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Dec 19, 2014  Next month, a new spacecraft will be launched. It's called DSCOVR - the Deep Space Climate Observatory. DSCOVR will revolve around the Sun and provide better tracking of solar storms to forecasters here on Earth...
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Dec 19, 2014  Thirty years ago, 37 percent of the computer science graduates were women. Since then, computers have changed the world. There are millions holding such degrees, but now only 12 percent of them are female. Reshma Saujani wants to change that...
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Dec 19, 2014  The earliest-known effort to successfully record the pattern of a human heartbeat goes back to the 19th Century, when a German scientist used a cumbersome apparatus that allowed him to trace pulsations on a moving strip of paper...
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Dec 19, 2014  We like to name things - everything from animals to mountains to planets - to give ourselves a sense of order and familiarity. And that is why astronomers are asking for your help now in naming some features on a planet far, far away...
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Dec 18, 2014  What President Obama said about Cuba yesterday came out of the blue: "We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests - and instead, we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries"...
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Dec 18, 2014  One hundred years ago this month, something extraordinary happened with British and German troops facing one another in trenches along the front lines of the First World War. It had not been ordered or authorized - a Christmas truce...
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Dec 18, 2014  Did you ever see the 1970's movie "Escape from Alcatraz"? Tells how a prisoner - played by Clint Eastwood - gets two others to attempt an escape from the notorious and supposedly escape-proof prison, telling them...
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Dec 18, 2014  London is one city where no address is too obscure - if you're a cab driver. That's because the cab drivers there have an encyclopedic grasp of the city that they call "The Knowledge." The test has been called the hardest in the world...
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Dec 17, 2014  Since the summer, our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller has been following the progress of high school dropouts being given a second chance at the National Guard's Sunburst Academy near Los Angeles - and now, she says...
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Dec 17, 2014  The thing that high school dropouts lack the most is pride, because most of them have done very little to be proud of. It's a very different story at the Sunburst Academy, as Principal Karen Hudgins told our colleague Michelle Miller...
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Dec 17, 2014  Remembering all our different usernames and passwords these days is a pain in the neck. Now, there's technology that can see your face, look into your eyes and tell that it's you - without you having to remember your username or password...
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Dec 17, 2014  They say that an elephant never forgets. But elephants not only have good memories - they may also be good at predicting whether it's going to rain. But scientists at Texas A&M University say the reason why is that elephants hear so well...
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Dec 16, 2014  When you think of California crops, grapes come to mind - avocados maybe - but not coffee. Even so, our CBS News colleague Carter Evans tells us that nestled in the hillsides near Santa Barbara is a cash crop of coffee, indeed...
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Dec 16, 2014  Thanks to our smartphones and tablets, a lot of us check our work email over and over from wherever we are, answering messages whenever they come in - because we dread missing anything from anyone, whether urgent or not...
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Dec 16, 2014  Right now in the United States, we have far too many of an invasive species called the Leaping Asian Carp. They have no natural enemies in this part of the world - with the possible exception of people like Chef Philippe Parola...
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Dec 16, 2014  At his lab at the University of Southern Maine, Charles Largay teaches people how to think like hackers to stop the hacking. He has been in computer security since before there was an Internet - and he tells his students it is bound to get worse...
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Dec 15, 2014  This holiday shopping season has seen not only the expanding amount of online buying, but also an ever-shrinking amount of consumer spending at the malls and the retail stores that are there, says our CBS News colleague Ben Tracy...
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Dec 15, 2014  Drunk driving is a deadly problem not only in the United States, but around the world - and there is an idea that someday might keep impaired drivers off the road and help save lives, by analyzing a driver's voice...
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Dec 15, 2014  We seem to be moving away from relying on usernames and passwords to protect our identities - and instead, to something unique about us: our fingertips, for example - or the retina in our eyes - or maybe even our own heartbeat...
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Dec 15, 2014  Nature has inspired musicians for ages. And now, a symphony might be played in the Brazilian rainforest as well as in a concert hall. The composer wants to bring some of the natural world to the stage...
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Dec 12, 2014  Why is it that something that we realize is going to take a very long time and cost a tremendous amount of money typically nowadays takes way, way longer than ever imagined - and actually costs a stupendous amount of money?
