News For and About Kids
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Rockabye baby: Research shows gentle singing soothes sick infants
A project led by a researcher from the University of Western Sydney has found that music therapy can help sick babies in intensive care maintain normal behavioural development, making them less irritable, upset and less likely to cry.
Student-friendly GIS leads to real-world science inquiry and fulfills NRC report's recommendations
A report by the National Research Council urging educators to teach K-12 students to think spatially and use geographic information systems (GIS) to do so underscores the importance of educational research underway at Northwestern University. Researchers there have developed a student-friendly GIS tool that makes it possible for middle and high school students to use real-world geographic data in much the way professional scientists do.
Tracking food products from farm to the fork
A prototype system designed to help consumers, farmers and other interested parties trace the geographic origin of food at all stages of production from 'farm to fork' - storage, processing and distribution - has been developed by researchers.
Astronomy & Astrophysics
How to steal a million stars?
Based on observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope, a team of Italian astronomers reports that the stellar cluster Messier 12 must have lost to our Milky Way galaxy close to one million low-mass stars.
Scientists discover dozens of new species in 'Lost World' of western New Guinea
An expedition to one of Asia's most isolated jungles – in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains of western New Guinea – discovered a virtual ''Lost World" of new species, giant flowers, and rare wildlife that was unafraid of humans. The December 2005 trip by a team of US, Indonesian, and Australian scientists found dozens of new species including frogs, butterflies, and the first new bird from the island of New Guinea in more than 60 years.
Conservation International, Indonesian Institute of Science, Swift Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Geographic Society, Global Environment Project
Exotic crab poised for widespread UK invasion
A major UK invasion of the Chinese mitten crab is predicted by scientists from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne who have modelled its spread through Britain and Europe for the first time. The crab, which destroys river banks and preys on native species, is spreading through waterways at an alarming rate, and an urgent monitoring and management system is needed before it is too late to stop the spread, say scientists.
Newcastle University, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Studies of obese children reveal body-weight control hormone
A single change in a particular brain hormone can increase a person's risk of obesity, two new studies in the February 8, 2006, Cell Metabolism reveal. The researchers found that obese children are more likely to carry a rare variant of so-called ß-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (ß-MSH) than children of normal weight.
Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, National Institutes of Health, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Home paper shredders pose serious injury risk to toddlers
As our environments change over time with technology, pediatric emergency specialists are continuously challenged to observe possible trends and prevent more injuries by educating the public. In a new case report published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers at New York University School of Medicine discuss the serious injury risks posed by paper shredders, which have become increasingly common household items.
Contact: Jennifer Choi
NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine
Outbreak: Rapid appearance of fungus devastates frogs, salamanders in Panama
Something wicked this way comes, if you're a frog or salamander living near El Cope, Panama.
National Science Foundation
Children with asthma more likely to have behavior difficulties
City children with asthma are more likely to have problems with behavior than children without the chronic respiratory problems, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study in this month's Pediatrics.
Halcyon Hill Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program
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