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Oct 24, 2014  There's something undeniably romantic about railroad trains. But Amtrak's calculations about trains seemed to miss the romance part - until recently, when they launched a residency program for writers...
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Oct 24, 2014  Our CBS News colleague Carter Evans tells us that folks in Reno, Nevada have been having a lot of headaches with prowlers lately - and in this case, they have a pretty good description of them. We're talking about bears...
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Oct 24, 2014  Moths can be a pesky bunch. Most of them are nocturnal, so you may find them fluttering around outside at night when you're trying to sleep. But during the day in North Carolina, scientists are raising "cyborg moths"...
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Oct 24, 2014  Scientists say these days, more and more of us are having what are known as "lucid" dreams - the kind of dreams where we know we're dreaming, even though we're fast asleep. Those dreams might also help us when we're awake...
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Oct 23, 2014  Some of the tax money that the Federal Government spends is important and worthwhile, no question. But with our national debt now something like 17 trillion dollars, some of it seems a bit frivolous to Senator Tom Coburn...
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Oct 23, 2014  As we get older, balance and reflexes tend to get worse, muscles weaken and bones get more brittle. In Barcelona, Spain - at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia - they've come up with a wearable device called FATE...
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Oct 23, 2014  You've heard the phrase "The world turned upside down?" Well, that may be about to happen, fortunately, on a much more limited scale. Researchers say it appears that the Earth's magnetic field is heading for a flip...
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Oct 23, 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, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill...
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Oct 22, 2014  You know what sort of image the CIA has had over the years. The last thing they'd do is join Twitter - at least that's what you'd think, says our CBS News colleague Julianna Goldman. I thought their dodge was espionage...
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Oct 22, 2014  The latest thing in laundry is a high-tech washing machine in Britain 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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Oct 22, 2014  When we hear the word "hibernation," sleeping bears probably come to mind. Well, there's an idea to put astronauts in a hibernation state, so they can make the long trip to the Red Planet. Sounds intriguing to NASA...
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Oct 22, 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 - and it's called "PIBOT"...
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Oct 21, 2014  Most doctors don't make house calls any more, but some now let you visit their office from your house - online.
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Oct 21, 2014  For years, scientists have been working with people who are missing limbs to regain a sense of normalcy with prosthetics. And while not everyone can be The Six Million Dollar Man there is something out there that could revolutionize prosthetics.
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Oct 21, 2014  What's old and strong and wildly popular in China? Baijiu. It's about 60-percent alcohol. Compare that to about 40 percent alcohol in something like vodka.
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Oct 21, 2014  For many people, reading glasses become essential as they get older. But there's a technique on the horizon that can make those reading glasses a thing of the past. All you need is a "raindrop."
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Oct 20, 2014  Scientists around the world are now working on ways to beat the Ebola virus. There's one lab in California that's studying blood samples from Ebola survivors - hoping to find antibodies that might crack its deadly code...
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Oct 20, 2014  Are you a morning person - or are you a night owl? Let's say that you are a night owl who has a job that requires you to be a morning person - can you make that switch? Well, maybe - but your body may not be too happy about it right away...
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Oct 20, 2014  For years, we have assumed that preschool children would struggle with large numbers until they're well into elementary school. But, it turns out kids as young as three years old know a lot more about multi-digit numbers than you might think...
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Oct 20, 2014  Sports cars don't have a reputation that you would call "green-friendly." But there's a sports car out there that runs on salt water - just like the ocean water enjoyed by swimmers and surfers around the world...
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Oct 17, 2014  Ever hear of something called a "space elevator"? If one is ever built, it would be one of the most amazing construction projects on - or above - the Earth. And now, they've taken another step to making it a reality...
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Oct 17, 2014  Don't let a bad break put your dreams on the shelf. They can still come true, if you believe in yourself. Our CBS News colleague Jeff Pegues thinks "Follow your passion" is great advice for a ten-year-old. Meet Deven Jackson...
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Oct 17, 2014  The United States welcomed a very special visitor on this day in 1933. Germany's loss was our gain. He was a charismatic man with wild hair, an often bemused expression - and one of the best scientific minds in history...
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Oct 17, 2014  It is salmon spawning season in the Pacific Northwest - fish are jumpin', and they have to jump high. In one place, though, near the Washington-Oregon border, says our CBS News colleague Ben Tracy, there is what's called The Salmon Cannon...
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Oct 16, 2014  Money is green and so is grass. But money can't buy you grass, I warn ya, in Montecito, California. Because of the awful four-year drought, beautiful lawns and shrubs are out. At Pat Nesbitt's place, they were great and green...
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Oct 16, 2014  Coral are delicate organisms, both beautiful and vital to marine ecosystems. And they're in danger. A British woman - not a scientist, but a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London - has an idea that could very well save the coral...
