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The way you talk to your baby makes a difference. Elvis Kennedy

Here’s why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

Babies first learn to recognize the rhythm and intonation of language. The process begins in the womb, where the intonation patterns are transmitted to the baby through the fluids.
When should you let your gifted child skip grades? Children image via www.shutterstock.com

Should I grade-skip my gifted child?

About two out of seven children are likely bored in their classrooms, as they aren't learning much that is new. Should these children skip grades? What's the evidence on grade-skipping?
Women line the Atlantic City boardwalk to protest the 1968 Miss America pageant. Feminist Theories & Art Practices

Miss America 1968: When civil rights and feminist activists converged on Atlantic City

For decades, the Miss America pageant had excluded minorities while celebrating a very narrow definition of womanhood. Then two separate protests – a women's liberation picket and the lesser-known Miss Black America pageant – said 'enough is enough.'
If the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it. septim/flickr

Clean energy could save hundreds of billions in health costs every year

Global warming is often seen as a problem for future generations, but focusing on the immediate – and substantial – health benefits of clean energy can change public perception of climate change.
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns. Reuters

How dangerous people get their guns

Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.
A memorial for 20-year-old UCSB student Christopher Michael-Martinez one of nine crime scenes in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California in 2014. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Gun laws are being reformed, just not on Capitol Hill

America’s gun violence problem actually is producing policy reform. It's just that most of this activity is happening on the state level and has received little attention in the national media.

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