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An abortion doctor who served minority and immigrant women in his clinic in Philadelphia was charged with multiple counts of murder on Wednesday in the deaths of a woman and seven newborn babies. Dr. Gosnell, a family practitioner who was not certified in obstetrics, performed late-term abortions, after 24 weeks through a process called snipping. (USA Today)

Rethinking Evaluations When Almost Every Teacher Gets an ‘A’
It is impossible to tell how well they (Teachers) are performing, some educators say. For the 09/10 School year only 2 percent of teachers received below average reviews. “We have to create a better evaluation system that really names what high-quality instruction looks like,” said Superintendent Anthony Smith of  the Oakland district. (New York Times)

Filtered and bottled water consumption could increase tooth decay risk
Family’s tap water might put teeth at risk. As Americans’ consumption of bottled water has risen – it has doubled over the past decade – it is reducing the daily exposure Americans get to the mineral (flouride) that helps prevent tooth decay. (Washington Post)

Do birth-control pills make you gain weight? Study says no
A new study has found that oral contraceptives do not cause weight gain. To conduct their research, scientists and physicians studied a group of rhesus macaque monkeys because their reproductive system is nearly identical to humans. “This study suggests that worries about weight gain with pill use appear to be based more on fiction than on fact.” There may be a differential effect depending on your starting weight — heavier individuals who keep their diet stable may see a weight loss with pill use. (Chicago Tribune)

Want to get pregnant? Up your vitamin E intake
Couples who struggle to conceive could find baby-making help from antioxidants such as vitamin E and zinc. The researchers focused on men who were subfertile — less fertile than average but still capable of making a baby — and found that those who took antioxidants were more than four times as likely to get their partners pregnant than subfertile men who did not take the supplements. Further, men taking antioxidants improved the likelihood of their partners giving birth to a live baby. (MSNBC)

Families go ‘wild’ in new science trivia game
This test-your-knowledge game is perfect for families who enjoy science and exploring the amazing creatures found in our world. It offers many ways for families to play together, but at its heart it is a science trivia game. (MSNBC)

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