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Jul 22, 2014  Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua, New Hampshire went to the White House yesterday to receive from President Obama the nation's highest military award: the Medal of Honor. He told our CBS News colleague David Martin...
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Jul 22, 2014  The mustard plant is so called, because part of its defense system against predator insects is mustard oil. When the plant detects a caterpillar munching away nearby, it releases the oil - and the caterpillar turns away...
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Jul 22, 2014  There's something about playing Peek-A-Boo that delights babies - and how the babies love it, regardless of what culture they come from or what language their parents speak. But why is Peek-A-Boo such a universal hit?
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Jul 22, 2014  These days, "selfies" are cropping up all over the place. All the world is a stage for people to use their own smartphones to take pictures of themselves, and whoever's with them. But what makes some selfies way more popular than others?
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Jul 21, 2014  America's business conditions had a good second quarter. The latest survey from the National Association for Business Economics - the NABE - reflects that. Mood is an important factor in economics - and companies respond to that...
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Jul 21, 2014  Scientists in Britain say that they have come up with a synthesized material that absorbs almost all of the light that shines on it. They say it might revolutionize satellites, telescopes and our ability to understand the universe...
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Jul 21, 2014  You might not think that an ant is a particularly intelligent creature. But if you put a lot of ants together, something amazing happens: they turn into data-processing machines that even some computers would envy...
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Jul 21, 2014  If you're a commuter who gets stuck in a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic, the thought of getting around without a car probably sounds tempting. That is where an instant scooter called the Commute-Case comes in...
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Jul 18, 2014  General Motors officials are answering some of the many questions about those faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 13 deaths and more than 50 crashes. The problem is: many members of Congress don't believe the answers...
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Jul 18, 2014  July 20th, 1969 was a big day for me. It was summer, so I wasn't in school. I had just turned 12, so my dream of being old enough to drive was getting closer. And I was allowed to stay up late to see something special...
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Jul 18, 2014  I think it's safe to say that most of us aren't big fans of air travel these days. Wouldn't it be nice to at least be able to make a long-haul flight less of a long-haul? If you've got the money, stay tuned...
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Jul 18, 2014  It's the anniversary of the publication of one of the worst books in human history. I say "worst" not because of its literary style, although that's pretty bad. It's the worst, because it helped kill millions of people...
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Jul 17, 2014  The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to go before a congressional panel to try to reassure members his people know what they're doing.
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Jul 17, 2014  The new guy in charge of Veterans Affairs says the agency understands it has a lot of problems it has to fix. Some members of Congress say: you don't have much time.
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Jul 17, 2014  Engineers are working on planes that don't fly on aviation fuel - they fly on electricity.
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Jul 17, 2014  On July 17th,1938, an American pilot named Douglas Corrigan took off from a foggy airfield in Brooklyn, New York, headed for California. He got a little lost. It made him famous.
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Jul 16, 2014  The Peace Corps has been an American - in fact, an international institution since President John Kennedy helped create it in 1961. Now the Peace Corps is getting a makeover.
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Jul 16, 2014  It's been the perennial question for those of us on Earth: Is there anyone - or anything - else out there? Some experts think the answer is yes - and that we'll have proof soon.
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Jul 16, 2014  Alzheimer's is a particularly dreadful disease, both for those who have it and for those who love the people who have it. New research suggests at least some cases of Alzheimer's can be prevented.
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Jul 16, 2014  Everything changed on this day in 1945. The world, for better or worse, entered the atomic age.
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Jul 15, 2014  What next for Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was held by the Taliban for nearly five years? An Army spokesman says Bergdahl has finished his therapy and is going back on active duty.
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Jul 15, 2014  A lot of folks think California is paradise when it comes to weather, but if you're a farmer, paradise is the last place you're thinking of these days. A drought has much of the state in its grip and just won't let go.
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Jul 15, 2014  If you're a frequent flier, you know one of the hassles when trying to get from here to there is: parking the car at the airport garage. You're likely as not to end up spending a lot of time driving up and down and back and forth, trying to find an open space that's within, say, five miles of the terminal!
