The Osgood File
The Osgood File / 03-27-15 / 9:25 AM03/27/15
Designers at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain have created robots they say are not only excellent listeners, but also have emotional memories. They are, in effect, social creatures that just happen to be machines...
The Osgood File / 03-27-15 / 8:25 AM
Bicycles are a fun, fast, clean and efficient way of getting around - but they can also be dangerous, especially while they're moving through traffic. Scientists in The Netherlands have come up with a "smart bike" to navigate that...
The Osgood File / 03-27-15 / 7:25 AM
Dr. Oskar Aszmann of the Medical University of Vienna says he wanted to help patients who had lost the use of their hands in catastrophic accidents - so, he came up with a radical new surgery that he calls "bionic reconstruction"...
The Osgood File / 03-27-15 / 6:25 AM
Vehicle-to-vehicle - or "v2v" - technology, says our CBS News colleague Kris Van Cleave, is an opportunity to prevent a lot of car crashes and save a lot of lives. But it may now be asked to make room for wi-fi...
The Osgood File / 03-26-15 / 9:25 AM
You have to be careful what you put into an e-mail. It can come back to haunt you. You can't always erase it - even if you want to. Now, websites are a completely different story - and that's where the Internet Archive comes in...
The Osgood File / 03-26-15 / 8:25 AM
The human immune system is the most efficient weapon for fighting disease. A method of activating this weapon is what some researchers at Harvard have discovered. It's a nanotechnology, says Prof. David Mooney...
The Osgood File / 03-26-15 / 7:25 AM
Do you like taking your car to get it serviced? Most people don't. You sit for what feels like an eternity in a small waiting room. But these days, some dealerships are trying to change that, says our CBS News colleague Kristine Johnson...
The Osgood File / 03-26-15 / 6:25 AM
If you're a commuter, you know what rush hour can be like: traffic. No fun for anyone. And the more traffic there is, the more stress for commuters. But, there is idea that just might help - and that's "virtual traffic lights"...
The Osgood File / 03-25-15 / 9:25 AM
Most of us hear with our ears - but sadly, those of us who are deaf lack that ability. There is something in the works that could change that - by substituting the tongue for the ear. It's a device that fits onto the roof of your mouth...
The Osgood File / 03-25-15 / 8:25 AM
OK, this is not the most pressing problem the world faces right now, but it is one that we apparently have been able to solve. You know how when you've used up most of a tube of toothpaste, that there's always some of it that you just can't out?
The Osgood File / 03-25-15 / 7:25 AM
On our previous broadcast, we were talking about the upcoming attempt to break the American record for time spent in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly doesn't worry much about what will happen to him in the twelve months he'll spend in space...
The Osgood File / 03-25-15 / 6:25 AM
We haven't heard much about American manned spaceflight since the Space Shuttle stopped flying four years ago. But the day after tomorrow, astronaut Scott Kelly will hitch a ride on a Russian Soyuz for the International Space Station...
The Osgood File / 03-24-15 / 9:25 AM
This winter sure made flying more of a hassle than usual in many parts of this country - and more work for crews having to de-ice planes before takeoff. You need antifreeze to de-ice a plane, and the process is not as easy as you might think...
The Osgood File / 03-24-15 / 8:25 AM
Flies sure do know how to get around - and they sure know how to get in our way. Most of us just try to swat the flies or shoo them away. But a few of us have been looking at how flies move - as a way to improve how we can make things move...
The Osgood File / 03-24-15 / 7:25 AM
Have you ever met a pen maker? Anna Williams makes pens out of wood. They're very special, very good - excellent, to tell the truth - surprising, given Anna's youth. She lives in Glendale, New York, says our CBS News colleague Lauren Lyster...
The Osgood File / 03-24-15 / 6:25 AM
Do you think there's life on other planets? Well, that is a question that we're always trying to answer, of course. But there's another question, too: If there is life "out there," what would it look like? Probably not like you or me...
The Osgood File / 03-23-15 / 9:25 AM
If you suffer from a lot of knee pain, particularly the kind that comes from a damaged meniscus, you don't have a lot of good options. But there is something in the works that could change all that: a plastic meniscus...
The Osgood File / 03-23-15 / 8:25 AM
Leather looks nice and feels nice, but a lot of people don't realize that it's actually quite dirty to make. After the tanning process that produces leather, manufacturers are left with a large amount of a toxic sludge...
The Osgood File / 03-23-15 / 7:25 AM
On our previous broadcast, we told you about a California man - Lenny Arkinstall - who has set out to remove as much as of the plastic waste as he can from wetlands before the debris floats into the Pacific Ocean...
The Osgood File / 03-23-15 / 6:25 AM
In the space of one year, as much as 14 million tons of plastic trash gets added to the oceans. Can anyone do anything about this? At least one man thinks so. His name is Lenny Arkinstall - and our CBS News colleague Omar Villafranca met him...
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