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Eco-Friendly Plane To Fly For Eco-Friendly Mission

January 11, 2012 9:07 am | Videos

A Slovenian biologist is preparing a record attempt for the lightest aircraft and the least amount of fuel used to fly around the world. During his flight, Matevz Lenarcic will also be measuring levels of black carbon in places not easily accessible to environmentalists. 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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Protecting Curiosity: The Mars Science Lab Aeroshell

January 11, 2012 9:02 am | Videos

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) with its large Curiosity rover will seek to determine whether the Red Planet was, or still is, habitable for microbial life. The Lockheed Martin-aeroshell is a blunt-nosed cone that encapsulates and protects Curiosity during its deep space cruise to Mars, and from the intense heat and friction that will be generated as the system descends through the Martian atmosphere.

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Batcopter To Reveal Secrets Of Swarming

January 11, 2012 9:00 am | Videos

A research team at Boston University has designed an aerial vehicle to study how bats fly together but never collide. The ''Batcopter," launched in Texas, is helping the team study swarming bat trajectories, the data from which will allow engineers to develop smarter unmanned flight control systems.

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An Electric 'Harley'

January 11, 2012 8:58 am | Videos

Green-powered vehicles typically look anything but cool. This week on The Product Design Show, Vince & Allison show us an electric motorcycle that really turns heads. 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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Thin Is In At 2012 CES

January 11, 2012 6:17 am | Videos

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas with Microsoft announcing this will be its last year at the annual gadget fest. As AP's Haven Daley reports, expected highlights include new ultra-thin laptops and other gadgets. 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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Netflix Launches In UK, Ireland

January 9, 2012 9:55 am | Videos

The video subscription service Netflix is launching in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a streaming only service, taking on Amazon-owned rival Lovefilm which still offers DVD rentals through the post. 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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iPhone Look-Alike Flies Off Shelves In China

January 9, 2012 6:25 am | Videos

Consumers flock to home grown brand Meizu's outlets across the nation to snap up its latest smartphone, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Apple's iPhone but coming at a fraction of the cost. 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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2012 Tech Predictions

January 5, 2012 7:49 am | Videos

In case you hadn't noticed, technology was kind of a big deal in 2011, and 2012 shows no signs of being any different. CBS's Russ Mitchell speaks with CNET.com senior editor Dan Ackerman about what is in store for this year. 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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Robots Flock Like Birds For Aerial Surveillance

January 4, 2012 9:11 am | Videos

Swiss scientists have developed a network of unmanned aerial vehicles designed to flock like birds in a coordinated effort to gather information from the sky. 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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Chewing Jockey Puts Crunch In Your Lunch

January 4, 2012 9:10 am | Videos

A team of computer scientists from Keio University in Japan are turning up the volume on meal-times with what they call the ''chewing jockey,'' a headset designed to enhance the eating experience. Part novelty, part therapeutic aid, the chewing jockey is aimed at anyone who wants to add bite to their meals.

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Nooks, Crannies No Obstacle For Soft-Bodied Robot

January 4, 2012 9:08 am | Videos

Harvard scientists have built a soft-bodied robot flexible enough to wiggle into tight spaces no other robot can reach. The researchers say their robot has potential application as a tool for surgeons and for search and rescue operations. 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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Diving Deep - New Sub On Sale

January 4, 2012 9:07 am | Videos

For scientists and the super-rich looking for a unique gift, private submarine company Triton Submarines may have the answer. The company has just successfully tested its latest submersible, a vessel capable of diving to a depth of 1,000 meters. Triton says it's perfect for explorers who want to work and the wealthy who want to play.

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Video Surveillance System Tags, Tracks

January 4, 2012 9:05 am | Videos

Software developed for closed-circuit television systems can identify individuals and track them across entire networks of cameras. 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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Amazon Weighed Buying RIM

December 22, 2011 5:21 am | Videos

Reuters M&A Correspondent Nadia Damouni says Research In Motion recently turned down takeover overtures from Amazon.com as it tries to engineer a turnaround. 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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Guardbot, The Robot Sentry Of The Future

December 21, 2011 10:53 am | Videos

A Connecticut-based company is putting Swedish technology to work with a spherical robot called the Guardbot, designed for surveillance and rescue missions. While it's not yet commercially available, the rolling robot's developers say it's already attracting interest from a wide range of customers.

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Top 10 Gadgets Of 2011

December 21, 2011 10:08 am | Videos

As 2011 comes to a close, it's time to take a look at the top 10 gadgets that were released this year. Techland editor, humorist, and gadget guru Doug Aamoth offers up his list of the best tech product releases. 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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Plant Turns CO2 Emissions Into Clean Fuel

December 21, 2011 10:06 am | Videos

An Icelandic energy company says it has become the first in the world to produce renewable fuel from CO2 emissions on a commercial scale. 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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Dive Like A Dolphin With The Flyboard Jet-Pack

December 21, 2011 10:05 am | Videos

If you happen to have a spare $100,000 and can't decide what to buy your water-loving spouse for Christmas, you might want to look at the ''Flyboard'' jet pack, the latest in water-sport technology. 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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An Engineer's Playhouse

December 21, 2011 10:04 am | Videos

Is it a house? A garage? Or both? Check out this fascinating feat of engineering. 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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Meet Your Maker

December 21, 2011 10:02 am | Videos

Follow the journey of a hand built guitar with stringed instrument maker, Joe Yanuziello. MEET YOUR MAKER from Asylum Artists on Vimeo . 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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