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Oct 16, 2014  Texting and driving a car can be dangerous - even deadly - but texting while walking isn't much better. In Canada, they're testing a way to keep people safe - through "geofencing technology" at intersections in cities such as Vancouver...
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Oct 16, 2014  Our skin is our first layer of defense against the elements. And when aircraft are thousands of feet in the sky, they have to brave a lot of elements, too. Well, there is a "smart skin" that's being developed for aircraft...
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Oct 15, 2014  Many of us can remember the Great American Space Age, when we went to and walked on the Moon. Is there a Space Age for us in the future - our astronauts going to Mars? Well, a 13-year-old girl from Louisiana dreams of the Red Planet...
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Oct 15, 2014  When you have a sudden thought, sometimes you just need to grab a pen and a piece of paper, so you can write down the thought while it's still on your mind. But what if you lose that note that you wrote? The Smartpen is here to help...
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Oct 15, 2014  Wireless devices need a power source of some sort - a battery. And batteries - even in the wireless world - have not been flexible, twistable, foldable, bendable - so much for the idea of "wearable" computers. Until now...
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Oct 15, 2014  You ever work the night shift? If you did - or still do - you know just how disruptive that can be. Many workers on the night shift always feel slightly out of sync with the rest of the world. It may be more serious than just a feeling...
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Oct 14, 2014  America's water mains are breaking in city after city across the country. The American Society of Civil Engineers issued a report on the nation's infrastructure last year - and found a daily national average of 700 water main breaks...
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Oct 14, 2014  There's an off-road wheelchair in Britain to help people who are disabled to ride on tough terrain. Called the HexHog, it has six wheels that rotate independently - and a unique flexible chassis to provide safe and stable mobility for riders...
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Oct 14, 2014  We already know that artists are exceptional in their talent. Scientists think they've found something else that makes artists exceptional: Their brains are different. How could that be? They took brain scans of creative people...
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Oct 14, 2014  When you can take the ordinary and do the extraordinary with it, now you're talking about innovation. Fishing line and sewing thread are ordinary things. But if you weave them together in just the right way, you get artificial muscle...
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Oct 13, 2014  In his travels "On the Road," our CBS News colleague Steve Hartman has noticed that in this country the way things are organized, young people and old people don't have much to do with one another - but he found an exception in Cleveland...
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Oct 13, 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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Oct 13, 2014  Jason Barnes is a drummer - and he's living his musical dreams, despite a freak accident that could have ended it all. Two years ago, Barnes nearly lost his life while doing some cleaning work at a restaurant in Georgia...
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Oct 13, 2014  An Israeli firm has developed 3D holographic imaging technology to allow surgeons to see the anatomy of their patient floating in mid-air during a real-time medical procedure - to give the doctors an unprecedented look while operating...
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Oct 10, 2014  Columbus Day is on Monday. His three ships were the Nina, the Pinta - and the Santa Maria, which was the flagship. Centuries later, there's a great historical puzzle about the Santa Maria - and the United Nations is weighing in on it...
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Oct 10, 2014  Some designers say they've come up with a portable cooking pot that is powered by built-in magnets. Just grab the pull cord on the pot to spin the magnets, which in turn generate the heat. Ashley De Garmo is one of the designers...
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Oct 10, 2014  Some robots are programmed to repeat the same motions, over and over again. But the folks at Cornell University are trying something else: developing ways to help household robots be more intuitive, so they can do a better job of helping us...
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Oct 10, 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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Oct 9, 2014  One day a long time ago, a guy fishing along the banks of Columbia River in what is now Washington State was hit by something somebody threw at him. The 9,000-year-old skeleton is known as "The Kennewick Man"...
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Oct 9, 2014  There are cancer radiation clinics in the U.S. and elsewhere that now include proton as well as other therapies. But the one in Prague called the Proton Therapy Center treats up to 2,500 patients a year with high doses of proton beams only...
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Oct 9, 2014  In action movies, the star usually faces some great - and often pyrotechnic - peril. With certain exceptions, chances are a stunt double may have stood in during those scenes when things were blowing up all over the place...
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Oct 9, 2014  It's going to be possible apparently to treat your allergies while brushing your teeth. Now, if you were popping a pill while brushing your teeth, that might be a problem - but not with a specially designed toothpaste...
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Oct 8, 2014  Have you heard about the National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Academies? They're all about giving chances to high school dropouts - and 80 percent of the kids who attend go on to attend college or get real jobs...
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Oct 8, 2014  Earlier, we visited a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy for high school dropouts outside of Los Angeles with our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller. Meet some of the teens who are now attending the Sunburst Academy...
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Oct 8, 2014  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 now, there is also a "smart jacket" for runners that can track their progress in real time...
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Oct 8, 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. It's called the "Mini-Mouth"...
