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Robotic Trucks To Take Over Army

June 1, 2011 7:07 am

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on trucks for the U.S. military that aren’t held back by their human drivers. A number of technologies, such as LADAR — or laser radar — allow the vehicles to see obstacles, and each other, in zero-visibility conditions. Lockheed’s solution is the best of both worlds as well, allowing soldiers to take over the wheel when needed, while remaining a passenger the rest of the time.

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Patriotism Pays Off

June 1, 2011 6:55 am

Matthew Quinn, the owner of Quinn Flags, says that his American flag business has been booming since Osama bin Laden's death. In an industry that has been saturated with competitors since 9/11, Quinn says that the latest development has been exactly what the business needed to stay ahead of the game, with sales increasing upwards of 50 percent.

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Are U.S. CEOs Worth Their Salaries?

June 1, 2011 6:51 am

With more regulation — particularly in the financial industry — affecting the salaries of top-level executives, many are left wondering if talent is fleeing the country for “greener” pastures. At the same time, many Americans are wondering: Are CEOs overpaid? CNN Money sat down with Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly to discuss the issue.

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Shoe Tying Best Practices

June 1, 2011 6:33 am

Terry Moore found that he had been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life, so he got on stage at a TED conference to demonstrate a better way. Because IMPO ’s readers are so in-tune with best practices principles, why not implement his discovery in your own life? 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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Visualizing Our Humanity

May 27, 2011 7:01 am

Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data — sometimes at the expense of a vast number of “sheep” — and weaves them into stunning visualizations. 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 Future Of Robotics

May 26, 2011 8:07 am

Andrew Ng, of Stanford University, has long been trying to solve the complex problem of enabling robots to complement human life. According to him, robots have all the mechanical aptitude needed for any task currently done by a human — and at times, with more efficiency — but they fail when it comes to software.

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Want A Personal Submarine?

May 25, 2011 7:46 am

Thought expensive cars and multi-million dollar mansions were enough for the super-rich? That’s ridiculous. Private submarines are the new rage, and cost a pretty $80 million. For that price, you’re looking at jacuzzis, world-class kitchens, and gyms, all from the comfort of below the sea.

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Rolls-Royce CEO Talks Failures, The Asia Issue

May 25, 2011 7:36 am

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes shares his secrets of success and his biggest mistakes. In 2009, in the midst of the global recession, the company's sales plummeted by 17 percent. However, Rolls-Royce quickly rebounded to post a record year in 2010. What's behind the success of one of the world's most renowned luxury automakers? 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 To Manage People Born After 1992

May 25, 2011 7:34 am

One way of dealing with the current skilled worker shortage would be hiring more young people, but that, of course, comes with its own set of unique challenges. The so-called “millenials,” people born after 1992, are extraordinarily good at multi-tasking and dealing with computers, but are quicker to jump ship, and don’t view work as the most important part of their life.

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Boeing 'Tricks' Fliers Into Happiness

May 25, 2011 7:32 am

Boeing has been hard at work revamping their aerospace offerings with new models and better technology, but travelers have long complained about the interiors. Fortunately, the company is developing its new “Sky” interior, which will become standard in new 737s. While the fuselage is the same size, the company uses a number of visual tricks to make the interior seem larger and more comforting.

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Shooting The 40mm Machine Gun

May 25, 2011 7:30 am

YouTube user FPSRussia is well-known for shooting off a wide range of dangerous and unique weapons, but this one probably takes the cake. The Russian accent-sporting firearms enthusiast takes on a WW2-era 40mm machine gun, which fires rounds about the same length as a man's forearm. 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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VW Aims For U.S. Domination

May 24, 2011 7:31 am

Volkswagen officially opened its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant yesterday, which means the creation of 1,200 jobs for the new Passat. The German automaker is aiming to become the largest automaker in the world, which means taking on GM and Toyota head-on. Certainly, company executives are hoping this new plant will help increase sales among U.

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One Job, 20 Years In The Making

May 23, 2011 8:00 am

Here's the amazing story behind jet engine designer and manufacturer Pratt & Whitney's 20-year effort to create one engineering position for one employee hire. Meet that employee. 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 'Lost Generation' Of Workers

May 20, 2011 6:28 am

How many people are really and truly unemployed in the United States today? There is no accurate answer to that question. Though the economy has shown fairly strong signs of life, unemployment is still a problem. Furthermore, the U.S. must retrain long-term unemployed Americans or risk a creating a "lost generation" of workers.

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American Workers Seek Jobs In Asia

May 19, 2011 6:18 am

We're all aware that Asia is experiencing a great deal of growth, but what might not be so well-known is just how many people are leaving America to get in on the ground level of the surging growth. Could we be losing out on great minds and potential businesses? 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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Mike Rowe Fights For The Blue Collar

May 18, 2011 6:35 am

Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs , has headed to Washington to help mount a PR campaign in support of work. As he explains in the video, America has become obsessed with white-collar work, leading to massive gaps in the skilled labor workforce. 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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Silk Gets 20 New High-Tech Uses

May 18, 2011 6:23 am

Florenzo Omenetto  demonstrates how silk is involved in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength, and making medical leaps and bounds. 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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Using Urine As A Power Source?

May 18, 2011 6:18 am

According to some student researchers at Ohio University, urine could be used as a source of energy, thanks to the high levels of hydrogen that is present in the organic compound urea. That hydrogen is pumped to a fuel cell, which can be used to power a variety of gadgets and machines. Sound too good to be true? The math, unbelievably, supports the usefulness of this technology.

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Branson: NASA Was A Monopoly

May 18, 2011 6:17 am

Richard Branson, well-known for his wide-ranging business ventures, is now at the forefront of the private space industry. MSNBC  asks, Will the end of the shuttle era mean more competitiveness in the space race? Branson certainly thinks so, saying that NASA’s minimizing will allow private companies to do the same work for a fraction of the cost.

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Vinyl Manufacturing Making A Comeback

May 18, 2011 6:16 am

A recent survey shows that sales of vinyl records is growing at 13.6 percent, just beating out digital sales, at 13 percent, which means that a whole industry is in the process of being reborn. CNN Money visited Brooklyn-based EKS Manufacturing to see what the industry uptick has meant for business.

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