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A Look Back To The Future (Of 1994)

February 13, 2012 12:58 pm | by TED

Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, in 1994.

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The Secret To Better Productivity Is... Happiness

February 10, 2012 12:48 pm | by TED

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards?

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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Gone For Good?

February 9, 2012 11:55 am | by CNN Money

Politicians have called on companies to create manufacturing jobs, but beyond the political rhetoric, there isn't much of a well-defined plan to create them.

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The Development Process of Yamaha Top Cases

February 8, 2012 4:07 pm | by YamahaMotorEurope

Yamaha's European engineering and design team have created two new premium quality Genuine top cases.

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Jet Engine Bike Passes Test-Fire Trial Ahead Of Record Bid

February 8, 2012 4:05 pm | by Reuters

British inventor Richard Brown has built a unique jet engine-powered motorbike, which he plans to drive at more than 440 mph to break the world land speed record.

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Can't Get A Job? Become Your Own Boss

February 8, 2012 4:02 pm | by Reuters

The UK government is encouraging young entrepreneurs to start their own business and create jobs for the next generation.

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New Technology Puts A Doctor In Your Pocket

February 8, 2012 4:00 pm | by Reuters

Backed by government funding, South Korean scientists have developed new cell-phone technology designed to diagnose disease.

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Super Bowl Sparks GM, Ford Ad Fight

February 8, 2012 1:14 pm | by Reuters

The Super Bowl ads were the co-stars of the show, with car companies as the lead players.

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Motorola CEO's 'iPad Battle Plan'

February 7, 2012 12:45 pm | by CNN Money

The CEO of Motorola Mobility says new Google apps may be what helps Motorola close the gap between its tablets and Apple's iPad.

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New Nano-Coating Keeps Phones Dry

February 6, 2012 12:43 pm | by Reuters

A California company has come up with a nano-coating it says will protect your phone from water damage.

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Apple Under Fire

February 3, 2012 1:39 pm | by CBS News

Questions are beginning to be raised about the factories where Apple products are manufactured.

Could Samsung Outcool Apple?

February 1, 2012 9:07 am

In the great mobile phone wars, it seems like Apple still has the cool creds in Asia... for now. 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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Magnetic Soap Could Suck Up Oil Spills

February 1, 2012 9:06 am

A team of international scientists has invented a magnetic soap that could revolutionize the clean-up of dangerous oil spills. It's the first cleaning surfactant that responds to magnets. The team, led by Bristol University Professor of Chemistry Julian Eastoe, created a liquid soap containing iron atoms which help form tiny particles.

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Start-Up Innovators Look For Traction After CES

February 1, 2012 9:05 am

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was a forum not just for big manufacturers of televisions and computers but also for small companies with innovative products to sell. In the so-called Eureka Park section of the show, several of these up-and-coming companies showed off their wares.

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Turning Smartphones Into Toys

February 1, 2012 9:03 am

Harnessing the technology inside smartphones, a new range of app-related toys providing a new way to play are on display at the British toy Fair. 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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Beetle Dance: Inspiration For Future Robots

February 1, 2012 9:00 am

The dance of the dung beetle provides clues to navigation and could lead to more sophisticated light-weight robots in the future. The beetles, which are found on all continents except Antarctica, feed on feces but scientists are less interested in what they eat than how they move their dinner from one place to another.

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Facebook Readies $5B IPO

February 1, 2012 5:16 am

Facebook is preparing to raise $5 billion in an IPO, about half of what some had expected according to IFR. But Reuters Tech Editor Peter Lauria says that final number could change. 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 At Your Own Risk

January 31, 2012 7:18 am

Google's revised privacy policy is raising new concerns about consumers rights to their information on the internet and other connected products. 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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What Would We Miss Without Wall Street?

January 30, 2012 6:59 am

What would we do without Wall Street? Rob Cox of Reuters BreakingViews chats with Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, about Wall Street, money for entrepreneurship, and manufacturing. 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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Emotion: The Next Step In Robot Evolution

January 27, 2012 6:12 am

Scientists at Poland's Wroclaw University of Technology are taking human-robot interaction to another level with their EMYS android, which expresses human-like dispositions, such as anger, surprise, confusion, joy, and sadness. The researchers say they are working towards a future where people and machines will interact in an entirely natural way.

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