Here are my readings for today:
“”Head circumference is an indicator of brain volume, so a greater increase in head circumference in a newborn baby suggests more rapid brain growth,” says the lead author of the study, Dr Lisa Smithers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health.
“Overall, newborn children who grew faster in the first four weeks had higher IQ scores later in life,” she says.”
“”Our findings raise concerns since, depending on the pollutant, 20% to 60% of the women in our study lived in areas where risk of autism was elevated,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the HSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The study appeared online June 18, 2013 inEnvironmental Health Perspectives.”
“Dr Cristina Dye, a lecturer in child language development, found that two to three- year-olds are using grammar far sooner than expected.
She studied fifty French speaking youngsters aged between 23 and 37 months, capturing tens of thousands of their utterances.
Dr Dye, who carried out the research while at Cornell University in the United States, found that the children were using ‘little words’ which form the skeleton of sentences such as a, an, can, is, an, far sooner than previously thought.”
“This study supports the idea that subjective sleepiness is influenced by the quality of experiences right before bedtime. Are you reluctantly awake or excited to be awake?” said Dr. Masashi Yanagisawa, professor of molecular genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at UT Southwestern. He is principal author of the study published online in May in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
“The latest addition to the growing field of fast four-legged robots is no bigger than a housecat, yet it can tackle more realistic terrain than its larger predecessors. Three years in the making, “Cheetah-cub” runs about 5 kilometers per hour and can descend steps up to 20% its leg length. For its size—23 centimeters long and 1 kilogram in weight—it may be a record-holder among other robo-quadrupeds, its developers say, attaining speeds seven times its body length per second. It even has an advantage over real cats: It runs with no brain telling it what to do.”
“BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jun 18, 2013) – Lazy, self-absorbed and entitled? Practical, heads-down and resourceful might be more accurate descriptors for today’s College Millennial Consumers (CMCs), according to a new survey of 1,600+ U.S. college students. The survey was conducted May 13-20, 2013 by fluent, a Boston-based College Millennial Consumer marketing agency (www.fluentgrp.com).
Specializing in “translating brands for the college world,” fluent works with clients who want to understand and engage College Millennial Consumers (CMCs) nationwide, both on- and off-campus. Clients have included major brands such as Microsoft, Macy’s, PacSun, Zipcar, Sun Drop, Kotex, Dove and L’Oreal. Building on an exclusive affiliation with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), fluent has insider access to nearly 1,000 colleges and universities and engages students in a variety of brand experiences that complement everyday college life.”