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Ray Kurzweil: "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed" (Rebroadcast)

Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the brain works, how the mind emerges from the brain and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of human intelligence.

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National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly

We find out about the National Zoo's newest arrivals and learn about what visitors can expect from major new exhibits opening this year.

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Budget Deal Provides Tax Breaks For Green Energy

Congress included an array of benefits for renewable energy and energy saving technologies in its "fiscal cliff" package. Homeowners can get tax credits for upgrading their houses to make them more energy efficient or buying energy star appliances. Industries that produce alternative energies from biodiesel to wind power got big incentives to produce more cleaner power.
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From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.
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You Can't See It, But You'll Be A Different Person In 10 Years

People generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past, according to fresh research.
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Wind Industry Secures Tax Credit, But Damage May Be Done

Uncertainty over the credit had lingered for a while, causing the industry to put off long-term planning. So while the now-approved tax credit revives prospects for an industry facing tens of thousands of layoffs, don't expect to see many new turbines coming up soon.
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Study: People Know They Will Change, But Underestimate How Much

New research in the journal Science suggests that people aren't aware of how much they will change in the next decade of their lives. Teenagers, middle-aged people, and older people all recognize that they have changed a lot in the past, but all think they will change relatively little in the future. People at all ages think that the pace of personal change has slowed to a crawl and they have recently become the people they will remain.

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