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Parlez Vous Francais? It Might Boost Brain Power

Ever wish you had studied a little harder in your high school French or Spanish class? According to a recent New York Times article, being bilingual has benefits that extend well beyond language skills. Guest host Jacki Lyden explores this issue with Ellen Bialystock, professor of psychology at York University.
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Pipe Down! That Noise Might Affect Your Plants

Aside from urban legends about talking to your flower pots, is there any reason to study the effect of noise on plants? One ecologist says yes — because noise pollution can disrupt the behavior of birds and other animals that plants rely on.
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NASA Reschedules Rockets Launch

NASA has canceled the launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast due to inclement weather.
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Debris Makes Space Station Astronauts Hunker Down

A discarded chunk of a Russian rocket forced six space station astronauts to seek shelter in escape capsules early Saturday, but passed safely in front of it. It was the third time in 12 years that astronauts have had to seek shelter from space junk.
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Whooping Cough Bacteria May Be Changing Their Ways In Australia

Whooping cough has reappeared in the U.S. and other developed countries in recent years, despite widespread use of vaccines. Researchers in Australia offer a partial explanation: they say the vaccine isn't tailored to fight some of the most common strains of the bacteria.
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How Homegrown Charcoal May Get Your Garden Through A Drought

Biochar has enjoyed a certain revival because it can pull and store the carbon in greenhouse gases from the air. Everyone from California grape growers to home gardeners on YouTube are trying it out.
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Picture An Embryo

As part of an NIH-funded project, Bradley Smith, associate dean for creative work, research and graduate education at the University of Michigan, posted a collection of optical images and MRI scans of human embryos to the web. Intended for a clinical audience, Smith talks about the unexpected response he got from the public.
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'Losing Control' In The Movies

A new romantic comedy opens in theaters this week, and it stars a scientist as the likeable, and only slightly nerdy, main character. The film's writer and director, former scientist Valerie Weiss discusses Losing Control, and why she made the shift from lab bench to big screen.
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Making the Shift To Electric Vehicles

Though the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf entered the market to fanfare, the battery-powered cars haven't been selling as quickly as hybrid models such as the Toyota Prius. Industry experts discuss electric car technology, from batteries to charging stations, and what it might take to encourage drivers to make the shift.

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