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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupSmile, kids! You’re on calorie camera
Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project Wednesday that will photograph students’ lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers. A computer program then analyzes the photos to identify every piece of food on the plate — right down to how many ounces are left in that lump of mash potatoes — and calculates the number of calories each student scarfed down. (MSNBC)

School Bans Same-Sex Couples from Prom
A Long Island high school will not allow same-sex couples at its senior prom next month, according to school officials. St. Anthony’s high school in South Huntington is a co-ed, Roman Catholic institution of about 2,500 students. One of those students, Angelina Lange, 17, of Bay Shore, requested permission to bring a former girlfriend as her date to the prom. School officials turned her down. “We thought it would send a mixed message to OK her request,” said school principal and Franciscan, Brother Gary. “Our Catholic faith specifies that marriage involves a man and a woman and our policies on dating must reflect that,” he added. (MSNBC)

Scientists find MRSA germ in supermarket meats
MRSA, a bacteria resistant to common antibiotics, has been discovered in supermarket meats, and the germ is apparently being introduced by human food handlers, a new study reports. Although thorough cooking will kill the bacteria, consumers run the risk of infection if they handle meats contaminated with the germ, researchers said. (USA Today)

Marriage Problems Predict Sleep Difficulties in Young Children
A new study of more than 350 families has found that instability in the parents’ relationship when the children are 9 months old predicted difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep when they were 18 months old. The findings suggest that the effects of marital instability on children’s sleep problems emerge earlier in development than has been demonstrated previously. (Science Daily)

Improving the Science of Teaching Science
Over the past few years, scientists have been working to transform education from the inside out, by applying findings from learning and memory research where they could do the most good, in the classroom. A study appearing in the journal Science on Thursday illustrates how promising this work can be — and how treacherous. The research comes from a closely watched group led by Carl Wieman, a Nobel laureate in physics at the University of British Columbia who leads a $12 million initiative to improve science instruction using research-backed methods for both testing students’ understanding and improving how science is taught. (New York Times)

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