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Jaguar C-X16 Concept

September 20, 2011 7:55 am

At the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Jaguar aims to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology. 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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3D Prototyping Fast Tracks GM Fuel Efficiency Gains

September 20, 2011 7:54 am

Deep inside the GM Design building where future products from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac take shape and substance, an elite team fashions components, intricate sub assembles and entire scale model cars from highly specialized three-dimensional rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment from 3D Systems.

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Bill Ford: A Future Beyond Traffic Gridlock

September 20, 2011 7:53 am

Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

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How Connectivity Changes Cars

September 20, 2011 7:43 am

Paul Mascarenas, CTO, Ford Motor Company, has been in the industry for 30 years, and says one of the biggest changes he's seen is the advanced computing technology readily available in cars today. 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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DOE Solar Decathalon 2011: Assembly

September 19, 2011 12:22 pm

Richard King, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, provides an onsite overview of Solar Decathlon 2011 in his first official video blog of the 2011 event. 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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Frankfurt Motors Into Future

September 19, 2011 5:42 am

The world´s car makers unveil their latest models on the first day of the Frankfurt car show, as France´s PSA Peugeot Citroen says it´s cutting jobs and costs to prepare for tough economic times ahead. 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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Exec: GM To Profit In U.S. Despite Slowdown

September 16, 2011 6:25 am

General Motors will turn a profit on its U.S. operations even with vehicles sales at their current levels, says Steve Girsky, vice chairman of corporate strategy and business development. 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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Addressing Right-Turn Accidents at Every Level

September 13, 2011 6:24 am

Volvo Trucks has a long tradition of working with traffic safety. Through innovative solutions, the company strives constantly to improve safety in and around the truck. Among the most vulnerable road users are those that the truck driver has difficulty seeing in what is known as the "blind spot" on the right side of the truck.

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Luxury Living With A Twist

September 13, 2011 6:22 am

This unique project demonstrates how dumpsters can be repurposed into comfortable living areas. 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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Kinect Robot from MIT (KinectBot)

September 13, 2011 6:21 am

Here, the Kinect is being used as a sensor for the KinectBot. 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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Propane Combustion Cannon

September 13, 2011 6:20 am

Dan Spangler built this propane combustion cannon and uses it to fire soda cans, tennis balls, and even a small camera across the backyard of MAKE HQ. This is an archived clip from Make: Live . Go to http://makezine.com/ for information about the show. 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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Can We Make Things That Make Themselves?

September 13, 2011 6:19 am

MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly -- the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It's a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like.

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The Great Patent War Will Cost You

September 13, 2011 6:13 am

The tech industry is in the midst of a patent war, with a number of lengthy legal battles that need to be resolved. Samsung is currently squaring off with Apple, who is waging a battle against, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola. Google acquired Motorola in an effort to defend itself against patent litigation.

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Robot Tries Its Hand At Sketch Comedy

September 12, 2011 6:27 am

These days, robots serve a variety of different and useful purposes. But sketch comedian? Meet Data, a robot that tells jokes and senses its surroundings. Data then gathers the information and learns from 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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GM Thinks Small To Grow

September 9, 2011 6:13 am

GM is investing $500 million to retool one of its Michigan plants to do something the automaker has not done in two decades: produce a sub-compact car in the United States. The Chevrolet Sonic is set to hit showrooms this fall. 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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Making Computers Disappear

September 8, 2011 5:04 am

As computing power increases exponentially, the ways we relate to computers become more natural — and more ubiquitous. Msnbc.com's Wilson Rothman explores the evolution of interfaces, from primitive punch cards to interactive buildings. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy 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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Experimental Plane Reaches 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 6:07 am

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, has released test-flight video of its experimental hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20, about 13,000 miles per hour. 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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Virtual Reality Allows Users To See A New Look

September 7, 2011 6:05 am

Computer technologists in London have developed a virtual reality mirror that offers people who are unhappy with their looks an opportunity to have a peek into an alternative future. 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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Print A New Liver

September 7, 2011 6:04 am

The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

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What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

September 7, 2011 6:03 am

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out ... 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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