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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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Changing The Way We Dine

January 25, 2012 9:17 am | Videos

Dan Simon reports for CNN how restaurants tinker with tablet technology as an alternative to waiters to better serve their guests. 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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Enter The First Private Jet Showroom

January 25, 2012 5:55 am | Videos

The Jet Business, an aircraft broker, has opened the world's first corporate aviation showroom for business jet aircraft in London's Hyde Park Corner. 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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Crime-Fighting Police Robot

January 24, 2012 6:26 am | Videos

There are already police robots currently on the market. However, in this week's episode of The Product Design Show, Vince and Allison show us one that can also climb stairs...and be built at an economical price. 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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PD&D TV From 2012 CES

January 23, 2012 7:18 am | Videos

Every year, CES features more than 1.7 million square meters of new technology, making it the largest show in the United States. CES is the show where some of the world’s leading and breakthrough technologies have been launched. PD&D TV scoured the show floor and talked to CES veterans to find the most under-the-radar innovations coming your way in 2012, and beyond.

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Aching Thumbs? Try The Virtual Keyboard

January 19, 2012 10:10 am | Videos

Smartphone and tablet PC users who miss their conventional keyboard need miss it no longer, thanks to the latest creation from South Korean company, Celluon. The company has produced a virtual keyboard that enables users to tap on any flat surface, be it a desk, table, or even a wall. 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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Pint-Sized Pick Up Debuts In Detroit

January 18, 2012 9:31 am | Videos

Smart, the Daimler AG-owned manufacturer of pint-sized urban vehicles, is trying to sell America on its latest creation, a tiny convertible truck called the Smart ''for-us'' pick-up, now on display at the Detroit Auto Show. As a concept car, the all-electric vehicle is not commercially available but could appear in showrooms if the company believes there's sufficient interest.

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Pigeon-Power Seen As Model For Drone Technology

January 18, 2012 9:29 am | Videos

New research finds that pigeons could be used as models for small military drones. Scientists at Harvard University are studying the bird's unique ability to make helicopter-like turns, which they think could be applied to mechanical drones for use inside the narrow hallways of buildings. 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 Electric Car Hits The Road - Again

January 18, 2012 9:27 am | Videos

The latest in electric-powered cars are being unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this month but the vehicle that started it all is making a debut of its own in Germany. Engineers at a private museum near the city of Speyer, have recreated a working version of the world's first electric car, originally presented 130 years ago by two Englishmen, William Ayrton and John Perry.

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