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Oct 7, 2014  Do you know much about Open Water Swimming? Well, you're not alone. It's pretty unheard of, says our CBS News colleague Jeff Glor - but it's also rather unforgiving. He visited the southern coast of Ireland for "60 Minutes Sports" on Showtime...
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Oct 7, 2014  In the kitchen, most of us like cooking a lot more than we like cleaning up afterwards. Dirty dishes do tend to pile up in a hurry. Maybe we should ask a robot to do that work for us. Well, some scientists in Britain say they've built one...
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Oct 7, 2014  Once upon a time, four guys sang about their living quarters under the sea. The Beatles wouldn't have been able to fit in the latest submarine that's on the market. But if you have a lot of cash, you too can have your own personal submarine...
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Oct 7, 2014  The woodpecker spends a lot of time slamming its head and beak into trees at a high rate of speed just to find food. But how does he manage to avoid brain injuries from all that pecking? The tough little bird can teach us a thing or two...
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Oct 6, 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 is an engineering whiz. And John Blackstone is a friend of his...
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Oct 6, 2014  If you've ever signed up for something online, chances are you've seen a page of "Terms and Conditions." Sometimes, it's many pages of "Terms and Conditions." Did you read them? Do you ever read them? I think we both know the answer...
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Oct 6, 2014  In one of the "Terminator" movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger faces another cyborg assassin - but this one can repair itself, because it's made out of "liquid metal." And sure enough, some scientists are catching up with Hollywood...
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Oct 6, 2014  Texting while driving is a very dangerous thing to do. And too many of us who know better still do it, anyway - even though there are graphic public warnings about the consequences. Now, there is another tool that could help law enforcement...
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Oct 3, 2014  With all the volcanic activity these days - from Iceland to Hawaii to Japan - some people are wondering if volcanoes are more likely to act up at certain times than others. Is there such a thing as a volcano season?
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Oct 3, 2014  The same three guys who wrote the best-selling book "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off" have now outdone themselves in a new book: "1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop"...
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Oct 3, 2014  We were telling you earlier about the new Quite Interesting Facts book. The 1,339 facts in this new book are jaw-dropping, indeed. Facts can be dull as dishwater, but some people can tell a fact - and some can't. These Brits sure can...
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Oct 3, 2014  We call them the laws of physics - the natural rules that make the Universe work the way it does. We think those laws can't be broken - except when they are. A case in point is something that we'll call "The Impossible Engine"...
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Oct 2, 2014  It can take a long time to climb out of a deep hole. That was true about the job market right after the recession - but more recently, we've seen gradual improvement. And now, according to a CareerBuilder survey, we may be at a tipping point...
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Oct 2, 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" now being tested at the Mayo Clinic...
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Oct 2, 2014  Architects in London are giving people a chance to build their own home with parts printed on a 3D printer. It's known as the "Wikihouse" - and our CBS News colleague Alphonso Van Marsh paid a visit to the place...
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Oct 2, 2014  As the saying goes, "Birds of a feather flock together." And in the family of birds, starlings are quite a social bunch. Their acrobatic swirls they make whenever they decide to fly together have delighted - but also puzzled - bird experts for years...
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Oct 1, 2014  Ellis Island has many visitors every day from across the country and around the world. But it's only starting today that they can see a certain part that has been off limits for decades: where the sick were taken after they arrived there...
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Oct 1, 2014  Scientists at Imperial College London are actively working on ways to genetically harness the power of bacteria - specifically, E. coli - to produce propane on a commercial scale. Today's bacteria is tomorrow's biofuel...
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Oct 1, 2014  Astronauts are used to wearing bulky suits that make them look sort of like blown-up balloons - but there's an idea to give the spacesuit a makeover for the 21st Century. It's a skin-tight spacesuit, developed by the folks at MIT...
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Oct 1, 2014  The Farm-to-Table Movement encourages people to eat food from local farms. But one of the nation's top chefs has a curious twist on that. Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill wrote the book "The Third Plate." And what is "The Third Plate"?
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Sep 30, 2014  It is only right that we remember and honor those in the military who have given their lives in wartime. But it's also fitting that we honor - as a new memorial does - those injured who survive and carry on living with their disabilities...
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Sep 30, 2014  On our last broadcast, our CBS News colleague David Martin was telling us about Washington's newest monument, opening Sunday - to honor American Veterans Disabled for Life. Joe Bacani is one of those wounded warriors...
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Sep 30, 2014  There's a startup company in Silicon Valley that has used nanotechnology to produce a hydrophobic material that can be woven into a shirt. Reminds me of the Alec Guinness movie "The Man in the White Suit"...
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Sep 30, 2014  When a soldier is wounded on the battlefield, chances of survival depend on minutes - even seconds. And there's now a device that may help make all the difference in the world, thanks to some folks at Johns Hopkins University...
