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Need To Repair A NASA Spacecraft? 3D Print It

April 25, 2013 9:04 am | by CNET | Videos

Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops, which is filled with state of the art equipment.

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What's Next For Apple?

April 25, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos

It's certainly one of the most talked about stocks, so what is it going to take to turn Apple's profits around? Apple's profits fell 18 percent to $9.5 billion in the second quarter. As profit margins decrease on iPads and iPhones, pressure increases on Apple to enter a new product category.

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Solar Plane To Make Historic Flight

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos

The Solar Impulse, a solar power plane, is being prepped to fly across America - and right into aviation history. "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger met with CBS's John Blackstone to watch the takeoff, and discusses the importance of the flight.

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A Year Of Clutter For China's Car Market

April 23, 2013 2:22 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos

Fancy a spin in a shiny, new Horki? Want to test drive a Ranz? These are just a couple of made-for-China brands global automakers have cooked up to comply with the government's policies. A bevy of new brands from the likes of Toyota and BMW will join China's already crowded car market in 2013, thanks to policies designed to help local automakers. But are they doing the opposite?

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Jaguar Land Rover Enjoying China 'Honeymoon'

April 22, 2013 1:33 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos

Jaguar and Land Rover: Among the auto industry's most coveted brands and soon to be made in China. Jaguar Land Rover will soon produce its iconic SUVs in China with an unusual choice of local partner, budget carmaker Chery. Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth discusses the alliance and its prospects.

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Chinese Cars Still In The Slow Lane To Global Market

April 19, 2013 4:02 pm | by Reuters | Videos

China's auto market is the biggest and most important in the world today says Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee. The world's largest auto market is their playground, and now China's carmakers have set their sights overseas. The president of market research group J.D. Power discusses their prospects.

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New Businesses Bring Jobs To Appomattox

April 18, 2013 2:18 pm | by ABC13 | Videos

Things are looking up for business in Appomattox: Tractor Supply is almost ready to open their doors and the locally owned TriTech Solutions just recently popped up. Three local entrepreneurs started the most recent TriTech Solutions. Members of the town say this business has the potential, and the precision, to go a long way.

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The New Standard For Heavy Lifting

April 17, 2013 5:20 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos

At ProMat 2013, Wildeck introduced the 4XLift™, "the new standard for heavy lifting." The heavy-duty four-post 4XLift includes, as standard, Wildeck's patented AutoSenz® D-Series Overload Detection System that continuously monitors motor current and stops the lift in its tracks should a jam occur.

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How A U.S. Shoemaker Stays Competitive

April 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Okabashi Brands was founded in the 1980s when U.S. manufacturing was shrinking. Staying competitive compared to imports is a challenge, says Bahman Irvani, CEO. But thanks to automation, a U.S. workforce, and recycling methods, Okabashi is a success story.

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Purell's Long Path To Success

April 17, 2013 4:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Now the top pick among careful parents and germaphobes alike, Purell's market success wasn't always so obvious. After a decade of rising sales and steady marketing, the anti-bacterial hand sanitizer has become wildly successful, surpassing analyst predictions on its way to the top.

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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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