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Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Developmental psychologists are trying to figure out what very small children know and when they know it. The answer: a lot, and a lot earlier than you think. One experiment finds that 18-month-olds can reason abstractly when sorting blocks, well before they are able to explain it.
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FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Stop Selling DNA Test

The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to the company 23andMe demanding that its saliva test be taken off the market. The company claims the test can detect the genetic likelihood of more than a hundred diseases — a claim the FDA says the company has not proved sufficiently.
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An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. Now a scientist has taken the DIY craze to an entirely new level. She and an artist have made cheeses using the microcritters on their own skin, as well as those from famous folks. The curds are on display at a museum.
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If Comet ISON Survives The Sun, The View May Be Spectacular

Once again, there's talk about a possible "comet of the century." Will ISON be a thriller or a dud? It's due to whiz by the sun on Thanksgiving Day. If it holds itself together after that, the comet could put on a stellar show in December.
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Ancient Wine Bar? Giant Jugs Of Vino Unearthed In 3,700-Year-Old Cellar

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest wine cellar known, and the personal stash was massive: It once stored more than 500 gallons of vino. But these Bronze Age winemakers weren't just fermenting plain-old wine. They also got creative, infusing it with herbs and spices.
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Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to recent government data. In a recent period, more than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Why Slather This Spinach Field In Poop? It's All For Science

Food safety researchers in California are trying to find out how long E. coli in raw manure spread on a field might survive on a spinach farm. They're tweeting about it, too.
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Using Modern Ballistics to Crack 'Cold Case JFK'

If the JFK assassination happened today, would we have the tools to crack the case? Ballistics experts Luke and Mike Haag apply 3D laser and Doppler technology to the crime scene for new insights into the "single bullet theory" and the "grassy knoll."
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Budget Cuts Leave Curiosity and Cassini in Limbo

Upcoming NASA budget cuts may force the agency to choose between two of its flagship planetary missions--the Mars Curiosity rover and the Cassini mission to Saturn. Wired reporter Adam Mann discuss how much it takes to run these missions and what discoveries we could miss out on.
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The Science Behind Hard Hits And Touchdowns

Fans love to watch the drama on the football field. But scientists are watching the action in a different way. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with material scientist Ainissa Ramierez and journalist Allen St. John about their new book "Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game."

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