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‘Quantum Internet’ inches closer with advance in data teleportation
Tue, May 31, 2022

A team of physicists has taken a significant step toward this computer network of the future, using a technique called quantum teleportation to send data across three physical locations.

‘This is everyone’s culture’: Ukraine’s architectural treasures face destruction
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Across Ukraine, scores of historic buildings, priceless artworks and public squares are being reduced to rubble by Russian rockets, missiles, bombs and gunfire.

How the Sims became the internet’s most exciting place to eat
Tue, Feb 08, 2022

Today, Sims can own and operate a restaurant or cafe, design menus and hire and fire employees. They can work their way up from assistant dishwasher (earning 15 Simoleons per hour) to celebrity chef (410 Simoleons) in the Culinary career track

Jeffrey Epstein’s final days: celebrity reminiscing and a running toilet
Wed, Nov 24, 2021

The detailed notes and reports compiled by those who interacted with Epstein during his 36 days of detention show how he repeatedly assured them he had much to live for, while also hinting that he was increasingly despondent.

How an 11-foot-tall 3D printer is helping to create a community
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

A manufacturing process that builds objects layer by layer from a digital file, 3D printing is set for explosive growth.

To unseat Justin Trudeau, Canada’s top conservative leans left
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

With just days remaining until the elections Monday, the Conservatives and the Liberals, who command the most support in Canada’s multiparty system, are locked in a statistical tie at about 30% each.

Covid-sniffing dogs are accurate but face hurdles for widespread use
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

But some experts in public health and in training scent dogs say that more information and planning are needed to be certain they are accurate in real life situations.

After lavish nights of clubbing in Bangkok, a COVID outbreak
Sun, Jun 06, 2021

Thailand went for months without a confirmed case of local transmission, but the epidemic has now radiated from luxury nightclubs that cater to powerful and wealthy men to the warrens of slums that hug Bangkok’s highways and railroad tracks.

US Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general again
Wed, Mar 24, 2021

During his confirmation hearing, Murthy told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that he would make ending the coronavirus pandemic his highest priority.

Brian Kelly: The man who turned credit-card points into an empire
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Brian Kelly, the points guy, has created as empire dedicated to maximising credit-card rewards and airline miles. What are they worth in a global pandemic –– and why are they worth anything at all.

Explained: Why distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine is taking longer than expected
Sun, Jan 03, 2021

The task of administering thousands of vaccines is daunting for US health departments that have already been overburdened by responding to the pandemic.

Minneapolis police fatally shoot man during traffic stop
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Videos posted online by a reporter for The Star Tribune showed that people quickly descended on the scene, some of whom were shouting at the police.

Hong Kong election landslide signals more frictions with Beijing
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

The election landslide puts China’s ruling Communist Party under even greater pressure to respond to the protest movement. To the pro-democracy camp, that means addressing the broader Hong Kong public’s calls for more official accountability.

Trump order to open Arctic Ocean to drilling was unlawful, judge rules
Sun, Mar 31, 2019

The decision concluded that President Barack Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawal from drilling of about 120 million acres of Arctic Ocean and about 3.8 million acres in the Atlantic “will remain in full force and effect unless and until revoked by Congress.”

Toy bomb game Cut the Wire discontinued after criticism
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Parents expressed concern about the game, which comes packaged in a box with a background that looks like flames in an explosion. Critics said it was difficult to imagine promoting the game when there was so much real-life violence in the world involving bombs.

At the border and in Washington, the White House digs in on the Wall
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to examine emergency supplemental funds allocated last year after devastating hurricanes and wildfires that could instead be used to pay for the wall.

The stress, exhaustion and guilt of intensive parenting
Tue, Dec 25, 2018

The time parents spend in the presence of their children has not changed much, but parents today spend more of it doing hands-on child care. Time spent on activities like reading to children, taking them to lessons and helping with homework has increased the most. Today, mothers spend nearly five hours a week on that, compared with 1 hour 45 minutes hours in 1975 — and they worry it’s not enough.

From puppies to concert tickets, kids are using PowerPoint to get what they want from parents
Sat, Dec 22, 2018

The children say that their polished presentations serve a few purposes. They convey to parents that what is being asked for really matters. They also let them make an entire case without being interrupted by a parent’s quick “no.”

The kids are alright: The Octomom proves everyone wrong
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

There are 14 siblings in all, so many that they eat in shifts. Some sleep on a couch. The octuplets are small for their age, but they’re polite, they cook, they’re vegan, they read two books a month, and they do their homework without being prompted. Despite all of the horror stories in the tabloids since the birth, they’re model fourth-graders. How did she do it?

What’s the controversy over using Johnson’s baby talc?
Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Pediatricians have been warning parents for decades not to use powder on babies because of the risk a child will inhale or aspirate talc, which can cause choking and coughing and lead to respiratory illness or chronic disease and lung damage. This has nothing to do with asbestos. Cases of babies dying from choking on powder were reported as early as the 1960s, and since 1981, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a strong position against the use of talc on babies and children, saying it is hazardous and has no medicinal value.

Talk about masturbation with kids to normalise it
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

“Young children, older children, adolescents and adults touching their genitals is perfectly normal, there are actually images of fetuses where you can see they’re touching the penis or touching the vulva,” said Leslie M. Kantor, a professor at Rutgers School of Public Health. “Where we culturally get confused is that when younger children are touching their genitals they’re doing it because it feels good,” just as other sensual experiences feel good, like stripping down and running through the sprinkler, but parents interpret it as overtly sexual.

Does screen time addiction rewire kids’ brains?
Thu, Dec 13, 2018

The adolescent brain continually changes, or “rewires” itself, in response to daily experience and that adaptation continues into the early to mid-20s. What scientists want to learn is whether screen time, at some threshold, causes any measurable differences in adolescent brain structure or function, and whether those differences are meaningful.

Popeye, the sailor, is turning 90 and grows his own spinach in new videos
Mon, Dec 03, 2018

“People know and love characters like Nancy, Alley Oop and Popeye,” said Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. “Their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents know these characters.”

‘I wish you were my mother,’ she wrote
Mon, Nov 05, 2018

"Yet now I loved a flesh-and-blood child, and I had a decision to make. And I had to be happy with that decision. Because if I chose to be her mother, I needed to want to be her mother."

‘To train my husband to be a good Dad, I pretended to be helpless’
Fri, Nov 02, 2018

"There were nights when I pretended to be deeply asleep — so asleep that I couldn’t hear Charlie crying — so Nick would have to be the first one to get up."