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A Filthy Lancia Worth $250K

September 17, 2012 1:04 pm | by CNN Money

A car worth as much as $275,000 is at auction, covered in dirt. Fresh out of the owner's garage, the 1956 Lancie Aurelia was brought to auction exactly as is so that collectors can start at the true beginning of the car restoration process. Garth Hammer, specialist with Gooding & Co., says that this dirt-covered car is a perfect candidate for preservation.

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Environmentalists In Sync With Airbus

September 14, 2012 1:52 pm | by Reuters

Environmental groups say they are encouraged by ambitious plans recently announced by Airbus to fly aircraft in flock formation by the middle of this century. The company's Smarter Skies concepts also include steeper take-offs to reduce journey times and gentler, glide-in landings.

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Road Cars With F1 Technology

September 13, 2012 1:36 pm | by CNN

Ferrari's link with Formula 1 is undeniable, but there's a whole lot more to it than just the quest for titles and trophies. There's the genuine love of cars, and that's no where more obvious than on the factory floor. Amanda Davies finds out how Ferrari transfers their F1 technology and know-how into their road cars.

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Brilliant Designs To Fit More People In Every City

September 12, 2012 3:15 pm | by Ted

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments, and other innovations that could make the overcrowded cities of the future work a lot like small villages from the past.

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Clean Air Rocks

September 12, 2012 3:14 pm | by Camfil Farr APC

Got dust or fumes in your workplace? Hold on because you're about to take a virtual ride and fly through a Gold Series industrial dust collector from Camfil Farr APC. See how it works and how a dust collector can help you clean up your factory by watching this dust collector video.

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The Startup That Builds Your Ideas

September 12, 2012 3:12 pm | by CNN Money

It's human nature to invent, says Ben Kaufman—CEO of Quirky—and what' stopping people from inventing is the difficulty in executing all of those great ideas. CNN's The Next List follows startup Quirky, a company that takes budding entrepreneurs' ideas and turns them into products.

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Ford's New Escape Parks Itself

September 12, 2012 3:04 pm | by CNN Money

Ford has been loading its vehicles up with a lot of technology these days. The new SUV has BlueTooth capabilities, can open the tailgate for you with no hands, and can actually park itself. Say goodbye to parallel parking anxiety and watch the new Ford Escape squeeze into a space all by itself.

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Breaking Down The Recent Jobs Report

September 12, 2012 12:57 pm | by CNN

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added just 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July and too few to keep up with population growth. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, but only because many people gave up looking for work. Anderson Cooper puts the new employment report into context, explains the numbers, and exposes the political spin.

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Intel Not Feeling Chipper

September 11, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

More bad news for any company that has strong ties to the world of PCs: Intel, the leading chip is lowering expectations. The semiconductor firm cut its outlook, a bad sign for Intel and all companies with ties to the struggling PC market.

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Nokia's Uphill Battle With Smartphones

September 10, 2012 8:09 am | by CNN Money

The ailing mobile giant needs to convince consumers that its new smartphones are the best if they want to reverse their market share losses. Nokia was a smartphone market leader prior to the advent of Apple's iPhone. Can the company return to prominence?

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Weak Jobs Report May Spur Fed Action

September 7, 2012 1:01 pm | by Reuters

The jobs market goes from bad to worse and everyone is in a tizzy over it, starting with Wall Street. Worse than anyone expected, nonfarm payrolls increased only 96,000 last month, which might be all the Fed needs to launch another round of quantitative easing.

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Top Economists Answer America's Tough Questions

September 6, 2012 10:55 am | by Reuters

Reuters took some of America's biggest concerns about the recovery to top economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Issues such as the debt ceiling, unemployment, and the wage gap, among others are discussed. Find out how they answered.

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Robot Building And Barefoot Running

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by MIT

Russ Tedrake, the X Consortium Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, discusses robots and barefoot running. For more information visit www.mit.edu.

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Meet Audi's Rich Grandpa: The Horch

September 5, 2012 2:31 pm | by CNN Money

You may never have heard of a luxury German automaker called Horch, but back in the day Horch made some of the most expensive and hard-to-get luxury cars in the world. The rare 1938 Horch 853A Special Roadster sold for more than $5 million at auction in Pebble Beach and is the predecessor to Audi.

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Gold-Plated PC Fit For A King

September 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Reuters

It's the ultimate in office bling. A piece of modern day technology inspired by a 16th century French King. Its creator George Chirita took his inspiration for the gold-plated computers from Louis XVI. Chirita counts European royalty amongst his customers as well as wealthy individuals from China and the Middle East. He even sent Britain's Queen Elizabeth a gold plated USB stick as a gift on her Diamond Jubilee.

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Million-Dollar Electric Super-Car Revs Up For London Debut

September 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Reuters

Having unveiled his superfast electric car in Frankfurt last year, a Croatian designer will be trying to find buyers at the prestigious Salon Prive motor show this week in London. The Concept One can get from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 300 kph, and has an operational range of 600 kilometres.

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Tech Titans Prep For September Fight

September 5, 2012 1:53 pm | by Reuters

September marks the start of a technology products parade with high profile new gadgets from Nokia, Motorola, Amazon, Apple, and HTC on the calendar. Angling to get on everyone's holiday shopping list, these tech titans start the new product reveals today. Take a look.

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3XSQ: Chrysler Sales Rev Up In August

September 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Reuters

Chrysler reports its 29th consecutive month of year-on-year sales gains with a 14 percent rise in August as automotive makers release their sales figures, Campbell's sales contribute to a better quarterly profit, and Reuters' Jamie McGeever reports on today's troubles in Europe.

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IMTSTV August 2012: Get Ready

August 31, 2012 10:03 am | by IMTSTV

Find out why IMTS matters, get an update on the Reshoring Initiative, see some last-minute marketing tips, catch up on the latest manufacturing news, and find out where to park and what to pack for IMTS - all on this month's edition of the IMTSTV show.

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$4 Gas To Turn U.S. Vehicles Green

August 30, 2012 1:30 pm | by Reuters

The reason there's only one natural gas-powered car on the U.S. market is a lack of consumer demand, says T. Boone Pickens. But higher gasoline prices, which Pickens says we will see soon, will push American drivers to consider auto alternatives.

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