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New Advice on Reading to Infants

New American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines encourage parents to read aloud to children daily, starting in infancy. We consider practical hurdles some families face in meeting that goal and the long-term benefits early exposure to complex language can bring.


Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

Oh, Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Research indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. (This piece initially aired on August 7, 2013, on All Things Considered).