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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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Nov 17, 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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Nov 14, 2014  This is a big day in the history of radio. On this date in 1922, radio in Great Britain got a big boost when the BBC began broadcasting on a regular basis. The first shows were newscasts - "bulletins," as the British still call them...
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Nov 14, 2014  About 70 million deaf people around the world use sign language as their first language. But 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...
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Nov 14, 2014  In the kitchen, most of us like cooking a lot more than we like cleaning up afterwards - especially the dirty dishes. 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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Nov 14, 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." Sure enough, scientists are catching up with Hollywood...
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Nov 13, 2014  Do you worry about government surveillance and monitoring of phone calls and Internet communications - or, do you worry that we consumers have lost control of how our private personal information is being collected and used by companies?
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Nov 13, 2014  Several national chains - including Chipotle and Target - are trying to discourage people from coming into their businesses carrying firearms. But in Louisiana, there is at least one restaurant that encourages any patron to do so...
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Nov 13, 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." What is it - and how do the cabbies get it?
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Nov 13, 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. Amy Ross, who is a spacesuit engineer at NASA, explains...
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Nov 12, 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 there recently...
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Nov 12, 2014  What began as a "Paleo Diet" has become a full caveman movement. Some people are not only eating like cavemen, but also exercising and sleeping that way, too. Just ask Robb Wolf, who runs a gym in Northern California...
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Nov 12, 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. Scientists at Texas A&M University studied the migrating movements of elephants in Namibia...
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Nov 12, 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 CBS News colleague Seth Doane went to see it - and there was nothing there...
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Nov 11, 2014  Walking the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim and back to your starting point would be challenging for anybody. But people do it, and Dan Berlin wanted to - very much - but in his case, with each passing day, it became less and less likely...
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Nov 11, 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?
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Nov 11, 2014  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 that...
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Nov 11, 2014  Here's the verse to "Swanee" by George Gershwin, captured on a roll of paper specially pierced by piano keys that Gershwin played himself. Listening to a song on what's known as a "reproducing piano" can be quite an experience...
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Nov 10, 2014  There's a new biography out this week on the 41st President, George H. W. Bush - written by his son the 43rd President, George W. Bush. Our CBS News colleague Bob Schieffer asked the author...
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Nov 10, 2014  President Obama sat down with our CBS News colleague Bob Schieffer for the 60th anniversary broadcast of "Face the Nation" yesterday. The midterm elections were not kind to Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats...
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Nov 10, 2014  We've heard a lot about the long-term effects from concussions in football. Well, 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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Nov 10, 2014  Science keeps looking for new sources of energy to replace fossil fuels someday. Scientists in London are trying to genetically harness the power of bacteria - specifically, E. coli - to produce propane on a commercial scale...
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Nov 7, 2014  Silicon Valley's newest sensation came up with his big idea while playing with Legos. Our CBS News colleague John Blackstone caught up with 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee at a gathering of technology investors...
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Nov 7, 2014  We've been telling you about Shubham Banerjee, the young inventor whose product is made out of Legos, and some pins and paper from Home Depot: an affordable Braille printer. Existing Braille printers cost 2,000 dollars and up...
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Nov 7, 2014  Pretty much every town in America has a group of people who get together regularly to sing. But one town has a special claim to musical fame: Stoughton, Massachusetts has the oldest choral society in the United States...
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Nov 7, 2014  We seem to be moving away from usernames and passwords to protect our identities, and turning to tools that can scan something unique about us: our fingertips, for example - or the retina in our eyes - or maybe even our own heartbeat...
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Nov 7, 2014  We seem to be moving away from usernames and passwords to protect our identities, and turning to tools that can scan something unique about us: our fingertips, for example - or the retina in our eyes - or maybe even our own heartbeat...
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Nov 6, 2014  Many people - older people, especially - hate the idea of going to the hospital, but our CBS News colleague Chip Reid knows an exception. Sigrid Mills of Dover, Delaware is 84 years old - and she loves going to the hospital...
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Nov 6, 2014  Some animals - the chameleon, for one - can change colors when the background changes. In Poland, they have a project called the PL-01 Tank, which continuously would change color to blend into its surroundings...
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Nov 6, 2014  There's a lot of talk about "comfort food" these days - simple, basic foods that remind us of our childhood. A couple of enterprising fellows in London plan to make the idea a little more upscale: a brand new cafe for cereal...
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Nov 6, 2014  The technology of 3D printing is still in its early stages - but it's already being applied in everything from medicine to aviation to even bespoke guitars. And in South Carolina, scientists are using it for what they call "biofabrication"...
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Nov 5, 2014  In Las Vegas, for years if you saw a huge construction project under way - like the huge one now being built by MGM Resorts on the famous Strip - it would be a safe bet to conclude it was yet another gambling casino. But not this time...