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Jul 15, 2014  This is the anniversary of one of the darkest days in human history. The Nazis opened the Buchenwald concentration camp in July, 1937. It was the last stop for thousands.
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Jul 14, 2014  It's called the "Iron Dome." And it helps explain the lopsided casualty figures in the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas.
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Jul 14, 2014  If President Obama wants Republicans to agree to his spending request to deal with a flood of unaccompanied kids crossing the southern border, he's going to have to make a better sales pitch. Texas Governor Rick Perry tells CBS's "Face the Nation" the President needs to show leadership.
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Jul 14, 2014  There's a new study out that suggests all those PREVIOUS studies that told us drinking a little alcohol each week was good for us - were WRONG. My question: Why doesn't someone do a study on why nobody believes studies anymore??
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Jul 14, 2014  Suppose you're a brand new mom or dad and you hear that sound made by your baby for the very first time. Is the baby angry? Hungry? Cold? Hot? Lonely?? What??
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Jul 11, 2014  We hear stories all the time about rising flood waters. It's often hard to predict which areas will be inundated - and which will be spared. Now, meteorologists are turning to satellites to look for areas where the water is most likely to rise...
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Jul 11, 2014  It's one of the great mysteries of life: What is consciousness? How does it develop? How does it work? Scientists don't have a lot of good answers to questions like those - but they have just found another clue...
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Jul 11, 2014  For years, scientists have been working on ways to help blind people to somehow "see" the world around them without actually using their eyes. One piece of technology that does that has become more accessible than ever...
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Jul 11, 2014  When soldiers have to conduct missions at night, they usually have to wear bulky goggles. But scientists at the University of Michigan are on to something new: a super-thin infrared light sensor which they say could fit on to a contact lens...
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Jul 10, 2014  Gambling casinos injected new life into Atlantic City, New Jersey after they became legal there in 1976. But now - 38 years later - says our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller, there is trouble in the Boardwalk Empire...
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Jul 10, 2014  We keep hearing about ways in which robots may enhance our lives one day. There are 15 special robots being tested in three European countries right now to help elderly people who live alone to stay in touch with their doctors and relatives...
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Jul 10, 2014  Some of the problems facing our country and its political leaders require dedication, fortitude and patience. Difficult as it seems in Washington to think beyond the next election, it does happen and is happening now...
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Jul 10, 2014  Stradivarius violins are considered the best ever made, because of their astonishing tone and responsiveness. They're worth millions. So, it might surprise you to hear that some of the best violinists around actually prefer modern instruments...
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Jul 9, 2014  So-called "open carry" firearms laws are being debated in several states. Colorado already has one. In one town, there's a grill where that's the policy. No, they don't carry rifles. But, there's no concealing that they do pack pistols - as we'll hear...
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Jul 9, 2014  There's a revolutionary robotic device called ReWalk - a wearable exoskeleton that can help patients paralyzed with spinal cord injuries to get out of their wheelchairs and walk again...
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Jul 9, 2014  Some of us like to share our food with our friends - not literally, of course - but through photos online. Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are full of food photos as a way to entice others to share in our culinary experiences...
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Jul 9, 2014  The human hand is one of the most amazing parts of the body. It is quicker than the eye, as magicians say - and so sensitive it can tell the difference between a real flower and an artificial one with a single touch - with its fingers and opposing thumbs able to grip and grasp objects so dexterous and so wired to the brain that it can perform a Rachmaninoff piano concerto or a life-saving heart surgery.
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Jul 8, 2014  These days, space flight is still light years away from traveling at warp speed, hopping from galaxy to galaxy. But a NASA scientist says he's designed a ship that could someday make interstellar travel a reality...
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Jul 8, 2014  Lauren Arrington, a South Florida sixth grader who went fishing in the Loxahatchee River, saw something dangerous in the water: a lionfish. Lionfish are venomous predators known to kill other species and threaten coral reefs...
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Jul 8, 2014  Over the weekend, our CBS News colleague Allen Pizzey introduced us to the most celebrated winemaker in Tuscany, Italy. You may not know about Baron Francesco Ricasoli - but you probably do know about his wine...
