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'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency to Police Shootings

December 3, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.

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The Supersonic Jets of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 3:00 pm | by CNNMoney

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

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Gun Manufacturers are Targeting a New Demographic

December 2, 2014 2:53 pm | by CNNMoney

At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, a new trend in gun manufacturing was made clear: gun sales for women and by women are on the rise. As a result, the industry is beginning to make guns that are more aesthetically appealing to women and are better suited for women's specific needs. 

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Bolivian Recycling Changes the Manufacturing of School Furniture

December 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Reuters

Innovative recycling project in La Paz separates city waste and converts plastic garbage into school furniture made from 'plastiwood'.                                 

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A Super Jumbo A380 Gutted in Two Minutes

December 1, 2014 2:44 pm | by Bloomberg News

Emirates performs a heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane, the A380. The process took 55 days to complete. Here it is in under two minutes.                         

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Can Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Go the Distance?

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Bloomberg News

A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation isn't without risks in an unproven market.

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Student Makes Low-Cost Prosthetic With 3D Printer

November 26, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News

Jeff Powell, a college student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. The impact of this could be more profound.                   

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Ford Edge Gets 'Adaptive Steering'

November 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by USA TODAY

Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer talks with USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard about the 'adaptive steering' feature in the 2015 Ford Edge crossover, due in showrooms next spring.                       

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This Company Still Makes Vinyl

November 25, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney

Despite its retro roots, records sales are growing. CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci heads to Brooklyn to visit one of sixteen record pressing plants in the United States.                         

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Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by Reuters

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. 

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The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

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Michelin: Taking the Average Tire and Turning it into a 'Tweel'

November 21, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today

Tire maker Michelin is literally reinventing the wheel for industrial equipment and commercial mowers. Michelin North American Chairman and President Pete Selleck says, "the tweel is a revolutionary new product that combines a tire and a wheel."

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What Exactly is Luxury Beer?

November 21, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney

The newest craze hopping around the beer world is pricey beer.                                                     

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Robots Take Over Security in Silicon Valley

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS This Morning

The new K5 robot features laser scanning and a 360-degree live video camera, but it won't be chasing down the bad guys. It's designed to move around people as it sends images back to a command center.               

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Ford Builds Robot for Rough Roads

November 20, 2014 2:33 pm | by CNNMoney

Ford developed robots to drive their trucks on the worst roads imaginable. Some courses are so bad they'd injure human passengers. Peter Valdes-Dapena rides shotgun.                         

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Where are Tesla’s 12,000 'Missing' Cars?

November 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by Bloomberg News

Kyle Stock and Cory Johnson examine the “mystery” of Tesla’s missing vehicles.                                                  

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When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 19, 2014 11:32 am | by Bloomberg News

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the way we eat. 

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VetiGel: The Band-Aid of the Future Stops Bleeding Instantly

November 19, 2014 11:23 am | by Bloomberg News

A small lab in Brooklyn is working on a gel that can stop bleeding in 20 seconds. Platelets stick together when VetiGel, made from plant-based polymers, comes into contact with blood.                   

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Ford Pulls Back Curtain on New Shelby GT350

November 18, 2014 2:41 pm | by CNNMoney

The Ford Shelby GT350 is back, powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine producing over 500 horsepower.                                             

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Pittsburgh's Robot Renaissance

November 18, 2014 2:36 pm | by CNNMoney

Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.                                               

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