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How To "Float" A Massive Ship

May 11, 2011 7:16 am | Videos

Anyone in the marine or ship-building industries is probably familiar with the process of “floating” a ship, but for the rest of us, it's a pretty eye-opening (and nerve-wracking) scene. Just imagine how stressful automaking would be if each car had to undergo a similar process. 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 Potato Chips — A Numbers Game

May 11, 2011 7:13 am | Videos

CNN Money recently took a tour through an environmentally-friendly potato chip plant run by PepsiCo., where they make a wide variety of chips, including Lay's, Ruffles, Doritos, and more. Despite processing 21,500 pounds of potatoes per hour , the plant is still striving to become more sustainable.

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What's With The Contradictory Jobs Numbers?

May 11, 2011 7:09 am | Videos

The Labor Department released some interesting employment data last week. The economy added 244,000 jobs last month. Private employers shrugged off high gas prices and created 268,000 jobs — the most since February 2006. However, the jobless rate edged upward at the same time. What gives? 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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Stay Away From 'The Avalaunche'

May 10, 2011 5:33 am | Videos

Most likely encouraged by the increasing amount of media hype around his inventions, Joerg Sprave has developed his most powerful slingshot yet — “The Avalaunche” — that shoots six 20mm steel balls. According to Joerg, each ball carries 60 Joules as it strikes the target, enough to punch through wood or make slurry out of watermelon.

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The VW Passat: Made In America

May 9, 2011 6:29 am | Videos

CNN Money takes a look inside Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, which was built at the height of the "Great Recession." The $1 billion facility was built in Chattanooga thanks to some $500 million in financial incentives from the state government, which helped sway VW over the other 400 cities that bid for the plant.

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Military Makes Chopper Disappear

May 6, 2011 7:39 am | Videos

CBS News ' Chris Wragge speaks with national security correspondent David Martin about one of the U.S. helicopters that crash-landed in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. As pictures of the wreckage emerged on the Internet, some have noticed previously top-secret stealth technology on the Blackhawk.

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Plants Make A Better Plastic

May 5, 2011 5:55 am | Videos

Scientists at Sao Paulo's State University in Brazil have found that certain plants — such as agave, pineapple, and banana skins — can be used to make more resistant, eco-friendly plastics. According to some, these plastics are remarkably strong, and with any luck, this technology will continue to be developed in the coming years.

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Intel Brings Chips Into 3-D

May 5, 2011 4:20 am | Videos

Intel has announced that it will begin manufacturing a new type of transistor for its computer chips. Instead of the typical “flat” transistors, it will use three-dimensional ones, which has been a development a decade in the making. As with most things computers, their hope is to do things faster, cheaper, and while using much less power.

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How Is Globalization Hurting The Middle Class?

May 4, 2011 9:40 am | Videos

By all accounts, the United States economy is back on track following the Great Recession. But is the future bright for each and every economic class? Experts Chrystia Freeland and David Frum take an in-depth look at a new report on globalization and its economic impact on the American middle class.

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Technology Behind bin Laden Raid

May 4, 2011 6:08 am | Videos

CrossMatch Technologies, based in Palm Beach, Florida, has developed some of the high-tech devices that the U.S. military uses out in the field. One of them includes SEEK, which can capture fingerprints, facial images, or iris images, allowing operatives to determine the identities of captured or killed combatants without having to wait for a DNA test.

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Robots Learn To Slaughter

May 4, 2011 6:02 am | Videos

Mayekawa Manufacturing has developed the HAMDAS-R, a robotic system for automated ham boning. What makes it unique is the ability to be flexible for the variety of meat that would theoretically come down the line, while still producing consistent results. We’ll try to stay away from any robots-taking-over-the-world jokes here, but this would be a remarkably intimidating tool for them to use.

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Getting A "Kiss" Over The Internet

May 4, 2011 6:00 am | Videos

A student at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan, has developed the “Oral Communication Device,“ which is a robotic way to transmit a “kiss“ over a computer. As the student demonstrates, one user initiates the kiss, while the other experiences it through a second device.

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Space-Age Technology To Soon Land On Earth

May 3, 2011 7:08 am | Videos

Undergraduate researchers are working on embedding the fabrics that make up space suits with metallic strands that are piezoelectric , which means that they create a small electric charge as they are bent, stretched, and compacted. The combination of all these charges could be enough to power the small portable gadgets of our time.

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Flying Safely With 1950s Technology

May 2, 2011 6:46 am | Videos

CNN contributor Miles O’Brien gives a little insight into the communication that occurs between pilots and air traffic control from inside the cockpit, and highlights some of the technology that helps our planes get — and stay — in the air. What’s most intriguing is that the technology, such as ground-based radar, is more than a half-century old.

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Are Electric Cars Safe?

April 29, 2011 6:37 am | Videos

More electric cars are arriving on dealership floors, and hitting the streets, so natually, many are left wondering: Are they as safe as their gasoline-powered silblings? Seth Doane reports for CBS News with the latest on electric vehicle safety. 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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Need A Tech-Savvy Toilet?

April 28, 2011 6:43 am | Videos

Kohler has unveiled the Numi, its new “smart toilet,” which features a variety of motion sensors, an adjustable heated seat, a deodorizer that sucks out undesirable smells, and a personalized bidet. Of course, it all comes packaged with a remote control. All of this for only $6,390... 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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Bill Nye On 'The God Particle'

April 28, 2011 5:39 am | Videos

U.S. physicists might have found what is commonly known as "the God particle," an elusive, minute substance that has long promised to revolutionize the way we look at the physics of our universe. Bill Nye (aka The Science Guy) seems cautiously optimistic of the findings, which could unlock new forms of hyper-powerful energy sources.

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Alan Mullaly Talks The Future Of Cars

April 27, 2011 11:14 am | Videos

Engadget ’s Tim Stevens sat down with Alan Mullaly, CEO of Ford, on the future of not only his company, but the transportation industry in general. Like most other automakers, Ford is taking steps to get into the electric-vehicle market with an all-electric Focus. By the time 2025 rolls around, Mullaly predicts that at least 20 percent of the cars on the road will be electric.

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China Could Overtake U.S. Economy By 2016

April 27, 2011 10:04 am | Videos

According to a recent economic forecast, China's economy could overtake the U.S.'s by 2016 — or earlier than projected by other recent forecasts. What would this mean for China? But more importantly, what would this mean for the ever-improving American economy? CNN 's Ramy Inocencio breaks things down in this video.

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Turning Passion Into A Be-'Spoke' Business

April 27, 2011 6:41 am | Videos

John Ryland worked a dozen years at an advertising firm, only to get laid off. Instead of mourning his loss, he got to work on what had always been a hobby and a passion: building custom motorcycles. He now heads Classified Moto , a fledgling business that builds those custom choppers for eager riders.

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