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How Audi Sees The Future Of Cars

May 8, 2013 1:18 pm | by CNN Money

We've seen a number of concept cars from Audi, but when will we be able get behind the wheel of a fully plug-in electric car from Audi? Audi of America president Scott Keogh talks about Audi's technological breakthroughs in plug-in and self-driving vehicles.

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BMW Factory Goes Green

May 7, 2013 1:25 pm | by NBC News

BMW's South Carolina factory goes green, by producing more than 40 percent of its energy on site, and gaining recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency. BMW's changes make more money and increase efficiency at the facility. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

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Unemployment At 4-Year Low, Markets At New Highs

May 6, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The United States economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April. The U.S. economy is now boasting the lowest unemployment rates in four years.

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Texas Fire Official: 'Debris Could Give Answers'

May 3, 2013 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Kelly Kistner, an assistant state fire marshal in Texas, said that investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people. He said that debris there could provide answers.

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If Cars Could Talk, Accidents Might be Avoidable

May 2, 2013 1:36 pm | by Ted

When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity, and use predictive models to calculate the safest routes for everyone on the road? Jennifer Healey imagines a world without accidents.

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Care-O-Bot, The Future Of Home Help For Seniors

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Reuters

Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart have unveiled a third generation robot prototype, designed to assist the elderly in their homes. The 'Care-o-bot 3' is equipped to detect, grasp and carry ordinary household objects on command, and bring a measure of independence to the aged and infirm.

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The Death Of Innovation, The End Of Growth

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Ted

The U.S. economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons U.S. growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the U.S. into a period of stasis we can't innovate our way out of. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Erik Brynjolfsson.

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The Key To Growth? Race With The Machines

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Ted

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.

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GM CEO: Volt Will Be Profitable

May 2, 2013 9:11 am | by CNN Money

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson tells Fortune that the second generation of the Chevy Volt will be cheaper to make and profitable. Looking to the future, GM hopes to have a half million cars on the road with some form of electrification by 2017.

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The Next Killer Manufacturing Technology App

May 1, 2013 11:57 am | by IMTSTV

Today, there is an extensive amount of data produced relative to the manufacturing process.  However, this data is typically “trapped” in equipment used in the production of products or the operation of the facilities or it is recorded on paper where it cannot be easily analyzed. The purpose of MTConnect is to “unlock” this data and provide it in a format that can be used by software applications. 

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Shelby's 575-hp Raptor

April 30, 2013 1:38 pm | by CNN Money

Shelby America just unveiled its new Shelby Raptor pickup truck and CNN Money senior editor Peter Valdes-Dapena took the new truck out for a spin at Monticello Motor Club, which offers both a performance track and an off-road course. The 575-hp Shelby Raptor has monster performance and rugged off-road capability, making it a pick-up truck for the not-so-faint-of-heart.

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Wooden Solar Cells Shine Light On Cleaner Power

April 29, 2013 2:11 pm | by Reuters

Researchers at Georgia Tech University have developed an organic solar cell made of wood. The biodegradable, transparent films are designed to replace the layers of glass or plastic found in conventional solar cells, heralding the possible development of solar panels that are 100 percent recyclable. Reuters' Ben Gruber reports.

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Technology And The Digital Revolution

April 26, 2013 5:02 pm | by NBC News

The story of Silicon Valley Silicon Alley is a tale of two digital cities competing for national dominance. Google's Jared Cohen and New York City's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Hunt join the NOW panel to talk about the age of American innovation.

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Boeing 737s Being Built At Highest Monthly Rate Ever

April 25, 2013 1:49 pm | by Boeing

The new CopaAirlines 737 symbolizes an important change in how the 737 is built. The world's best selling airplane, the Boeing 737, is now building at its highest rate ever. In Renton, Washington, the Boeing factory is now assembling 38 planes a month.

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Robot Swarms Seen As Guardians Against Future Threats

April 25, 2013 9:09 am | by Reuters

Researchers at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta are programming robots to work together. The scientists believe that in the future, robotic swarms could play an important role in assessing threats at high profile events like the Boston Marathon where two deadly bombs went off last week. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

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A Mini Robot, Powered By Your Phone

April 25, 2013 9:06 am | by Ted

Your smartphone may feel like a friend—but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.

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Need To Repair A NASA Spacecraft? 3D Print It

April 25, 2013 9:04 am | by CNET

Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center have begun experimenting with 3D printers for some spacecraft design. CNET's Sumi Das visits one of its newly open workshops, which is filled with state of the art equipment.

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What's Next For Apple?

April 25, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN Money

It's certainly one of the most talked about stocks, so what is it going to take to turn Apple's profits around? Apple's profits fell 18 percent to $9.5 billion in the second quarter. As profit margins decrease on iPads and iPhones, pressure increases on Apple to enter a new product category.

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Solar Plane To Make Historic Flight

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by CBS News

The Solar Impulse, a solar power plane, is being prepped to fly across America - and right into aviation history. "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger met with CBS's John Blackstone to watch the takeoff, and discusses the importance of the flight.

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A Year Of Clutter For China's Car Market

April 23, 2013 2:22 pm | by ReutersTV

Fancy a spin in a shiny, new Horki? Want to test drive a Ranz? These are just a couple of made-for-China brands global automakers have cooked up to comply with the government's policies. A bevy of new brands from the likes of Toyota and BMW will join China's already crowded car market in 2013, thanks to policies designed to help local automakers. But are they doing the opposite?

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