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NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space

Transforming Design

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Do The Russians Know Something We Don't?

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Scan My Body - As Long As It Is Safe

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Gearing Up For Trade Shows

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A Muddled Crystal Ball

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Even Santa Loves High-Tech

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NASA Challenges Young Rocket Scientists

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A Friendly Backseat Driver

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Auto Slump Impacts Robotics Market

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Technology and Common Sense

With all the technology available to us today – iPods, smartphones, camcorders, portable computers – it is not hard to imagine people fully immersing themselves in their gadgets and various forms of media. But is technology causing people to become too self-absorbed? We asked readers this question in our Question of the Week. I would like to address this issue from another angle. Technology is giving people another excuse not to use common sense.

One doesn’t have to look far to see examples of this. Take the seemingly never-ending problem of mobile phone usage in vehicles. Numerous studies have documented the correlation between vehicular accidents and talking on a mobile phone, and many states have enacted laws prohibiting hand-held mobile phone use while driving. While the laws have had some impact, I still see too many people driving and using hand-held phones. Worse yet, the problem has gone beyond drivers merely talking on phones to drivers text messaging, particularly when stopped at intersections or in slow traffic. As texting requires one to divert his or her attention off the road, it is all too obvious these drivers pose a danger to themselves and others.

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