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NPR's Scott Horsley reports on the death of Jon Myer, the experimental physicist who helped invent the supermarket price scanner. Myer was working at Hughes Laboratories, when he came up with the idea of using lasers to read bar codes and scan the information into cash registers. His invention has fundamentally changed the entire retail industry.

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