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Turbos Vs. Superchargers

April 17, 2013 4:39 pm | by CNETTV | Videos

CNET walks through the difference between two high tech automotive trends, turbos and superchargers, to increase power with less fuel. Both turbos and superchargers are air pumps, they ram more air into the intake portion of the engine. And when more air goes in, that means the engine can combine more fuel with to get a bigger 'charge.'

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'Smart Gun' Won't Work In The Wrong Hands

April 17, 2013 4:35 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

What if technology could keep guns out of the wrong hands? Some are developing 'smart guns' that may do just that. The New Jersey Institute of Technology has spent the last thirteen years developing a gun that analyzes a person's grip and only fires for its owner.

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Auto Black Boxes In Every Vehicle By 2014?

April 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Most drivers don't realize that over 90 percent of new cars are being made with a black box. Similar to a flight cockpit recorder, it is called an Event Data Recorder (EDS). It records everything that is happening in your car. At issue is your right to privacy.

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FAA Orders Inspection Of Boeing 737 Jets

April 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by NBC News | Videos

After reports of faulty parts on plane tails, the Federal Aviation Administration has asked for inspection of more than 1000 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 jets. The mostly late-model aircraft will be examined to see if a part of the plane's tail need to be replaced. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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Business As Usual For South Korean Tech Giants

April 12, 2013 4:03 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos

While the world waits for the next big provocation from North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, across the de-militarized border to the South, it's business as usual. Even if rising threats from North Korea were to disrupt production for Samsung or LG in the South, it would have limited impact on the global supply chain. Reuters' Jon Gordon explains why.

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Secrets From The Potato Chip Factory

April 12, 2013 3:31 pm | by NPR | Videos

NPR has recently released this video from the plant floor of Herr's, which makes potato chips on a massive scale today. The plant, based in Nottingham, Pa., used to process just a few potatoes per hour, and most of the labor was manual. Today, they churn through a few tons of spuds an hour.

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Bombardier's Dogfight With Airbus & Boeing

April 11, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Bombardier's CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, talks about the company's expansion in the mid-size jet sector and what that means in terms of competition with Airbus and Boeing. Bombardier's C-series is the company's entry into mainline jets. Fortune's Adam Lashinsky reports.

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Crash Course: Soft Foot Checks And Corrections

April 11, 2013 9:31 am | by LUDECA, Inc. | Videos

In this video LUDECA provides insights and instructions for solving various types of soft foot, demonstrating industry-leading techniques using laser alignment equipment. Soft foot is a condition that affects alignment and can shorten the life of machines.

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Additive Manufacturing Changes Everything

April 11, 2013 9:28 am | by uconn | Videos

UConn and Pratt & Whitney have created one of the most advanced additive manufacturing laboratories in the country. The new Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at UConn will serve as an important resource for training the next generation of engineers and designers.

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The Emergence Of "4D Printing"

April 11, 2013 9:27 am | by Ted | Videos

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s. TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

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North Korea Closes Shared Industrial Park

April 11, 2013 9:25 am | by CBS News | Videos

The latest threat from North Korea comes as President Kim Jung Un made good on his promise to close the Kaesong Industrial park. Kaesong is where 120 factories with North and South Korean workers are side by side. North Korea stands to lose $80 million in wages a year with Kaesong closed. CBS' Margaret Brennan reports.

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Discouraging Jobs Report Raises Fear Of Slowing Recovery

April 9, 2013 4:33 pm | by PBSNewsHour | Videos

A disappointing jobs report has sparked fears of a slowing recovery. Although the unemployment rate dipped slightly, that reduction was attributed to people retiring or who had stopped looking for work. PBS' Judy Woodruff reports on why the job market in March took a sharp decline from the past two months.

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Nightmare Nearing An End

April 9, 2013 1:09 pm | by Bloomberg TV | Videos

Bloomberg's chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook reports that Boeing has tested its fix for the 787 Dreamliner battery and is set for an FAA review of the results. Friday's test flight outside of Seattle was the final certification test, according to Boeing. Cook speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."

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Fisker's 80 Percent Staff Cut May Send Luxury Co. Under

April 8, 2013 1:05 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos

Fisker Automotive, a maker of luxury plug-in cars seeking investors to fund operations, said it's firing about 80 percent of its workforce after failing to secure a deal with an automotive partner. Cory Johnson reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West.

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Innovation Brings Jobs To WI

April 5, 2013 1:45 pm | by WISC-TV | Videos

An innovation in Rock County could lead to about 100 new manufacturing jobs. Monterey Mills in Janesville is rolling out a new product, and it has 14 patents protecting its new collapsible paint roller. The new product won a prestigious award from the American Brush Manufacturers Association and is being hailed as the greatest innovation in the industry since 1946, when the paint roller was invented.

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Google Rumored To Manufacture Glass In U.S.

April 4, 2013 1:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Google Glass, the search engine giant's latest venture into the hardware market, has been rumored to be manufactured inside the U.S. The Financial Times claims Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn will make the first run of Google Glass in Santa Clara, but when Mayor Jamie Matthews reached out to both companies, he got no response.

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Tesla Founder Makes Big Promise To Customers

April 3, 2013 4:46 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Elon Musk, the founder of the electric car company Tesla, says he has a deal you can't turn down. CBS News' John Blackstone reports on how this CEO is putting more than his reputation on the line. Musk hopes to be able to convince people to buy a car that has to be plugged in.

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Tech Firms Offer Perks To Recruit, Retain Talent

April 3, 2013 4:28 pm | by AssociatedPress | Videos

Many Silicon Valley companies say extraordinary campuses are a necessity, to recruit and retain top talent. But some critics say the perks are a colossal waste of money, and only intended to encourage employees to put in too many hours.

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Manufacturing Makes America Strong

April 3, 2013 4:26 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos

Manufacturing makes America strong. It makes families and communities strong. It provides national security. It gives us energy security. And for the 12 million men and women who work in manufacturing, it gives us pride. Caterpillar, Inc. CEO & NAM Board Chairman Doug Oberhelman tells the story of manufacturing in America and the history of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Chevy Power: Wild Or Practical

April 3, 2013 4:24 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

At the New York Auto Show, General Motor's Chevrolet division unveiled two new performance models. The Camero Z28 is a stripped-down track car for the extreme enthusiast while the Chevy SS is a more refined sedan for the everyday driver.

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