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Jan 23, 2015  NASA's Opportunity Rover arrived on the planet Mars eleven years ago and started bouncing around on its surface and sending back pictures - says our CBS News colleague John Blackstone. But, something unexpected happened...
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Jan 23, 2015  What if a car accident takes place late at night or in an area where there isn't anyone to see it and report it? A university student in Chile has developed a possible solution for this - it's a smartphone app called "SoSmart"...
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Jan 23, 2015  For those of us who don't know sign language and its nuances, it can be quite a challenge to communicate with someone who is deaf. There is a tablet case that enables deaf people and those who can hear to carry on a conversation...
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Jan 23, 2015  When you think of California crops, grapes come to mind - avocados maybe - but not coffee. But, nestled in the hillsides near Santa Barbara, California - just beneath the avocado groves - is Jay Ruskey's most promising new cash crop...
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Jan 22, 2015  You may have heard the orchestral suite "The Planets," composed by Gustav Holst a century ago. He used music to capture what he thought were the "personalities" of each of the planets. We may have to revise his suite to include two more...
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Jan 22, 2015  Life can sometimes seem like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. Well, the Bar-Headed Geese seem to have taken those words to heart. They are native to China - and they spend much of their migratory flights over the Himalayas...
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Jan 22, 2015  Most wedding rings for men are pretty much alike - they're gold or silver bands. Well, a jeweler in Georgia by the name of Bruce Boone has crafted what you might call the "Swiss Army Knife" of rings. It is called "The Man Ring"...
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Jan 22, 2015  Remembering all our different usernames and passwords these days is a pain in the neck. But there's technology that can see your face, look into your eyes and tell that it's you - without your having to remember your username or password...
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Jan 21, 2015  Last night, President Obama had a lot to say in his State of the Union address about the economy. And so did the Republicans - who now control both houses of Congress for the first time in his presidency. Will they find common ground?
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Jan 21, 2015  There are about 2,000 very rare and very cute snub-nosed monkeys living in the cold and remote mountains not far from Tibet - difficult for humans to reach, even humans who are trying to save them, says our CBS News colleague Seth Doane...
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Jan 21, 2015  The Kelly Brothers are identical twins. Scott is an astronaut - his twin brother Mark is a former astronaut. As the only American astronauts who are each other's twin brothers, says our CBS News colleague Don Dahler...
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Jan 21, 2015  Prosthetic limb technology has come a long way over the years. Today, bionic arms have been developed that, until recently, would have seemed impossible outside the world of science fiction. The problem is they're very expensive...
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Jan 20, 2015  Our CBS News colleague David Begnaud tells us that there is a new state law in Arizona that says that you cannot get a high school diploma there without passing a civics test about American history and government...
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Jan 20, 2015  Have you heard about the priest and the real estate mogul? His name is Father Rick Curry. Hers is Connie Milstein. They got together to start a business with a mission. It's called The Dog Tag Bakery - and it's in Washington, DC...
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Jan 20, 2015  To become a superior poker player takes many skills: intelligence, discipline, patience - and a certain kind of confidence, too - to bet, raise and bluff your way to the top. Could a computer do that better than a person could?
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Jan 20, 2015  Imagine that the devices in your home are so connected that with, say, just a few taps on your smartphone, you can do things remotely such as turn your lights on and off - adjust your thermostat - even run your coffee maker...
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Jan 19, 2015  Our CBS News colleague Steve Hartman introduced us to Charles Clark, a custodian at a high school in Euless, Texas. Being a custodian at Trinity High School isn't exactly the most important job in the America - but don't tell Clark that...
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Jan 19, 2015  Once upon a time, at the dawn of television, there were only a few channels available to watch. And on this day in 1953, one of the biggest audiences in TV history watched a groundbreaking episode of a now-classic sitcom: "I Love Lucy"...
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Jan 19, 2015  Ever notice how hard it can be to escape from email at work, even when you're not at work? And we can be just as chronic about checking our personal email, too. Sounds stressful, doesn't it? It sure can be. Perhaps there's an alternative...
