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Mashable: Heroic Cat Saves Child From Vicious Dog Attack.

I think much better of cats now. I bear many scars from bicycling by skulking, vicious undisciplined ‘driveway dogs’ who don’t have anything to do but contemplate premeditated attacks … and deploy them with limb-threatening accuracy. I bike near a dog in a driveway now, I turn around before I’m in ‘range.’

05/14/14 • 10:48 AM • ChildhoodHealthLawMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: When Bad Things Are Noticed by Good Babies.

For many of us, the thought of living in a random universe where bad things happen by chance is unacceptably frightening; pinpointing blame provides an odd sense of reassurance. If these researchers are correct, this understandable but unfortunate tendency is already starting to show itself soon after we emerge from the womb.

05/13/14 • 09:21 AM • ChildhoodPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Millions: On Labor Day - True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers.


05/06/14 • 10:52 AM • BooksChildhoodHealthPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BusinessInsider: High-School Teacher On Snapchat Update.

Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.” Oh, for heaven’s sake.

05/02/14 • 10:14 AM • ChildhoodInternetMobilePsychologySoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Chiropractors’ spine-chilling warnings about computers, phones and pancakes.

Could sending texts KILL you? Messaging may cause heart disease and breathing problems in later life, study claims.” Fear! Panic! Must sell services. This will likely cross the pond and end up in Santa Fe’s healing culture sooner than later.

05/02/14 • 09:49 AM • ChildhoodHealthTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PsychologicalScience.org: Chopping the Cherry Tree - How Kids Learn Honesty.

So why would these classic tales of lying and consequences not do their job? Well, the scientists suspected that it might be the nature of the consequences. Both Pinocchio and the shepherd boy experience very negative consequences as a result of their dishonesty—public humiliation in one case, a violent death in the other. Young George’s story, by contrast, emphasizes the virtue of honesty and sends the message that truth telling leads to positive consequences.” Veeery interesting.

05/02/14 • 09:17 AM • ChildhoodPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Girls have gotten better grades than boys for 100 years.

The gender gap has traditionally been larger in language classes. But even in math and science, teachers have been handing out better grades to girls for a century.” You go, girls.

05/02/14 • 08:57 AM • ChildhoodHuman RightsScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BlessThisStuff: Saddlebaby.

Velcro a kid to the back of your neck? I have my doubts.

05/01/14 • 01:11 PM • ChildhoodConsumptionDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Here’s why you shouldn’t take extra-strength Tylenol.

The FDA safety alert applies specifically to prescription drugs: it tells doctors and pharmacists to avoid prescribing opioid-based painkillers (such as Vicodin and Percocet) that include more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen per pill, because they’re no more effective than low-dose formulations and can be dangerous.

04/30/14 • 02:01 PM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Cut: Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan.

A great and important read. Don’t miss it.

04/30/14 • 12:30 PM • ChildhoodHistoryScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Olive-Drab: Army Jeep In A Crate for $50?

The myth, debunked.

04/21/14 • 02:25 PM • ChildhoodConsumptionHistory • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Jenny McCarthy says she isn’t anti-vaccine.


04/16/14 • 02:47 PM • ChildhoodHealthNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DiscoverMag: Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24.

It’s not all bad news for those of us on the wrong side of 24, however. Researchers found that older players compensated for their slower cognitive speed by making the game simpler. For example, older players retain their skill by using more keyboard shortcuts to make up for their motor-speed declines.” Makes me feel a little better.

04/15/14 • 03:07 PM • ChildhoodPsychologyScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Gentleman’s Gadgets: Audi’s Toy Car for the Big Boys.

Quietly pretend that you’re Tazio Nuvolari.

04/14/14 • 11:12 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionDesignHistorySports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New York Post: Comic book icon Archie to ‘die heroically’.

Looks pretty good as a 70-some year old corpse, don’t ya think?

04/10/14 • 06:21 PM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Lobo1975.Tumblr: Paint your own mural.

Brilliant. Totally brilliant. One could tart up a kid’s room in an afternoon.

04/10/14 • 03:15 PM • ArtsChildhoodHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: Can You Learn to Judge Creativity?

“A new research paper suggests that amateurs can, indeed, be trained to be better judges of creativity — at least when it comes to children’s paintings.” Reminds me of the time when we were using children’s drawings in a particular company’s PR push … the creative director didn’t feel the drawings were ‘right’ and grabbed crayons and drew over the children’s work to ‘improve’ them. I felt that the children’s work should not have been altered, no matter what permissions had been obtained. Bothers me still.

04/09/14 • 09:38 AM • ChildhoodPersonalPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Flickr: The Dinky Toys Pool.

Yeow. Via Ed Bilodeau on FB.

04/06/14 • 08:50 PM • ArtsChildhoodConsumptionDesignHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Electroconvulsive therapy for autism.

First I’ve heard of it. Mayo Clinic talks about it, but not in an autism/child use scenario. BrainBlogger has more on what research has actually been done (very little).

[Puts me in mind of the old ‘cures’ for stuttering. Scalding the tongue with a hot iron. Trimming the sides of the tongue. Searing the lips. Putting spiked objects in the mouth to prevent the tongue from ‘resting’. And other whacked-out concepts that work for a day, a week, then stop. When I came of age, I appreciated Francis Bacon’s cure all the more: copious amounts of warm wine laved on the back of the tongue. That works every time!]

04/03/14 • 03:27 PM • ChildhoodHealthScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FrancisWade: Agent Orange 40 Years On - Heartbreaking Photos inside Vietnam Orphanages.

I think there’s a lack of understanding about how damaging the effects of Agent Orange continue to be. Remember that the spraying of the dioxin stopped more than 40 years ago, so you’d think it was confined to history, but that’s not the case at all—thousands of children are being born each year with severe deformities that are likely linked to ongoing Agent Orange contamination of the soil and water.

04/02/14 • 09:20 PM • ChildhoodHealthHuman RightsPhotographyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Dish: A Bachelor’s Degree In Gettin’ Paid.

Happy to see NM Tech on the list.

03/28/14 • 10:25 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsSanta Fe LocalScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: Today in Literary History - Percy Shelley Thrown Out of Oxford.

More often than ever appreciated, a troubled child becomes a brilliant adult.

03/25/14 • 10:50 AM • ChildhoodHistoryPsychologyScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, and the Hunger Games: Why teens love dystopias.

Movie review aside; I think young folk admiring dystopias is a positive thing. Still, I’d prefer a MacGyver-ish ‘leverage-what-you’ve-got’ cleverness than the bleak Road Warrior future we seem to be heading for.

03/24/14 • 10:51 AM • ChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Randal S. Olson: It’s impossible to work your way through college nowadays.

Modern students have to work as much as 6x longer to pay for college than 30 years ago.

03/23/14 • 01:54 PM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Design You Trust: Aston Martin Heritage pedal car.

$27,000. Sheesh.

03/22/14 • 04:35 PM • ChildhoodConsumption • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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