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The University of Tennessee became one of 10 state university systems teaming up with Coursera, a for-profit tech company. Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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A player avatar runs on a treadmill in the virtual world of Second Life. Researchers used the online game to see if it could help people maintain weight loss habits in the real world. Courtesy of Univeristy of Kansas Medical Center hide caption

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The Orion nebula is the brightest spot in the sword of the Orion, or the Hunter constellation. NASA hide caption

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Matthew Marcus works at his desk in the basement of Kansas City Startup Village in Kansas City, Kan., in January. The village houses several startup companies and takes advantage of the high-speed Internet. Google announced on Tuesday it would be installing its Google Fiber network in Austin, Texas, next. Orlin Wagner/AP hide caption

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Despite the well-publicized dangers and laws against it in many states, texting or emailing while driving remains a huge problem. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Investors and financial analysis firms are increasingly looking at "sentimental analysis" — such as Facebook "likes" and Twitter messages — to gauge a company's social popularity. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Connected car technology could warn drivers when vehicles ahead of them suddenly brake. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A phone booth serves as a free Wi-Fi hot spot in New York City's Columbus Circle. Anna Solo/ hide caption

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Human baby Charlotte, the 13-month-old daughter of NPR producer Tom Bullock, tried the same tests that DeeChee, the robot, does for language-learning experiments. Dr. Caroline Lyons says human babies have an advantage: They spend every waking hour of the day in a speaking world. Tom Bullock/NPR hide caption

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On Air

'Baby' Robot Learns Language Like The Real Thing

With DeeChee's help, researchers are studying how babies transition from babbling to forming words.

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Customers talk with Apple employees, in blue, inside a San Francisco Apple store on Friday, the first day of the launch of the new iPad. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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ThinkFlood's Red Eye remote device works with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control home theater devices. Press image/ThinkFlood, Inc. hide caption

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Gadgets & Apps

The End Of Remote Controls?

As touch-screen smartphones become ubiquitous, will we really need four or five remote controls in the living room?

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