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Will Our Children's Future Friends Be Robots?

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities.

The researchers have paired a small...
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Want to Live a Long Life? Have Kids!

Studies show that parents live much longer than people who do not have children--they even get fewer colds.

Using statistics, Danish researcher Esben Agerbo discovered that women without children experienced an annual rate of death four times greater than those...
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It's Now Against the Law to be a Kid

More and more US schools have their own police forces. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the cafeteria floor. The state has taken over discipline from the classroom teacher and is now criminalizing normal childhood...
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Missing Dad? Not a Problem

Do kids who grow up without dads have three strikes against them? It has long been assumed that an absent father and a single-parent household (with the parent usually being the mother) deprives children of the skills they need to be socially and...
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At Least Child Abuse is Down

There's so much bad news around that it's nice to hear some good news for a change: Child abuse declined nationally in 2008 compared to 2007, according to a report by an agency that monitors crimes against children (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). This particularly interests those of us who monitor UFO contacts, because one...

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Happy Families

There are all kinds of happy families. Research has shown that quality of life for older people, both their mental and physical health, depends heavily on how well they get along with their adult children. And researchers have found that these relationships are much LESS happy in the US!

In order to identify the social policies that...

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ADHD Kids Just Need Sleep

Newswise - We recently asked the question, how can millions of US kids all have the same disease? Over four million children in this country are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the past, children's short attention spans have been blamed on too much television watching. Now experts say the...

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Can Four Million Kids All be Sick?

ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) is being diagnosed in so many children, that over four million children in the US are now officially classified as having it. The highest rates of diagnosis are among Caucasian children from educated families, probably because these parents can afford to send their children to doctors who can...
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Can We Really Save the Children?

Musicians Bob Geldof and Bono may be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the series of Live Aid concerts they've organized to raise money for aid to Africa. They've pledged to wipe out poverty there by raising $50 billion, which is twice what Africa gets now. But while large donations are welcome, they aren't necessary: If developed...

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Kids Might as Well be Jet Lagged

Newswise - Elementary schools are full of sleepy students who are tootired to learn because of lost sleep, due to nightly battleswiththeir parents over bedtimes or staying up late to watchtheir favorite TV shows. A survey of almost 200 fifthgraders found that the majority of them regularly experiencesleepdeprivation and feel...

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Race Based Terror Weapons a Threat

The British Medical Association released a report Tuesdaywarning that without proper defenses the world will beincreasingly susceptible to designer bio-engineered weaponsincluding polio viruses, anthrax, and smallpox. According tothe report, biological weapons targeted toward specificethnic groups might even be the future of biological warfare...

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Preschool Prevents Cancer

Children who attend day care or nursery school for at leastone year before going to kindergarten are 36% less likely todevelop a cancer known as Hodgkin's lymphoma as youngadults. This may be because they develop stronger immunesystems from being exposed to other children early in life.Children from wealthy families are more likely to get...

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A Good Home to Grow Up In

If you want your child's lungs and brain to develop in theright way, your home must be quiet, peaceful?and not tooclean.

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Motherly Aggression

Spanking can cause children to grow up to beaggressive and abusive adults, according to psychologistElizabeth Thompson Gershoff of the National Center forChildren in Poverty at Columbia University, who analyzed 88different studies on spanking.

Spanking works - it's usually followed by immediate obedience.But it's also linked with...

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