, tasked with turning around the company, discusses the new phone and his future plans. The new Z10 features a virtual keyboard, and while a new Blackberry with a qwerty keyboard is coming, Heins says Blackberry has a "very loyal customer base" that won't mind waiting.

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Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 29, 2013 12:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Since 2006, the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers. CNET.com's Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.

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Manufacturing: The Solution To The Jobs Crisis

January 28, 2013 1:02 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Dow Chemical CEO and chairman Andrew Liveris says advanced manufacturing is coming back to America and will drive our economy. Liveris argues that technology became the new word for manufacturing since technology has to be researched and made.

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Cisco CEO: Canada Is Best For Business

January 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

At the World Economic Forum, Cisco CEO John Chambers says it is easier to do business in Canada and Russia than in the U.S. He says that other countries "get" how important it is to attract business, favorable tax policy, and working together with businesses to achieve goals. He also says that, right now, the U.S. is not country that attracts business.

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Boeing Battery Burn-Out

January 24, 2013 1:42 pm | by University of Michigan | Videos

University of Michigan Chemical Engineering Professor Levi Thompson discusses the grounding of the Boeing 787 jets due to battery malfunction. Thompson explains how overheating of Lithium Ion batteries could cause leaking of fluids, which may lead to ignition. For more information visit http://www.engin.umich.edu.

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Watch How Mars Makes M&M's

January 23, 2013 4:31 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Take a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Mars chocolate factory in Hackettstown, New Jersey and see how the colorful M&M's candies are made. A chocolate paste is created and then refined, mixed with more ingredients, shaped, and coated. About two million M&M's are created every eight hours, says Brian Suwalksi, site director at the Mars Hackettstown plant.

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Is Innovation Booming Or Dead?

January 23, 2013 4:25 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

There's only a handful of things that have truly changed the way the human condition lives, says Time International Editor Jim Frederick. Indoor plumbing and the railway have created life as we know it, but has innovation now reached a wall? At a Time/CNNMoney panel at the World Economic Forum, CEOs talk about the state of innovation in the global economy.

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3-D Printing Factory Boosts 'Made In USA'

January 23, 2013 4:20 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

New York manufacturer, Shapeways, opened its first U.S. factory where up to forty 3-D printers will make designer products to ship worldwide. Shapeways CEO, Peter Weijmarshauser, talks about the factory and the company's plans for the future.

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The Reimagining Of American Muscle

January 23, 2013 4:14 pm | by CBS News | Videos

In 1963, the newly unveiled Stingray turned the Corvette into something really special, and now the Corvette Stingray is back and in a big way. CBS News' Lee Cowan takes a spin in the new car and talks about this iconic roadster's history.

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