Science, Tech & Environment

A MacArthur 'Genius' is working to clean up our polluting health care system

One aspect of being a genius is the ability to view things in a unique way. Twenty years ago, environmental health advocate Gary Cohen looked at the health care sector and saw a big problem with pollution. He also saw a way to fix it and he set out to do so. So far his success has been phenomenal. And now he is a recognized MacArthur Foundation 'genius.'

Health & Medicine

The fight is on over e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarette ads are on TV. New York City is restricting e-smoking in the same way as it restricts tobacco smoking. And government data indicates that 10 percent of high school students have tried e-cigs. Now, researchers are racing to figure out how they will impact public health.

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.