Friday, November 4th, 2011
Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)
Roughly 40 percent of students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree.
Viewing Autism as Difference, Not Just Disability
A provocative new article suggests society has been biased in its view of autism and should accept the condition as one in which an individual presents unique capabilities.
Research: Video Games Help with Creativity in Boys and Girls
That finding, thought to be the first demonstration of a relationship between technology use and creativity, comes from a new study of nearly 500 12-year-olds in Michigan, conducted by researchers at Michigan State University’s Children and Technology Project.
Board Approves Idaho Online Class Requirement
Education officials on Thursday gave final approval to a plan that makes Idaho the first state in the nation to require high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate, despite heavy criticism of the plan at public hearings this summer.
The Sperm Bike: Cycling to Drum Up Sperm Donations
It’s not every day that you see a really large sperm on a really large bike. But starting next week, it’s going to become commonplace — at least in Seattle.
New Laws on Concussions Protect Student Athletes
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A new Virginia law requires all schools to have concussion-management policies.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
School Tells Girl Wearing Rosary Violates Dress Code
An Omaha, Nebraska, sixth-grader was told she could not wear a necklace with a cross to school because the rosary has become an identifying symbol for gangs, CNN affiliate KETV reported.
Report: ER Visits for Kids’ Concussions on the Rise
Emergency room visits by children with concussions and other traumatic brain injuries from sports or other recreational activities have jumped over the last decade, a new government report shows.
Risky Pregnancy Drug Raised Daughters’ Cancer Odds
A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds.
Beyond Cookies: Girl Scouts Earning Modern Badges
Girl Scouts of the USA has just released a series of newer, modern badges that show the century-old organization is hip with the times.
Fast Food Ads Have More Impact than Parents, Study Suggests
Food ads have a powerful influence on children’s food choices but parents can lessen that effect, according to a new study.
Prehistoric Kids Left Marks in Caves
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Archaeologists say the shapes of finger marks suggest that children as young as 2 years old made drawings on the walls of a Paleolithic cave dwelling, with an occasional boost from the grown-ups.