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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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Sep 19, 2014  Doctors at the Mayo Clinic are starting a second round of human clinical trials to see if massive doses of measles virus can attack and eradicate cancer. Stacy Erholtz, who has multiple myeloma, participated in the first round - and saw success...
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Sep 19, 2014  Our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller has met a young entrepreneur in Englewood, New Jersey who seems headed for sweet success. I do mean young - and I do mean sweet. I'm talking about Cory Nieves and his Mr. Cory's Cookies...
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Sep 19, 2014  When we first meet The Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz," he's stuck in the forest, because he had rusted after getting caught in the rain. Maybe if he had known about a wonder paint to keep the rust away, he wouldn't have gotten stuck...
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Sep 19, 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? Vint Verga wants to figure that out...
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Sep 18, 2014  A plane is quite a complex piece of machinery - and everything has to hold together. There is something else that is also complex and has to hold a lot of things together: your brain. What if you could steer a plane with the power of your brain?
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Sep 18, 2014  One of the most violent volcanic eruptions in history happened more than a thousand years ago at Mount Paektu in what is now North Korea. The secretive North Korean Government wouldn't let any Western scientists get close enough - 'til now...
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Sep 18, 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. Now, you wouldn't think of riding your bike on the water. But a man in California has thought of that...
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Sep 18, 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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Sep 17, 2014  You don't expect to meet a football player in a bookstore, but that is where Kathy Rackley met Malcolm Mitchell. Our CBS News colleague Steve Hartman met them both - "on the road," of course - in Athens, Georgia....
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Sep 17, 2014  Nearly one out of ten adults in the U.S. is either blind or otherwise visually impaired, even if they wear glasses or contact lenses. There's a device in the works to help those people read just about anything that's put in front of them...
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Sep 17, 2014  Here's an age-old question: What gives meaning to our lives? And here's another: How do we live long lives? It turns out the answers to both questions have something in common, according to researchers in the U.S. and Canada...
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Sep 17, 2014  There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Since we rely so much on our smartphones, it's too easy to get too attached to them. Well, there are ways to kick that kind of habit - and the latest entry is called "The No-Phone"...
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Sep 16, 2014  The mother of our Sunday Morning colleague Mo Rocca lives in the United States now, but she was born and raised in Colombia. She has some very fond memories of the place, from a time before Colombia became known for drugs and violence...
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Sep 16, 2014  On our previous broadcast, Mo Rocca was telling us about how his mother's home country - Colombia - had been dragged into darkness by the violence of the drug trade, especially in Medellin. How things have changed for the better since...
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Sep 16, 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 at Cambridge University in England. So, what did they learn?
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Sep 16, 2014  We sure love our smartphones and our tablets and our laptops, don't we? We can take them with us - and stay connected - just about anywhere we go. But, it can be quite a hassle to keep all our devices charged up while we're on the road...
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Sep 15, 2014  This Thursday, voters in Scotland will decide whether to in effect secede from the United Kingdom - and make Scotland an independent country. A Yes vote seemed highly unlikely at first - but now, says our CBS News colleague Mark Phillips...
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Sep 15, 2014  We were telling you earlier about Scotland's scheduled vote this Thursday on what amounts to a divorce from the rest of the United Kingdom. Our CBS News colleague Mark Phillips thinks that's a good analogy...
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Sep 15, 2014  British scientist Jim Usherwood believes he can help soldiers who have to trek for many miles wearing heavy loads on their backs with footwear that eases the strain on their shins - and literally puts a spring in their step...
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Sep 15, 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?
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Sep 12, 2014  To build a bridge in Alexandria, Virginia, they had to tear down a gas station. And in the process, they found a cemetery that nobody realized was there - a secret cemetery, says our CBS News colleague Wyatt Andrews...
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Sep 12, 2014  Nature has inspired musicians for ages. And now, a new symphony might be played in the Brazilian rainforest as well as in a concert hall. Composer Richard Blackford wants to bring some of the natural world to the stage...
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Sep 12, 2014  Maybe you've heard other people say they can "smell" money. Imagine that. Well, some scientists are imagining a device that could do just that. They say they've already captured the unique smell of our own paper money...
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Sep 12, 2014  A popular device for discouraging dogs from doing things we don't want them to, like wandering away, is an e-collar - "e" as in "electric" - that dog collar that gives him a shock every time he tries to...
