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Aug 1, 2014  Here's an age-old question: What gives meaning to our lives? And here's another question: How do we live long lives? Well, it turns out that the answers to both of those questions have something in common...
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Aug 1, 2014  We're always looking for better ways to get a good night's sleep - especially if the person next to us snores all the time. And from Down Under comes a mouthpiece that could stop all that snoring - and the dangers from sleep apnea...
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Aug 1, 2014  There's no national memorial in Washington honoring the five million American doughboys who served in World War I - or the 116,000 soliders who died "over there." And there are people now who want to change all that...
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Aug 1, 2014  In Sweden, a biometric system of payment has been developed. Quixter is based on a scan of the veins in your hand. No two are alike. You can't lose them. Nobody can steal them. And you're not going anywhere without them...
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Jul 31, 2014  Carbon emissions - including those emitted by the plastics industry - are part of the air pollution problem. But what if you could remove some that schmutz from the air and recycle it to make something useful out of it? Well, it's being done...
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Jul 31, 2014  Years ago, seals were hunted almost to the point of extinction off the coast of Cape Cod. The idea was to eliminate them - and they almost did. Then came an act of Congress - and scientists hoped the seals would rebound. And so they have...
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Jul 31, 2014  Many of us are concerned about losing our memories as we grow older. It does happen. Well, some researchers in California say they've come up with a way to help reduce the risk of that: Laugh about it - that's right, laugh...
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Jul 31, 2014  We've known for some time now how to desalinate salt water to turn it into drinking water. The U.S. Navy takes full advantage of that. But wouldn't it be great if the Navy could turn sea water into fuel? That is now a possibility...
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Jul 30, 2014  Pesticides and herbicides are now a ten-billion-dollar industry, but some doctors are worried about the health effects people exposed to those chemicals. Joe Holland has been in the lawn care business in New City, New York for 30 years...
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Jul 30, 2014  Jim Usherwood believes he can help soldiers with new footwear that eases the strain on their shins - and puts a spring in their step, by literally inserting a spring in the step - in the soles of their boots, just in front of the heel...
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Jul 30, 2014  You're listening to music through your earbud headphones, and then you unplug them and stuff them in your pocket. Later, when you pull the earbuds out of your pocket, the cords have become jumbled knots that take forever to undo...
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Jul 30, 2014  There's now a device that's in the works to help people who are blind or are otherwise visually impaired be able to read just about anything that's put in front of them - and it's as simple as a ring around your finger...
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Jul 29, 2014  At the Lake Meade Reservoir, there's a white ring where the water level used to be. It's way higher than it was before the current drought. But what you can't see underground is even more unnerving, says our CBS News colleague Teri Okita...
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Jul 29, 2014  When we think about 3D printing and its future in manufacturing, one of the most exciting developments is its use in commercial aviation. For example, take Airbus and its new A350-XWB jetliner, which includes parts made with a 3D printer...
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Jul 29, 2014  A park bench is a such simple place where you can sit down and rest for a while. Boston has introduced a series of "smart" park benches to help people stay connected while enjoying the outdoors - and learn something new along the way...
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Jul 29, 2014  Flies are such pesky critters, aren't they? Oh, that noise they make is anything but music to our ears. But, there's a certain type of fly with exceptional hearing that might hold the key to better hearing aids for us...
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Jul 28, 2014  While R2-D2 and his pal C-3PO are trying to help save the galaxy in "Star Wars," a real-life robot named "Violet" is zapping "superbugs" and eliminating bacteria at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Pittsburgh...
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Jul 28, 2014  More than 700 cyclists are killed each year in this country in accidents with vehicles. But, now comes a device that acts as a "sixth sense" for cyclists to help keep them safe on the road. And it's called the "Backtracker"...
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Jul 28, 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. The "Drift Light" is made by a Utah company, Saffron...
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Jul 28, 2014  For fish, living in an aquarium might seem pretty boring: same enclosed case, same coral, same toy diver with bubbles coming out of his helmet day after day. Well, there's a mobile aquarium-on-wheels that the fish can "steer" themselves...
