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Chinese Robots Display Ping-Pong Prowess

October 26, 2011 11:38 am | Videos

China's world-class table tennis players may soon face competition from two robots, programmed by scientists to serve, return, and hold rallies. The humanoid machines have been equipped with ball-tracking technology and responsive limbs and could one day give human opponents a run for their money.

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The Pros, Cons Of Being 'Connected'

October 26, 2011 11:36 am | Videos

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks with CNN about her new documentary, "Connected," that explores our wired culture. The film asks and attempts to answer a number of questions. What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? What is good about it? What is bad about it? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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An Inside Look At A Cyber Attack Drill

October 26, 2011 11:35 am | Videos

Divided into two teams, cyber-attackers and cyber-defenders get a lesson in an "attack" on critical infrastructure. The cyber-attackers are trying to penetrate into the Acme Specialty Chemical Corporation, tunnel down into their control operations, and take over production. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Unlocking New Energy Possibilities With Dead Wood

October 26, 2011 11:32 am | Videos

Could dead wood be the answer to the world's energy problems? Scientists at the University of Maine have invented a simple two-step way to turn wood, and even garbage, into fuel that could power your car and heat your home. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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A Mosaic Of Solar Energy

October 25, 2011 7:10 am | Videos

CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Dan Rosen of Solar Mosaic about the future of solar energy. Solar Mosaic allows people to own a share of a community solar project. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Revenge Of The Electric Car

October 24, 2011 10:31 am | Videos

Despite many failures over the years, the new documentary ''Revenge of the Electric Car'' follows the comeback of the once dismissed electric car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Bringing The Power Of Manufacturing To The Desktop

October 21, 2011 10:10 am | Videos

As CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis champions a revolutionary manufacturing technology that allows people to design and print out objects on their desktop. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Analyst: RIM Needs Touch Screens

October 21, 2011 6:17 am | Videos

Research in Motion needs to turn its focus to touch screens or risk losing more market share to Apple and Samsung, says Gartner Analyst Ken Dulaney. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Immelt: More Confidence, More Jobs

October 19, 2011 10:57 am | Videos

General Electric's CEO, Jeff Immelt, talks about the President's Job Council's approach to unemployment: treat it like a turnaround in a company! Hear what he told Reuters' Chrystia Freeland. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Muffineering: Cupcake Cars

October 19, 2011 10:48 am | Videos

Lisa Pongrace's cupcake cars are powered by electric motors, and evolved from a costume idea for Burning Man. After building the first prototype, her friends wanted their own mobile muffins and helped create a fleet of confectionery art cars. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Corporations Moving Away From BlackBerry

October 19, 2011 10:46 am | Videos

The recent struggles of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, coupled with the continued dominance of tech giant Apple, has caused a significant number of corporations to move away from the BlackBerry and toward the iPhone as the preferred business smartphone of choice. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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The Building Of A DIY Arcade

October 19, 2011 10:39 am | Videos

Vince Penman, the Geek with Dad Tendencies, explains how he came to create his first DIY arcade machine called the Nostalgiatron. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Recycling Plastic

October 19, 2011 10:37 am | Videos

Less than 10 percent of plastic trash is recycled. Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Hybrid Technology For Bikes

October 18, 2011 12:19 pm | Videos

A 22-year old college graduate in New York has adapted hybrid car technology to a bicycle. He uses a fly-wheel to store energy generated by the brakes for use when the riding gets tough. The engineering student's fly-wheel bicycle employs the same energy alternating principles as a hybrid car.

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The Commuter 'Car' Of The Future?

October 17, 2011 10:46 am | Videos

This new concept vehicle may best be described as "the safest motorcycle ever built." Check out the features of this vehicle, which combines the efficiency and romance of a motorcycle with the convenience and safety of a car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Why Entrepreneurship Is America's 'Secret Sauce'

October 14, 2011 10:33 am | Videos

How do we get Americans back to work? More importantly, how does the United States put a system in place that supports businesses' efforts to create jobs? Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor for the Financial Times and Steve Case, CEO of Revelation, try to answer these questions in a roundtable discussion with the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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Apple Co-Founder Wozniak First In Line For iPhone

October 14, 2011 9:50 am | Videos

Apple Inc's new iPhone went on sale in stores across the globe prompting thousands to queue around city blocks for the new gadget, even Apple co-founder Wozniak. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Cyber Attacks Up 650 Percent

October 13, 2011 6:36 am | Videos

There's no doubt about it, cyber attacks are on the rise. According to research conducted by the Government Accountability Office, cyber attacks against the United States are up 650 percent in the past five years. This should be a major concern for corporations. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

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Behold, The Cheapest Computer In The World

October 12, 2011 9:32 am | Videos

India's Ministry of Education has announced it has come up with the world' cheapest computer. The 7-inch device is smaller than Apple's iPad, features two USB ports, as well as a HD screen. Perhaps more importantly, it costs only $50. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Robot Composed Of Parts That Learn

October 12, 2011 9:30 am | Videos

Information technology specialists in Berlin are bringing one of the world's first truly humanoid robots to life. What is even more unique is that the individual parts of "Myon" can learn independently of each other. German Robot Composed of Parts that Learn... by NewsLook If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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