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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.

Health & Medicine

Scientists discover a potent new antibiotic

Antibiotics, among the most extraordinary drugs of the last hundred years, mostly come from a very ordinary source: dirt. But that source has been slowly exhausted, since 99 percent of the microbes in dirt can't be cultured in a lab. Now, a group of scientists has developed a new technique for cultivating bacteria on their home turf, so to speak: right in the dirt, where they grow best. The results are a game-changer.

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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.