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Dec 12, 2014  On our last broadcast, our CBS News colleague Jeff Pegues told us why highway construction projects these days so often end up taking a whole lot more time - and cost a whole lot more money - than anybody thought they would...
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Dec 12, 2014  Some cyclists still won't put on a helmet, because they say lugging one around is such a hassle. Well, an engineer in France has an idea to make that excuse a thing of the past: a bike helmet that's portable, because it's foldable...
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Dec 12, 2014  There's a high-tech washing machine at the White Rose Laundry in London that uses very little detergent, very little water and the equivalent of stones - not great big ones, but little plastic beads, lots of them...
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Dec 11, 2014  A company in Sweden called Erghis Technologies has come up with a touch-free interface that you manipulate by holding your hands around an imaginary sphere, without touching it at all. You swipe and you roll - and the computer understands...
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Dec 11, 2014  The Christmas season is the time for famous forms of cybercrime. You better watch out, you better not click. That email you get may not be from St. Nick or your bank or a store or your cousin or grandma. Indeed, it might be a scammer...
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Dec 11, 2014  A company in Sweden called Erghis Technologies has come up with a touch-free interface that you manipulate by holding your hands around an imaginary sphere, without touching it at all. You swipe and you roll - and the computer understands...
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Dec 11, 2014  As we get older, balance and reflexes tend to get worse, muscles weaken and bones get more brittle. In Barcelona, they've come up with a wearable device called F-A-T-E - FATE - an acronym for "Fall Detector for The Elderly"...
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Dec 11, 2014  The chameleon can change colors when the background changes - and the Military is working on duplicating that. In Poland, there's a project called the PL-01 Tank, which continuously would change color to blend into its surroundings...
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Dec 10, 2014  Sometimes, teachers step in and pay for school supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets. They shouldn't have to do that, but they choose to. And now, thanks to a website called "Donors Choose," anybody can choose to help...
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Dec 10, 2014  How big, do you think, should a piece of glass be? That's a very good question, you see. Is it a movie screen or a TV? Is it a smartphone or a tablet to which you refer? Is it a mirror to see yourself in? Or a window to look out or in, as it were?
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Dec 10, 2014  We sure love our smartphones and our tablets and our laptops, don't we? We can take them with us - and stay connected - just about anywhere we go. But, it can be quite a hassle to keep all our devices charged up while we're on the road...
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Dec 10, 2014  We count a lot of things this time of year: the days until Christmas, how much money we have left for presents, and how many people are coming for a holiday dinner. Add one more to the list of things to be counted: birds...
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Dec 9, 2014  So many veterans go to job interviews with employers who say they want to hire veterans - but then they don't - because they see the vets as unqualified. Well, there is now a "software bootcamp" for vets to learn data management software...
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Dec 9, 2014  When a strong wind whips through a forest full of trees, the sound can be powerful, indeed. What if you could harness the power of that wind - and somehow turn it into electricity? You would need a special tree to do that...
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Dec 9, 2014  Many male birds sing to attract female birds. Of course, some male birds do better than others - and it turns out that their voices may have a lot to do with it. That's what researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found out...
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Dec 9, 2014  Air travel can be fun sometimes, but what's not fun are the long lines you can expect to see both at check-in and at security in most airports. Well, a company out of New York has designed a so-called "smart" suitcase aimed at saving you time...
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Dec 8, 2014  There's nothing like a good night's rest - but if you have to work the overnight shift, you know getting enough rest during the day is quite a struggle for your body clock, creating a sense of chronic jet lag - and worse...
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Dec 8, 2014  We know that when we get into an elevator, we've got two options: Up or Down. Elevators that move in other directions are just children's fantasies - but there is something that will send elevators in a whole new direction...
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Dec 8, 2014  If you try to do several things at once, that's what we call "multitasking." Of course, some of us are better at multitasking than others - and a lot of us get into serious trouble when we try to do too many things at once...
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Dec 8, 2014  They make wonderful prosthetic limbs that look like the real thing these days. But wouldn't it be great if a prosthesis could connect to bones, muscle and nerve tissue - so that an amputee could feel, move and control it with his thoughts?