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Sep 11, 2014  We know that the rain falleth on the just and the unjust alike - and when it doesn't fall, the same thing is true. It just doesn't seem fair that no good deed goes unpunished. And in bone-dry California, says our CBS News colleague Ben Tracy...
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Sep 11, 2014  Last night, President Obama spoke of ISIS. "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat," said Mr. Obama in a prime-time address from the White House. He laid out a four-part strategy to fight the terrorist group...
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Sep 11, 2014  Flies are such pesky critters, aren't they? 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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Sep 11, 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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Sep 10, 2014  In London today starts something new: The Invictus Games - wounded warriors from 13 countries competing in sports such as running, swimming, cycling, basketball and archery. Jan Crawford met with some Team U.S.A. members...
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Sep 10, 2014  Is it true that brown is the new green for lawns in California? Homeowner Paul Moser used to have the biggest lawn on his block - and he was proud of it, too. Not anymore. Here's what he told our CBS News colleague Teri Okita...
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Sep 10, 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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Sep 10, 2014  When it comes to shoes, there are so many different kinds and colors to choose from. But how many shoes can keep your feet warm in the winter? Well, there's now an invention aimed at keeping your toes cozy: the "Digitsole"...
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Sep 9, 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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Sep 9, 2014  On our last broadcast, our CBS News colleague Barry Petersen was at a one-room school in the mountains. Most of us associate such teaching with the Prairie - as in Little House, remember? Welcome to the Strange School in Michigan...
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Sep 9, 2014  Sports cars don't have a reputation that you would call "green-friendly." And when you see a sports car, you probably don't think of salt water, either. But there's a sports car out there that does run on salt water...
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Sep 9, 2014  Moths can be a pesky bunch - and most of them are nocturnal. But during the day in North Carolina, scientists are raising what you might call "cyborg moths" that they say could help us in many ways...
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Sep 8, 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. Now there is a "smart skin" that's being developed for aircraft...
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Sep 8, 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 certain kind of "raindrop"...
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Sep 8, 2014  For some, cycling is a sport - but for others, it's just another way to get around. Well, safety is always a concern. And there's a device that acts as a "sixth sense" for cyclists to help keep them safe on the road...
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Sep 8, 2014  Maybe someday, you'll be able to send and receive a food photo as a text message on your smartphone - along with the scent of the food attached. Actually, someone has come up with such a gadget: the "oPhone"...
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Sep 5, 2014  Stonehenge is a manmade arrangement of giant rocks, the earliest of which were put in place sometime around 3000 B.C. We know some things about it, but there is still a lot of mystery. And now, a simple mistake has given us another clue...
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Sep 5, 2014  Our world is a pretty noisy place. Think of all the sounds you might hear every day. One scientist wants to record all of these sounds - and many more. He thinks the way our planet sounds is also a sign of how it's doing...
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Sep 5, 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 do...
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Sep 5, 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, all with a 3D printer. They're sturdy, cheap and will last for years, he says...
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Sep 4, 2014  With nearly all of California in severe drought, folks in San Diego are going to have to start drinking from the largest body of water in the world: the Pacific Ocean. As our CBS News colleague Ben Tracy explains from Carlsbad, California...
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Sep 4, 2014  We all know that a good night's sleep makes us look and feel better the next day. But did you know that there is a part of the body that shrinks if it doesn't get enough sleep too often? A pretty important part: the brain...
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Sep 4, 2014  A big problem with flooding is that 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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Sep 4, 2014  Scientists in Britain say they've 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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Sep 3, 2014  "J." Nichols is a marine biologist and conservationist who lives near the central coast of California. He is now exploring the scientific reasons for why humans have such a deep connection with the deep blue...
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Sep 3, 2014  At my age, everybody these days looks like a kid - doctors, dentists, police officers. Our CBS News colleague Jeff Pegues has even met a theatre critic who looks and acts like a kid - because that's what he is. Iain Armitage is six years old...
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Sep 3, 2014  The human hand is one of the most amazing parts of the body. There's an outfit in London called Shadow Robot Company that's developed what it calls the Dexterous Hand - it's described as a great leap forward in artificial intelligence...
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Sep 3, 2014  The mustard plant is so called, because part of its defense system against predator insects is mustard oil. But how does the plant know how to do that? Well, scientists at the University of Missouri are trying to figure that out...
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Sep 2, 2014  It's been the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge across America - thousands getting doused to raise more than a hundred million dollars for research in the fight against A.L.S., Lou Gehrig's Disease. Here's part of that research...
