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Controlling Gadgets On Your Sleeve

October 21, 2010 4:35 am | Videos

A researcher from Georgia Tech visited CNN to show off some of their newest innovations in the way we control all of our electronic gadgetry: conductive fibers embroidered right onto the sleeve of a jacket or shirt. The wires can then be run right through the fabric to whatever gadget might be in your pocket at the time, allowing you to answer your phone with the swipe of the sleeve.

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Sticking Your Hand In The Large Hadron Collider

October 15, 2010 5:34 am | Videos

Sixty Symbols asks the world's best physicists a relatively simple question: What would happen to your hand if you stuck it inside the Large Hadron Collider? A small sampling of possible answers: "Not a good idea." "I don't think you'd feel very much." "These protons have an energy .

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American Companies Don't Innovate

October 14, 2010 10:14 am | Videos

A lack of innovation on the part of American companies is one of the biggest reasons behind the economy's struggles, or so argues Michael Mandel, the former chief economist at Business Week. And according to a National Science Foundation study, a mere 9 percent of American companies are committed to "innovating.

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eLEGS Give Paralyzed New Hope

October 13, 2010 6:58 am | Videos

Just last week, Berkely Bionics unveiled eLEGS, which they describe as "an exoskeleton for wheel-chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest." The bionic legs will hopefully allow paraplegics to be mobile even after their accident. 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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Will Kit Kat Take A Break After 75 Years?

October 13, 2010 6:56 am | Videos

Kit Kat turns 75 this year, so CNN 's Ayesha Durgahee visited a factory in York, England to learn about their secret to success even after three-fourths of a century. The bars you buy today are the same Rowntree recipe that was used decades ago, so no flavor has been lost over the years. As an added bonus, chocolate appears to be relatively recession-proof — despite increases in the price of cocoa, consumers are almost always willing to maintain their chocolate habit even as pursestrings tighten.

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Crews Work To Remove Toxic Sludge

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos

Workers are trying to turn the chemical tide to stanch the flow of toxic sludge in the rivers flowing toward the Danube River. 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 Joel.

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The Ship That Flips

October 13, 2010 6:55 am | Videos

The FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is a one-of-a-kind vessel: by filling ballasts in its long, horizontal construction, it can actually rotate itself into a vertical position. By bobbing in the water, the craft is much less susceptible to waves, which aids in properly utilizing the detailed instrumentation onboard.

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The Best Thing Since Sliced... Mouse?

October 6, 2010 9:07 am | Videos

A British bread maker recently came under fire for a certain disturbing find in a loaf of bread: a cooked, chopped-up mouse. The company was fined about $27,000 for the mistake, which they claim must have happened before the dough was even mixed together. The worst part of the whole story? The tail is missing, and no one's quite sure who might have washed it down with some turkey and cheese.

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Robots Perform Grape Surgery

October 6, 2010 9:03 am | Videos

While most manufacturing processes do not take this level of precision, this "surgery" on a grape proves just how advanced robotic technology has come in recent years. The drive of competition has pushed even the most heavy-duty of industrial robots to become increasingly accurate as well.

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Buffet: It's Time To Tax The Ultra-Rich

October 6, 2010 9:02 am | Videos

Warren Buffet, investor extraordinaire and current CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, recently sat down with CNN 's Poppy Harlow to talk the state of the U.S. economy. With deficits growing, Buffet offers a simple solution: raise taxes on the super-rich, even himself. With more money in the coffers from the greatest capitalist success stories, the country could better afford a tax break for the middle class.

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Inventing A Better (Less Sticky) Bubble Gum

October 6, 2010 9:01 am | Videos

Thanks in part to extensive university research, an American company is pushing to solve a timeless problem: chewing gum that's stuck to just about every surface imaginable. The solution is a chewing gum that retains much more moisture, making it easier to remove for a longer period of time. Even if the gum has hardened out, simply rewetting it can be enough to break the bond.

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Can RFID Tags Survive A Flamethrower?

September 27, 2010 11:53 am | Videos

In the latest edition of the RFID Network , durable RFID tags are put to the test in a number of extreme environments, including sledge hammer hits from an awfully strong-looking man. If that isn't enough, other tags get welded to metal plate, and a select few suffer the fate of a flamethrower. 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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Raytheon's Real-Life 'Iron Man' Suit

September 27, 2010 8:07 am | Videos

Raytheon — which has been in the news lately for a variety of military technologies, including a "death ray" — has not announced is XOS 2 exoskeleton, which has been developed to provide users additional strength and support when lifting or carrying heavy objects. This new model uses 50 percent less power than its predecessor, which brings the "Iron Man"-esque technology one step closer to seeing international deployment.

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The 'Very Light' Future Of Automobiles

September 27, 2010 8:03 am | Videos

The Very Light Car, built by the fledgling company Edison2, has recently been announced as the winner of the mainstream class in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a $10 million competition to build production-ready cars that get more than 100 mpg. The car's construction is based on a simple principle: being as light weight as possible.

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Quitting Technology Cold Turkey

September 22, 2010 12:10 pm | Videos

One way to address and overcome one's insatiable need and overreliance on technology is to put down the connecting devices and take a break from them. But New York comedian Mark Malkoff took this idea to the extreme when he quit technology — cold turkey — for five days and quarantined himself in his apartment bathroom to prevent a tech relapse.

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Building The 1,000-Horsepower Car

September 22, 2010 12:03 pm | Videos

The Bugatti Veyron carries a certain weight among car enthusiasts. Just the name is suggestive of raw power and incredible speed. It should come as no surprise that a multi-million-dollar car is built by hand, in an equally expensive-looking manufacturing facility. 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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Was Neglect To Blame For Gas Pipeline Explosion?

September 22, 2010 12:01 pm | Videos

By now, we've all heard about the tragedy in San Bruno, CA, where a large natural gas pipeline exploded. Seven have died, and dozens of homes were damaged, some irreparably. Recently, a number of people have come out and accused the pipeline's owner, PG&E, of neglecting regular maintenance. Was there more the utility company could have done to prevent the explosion? 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 Soars Into Private Space Industry

September 22, 2010 11:59 am | Videos

Boeing has decided to throw their multi-billion and international hat into the private space travel market with a number of R&D efforts, and it’s bound to make a few of the smaller companies quiver in their boots, or booster rockets. While experts say Boeing's efforts could be available come 2015, we know that actually means more like 2018 or 2019.

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Locals Blame Oil For Massive Gulf Fish Kill

September 22, 2010 11:57 am | Videos

Countless Gulf fish were found dead in a Louisiana bayou, and locals fear oil is to blame. While more testing is required to confirm the cause of death, it's entirely plausible that an underwater oil plume could cause this sort of environmental damage. 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 Majestic Plastic Bag

September 15, 2010 7:07 am | Videos

From the open plains of the asphalt jungle, the clever and illustrious plastic bag faces numerous challenges on its migration to the Pacific Ocean. 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 Joel.

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