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Science, Tech & Environment

Bilingual babies practice lip-reading long before monolingual counterparts

You’re in a crowded restaurant. You can’t make out what your companion is saying. So your eyes start to drift to your dining companions' lips, to make out what they're saying over the din. That’s because when speech is hard to hear, lip-reading provides extra clues for comprehension. It turns out we all learn this skill as infants. And bilingual infants do it the more than others.

Science, Tech & Environment

Your total is $57.67 — will that be cash, credit or phone?

Magnetic-stripe credit and debit cards are like catnip for hackers, who have been broken into retailers like Target and Home Depot and installed malicious software on their cash registers. Now, chip-based cards are becoming more common in the US and are expected to grow rapidly in the coming year. Then there's Apple Pay, a mobile payment system that eliminates cards entirely. Where is this all heading?

Sports

Sleep cycles can affect an athlete's performance

If you watched Sunday's Super Bowl, you witnessed its improbable ending: Jermaine Kearse’s remarkable catch near the end; Seattle coach Pete Carroll's surprising play call at the goal line; and the interception that clinched the win for the New England Patriots. Would the outcome have been different had the game been played at a different time of day? We'll never know. But new research may provide an intriguing insight.

Ira Flatow

Ira Flatow is the host and executive producer of Science Friday.