60 Minutes June 28 2009

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In our first story, you will meet professional poker players who became suspicious when some of their Internet opponents never seemed to lose. They then started to scrutinize the games and the hands of those suspected cheaters using sophisticated computer programs, correspondent Steve Kroft and The Washington Post’s Gilbert Gaul report in a joint investigation. The players’ suspicions were justified, says Michael Josem, a player and a computer security expert himself, who plotted the odds. "We did the mathematical analysis to find that they were winning at about 15 standard deviations above the mean?approximately equivalent to winning a one-in-a-million jackpot six consecutive times." In the end, the largest cheating scandal in the history of Internet gambling was uncovered, one that cost players more than $20 million. But the players had to solve this themselves, as managers of the off-shore and unregulated $18 billion Internet gambling industry were unresponsive to their complaints.

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Next up you are going to witness something you probably didn’t think was possible. Neuroscience has learned so much about our brains that it is now using functional MRI scanners and computers to read simple thoughts in a person’s mind. Scientists demonstrate the mind-reading technique for correspondent Lesley Stahl, who also explores the controversial implications for the future with Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Says Wolpe, "I always tell my students that there is no science fiction anymore. All the science fiction I read in high school, we’re doing."

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In our third story, meet entrepreneur Greg Carr who is using his wealth to try to help some of the poorest people in Africa by attracting more tourists to their neighborhood – the beautiful national park of Gorongosa in Mozambique. As Scott Pelley reports, a civil war decimated not only the people, but also the park’s animals, and reintroducing species is one of the first steps. The tourists should follow says Carr. "Attract the tourists who will spend the money to create the jobs and lift everybody out of poverty," he says. "For an entrepreneur, it’s kind of a compelling opportunity?one plus one equals 10."

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These stories, and Andy Rooney’s old clothes, on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, June 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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