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On February 24th celebrate literacy for World Read Aloud Day.
Resilience is a skill that children learn through nurturing, experts told a AAAS audience.
Wider teen access to the drug is at issue, given concerns about its impacts on the developing brain.

Diagnoses of mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spike in adolescence and early adulthood, but researchers may one day be able to identify children at higher risk and prevent later onset, a leading neuroscientist said at a AAAS Capitol Hill briefing.

Drugs that help premature babies strengthen their lungs can also impair brain development even at low doses, reports a new study in the journal Science Translational Medicine. This study brings new knowledge to the table that could help doctors and parents make more informed decisions on how to treat preemies.

Science can be a powerful tool for parents and educators seeking to persuade middle-school students not to drink alcohol, says a new book from AAAS.

“What is one of the most important issues for our planet, which needs collaboration of people from every area?” asked Sung Hoon Kang of Harvard University, discussing the concept of sustainability as reflected in his award-winning photograph. In the image, tiny plastic fingers, each with a diameter 1/500th of a human hair, cradle a tiny green sphere, bringing to mind cooperative efforts across the world to promote the sustainability of the planet.