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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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"Space City, USA" Feels Post-Shuttle Pain

July 8, 2011 8:25 am

With the ending of NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program, more than 7,000 people will lose their jobs at the Kennedy Space Center--devastating Florida’s already sluggish economy.

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AOL Co-Founder Talks Today's Job Market

July 6, 2011 9:09 am

AOL co-founder and Chair of the White House Startup America Partnership Steve Case discusses the fight to create jobs in America. Now that the country is two years into the economic recovery, what is the current state of the job market? What can people expect moving forward? Case answers these questions and more.

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Inside Microsoft: The Kinect Frontier

July 6, 2011 8:26 am

Jaron Lanier, the "father" of virtual-reality, says the Kinect was the riskiest and one of the most successful product developments of 2010 while Google executive Eric Schmidt criticized Microsoft's ability to innovate. Lanier says Microsoft's Kinect is just the first step, and some say it could be the gateway to a new form of computing.

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Do Americans Lack Necessary Trade Skills?

July 6, 2011 8:09 am

Chandrakant Patel, HP Fellow and Director, discusses U.S. sustainability, how to make today's wireless hyper-connectivity more efficient, the data centers of the future, and the importance of learning trade skills, not just computer science, for the next generation of American workers. 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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The Flying Car Is Ready

July 6, 2011 7:34 am

The new Transition, dubbed "the flying car," is really an airplane that can legally and safely be driven on the road. It can also be parked in a single car garage and parked in a home's driveway--perfect for for your personal aviation adventure. 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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The Tech-Dependent Future Of Automotives 

June 27, 2011 5:55 am

The automotive industry is a little more than 100 years old, and one can't help but wonder how advancements in technology will allow automotive leaders to address the negative effects and leverage the positive effects that cars and trucks have on our world. Bill Ford is a car guy — his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co.

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The Spirit Of Solar Power

June 27, 2011 5:53 am

The Solar Impulse is a solar-powered aircraft with the wingspan of a passenger plane and the power of something much smaller, like a scooter. While it might appear to be useless technology right now — it’s only able to hold a pilot and a large pack of batteries — Bertrand Piccard, the President of Solar Impulse, says that his product is exactly like Charles Lindburgh’s Spirit of St.

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Man Controls Robotic Hand With Mind

June 23, 2011 5:23 am

Pierpaolo Petruzziello lost his left forearm and hand in a car accident with a drunk driver, but his situation wasn't without hope. A project at Rome's Università Campus Bio-Medico, a campus and university that was developing a prosthetic arm that could be controlled by thought alone.

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The Risks And Rewards Of Nanotechnology

June 22, 2011 7:33 am

Andrew Maynard, chief science advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, talks to Jorge Ribas about the technology's risks and benefits. As with any new technology, it could be revolutionary. According to Maynard, it could make just about every one of our current technologies better. At the same time, there is the potential for major pollution issues, and the use of nano silver to kill microbes could cause untold damage in our oceans and our bodies.

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Hacktivists: What Are They After?

June 22, 2011 7:02 am

CNN 's Errol Barnett talks to The New Yorker senior editor Nicholas Thompson about an online plot called "Anti-Security," which aims to take down government and banking institutions. Thompson says that it's better these groups, which include LulzSec and Anonymous, are taking on big websites, and not the credit cards of everyday people.

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Bob Lutz Picks His Favorite Cars

June 22, 2011 7:01 am

Bob Lutz, the author of “Car Guys vs. Bean Counters,” recounts some of his favorite cars over the years. To give him credit, he has a wide range of tastes, from the orginal BMW 3-Series, all the way through the current Chevy Malibu. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to mention that he helped design these cars as well.

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Chatting At The Speed Of Light

June 22, 2011 6:58 am

Here, the Engineer Guy uses propylene glycol to show how a fiber optic cable works when sending signals across the ocean. They rely on a phenomenon called “total internal reflection,” which allows the beam of light to continuously reflect on the interior of the cable. This small discovery, combined with some engineering prowess, allows telecoms to lay these tiny lines under the ocean to enable hyper-speed global communications.

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What's The Deal With Graphic Cigarette Labels?

June 22, 2011 6:52 am

As you've likely heard, the FDA has unveiled nine new graphic warning labels that hope to stop current smokers from partaking in their next pack, and discourage potential new smokers. So far, the response to the labels seems to be mixed. What are your thoughts? Are they overbearing, or will they keep people from taking up smoking? Feel free to comment below.

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Dicing Up Chickens At Warp-Speed

June 21, 2011 8:21 am

Mayekawa Mfg. has developed an automated chicken de-boning system that is able to accurately and repeatedly strip breast meat from carcasses that are fed into the machine. According to the company, it’s ten times faster than doing the work manually. Putting aside the debate between robotic and human work, it’s sort of mesmerizing to see the machinery in action.

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Will The Electric Car Revolution Stick?

June 20, 2011 7:05 am

CBS News national correspondent Ben Tracy reports on how consumers are reacting to the numerous elecric car choices that are current on, or coming soon, to the markeplace. It turns out that 57 percent of Americans won't seriously consider an EV purchase, mostly because of the short ranges. The hope is that with more early adopters, the technology will finally get pushed forward, despite similar surges in both 1890 and 1990.

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Gauging The War On NASA, Science

June 17, 2011 7:30 am

Republican presidential candidates are certainly showing their disdain toward NASA, so MSNBC sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, legendary astrophysicist, to talk about the larger implications of cutting science funding, even in troubling economic times. Tyson says that abandoning all big science projects will prevent our country from achieving the kind of “zeitgeist” that swept America up in the 1960’s, which will in turn prevent future innovation.

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Did You Know IBM Invented That?

June 16, 2011 5:29 am

IBM has been around since 1911, and in that time, they’ve made some pretty fantastic innovations, like the orginal punch card counting machines, digital calculators, or solid-state memory. Bernie Meyerson, VP of innovation at IBM, walks through some of the company’s best products over the years.

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