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Jan 19, 2015  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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Jan 16, 2015  Sometimes, there is a story within a story. On The CBS Evening News the other night, our colleague Dr. Jon LaPook had one about the dramatic use of an Automated External Defibrillator - AED - to save a man's life...
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Jan 16, 2015  Accurate measurement is always important in science. I think that I shall never see the volume of a living tree without 3D technology or with laser scanning, see how dense a forest is - some are immense. Of such things science can make sense...
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Jan 16, 2015  This is a big anniversary for Broadway. On this day in 1964, a new show opened in New York - which became a huge hit, gave its star the role of a lifetime and helped breathe new life into musical theater: Jerry Herman's "Hello, Dolly!"...
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Jan 16, 2015  Robots are becoming more and more common these days. In fact, many people might not even realize how much they're being used now. Hospitals are using them to disinfect exam rooms, and Amazon employs an army of robots to fill orders...
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Jan 15, 2015  The things we hear are just as important as the things we see. This being a radio program, we're well aware of that. But sound and music are vitally important in visual media like television and the movies, too...
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Jan 15, 2015  There's a fast-growing business concept known as "peer-to-peer sharing." Spinlister is a good example. If you have a bicycle and don't use it all the time, you can list it with Spinlister - and you can let somebody else use it for a fee...
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Jan 15, 2015  It's easy to cut yourself while shaving - or slicing up food in the kitchen. But one person's cut may be another person's opportunity. Some scientists say they have developed a gel that can stop bleeding from a cut in just seconds...
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Jan 15, 2015  Recently, a lot has been written and said on the subject of police cameras. But it's microphones that are behind one of the latest crime-fighting technologies. The tool is called ShotSpotter - and police are using it in Camden, New Jersey...
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Jan 14, 2015  The Cover Story on our Sunday Morning TV broadcast this week was about how the old-young Governor Jerry Brown of California came back decades later as the new-old Governor Brown - and turned things around...
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Jan 14, 2015  On our earlier broadcast, John Blackstone was telling us about the once-and-present Governor of California, Jerry Brown - who's just started his fourth term. Can Washington learn some lessons from what's he's done in the Golden State?
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Jan 14, 2015  Ever wonder why airline food, no matter what it is or how well it's cooked, always tastes a little strange? Well, so have the experts. They think that they have figured it out - and they say that it's not entirely the airlines' fault...
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Jan 14, 2015  Building a house takes a lot of time and a lot of money. But today, a London-based design firm called The WikiHouse Foundation has found a way for people to build their own homes for a lot less time and a lot less money...
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Jan 13, 2015  The most prolific living American inventor is Dean Kamen, who now holds more than 400 U.S. and foreign patents - but whose best known invention is that personal transportation device called the Segway. Erin Moriarty visited him...
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Jan 13, 2015  On our earlier broadcast, our CBS News colleague Erin Moriarty was telling us about her visit with inventor Dean Kamen. Some 63-year-olds start thinking about retirement, but not Kamen. He's done alright for himself - and for others, too...
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Jan 13, 2015  A company in Israel called PlaySight has recently come out with "SmartCourt," a computer vision system that's exciting the tennis world both for its ability to improve officiating - and to improve a player's game...
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Jan 13, 2015  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? A window to look out - or in?
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Jan 12, 2015  MAD Magazine's signature cartoon character Alfred E. Newman is always saying, "What, me worry?" But when our "Sunday Morning" broadcast asked MAD's editor-in-chief John Ficarra to talk about the attack on Charlie Hebdo, he was worried...
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Jan 12, 2015  Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. A company in France says it has developed a way to turn an iPhone into a portable tool that can speed up the diagnosis of malaria - and help to save lives...
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Jan 12, 2015  Robert Frost once wrote a poem called "Fireflies in the Garden" - and this is how it began: "Here come real stars to fill the upper skies. And here on Earth come emulating flies, that though they never equal stars in size..."
