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3D Dashboard Maps Future Of Navigation

July 14, 2011 11:07 am | Videos

Audi and MIT's SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to design the car navigation system of the future--a 3D display that will sit on the dashboard. According to the design team, the new system will be programed to filter real time information allowing drivers to better navigate around a city. 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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Boeing's 787 Is Packed With High-tech

July 13, 2011 10:00 am | Videos

Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. 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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Weak Job Growth Continues

July 13, 2011 6:07 am | Videos

U.S. employers added far fewer jobs than anticipated for a second month in a row, casting doubt on an economic pick-up in the second half of the 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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3D Map Shines Light On New York Solar Potential

July 13, 2011 6:02 am | Videos

A new, three-dimensional map with a bird's eye view of New York City is showing residents the solar energy potential of their city, the largest in the United States. The map's creators have set out to demonstrate that solar power is more than just an abstract idea. 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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Job Issue Takes Center Stage

July 13, 2011 5:59 am | Videos

As unemployment inches higher and presidential candidates emerge, the issue of how to add jobs takes center focus. 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 Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? 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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Ultra-realistic Robots Test Our Relationship With Machines

July 13, 2011 5:55 am | Videos

An ultra-realistic robot, known as a geminoid, is helping psychologists test how we relate to machines. The device is designed to be almost identical to the professor who's leading the project in Denmark. 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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Product Barcodes Get A Creative Upgrade

July 13, 2011 5:31 am | Videos

A subtle change is emerging in the often overlooked barcodes used on retail items. New "designer barcodes" are meant to give traditional packaging a little extra flair by embellishing a functional barcode, something found on every packaged item. 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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Scientists See Nano-solution To Airplane Safety

July 12, 2011 6:44 am | Videos

U.S. researchers have developed a new technology they say will make air travel safer. Scientists at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are making microscopic nanotubes that can detect and repair fuselage cracks as they occur. 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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"Space City, USA" Feels Post-Shuttle Pain

July 8, 2011 8:25 am | Videos

With the ending of NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program, more than 7,000 people will lose their jobs at the Kennedy Space Center--devastating Florida’s already sluggish economy.

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AOL Co-Founder Talks Today's Job Market

July 6, 2011 9:09 am | Videos

AOL co-founder and Chair of the White House Startup America Partnership Steve Case discusses the fight to create jobs in America. Now that the country is two years into the economic recovery, what is the current state of the job market? What can people expect moving forward? Case answers these questions and more.

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Inside Microsoft: The Kinect Frontier

July 6, 2011 8:26 am | Videos

Jaron Lanier, the "father" of virtual-reality, says the Kinect was the riskiest and one of the most successful product developments of 2010 while Google executive Eric Schmidt criticized Microsoft's ability to innovate. Lanier says Microsoft's Kinect is just the first step, and some say it could be the gateway to a new form of computing.

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Do Americans Lack Necessary Trade Skills?

July 6, 2011 8:09 am | Videos

Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director, discusses U.S. sustainability, how to make today's wireless hyper-connectivity more efficient, the data centers of the future, and the importance of learning trade skills, not just computer science, for the next generation of American workers. 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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The Flying Car Is Ready

July 6, 2011 7:34 am | Videos

The new Transition, dubbed "the flying car," is really an airplane that can legally and safely be driven on the road. It can also be parked in a single car garage and parked in a home's driveway--perfect for for your personal aviation adventure. 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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The Tech-Dependent Future Of Automotives 

June 27, 2011 5:55 am | Videos

The automotive industry is a little more than 100 years old, and one can't help but wonder how advancements in technology will allow automotive leaders to address the negative effects and leverage the positive effects that cars and trucks have on our world. Bill Ford is a car guy — his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co.

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The Spirit Of Solar Power

June 27, 2011 5:53 am | Videos

The Solar Impulse is a solar-powered aircraft with the wingspan of a passenger plane and the power of something much smaller, like a scooter. While it might appear to be useless technology right now — it’s only able to hold a pilot and a large pack of batteries — Bertrand Piccard, the President of Solar Impulse, says that his product is exactly like Charles Lindburgh’s Spirit of St.

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Man Controls Robotic Hand With Mind

June 23, 2011 5:23 am | Videos

Pierpaolo Petruzziello lost his left forearm and hand in a car accident with a drunk driver, but his situation wasn't without hope. A project at Rome's Università Campus Bio-Medico, a campus and university that was developing a prosthetic arm that could be controlled by thought alone.

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The Risks And Rewards Of Nanotechnology

June 22, 2011 7:33 am | Videos

Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, talks to Jorge Ribas about the technology's risks and benefits. As with any new technology, it could be revolutionary. According to Maynard, it could make just about every one of our current technologies better. At the same time, there is the potential for major pollution issues, and the use of nano silver to kill microbes could cause untold damage in our oceans and our bodies.

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Hacktivists: What Are They After?

June 22, 2011 7:02 am | Videos

CNN 's Errol Barnett talks to The New Yorker senior editor Nicholas Thompson about an online plot called "Anti-Security," which aims to take down government and banking institutions. Thompson says that it's better these groups, which include LulzSec and Anonymous, are taking on big websites, and not the credit cards of everyday people.

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Bob Lutz Picks His Favorite Cars

June 22, 2011 7:01 am | Videos

Bob Lutz, the author of “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters,” recounts some of his favorite cars over the years. To give him credit, he has a wide range of tastes, from the orginal BMW 3-Series, all the way through the current Chevy Malibu. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to mention that he helped design these cars as well.

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Chatting At The Speed Of Light

June 22, 2011 6:58 am | Videos

Here, the Engineer Guy uses propylene glycol to show how a fiber optic cable works when sending signals across the ocean. They rely on a phenomenon called “total internal reflection,” which allows the beam of light to continuously reflect on the interior of the cable. This small discovery, combined with some engineering prowess, allows telecoms to lay these tiny lines under the ocean to enable hyper-speed global communications.

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