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* Best way to build children’s brains: play with them
Love beats trendy toys, classes or music as brain food for preschoolers, a report says.

* Radioactive scorpion venom deemed safe cancer treatment:
Scientists are exploring an unusual new treatment for an aggressive brain cancer.

* Human-dolphin partnership inspires gov’t protection:
The government of Myanmar has moved to safeguard a dolphin-fisherman collaboration.

* The science of sniping on eBay:
A despised practice of placing last-second bids is actually the best strategy in online auctions, according to scientists.

* Startling variety in planetary birthplaces:
Astronomers once thought the dusty clouds that spawn planets all looked pretty much the same. But no more.


  1. #1 John McKay
    June 28, 2006

    “Best way to build children’s brains: play with them.”

    But I was always told playing with their brains was cruel.

  2. #2 coturnix
    June 28, 2006

    First you shave the hair off the scalp.
    Second, make an incision in the skin with a scalpel.
    Third, turn on your Dremmel tool…

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