Pediatrics group likes early reading
The nation's largest pediatricians' group says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting with birth. Doing so can enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability. That's according to a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued Tuesday. The academy wants pediatricians to spread the message to parents of young children and to provide books to needy families.
Newport cliff walk reopens in R.I.
The Newport Cliff Walk, which runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the most spectacular Gilded Age mansions in Newport, R.I., reopened Tuesday, 20 months after Hurricane Sandy washed away whole sections and millions were spent to restore it. The 3.5-mile trail attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. "It really doesn't get any better. We're very blessed here in Rhode Island," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who walked the trail before its official reopening.
Butterflies may have inner compass
A new study suggests that monarch butterflies use an internal magnetic compass to help navigate on their annual migrations from North America to central Mexico. Scientists already knew they navigate by the sun. But the insects do just fine on very cloudy days, leading to suspicions they also use a magnetic compass, like migratory birds and sea turtles, said the study released Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications.
By the Numbers
$1.2M A person with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn that much more, from ages 22 to 64, than someone with just a high school diploma, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
$325,000 A person with an associate's degree can expect to earn that much more than someone with a high school education, the study says.