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Dec 5, 2014  There's a natural superglue that's found on the threads on the outer shell of a mussel, and researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have come up a chemical equivalent of that. Why? Researcher Marie Krogsgaard tells us...
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Dec 5, 2014  Introducing: Shape-Shifting Houses, the home of the future - according to an exhibit at Barcelona's Institute of Advanced Architecture, which includes a prototype of a home that expands and contracts as heat is applied...
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Dec 5, 2014  Maybe those of you who have dogs have wondered about this: When your furry friend twitches and woofs in his sleep, is he dreaming? And if so, what's he dreaming about? We humans need our sleep - it turns out other animals do, too...
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Dec 5, 2014  One problem as we age is that it isn't just our eyesight and hearing that start to fade, it's also our muscle memory and balance that are affected - and we forget how to move to prevent a stumble from becoming a fall...
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Dec 4, 2014  Since the summer, our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller has been following the Sunburst Youth Academy near Los Angeles, where the National Guard runs an intensive program to give high school dropouts a second chance to succeed in life...
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Dec 4, 2014  On our last broadcast, we listened - along with our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller - to some of the Sergeants who make up the cadre of the National Guard's Sunburst Youth Academy - trying to motivate the cadets, all high school dropouts...
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Dec 4, 2014  We humans have been intrigued by Mars for ages. Did it ever have life? Could it still have life? Now, tens of thousands of people have sent what amounts to a long-distance handshake to the Red Planet, thanks to a group called Uwingu...
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Dec 4, 2014  Some smart people spend a lot of time wondering what will happen when machines can think the way we do - and some of the machines, apparently, aren't waiting around when it comes to working like we do. Meet Pepper The Sales Robot...
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Dec 3, 2014  Some new police technology is being tested in Santa Cruz, California - and our CBS News colleague Bob Orr went there to see it in action. This gun tracking technology may work to the advantage of a police officer on duty...
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Dec 3, 2014  At the University of Washington, two researchers are preparing a clinical trial to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants might extend the lifespan and health quality of Man's Best Friend...
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Dec 3, 2014  Baristas do not work at bars - that comes as no shock. Baristas are at every single Starbucks on the block. But what you're about to hear about a growing trend in beer - with each new microbrewer, the beers they brew appeal to fewer...
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Dec 3, 2014  With certain exceptions, chances are a movie stunt double may have stood in during those scenes when things were blowing up all over the place. And yet, most of us think we're seeing the star himself - because of how our brains are wired...
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Dec 2, 2014  This past weekend, as my CBS News colleague Martha Teichner reported, there was a reenactment in Franklin, Tennessee of a Civil War battle 150 years ago - Union and Confederate soldiers fighting their way across a field...
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Dec 2, 2014  On our last broadcast, we heard about how a golf course in Franklin, Tennessee became a park adjacent to the final resting place for soldiers killed in a key battle of the Civil War. Says bestselling author Robert Hicks...
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Dec 2, 2014  Texting while driving is a very dangerous thing to do. Some states have gotten tougher about the problem in recent years. And there is another tool that could help law enforcement prevent some of those deadly accidents...
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Dec 2, 2014  Some scientists say that they have succeeded in developing a gel that can stop bleeding from a cut in just seconds. It's called "VetiGel" - and it was developed by scientists at Suneris, a biotech firm in New York...
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Dec 1, 2014  Something terrible happened to China's Yong Ding River, which was once the main water supply to the city of Beijing, says our CBS News colleague Seth Doane. What can they do? Here's what China's Government has in mind...
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Dec 1, 2014  Smartphones are power-hungry critters, aren't they? But what if you had a smartphone battery that could charge in just 30 seconds - and the power would last all day? A company in Israel is now working on just that...
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Dec 1, 2014  Suppose you want to learn something - a foreign language, let's say. What would it take to help you to learn better? Sure, motivation and practice are important. But here's another key ingredient: curiosity...
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Dec 1, 2014  There is a private clinic in Prague that's entirely devoted to the proton beam - which can be precisely aimed - and, where it hits a cancer cell, does not pass through it, but hangs on like a bulldog. Dr. Vladimir Vondracek founded the clinic...
