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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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Hot Air

by Ed Morrissey

August 24, 2012

I saw this yesterday for the first time, a couple of days after the Daily Mail wrote about it, but the TED video has been up almost a month, and has over 460,000 views.  It's long, but worth every moment of time. 

The wizards of MIT have developed a camera that takes video at one trillion frames per second, a huge leap that now allows researchers to see how light travels. The result is a spectacular and detailed video progression that shows how photons travel, break apart, get absorbed, and bounce repeatedly within an infinitesimal space of time.

The American Spectator

by Larry Thornberry

April 23, 2012

Ideology with charts and graphs and a very low tolerance threshold for disagreement. Academic "studies" purporting to show conservatives to be knot-heads and know-nothings are hardy perennials on campus. And the media love to whoop them up.

That's why the headline in my local Tampa paper, "Faith in science wanes on right," caught my eye. And not just because science is based on evidence, not faith. The story, taken from the Los Angeles Times, starts thus: "As the Republican presidential race has shown, the conservatives who dominate the primaries are deeply skeptical of science -- making Newt Gingrich, for one, regret he settled onto a couch with Nancy Pelosi to chat about global warming." Wow! What a lot of nonsense and misdirection for just 39 words.

June 15, 2012

Two centuries of UK, USA and Australian official death statistics show conclusively and scientifically modern medicine is not responsible for and played little part in substantially improved life expectancy and survival from disease in western economies.

The main advances in combating disease over 200 years have been better food and clean drinking water. Improved sanitation, less overcrowded and better living conditions also contribute. This is also borne out in published peer reviewed research...

Toledo Blade (OH)

by Kim Bates

May 18, 2005

The University of Toledo has teamed up with the University of Virginia to begin studying young children's reading skills and whether regional differences contribute to any challenges they may face.

Two professors at the universities are spearheading the study, which has received nearly $3 million in support from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The project, which begins in the fall, initially targets 4-year- olds who live in the Toledo area or the rural regions of Appalachia in Virginia and West Virginia. The same children will be studied through the second grade. About 90 teachers and 540 children are expected to be involved.

KCRA Sacramento

by Greg Keller

September 1, 2009

PARIS -- America has some of the industrial world's worst rates of infant mortality, teenage pregnancy and child poverty, even though it spends more per child than countries such as Switzerland, Japan and the Netherlands, a new survey indicates.

The U.S. spends an average of $140,000 per child, well over the OECD average of $125,000. But this spending is skewed heavily toward older children between 12 and 17, the OECD survey showed. U.S. spending on children under six, a period the OECD says is key to children's future well-being, lags far behind other countries, amounting to only $20,000 per child on average.

The Illinois Leader

May 5, 2005

SB 409 lowers the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5 years of age. It has only been 4 months since the compulsory attendance age rose to 17 from 16 years of age.

In a federally-sponsored analysis of 8,000 early childhood studies, the Moore Foundation states that "From Piagetian specialist David Elkind in Boston to William Rohwer in Berkeley, Calif., top learning and development authorities warn that early formal school is burning out our children".

Cato Policy Analysis, Cato Institute

by Darcy Ann Olsen

February 9, 1999

Across the country legislators are deciding whether to require public school districts to provide no-fee prekindergarten classes for all three- and four-year-olds.

Georgia and New York have implemented universal preschool programs for four-year-olds, and other states have taken steps in that direction. Those programs are voluntary so far, but there have been calls for mandatory participation.

April 9, 2012

A vaccine that can train cancer patients' own bodies to seek out and destroy tumor cells has been developed by scientists.

The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of all cancers, could provide a universal injection that allows patients' immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer. Preliminary results from early clinical trials have shown the vaccine can trigger an immune response in patients and reduce levels of disease.

by Ruth Faden

July 14, 2014

There have been numerous experiments performed on human test subjects in the United States that have been considered unethical, and were often performed illegally, without the knowledge, consent, or informed consent of the test subjects.

The experiments include: the deliberate infection of people with deadly or debilitating diseases, exposure of people to biological and chemical weapons, human radiation experiments, injection of people with toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments, interrogation and torture experiments, tests involving mind-altering substances, and a wide variety of others. Many of these tests were performed on children,[1] the sick, and mentally disabled individuals, often under the guise of "medical treatment". In many of the studies, a large portion of the subjects were poor, racial minorities or prisoners. Funding for many of the experiments was provided by United States government, especially the United States military, Central Intelligence Agency, or private corporations involved with military activities. The human research programs were usually highly secretive, and in many cases information about them was not released until many years after the studies had been performed.

The Republican (MA)

by Holly Angelo

July 16, 2011

How can a $1 million endowment turn into a $40 million research center that's expected to yield $100 million in 10 years, creating new products and new jobs, and save lives?

It's not easy, but it's being done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at the new Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA).

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