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Your kids hate your smartphone addiction

October 12th, 2018 at 8:52 am » Comments Off

From CNET Magazine: It isn’t easy balancing “me time” and parenting. I talked to experts to find out how. I can’t stay off my phone. And I’m afraid it’s hurting my 2-year-old son. Sometimes it’s a breaking news story that draws me in, other times it’s boredom. Whatever it is, this device in my hands […]



In the 23 and Me era, kids of sperm donors are finding each other

October 1st, 2018 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Imaging discovering you have a half-sibling you’ve never met—or dozens of them. Customers of genetic-information services are uncovering family secrets, and then using social networks to make connections.. When you use 23andMe’s DNA Relatives feature, you get a message cautioning you that the information you’re about to see could be unexpected. For Danny-J Johnson, that […]



Soulcycle of fertility sells egg-freezing and ‘empowerment ‘ to 25-year-olds

September 16th, 2018 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

There’s something eerily familiar about the Kindbody aesthetic. How do you build a cult following for an egg-freezing clinic? Gina Bartasi, CEO of Kindbody, a fertility startup that launched in New York City at the beginning of August, has a few ideas. For one, a bright yellow van stationed on a Friday in the middle […]



Here is how much sexting among teens has increased

September 13th, 2018 at 8:23 am » Comments Off

Guess what, people are more likely to sext or receive sexts if they have smartphones. Yes, somehow sexts aren’t quite the same with a rotary phone or semaphore flags. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that sexting (which is the electronic sharing of sexually explicit images, videos, or messages) has increased among teenagers since […]



Kids will build ’emotional bonds’ with robots and ignore their parents, futurologist predicts

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Children will soon have their own ‘cute’ artificial intelligence-equipped robot toys and will pay more attention to the machines’ advice than guidance issued by their parents. That’s the warning from futurologist Ian Pearson, who was speaking at an event by the tech firm Beko held at the IFA 2018 conference in Berlin. He said robots […]



America’s hottest export? Sperm

August 19th, 2018 at 4:47 pm » Comments Off

Sperm from the US and Denmark dominate the market because those countries currently have the most supply, experts say. Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate […]



Interesting parental control app requires kids to exercise to earn screen time

July 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

One of the iOS 12 features to generate a lot of buzz has been Screen Time – a way to monitor app usage and set limits to reduce the amount of time spent staring at your phone. You can use it yourself, of course, but parents can also use it to limit the time their […]



Nearly 50% of teens in the US say they’re now online ‘almost constantly,’ according to new research

July 7th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

A new study from Pew Research Center found that one out of two teens reports being online “almost constantly.” The study found that another 44% say they go online multiple times each day. The time teens spend online has gone up significantly since Pew’s 2014-2015 study. Back then, only 24% of teens reported being online […]



Inside the controversial new surgery to transplant human wombs

June 23rd, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Pioneering surgeons have made it possible to transplant a human uterus that can bear children, offering hope to millions of women who never thought they could give birth. On September 4, 2014, in Gothenburg, Sweden, his 36-year-old expectant mother lay on an operating table, suffering from preeclampsia—a pregnancy complication associated with high blood pressure. The […]



A school in China is monitoring students with facial-recognition technology that scans the classroom every 30 seconds

May 24th, 2018 at 12:37 am » Comments Off

A Chinese high school in Hangzhou is using facial-recognition technology that scans students every 30 seconds. The system is analyzing students’ emotions and actions in the classroom as well as replacing ID cards and wallets at the library and canteen. Facial-recognition technology is widespread in China, where it is being used to predict crime.



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