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Nov 28, 2014  I remember a song called "What Have They Done to the Rain?" Well, today, there could be a song called "What Have They Done to the Sea?" But a British artist has designed a product that could very well help save the world's coral...
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Nov 28, 2014  If you're a wine critic, your nose and your tongue are the two most important tools of your trade. Well, some students in Denmark have created a device that they say could shake up the sommeliers: a device that can determine the flavor of wine...
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Nov 28, 2014  If driverless cars are the wave of the future, what about a robotic pilot that could fly any type of aircraft, without any humans in the cockpit? That's what scientists in South Korea are working on right now...
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Nov 28, 2014  Have you met the amazing Sebastian Thrun? I promise you're going to meet him soon. And when you meet him, I think you'll find he'll teach you things that will blow your mind. He's an engineering whiz, says our CBS News colleague John Blackstone...
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Nov 27, 2014  Igor Spetic lost his right hand in an industrial accident several years ago. Now, he's working with scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland - testing out a new prosthetic system designed to allow him to feel again...
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Nov 27, 2014  When we hear the word "hibernation," sleeping bears probably come to mind. And there's an idea to put astronauts in a hibernation state, so that they can make the long trip to Mars. The folks at NASA are intrigued by the idea...
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Nov 27, 2014  What does craft beer have in common with premium coffee? Both are brewed, of course - and our CBS News colleague John Blackstone found a point where they intersect: Fort Point. That's where beer vats are producing iced coffee...
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Nov 27, 2014  Two London School of Economics grads came up with an idea of converting London's iconic red telephone boxes into something green: green-painted, solar-powered charging stations for cellphones...
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Nov 26, 2014  The future of food science isn't all quite so radical. There's an unlikely collaboration between Bon Appetit magazine and IBM's Watson computer. That would be Watson, the computer that beat the humans on "Jeopardy." Meet "Chef Watson"...
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Nov 26, 2014  Our Sunday Morning colleague Faith Salie went recently to New York's Hudson Valley to watch Andy Brennan hard at work making cider, one apple at a time. Takes time that way, but worth it to produce the old-fashioned hard cider...
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Nov 26, 2014  In the past five years, a lot of Americans had to cut back on their household debt. They simply had to. And now, because they did cut back on that debt, Americans are slowly - but steadily - borrowing more money again...
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Nov 26, 2014  It's no fun waking up to an alarm, even though you know you have to. But what if you have to wake up to somebody else's alarm - for, say, the person right next to you in bed? What if your earplugs were your alarm?
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Nov 25, 2014  Futurists tell us that we Americans can't go on day in and day out, eating the foods that we really like as if they were going out of style - or they will go out of style, faster than we think. Says our colleague David Pogue of Yahoo Tech...
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Nov 25, 2014  On our last broadcast, David Pogue told us that the turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed on Thanksgiving - we stuff ourselves as well, even more than usual. But in the future, the usual foods may have to be replaced by the unusual...
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Nov 25, 2014  As the saying goes, "The pen is mightier than the sword" - and from Down Under comes a mighty pen, indeed. It's a "Smartpen" that is the same size as a ballpoint pen, with built-in sensors to record your handwriting...
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Nov 25, 2014  There's an off-road wheelchair in Britain that is designed to help people who are disabled to ride on tough terrain. The HexHog has six wheels that rotate independently and a unique flexible chassis to provide safe and stable mobility...
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Nov 24, 2014  What happened to our infrastructure? We can't say, "Well, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it" anymore - because we've already come to it, as our CBS News colleague Steve Kroft reported on "60 Minutes" last night...
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Nov 24, 2014  A time capsule is a postcard about life today that we send to a far-off tomorrow - meant to be opened by some future generation years, perhaps centuries, from now. Imagine a time capsule that's left beneath the surface of the Moon...
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Nov 24, 2014  Doctors at Cambridge University in Britain have created a sponge which you swallow to help screen for cancer of the esophagus. It's called the Cytosponge. Sounds a lot more comfortable than the endoscopies that are used now...
