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Mobile Algae-To-Biofuel Processing

December 14, 2011 8:43 am | Videos

Open Algae has created a processing method that makes algae biofuel commercially feasible, mobile, and affordable. Their end-to-end solution contains a number of unique, cost-efficient steps for processing pond-grown algae. 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 Luxury Superbus

December 14, 2011 8:42 am | Videos

CNN's Atika Shubert takes a ride on a luxury bus built with Formula 1 technology. 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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Need A Job? China Is Hiring

December 14, 2011 8:34 am | Videos

A lot of Americans are struggling to find quality jobs, or in some cases, any jobs at all. However, a rising number of job-seeking individuals are thinking outside the box a bit and investigating employment opportunities in China. 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 Engineering Dropout Problem

December 13, 2011 9:28 am | Videos

Only 35 percent of the students that enter the engineering program at the City College of New York graduate as engineers. That's an interesting statistic, especially considering the average entry-level, New York-area engineering graduate makes about $65,000 per year. Why are so many students turning away from a potentially lucrative career path? Furthermore, this isn't a problem limited to the Big Apple.

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Innovators Need More Patent Protection

December 12, 2011 9:15 am | Videos

Inventor Sir James Dyson is convinced other inventors and innovators need more protection. He also believes the entire European patent system should be overhauled. 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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Facebook Exec: Tech Industry Needs More Women

December 9, 2011 9:05 am | Videos

Though the overall jobs outlook still appears bleak, there are actually quite a few jobs available in engineering and the tech industry. As a result, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is making it her top priority to convince women to join in the world of technology. CBS News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis speaks to Sandberg about her high-tech mission.

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Can Solar Power Fuel Future Flight?

December 8, 2011 6:03 am | Videos

With its jumbo-sized wings laden with photovoltaic solar cells, the Solar Impulse is a revolutionary green plane. It is the first aircraft in the world that can fly without fuel during both the day and the night. 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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Is Globalization Good For The Middle Class?

December 7, 2011 9:21 am | Videos

Is globalization good or bad for the middle-class American? CNN speaks to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who attempts to answer that very question. He also attempts to answer how typical U.S. workers can make globalization work for them in this tough, competitive, and increasingly complex global economy.

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Play With Cats Remotely

December 7, 2011 9:20 am | Videos

Animal enthusiasts can now play with cats in a far-away shelter in New York by operating remote-controlled robotic toys to entertain the animals that are up for adoption. 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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FIRST Robotics Competition

December 7, 2011 9:20 am | Videos

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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13-Year-Old Invents Solar Panel 'Trees'

December 7, 2011 9:19 am | Videos

A 13-year-old boy came up with the idea to put solar panels on the ends of tree branches to collect sunlight. Are his solar "trees" a legitimate way to power the future of solar technology? 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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Looking For A New $1.8M Car?

December 7, 2011 9:18 am | Videos

Zenvo recently unveiled the ST-1 50S, a Danish supercar with a price tag somewhere around $1.8 million. Zenvo will produce just 15 cars of the model shown in this video, but only three cars are coming to the United States. 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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Start-Up Aims To Teach Computer Coding For Free

December 6, 2011 10:18 am | Videos

Tech start-up Codecademy aims to teach anyone and everyone basic computer coding skills, for free. Codecademy's founder, 21-year-old Zach Sims, believes computer coding will be the literacy of the 21st century. He also says the job market will be looking for the computer coding "construction workers" of tomorrow.

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Atlanta Landfill Reborn As Solar Energy Site

December 5, 2011 9:26 am | Videos

Solar power has come a long way in the past few years. Now a landfill site in Atlanta, Georgia is being used to help power local homes. At the site, which is through taking waste, 10 acres have been covered with plastic sheets that are filled with 7,000 solar strips. That's enough to power produce 1 megawatt of energy.

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Cisco CEO Talks Emerging Markets

December 2, 2011 4:51 am | Videos

Cisco CEO John Chambers says his company currently does about 20 percent of its business in emerging markets, but he added that he feels there is a lot of potential for growth in that area. Chambers also answers a number of other questions about Cisco and the company's future in this recent interview with CNN's John Defterios.

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Extreme Picking & Packing

December 1, 2011 9:16 am | Videos

Vince and Allison take us on a tour of a high-speed warehouse that features packing machines operating at ground speeds of over 70 miles per hour. 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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Mobile Phones As Fronts For Cyberspying

December 1, 2011 3:19 am | Videos

Is it possible the mobile phones we use every day offer an opportunity for the Chinese government to access critical infrastructure in the United States and carry out economic espionage? CNN's Jill Dougherty attempts to answer that very question. 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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Frog's Leap, A Muscle Mechanics Marvel

December 1, 2011 3:18 am | Videos

The extraordinary ability of some frog species to leap vast distances relative to their size has perplexed scientists for decades. Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island now believe they have some answers. Henry Astley and Thomas Roberts say their findings could lead to the development of elastic propulsion systems in robots.

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Meet The 12-Year-Old App Developer

December 1, 2011 3:15 am | Videos

Thomas Suarez is not your typical 12-year-old boy. Sure, he plays games on his iPhone -- but some are games he has developed. Suarez taught himself how to develop mobile apps, including a Justin Bieber-themed wack-a-mole game called "Bustin Jieber." In this TEDxTalk, Suarez explains his story.

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Six Ways To Save The Internet

December 1, 2011 3:14 am | Videos

The next big web shift is now, and it’s not going to play out in the way many would expect. According to tech investor Roger McNamee, for the Internet to be saved (and for people to make money saving it), Google must be sacrificed and people must come to the realization that Facebook is the new Windows.

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