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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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Russia Plans Orbiting Hotel In Space

August 31, 2011 6:30 am | Videos

A Russian firm has set a target of five years to open a hotel in space for tourists looking for something other than a conventional holiday. Orbital Technologies says it will build a hotel and shuttle service to compete directly with a U.S. venture attempting to develop its own service to space.

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The Future Of Air Traffic Control

August 31, 2011 6:29 am | Videos

Technology normally used for organizing pit stops will map runways like they would a Formula 1 track in order to cut emissions. 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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New Weapon Against Bird-Strike At Airports

August 30, 2011 5:43 am | Videos

New Zealand scientists have developed a bird-repelling grass designed to reduce the number of bird strikes at airports. Marketed as "Avanex," the grass is infected with a fungus that birds won't eat and is seen as an important new weapon in a fight that costs the airline industry about $1.

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Strength Of Steel Output Growth Feels The Strain

August 29, 2011 7:57 am | Videos

Defying predictions, steel output continues to soar, led by China. A Reuters insider explores how long this can last, the outlook for steel and iron ore prices, and what could derail growth. 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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A Look At IBM's Brain-Like Computer Chips

August 26, 2011 6:08 am | Videos

IBM announced that it has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that now power PCs and supercomputers. The prototypes offer further evidence of the growing importance of "parallel processing," or computers doing multiple tasks simultaneously.

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How Do We (Re)Train Unemployed To Go To Work?

August 25, 2011 7:04 am | Videos

Much has been made of the unemployment rate in the United States. Yes, it is difficult to find work. However, several companies around the country have a number of open positions they can't fill because they are unable to find workers with the skills to do the work. Visit msnbc.

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Here Comes The Sun...Powered Vehicle?

August 24, 2011 6:30 am | Videos

SunPower, one of the leading solar power companies in the United States, has announced it is teaming up with Ford to make a "green" vehicle that features an option that allows is to run entirely on solar power. Just how will this work? 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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Threats To Your Mobile Device

August 24, 2011 6:26 am | Videos

What's interesting about the rise of mobile devices in business settings is the lack of information out there about potential security risks associated with using these devices. Much like a personal computer, a mobile device is very susceptible to spyware, malware, and other unwanted threats.

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More Lipstick, Beer - Consumers Take On Market Anxiety

August 24, 2011 6:25 am | Videos

How worried are you about the economy? A Reuters/IPSOS poll finds 47 percent of you fear the worst is coming. 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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