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Baker Discusses New Smart Meters

Smart electric meters are being installed in homes across the country. The wireless devices replace old meters and transmit electricity usage data wirelessly to utilities. But there are concerns about accuracy and safety. Guy Raz talks to David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, for more.
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Warmth In Winter: Smart Windows To Let Heat In

Windows treated with an insulating film are twice as efficient as regular double-pane windows, since they block heat from entering a building. That's useful on warm days, but inefficient when it's cold. One lab is researching a new coating that could be turned on and off with an electrical current.
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Black Friday Sales Suggest A Strong Cyber Monday

Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases. One estimate says U.S. consumers may spend $1.2 billion online Monday, smashing last year's record of just over $1 billion.

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China's Cyber Threat A High-Stakes Spy Game

The cloak-and-dagger world of corporate espionage is alive and well, and China seems to have the advantage. Their cyber-espionage program is becoming more and more effective at swiping information from America's public and private sectors, and the U.S. government has even blamed China publicly for hacking American industries.
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The Deregulation Bill That's Drawing Crowds

In the same month that the debt supercommittee failed to rise above partisanship for the sake of America's economy, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives managed a landslide victory. The crowdfunding bill it passed last week could be a big break for entrepreneurs — but does it put investors at risk?
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Cruising To Mars: The Rover's Tasks

NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday. The MSL is five times heavier than the rovers currently on Mars and has twice as many scientific instruments. It will take nine months for the spacecraft to reach the Red Planet, and there's plenty of things for it to do before then.
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War By Remote Control: Drones Make It Easy

This year, the Air Force says it will recruit more pilots to fly unmanned aircraft than manned fighters and bombers combined. Here's what that shift means for the military, for potential pilots, and the way we think — or don't think — about war.

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