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The New Big "Small" Thing

February 14, 2013 9:09 am | by CBS News

Automakers in Japan are developing new "microcars" that fit only a driver. Toyota is currently testing a microcar (or ultra compact car) made of aluminum that can reach top speeds of 30 MPH. Targeting older drivers who don't need to go far, these electric cars can be handy. Lucy Craft reports.

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Manufacturing For Growth

February 14, 2013 9:08 am | by WorldEconomicForum

During 2012, the Forum built on the findings of the Future of Manufacturing report with the Manufacturing for Growth project, creating a platform for business executives, policy-makers and members of civil society to identify key strategies and recommendations for driving economic growth and job creation through the production of goods.

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Techquity: Cook On Apple

February 13, 2013 12:27 pm | by Reuters

Apple's CEO addresses the company's cash pile and outlook at a conference, while Facebook suffers a pair of downgrades. And Google is teaming up with an unlikely partner, General Electric, and it will become integrated into several GE applications.

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Airships, Blimps To Take Off Again

February 12, 2013 1:22 pm | by CBS News

More than 75 years after the Hindenburg disaster, airships could be taking off again. Worldwide Aeros' calls its new blimp the evolution of air transport as it waits for FAA approval to take its aeroscraft for a test flight outside the hangar. CBS News' Bill Whitaker explains.

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IMTSTV In Brief: Turnkey Success

February 11, 2013 11:10 am | by IMTSTV

This episode of IMTSTV In Brief features an interview with Mike Powell, President of Master WorkHolding, as he discusses ways that businesses can use turnkeys to find success. Turnkeys are making inroads in the manufacturing technology industry and Powell says he is seeing a rise in requests for turnkey solutions. by For more information, visit www.IMTS.com.

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Why Aren't Small Businesses Hiring?

February 8, 2013 3:16 pm | by NBC News

NBC News host, JJ Ramberg, discusses the hiring climate, and why many small businesses have been reluctant to add staff. The drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt some confidence while the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions.

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Will Sequester Budget Cuts Create A Recession?

February 7, 2013 12:06 pm | by CBS News

On March 1, across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequester, will hit the federal budget. The sequester is designed to get the deficit under control, economists argue that the cuts are too deep. Scott Pelley speaks with President Obama on whether the sequester could trigger a recession.

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Blind Juggling Robots Bring Calm To Chaos

February 6, 2013 4:48 pm | by Reuters

To the casual observer, the Swinging Blind Juggler could be an elaborate piece of modern sculpture, or part of an intricate game. But it is neither. The juggler is part of an experiment to test mathematical algorithms that could one day allow the next generation of robots to walk.

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A Rare, Experimental Mustang

February 6, 2013 4:46 pm | by CNN Money

This rare 1968 'Green Hornet' Mustang was used as an experimental car to test parts for Shelby performance cars. A new fuel injection system, disk brakes, and rear independent supsension are a few of the things Shelby was testing in this car. The car failed to sell at Barrett-Jackson but bidding went up to $1.8 million. 

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Flying Cars Coming To Market Soon

February 6, 2013 4:43 pm | by NBC News

A new joint venture hopes to bring not only flying cars, but also personal-sized utility saucer-shaped vehicles to consumers by 2014. Skycar 200 is designed for short distance, low-level flight and then it can be driven down a street at 30 MPH. KCRA's Tom DuHain reports for NBC News.

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Dutchman Brings Glow To Night-Driving

February 6, 2013 4:41 pm | by ReutersVideo

'Glowing lanes' on highways could spell the end of costly street lighting, according to a Dutch designer. Daan Roosengaarde's 'Smart Highway' involves photoluminescent paint markings on roads that are charged in sunlight and glow at night to denote lanes. Reuters' Jim Drury reports.

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Michael Dell's Journey To Take Back Dell

February 6, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNN Money

Dell decides to go private, the latest move by Michael Dell to take the computer company he founded to new heights. Like all good tech stories, Dell started in a college dorm room where Michael Dell would build computers and sell them directly to his classmates. Here is a look at how Michael Dell built his company.

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Toyota 2.0? Miss Reliable Gets A Makeover

February 5, 2013 12:11 pm | by ReutersVideo

The Crown, Toyota's oldest sedan still in production is a symbol of proud tradition. It's conservative evolution over the years has been typical for a company known more for being reliable than racy. But it's newest version is a sign of changes to come.

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Air India Still Flying Troubled 787s

February 4, 2013 1:01 pm | by CBS News

Air India continued to fly some of its 787 Dreamliner jets after the United States and other countries grounded the fleet as the probe into the aircraft's battery problems continues. Travel editor Peter Greenberg speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about why some 787s are still allowed to fly.

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Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back Home

February 1, 2013 1:14 pm | by CNN Money

Workers are cranking out precision machine parts at the Komo Manufacturing plant in Lakewood, New Jersey now that the work has returned from China. Skilled manufacturing jobs are returning to the United States, as labor costs rise abroad and quality concerns permeate the market.

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Economy Is Thawing

January 31, 2013 11:44 am | by NBC News

The stock market is now back at pre-recession levels at a five-year high and unemployment is at a five-year low. CNBC's Jim Cramer talks about whether we're back on solid footing or looking at a short-lived bubble in this video from NBC's Today show.

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Where GM 'Beats The Heck' Out Of Cars

January 30, 2013 4:10 pm | by AssociatedPress

Before a brand new General Motors car or truck goes to a dealer, the company has to "beat the heck out of a vehicle before the customer can" on a proving ground, where vehicles are smashed, weathered, and driven to the extreme, says James Bell, V.P. of GM Consumer Affairs.

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The Most Desirable American Muscle Car?

January 30, 2013 2:44 pm | by CNN Money

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda convertible was considered the most desirable - and most valuable - of all American muscle cars. Only 11 of them were produced that year. 'Cudas in good condition can be worth millions of dollars. After this 'Cuda was stolen and discovered in 2001, it was fully restored with original parts and painted 'Plum Crazy' color - take a look.

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The New Horizon In Tech

January 30, 2013 2:40 pm | by CBS News

As devices get smaller and smaller, tech companies are looking for the next innovation that will keep consumers coming back for more. IBM Fellow and Vice President of Innovation Bernie Meyerson offers five new innovations that could change our lives within the next five years.

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Check Out How Super Bowl Footballs Are Made

January 30, 2013 2:37 pm | by CNN Money

Take a look inside a Wilson Football factory in Ada, Ohio where the official Super Bowl game balls are made. This Wilson Sporting Goods factory produces over 700,000 game footballs a year and has been making footballs at this location since 1955.

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