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Driving And Phoning: What's New In 2012

States have long sought to restrict cellphone use by drivers because of safety concerns, and as the new year begins, several states are toughening their laws. It turns out it's a hard habit to break. And for government officials, it's not easy to stay ahead of tech advances.
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Louis C.K. On Life, Loss, Love, And 'Louie'

The comedian's latest special, Live at the Beacon Theater, was released in early December. C.K. talks about why he went with Web distribution this time, and reflects on his award-winning TV series, his relationship with other comedians and his USO appearances.
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For Lab Mice, The Medical Advances Keep Coming

Before therapies are tested in people, they are often tested in mice. This year, scientists reported progress in melting away all sorts of tumors in mice, as well as promising treatments for a variety of other ailments.
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No Excuses: Robots Put You In Two Places At Once

It's getting cheaper to be there even when you're far away. Companies that make "telepresence robots" hope to save busy people the hassle of travel.
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Exploring Science At The End Of The Earth

Every year thousands of scientists visit Antarctica. Some study the gas plume from the active volcano, Mount Erebus. Others map the ever-changing ice caves. But they all face the same challenges of working on extreme terrain. Two researchers and a photojournalist discuss how research is done on the frozen continent.
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Year in Review: Science Stories of 2011

From the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to the end of NASA"s shuttle program, a great deal of science stories made headlines this year. Science writers Mariette DiChristina, Matt Crenson, Steven Levy, and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top stories in science.
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NASA Probes Set To Orbit The Moon Over New Year's

Twin GRAIL spacecraft on a mission to study lunar gravity are nearing the end of their almost four month journey. The probes are expected to reach the moon on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. GRAIL's principal investigator, Maria Zuber of MIT talks about the data they hope to collect.
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In U.S., Android Has Upper Hand On The iPhone

Sure, Apple's iPhone is trendy and cool, but smartphones running Google's Android operating system dominate the U.S. market. That's because Android phones sell at a wide range of price points. And many are built with specific uses in mind.

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