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Jan 12, 2015  A Swedish company has come up with a touch-free interface that you manipulate by holding your hands around an imaginary sphere, without touching it. You swipe and roll - moving one hand up, the other down - one hand left, the other right...
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Jan 9, 2015  The people who design and build robots have made a lot of progress in recent years - their creations are more and more like us. But robots have not been very good at recognizing and responding to human faces until - well, until "NAO"...
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Jan 9, 2015  Do you like vanilla ice cream? A lot of people do - and most people think that the vanilla flavor in vanilla ice cream comes from vanilla beans, which it does not. Well, the flavor in vanilla ice cream is synthetic...
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Jan 9, 2015  It's a wheelchair called "Get Up" - and with a touch of a button, it lifts its occupant and safely locks them into a standing position. Juan Ayala was born with cerebral palsy and is now confined to his wheelchair...
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Jan 8, 2015  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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Jan 8, 2015  You know about the Internet, of course - we all know about that by now. But have you heard of something called "The Internet of Things"? Well, imagine a world in which all sorts of devices talk to all sorts of other devices, more than ever before...
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Jan 8, 2015  On a trip to Hawaii, our CBS News colleague Chip Reid learned a lot about sharks from people who've had experience with sharks. Of course, how you feel about sharks has a lot to do with the nature of that experience...
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Jan 8, 2015  One of the hottest pieces of sporting equipment now out is a mask that makes it more difficult for you to breathe. Why in the world would anybody want to pay 80 dollars to make it hard to do anything, let alone breathe? Good question...
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Jan 8, 2015  There are devices that people can strap on to monitor their hearts and alert them, even their doctors, in the event of a problem. Now, an Israeli technology company - HealthWatch - has developed a heart monitor out of an everyday garment...
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Jan 7, 2015  Millions of smartphones and tablets now let you use a fingerprint in place of a password. That's all very well, but there are now concerns that your own fingerprints can be hacked. Says our CBS News colleague John Blackstone...
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Jan 7, 2015  More and more people are having sleep disorders - but there is a small, portable, LED kind of light therapy called "The Re-Timer" - worn on the bridge of your nose like a pair of glasses. Psychologist Leon Lack developed it...
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Jan 7, 2015  Think about all the times that you've used a shovel to clear the snow out of the driveway or do yard work around the house - and you know how sore your back, your hands and your muscles can be. But, an "ergonomic shovel" may lighten the load...
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Jan 7, 2015  Baristas do not work at bars. That comes as no shock. Baristas are at every single Starbucks on the block. But what you are about to hear about a growing trend in beer is with each new microbrewer, the beers they brew appeal to fewer...
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Jan 6, 2015  Today - under a U.S. Capitol Dome covered by scaffolding and undergoing a 60-million-dollar repair job to mend thousands of breaks and cracks and fractures - the U.S. Congress convenes. As our CBS News colleague Wyatt Andrews puts it...
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Jan 6, 2015  Theodore Roosevelt is enshrined on Mount Rushmore - along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. What made him the man he was? Our Sunday Morning colleague Mo Rocca met with T.R.'s great-grandson...
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Jan 6, 2015  Our Sunday Morning colleague Mo Rocca went to the Dakota Badlands to see for himself where Theodore Roosevelt found peace and comfort in the beauty of nature, and the challenge of a strenuous life in the great outdoors...
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Jan 6, 2015  Long before YouTube, some of you will remember there was a man named Robert Ripley - who entertained millions of Americans with tales of the weird and the wondrous. Ripley called these tales "Believe It ... Or Not!" And strangest of all?
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Jan 5, 2015  Prosthetics have come a long way over the years. People who need to wear prosthetic limbs can do more with them now than ever before. What if there was a stretchy skin to wrap around a prosthetic limb that would mimic the sense of touch?
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Jan 5, 2015  As we get older, we need more help to keep seeing clearly, from stronger prescriptions with bifocals or progressive lenses to surgery for cataracts or astigmatism. Well, there is a lens implant in Britain called "Symfony" that is doing some good...