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Jul 8, 2014  In Wales, there is a cavern excavated for a mine. The mine has been abandoned and no miners can be seen. Instead, there are fun lovers bouncing on the trampoline. "Bounce Below" is what they call the new amusement park in what was once the mine...
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Jul 7, 2014  Here's a question that's been around for a long time: What does it take to become an expert at something? An expert musician, say - or an expert carpenter? Practice, practice, practice, of course. It's a big factor - but not the only one...
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Jul 7, 2014  As the barbeque editor for "Texas Monthly" Magazine, nobody knows more about Texas Barbeque than Daniel Vaughn. He's logged 13,000 miles in what he calls his "dream job" - and he's not done yet...
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Jul 7, 2014  We all know what a fire hydrant looks like and what it's for. A former New York City firefighter named George Sigelakis had a lot of experience with the old design in use now for more than a century. He's come up with something new...
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Jul 7, 2014  If you've ever tried learning a foreign language, you know how difficult that can be. Wouldn't it be great if we could just go to sleep and wake up with the ability to speak whatever language we're trying to learn? Maybe we already do...
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Jul 4, 2014  At the University of California in Riverside, scientists are close to finding a better solution to the problem of how to repel mosquitoes, by studying what attracts the mosquitoes to us - and disabling that mechanism in the insects themselves...
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Jul 4, 2014  For fifty years, America's shopping malls were the wonder of the retailing world. The malls were a phenomenon built on the cars and highways that changed where and how we lived and shopped. But in recent years, malls have been in trouble...
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Jul 4, 2014  We were telling you earlier about the Rise and Fall of the American Shopping Mall. But on the outskirts of Atlanta, there is one formerly dying mall that's thriving. Where some saw financial ruin, Jose Legaspi saw opportunity...
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Jul 4, 2014  When you think of a meeting, you probably think of people gathered around and sitting down. Well, meetings are now on the move: workers are getting on their feet and holding their meetings while taking a walk together...
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Jul 3, 2014  Ahead of this Independence Day, our CBS News colleague Danielle Nottingham has a story of four Vietnam veterans - members of the same unit - who never expected to see one another again, but reunited recently for the first time in 45 years...
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Jul 3, 2014  We like to freeze food, so we can keep it around longer - but some kinds of food withstand freezing better than others. Well, from a land which knows about freezing comes a method to put the crunch back into frozen vegetables...
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Jul 3, 2014  Here's an idea that makes you wonder why nobody thought of it before. We spend a lot of money to light our roads at night - why not make the roads light themselves? That's what a Dutch artist and a Dutch civil engineering firm have come up with...
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Jul 3, 2014  There are still no clinical tests to diagnose Parkinson's Disease in its early stages. Most attempts have focused on motor skills. But, researchers in Israel have come up with a much simpler approach: handwriting analysis...
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Jul 2, 2014  Cliff Alexander is 80 years old now - and will never forget what happened 50 years ago this day. As an aide to President Lyndon Johnson, he was there in the packed East Room of the White House for a very special occasion...
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Jul 2, 2014  In the old song "Bye-Bye Blackbird," there's a line: "No one here can love or understand me - oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me." Well, California has a hard luck environmental story, says our CBS News colleague Bigad Shaban...
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Jul 2, 2014  Soldiers who conduct dangerous missions need camouflage. And the future of camouflage may come from the "chameleon of the sea": the cuttlefish, a squidlike creature that can change its color pattern rapidly, to blend into its surroundings...
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Jul 2, 2014  The expression "living will" is a misnomer if ever there was one. A better term, I think, is "advance directive." That's what brought our CBS News colleague Dean Reynolds to the Mississippi River town of La Crosse, Wisconsin...
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Jul 1, 2014  Our species, Homo Sapiens, is mortal. In other words, we die. So does every other living species we know about - except for one microscopic species: the so-called 'Immortal Jellyfish' - or Turritopsis, says our CBS News colleague Lucy Craft...
