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Roomba Floorvac Sales Increase as Much as 600 Percent

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BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2003--Heading into the busiest stretch of the holiday shopping season, iRobot Corp. today announced that consumers are buying Roomba(R) Robotic Floorvacs in record numbers, making Roomba not only the world's best-selling mobile robot, but also a favorite among holiday shoppers.

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Here's A New Spin (Cycle) On Small Tech: Smart Appliances

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If you believe the hype, small technology will eventually find its way into everything but the kitchen sink. In the white goods category, this may not be too much of an overstatement. Over the next several years, "intelligent" appliances tricked-out with microscale sensors and actuators will hit home.

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Refrigerators to Blame for Crohn's?

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(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Although the cause of Crohn's disease remains unknown, some researchers say the invention of refrigerators may have contributed to the outbreak of the disease. Researchers from France discuss their theory, which they call the "cold-chain hypothesis," in this week's issue of The Lancet.

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