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Eric Giler Demos Wireless Electricity

August 3, 2011 6:05 am

Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT's breakthrough version, WiTricity -- a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker. 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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Cutting A New Cloth For Growth

August 3, 2011 6:01 am

A factory in mid-town Manhattan remains a testament to one man's determination to keep jobs local as the economy slowly recovers. 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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Save Money On Gas, Ride A Golf Cart?

August 3, 2011 5:57 am

When gas prices go up, residents of Peachtree City, Ga. get around by driving golf carts. There are a few other golf cart communities in the U.S. but most are retirement communities. In Peachtree City, just about everyone gets around on golf carts. It's an interesting, and unique, way of embracing sustainability.

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How to Create Strong Passwords

August 3, 2011 5:53 am

Is your password too weak? Do you use the same one for multiple sites? Here's how to build strong, site-specific passwords. 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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A Robot That Flies Like A Bird

August 3, 2011 5:48 am

Plenty of robots can fly -- but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. Check out this soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011. 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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Digital Projectors Merge Real, Virtual Worlds

August 2, 2011 5:59 am

Move over virtual reality, researchers at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute are taking spatially augmented reality to the next level with ''dynamic projection surfaces.'' The system moves projected images out into the real world, enabling multiple users to interact with their physical and virtual environments simultaneously.

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China's E-Cars Struggle In First Gear

August 1, 2011 6:40 am

China's goal is to put half-a-million green cars on the road by 2015; but so far neither carmakers nor the government are anywhere near fulfilling that target. 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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A Robot With The Ability To "Love"

July 29, 2011 5:37 am

A researcher at the National University of Singapore is attempting to develop a robot that has the ability to love like a human being. 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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Are The Long-Term Unemployed Facing Discrimination?

July 28, 2011 9:58 am

Are the nation's unemployed being discriminated against if they've been out of work for a significant amount of time? CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on the challenge to find work for people that have been unemployed for more than six months. Then, Chris Wragge talks to John Challenger, CEO of the job placement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc.

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Singing Robot Finds Its Voice

July 27, 2011 9:37 am

''It's possible to create a robot that speaks using the exact same method that human beings do,'' says robot inventor Hideyuki Sawada. His robotic mouth uses air to create sounds instead of electronic speakers. 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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New Planemakers Aiming High

July 27, 2011 9:32 am

While Boeing and Airbus racked up orders at the Paris Air Show in June, analysts warned their duopoly could soon be history, as Russia, China and Canada look for a slice of the 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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Super-Foam Makes Contaminated Water Fit To Drink

July 27, 2011 9:29 am

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created an eco-friendly super absorbent foam they say could revolutionize efforts to purify drinking water in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas. 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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Designing A Car For Blind Drivers

July 27, 2011 9:25 am

Virginia Tech's Dennis Hong leads a team that made a car for blind drivers. Driving is no longer an activity solely reserved for those who can see. A blind person driving a vehical safely and independently is no longer an impossible 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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Will That Status Update Cost You A Job?

July 27, 2011 9:18 am

Your employer may require credit and criminal history checks. Now your social media history may get the same treatment. Some companies are now using services to check potential a employee's social media background. 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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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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