Archive for May, 2005

Plastic’s Harmful Side Effects

Salon.com reports that “Chemicals in common household products disrupt the development of reproductive organs in unborn baby boys, scientists report.”

Scientists in America have found the first evidence that common chemicals used in products as diverse as cosmetics, toys, plastic wrap and plastic bags may harm the development of unborn baby boys. Researchers have long known that high levels of substances called phthalates have gender-bending effects on male animals, making them more feminine and leading to poor sperm quality and infertility. The new study suggests that even normal levels of phthalates, which are ubiquitous, can disrupt the development of male babies’ reproductive organs.

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You Gotta Walk Before You Watch

The BBC News reported on a new shoe that’s supposed to get kids exercising again. What’s the carrot? TV time.

The shoe - dubbed Square-eyes - has a unique insole that records the amount of exercise a child does and converts it into television watching time.

One button on the shoe - the brainchild of a student at west London’s Brunel University - records the number of steps taken by the child over the day.

Another transmits this information to a base station connected to the TV.

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Study: Teens Leaving Foster Care Unprepared For Adult Life

NPR reports:

Most states stop providing housing, medical care and other services for foster care youth at age 18. New research suggests that many leaving the system are not yet ready to handle life on their own.

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How To Avoid Crying When Chopping Onions

“[A] Lifehacker reader and foodie Ian Beyer offers a helpful tip for how to avoid onion-slicing-induced tears” Here’s a snippet just to get your interested:

Take this piece and throw it away (don’t put it down the disposal!). This piece contains the part/gland that makes baby Jesus and everyone else in the room cry when you’re chopping it up.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream At Veggie Ice Cream!

John Duffell at The Candy Blog alerted me to an article about Veggie Ice Cream. The Telegraph reports:

It sounds unappetising, but when vegetables are mixed with sweeter products such as sultanas, mint and oranges, and presented in a tub or cone as ice cream, children take to them with relish. That is the theory, at least.

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How Much Is The Position Of "Stay-At-Home Mom" Worth?

Salary.com has an interesting article on what it would cost to provide the same kind of care that a stay-at-home mom provides.

Stay-at-home mothers wear many hats. They’re the family CEO, the day care provider, accountant, chauffeur, counselor, chef, nurse, laundress, entertainer, personal stylist, and educator. Based on a 100-hour work week, Salary.com has estimated that a fair wage for the typical stay-at-home mom would be $131,471 for executing all of her daily tasks.

In my opinion, being a stay-at-home mom is a priceless job. And with the right perspective, is beneficial to the entire family, and is worth much more than the salary calculated by Salary.com.

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