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Sep 2, 2014  The leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury to older people is falling down. At the University of Illinois-Chicago, some older folks are falling down on purpose with lots of help, to try to reduce their chances of a real fall elsewhere...
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Sep 2, 2014  Here's a question that's been around for ages: 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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Sep 2, 2014  For decades, science fiction like "Star Trek" has helped us to imagine what space travel might look like in the distant future. A NASA scientist says he's designed a ship that could someday make interstellar travel a reality...
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Sep 1, 2014  As the barbeque editor for "Texas Monthly" Magazine, nobody knows more about Texas Barbeque than Daniel Vaughn. At least five times a week, you'll find him ordering up a plate-full, says our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller...
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Sep 1, 2014  A former New York City firefighter has developed an alternative to the traditional fire hydrant that's been in use now for more than a century. George Sigelakis is the creator of the Sigelock Spartan Hydrant. How does it work?
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Sep 1, 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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Sep 1, 2014  After champagne, Chianti is probably the best known wine in the world - and Castello di Brolio in Tuscany is where it was invented. Baron Francesco Ricasoli owns the castle - and the brand, says our CBS News colleague Allen Pizzey...
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Aug 29, 2014  Despite some recent rumblings, the President will not be ordering airstrikes on Syria to attack the Islamic State. Some people found his comment shocking: "No strategy? We're America - we should have a strategy for everything."
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Aug 29, 2014  It's called the "forced switch." And if you're on a brand-name medication, it could happen to you - just like it has to Michael Hitch of Maryville, Tennessee. He's only 54 - but he's already showing the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease...
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Aug 29, 2014  He's been calling races for more than 40 years - and now, at the age of 63, track announcer Tom Durkin is riding himself across the finish line. He'll call his last race at Saratoga on Sunday - and oh, what calls he's made over the years...
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Aug 29, 2014  As CDs fade away, the Library of Congress wants to make sure they're preserved, so that future generations will remember when music was stored on little silver things. They're sometimes more fragile than vinyl records they replaced...
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Aug 28, 2014  Most international stories have been bumped by the ordeals of the journalists kidnapped in Syria, reinforcing a brutal image of Islam - and drowning the mainstream imams, who now see their religion reduced to a recruiting tool for terrorists...
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Aug 28, 2014  The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has pushed many police departments across the country to get serious about equipping every cop with a police cam. Our CBS News colleague Bob Orr has a case in point from Laurel, Maryland...
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Aug 28, 2014  There are many different religious faiths in America. But lately, they find themselves sharing one universal commandment: Thou Shalt Be Online. And that's where a website founded by Sean Coughlin called FaithStreet comes in...
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Aug 28, 2014  Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have produced a working thymus - an organ near the heart that produces immune cells - by taking reprogrammed cells grown in the lab and transplanting them into a living mouse...
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Aug 27, 2014  James Foley's execution at the hands of a terrorist who appears to be a British subject has called attention to the number of Westerners who have converted to Islam for the expressed purpose of joining the fight in Syria - including an American...
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Aug 27, 2014  The business world is abuzz about Burger King's new corporate structure under its deal for Tim Hortons. It will be an American company, largely owned by three Brazilian billionaires, that will now be headquartered in Canada...
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Aug 27, 2014  Imagine taking 200 people - packing them into narrow seats in rows sometimes as close as 28 inches apart - then locking the door and sending the whole assembly five miles into the sky with only vending machine snacks for food...
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Aug 27, 2014  Maybe you've noticed: as you get older, the computer screen gets fuzzier and fuzzier. But suppose the screen was smart enough to compensate for that. It's possible when you have a computer screen that focuses itself...
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Aug 26, 2014  U.S. airstrikes have managed to slow down the ISIS attack on Northern Iraq. But, Pentagon planners know that the only way to stop ISIS would be to attack them in Syria - which is where their senior leaders and most of their forces are positioned...
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Aug 26, 2014  When it comes to earthquake warnings, Mexico and Japan are far ahead of the United States. But the new system at University of California at Berkeley did issue a warning ten seconds before Napa started shaking on Sunday...
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Aug 26, 2014  Parents have known it for a long time - and now, the pediatricians have finally come around. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it official: high school students aren't getting enough sleep - and school needs to start later...
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Aug 26, 2014  I'm sure you've seen videos of those little quadcopter drones, with the four spinning propellers. Well, a British engineer and helicopter pilot is adapting that design to carry much more than just a camera. He's designing it to carry a person...
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