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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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Electric Torpedo Isolates Oil Spill In Port

December 1, 2011 3:12 am | Videos

The Swedish city of Malmo has become the first harbor in the world to install a fully automated system to contain an oil spill in its harbor, according to the system's developers. An electrically powered robotic vehicle, called a torpedo, isolates the spill by towing a floating boom around the harbor.

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Energy Absorber Could Improve Road Safety

November 28, 2011 6:03 am | Videos

A system designed to absorb the impact of collisions could have revolutionary implications for road safety according to its developers. The system converts linear kinetic energy, like that generated in a car crash, into rotary energy that can be expended safely in a flywheel. 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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Meet Rezero, The Dancing Ballbot

November 28, 2011 5:56 am | Videos

Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully, and even dance. 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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Battery Low? Buy A Quick Charge

November 23, 2011 6:23 am | Videos

Hercules Networks is a company that sells automated charging machines (ACMs) for powering mobile devices. The company was built on the idea that people need to be able to charge up their mobile devices on the go. This video shows what an ACM is and how people can use 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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Solar Reserve: We're Not Another Solyndra

November 22, 2011 10:31 am | Videos

Solar Reserve CEO Kevin Smith, whose company received a $737M loan, says his company will avoid the problems that plagued Solyndra. Solyndra received a $535M loan under the same government program that gave the loan to Solar Reserve, and has now suggested it would file for bankruptcy. However, Solar Reserve insists it is not "another Solyndra.

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'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview'

November 21, 2011 10:22 am | Videos

A recently discovered interview with Steve Jobs shows the Apple co-founder right before he rejoined the company in the mid-1990s. Executive producer Robert Cringley speaks with CBS News about his new documentary, which focuses on that once-lost interview. 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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Meet America's Fastest Supercomputer

November 18, 2011 10:45 am | Videos

The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management. It is approximately 18,000 times faster than the fastest personal computer on the market, and is more or less used to simulate the world around us. 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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Bipedal Cycling Robot Can Balance Itself

November 17, 2011 10:04 am | Videos

Robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrates a robot that can balance, steer, and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike at the International Robot Exhibition 2011. 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's The Deal With 4G?

November 16, 2011 9:54 am | Videos

Techland technology and gadget guru Doug Aamoth answers questions about 4G wireless and clarifies whether the AT&T iPhone 4S qualifies as a 4G phone. It's pretty simple, right? Well, not exactly. 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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Volcano Drone A Sentinel For Future Eruptions

November 16, 2011 9:53 am | Videos

University of Costa Rica scientists are developing a low-cost unmanned aircraft programmed to fly through volcano plumes to collect data and images. The researchers say the UAV could greatly improve prediction models of eruptions. 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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Building Down Instead of Up?

November 16, 2011 9:52 am | Videos

Esteban Suarez has imagined a massive building for those who prefer holes to heights, and a novel solution around a law that bans structures higher than eight stories in the crowded, historic center of Mexico City. Instead of a soaring tower, Suarez wants to dig an inverted pyramid nearly a thousand feet deep with enough apartments, stores, and offices to hold 100,000 people.

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World’s Largest Submerged Pipeline Opens

November 16, 2011 9:41 am | Videos

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports on the opening of the Nord Stream pipeline in Germany. It is the largest submerged pipeline in the world, and proponents hope that it will increase western Europe’s energy security. 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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Making Innovation A Life's Passion

November 16, 2011 9:39 am | Videos

Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has made it his life's passion to take the everyday product and make it more unique. He's also trying to spread that message of innovation to today's youth. 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 'Army' Runs Warehouses

November 15, 2011 9:54 am | Videos

The future of warehouses may be one with fast shipments and few human employees if robots like ones from Kiva Systems continue to make their way into the workspace. See these mobile robotic drive units in action. 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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Motorola Gives Police Cruiser High-Tech Makeover

November 14, 2011 8:37 am | Videos

Motorola Solutions is using new technology to bring police cruisers into the digital age. The company was able to come up with some pretty innovative (and perhaps more importantly, useful) applications for the new and improved cruiser. 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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How iPhone's Siri Got 'Her' Start

November 14, 2011 6:54 am | Videos

iPhone "personal assistant" Siri broke onto the scene in recent months as one of the most talked-about features of Apple's iPhone 4S. How did Siri get her start? 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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