Gentex Corp.'s rearview mirror camera display enables drivers to see objects and people behind the vehicle using a tiny camera mounted to the back of the car.
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February 28, 2011 Nearly 300 people die each year when hit by vehicles that are backing up. A Michigan company has designed a rearview mirror with an embedded video display. The device helps drivers see people or objects in their blind spots using a tiny camera mounted to the back of the car.
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Astronaut Steve Bowen works outside the International Space Station's Quest airlock during Monday's spacewalk. Bowen's spacewalk was unexpectedly extended by a computer malfunction.
February 28, 2011 Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station today, a trip that was a few minutes longer than astronaut Steve Bowen would have liked.
February 28, 2011 This week, Apple unveils the next generation of its iPad. The touch screen computer has come to dominate the tablet market. But this year, companies like HP, Samsung and Motorola are striking back with rival machines. Host Michele Norris talks with Donald Bell, senior editor CNET.com, about the tablet industry.
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February 25, 2011 In her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, Sherry Turkle examines our proclivity for robots, smart phones and social networks, and though far from suggesting we ditch technology, she wonders if we aren't losing out on human contact in the process.
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February 25, 2011 Extended use of a cellular telephone causes increased activity in parts of the brain next to the phone's antenna, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, Nora Volkow, author of the paper, says it's unclear what the clinical significance of that finding is.
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Variations On Chocolate Cake: Google's new Recipe View is designed to help cooks sift through recipes on the web. Here, the results for a search for Molten Chocolate Cake.
February 24, 2011 Not everyone who uses Google to look up "molten chocolate cake" is looking for an explanation of what the dish is. After all, the name kind of gives it away. The web has become the nation's recipe box — and Google's making it easier to sift through, thanks to its new Recipe View.
Electronic cigarettes like these are grounded in the United States.
February 24, 2011 Smokers of electronic cigarettes are making videos of themselves using the devices on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation says the smokeless cigarettes aren't welcome aboard.
Can my app trump your speed gun?
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February 23, 2011 While a college student says the tracking app on his phone helped him get out of a speeding ticket, there are other cases where such evidence hasn't helped.
A still from the video game Call of Juarez: The Cartel.
February 23, 2011 A soon-to-be-released video game — Call of Juarez: The Cartel — that glorifies murder and mayhem in the violence-wracked city of Juarez, Mexico, is sparking an outcry. Critics on the border say it's in bad taste given the thousands of people killed in the city's drug wars over the past few years.
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Researchers found that as groups of black-tailed prairie dogs and other rodents became larger, it also became easier to identify individuals.
February 22, 2011 People who love to adorn themselves with over-the-top accessories may want to thank UCLA for opening a new path to enablement. Biologists from the school have found that heightened individuality is an integral part of life in large groups of social animals.
A mobile phone shows a Skype application.
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February 22, 2011 Companies that offer Web-based e-mail or social networking can't always cooperate with court-ordered surveillance. That's because it's not always possible to create built-in eavesdropping systems, and those back doors can leave computers vulnerable to hacking and non-government spying.
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February 21, 2011 Conventional wisdom says readers are only willing to pay for online news that fuels their passion or helps them make money. Across the Atlantic, however, a pair of leading daily newspapers — The Times and The Sunday Times -- have ignored that conventional wisdom, putting up an ironclad digital paywall and testing whether they can remain relevant while telling readers they can no longer enjoy a free ride.
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February 21, 2011 Over the past decade, Americans have been writing fewer checks and using more and more plastic. But now, some are predicting the demise of the credit card, paying by smartphone could elbow out giants such as Visa and MasterCard.
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February 21, 2011 Andy Carvin (@acarvin), senior strategist for NPR's social media desk, discusses his recent work on Twitter. He's been tweeting about protests in Egypt and Tunisia, now Libya and Bahrain. Carvin has sought multiple sources on the ground and reported on the minute-by-minute revelations.
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Jeopardy contestants Ken Jennings (left), Brad Rutter and a computer named Watson.
February 20, 2011 The TV game show Jeopardy! experimented this week with IBM's latest version of artificial intelligence, "Watson," which destroyed its flesh-and-blood competition. Could Watson be coming for our jobs in radiology or the law next?
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