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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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Smartphones: A New Way To Pay

August 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos

Soon we may use smartphones to make all of our payments instead of cash or credit cards. Molly Wood, Executive Editor at CNET TV, reports. 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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Scientists Use Mosquitoes To Test Water Quality

August 24, 2011 6:23 am | Videos

A Costa Rican researcher has discovered a type of mosquito that can be used to identify safe river water for human consumption. 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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Will Your Next Vehicle Be A Golf Cart?

August 23, 2011 6:12 am | Videos

Do you want to be the envy of your friends and co-workers? Is it possible to achieve this by purchasing a street-legal golf cart as your next vehicle? Can you believe the preceding question was just posed? In this video, TIME reporter Josh Sanburn takes the latest street-legal golf cart for a test spin in midtown Manhattan traffic.

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Lockheed Martin Presents Airship Of The Future

August 22, 2011 6:24 am | Videos

Inflatable aircrafts have been around since the Montgolfier brothers developed the first untethered hot-air balloon in 1782, but 200 years later, they are making a high-tech resurgence for both civilian and military use. U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin's version is called the P-791 airship, which it hopes is about to take off.

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Qantas To Start New Airlines In Asia

August 19, 2011 5:22 am | Videos

Australia's Qantas undertakes a do-or-die move to revive international operations and will start two new airlines based in Asia. 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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First Erasable Electronic Paper

August 18, 2011 6:20 am | Videos

Taiwanese researchers are taking recycling to a new level with ''i2R e-Paper'', a rewritable electronic paper that can be re-used up to 260 times. The developers say their e-paper will soon replace the conventional paper used for signs and posters. 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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Google Deal Sparks Speculation

August 17, 2011 10:35 am | Videos

Google's $12.5 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility has the potential to shake up the smartphone business landscape, and position Google to better compete with rival Apple. 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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Turtle Heads Home After Pioneering Medical Treatment

August 17, 2011 10:30 am | Videos

A resilient green sea turtle has been returned to the ocean off the Florida coast after ground-breaking treatment to repair injuries caused by a collision with a motor boat. Doctors used a method usually reserved for humans to save the animal's 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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Small Town America Still In Pain

August 17, 2011 10:21 am | Videos

Wall Street may just be waking up to signs of a slowing economy, but in small towns like Tehachapi, California tough times never stopped. 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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Unemployment Rate Dips, Economy Adds 117K Jobs

August 17, 2011 10:20 am | Videos

Hiring picked up slightly in July and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent, an optimistic sign after the worst day on Wall Street in nearly three years. 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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