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Nov 5, 2014  In the Netherlands, a farmer by the name of Marc Van Rijsselberghe is conducting a great experiment - pumping water on his crops that is not fresh, but diluted sea water. Some of the crops die, which he fully expects. Why does he do it?
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Nov 5, 2014  Scientists at Carnegie Mellon say they plan to put a "virtual reality rover" on the surface of the Moon. The team has signed a deal with the private space company SpaceX to launch the rover - named "Andy" - in 2016...
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Nov 5, 2014  Philippe Arrouart is the creator of the Plixi - which is a bike helmet that's portable, because it's foldable. He says he thought of the idea after he watched hundreds of people using a bike sharing system in his hometown of Paris...
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Nov 4, 2014  On this day in 1979, 66 Americans found themselves in big trouble in Iran. They were captured by so-called "students" who had stormed the U-S embassy in Tehran.
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Nov 4, 2014  Air travel can be fun sometimes, but what is not fun are the long lines you can expect to see both at check-in and at security in most airports.
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Nov 4, 2014  A hundred years ago, half of American school kids were taught in a one-room schoolhouse. But after the First World War, people moved into cities - although such schools still exist, says our CBS News colleague Barry Petersen
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Nov 4, 2014  On our last broadcast, we left our CBS News colleague Barry Petersen at a one-room schoolhouse in the mountains. Most of us associate such teaching with the Prairie - as in Little House, remember?
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Nov 3, 2014  On this day in 1957, the Soviets picked up the pace in the space race with the United States. They had already launched a satellite. Sputnik 2 went into Earth orbit - with a passenger named Laika. That translates as "Barker".
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Nov 3, 2014  We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks don't we? Too much time if you ask some health professionals. And because of that, standing desks are becoming all the rage at some corporate offices around the country.
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Nov 3, 2014  Most of us don't think twice about what the temperature was yesterday - let alone think about weather patterns of a hundred-and-fifty years ago. But weather data from that far back does offer a treasure trove of information now
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Nov 3, 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.
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Oct 31, 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, muscles and nerve tissue so that an amputee could feel, move and control it with his thoughts?
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Oct 31, 2014  The 6 million people who visit the famous Sistine Chapel every year look up to see one of the greatest works of art ever created. How could anyone possibly improve on Michelangelo's majestic frescoes and the most beautiful ceiling in the world?
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Oct 31, 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
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Oct 31, 2014  This being Halloween, perhaps tonight kids out trick or treating may feel chills of fright when they come to very large spooky old house that they've not been in before.
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Oct 30, 2014  Are you familiar with the little town of Westminster, Massachusetts? No particular reason why you should be says our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller, until now.
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Oct 30, 2014  This is a red-letter day in the history of radio. On this day, October 30th 1938, the Earth was invaded by Martians. Or at least, a lot of Americans were convinced that it was, thanks to a radio show
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Oct 30, 2014  Sometimes when a nation wants to honor someone for heroic deeds performed long ago, they have to do it posthumously. In the case our CBS News colleague Mark Phillips will to tell us about, that wasn't necessary.
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Oct 30, 2014  The U.S. Military is always looking for new ways to help soldiers on the battlefield. For example, work is already under way to give soldiers superhuman speed.
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Oct 29, 2014  When we first meet The Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz," he's stuck in the forest and can't move, because he had rusted after getting caught in the rain.
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Oct 29, 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.
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Oct 29, 2014  Madeline Scotto has been teaching math at St. Ephrem's elementary school in Brooklyn where she once went to school, for 77 years now, the last 17 years as a volunteer.
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Oct 29, 2014  There is a beetle whose ultra-thin scales are so white that they're whiter than the paper we now use. That's a shade of white that really grabbed the attention of some scientists.
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Oct 28, 2014  Leonard Shlain was a pretty creative spirit - a distinguished surgeon and author of several books. His last one, "Leonardo's Brain," is about the brain of Leonard's hero and kindred spirit Leonardo da Vinci...
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Oct 28, 2014  On this day in 1962, we managed to avoid a nuclear war. It was serious all right. President Kennedy told everyone just how serious it was.
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Oct 28, 2014  When was the last time you used a telephone booth? Well 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 cell phones.
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Oct 28, 2014  If you like to hop on a bike, maybe you like to take a scenic ride somewhere near a body of water - by a river or by a lake or ocean.
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Oct 27, 2014  Beer connoisseurs are always looking to get their hands on rare types of stout, lager and other varieties that you can only be found in certain parts of the world.
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Oct 27, 2014  Remember "You Bet Your Life", The Groucho Marx quiz show? You don't? Well, maybe you are too young. You might have seem some reruns of it. But did you know that show started on radio?
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Oct 27, 2014  Those of us who have pets know that there is a special bond between us and them. We're sure that there's something interesting going on in the brains of our cats or our dogs. But what is it exactly?
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Oct 27, 2014  A plane is quite a complex piece of machinery. It has so many different parts, made out of so many different materials - and everything has to hold together if the plane is going to fly high up in the sky.
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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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