The two "eyes" on the Anybot are actually a camera and a laser. The camera "sees," the laser points, and the person on the screen controls it all. Anybots.com hide caption

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No Excuses: Robots Put You In Two Places At Once

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Phyllis Siegel (right) kisses her wife, Connie Kopelov, after the two exchanged vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The couple were the first same-sex pair to tie the knot in New York City after the state's Marriage Equality Act went into effect on July 24. Michael Appleton/AP hide caption

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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights

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For Lab Mice, The Medical Advances Keep Coming

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Midwestern manufacturers are bouncing back — revenues are up at Chicago White Metal Casting for the second year in a row. And the company is hiring, but mainly specialists, such as die-cast machinists and the people with the skills to fix those machines. Niala Boodhoo/WBEZ hide caption

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Midwest Learns To Manufacture More With Less

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Heirloom beets served at Bibiana Restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times /Landov hide caption

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A Year That Was Good To Beets

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Coconut Water Companies Sell Image, Not Taste

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Turkey Prospers Amid Neighboring Nations' Woes

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Chrysler President Olivier Francois reintroduced his company to the world at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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2011 Put Chrysler Back In The Fast Lane

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African Prints More Sophisticated, Subtle In 2011

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For Grassroots Protests, Big Gains In 2011

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Reason To Smile: Samuel Palmisano, president and CEO of IBM, walks by an IBM logo at the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover, Germany. Palmisano is set to step down later this month, and Virginia Rometty will take over on Jan. 1. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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IBM Sees A Big Boost As It Turns 100

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The Undertakers Of The Retail Industry

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Credit Unions Booming From Anti-Bank Outrage

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Chris Carl, foreman of the Shelburne Limestone Corp. quarry in South Wallingford, says Vermont's weather woes helped to more than double the quarry's business. Nina Keck/Vermont Public Radio hide caption

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In Vermont, Gravel And Road Business Is Up

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The rapper Lil B, who spread the word "swag" throughout hip-hop. Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Swag: Hip-Hop's Word Of The Year

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Same-sex couple Joseph and Jim pose for a photo as they wait to be officially married at the Manhattan City Clerk's Office on July 24, 2011, the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York. Getty Images hide caption

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A Good Year For Gay And Lesbian Rights

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Skylar Grey: And The Hits Keep Coming

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The cloud became a common term in 2011. Here, a screengrab from the Dropbox website shows how the cloud-based data storage service shares the same information on multiple devices. NPR hide caption

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Now Hovering Above Us All: 'The Cloud'

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Novak Djokovic smiles with his U.S. Open trophy atop the Empire State Building in New York, Sept. 13, 2011. The Serbian defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first U.S. Open tennis championship and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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For Novak Djokovic, A Year To Celebrate In Tennis

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Honduran migrants deported from the United States wait to complete their paperwork as they return to their home country in August. Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With New Strategy, Record Number Of Deportations

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Korean pop group Girls' Generation pose on the red carpet to attend the MNET Asian Music Awards ceremony in Singapore in November. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

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E-books surged in popularity in 2011. Here, Jean-Louis Raynard, chairman of the board of Virgin Megastore France, poses with the Cybook Odyssey tablet (left) a French e-reader from Bookeen, and the Kindle tablet (right), developed by Amazon. Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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E-book Sales And Self-Publishing

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