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How childplay inspired new artificial brain

We can throw and catch a ball because our brain uses patterns to recognise situations and react to them. This form of pattern recognition is now being used to develop an artificial brain, which in record time can simulate buildings and produce a fatigue life estimation.

How to get kids to eat vegetables

If children eat vegetables when aged between 6 and 12 months, there is a greater chance that they will learn to like vegetables when they grow up, new study shows.

Overweight children more likely to get liver cancer

Comprehensive new study finds a correlation between childhood body size during school ages and the risk of developing primary liver cancer as adults.

Welfare changed our view on children

The history of the Danish welfare state also tells the tale of how a generous welfare state changed how children are perceived. This can be traced to the changing school architecture.

Identifying the most vulnerable children in out-of-home care

Close ties with adults are essential for a healthy development for young children. Now, for the first time, statistical research identifies children in out-of-home care that have a particular risk of lacking stable adult contact in their first years of life.

Online generation starts watching porn earlier

The first generation to have had unrestricted access to online porn is now entering adulthood. Will they approach sex in the same way as previous generations?

Kids can pay dearly for mum’s unhealthy diet

A mother’s diet during her pregnancy and the food a child eats during its first year seem to be linked to symptoms of aggression and depression.

Young Egyptians armed themselves for revolution

The number of volunteers has exploded in Egypt in the past few years. The new trend of voluntary work among Muslim youths in Egypt has armed them with a stronger social and political consciousness and the courage to bring about change in their country.

Arthritic kids feel pain even after successful treatment

Some children with arthritis experience pain on a daily basis even after successful treatment of the disease. Why is it that the pain doesn’t always go away when the disease does?

Childhood obesity gene identified

Defects on a special ’satiety gene’ may constitute a rare but important cause of early childhood obesity.