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Jan 5, 2015  The nose knows - and one thing that it really knows how to do is multitask. For the nose to do so many things takes great precision - and there's an idea for what is called a "digital nose" that could be even more precise...
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Jan 5, 2015  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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Jan 2, 2015  Have you heard about all the American boots on the ground in Northern Iraq? Twenty-five thousand pairs since November - another 60,000 yet to come? No, not combat boots - rubber boots in children's sizes - gifts from Americans...
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Jan 2, 2015  Some people in the People's Republic of China are living well - some are living very well - and a privileged few are living very well, indeed - so much so that in some circles, there's a growing need for and shortage of butlers...
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Jan 2, 2015  There's nothing like a good night's rest - but if you have to work the overnight shift, you know that getting enough rest during the day is quite a struggle for your body clock, creating a sense of chronic jet lag.,,
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Jan 2, 2015  Smartphones are power-hungry critters, aren't they? Since we use smartphones to do so many things - often, to do many things at the same time - it isn't long before they do run out of power, and then we have to charge them up again...
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Jan 1, 2015  If you park your car illegally on a city street, chances are it will towed away - no matter how fast you run back to your vehicle. That is a sticky situation - but there is a "smart sticker" that could help drivers to avoid all that...
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Jan 1, 2015  There are medical glues that either aren't strong enough or are toxic to us. But there's a natural superglue that's found on the threads on the mussel's outer shell, and researchers in Denmark have come up a chemical equivalent of that.,.
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Jan 1, 2015  When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every minute makes a difference between life and death. But, there may be a solution on the horizon: a drone that could one day bypass traffic and bring life-saving equipment to the scene...
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Jan 1, 2015  Engineers in Germany are not looking to recreate Willy Wonka's Wonkavator, but they do say that they have found a way to send elevator cars sideways - adapting a technology already used on some high-speed trains called "magnetic levitation"...
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Dec 31, 2014  New Year's resolutions are like political campaign promises - easy to make, difficult to keep. The difference is that we make these resolutions to ourselves - and we're pretty easy on ourselves in accepting our own excuses. As for politicians...
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Dec 31, 2014  It's New Year's Eve - and so tonight at 12, the ball will drop - and the year 2014 will stop - and 2015 will appear. We'll all say "Happy New Year," sing "Auld Lang Syne" as glasses clink. And what will happen, do you think?
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Dec 31, 2014  It's no fun waking up to an alarm, even though you know you have to. You probably wish you were wearing earplugs - but then, you might worry about sleeping through your own alarm. Unless, of course, your earplugs were your alarm...
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Dec 31, 2014  Over two hundred years ago, an old man sang a tune that touched the heart of Robert Burns - and so, he wrote it doon. Tonight once more, we lift a cup for Auld Lang Syne. For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, for Auld Lang Syne...
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Dec 30, 2014  This year more than ever, many of the Christmas tree lights you see are not conventional bulbs, but light-emitting diodes - or LED's. Did you know this same source of light could revolutionize farming - bring it indoors and upwards?
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Dec 30, 2014  In the movies, robots have been interacting with humans for some time now. In the real world, Georgia Tech is working on the latest generation of "social" robots, suitable for the home - which means making them less 'robotic'"...
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Dec 30, 2014  What if instead of operating the computer at your desk with your fingers, you turned your chair into a mouse: a spring-mounted exoskeleton that bends and flexes with every movement of your body?
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Dec 30, 2014  "One man's trash is another man's treasure," as the saying goes. What if you took plastic fishing nets that littered the coastline - or maybe even got dumped in the ocean - and instead, recycled the plastic to make skateboards?
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Dec 29, 2014  There's been a bridge between New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the Delaware River since 1836 that's been owned by one family for the last century and still has the charter that allows them to collect tolls...
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Dec 29, 2014  There are many ways to describe a person with many talents - "Renaissance Man" is one of them. And perhaps the greatest "Renaissance Man" of all was Leonardo da Vinci. What made Leonardo so talented in so many ways?
