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Lefty alert. The 10 percent of all users who are left-handed can now type exclusively with their left while mousing with their right. The $150 Lefty FrogPad from FrogPad Inc. of Houston crams all the standard keys onto a 5.5- by 3.5-inch rectangle centered on the 15 most-used English letters. A Bluetooth version is coming. 8Office arsenal. The General Services Administration's security machine catalog from SEM of Westborough, Mass., sells not only big, centralized shredders and disintegrators but also the Model 4033 Ultimate Destruction System, which can chew up whole computer towers into 2-inch-wide random lengths.

World's cutest robot. NASA nominates the Lunokhod 1, a post-Sputnik Soviet robot that landed on the moon in 1970 and, like the current Mars rovers, amazed observers by running longer than expected'11 months for Lunokhod. Go to GCN.com and enter 278 in the GCN.com/box to view the artifact, bronzed like a baby shoe.

Emotional cars. The Patent and Trademark Office last month granted Toyota Motor Corp.'s Japanese parent U.S. patent 6,757,593 for vehicle systems that signal apologies or thanks to other drivers, as well as display anger, laughter and other emotions, using colored lights and hood 'eyebrows.' Lights, antenna, windshield and panels would represent the vehicle's eyes, tail and body. To show road rage, the 'eyes' would turn glaring red. A 'sleeping' car would have the 'eyes' closed, the antenna horizontal and the glass areas dark. A 'weeping' car would drip 'tears' from small lights below the headlights. We don't know whether to laugh or cry at [email protected].

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