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Jul 1, 2014  Would you like to be able reduce your car's fuel consumption, while at the same time boost its power output? The "Power Box" allows drivers to personalize the engine control unit, overriding the factory settings with a smartphone app...
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Jul 1, 2014  Scientists in Switzerland say they've developed a portable device that can detect common allergies in a drop of blood within half an hour. There are two ways now to test someone for allergies - and both of them have problems...
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Jul 1, 2014  For coffee lovers, that first cup of Joe in the morning really kicks off the day. But how do you drink that cup? Do you slowly sip your coffee, looking to savor every drop? Or do you gulp it down, no matter how scalding hot it might be?
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Jun 30, 2014  Scientists have developed an algorithm-based "emotion detector" for the dashboard of a car, behind the steering wheel, trained at the face of the driver. Someday, on fully automated cars, it could take control away from the driver altogether...
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Jun 30, 2014  There are many different kinds of mammals in the world. But we humans and other primates are able to do something a lot of other mammals can't: live a pretty long life. Scientists think that they've figured out why...
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Jun 30, 2014  A hundred years ago, the early crystal radio sets were called "cat's whisker" sets - because of the very slender, but very sensitive, point contact diode that made them work. Now, a century later, the latest thing in robotics is ... guess what?
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Jun 30, 2014  A fly on the wall may not do much at all, but he's taking in more than you'd think. Between what the fly sees and the things that he does, there is a most definite link. This has been established at Stanford University at a neurobiology lab...
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Jun 27, 2014  Two more important Supreme Court rulings - one on the ongoing abortion debate, and the other that affects a President's power to make appointments. Analysts say the ideological splits in the Court are again in evidence with these decisions...
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Jun 27, 2014  Maybe you're looking for someplace new and different to go on your next vacation? Well, how about a little trip to the edge of space ... in a balloon? That's what World View Enterprises of Arizona is planning to offer - and it won't be cheap...
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Jun 27, 2014  Maybe you've heard that famous example from chaos theory? The flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause changes in the atmosphere that eventually create a hurricane? World War I started along those lines a hundred years ago this summer...
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Jun 27, 2014  Monarch butterflies are some of the most amazing little creatures on Earth. Each year, they fly thousands of miles from their breeding sites in the Eastern United States to spend the winter in Mexico. But how do they do that?
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Jun 26, 2014  One leader of the Kurds in Iraq says, "We are facing a new reality - and a new Iraq." American officials are trying to figure out what that means for the rest of the world. A complicated situation is getting even more confused...
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Jun 26, 2014  Legal experts are still going over the implications of two important Supreme Court rulings. One affects your cellphone, the other affects how you get your TV shows. Two more precedent-setting cases from the Roberts Court. More to come...
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Jun 26, 2014  On this day in 1977, Elvis left the building for the last time. It was Elvis Presley's final public performance. A month-and-a-half later, "The King" was gone for good. Elvis died at age 42 - but really, he's immortal...
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Jun 26, 2014  I think we now know at least one thing all dictators have in common: they don't have a very good sense of humor. Case in point: North Korea's glorious exalted super-swell supreme leader - or whatever he's calling himself now - Kim Jong-Un...
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Jun 25, 2014  This has become one of those perennial issues on Capitol Hill: illegal immigration. Just a while ago, it looked like there might be some new legislation in Washington to help deal with the problem. But that was then and this is now...
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Jun 25, 2014  It's an important milestone for a little machine that's a long, long way from home. The Mars Curiosity Rover has been on the Red Planet for a full Martian year now - or 687 Earth days. It's alive and well - and working hard...
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Jun 25, 2014  This a big day in the history of television: on June 25th, 1951, CBS broadcast the first commercial color TV program to an eager America. One problem, though: hardly anyone in America had a color TV set...
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Jun 25, 2014  Looking for a new way to get around town and get a little exercise at the same time? Say hello to the ELF. It's a sort of mutant bicycle powered by batteries - and/or feet. The ELF looks like a bicycle inside a doughnut...
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Jun 24, 2014  When I was a kid, you couldn't turn on the TV without seeing a commercial extolling the virtues of cigarettes. That was the message the tobacco companies were sending. Today in 1964, Federal officials sent a very different message...
