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Satellite Cameras Saving Endangered Species

September 11, 2013 3:36 pm | by CamConsultants

A remote monitoring system from product development firm Cambridge Consultants is helping conservationists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) combat poachers and track rare animals in the wild. The Instant Wild project uses the Iridium satellite communication network to transmit near-real-time images from motion-triggered cameras in the remotest areas of Africa.

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Advanced Manufacturing In The South

September 11, 2013 3:32 pm | by MAPI media

A new report finds that the implementation of advanced manufacturing in the American South could help the region realize its economic potential and make a vital contribution to an industry-led strategy for a revival in U.S. economic fortunes. 

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Buy Street-Legal Cars From Sci-Fi Flicks

September 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by CNN Money

Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker took their love for sci-fi and comic books and started Parker Brothers Concepts, where they manufacture outrageous, street-legal vehicles for Hollywood and TV shows. According to the Parkers, they build the "strange and unusual."

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What Has The U.S. Learned After The Financial Collapse?

September 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by NBC News

What has the U.S. learned five years after the financial collapse? Banking analyst Meredith Whitney and the Financial Times' Tom Braithwaite join Morning Joe to discuss. Has America steered itself out of the recession?         

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007 Style Submarine Lotus Drives Underwater

September 10, 2013 3:47 pm | by BBC

BBC's Richard Hammond drives a car into a reservoir, and explains how it has been specially designed and built for this purpose. Despite a few leaks, it does actually 'drive' underwater. A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" was recently sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000).

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Elon Musk Talks The Future Of Design

September 10, 2013 12:24 pm | by spacexchannel

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. The company is integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than by using purely 2D tools. SpaceX is just beginning, but eventually hopes to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor.

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Going Private BlackBerry's Only Hope?

September 9, 2013 12:54 pm | by CNN Money

Rumors that BlackBerry might be bought out by its biggest shareholder is fueling optimism about the smartphone maker a day before Apple's new iPhone announcement. Blackberry most likely won't steal Apple's thunder, but BlackBerry shares are rallying.

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What Do Strong Auto Sales Mean For The Broader Economy?

September 6, 2013 1:31 pm | by CBS News

New numbers show August had the highest number of auto sales of any month since the Great Recession. Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all reported double-digit U.S. sales. Financial and economic analyst Mellody Hobson explains why sales are booming.

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$1.9M Car Based On Airplane Design

September 5, 2013 1:52 pm | by CNN Money

The 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne was designed by an aviation designer and takes cues from airplanes of that era. The designer of the Voisin was originally an aviation designer and wanted to transfer aviation design to the automobile to create the best car he could. It recently sold at Pebble Beach for $1.925 million. 

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The Next Generation In Condition Monitoring

September 5, 2013 9:35 am | by SPM Instrument

SPM Instrument releases the latest portable instruments in Vibration and Bearing Monitoring. Rugged Construction, Tri-Axial Vibration, Shock Pulse, Electronic Stethoscope, Temperature, Laser Alignment, Balancing, Voice Recording, and much more.

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Nissan Juke Nismo: Tiny SUV Packs A Punch

September 4, 2013 5:28 pm | by CNN Money

The Nissan Juke Nismo delivers only 9 HP more than the base Juke model, but with tighter suspension and steering it does make this small SUV just a touch more fun. Nismo is Nissan's performance brand, and in this case, does deliver just a bit more power.

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NASA Creates A Rocket Component Using 3D Printing

September 4, 2013 5:24 pm | by Mashable Video

NASA has successfully tested a new kind of rocket engine component created using 3D printing. The engine injector was put through high-pressure, test firings of liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen, and it passed.            

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The New But Not Much Improved Microsoft

September 4, 2013 5:22 pm | by CNN Money

Microsoft's $7 billion deal to buy Nokia's cellphone business has investors wondering if the software giant can finally stake a claim in the mobile phone industry. A source of national pride, Finland's Nokia Corp. had led the cellphone industry for more than a decade, reaching a peak of 40 percent market share in 2008.

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The Pencil: An Engineered Communication Device

September 4, 2013 5:19 pm | by CBS News

As students go back to school, CBS News' Mo Rocca explores that classic writing instrument: the pencil. He introduces us to David Rees, who has written the book on sharpening pencils, and brings us to Pencil City USA to learn how pencils are made.

Report Signals U.S. Manufacturing Getting Stronger

September 4, 2013 12:51 pm | by CBS News

Stocks initially rose after a new report signaled the country's manufacturers are getting stronger. A jump in orders helped Unites States factories expand in August at the fastest pace in more than two years.            

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South Korea Unfolds The Future Of Urban Driving

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by ReutersVideo

South Korean researchers have developed an electric car that folds in half for easy parking. Named for the armor-covered mammal of the same name, the 'Armadillo-T' is a two-seater prototype vehicle that is designed for commuters in busy urban areas. Reuters' Rob Muir has more.

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Walmart's Plan Sells 'American Made'

August 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money

Walmart SVP Michelle Gloeckler explains her company's $50 billion effort to sell more American made goods over the next ten years. Even if Walmart is successful in getting key retailers and suppliers on board, experts say it won't rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing industry. But the movement could help stem the tide of jobs flowing to China and elsewhere that has been occurring in the last two decades.

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Ford Fusion Now Made In U.S.

August 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by CNN Money

For the first time, Ford Fusion vehicles are being built just outside Detroit, a positive sign that the automotive industry is bringing production back to the United States. The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.

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Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

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Mini Cooper Paceman: Roomy, Nimble, Fun

August 29, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money

The new Mini Cooper Paceman is a two-door crossover SUV that features a turbo-charged engine, four-wheel drive, and a spacious interior. While it could be considered a "less practical, SUV," losing two doors completely changes the character of the vehicle, says CNN's Peter Valdes-Dapena.

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