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Making Innovation A Life's Passion

November 16, 2011 9:39 am

Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, has made it his life's passion to take the everyday product and make it more unique. He's also trying to spread that message of innovation to today's youth. 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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Robot 'Army' Runs Warehouses

November 15, 2011 9:54 am

The future of warehouses may be one with fast shipments and few human employees if robots like ones from Kiva Systems continue to make their way into the workspace. See these mobile robotic drive units in action. 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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Motorola Gives Police Cruiser High-Tech Makeover

November 14, 2011 8:37 am

Motorola Solutions is using new technology to bring police cruisers into the digital age. The company was able to come up with some pretty innovative (and perhaps more importantly, useful) applications for the new and improved cruiser. 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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How iPhone's Siri Got 'Her' Start

November 14, 2011 6:54 am

iPhone "personal assistant" Siri broke onto the scene in recent months as one of the most talked-about features of Apple's iPhone 4S. How did Siri get her start? 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 Fate Of The Jobless Generation

November 10, 2011 5:45 am

Youth unemployment in the United States is unbelievably high. Unfortunately, it's even worse in Europe. Will the workforce of the future be able to recover anytime soon? What can be done? 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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How Much Does The Internet Weigh?

November 9, 2011 10:42 am

Have you ever wondered how much the information on the entire internet weighs? This video explores how downloading an electronic book increases the weight of an E-book reader. Using that sort of thought process, you can determine how much the internet weighs. 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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To Spice Up Disk Memory, Just Add Salt

November 9, 2011 10:41 am

Most people use salt to enhance the flavor of their food, but a Singapore scientist has discovered that it's also extremely good for improving the memory capacity of computer hard disks. Joel Yang of Singapore's Institute of Material Research and Engineering has found that salt is so effective, it could increase storage capacity by six times.

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iPod-Like Device Allows For Mind Control

November 9, 2011 10:38 am

The BodyWave, a new iPod-size device that straps onto your arm, allows the mind to control objects on a computer screen. The goal of developing this product was to create a consumer-level device that can get a person to focus his or her attention on one particular task. 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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Employers Use Social Media Networks

November 9, 2011 10:35 am

CNN's Ramy Inocencio looks at how social media is used to recruit potential employees. 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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Microsoft Debuts New Smartphones

November 9, 2011 10:33 am

Microsoft adds four new smartphones to the Windows Phone portfolio, focusing less on apps and more on experience, as it tries to build its small take of the global mobile phone industry. 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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America's Got Products

November 8, 2011 5:02 am

AmericasGotProduct.com  is a web site designed to support the products and companies that support this economy. We are building a robust directory of products that produce paychecks for Americans to help consumers create jobs. Every purchase produces paychecks, we want to provide information to help the consumer decide which purchases create more jobs.

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Tesla CEO: I'll Pay Back Loan If Tesla Can't

November 7, 2011 11:14 am

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, says his company is very much on the road to being a profitable business enterprise. Musk is so confident, he will personally pay back the government loan if the company cannot. He also says the electric car maker will turn a profit at some point in 2013.

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The Dirt On Shop Towels

November 4, 2011 9:32 am

Each day, shop towels are delivered to manufacturing facilities across the United States. A study by Gradient, an environmental and risk consulting company, found that even after being laundered, "clean" shop towels can contain high levels of heavy metals. 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 Look To Darwin For Link Between Man And Machine

November 3, 2011 12:27 pm

Nearly 150 years ago, Charles Darwin used photographs to study how humans use their expressions to show emotion. Now scientists at Cambridge University are using videos, and the power of the internet, to update his experiments. They believe the results could help them develop emotionally-aware computers capable of understanding their users' emotions.

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"PETMAN" Robot Moves Like A Soldier

November 2, 2011 10:18 am

A humanoid robot designed to test chemically resistant clothing has been revealed by its maker, Boston Dynamics. Funded by the research arm of the U.S. military, the machine mimics human size, physiology, and movement to simulate a soldier's behavior. 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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Adventurers Look To Wind-Power For Record Trip

November 2, 2011 10:17 am

Belgian adventurers are planning to harness the wind in their attempt to set a new world record for the longest non-motorized expedition across Antarctica. The pair hopes to travel more than 6,000 kilometers in a hundred days using kites to pull them along. 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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Floods Continue To Soak Bangkok

November 2, 2011 10:15 am

Now into its fourth month, Thailand continues to battle massive flooding. The country's economy continues to suffer, with manufacturing, tourism, and farming among the hardest hit sectors. 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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Introducing The Jet-Powered Surfboard

November 2, 2011 10:11 am

Southern California surfing startup Wavejet shows off its jet-powered surfboard. One of the models gives users 40 minutes of runtime, or about 90 minutes of time in the water. What's the price for one of these boards? Try a cool $4,000-$4,500. 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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Michael Moore: Outsourcing Should Be 'Illegal'

November 2, 2011 10:09 am

Filmmaker Michael Moore considers jobs to be "natural resources" and says outsourcing should be illegal. Moore cites job cuts and outsourcing at GM in the 1980s as a prime example of why domestic jobs need to be preserved in the United States. 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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Sony's Billion Euro Bet On Mobile

November 1, 2011 10:50 am

Sony CEO Howard Stringer explains why his company is buying full control of the Sony Ericsson mobile phone venture at a news conference in London. 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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