Exercise during pregnancy may improve baby’s brain development

Exercise during pregnancy alters the fetal brain.

According to new research, moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby’s brain development. The research involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that “at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their mothers exercised during the pregnancy,” said study researcher Elise Labonte-LeMoyne, a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology at the University of Montreal.

 

 

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Top 10 cutting-edge technologies in development

Tube transportation is the future of transportation.

You shouldn’t give up on flying cars or hoverboards just yet. As technology continues to march on, everything will go into development sooner or later—as demonstrated by the existence of these things, which we’ll almost certainly see within our lifetimes.

 

 

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Do taller workers earn more money because they are more intelligent?

Are taller workers smarter?

Taller workers earn a substantial wage premium. Studies that go back to the middle of the last century attribute the premium to non-cognitive abilities, which are associated with stature and rewarded in the labor market. More recent research argues that cognitive abilities explain the stature-wage relationship.

 

 

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Study: Mom’s obesity linked to kids’ autism and development

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Kids born to obese moms are more likely to diagnosed with autism.

Kids born to obese women are more likely to be diagnosed with autism or related developmental delays than the children of slimmer moms according to a new study of moms and children in California.

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TV stunts babies’ development: American Academy of Pediatrics

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Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background. Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, like interacting with other people and playing, the group said.

 

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Five Minute Questionnaire is Accurate Enough to Diagnose Autism in 1 Year Old Children

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Parents are asked about a child’s eye-gaze and other forms of age-appropriate communication.

Parents can fill out a five-minute questionnaire that is accurate enough to diagnose autism in children as young as one in three-quarters of the cases, claims study.

 

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Naval Sonar Exercises Linked to Whale Strandings

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Whales are affected by Naval Sonar Exercises.

Scientists have long been aware of a link between naval sonar exercises and unusual mass strandings of beaked whales. Evidence of such a link triggered a series of lawsuits in which environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy to limit sonar exercises to reduce risk to whales. In 2008, this conflict rose to the level of the US Supreme Court which had to balance potential threat to whales from sonar against the military risk posed by naval forces inadequately trained to use sonar to detect enemy submarines. The court ruled that the Navy could continue training, but that it was essential for the Navy to develop better methods to protect the whales.

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Lisa Calkins Speaks at DaVinci Institute on Mobile App Development

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“So You Want a Mobile App, Now What?”

Amadeus Consulting, a Boulder-based custom software development company, announced today that Chief Executive Officer Lisa Calkins was featured as the keynote speaker and instructor of the DaVinci Institute’s So You Want a Mobile App, Now What?” event. The event, held on March 15 at the Institute in Louisville, CO is a part of the ongoing Inventor Bootcamp Series.

 

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More Than Half of China’s Existing Homes Will Be Demolished in the Next 20 Years

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Life expectancy of houses in China is 50 years.

More than half of China’s existing residential structures will be demolished and rebuilt in the coming 20 years, according to a senior researcher from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, a claim that has sparked fresh questions about the short lifespan of Chinese buildings.

 

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China’s Growing Pains on the Road to Urbanization

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Blocks of soon-to-be-completed residential apartments tower over the simple fish farms that are a feature of Shanwei.

How are China’s ever-expanding small cities coping with the challenge of rapid growth? Daniel Chinoy finds out in Shanwei, a city that would be a major urban hub in any other nation.   On the coast of Guangdong province, two hours northeast of Shenzhen, is a city with a population of about 3.5 million, 500,000 more people than Chicago, and an annual GDP growth rate of about 17 percent. Few people have heard of this city.

 

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Girls Reaching Puberty Before Age 10 – A Year Earlier Than 20 Years Ago

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Scientists are worried that young girls are ill-equipped to cope with sexual development when they are still at primary school.

The latest generation of girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10, a new study suggests, raising fears they may also begin sexual activity earlier.   Scientists have found that the average age that breast development begins is now nine years and 10 months – almost a year earlier than a previous study in 1991.

 

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