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Jun 24, 2014  A new museum is open in Atlanta, aimed at reminding us that civil rights for all Americans had to be earned - they weren't just given. The museum aims to remind visitors how far the country has come, and what challenges remain...
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Jun 24, 2014  Fifty years ago, fewer than seven percent of African-Americans in Mississippi were registered to vote - in large part because of blatant discrimination. This is the anniversary of a dangerous - and ultimately successful - effort to change that...
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Jun 24, 2014  It's one of the great horrors of modern American business life: meetings. They can go on for what seems like several days - and you just have to sit there and take it. Or do you? A new study suggests you might do better if you stood up...
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Jun 23, 2014  Here's a job you probably wouldn't want this week: Secretary of State. John Kerry has it - and his mission is to visit countries in the Mideast and Europe, looking for some way to prevent a full-scale civil war in Iraq...
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Jun 23, 2014  If your last name is Cousteau - as in the famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau - the water is likely to be your second home. It certainly is for Fabien Cousteau. Jacques' grandson is spending weeks down there...
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Jun 23, 2014  Is anybody out there? We humans have been asking that question for thousands of years when it comes to space. This is an important anniversary in our ongoing efforts to answer it - the first electronic message aimed at extraterrestrials...
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Jun 23, 2014  It's entirely your choice whether or not you listen to this report. Or is it? Researchers are trying to find out if we humans really have free will - or if it's just an illusion. What happens in our brains when we make choices?
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Jun 20, 2014  When we send satellites out into space, we don't expect to see them again. But, one particular satellite has decided that maybe it can go home again. It's called the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 - or ISEE-3, for short...
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Jun 20, 2014  Thirty years ago, some thoroughbred racehorses whose racing days had ended - and were no longer of any use to their owners - were sent to a farm at Wallkill, New York - to be cared for by convicts serving prison terms...
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Jun 20, 2014  There are lots of things in life more unpleasant than getting your teeth drilled - although when you're sitting in that chair, it's hard to think of any. But there's now a technique to repair tooth decay - without all that drilling...
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Jun 20, 2014  The main thing that makes housing so expensive in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area is the ever-increasing population. And not just more people - there's also an explosion in the seagull population...
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Jun 19, 2014  The Houston area is first in the nation to get its skyways redrawn - in a FAA project known as NextGen - to completely transform the nation's air traffic control system to make flying safer, cut pollution and save fuel, money and time...
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Jun 19, 2014  Three years ago, the police force in Camden, New Jersey was cut in half. Soon after, the city dubbed America's 'most dangerous' had its highest murder rate ever. But things have changed there since, both in fighting crime - and something else...
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Jun 19, 2014  The U.S. Military is always on a mission to maintain an edge on the battlefield. And right now, there's a creature that's probably best known for selling insurance who is inspiring what could become part of the next generation of combat gear...
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Jun 19, 2014  In the world of extreme sports, there is no one like Aaron Fotheringham. Born with spina bifida, the 22-year-old Fotheringham is a wheelchair athlete who really knows how to soar, says our CBS News colleague Manuel Bojorquez...
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Jun 18, 2014  For Americans who fought in the Iraq War, what's happening over there now is heartbreaking. Our CBS News colleague Jan Crawford spoke with two Iraq War vets: Former Army Captain Blake Hall, and Former Army Sergeant Matt Pelak...
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Jun 18, 2014  Whenever somebody comes up with an improvement in some tried-and-true invention, he's sure to be accused of "reinventing the wheel." An Israeli company called Softwheel has put a new spin on that, in more ways than one...
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Jun 18, 2014  Superheroes are the stuff of fiction, but there are real-life heroes out there every day. Firefighters, for example. With all the hazards they face, they could benefit from some super-strength of their own. And there's an idea to do just that...
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Jun 18, 2014  Remember vinyl LP's? They were great in their day - and some people say the music on them sounded better than today's digital technology. And now, our CBS News colleague Anthony Mason says the vinyl LP has got its groove back...
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