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Addressing Right-Turn Accidents at Every Level

September 13, 2011 6:24 am | Videos

Volvo Trucks has a long tradition of working with traffic safety. Through innovative solutions, the company strives constantly to improve safety in and around the truck. Among the most vulnerable road users are those that the truck driver has difficulty seeing in what is known as the "blind spot" on the right side of the truck.

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Luxury Living With A Twist

September 13, 2011 6:22 am | Videos

This unique project demonstrates how dumpsters can be repurposed into comfortable living areas. 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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Kinect Robot from MIT (KinectBot)

September 13, 2011 6:21 am | Videos

Here, the Kinect is being used as a sensor for the KinectBot. 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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Propane Combustion Cannon

September 13, 2011 6:20 am | Videos

Dan Spangler built this propane combustion cannon and uses it to fire soda cans, tennis balls, and even a small camera across the backyard of MAKE HQ. This is an archived clip from Make: Live . Go to http://makezine.com/ for information about the show. 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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Can We Make Things That Make Themselves?

September 13, 2011 6:19 am | Videos

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly -- the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It's a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like.

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The Great Patent War Will Cost You

September 13, 2011 6:13 am | Videos

The tech industry is in the midst of a patent war, with a number of lengthy legal battles that need to be resolved. Samsung is currently squaring off with Apple, who is waging a battle against, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola. Google acquired Motorola in an effort to defend itself against patent litigation.

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Robot Tries Its Hand At Sketch Comedy

September 12, 2011 6:27 am | Videos

These days, robots serve a variety of different and useful purposes. But sketch comedian? Meet Data, a robot that tells jokes and senses its surroundings. Data then gathers the information and learns from 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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GM Thinks Small To Grow

September 9, 2011 6:13 am | Videos

GM is investing $500 million to retool one of its Michigan plants to do something the automaker has not done in two decades: produce a sub-compact car in the United States. The Chevrolet Sonic is set to hit showrooms this fall. 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 Computers Disappear

September 8, 2011 5:04 am | Videos

As computing power increases exponentially, the ways we relate to computers become more natural — and more ubiquitous. Msnbc.com's Wilson Rothman explores the evolution of interfaces, from primitive punch cards to interactive buildings. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Experimental Plane Reaches 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Videos

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, has released test-flight video of its experimental hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20, about 13,000 miles per hour. 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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Virtual Reality Allows Users To See A New Look

September 7, 2011 6:05 am | Videos

Computer technologists in London have developed a virtual reality mirror that offers people who are unhappy with their looks an opportunity to have a peek into an alternative future. 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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Print A New Liver

September 7, 2011 6:04 am | Videos

The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

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What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

September 7, 2011 6:03 am | Videos

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out ... 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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Turning Words Into Speech

September 7, 2011 6:02 am | Videos

Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses a new piece of technology invented to help people with dyslexia. 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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China's "Smart" Choice Of Car

September 6, 2011 7:36 am | Videos

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz Smart car has soared more than eight-fold in the last five years, mostly thanks to increasingly wealthy Chinese consumers. 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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Structure Of AT&T Deal Invites Scrutiny

September 2, 2011 5:55 am | Videos

Stifel Financial Managing Director Rebecca Arbogast says AT&T will have several options to restructure its deal to acquire T-Mobile. 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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The $400K Beer-Fetching Robot

September 1, 2011 6:50 am | Videos

Willow Garage is a company working diligently to create a personal robot people will use in their everyday lives. Some of the things it can do: play pool, bake cookies, make pancakes, and fetch a beer from the refrigerator. 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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Super-Conductor Graphene Set For Production

August 31, 2011 7:00 am | Videos

Polish scientists have industrialized the production of graphene, the revolutionary new material set to replace silicon in electronics. 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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A New, Renewable Japan?

August 31, 2011 6:32 am | Videos

A look at how Japan’s nuclear energy crisis has led to an increased interest in alternative energy sources. The people of Japan are now looking for new options — but for a country that has previously had such a high dependence on nuclear power, an energy shift may be easier said than done.

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The Cadillac Goes Hybrid

August 31, 2011 6:32 am | Videos

General Motors confirmed that it plans to build a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The company said it is moving forward with the Cadillac ELR, which will run on electricity and carry a four-cylinder gasoline engine to generate power when the batteries run out of juice. 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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