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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stands on a Segway with Segway inventor Dean Kamen and NASDAQ Vice Chairman David Weild after opening the NASDAQ Stock Market on Nov. 18, 2002. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stands on a Segway with Segway inventor Dean Kamen and NASDAQ Vice Chairman David Weild after opening the NASDAQ Stock Market on Nov. 18, 2002.

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'Diabetes Rising' Around The World
Year after year, doctors advise their patients with diabetes to exercise, stay on a strict diet, and take their medication — but the devastating disease continues to take lives. In the U.S. alone, it affects 23 million people. In his new book, Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It, reporter Dan Hurley chronicles his nationwide quest to find out how diabetes became a pandemic — and how we can fight it.

Dean Kamen: Tinkerer, Inventor, Futurist
His inventions range from medical devices, like a stair-climbing wheelchair, to the much-hyped Segway. These days, Kamen is working on new technologies that he hopes will transform the world. As we begin a new decade, he'll talk to us about innovation, the importance of risk taking, and his contagious love of science and technology.

In A Recession, Murder Rates Falling
As homicide tallies are released for 2009, it seems more and more major American cities had fewer murders. (Because of the lengthy recession, many had predicted the opposite.) James Fox, a criminal justice specialist, tells us why there seems to be a trend of decreasing violence.

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