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New Battery Could Be Solar Power's BFF

August 20, 2012 12:21 pm | by CNN Money

Wind turbines and solar power are growing sources of global energy, but one of their greatest limitations is the inability to generate power when the wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining. Startup Liquid Metal Battery is developing a low-cost battery they say will store wind or solar electricity for when there's no wind or sun.

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Sesto Elemento: One Pricey Lamborghini

August 17, 2012 12:50 pm | by CNN Money

You always hear that concept cars never make it into production, but here's one that actually will. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is almost completely carbon fiber, can go 0-60 in 2.4 seconds, and will cost over $2 million. The company is only going to produce twenty Elementos, and this car is strictly track only--you won't be able drive this one on the street.

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Sharp: Just A Piece Of The Apple Pie?

August 16, 2012 1:34 pm | by Reuters

Once-mighty Sharp is loaded in debt and hemorrhaging money.

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Dare To Disagree (It's Good For Business)

August 15, 2012 2:53 pm | by Ted

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress.

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NASA's Next Rover Has 3D-Printed Parts

August 15, 2012 2:52 pm | by stratasysfdm

NASA engineers talk about developing and testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans on other worlds.

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Silicon Valley Startup Puts The Touch Into Touchscreens

August 15, 2012 2:50 pm | by ReutersTV

A Silicon Valley startup plans to revolutionize the mobile device industry with its morphing button technology.

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Robot Takes Muscular Approach To Bomb Disposal

August 15, 2012 2:49 pm | by ReutersTV

A team of  students is developing a bomb-deactivating robot that responds to human muscle movement.

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Watch Luxury Cars Struggle In Crash Tests

August 15, 2012 12:42 pm | by CNN Money

The new test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety better simulates more realistic crashes.

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Where Cell Phones Go To Be Reborn

August 14, 2012 12:44 pm | by CNN Money

While most old mobile phones end up in landfills, increasingly they end up in the hands of eRecycling Corps.

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The Lesson Of Nissan

August 13, 2012 11:14 am | by New York Times

Lawrence Ingrassia and Louise Story discuss the migration of Nissan jobs to the United States.

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Explosion Mitigation In NFPA 61 & NFPA 654

August 10, 2012 2:05 pm | by NFPA

Fire protection engineer Derek Duval talks about key revisions to combustible dust safety standards.

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Use Your Computer Without Touching It

August 9, 2012 10:59 am | by CNN Money

Microsoft's testing a new gesture control for computers that uses sound waves from laptop speakers.

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Nissan's Rival London Cab

August 8, 2012 3:37 pm | by Reuters

The Japanese car-maker launched a new taxi that promises to be competitive in price and more environmentally friendly than other taxis.

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Should Apple Get Rid Of Cash?

August 8, 2012 3:36 pm | by Reuters

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says Apple should eventually give its entire $117B cash stockpile to shareholders.

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Expert: U.S. Overdue For A Crippling Cyberattack

August 8, 2012 3:35 pm | by CBS News

Bob Orr reports how every day, U.S. government and private computer systems are being probed by cyber thieves.

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How The Mars Rover Was Designed

August 8, 2012 3:34 pm | by Siemens PLM

The Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester works with NASA and the European Space Agency, supplying instrumentation and other hardware for space missions.

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Where The July Job Growth Came From

August 8, 2012 12:39 pm | by CNN Money

Leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and health care drove the 163,000 jobs created in July.

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Microsoft's Wacky New Mood Butterfly

August 7, 2012 1:50 pm | by CNN Money

How is it going to sell? That being said, it is a pretty innovative experiment out of Microsoft's research lab.

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Retraining The Long-Term Unemployed

August 6, 2012 1:45 pm | by Reuters

A private-public partnership in Connecticut, geared towards getting the long-term unemployed back to work, is sparking interest in job hunters.

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Overcoming Challenges To Bring Products To Market

August 3, 2012 12:37 pm | by The New York Times

Companies designing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles face challenges bringing the new cars to market.

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