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Jet Engine Bike Passes Test-Fire Trial Ahead Of Record Bid

February 8, 2012 4:05 pm | by Reuters | Videos

British inventor Richard Brown has built a unique jet engine-powered motorbike, which he plans to drive at more than 440 mph to break the world land speed record.

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Can't Get A Job? Become Your Own Boss

February 8, 2012 4:02 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The UK government is encouraging young entrepreneurs to start their own business and create jobs for the next generation.

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New Technology Puts A Doctor In Your Pocket

February 8, 2012 4:00 pm | by Reuters | Videos

Backed by government funding, South Korean scientists have developed new cell-phone technology designed to diagnose disease.

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Super Bowl Sparks GM, Ford Ad Fight

February 8, 2012 1:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos

The Super Bowl ads were the co-stars of the show, with car companies as the lead players.

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Motorola CEO's 'iPad Battle Plan'

February 7, 2012 12:45 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The CEO of Motorola Mobility says new Google apps may be what helps Motorola close the gap between its tablets and Apple's iPad.

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New Nano-Coating Keeps Phones Dry

February 6, 2012 12:43 pm | by Reuters | Videos

A California company has come up with a nano-coating it says will protect your phone from water damage.

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Apple Under Fire

February 3, 2012 1:39 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Questions are beginning to be raised about the factories where Apple products are manufactured.

Could Samsung Outcool Apple?

February 1, 2012 9:07 am | Videos

In the great mobile phone wars, it seems like Apple still has the cool creds in Asia... for now. 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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Magnetic Soap Could Suck Up Oil Spills

February 1, 2012 9:06 am | Videos

A team of international scientists has invented a magnetic soap that could revolutionize the clean-up of dangerous oil spills. It's the first cleaning surfactant that responds to magnets. The team, led by Bristol University Professor of Chemistry Julian Eastoe, created a liquid soap containing iron atoms which help form tiny particles.

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Start-Up Innovators Look For Traction After CES

February 1, 2012 9:05 am | Videos

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was a forum not just for big manufacturers of televisions and computers but also for small companies with innovative products to sell. In the so-called Eureka Park section of the show, several of these up-and-coming companies showed off their wares.

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Turning Smartphones Into Toys

February 1, 2012 9:03 am | Videos

Harnessing the technology inside smartphones, a new range of app-related toys providing a new way to play are on display at the British toy Fair. 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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Beetle Dance: Inspiration For Future Robots

February 1, 2012 9:00 am | Videos

The dance of the dung beetle provides clues to navigation and could lead to more sophisticated light-weight robots in the future. The beetles, which are found on all continents except Antarctica, feed on feces but scientists are less interested in what they eat than how they move their dinner from one place to another.

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Facebook Readies $5B IPO

February 1, 2012 5:16 am | Videos

Facebook is preparing to raise $5 billion in an IPO, about half of what some had expected according to IFR. But Reuters Tech Editor Peter Lauria says that final number could change. 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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Google At Your Own Risk

January 31, 2012 7:18 am | Videos

Google's revised privacy policy is raising new concerns about consumers rights to their information on the internet and other connected products. 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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What Would We Miss Without Wall Street?

January 30, 2012 6:59 am | Videos

What would we do without Wall Street? Rob Cox of Reuters BreakingViews chats with Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, about Wall Street, money for entrepreneurship, and manufacturing. 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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Emotion: The Next Step In Robot Evolution

January 27, 2012 6:12 am | Videos

Scientists at Poland's Wroclaw University of Technology are taking human-robot interaction to another level with their EMYS android, which expresses human-like dispositions, such as anger, surprise, confusion, joy, and sadness. The researchers say they are working towards a future where people and machines will interact in an entirely natural way.

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"Smart E-Book" Turns The Page On Reading Technology

January 26, 2012 7:24 am | Videos

South Korean researchers have come up with an electronic reading device designed to recreate the experience of flipping through the pages of a book. Spurred by continued demand and nostalgia for traditional books, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology says its Smart E-Book takes a technological step forward by looking back.

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Making Of The L.L.Bean Bootmobile

January 25, 2012 9:22 am | Videos

The L.L.Bean Bootmobile, a giant Bean Boot on wheels, will kickoff L.L.Bean's year long 100th Anniversary celebration. It will then travel around the country reminding everyone of the company's celebration and the boot that started it all.  Read the full story here , or see the photos here .

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The Hot Rod Baby Buggy

January 25, 2012 9:21 am | Videos

After months of working with the global community to design a hot rod baby buggy, the final prototype is ready to hit the road. Watch as the host of Let's Go Design, Jeremy Luchini, shows it off. 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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Orion: From Factory To Flight

January 25, 2012 9:19 am | Videos

NASA is making steady progress on building the Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. Take a look at the latest achievements and milestones in "Orion: From Factory to Flight" as Orion gets ready for its first orbital test flight in 2014. 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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