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Tech Week Ahead: Driverless Cars

Colorado state lawmakers are debating a new bill that would allow driverless cars. It's one of a handful of states that have begun to legalize the vehicles. But Laura Sydell tells Robert Siegel that the high tech cars are still at least a decade away from being consumer ready.

How One Company Reinvented The Hand Dryer

Bathroom hand dryers used to be a hated product because they took too long to work. But a decade ago, a family-owned business in Massachusetts came out with a new product that changed the way we dry our hands.

Iran's Leader Embraces Facebook; Fellow Iranians Are Blocked

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei turned to social media recently. Meanwhile, Iran's government has stepped up efforts to identify and target online pro-democracy activists. Analysts say the government is using increasingly sophisticated methods to shrink the online space for free expression.

Big Op-Ed: When Private Actions Go Very Public

After eating at Applebee's with a large group, St. Louis pastor Alois Bell — frustrated that gratuity was already included — wrote this comment on the receipt: "I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?" A sympathetic co-worker posted a picture of the receipt online, and it soon went viral.

African Americans Fly High With Math And Science

At the age of 23 and with only $30 in his pocket, Barrington Irving became the youngest person to fly around the world. Host Michel Martin talks to Irving about getting kids on board with math and science from a 'flying classroom.'

A Union Vote For Chinese Workers Who Assemble iPhones

Unions in China are typically controlled by management and the government. A union run by democratic vote of the workers would be a huge shift.

That Was A Great Blackout Last Night

The blackout during the third quarter of last night's Super Bowl was the one spontaneous event of the whole evening, and the one thing that brought out the best in social media.

Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices

Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.