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Dashboard Distractions: New Luxuries Cause Concern

In many ways, the Detroit Auto Show has become a kind of consumer electronics show for cars, but some worry that the latest developments in dashboard technology — like touch screens — could pull a driver's attention off the road.
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The Star Of Detroit's Auto Show? Fuel Efficiency

Automakers seek to make a splash at the Detroit Auto Show by unveiling new models and cars. This year, the unexpected star of the show is fuel efficiency. Compact cars are taking center stage. NPR's Sonari Glinton talks to Audie Cornish.
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In China, Apple Halts Sales Of New iPhone

Apple's newest iPhone went on sale in China Friday but soon sold out in the company's retail stores — and the disappointed crowds and the fights that started outside led Apple to restrict future sales to online purchases, at least for now. Apple fans were angry at the limited supply, and blamed the company — and scalpers.
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Making A Computer From Bubbles

Stanford professor Manu Prakash explains how bubbles can be used as bits to make a computer. By directing the bubbles through etched pathways, they act like electrons traveling through circuits. In this system, however, the computer is powered by gravity and the bubble bits can carry things inside of them as they compute.
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New Tuberculosis Strain Thwarts All Antibiotics

Physicians in India have discovered a strain of tuberculosis they call 'TDR' for 'Totally Drug-Resistant'--meaning there is no antibiotic available to fight it. Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug, discusses the possible origins of the strain, and what options--if any--doctors have to treat it.
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Lawrence Krauss On 'A Universe From Nothing'

Why is there something rather than nothing? That's the question cosmologist Lawrence Krauss tackles in his new book, A Universe from Nothing. In it, he surveys the discoveries that have led to scientists' current understanding of the universe, and explores what the future of the universe may be.
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Kepler Telescope Spots Tiniest Exoplanets Yet

At a meeting of the American Astronomical Society, scientists talked about mapping dark matter, measuring the 'graininess' of spacetime, and discovering the smallest exoplanets ever, using the Kepler space telescope. Ron Cowen, who reported on the meeting for Nature, discusses those findings.

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