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Jul 25, 2014  Over 50,000 people from across the country will gather at Cooperstown, New York this weekend to help celebrate the latest induction of legendary names to Baseball's Hall of Fame - and the Hall has quite a history of its own...
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Jul 25, 2014  In his spare time, Olaf Diegel - a professor at Lund University in Sweden - is making and selling six string electric and bass guitars, a full range of them, thanks to a 3D printer. He says they're sturdy, cheap - and will last for years...
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Jul 25, 2014  What's called "wearable tech" is ready-to-wear. From watches with smartphones built inside them to Google Glass, we're putting more and more things on our bodies to give us real-time data about our lives. And here comes the "smart shirt"...
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Jul 25, 2014  Sitting at your desk all day is not good for you, says Joanna Coles, the editor of Cosmopolitan. She's behind her desk alright - but not sitting. She tells our CBS News colleague Mo Rocca she is thinking and talking - walking...
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Jul 24, 2014  At more and more medical centers across the country, surgeons are using robots to do the cutting. Last year, robots were used in 422,000 surgeries - up 15 percent from the year before. But, is it any better for the patient?
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Jul 24, 2014  The word "snitching" is not a particularly nice one. So, using the special hotline in California to turn your neighbor in for wasting water isn't called "snitching." It's called "drought shaming," says our CBS News colleague Carter Evans...
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Jul 24, 2014  Some of us are more tech-savvy than others - no doubt about that. But these days, we depend a lot on technology to do the job we do. And it turns out pretending to be tech-savvy at the office can have an impact, too...
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Jul 24, 2014  If you're headed to your nearest casino, you probably are counting on Lady Luck when you get there. And if you do win a big hand or a big bet, you might feel you should quit while you're ahead. But winning streaks are real in gambling...
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Jul 23, 2014  You can't get any farther east in the Continental United States than the State of Maine. Most of the folks who vacation there are from the East Coast. However, these days, more and more of the vacationers are from China...
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Jul 23, 2014  Richard Hendrickson of Bridgehampton, New York is a big fan of weather. And he's seen a lot of it for a lot of years - 84 years, to be precise. Now, the National Weather Service is observing the veteran volunteer with an award for his work...
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Jul 23, 2014  Have you ever lost a pair of sunglasses? I have. Well, they're so easy to bring with you anywhere - and just as easy to misplace. But what if your sunglasses could tell you that you've left them behind? Introducing "smart" sunglasses...
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Jul 23, 2014  Will Anderson is a skateboard designer in Nashville, Tennessee. He's proud of his skateboards - and justly so, says our CBS News colleague Tracy Smith. They're beautiful - no wonder everybody in the skateboard world seems to want one...
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Jul 22, 2014  Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua, New Hampshire went to the White House yesterday to receive from President Obama the nation's highest military award: the Medal of Honor. He told our CBS News colleague David Martin...
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Jul 22, 2014  The mustard plant is so called, because part of its defense system against predator insects is mustard oil. When the plant detects a caterpillar munching away nearby, it releases the oil - and the caterpillar turns away...
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Jul 22, 2014  There's something about playing Peek-A-Boo that delights babies - and how the babies love it, regardless of what culture they come from or what language their parents speak. But why is Peek-A-Boo such a universal hit?
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Jul 22, 2014  These days, "selfies" are cropping up all over the place. All the world is a stage for people to use their own smartphones to take pictures of themselves, and whoever's with them. But what makes some selfies way more popular than others?
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Jul 21, 2014  America's business conditions had a good second quarter. The latest survey from the National Association for Business Economics - the NABE - reflects that. Mood is an important factor in economics - and companies respond to that...
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Jul 21, 2014  Scientists in Britain say that they have come up with a synthesized material that absorbs almost all of the light that shines on it. They say it might revolutionize satellites, telescopes and our ability to understand the universe...
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Jul 21, 2014  You might not think that an ant is a particularly intelligent creature. But if you put a lot of ants together, something amazing happens: they turn into data-processing machines that even some computers would envy...
