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

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

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo after the exhibit was shuttered due to budget issues.
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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

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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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is 0.3048 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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