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  • 1:03pm Dec 14, 2012
    Science Science

    'Instant' Looks At Polaroid's Land

    Writer Christopher Bonanos tells the story of analog instant photography and the man who invented it--Edwin Land, the scientist and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Plus Flora Lichtman visits New York's 20x24 Studio to capture a super-sized Polaroid camera in action.
  • 1:03pm Dec 14, 2012
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Is It Possible To Create A Mind?

    Siri can make an appointment for you. IBM's Watson beat a human contestant on Jeopardy. But will they ever really think? Futurist Ray Kurzweil shares his thoughts on the nature of the brain and describes how biological and technological advances might augment the human mind.
  • 11:59am Dec 14, 2012
    Science Science Environment

    Using Science to Care for Your Christmas Tree

    Nothing beats the smell of a live Christmas tree in your home, but how can you keep the needles on your tree and off your carpet? Rick Bates, professor of horticulture at Penn State University, offers tips for how to properly care for your Christmas tree this holiday season.
  • 1:03pm Dec 07, 2012
    National National Science Health & Safety

    'Escape Fire' Exposes Flaws Of American Healthcare

    In Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare", director Matthew Heineman exposes what he sees as flaws in the U.S. healthcare system, such as a doctor who can spend just minutes with her patients to a soldier addicted to painkillers. Colonel Chester 'Trip' Buckenmaier III, of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, describes the military's efforts to swap pain pills for alternative therapies, like acupuncture and yoga.
  • 1:03pm Dec 07, 2012
    Science Science

    Ask an Astronaut: NASA Spaceflyers Open Up

    For the latest in our "Ask an Expert" series, current NASA astronaut Donald Pettit and former astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman chat about their spaceflight experiences. From brushing your teeth to weightless dreams, the astronauts discuss the many curiosities of living in space.
  • When researchers looked at the genetic sequences of 179 individuals, they found far more defects in the patterns of As, Ts, Gs, and Cs than they expected.
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    10:19pm Dec 06, 2012
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    Perfection Is Skin Deep: Everyone Has Flawed Genes

    Researchers found a surprising number of mutations, including several associated with disease, in the genes of normal healthy people. Their study raises questions about whether widespread genetic sequencing could end up scaring people for no good reason.
  • Fraud victims are more likely to have opened official-looking sweepstakes notices and other mailings. A new study says the elderly are more susceptible than the young to being swindled.
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    4:23pm Dec 06, 2012
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    Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

    New research suggests older adults may have less activity in the area of the brain that processes risk and subtle danger. Another possible reason older adults don't pick up on warning signs is an increasing bias against negativity.