Study shows automatic enrollment, paired with option to opt-out, is highly effective at boosting parents’ participation — ScienceDaily

Researchers know that texting programs can greatly benefit young children’s literacy. Now new research shows that parents’ participation in such programs can be boosted exponentially with one simple tweak: automatic enrollment, combined with the ability to opt out.

The new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy appears in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

In recent years, mounting research evidence has shown texting to be an effective, low-cost, scalable approach for engaging parents in their children’s learning. Some studies suggest text message interventions via tips for parents on how to support their child’s development can put young children’s learning 2-3 months ahead.

Yet getting parents to enroll in these beneficial programs can be challenging. With that in mind, researchers designed a study to test strategies for increasing program participation.

In the study, researchers from Duke, New York

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FIS – Worldnews – Multi-trophic aquaculture: A feasible option for the future of aquaculture


Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Multi-trophic aquaculture: A feasible option for the future of aquaculture

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A group of European experts has been working for more than three years on the definition of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and the appropriate framework for its development, the validation of technology and production processes specific to this type of aquaculture, the study of its environmental impact, and the strengthening of collaboration networks between the scientific community, business and government. All of this is done with the aim of putting to good use all the knowledge acquired and making this innovative sustainable aquaculture solution a reality in Europe.

Co-cultivating aquatic species from different trophic levels, such as fish, algae or filter feeders, generates balanced systems that contribute significantly to the environmental and socio-economic efficiency of this industry. This is the objective of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), a

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Study shows antibiotics may be viable treatment option for appendicitis — ScienceDaily

Every year more than 250,000 people undergo surgery for appendicitis, making it one of the 20 most common surgeries performed in the United States.

In the largest randomized U.S. study of appendicitis published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Henry Ford Health System and 24 other sites around the U.S. report that seven in 10 patients who received antibiotics avoided surgery and that patients who took antibiotics for symptom relief fared no worse in the short term than those who underwent surgery.

Still, researchers cautioned that taking antibiotics for appendicitis is not for everyone and advised patients to consult with their physician.

“The significance of this study means that surgeons and patients now have more options for the treatment of appendicitis,” says J.H. “Pat” Patton, M.D., medical director of Surgical Services for Henry Ford Health System and a study co-investigator. “We now know that we

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AUKEY KM-G12 Gaming Keyboard Review: A quality budget option

Gaming keyboards are often expensive, and the best gaming keyboards, in particular, typically cost anywhere between $100 and $200. Fortunately, you don’t have to shell out a ton of cash to get a quality keyboard thanks to the rise of high-quality budget-friendly options in recent years. One such device is AUKEY’s 104-key KM-G12 Gaming Keyboard, roughly half the price of more expensive options but still offers strong core performance. And even though there are a few problems with it, the KM-G12 overall is a great pick for gamers looking to get a keyboard on the cheap.

The best thing about the KM-G12 is that it’s built well and is comfortable to use. The keyboard’s chassis is made out of solid, sturdy steel, which isn’t always a luxury that budget keyboards have. The low profile keys are also very comfortable to use and properly actuate without issue, and the double-shot-molded ABS

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Soteria Battery Innovation Group Signs Exclusive License and Option for a Battery Safety Technology by Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The licensed technology is for electrodes and foils for lithium ion batteries that are designed to break in a pre-defined geometry when the battery is physically damaged, effectively isolating the damaged part.  This can minimize the associated generated heat and avoid thermal runaway, or uncontrolled increasing temperature, thus rendering the battery safe.

“This technology can dramatically improve battery safety upon mechanical, thermal and electrical damage,” said ORNL’s Jianlin Li, a principle investigator of the technology. “This can simplify battery design and lead to higher energy density and lower cost.”

Combining the technology with Soteria’s own current collector technology was selected in 2019 for a $750,000 DOE Technology Commercialization Fund project, “Li-on batteries with Safer Current Collectors,” with support from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office.

The technology will be especially effective in vehicles, where physical damage can occur in automobile accidents and other

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Why ‘Cruise Control’ Is Not An Option For Cloud Security

Richard Tracy, CSO of Telos Corporation, is a 33-year cyber industry veteran and security and compliance expert.

According to Security Boulevard, “More often than not, enterprise data is safer within the cloud.” I’ve agreed with this sentiment for some time, making the case as early as 2011 that cloud providers offer better security than many organizations can achieve on their own via premises-based facilities and resources. Economies of scale, rapid innovation and standard security tooling — all available within the cloud — can improve security for most companies. However, for many organizations, cloud technology is unfamiliar, and roles and responsibilities are not clearly defined by the cloud service provider (CSP) or understood by the cloud user.

In recent years, news headlines regarding cloud-based data breaches would suggest that storing data in the cloud is inherently insecure, but these headlines do not always convey the entire story. More often

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Amazon’s kid-savvy Alexa a welcome new option for Echo speakers

Amazon is adapting its Alexa technology so that Echo smart speakers will switch to kid-friendly mode when they detect children are speaking to them.`



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Given how far these digital devices reach into our lives, that’s welcome news.

Echo devices reach deeply into our existence. We use them to get answers to questions, control lights and play music. Our kids see us using them, and kids mimic their parents. So in coming months, Amazon will give parents the option of setting up voice profiles for their children in order to produce kid-friendly responses, the giant retailer said at its device product launch event Thursday.



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Once voice profiles are set up, the Alexa device will return kid-friendly answers, games, music, Audible books and premium skills, for example. The feature dovetails with the new

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