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  • Teen addiction to screens can lead to obesity

    Too much television time has long been linked to childhood obesity, but a U.S. study suggests that the connection holds true for smaller screens too, such as computers, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones. With TV, a minimum five-hour-a-day habit increased the odds of obesity by 78 percent compared with teens who didn’t have TV time, […]

  • Yellen backs education as the secret weapon in a changing economy

    Changing technologies and globalisation have put a premium on completing a college education in order to get and keep higher-paying jobs, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said this week. “The drivers of this increasing demand for those with college and graduate degrees are likely to continue to be important,” Yellen said in prepared remarks to […]

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  • Why getting children into school can help the world avoid a crisis

    The world is facing a crisis if countries do not increase their education budgets and get more children into school, warned Julia Gillard, chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a global education funding agency There are 260 million children and adolescents out of school globally, says the Education Commission, a global organisation of […]

  • Skin-to-skin contact directly after birth gives a better start in life

    Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life, according to a new review of existing evidence. Women who had skin-to-skin contact with their naked babies right after delivery were more likely to breastfeed longer and be breastfeeding months later […]

  • Why Europe wants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to crack down on hate speech

    U.S. tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday. The European Union (EU) executive’s warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take […]

  • Crowd-sourced maps for natural disasters boosted by new algorithm

    Humanitarian workers delivering aid to regions hit by natural disasters might find it a little easier to reach people most in need of help following new advances in crowd-sourced mapping technology, according to researchers. Traditional maps often do not give rescue workers the information they need when disasters strike, such as which buildings and bridges […]

  • Ascend Learning is ‘exploring possible sale’

    Ascend Learning, a U.S. maker of educational software used in sectors such as healthcare, is exploring a sale that it hopes will value the company at more than $2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal would come as buyout firms continue to invest in the educational software sector at […]

  • Stronger muscles may mean sharper minds for children

    Making sure kids have good muscle fitness might also benefit their school performance, according to a recent U.S. study. Aerobic fitness has already been linked to better thinking abilities in pre-teen children, but the current study found an independent link between muscle fitness and kids’ performance on memory tests as well as their math and […]