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GE CEO Talks Bringing Jobs Back To The U.S.

July 26, 2011 10:11 am

GE CEO Jeff Immelt discusses what it's going to take to take to bring jobs back to the United States. According to Immelt, globalization is important... but so is investing in the United States. What does a company like GE do to strike the proper balance? 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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Home Brew Electric Volvo

July 25, 2011 11:28 am

Not only did Mike Ahern electrify his Volvo 240 -- he gets most of the electricity to power it from Solyndra solar panels on his home. 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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Munich Scientists Set To Electrify Frankfurt Auto Show

July 22, 2011 7:29 am

Scientists from Munich's Technical University will be joining the world's major car manufacturers at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, with an electric vehicle they have designed and built themselves. Called the ''Mute,'' the vehicle is more than just a novelty. The scientists want to bring it to market in five years.

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Layoffs And Hardship For Space Shuttle Workers

July 21, 2011 5:34 am

The end of the space shuttle means layoffs and other economic distress for Florida's Space Coast. Robert Jordan, a former space shuttle engineer, is one of approximately 5,400 hundred space workers losing their jobs as NASA closes down the space shuttle program. Jim Tulley, the mayor of Titusville, describes the dependency the town had on NASA for jobs.

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Airline Industry Stability In Jeopardy

July 20, 2011 10:13 am

Nearly every major airline union contract is up for negotiation and Helane Becker, Director of Dahlman Rose and Company says a resolution is essential to avoid a work stoppage. 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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Competition Heats Up To Re-Launch America's Space Program

July 20, 2011 7:10 am

As the final U.S. space shuttle lands for the last time, Mark Strassmann, CBS, reports on the privately owned companies racing to re-launch America's manned space program. 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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Storing Hydrogen Safely To Fuel Cars

July 20, 2011 6:51 am

A new way of safely storing hydrogen, by capturing the gas in tiny plastic beads which behave like a liquid, could allow it to be more widely used as a carbon-free petrol alternative. 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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Flying Orb Goes Where Humans Can't

July 19, 2011 11:58 am

It's called the "futuristic circular flying object" and it can hover, tumble, and soar. CBSNews.com's Nick Dietz reports on the unprecedented aircraft designed to aid in search and recue operations. 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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German Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Car

July 19, 2011 11:53 am

German scientists are developing technology which allows a person to steer and drive a car using brain power alone. Using a cap fitted with sensors and an onboard computer, the researchers are able to control their experimental Volkswagen, just by thinking about 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 Windows Offer Solution To Brighter Future

July 19, 2011 6:17 am

An Israeli company hopes to revolutionize the green solutions market with solar windows that combine electricity production, energy reduction, and transparent design. 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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Microsoft CEO Optimistic On Jobs

July 18, 2011 9:33 am

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is optimistic that information technology will help boost overall productivity and hiring. Here, he speaks from the Imagine Cup Challenge, held by Microsoft in New York City. 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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Clever Cars--The Next Generation

July 15, 2011 5:17 am

Automated driving systems such as adaptive cruise control may be the latest ''must have'' gizmos, but the auto industry is already looking to their successor, cooperative driving, where cars communicate with each other as they go. The technology is in its early stages but this past weekend, researchers drove to Holland to see if their cars would interact.

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3D Dashboard Maps Future Of Navigation

July 14, 2011 11:07 am

Audi and MIT's SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to design the car navigation system of the future--a 3D display that will sit on the dashboard. According to the design team, the new system will be programed to filter real time information allowing drivers to better navigate around a city. 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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Boeing's 787 Is Packed With High-tech

July 13, 2011 10:00 am

Boeing's 787, its newest passenger airliner, arrived in Japan last week for readiness tests ahead of its entry into commercial service. The 787 is not only the newest airliner in the skies, but it's also the most high-tech. 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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Weak Job Growth Continues

July 13, 2011 6:07 am

U.S. employers added far fewer jobs than anticipated for a second month in a row, casting doubt on an economic pick-up in the second half of the year. 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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3D Map Shines Light On New York Solar Potential

July 13, 2011 6:02 am

A new, three-dimensional map with a bird's eye view of New York City is showing residents the solar energy potential of their city, the largest in the United States. The map's creators have set out to demonstrate that solar power is more than just an abstract idea. 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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Job Issue Takes Center Stage

July 13, 2011 5:59 am

As unemployment inches higher and presidential candidates emerge, the issue of how to add jobs takes center focus. 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 Thursday video editions of IMPO Insider? 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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Ultra-realistic Robots Test Our Relationship With Machines

July 13, 2011 5:55 am

An ultra-realistic robot, known as a geminoid, is helping psychologists test how we relate to machines. The device is designed to be almost identical to the professor who's leading the project in Denmark. 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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Product Barcodes Get A Creative Upgrade

July 13, 2011 5:31 am

A subtle change is emerging in the often overlooked barcodes used on retail items. New "designer barcodes" are meant to give traditional packaging a little extra flair by embellishing a functional barcode, something found on every packaged item. 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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Scientists See Nano-solution To Airplane Safety

July 12, 2011 6:44 am

U.S. researchers have developed a new technology they say will make air travel safer. Scientists at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are making microscopic nanotubes that can detect and repair fuselage cracks as they occur. 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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