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Flaming Faucets: When Fracking Goes Wrong

June 8, 2011 6:23 am | Videos

By now, it’s a pretty common story. A natural gas drilling company offers a great deal to rural landowners to build a drill and pump out the gas from shale, deep beneath the ground. But some those who accepted the offer, like Sherry Vargson, are now experiencing numerous issues, like “flammable” water and increased concentrations of radioactive materials in their drinking water.

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Bringing 3D Printing To The Masses

June 7, 2011 5:55 am | Videos

3D printing has been around for a while, but it's largely been far too expensive for the ordinary consumer, or even the smaller manufacturer. Multiple comanies, such as 3D Systems and Makerbot, are coming to the market with cheaper 3D printers, not to mention technology giant HP. With so many companies throwing their hat into the ring, there's no question 3D printing will become a major market in the next few years.

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On Last Week's Disappointing Jobs Numbers

June 6, 2011 7:10 am | Videos

CNN Money reports on last week’s disappointing news that jobs aren’t being created as quickly as economists would hope, and sits down with Secretary Hilda Solis of the Department of Labor to ask if we’re falling into a double-dip recession. The truth is that while many businesses are doing better than a year ago, and want to hire, the economy isn’t as supportive as it could be.

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Chrysler CEO On Paying Back The Bailout

June 3, 2011 7:29 am | Videos

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sat down with CNN Money to talk about the automaker’s exit from dealings with the U.S. government, now that Fiat bought the last stake from the U.S. Treasury on Friday. As it stands, the government lost some $1.2 billion on the $12 billion loan, but Marchionne says it was a “phenomonal” deal for U.

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'Jetson' Takes A Spill In His Jetpack

June 2, 2011 9:29 am | Videos

The Martin Aircraft Company is hoping to be one of the first comanies to develop a jetpack that could be used in a variety of markets, like civil defense and recreation. While the jetpack does fly, they're currently testing the system for safety in emergency situations, hence the video below. I know I can’t be the only one who was hoping for a more dramatic fall-out, considering that only the company’s dummy, Jetson, was on the line.

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Alcoa CEO On Lessons Learned From The Recession

June 1, 2011 10:06 am | Videos

The world's largest producer of aluminum, Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Alcoa is nothing short of an industrial titan. In this video, Alcoa CEO and former Siemens executive Klaus Kleinfeld discusses his approach to corporate leadership and lessons learned from the all-too-recent “Great Recession.” 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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Robotic Trucks To Take Over Army

June 1, 2011 7:07 am | Videos

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on trucks for the U.S. military that aren’t held back by their human drivers. A number of technologies, such as LADAR — or laser radar — allow the vehicles to see obstacles, and each other, in zero-visibility conditions. Lockheed’s solution is the best of both worlds as well, allowing soldiers to take over the wheel when needed, while remaining a passenger the rest of the time.

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Patriotism Pays Off

June 1, 2011 6:55 am | Videos

Matthew Quinn, the owner of Quinn Flags, says that his American flag business has been booming since Osama bin Laden's death. In an industry that has been saturated with competitors since 9/11, Quinn says that the latest development has been exactly what the business needed to stay ahead of the game, with sales increasing upwards of 50 percent.

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Are U.S. CEOs Worth Their Salaries?

June 1, 2011 6:51 am | Videos

With more regulation — particularly in the financial industry — affecting the salaries of top-level executives, many are left wondering if talent is fleeing the country for “greener” pastures. At the same time, many Americans are wondering: Are CEOs overpaid? CNN Money sat down with Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly to discuss the issue.

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Shoe Tying Best Practices

June 1, 2011 6:33 am | Videos

Terry Moore found that he had been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life, so he got on stage at a TED conference to demonstrate a better way. Because IMPO ’s readers are so in-tune with best practices principles, why not implement his discovery in your own life? 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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Visualizing Our Humanity

May 27, 2011 7:01 am | Videos

Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — sometimes at the expense of a vast number of “sheep” — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. 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 Future Of Robotics

May 26, 2011 8:07 am | Videos

Andrew Ng, of Stanford University, has long been trying to solve the complex problem of enabling robots to complement human life. According to him, robots have all the mechanical aptitude needed for any task currently done by a human — and at times, with more efficiency — but they fail when it comes to software.

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Want A Personal Submarine?

May 25, 2011 7:46 am | Videos

Thought expensive cars and multi-million dollar mansions were enough for the super-rich? That’s ridiculous. Private submarines are the new rage, and cost a pretty $80 million. For that price, you’re looking at jacuzzis, world-class kitchens, and gyms, all from the comfort of below the sea.

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Rolls-Royce CEO Talks Failures, The Asia Issue

May 25, 2011 7:36 am | Videos

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes shares his secrets of success and his biggest mistakes. In 2009, in the midst of the global recession, the company's sales plummeted by 17 percent. However, Rolls-Royce quickly rebounded to post a record year in 2010. What's behind the success of one of the world's most renowned luxury automakers? 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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How To Manage People Born After 1992

May 25, 2011 7:34 am | Videos

One way of dealing with the current skilled worker shortage would be hiring more young people, but that, of course, comes with its own set of unique challenges. The so-called “millenials,” people born after 1992, are extraordinarily good at multi-tasking and dealing with computers, but are quicker to jump ship, and don’t view work as the most important part of their life.

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Boeing 'Tricks' Fliers Into Happiness

May 25, 2011 7:32 am | Videos

Boeing has been hard at work revamping their aerospace offerings with new models and better technology, but travelers have long complained about the interiors. Fortunately, the company is developing its new “Sky” interior, which will become standard in new 737s. While the fuselage is the same size, the company uses a number of visual tricks to make the interior seem larger and more comforting.

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Shooting The 40mm Machine Gun

May 25, 2011 7:30 am | Videos

YouTube user FPSRussia is well-known for shooting off a wide range of dangerous and unique weapons, but this one probably takes the cake. The Russian accent-sporting firearms enthusiast takes on a WW2-era 40mm machine gun, which fires rounds about the same length as a man's forearm. 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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VW Aims For U.S. Domination

May 24, 2011 7:31 am | Videos

Volkswagen officially opened its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant yesterday, which means the creation of 1,200 jobs for the new Passat. The German automaker is aiming to become the largest automaker in the world, which means taking on GM and Toyota head-on. Certainly, company executives are hoping this new plant will help increase sales among U.

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One Job, 20 Years In The Making

May 23, 2011 8:00 am | Videos

Here's the amazing story behind jet engine designer and manufacturer Pratt & Whitney's 20-year effort to create one engineering position for one employee hire. Meet that employee. 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 'Lost Generation' Of Workers

May 20, 2011 6:28 am | Videos

How many people are really and truly unemployed in the United States today? There is no accurate answer to that question. Though the economy has shown fairly strong signs of life, unemployment is still a problem. Furthermore, the U.S. must retrain long-term unemployed Americans or risk a creating a "lost generation" of workers.

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