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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 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.

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

October 7, 2010

When the DC Board of Elections and Ethics invited hackers to test the security of its digital voting pilot project last week, a research team at University of Michigan was able to breach the system within 36 hours.

The team was able to collect data stored on the server, view and modify ballots submitted before and after the attack and even play the university's fight song on the vote confirmation page. The attack remained active for two days before officials suspended the pilot on Friday.

MedPage Today

by John Gever

October 4, 2010

Investigations by Child Protective Services agencies following suspected episodes of child abuse were seldom followed by improvements in household risk factors for future abuse, researchers found.

Among 595 households followed in a longitudinal study of risk factors for child abuse, those subjected to CPS investigations showed few major differences afterward in abuse risks that existed before the inspection, compared with households that had not been assessed, according to Kristine A. Campbell, MD, MSc, of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues.

Los Angeles Times

September 4, 2010

The Los Angeles Times has produced a groundbreaking analysis of how effective Los Angeles Unified School District teachers have been at improving their students' performance on standardized tests.

The Times has decided to make the ratings available because they bear on the performance of public employees who provide an important service, and in the belief that parents and the public have a right to the information.

August 3, 2010

A new study on homeschooled students in college reveals that homeschoolers outperform their peers academically and post higher graduation rates.

There is a growing body of research demonstrating the academic success of homeschoolers. The most recent major study is the Progress Report 2009, which surveyed over 11,000 homeschooled students, and showed homeschoolers K-12 scoring an average 37 percentile points above the national average on standardized achievement tests. However, as the homeschool movement has grown-by 7% per year for each of the past 10 years according to the National Center for Education Statistics-there has been little research on the academic performance of homeschoolers once they reach college. It is well known, however, that for the past decade colleges have actively recruited homeschool students.

Economic Scene -- The New York Times

by David Leonhardt

July 27, 2010

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?

Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do little better on tests than similar children who did not

CCHR International

by Loren Mosher

June 23, 2010

A new study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry claims to be able to detect brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia risk in infants just a few weeks old.

We would like to point out the obvious flaw in this bogus study; there is no medical/scientific test in existence that schizophrenia is a physical disease or brain abnormality to start with. There is not one chemical imbalance test, X-ray, MRI or any other test for schizophrenia, not one. So with no evidence of medical abnormality to start with, the "associated with schizophrenia risk" amounts to what George Orwell called Doublespeak (language that deliberately disguises, distorts, misleads) -- it means nothing.

Pediatric Supersite

by Andrey 'Beria' Biryukov

June 14, 2010

Spending time in the foster care system may up a child's chances of having at least one laboratory-confirmed STD by young adulthood.

Results also showed that girls who had been in foster care were more likely to report engaging in risky sexual behaviors, such as having sex with a casual partner, having sex for money or having vaginal intercourse. They were also more likely to report having their first sexual intercourse at a younger age and a higher number of lifetime partners than their peers.

May 27, 2010

Don't color Veronique de Rugy shocked, shocked to find that government spending crowds out private investment, but the results of the new study by Harvard Business School will certainly shock some Keynesian academics - and high-ranking government official

Recent research at Harvard Business School began with the premise that as a state's congressional delegation grew in stature and power in Washington, D.C., local businesses would benefit from the increased federal spending sure to come their way. It turned out quite the opposite. In fact, professors Lauren Cohen, Joshua Coval, and Christopher Malloy discovered to their surprise that companies experienced lower sales and retrenched by cutting payroll, R&D, and other expenses. Indeed, in the years that followed a congressman's ascendancy to the chairmanship of a powerful committee, the average firm in his state cut back capital expenditures by roughly 15 percent, according to their working paper, "Do Powerful Politicians Cause Corporate Downsizing?" "It was an enormous surprise, at least to us, to learn that the average firm in the chairman's state did not benefit at all from the unanticipated increase in spending," Coval reports.

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