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Dec 29, 2014  My CBS News colleague Steve Hartman has a story to tell about a football player who did well. Number 60 Jason Brown was one of the best centers in the NFL. He played so well and was paid so well, he took home many million clams...
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Dec 29, 2014  Testing for cancer of the esophagus begins with an endoscopy. But doctors at Cambridge University in Britain have created the sponge which you swallow to help screen for that cancer. It's called the Cytosponge. How does it work?
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Dec 26, 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 beneath the surface of the Moon...
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Dec 26, 2014  Some people find it difficult to speak without using their hands. But now, smartphones are getting so smart that they can understand hand gestures - and follow what the gesturing caller is trying to tell them...
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Dec 26, 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. It's quite a flourishing business...
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Dec 26, 2014  Many Americans do want to be motivated to do better than they're doing now. Is there something about the American character that admires winning - and shuns losing? Remember the pep talk in the movie "Patton"?
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Dec 25, 2014  Mel Tormé and Bob Wells once wrote a classic Christmas song on a hot summer day: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos..."
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Dec 25, 2014  They say that a third of the people in this country are traveling someplace this Christmas, the other two-thirds staying someplace. The place - if only in our dreams - is home. "I'll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me..."
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Dec 25, 2014  The news as reported long ago by the evangelist St. Luke: "And it came to pass that there went out a decree that all should be taxed each from his own city - and Joseph went up from Galilee and the City of Nazareth into Judea and the City of David..."
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Dec 25, 2014  At Christmastime one year, when I was just a little guy, I thought I saw a tear in some grownup person's eye. And I couldn't understand why such a thing as that should be, at a time that seemed so happy and so wonderful to me...
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Dec 24, 2014  Did you know that the song "White Christmas" is set in Beverly Hills? Irving Berlin set it there for a good reason. "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas just like the ones I used to know, where the treetops glisten and children listen..."
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Dec 24, 2014  Have you heard about Skiplagged - or its 23-year-old computer whiz founder, who with a few clicks of a mouse can tell you how to save lots of money on plane tickets with so-called "hidden city" fares? Our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller says...
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Dec 24, 2014  An EEG machine can record the brain's electrical activity - and as musician Katinka Kleijn has discovered, it can also serve as a musical partner. She is a cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra who can play with other musicians...
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Dec 24, 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 or hurricane, your best friend might turn out be one of the ocean's top predators...
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Dec 23, 2014  If you live in one place and you work in another, then by definition I say you're a commuter - like millions of others who do the same thing every day. Thurmond Alford of Richmond, Virginia is a family man and wouldn't have it any other way...
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Dec 23, 2014  Has handwriting really become a thing of the past - a victim of the digital age? Well, if so, why are designers at Microsoft working under Ralf Groene spending millions of dollars on something that may bring handwriting back - big time?
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Dec 23, 2014  Nothing has told us more about the Universe and its origins than the Hubble Telescope. Something even more dramatic is in the works. The James Webb Space Telescope will see well beyond what Hubble can - and much further back in time...
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Dec 23, 2014  There's an agency at the Pentagon that sounds like the wackiest, but over time has turned out to be perhaps one of the most important in the whole building. Our CBS News colleague Chip Reid knocked on the door at what's known as DARPA...
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Dec 22, 2014  What's good for motorists and homeowners - cheap gasoline and heating oil - are worrisome to folks in Amite County, Mississippi. They worry that with the current oil price freefall, they'll soon go bust again...
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Dec 22, 2014  Nothing says Christmas like a fresh crop of candy canes. So, how did a peppermint stick with a hook come to be the symbol of the season? Well, the tale, it seems, has as many twists as those tasty stripes - and most are the stuff of legend...
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Dec 22, 2014  Do you think that there would be a big market for a device that people could carry around with them anyplace in the world - and be able to scan any object, analyze its components on a molecular level? Would you like to have one of those?
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Dec 22, 2014  Algorithms - mathematical models that can predict a lot of things - 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. Meet a man who says he's cracked the code...
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