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An archive of research links and resources highlighting preschool, kindergarten and child research studies, conducted by educational and independent sources and how they relate to childhood development, family cohesiveness and educational values.

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by Cassandra Vinograd

December 2, 2011

Can you crack the code? That's the question Britain's electronic listening agency, GCHQ, is asking in an online campaign to find the next generation of cyber specialists.

GCHQ quietly launched a cryptic website last month featuring a box of code made up of numbers and letters. There is no branding on the site, only the phrase "Can you crack it?" and a box to type in an answer. The agency has now revealed it is behind the campaign, and said Friday it's trying to reach individuals with "a keen interest in code breaking and ethical hacking" for careers at GCHQ. "It's to arouse interest in people who perhaps might not be caught by our normal recruitment campaigns," a GCHQ spokesman said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

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November 18, 2011

Physicists expressed skepticism in September when measurements by French and Italian researchers appeared to show subatomic neutrino particles breaking what Einstein considered the ultimate speed barrier by traveling a fraction faster than light.

by Liam Eagle

November 18, 2011

DDoS mitigation service provider Prolexic announced on Thursday that it has created a new department, the Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team, which will provide clients with detailed pre- and post-attack data as a subscription service.

Prolexic says the PLXSERT group was formed as an internal piece of the organization in February of 2011, and has been providing select clients with forensic data since then, based on the company's insight into global DDoS threats and attack patters, as well as information on specific client attacks. "Feedback from clients has been so positive that the service is now being made available on a subscription basis to all Prolexic clients," says the company, in the press release announcing the new service.

by Harry McCracken

November 14, 2011

At the SysCan conference in Taiwan this week, security researcher Charlie Miller will describe a flaw he discovered in the iPhone's web browser that allows a malicious app installed on the phone to download executable code from a remote server.

Miller is well-known for finding security flaws in Apple software, and this latest instance could be the most serious flaw he's uncovered yet. A hacker that sneaks an app that exploits this vulnerability into the App Store would essentially have free reign over the phones on which it is installed, including access to photos and contacts. To prove his point, Miller did just that. He submitted and got approved a stock price ticker app called Instastock. Unbeknownst to users who installed it, the app called in to a server at Miller's home in St. Louis, and from there Miller could control the compromised phones. When this came to light, Apple was irate.

by Noel Rabinowitz

November 10, 2011

Full Report -- The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System

Key Findings: There are at least 5,100 children currently living in foster care who are prevented from uniting with their detained or deported parents. Federal, state and local governments must create explicit policies to protect families from separation.

by Daniel Heimpel

November 8, 2011

A new study paints a nuanced picture of outcomes for young people as they age out of foster care and/or the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

A comprehensive study released this week takes a sobering and nuanced look at the experiences of youth as they age out of Los Angeles County's foster care and/or juvenile justice system. The study, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and conducted by the University of Pennsylvania with the L.A. County Chief Executive Office, uses administrative data in the domains of public welfare, criminal justice, health, mental health, substance abuse, employment, earnings and educational attainment to asses how well these vulnerable youth are doing as long as eight years after exiting either or both systems.

by Andrew Schneider

November 7, 2011

More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done for Food Safety News. The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled "honey."

The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that's been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn't honey. However, the FDA isn't checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.

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by Marcia Dunn

October 24, 2011

Astronomers finally know why the first documented supernova was super-sized.

The exploded star was observed by the ancient Chinese in the year 185, and visible for eight months. It was later found to be a bigger-than-expected supernova remnant, 8,000 light years away. Each light year is about 6 trillion miles.

by Jacqueline Sprague

October 15, 2011

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

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by Lauran Neergaard

October 7, 2011

No major medical group recommends routine PSA blood tests to check men for prostate cancer, and now a government panel is saying they do more harm than good and healthy men should no longer receive the tests as part of routine cancer screening.

The panel's guidelines had long advised men over 75 to forgo the tests and the new recommendation extends that do-not-screen advice to healthy men of all ages. The recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, being made public on Friday, will not come as a surprise to cancer specialists. Yet, most men over 50 have had at least one PSA blood test, the assumption being that finding cancer early is always a good thing. Not so, said Dr. Virginia Moyer of the Baylor College of Medicine, who heads the task force.

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