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Jul 21, 2014  If you're a commuter who gets stuck in a lot of bumper-to-bumper traffic, the thought of getting around without a car probably sounds tempting. That is where an instant scooter called the Commute-Case comes in...
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Jul 18, 2014  General Motors officials are answering some of the many questions about those faulty ignition switches that are blamed for at least 13 deaths and more than 50 crashes. The problem is: many members of Congress don't believe the answers...
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Jul 18, 2014  July 20th, 1969 was a big day for me. It was summer, so I wasn't in school. I had just turned 12, so my dream of being old enough to drive was getting closer. And I was allowed to stay up late to see something special...
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Jul 18, 2014  I think it's safe to say that most of us aren't big fans of air travel these days. Wouldn't it be nice to at least be able to make a long-haul flight less of a long-haul? If you've got the money, stay tuned...
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Jul 18, 2014  It's the anniversary of the publication of one of the worst books in human history. I say "worst" not because of its literary style, although that's pretty bad. It's the worst, because it helped kill millions of people...
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Jul 17, 2014  The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to go before a congressional panel to try to reassure members his people know what they're doing.
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Jul 17, 2014  The new guy in charge of Veterans Affairs says the agency understands it has a lot of problems it has to fix. Some members of Congress say: you don't have much time.
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Jul 17, 2014  Engineers are working on planes that don't fly on aviation fuel - they fly on electricity.
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Jul 17, 2014  On July 17th,1938, an American pilot named Douglas Corrigan took off from a foggy airfield in Brooklyn, New York, headed for California. He got a little lost. It made him famous.
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Jul 16, 2014  The Peace Corps has been an American - in fact, an international institution since President John Kennedy helped create it in 1961. Now the Peace Corps is getting a makeover.
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Jul 16, 2014  It's been the perennial question for those of us on Earth: Is there anyone - or anything - else out there? Some experts think the answer is yes - and that we'll have proof soon.
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Jul 16, 2014  Alzheimer's is a particularly dreadful disease, both for those who have it and for those who love the people who have it. New research suggests at least some cases of Alzheimer's can be prevented.
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Jul 16, 2014  Everything changed on this day in 1945. The world, for better or worse, entered the atomic age.
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Jul 15, 2014  What next for Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was held by the Taliban for nearly five years? An Army spokesman says Bergdahl has finished his therapy and is going back on active duty.
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Jul 15, 2014  A lot of folks think California is paradise when it comes to weather, but if you're a farmer, paradise is the last place you're thinking of these days. A drought has much of the state in its grip and just won't let go.
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Jul 15, 2014  If you're a frequent flier, you know one of the hassles when trying to get from here to there is: parking the car at the airport garage. You're likely as not to end up spending a lot of time driving up and down and back and forth, trying to find an open space that's within, say, five miles of the terminal!
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Jul 15, 2014  This is the anniversary of one of the darkest days in human history. The Nazis opened the Buchenwald concentration camp in July, 1937. It was the last stop for thousands.
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Jul 14, 2014  It's called the "Iron Dome." And it helps explain the lopsided casualty figures in the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas.
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Jul 14, 2014  If President Obama wants Republicans to agree to his spending request to deal with a flood of unaccompanied kids crossing the southern border, he's going to have to make a better sales pitch. Texas Governor Rick Perry tells CBS's "Face the Nation" the President needs to show leadership.
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Jul 14, 2014  There's a new study out that suggests all those PREVIOUS studies that told us drinking a little alcohol each week was good for us - were WRONG. My question: Why doesn't someone do a study on why nobody believes studies anymore??
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Jul 14, 2014  Suppose you're a brand new mom or dad and you hear that sound made by your baby for the very first time. Is the baby angry? Hungry? Cold? Hot? Lonely?? What??
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Jul 11, 2014  We hear stories all the time about rising flood waters. It's often hard to predict which areas will be inundated - and which will be spared. Now, meteorologists are turning to satellites to look for areas where the water is most likely to rise...
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Jul 11, 2014  It's one of the great mysteries of life: What is consciousness? How does it develop? How does it work? Scientists don't have a lot of good answers to questions like those - but they have just found another clue...
