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FIRST Robotics Competition

December 7, 2011 9:20 am

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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13-Year-Old Invents Solar Panel 'Trees'

December 7, 2011 9:19 am

A 13-year-old boy came up with the idea to put solar panels on the ends of tree branches to collect sunlight. Are his solar "trees" a legitimate way to power the future of solar technology? 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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Looking For A New $1.8M Car?

December 7, 2011 9:18 am

Zenvo recently unveiled the ST-1 50S, a Danish supercar with a price tag somewhere around $1.8 million. Zenvo will produce just 15 cars of the model shown in this video, but only three cars are coming to the United States. 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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Start-Up Aims To Teach Computer Coding For Free

December 6, 2011 10:18 am

Tech start-up Codecademy aims to teach anyone and everyone basic computer coding skills, for free. Codecademy's founder, 21-year-old Zach Sims, believes computer coding will be the literacy of the 21st century. He also says the job market will be looking for the computer coding "construction workers" of tomorrow.

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Atlanta Landfill Reborn As Solar Energy Site

December 5, 2011 9:26 am

Solar power has come a long way in the past few years. Now a landfill site in Atlanta, Georgia is being used to help power local homes. At the site, which is through taking waste, 10 acres have been covered with plastic sheets that are filled with 7,000 solar strips. That's enough to power produce 1 megawatt of energy.

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Cisco CEO Talks Emerging Markets

December 2, 2011 4:51 am

Cisco CEO John Chambers says his company currently does about 20 percent of its business in emerging markets, but he added that he feels there is a lot of potential for growth in that area. Chambers also answers a number of other questions about Cisco and the company's future in this recent interview with CNN's John Defterios.

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Extreme Picking & Packing

December 1, 2011 9:16 am

Vince and Allison take us on a tour of a high-speed warehouse that features packing machines operating at ground speeds of over 70 miles per hour. 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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Mobile Phones As Fronts For Cyberspying

December 1, 2011 3:19 am

Is it possible the mobile phones we use every day offer an opportunity for the Chinese government to access critical infrastructure in the United States and carry out economic espionage? CNN's Jill Dougherty attempts to answer that very question. 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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Frog's Leap, A Muscle Mechanics Marvel

December 1, 2011 3:18 am

The extraordinary ability of some frog species to leap vast distances relative to their size has perplexed scientists for decades. Researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island now believe they have some answers. Henry Astley and Thomas Roberts say their findings could lead to the development of elastic propulsion systems in robots.

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Meet The 12-Year-Old App Developer

December 1, 2011 3:15 am

Thomas Suarez is not your typical 12-year-old boy. Sure, he plays games on his iPhone -- but some are games he has developed. Suarez taught himself how to develop mobile apps, including a Justin Bieber-themed wack-a-mole game called "Bustin Jieber." In this TEDxTalk, Suarez explains his story.

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Six Ways To Save The Internet

December 1, 2011 3:14 am

The next big web shift is now, and it’s not going to play out in the way many would expect. According to tech investor Roger McNamee, for the Internet to be saved (and for people to make money saving it), Google must be sacrificed and people must come to the realization that Facebook is the new Windows.

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Electric Torpedo Isolates Oil Spill In Port

December 1, 2011 3:12 am

The Swedish city of Malmo has become the first harbor in the world to install a fully automated system to contain an oil spill in its harbor, according to the system's developers. An electrically powered robotic vehicle, called a torpedo, isolates the spill by towing a floating boom around the harbor.

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Energy Absorber Could Improve Road Safety

November 28, 2011 6:03 am

A system designed to absorb the impact of collisions could have revolutionary implications for road safety according to its developers. The system converts linear kinetic energy, like that generated in a car crash, into rotary energy that can be expended safely in a flywheel. 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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Meet Rezero, The Dancing Ballbot

November 28, 2011 5:56 am

Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully, and even dance. 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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Battery Low? Buy A Quick Charge

November 23, 2011 6:23 am

Hercules Networks is a company that sells automated charging machines (ACMs) for powering mobile devices. The company was built on the idea that people need to be able to charge up their mobile devices on the go. This video shows what an ACM is and how people can use it. 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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Solar Reserve: We're Not Another Solyndra

November 22, 2011 10:31 am

Solar Reserve CEO Kevin Smith, whose company received a $737M loan, says his company will avoid the problems that plagued Solyndra. Solyndra received a $535M loan under the same government program that gave the loan to Solar Reserve, and has now suggested it would file for bankruptcy. However, Solar Reserve insists it is not "another Solyndra.

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'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview'

November 21, 2011 10:22 am

A recently discovered interview with Steve Jobs shows the Apple co-founder right before he rejoined the company in the mid-1990s. Executive producer Robert Cringley speaks with CBS News about his new documentary, which focuses on that once-lost interview. 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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Meet America's Fastest Supercomputer

November 18, 2011 10:45 am

The Jaguar supercomputer in Oak Ridge, TN is used for everything from scientific research to disaster management. It is approximately 18,000 times faster than the fastest personal computer on the market, and is more or less used to simulate the world around us. 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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Bipedal Cycling Robot Can Balance Itself

November 17, 2011 10:04 am

Robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrates a robot that can balance, steer, and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike at the International Robot Exhibition 2011. 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's The Deal With 4G?

November 16, 2011 9:54 am

Techland technology and gadget guru Doug Aamoth answers questions about 4G wireless and clarifies whether the AT&T iPhone 4S qualifies as a 4G phone. It's pretty simple, right? Well, not exactly. 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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