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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 Source: Johns Hopkins University

July 16, 2011

A federally funded online absentee voting system scheduled to debut in less than two weeks has security vulnerabilities that could jeopardize voter privacy and allow votes to be altered, according to a report prepared by four prominent researchers.

All experts in cyber-security, they say the risks associated with Internet voting cannot be eliminated and urge that the system be shut down.<br><br>Administrators of this program, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, were charged with finding an easier way for U.S. military personnel and overseas civilians to vote in their home districts. Currently, these voters must rely on absentee paper ballots. But obtaining and returning paper ballots from a distant location can be a frustrating process that sometimes depends on slow or unreliable foreign postal services.

Hot Air

by Ed Morrissey

July 8, 2011

Don't be silly. You wouldn't give up the Internet for the rest of your life for one million dollars, and it would still be a bad bet at one billion dollars.

In short, we need people with lots of disposable income to become early adopters and drive the demand that eventually makes technology accessible to everyone. The cell phone demonstrates just how much that process has accelerated. Thanks to the government-protected AT&T monopoly, mobile phones were almost nonexistent until the 1980s. When competition opened in the Ma Bell breakup, investors and innovators jumped into the market. Cell phones didn't just get smaller, they got a lot cheaper very quickly and began to displace pagers within a decade. Now they're so ubiquitous that nearly everyone can own one, even if it's just a cheapie pre-pay phone. Most cell phones now carry broadband Internet access capability, which allows for massive access to the public. The more people use the Internet, the more important it becomes to be connected to it.

Hot Air

by Allahpundit

June 22, 2011

I'm fascinated by the concept, partly because it answers a question I've always had.

There's so much visual data in the average photo that's indecipherable, whether due to parts being out of focus, shot in poor light, and so forth. A bad pic is like a badly damaged hard drive, with only some of the "files" readable. Can't technology figure out a way to recover the unrecoverable data? Yep, it can.

stltoday.com

by Jane Henderson

June 11, 2011

Preschoolers who like books are better behaved, says a researcher at Purdue University. I'm not sure that they found out anything new. Have coffee with a couple of preschool teachers and they'd probably tell you the same thing.

Kids 3-5 years old who show less interest in "literacy activities" apparently are more likely to be chucking Play-Doh at classmates, stuffing Lego pieces in their nose or otherwise getting into mischief. The findings of this study, which focused on 61 predominantly low-income preschoolers ages 3-5, are published in the April edition of Early Child Development and Care.

host.madison.com

by Doug Erickson

May 18, 2011

When children in Kerri Lynch's preschool class get angry, they shake their "mind jars," homemade snow globes filled with water and glitter. Until the glitter settles, they don't talk, taking deep breaths instead.

Instead of studying disease and disorder, researchers probe positive attributes such as compassion and contentment. The preschool study is attempting to determine whether children can be taught, in a statistically significant way, to be kinder. It is among the main research projects under way at the center, and it has hit a nerve with parents.

prnewswire.com

by Organic Trade Association

April 23, 2011

Three independent studies found that children whose mothers are exposed to common agricultural pesticides are more likely to experience a range of deleterious effects in their cognitive development, including lower IQ, as well as impaired reasoning and me

Organic agriculture prohibits the use of these pesticides, and all other toxic and persistent chemicals. "Less pesticide exposure during the maternal life stage means less risks to your babies for a variety of diseases that will only manifest years later. Since women eat more during their pregnancy, one significant way to reduce their pesticide exposure is to eat organic foods," said Dr. Chensheng (Alex) Lu of the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

hotair.com

by Allah Pundit

January 19, 2011

What's tuition up to these days at private universities, parents? About $30-35,000? Nearly half of the nation's undergraduates show almost no gains in learning in their first two years of college.

Despite learning a little bit of jack and a whole lot of squat, students in the survey nonetheless managed a 3.2 GPA on average according to the study's author, which tells you most of what you need to know about grade inflation and the rigors of modern higher learning.

theatlantic.com

December 17, 2010

Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice?

In 2001, rumors were circulating in Greek hospitals that surgery residents, eager to rack up scalpel time, were falsely diagnosing hapless Albanian immigrants with appendicitis. At the University of Ioannina medical school's teaching hospital, a newly minted doctor named Athina Tatsioni was discussing the rumors with colleagues when a professor who had overheard asked her if she'd like to try to prove whether they were true-he seemed to be almost daring her. She accepted the challenge and, with the professor's and other colleagues' help, eventually produced a formal study showing that, for whatever reason, the appendices removed from patients with Albanian names in six Greek hospitals were more than three times as likely to be perfectly healthy as those removed from patients with Greek names.

hotair.com

by Nicholas Wade

December 2, 2010

No, they didn't find it in space. They discovered it somewhere even stranger and more exotic, the place from which all bizarre life forms originate: California.

If, per NASA's breathless announcement a few days ago, you were expecting something even freaky deakier, try not to be too disappointed. This is still darned deaky. In a nutshell: Every last organism on Earth is supposed to contain six essential elements - carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, sulphur, and phosphorus, the last of which is essential for forming the framework of the DNA double-helix. From bacteria to blue whales, if something's alive then it's got the big six. No exceptions to that rule. Until now.

googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com

October 15, 2010

A perfect example is the "Mugged in London" phishing scam that aims to trick your contacts into wiring money - ostensibly to help you out. If your account is compromised and used to send these messages, your well-meaning friends may find themselves out a

      
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