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Sep 29, 2014  You might think billionaires are a dime a dozen these days. There are so many of them around. But on this day in 1916, the world got its first billionaire. Want to take a guess who it was? John D. Rockefeller...
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Sep 29, 2014  The use of drones continues to grow. And like any new gadget, work continues all over the globe to improve drones. A company in Massachusetts has unveiled a way to use a spy drone it believes could revolutionize search and rescue operations...
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Sep 29, 2014  It is so easy - altogether too easy - to get distracted when we're in the middle of something, isn't it? Concentration can be difficult in those circumstances - and it doesn't take much to short-circuit our short-term memory, either...
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Sep 29, 2014  How do hummingbirds flap their wings like they do? Scientists say the ratio of the wings' length to their width is the reason why. We can learn a lot from hummingbirds which we can apply to our own manmade objects in the sky...
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Sep 26, 2014  In the last five years, hackers have been responsible for at least 236 million reported corporate data breaches. At the University of Southern Maine, Prof. Charles Largay teaches people how to think like hackers to stop the hacking...
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Sep 26, 2014  There's a new way of screening now for polyps that could lead to colon cancer that does not involve a colonoscopy. Are you going to miss colonoscopies? Me neither. This new method was developed at the University of Miami...
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Sep 26, 2014  Apple's new iPhone 6 is a hot seller here in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Our CBS News colleague in Beijing, Seth Doane, tells us that they haven't been officially approved for sale there - but they're selling big anyway...
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Sep 26, 2014  On vacation, you probably buy souvenirs for people - maybe a little trinket of some kind. Well, next time you go to London, why not buy yourself a subway station? Some pieces of the Tube are for sale...
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Sep 25, 2014  It's estimated that at least twenty-five percent of former NFL players can expect to develop a form of dementia later in life - and at an earlier age than most men. Our CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook visits Dave Herman...
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Sep 25, 2014  One challenge for solar power as an alternative to fossil fuels is storage. If your power plant relies on the Sun, you have to be able to store the electricity that's generated when the Sun is out, so that the electricity is always available...
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Sep 25, 2014  Climate change is a worldwide phenomenon - and it is affecting not only humans, but wildlife too - including birds. Our CBS News colleague Dean Reynolds reports on one bird in particular: the vanishing loons of Minnesota...
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Sep 25, 2014  For many of us, getting a good night's sleep can be elusive. There's a "smart" light bulb that can mimic a sunset - and help prepare your body to go to sleep. It's called the Drift Light, made by a company in Utah called Saffron...
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Sep 24, 2014  There's a place in Alexandria, Virginia that helped determine the outcome of World War II. It had no name, just a Post Office Box Number: "PO Box 1142." Our colleague Seth Doane went to see it - and there was nothing there...
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Sep 24, 2014  James Robinson has spent his life saving lives. At age 74, he's a retired emergency medical services captain who's now teaching other people to save lives in a tough part of New York City. He trains people who want to become EMTs...
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Sep 24, 2014  What 3D printing can do seems limitless. Sure, the technology is still in its early stages. But in South Carolina, scientists are using 3D printing as part of a process they call "biofabrication." Dr. Michael Yost explains...
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Sep 24, 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 are working to find some...
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Sep 23, 2014  What happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last month caught the attention of the whole country, as our Sunday Morning colleague Jane Pauley reminded me the other day. Amid all the anger and shouting was an eleven-year-old boy...
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Sep 23, 2014  Offhand, it's hard to see how dumping ice water over a person's head could possibly do anybody any good. But the ALS Association has raised a ton of money that way. However they spend all that money, people will be paying attention...
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Sep 23, 2014  Let's talk about two simple words: "Thank You." We teach our children to say "Thank You" to show good manners - and it turns out that those words can go a long way. A case in point is how they help us form relationships with other people...
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Sep 23, 2014  We've heard a lot lately about the long-term effects from concussions in football. And now, some scientists have proposed a special type of breathalyzer test that could detect concussions in athletes more quickly than we can now...
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Sep 22, 2014  The U.S. Military is always looking for new ways to help soldiers on the battlefield. One project aims to give soldiers superhuman speed. Engineering student Jason Kerestes of Arizona State University is lead researcher...
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Sep 22, 2014  People can surprise you sometimes. Our CBS News colleague Steve Hartman found three people in Pittsburgh who sure surprised him. One is a tough police detective named Jack Mook - and the others are two boys he met, Jessee and Josh...
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Sep 22, 2014  Maybe this has happened to you: You're late for work, so you rush to the train station - only to find the station is jammed, the train is nowhere in sight and the station staff is not being too helpful. Would hearing this make you feel better?
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Sep 22, 2014  Most of us don't think twice about what the temperature was yesterday - let alone a hundred-and-fifty years ago. But weather data from that far back does offer a treasure trove of information now - particularly about the Arctic...
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