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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.

Amazon made an Echo Dot for kids, and it costs $30 more than the original

May 3rd, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

Those with an Amazon Echo device in their homes have likely already exposed their children to Alexa. Now, Amazon wants to give kids the opportunity to turn Alexa into their friend with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. The hockey puck-like smart speaker doesn’t look too different from the original Dot, but it comes with […]

Decoding your baby’s DNA: It can be done. But should it be?

April 27th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Maverick Coltrin was diagnosed with pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy shortly after he was born. He now gets checkups to make sure his seizures are under control and that he’s still healthy. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) Maverick Coltrin entered the world a seemingly healthy 8-pound boy. But within a week, he was having seizures that doctors […]

America’s gender-fluid future, in 100 years of baby name trends

April 14th, 2018 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

In 1910, just 5% of American babies named “Charlie” were girls. Over 100 years later, girl Charlies took over their male counterparts for the first time in 2016—making up 51% of the share. With little fuss or fanfare, Charlie has gone gender-neutral.

Generation Z is already bored by the internet

April 6th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Teenagers today have unprecedented access to technology, and yet many report that they’ve never been so bored. There is a notion among older people that teens, with their smartphones and unlimited internet access, never experience boredom. CNN and other media outlets have repeatedly declared that smartphones have killed boredom as we know it. “Today, we […]

Perfect prams for perfect parents: the rise of the bougie buggy

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

How the rise of the luxury pram capitalised on the status anxiety of a new generation of parents Before she had a baby, Kari Boiler never noticed what kinds of buggies were on the streets. But when Boiler – an American then working for an advertising agency in Amsterdam – became pregnant with her first […]

Baby poop is changing, science reveals. Here’s why it matters

March 9th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

What’s in infant diapers may help explain the rise of allergies and asthma in recent decades. Baby poop is changing, and that could be bad news for children’s health.

Where are India’s millions of missing girls?

January 31st, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explores what has led to this crisis.

2017 changed how we’ll have babies

December 27th, 2017 at 4:04 am » Comments Off

It used to be that reproduction was a seemingly straightforward thing: A man’s sperm met and clung to a woman’s egg. If the the stars aligned and the sperm successfully fertilized the egg, nine (and some change) months of waiting would result in a baby.

Japan’s fertility crisis is the worst it’s been in 118 years

December 27th, 2017 at 3:46 am » Comments Off

Japan is experiencing a vicious cycle of low fertility and low spending. This year, there were fewer births than ever recorded in the 118 years Japan has collected data. The trend has social scientists worried for the financial and social future of the country.

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