Implantable device shows promise in treating obesity less invasively: study

An implantable device that blocks a stomach nerve has shown promise in treating obesity in a less invasive way than traditional surgery, a study has found.

The device is implanted under the skin in the abdomen and is regulated by patients through a switch.

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The BugWise program has been designed by the Australian Museum Online to enable schools and other groups to get involved in ecological research. Here you will find out what invertebrates are, what they do, their incredible diversity and why they are vitally important to a healthy planet. The Invertebrate Guide provides a fact page with image of each insect.

Creative Goal Setting for kids and teens

An Indian guide who displayed uncanny skills in navigating the rugged regions of the Southwest was asked how he did it. “What is your secret of being an expert tracker and trail-blazer?” a visitor asked him.

The guide answered: “There is no secret. One must only possess the far vision and the near look. The first step is to determine where you want to go. Then you must be sure that each step you take is a step in that direction.”

A dream is what you would like for life to be. A Goal is what you intend to make happen. A goal is the near look; what, specifically, you intend to do on a daily basis to get there.  >>> more



Colour-coded diets

Based on the clever titles, it might be tempting to dismiss these programs as gimmicks, and in fact when your weekly menus are literally “color coded,” it might seem that the diet book authors are just scrambling for a new hook or premise on which to base an entire eating program. I have not read any of those books you mentioned yet, so I can’t comment on any of them specifically. However, as “gimmicky” as from every color in the rainbow may sound at first, there is some very legitimate and scientific evidence that this is a great idea.
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Scholastic Report: Kids Still Read for Fun—Teens, Less So

A new report released by Scholastic corroborates the findings of the company’s 2006 report on children’s reading habits, finding that pleasure reading in children begins to decline at age eight and continues to do so into the teen years. The study found that a majority of children (68%) think it is “extremely” or “very” important to read for pleasure, and “like” or “love” doing so. However, that number decreases with age: 82% percent of children ages five to eight “like” or “love” reading, compared to 55% for children ages 15 to 17. It also found that although children can readily envision a future in which reading and technology are increasingly intertwined, nearly two thirds prefer to read physical books, rather than on a computer screen or digital device. Additionally, a large majority of children recognize the importance of reading for their future goals, with 90% of respondents agreeing that they “need to be a strong reader to get into a good college.” 

The 2008 Kids and Family Reading Report, conducted by TSC, a division of consumer trends research company Yankelovich, is based on interviews with 1,002 respondents (501 children ages five to 17 and a parent or guardian for each). It explored kids’ attitudes toward reading, as well as the roles that technology, parental input and the Harry Potter books play in their reading habits.

Nearly one in four children was found to be a “high frequency” pleasure reader (reading daily), with an additional 53% qualifying as “moderate frequency” readers, reading for pleasure between one and six times per week. When children were asked why they do not engage in more pleasure reading, the top answer selected was “I would rather do other things,” followed in frequency by “I have too much schoolwork and homework,” and “I have trouble finding books that I like.” (This third answer was the top response selected in the 2006 survey.) Boys outnumbered girls by 10% in all age categories in stating that they had trouble finding enjoyable books.

EducaPoles: Pictures
The International Polar Foundation provides this collection of photographs free for educational use. Included are: whales and dolphins (cetaceans), Antarctic marine biology (scientific activities), Antarctic marine biology (flora and fauna), marine mammals from Antarctica, a colony of emperor penguins, sea ice and icebergs, sailing through Antarctic ice, birds of the Antarctic and the South Atlantic, Polar scientific activities, ice coring, polar bears, types of ice, Arctic and Antarctic fauna.

Kids Jump on the Brand Wagon

70percent of parents say children influence their purchases Children in seven out of 10 city households have a say in which brand of product their parents purchase, according to a study by the Bureau of Market Research of the University…

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Music lessons help young child memories

Parents who spend time and money to teach their children music, take heart — a new Canadian study shows young children who take music lessons have better memories than their nonmusical peers.

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