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Jul 11, 2014  For years, scientists have been working on ways to help blind people to somehow "see" the world around them without actually using their eyes. One piece of technology that does that has become more accessible than ever...
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Jul 11, 2014  When soldiers have to conduct missions at night, they usually have to wear bulky goggles. But scientists at the University of Michigan are on to something new: a super-thin infrared light sensor which they say could fit on to a contact lens...
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Jul 10, 2014  Gambling casinos injected new life into Atlantic City, New Jersey after they became legal there in 1976. But now - 38 years later - says our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller, there is trouble in the Boardwalk Empire...
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Jul 10, 2014  We keep hearing about ways in which robots may enhance our lives one day. There are 15 special robots being tested in three European countries right now to help elderly people who live alone to stay in touch with their doctors and relatives...
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Jul 10, 2014  Some of the problems facing our country and its political leaders require dedication, fortitude and patience. Difficult as it seems in Washington to think beyond the next election, it does happen and is happening now...
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Jul 10, 2014  Stradivarius violins are considered the best ever made, because of their astonishing tone and responsiveness. They're worth millions. So, it might surprise you to hear that some of the best violinists around actually prefer modern instruments...
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Jul 9, 2014  So-called "open carry" firearms laws are being debated in several states. Colorado already has one. In one town, there's a grill where that's the policy. No, they don't carry rifles. But, there's no concealing that they do pack pistols - as we'll hear...
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Jul 9, 2014  There's a revolutionary robotic device called ReWalk - a wearable exoskeleton that can help patients paralyzed with spinal cord injuries to get out of their wheelchairs and walk again...
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Jul 9, 2014  Some of us like to share our food with our friends - not literally, of course - but through photos online. Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are full of food photos as a way to entice others to share in our culinary experiences...
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Jul 9, 2014  The human hand is one of the most amazing parts of the body. It is quicker than the eye, as magicians say - and so sensitive it can tell the difference between a real flower and an artificial one with a single touch - with its fingers and opposing thumbs able to grip and grasp objects so dexterous and so wired to the brain that it can perform a Rachmaninoff piano concerto or a life-saving heart surgery.
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Jul 8, 2014  These days, space flight is still light years away from traveling at warp speed, hopping from galaxy to galaxy. But a NASA scientist says he's designed a ship that could someday make interstellar travel a reality...
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Jul 8, 2014  Lauren Arrington, a South Florida sixth grader who went fishing in the Loxahatchee River, saw something dangerous in the water: a lionfish. Lionfish are venomous predators known to kill other species and threaten coral reefs...
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Jul 8, 2014  Over the weekend, our CBS News colleague Allen Pizzey introduced us to the most celebrated winemaker in Tuscany, Italy. You may not know about Baron Francesco Ricasoli - but you probably do know about his wine...
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Jul 8, 2014  In Wales, there is a cavern excavated for a mine. The mine has been abandoned and no miners can be seen. Instead, there are fun lovers bouncing on the trampoline. "Bounce Below" is what they call the new amusement park in what was once the mine...
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Jul 7, 2014  Here's a question that's been around for a long time: What does it take to become an expert at something? An expert musician, say - or an expert carpenter? Practice, practice, practice, of course. It's a big factor - but not the only one...
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Jul 7, 2014  As the barbeque editor for "Texas Monthly" Magazine, nobody knows more about Texas Barbeque than Daniel Vaughn. He's logged 13,000 miles in what he calls his "dream job" - and he's not done yet...
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Jul 7, 2014  We all know what a fire hydrant looks like and what it's for. A former New York City firefighter named George Sigelakis had a lot of experience with the old design in use now for more than a century. He's come up with something new...
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Jul 7, 2014  If you've ever tried learning a foreign language, you know how difficult that can be. Wouldn't it be great if we could just go to sleep and wake up with the ability to speak whatever language we're trying to learn? Maybe we already do...
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Jul 4, 2014  At the University of California in Riverside, scientists are close to finding a better solution to the problem of how to repel mosquitoes, by studying what attracts the mosquitoes to us - and disabling that mechanism in the insects themselves...
