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The Liftware device, shown here as an early prototype (left) and the final design, starts up automatically when it's lifted from the table. There's no "on" switch to fumble with. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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A Spoon That Shakes To Counteract Hand Tremors

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For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

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As the doctor examines a patient, medical scribe Connie Gayton records the visit using a microhone tethered to her laptop. Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR hide caption

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Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

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Satellite imagery provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Australian Maritime Safety Authority hide caption

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The Organ Care System keeps lungs warm, breathing and nourished while outside the body. MediCommConsultants hide caption

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Amanda Gerety, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center, checks monitors that track patients' vital signs. Fewer beeps means crisis warnings are easier to hear, she says. Richard Knox/NPR hide caption

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Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

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A mathematician's sweet dream: For about $10,000, you can print out rainbow sugar dodecahedrons and interlocking cubes. 3D Systems hide caption

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The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency has been trying to build a quantum computer, The Washington Post reports — but that news doesn't surprise experts in the field. Saul Loeb/Getty Images hide caption

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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

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The question of how humans process the flood of electronic media was a central part of the work of Stanford University sociology professor Clifford Nass, who died recently. Citing multiple studies, Nass said people often overestimate their ability to multitask. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Stanford Professor Who Sounded Alert On Multitasking Has Died

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Apple has bought a factory in Arizona that will be re-purposed to make sapphire glass. The material is used in the iPhone 5s, seen here, as well as in the wristwatch industry. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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