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The Osgood File / 03-04-15 / 9:25 AM03/04/15
No matter how good or how experienced a driver you might be, there's always a chance that you could get into an accident. What if the accident takes place late at night or in an area where there isn't anyone to see it and report it?
The Osgood File / 03-04-15 / 8:25 AM
Imagine that the devices in your home are so connected that with, say, just a few taps on your smartphone, you can do things remotely such as turn your lights on and off - adjust your thermostat - even run your coffee maker...
The Osgood File / 03-04-15 / 7:25 AM
Many of us are not very fond of rats. Here in New York, for example, some of the rats that we see scurrying along the subway late at night appear to be quite large, indeed. And yet, even rats appreciate acts of kindness...
The Osgood File / 03-04-15 / 6:25 AM
There are many more different brands of toothpaste these days - with different flavors, different marketing approaches, different commercials. And now from Silicon Valley comes something that's completely different from toothpaste...
The Osgood File / 03-03-15 / 9:25 AM
On a cold wintry night in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an SUV equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology developed by wizards from MIT is roaming the streets, unknown to the people inside the homes they pass...
The Osgood File / 03-03-15 / 8:25 AM
Identity thieves have many ways of finding out our personal information, and there is a certain kind of fax machine that could contain everything that an identity thief would be looking for: a thermal fax machine...
The Osgood File / 03-03-15 / 7:25 AM
Potholes are annoying and dangerous. If you drive over one, you can get a flat tire - or a cracked rim - or even lose a hubcap. And when a hubcap gets knocked off because of a pothole, it can still be worth something, as Joe DeMarco knows well...
The Osgood File / 03-02-15 / 9:25 AM
Just about the fastest growing field in technology is robotics. Every day, we hear about new tasks formerly done by humans - now carried out by machines - controlled by humans. And, robots are being developed as research platforms, too...
The Osgood File / 03-02-15 / 7:25 AM
You might think that there just couldn't be any room in a big city for keeping bees - even when it's warm enough. But the idea has been tried on rooftops in cities such as New York and London. And now, from Down Under, comes The FlowHive...
The Osgood File / 03-02-15 / 6:25 AM
This winter has seemed rather odd, to our CBS News colleague Jim Axelrod. In the Northeast to say the least, it's been anything but nice. With more of the same today, they say. As for ice, Axelrod talked to guys he met the other day...
The Osgood File / 02-27-15 / 9:25 AM
Life can sometimes seem like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. Well, there's one type of bird that seems to have taken those words to heart. The Bar-Headed Geese spend much of their migratory flights over the Himalayas...
The Osgood File / 02-27-15 / 8:25 AM
Robots are becoming more and more common these days. In fact, many people might not even realize how much they're being used now. They're ideal for doing the boring, time-consuming tasks that people really don't enjoy...
The Osgood File / 02-27-15 / 7:25 AM
I know it's a bit early to think about - much less drink - gin. There's been a special relationship, however, between the British and their gin that dates back to the 1700's. And now, says our CBS News colleague Charlie D'Agata in London...
The Osgood File / 02-27-15 / 6:25 AM
"SuperAgers" are people in their 80s and 90s whose brain and memory functions stay younger as they get older. Why is that? Well, it's a mystery - but we're getting closer and closer to unraveling it, says Dr. Changiz Geula...
The Osgood File / 02-26-15 / 9:25 AM
There's a fast-growing business concept known as "peer-to-peer sharing." Spinlister is a good example. If you have a bicycle and don't use it all the time, you can list it with Spinlister - and you can let somebody else use it for a fee...
The Osgood File / 02-26-15 / 8:25 AM
Dogs are smart, there's no denying. They're so doggone smart, they know when we're lying. They know what it means when we point to something - "Hey! Look over here! This will interest you!" If you mislead a dog, it does not forget...
The Osgood File / 02-26-15 / 7:25 AM
Perhaps you've heard about The Enigma Machine. It's central to the film "The Imitation Game" - in which actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays British genius Alan Turing during World War II. And now, at a museum in Boston...
The Osgood File / 02-26-15 / 6:25 AM
Working out is of course a good way to help you stay healthy and strong, especially as you get older. Not for Willie Murphy, though. She is 77 years old and isn't showing any signs of slowing down, says our CBS News colleague Michelle Miller...
The Osgood File / 02-25-15 / 9:25 AM
To become a superior poker player takes many skills: intelligence, discipline, patience - and a certain kind of confidence, too - to bet, raise and bluff your way to the top. Could a computer do that better than a person could?
The Osgood File / 02-25-15 / 8:25 AM
Prosthetic limb technology has come a long way over the years. Today, bionic arms have been developed that, until recently, would have seemed impossible outside the world of science fiction. But, they're very expensive...
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