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Snacks the Meal of Choice for Youths
December 16, 2014
Snacks have replaced meals in the eating habits of young children, a series of reports have found. The reports, written by a Finnish researcher and published in European journals, surveyed 512 boys and girls from the city of Kuopio, in a study known as Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC). The 15-year study has issued periodic reports since its inception in 2007, including a study earlier in 2014 that linked low levels of physical activity to a greater risk of type 2 diabetes. The latest report surveyed the children, now ages 6, 7, or 8, for four days, asking them to track what they ate and drank, and when. More than half of all children did not eat three meals a day, filling their health needs with snacks instead.

Study: Playing Music Heightens Learning More Than Listening
December 16, 2014
Playing music can help children learn, a study has found. The study, from Northwestern University, focused on children who attended a music appreciation class and children who, as well as taking that class, played musical instruments. Researchers connected electrodes to the children's heads to measure their brains' responses to both listening to music and playing music. The results showed that the children who played music had higher amounts of neural processing than the children who listened to the music without playing an instrument.

3D Sonar IDs 'Golden Gate Titanic'
December 14, 2014
The "Golden Gate Titanic" has been found, scientists say. The S.S. City of Rio de Janeiro, which sank on February 22, 1901, has been verified as a wreck 300 feet below the surface of the Golden Gate, the Northern California waterway that connects San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Adminitration (NOAA) made the announcement after confirming data from a 3D sonar device called Echoscope.

New Amenhotep III Statue Unveiled
December 14, 2014
Amenhotep III is in walking mode again for all to see. Archaeologists have restored a collosal statue of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh at his funerary temple at Luxor, on the west bank of the Nile. An earthquake felled the statue more than 3,000 years ago. Unlike other more famous statues of the pharaoh, known as the father of Akhenaten but also famous in his own right, this statue shows him striding. He is wearing the white crown of Upper egypt and wearing a falcon-head-handled dagger shogins his name. His name also appears on both papyri he is holding.

'Poohsticks' Drawing Sets Auction Record
December 14, 2014
"Poohsticks" means big bucks. A drawing of the iconic pairing of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and Christopher Robin playing the game in A.A. Milne's book The House at Pooh Corner sold at auction for nearly $500,000. The Sotheby's auction brought in $493,000 for the drawing, done by illustrator E.H. Shepard in 1928. The original drawing had been for 40 years in a private colleciton.


December: 31 Days of Fun and Celebration

It's Christmas and Hanukkah and Advent and Boxing Day and Santa and the reindeer and carols and much more, all rolled up into one. Click on the image below.


The Wright Brothers: Air Pioneers
On December 17, 1903, the first manned airplane flight took place. Follow young Orville and Wilbur Wright as they turn a childhood appreciation of a flying toy into a lifelong pursuit and a world-changing invention.

The Wright Brothers: Bicycle Geniuses
The road to the world's first man-powered airplane ran through a bicycle shop. Find out how.

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