Carkoon – car seat that envelops your child in a Kevlar cocoon upon impact

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If you are worried about the safety rating of your child’s car seat maybe you should swaddle your child in a protective Kevlar cocoon. The Carkoon is a new child seat developed by British company Cool Technologies that wraps your child in protective Kevlar and a fireproof Nomex airbag upon impact. It even calls emergency services for you.

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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

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A great smile at a certain price.

Want your child to turn that frown upside down? By any means necessary? This feels like it belongs on Arrested Development, alongside the injury-inducing cornballer, but amazingly enough it’s areal thing. And there’s only a “slight twitch side effect!” Hooray for science!

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15 Year Old Becomes World’s First Child to Be Implanted with Artificial Heart

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Dr. Antonio Amodeo in the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital with a diagram of the artificial heart.

A 15-year-old boy has become the world’s first child to be implanted with an artificial heart. The unnamed Italian boy had the 10-hour operation last week and was said to be well in intensive care.

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Expect the Unexpected – 3D Image of Little Girl in Street Used to Slow Down Drivers

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3D image of little girl being used to enhance traffic safety.

It’s already on the big screen, but now a 3D image is being used on the streets of West Vancouver in an attempt to jolt reckless drivers into reality.  But has this latest idea gone a step too far? Will it cause accidents?

 

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Gardening In School Boosts Child Development

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Projects in the dirt are good for kids!

A study out of the UK suggests that school gardens actually improve academic skills in children. Children who participated in school gardening projects were found to be better problem solvers. The projects also encouraged patience, independence, and healthy eating habits

Teachers who used gardening as part of children’s education said they displayed more independence and were better at solving problems.

Working in school gardens also had an impacts on other subjects, including literacy and numeracy, it was claimed…

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Mother Explains Why She Gives Pot To Her 9-Year-Old Autistic Son

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee wrote a great piece for Slate about giving cannabis to her 9-year-old autistic son.

Last summer, we reached the six-month mark in our cannabis experiment. We’d been using medical marijuana to help quell our autistic son’s gut pain and anxiety, and we were seeing some huge changes in his behavior and, presumably, his happiness…

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth to Healthy Child in China

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A shocking story took place in China. A nine-year-old girl gave birth to a healthy baby in Changchun Hospital in China’s northeastern province of Jilin. Doctors performed Cesarean section on the little mother after she started having contractions.

The baby-boy was born weighing 2.75 kg. Medics said that both the mother and child were “fine,” China’s City Evening News portal said.

The medics of the hospital did not give any other comments to reporters. No wonder, because the subject of early pregnancy is tabooed in the communist country.

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Amazing Photos – Parenting in a World of Chaos

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Parenting is challenging even in the best of times

Best advice to new parents – be flexible, be creative, and feel free to rewrite the rules whenever you have to. Being a parent is now more difficult that ever, and this amazing series of photos does an amazing job of capturing the craziness of our times. (Pics)

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