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Nov 24, 2014  Copper is big business in Chile, and it has been for a long time in that part of South America. And that is where some doctors are now using copper in a new way: to protect doctors and patients in the hospital from germs...
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Nov 21, 2014  Last night, President Obama laid out his plan for changing the immigration system - on his own - bypassing Congress and defying Republicans there. He said he would have preferred that Congress passed a comprehensive bill - in the meantime...
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Nov 21, 2014  The dog is often said to be Man's Best Friend. But if the man is a meteorologist trying to figure out the size, strength and course of a tropical storm, your best friend might turn out be one of the ocean's top predators...
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Nov 21, 2014  Some people find it difficult to speak without using their hands. And now, smartphones are getting so smart they can understand hand gestures - and follow what the gesturing caller is trying to tell them. Introducing Sideswipe...
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Nov 21, 2014  Some robots are programmed to repeat the same motions, over and over again. But the folks at Cornell University are developing algorithms and software for household robots that can enable them to learn tasks as we humans do...
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Nov 20, 2014  The Ice Bucket Challenge this summer raised more than a hundred million dollars to fight ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease - which ended Gehrig's career when he was 36. Here's a story about time, science, ice and the human spirit...
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Nov 20, 2014  James Roberts says the plight of poor Syrian refugees led him to create an inflatable incubator. Regular incubators cost about 50,000 dollars a piece. He says his inflatable ones could be produced and delivered for only 400 dollars...
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Nov 20, 2014  How many of you enjoy paying parking tickets? I thought so. One city in Kentucky has found a way to make you maybe even happy to pay a ticket, because you can make someone else's holiday season a whole lot brighter - and delicious...
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Nov 20, 2014  Here's a riddle for you: When can solo musicians play a duet? Answer: When they play the duet with their very own brain. That's what musician Katinka Kleijn has discovered. She's a cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra...
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Nov 19, 2014  According to the National Speakers Association, there are more than 40,000 paid speakers in the U.S. And roughly a third - around 13,000 - work primarily as the motivational kind, says our Sunday Morning colleague Tracy Smith...
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Nov 19, 2014  On our last broadcast, Tracy Smith was telling us about the estimated 13,000 motivational speakers working in this country today. Many Americans do want to be motivated to do better than they're doing now. Why is that?
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Nov 19, 2014  A century ago, Florida's Everglades stretched for about four million acres. Today, it's down to just under half of that. While work continues on restoring the Everglades, the alligators that have thrived there for years are struggling now...
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Nov 19, 2014  In some parts of the world, either there is no power grid - or a very weak one that can be easily disrupted - so there's a need for devices that can run "off the grid." Well, there is now a portable cooking pot that is powered by built-in magnets...
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Nov 18, 2014  The mathematical models known as algorithms are now being used to predict what a student has to do to get admitted to the top school that he or she wants to get into. Steven Ma of Think Tank Learning Centers says he's cracked the code...
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Nov 18, 2014  In a quarry behind a strip mall in Southern New Jersey, paleontologists led by Professor Ken Lacovara of Drexel University are traveling 65 million years into the past. It could be one of the most significant fossil sites ever...
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Nov 18, 2014  Nikita Khrushchev was the first leader of the Soviet Union to visit the United States. A new documentary on PBS tonight called "Cold War Roadshow" looks back at Khrushchev's trip to the United States in the fall of 1959...
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Nov 18, 2014  The way things are going, perhaps it won't be long until you can buy an entire wardrobe of wearable tech gear. There are "smart watches" and "smart glasses," of course. And there is also a "smart jacket" for runners...
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Nov 17, 2014  My CBS News colleague Steve Hartman has a story to tell about a football player who did well. At one point, Number 60 Jason Brown was one of the best centers in the NFL. But was he a happy man with all he got? Well, apparently not...
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Nov 17, 2014  When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every minute makes a difference between life and death. And from The Netherlands comes a drone whose inventor says it could one day bypass traffic and bring life-saving equipment to the scene...
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Nov 17, 2014  Sometimes, cancer patients treated with chemotherapy suffer severe and chronic pain that doesn't go away - even if the treatment succeeds and the cancer does go away. Enter a machine called "The Scrambler" being tested at the Mayo Clinic...
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