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Airing it out

Say what you will about disposable diapers, especially with regard to their impact on the environment, but it's hard to deny that they do offer (for the most part) one very important positive--the disappearance of diaper rash. The latest models of...

Lack of confidence keeps girls from studying math and science

For a long time, STEM careers -- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math -- have been viewed as the province of boys while girls were told not to worry their pretty little heads about such matters. In reality, anyone who can perform the complex,...

Tech etiquette - Do you let the kids play with your iPhone?

I have an iPhone; I bought it for work, but I have to admit that the Cool Factor was also important to me. I also must confess that it can do some pretty awesome things, most of which are not necessarily work-related, like checking Twitter or...

Riding the subway - to school?

How do your kids get to school? How did you get to school when you were a kid? Taking the yellow school bus, walking or riding a bike may all seem like normal methods of getting to school. In the modern world, we drive and carpool as well. But what...

Fertility goes Brave New World

Ever read the book Brave New World? In Aldous Huxley's science fiction masterpiece most people stop having babies the old fashioned way; instead humans are the product of test tubes, petri dishes and the like. With the advent of that...

Laptops designed by 7-year-olds

I'm just old enough that I can remember my very first time on the Internet -- my first email, the introduction of instant messaging, etc. So, in spite of all my efforts to be tech-savvy, there's a part of my brain that equates emails to letters, and...

Goog411: program this in your kid's phone now

When I was a teenager, I was ever-so-slightly lazy, and didn't think much of dialing 411 every time I needed a number or address. I didn't pay the phone bills, so the fact that it costs 25 cents from a land line, or a whopping $1.25 from a cell...

Five myths about girls and science

These days, computers are as common as cockroaches. Even if you don't own one yourself, chances are you use one at work or school. I'm not just talking about the general purpose machine you use to surf the web, either. Cash registers, automated...

Today's kids "don't remember" how they learned to use the Internet

I'm only 24, but I can very clearly remember when my dad bought our first home computer. I can remember the first time I used a chat room or sent an email, and what the Internet looked like before Web 2.0. But today's kids have grown up with...

Some college orientations focus on campus safety

Soon, college campus all over will be filled with freshman, many of them away from home for the first time in their lives. And while roommates, professors and parties are probably on their minds, so is campus safety. The Virginia Tech shootings...

Super V-chip to screen adult content on all your media devices

It can be hard to control what kids are exposed to. Even if you're always in the room while they're watching TV, who knows what you'll stumble upon just flipping through channels -- or what about keeping track of the content they're viewing online,...

Are you ready for the iSing?

For Christmas we bought my daughter, Edan, a little karaoke player. I love watching her sing along to her favorite punk rock children's CD, fully amplified -- it's hysterical. However, I think I'd be far less excited if she was a teenager, belting...

Robot designed to protect schools

A Korean company is planning to begin the first real life test of a guard robot for schools next week. The robot will be patrolling a middle school in Southern Seoul on a trial basis. Called OFRO, the robot moves at a maximum speed of 5kph and is...

Brain wave reading toys are the next big thing

I'm not sure about you, but I am not keen on the idea of anyone reading my brain waves: robots, gods, aliens, or toys. And I don't think I want anything tapping into my kid's mind parts, either. Or perhaps I am just nostalgic for the days where a...

Christmas toys: Where's the price limit?

My Mom and I brought my kids to Target a week or so ago and came face to face with "Butterscotch My Furreal Friends Pony." For those of you that don't hang out in the toy aisle, Butterscotch is a three-foot-tall animatronic pony that "comes alive"...

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