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Jul 4, 2014  For fifty years, America's shopping malls were the wonder of the retailing world. The malls were a phenomenon built on the cars and highways that changed where and how we lived and shopped. But in recent years, malls have been in trouble...
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Jul 4, 2014  We were telling you earlier about the Rise and Fall of the American Shopping Mall. But on the outskirts of Atlanta, there is one formerly dying mall that's thriving. Where some saw financial ruin, Jose Legaspi saw opportunity...
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Jul 4, 2014  When you think of a meeting, you probably think of people gathered around and sitting down. Well, meetings are now on the move: workers are getting on their feet and holding their meetings while taking a walk together...
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Jul 3, 2014  Ahead of this Independence Day, our CBS News colleague Danielle Nottingham has a story of four Vietnam veterans - members of the same unit - who never expected to see one another again, but reunited recently for the first time in 45 years...
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Jul 3, 2014  We like to freeze food, so we can keep it around longer - but some kinds of food withstand freezing better than others. Well, from a land which knows about freezing comes a method to put the crunch back into frozen vegetables...
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Jul 3, 2014  Here's an idea that makes you wonder why nobody thought of it before. We spend a lot of money to light our roads at night - why not make the roads light themselves? That's what a Dutch artist and a Dutch civil engineering firm have come up with...
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Jul 3, 2014  There are still no clinical tests to diagnose Parkinson's Disease in its early stages. Most attempts have focused on motor skills. But, researchers in Israel have come up with a much simpler approach: handwriting analysis...
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Jul 2, 2014  Cliff Alexander is 80 years old now - and will never forget what happened 50 years ago this day. As an aide to President Lyndon Johnson, he was there in the packed East Room of the White House for a very special occasion...
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Jul 2, 2014  In the old song "Bye-Bye Blackbird," there's a line: "No one here can love or understand me - oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me." Well, California has a hard luck environmental story, says our CBS News colleague Bigad Shaban...
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Jul 2, 2014  Soldiers who conduct dangerous missions need camouflage. And the future of camouflage may come from the "chameleon of the sea": the cuttlefish, a squidlike creature that can change its color pattern rapidly, to blend into its surroundings...
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Jul 2, 2014  The expression "living will" is a misnomer if ever there was one. A better term, I think, is "advance directive." That's what brought our CBS News colleague Dean Reynolds to the Mississippi River town of La Crosse, Wisconsin...
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Jul 1, 2014  Our species, Homo Sapiens, is mortal. In other words, we die. So does every other living species we know about - except for one microscopic species: the so-called 'Immortal Jellyfish' - or Turritopsis, says our CBS News colleague Lucy Craft...
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Jul 1, 2014  Would you like to be able reduce your car's fuel consumption, while at the same time boost its power output? The "Power Box" allows drivers to personalize the engine control unit, overriding the factory settings with a smartphone app...
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Jul 1, 2014  Scientists in Switzerland say they've developed a portable device that can detect common allergies in a drop of blood within half an hour. There are two ways now to test someone for allergies - and both of them have problems...
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Jul 1, 2014  For coffee lovers, that first cup of Joe in the morning really kicks off the day. But how do you drink that cup? Do you slowly sip your coffee, looking to savor every drop? Or do you gulp it down, no matter how scalding hot it might be?
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Jun 30, 2014  Scientists have developed an algorithm-based "emotion detector" for the dashboard of a car, behind the steering wheel, trained at the face of the driver. Someday, on fully automated cars, it could take control away from the driver altogether...
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Jun 30, 2014  There are many different kinds of mammals in the world. But we humans and other primates are able to do something a lot of other mammals can't: live a pretty long life. Scientists think that they've figured out why...
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Jun 30, 2014  A hundred years ago, the early crystal radio sets were called "cat's whisker" sets - because of the very slender, but very sensitive, point contact diode that made them work. Now, a century later, the latest thing in robotics is ... guess what?
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Jun 30, 2014  A fly on the wall may not do much at all, but he's taking in more than you'd think. Between what the fly sees and the things that he does, there is a most definite link. This has been established at Stanford University at a neurobiology lab...
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