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To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:05pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.

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Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:06am

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo, after an abrupt closure.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One of Saturn's Moons

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes In Titan's Northern Seas

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring Saturn's moon Titan for 10 years. Cornell researchers spotted some bright spots that might be the first sign of seasons on Titan's lakes.

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:07am

The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is .3048 meters. But if the length of a foot is based on the meter, what's the length of the meter based on?

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Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:29am

Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:35pm

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19am

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:46am

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:00am

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:38am

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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Seeking the Solstice: Kick Off Your Summer of Cosmic Sunsets

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Just in time for the official start of summer, NPR's Adam Frank heads outside to better understand the summer solstice. The secret, he says, is in the sunsets.

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Cut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), Too

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:50pm

A British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.

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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:17pm

Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.

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