Photo: Nickelodeon.comYour kids may love a certain squishy character who lives in a pineapple under the sea, but a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia suggests that fast-paced, fantastical TV shows like "SpongeBob SquarePants" could harm preschoolers' thinking skills.
The study has a few loopholes that a cartoon character could squeeze a Mack truck through, though.
"The Immediate Impact of Different Types of Television on Young Children's Executive Function," appears in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics and looks at 60 4-year-olds who had been randomly divided into three groups. One group drew and colored for nine minutes, another watched the gentle, slow-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" for nine minutes, and the last group spent nine minutes watching a cartoon "about an animated sponge that lives under the sea." Then all of the kids were given a series of tests to measure their executive function-their ability to concentrate, solve problems, and delay gratification.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Sep 12, 2011 7:36 PM EDT
Photo: Nickelodeon.comYour kids may love a certain squishy character who lives in a pineapple under the sea, but a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia suggests that fast-paced, fantastical TV shows like "SpongeBob SquarePants" could harm preschoolers' thinking skills.Read More »from Study finds that Spongebob is bad for 4-year-olds. But is the sponge the real problem?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Sat, Sep 10, 2011 12:14 AM EDT
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President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2011 in Washington, D.C., to highlight his plan to create jobs for millions of out of work Americans. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images) Saying "There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation," President Barack Obama presented members of Congress Thursday night with a bill that he said would create jobs and provide relief for small businesses immediately.Read More »from President Obama's American Jobs Act: How does it affect us?
"The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we'll meet ours," President Obama said in his speech. "The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning."
The American Jobs Act proposes $447 billion in job-creating measures including a "returning heroes" tax credit for businesses that hire veterans, deep payroll tax cuts, unemployment insurance reform, and the preservation of teaching, police, construction, and firefighting jobs-all without increasing the nation's debt. Instead, Obama said
There are several celebrities that people love to hate, like Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kim Kardashian, and Snookie. And then there are the politicians that seem to make viewers angry the instant they appear on the TV screen-former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, for some, and President Barack Obama, for others. Their points of view inspire ire, perhaps, or maybe their voices just grate on people's nerves. Whatever the reason, when they're introduced on news shows or featured in commercials, peoples' stress levels skyrocket.Read More »from Who would you put on mute?
Matt Richardson, a video producer for technology magazine Make, likes to keep the TV on in the background while he works but got irritated when certain celebrities came on the air. So he invented "The Enough Already," a device that let him put those bothersome blowhards on mute automatically.
"A while ago it was Charlie Sheen. And then it was Sarah Palin. And then it was Donald Trump," he told CNN.com. "And after a while I realized there's sort of always
Photo: Facebook.comWho knew that the son of God was so social-media savvy? According to AllFacebook.com, a site that tracks Facebook traffic, the most engaging person on Facebook is Jesus Christ.Read More »from The most-engaging guy on Facebook? Jesus
Or, at least, his words and wisdom inspire plenty of interaction. The Facebook page for Jesus Daily-where Dr. Aaron Tabor of Kernersville, N.C., posts Bible verses, religious artwork, and inspirational messages-has spent 18 weeks in the number one spot for engagement, which includes the number of posts, likes, and comments a page receives.
"I just started it as a hobby," Tabor, 41, told ABC News. He also runs a diet business, which has a separate Facebook page. "I looked at a friend's page and there was a little Bible app at the bottom, and I thought people would want something more."
Thirty-one percent of U.S. Facebook users list a religion in their profile, as do 24 percent of users outside of the United States, and more than 43 million Facebook users are fans of at least one page classified as "religious",
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 30, 2011 7:27 PM EDT
Cherie Wood was juggling her career and parenthood for years before she decided to run for mayor of South Salt Lake, Utah. And she let voters know she would continue to do so if elected.
"I had so many people tell me that I wasn't going to win," she says. "Just because of the culture here in Utah, you know, there's some strong emphasis for women to stay home and raise their families."
"I have boys-12, 10, and 3-at the time they were a little younger than that," she says. "My opposition was saying that I should be home with my kids. And so I wrote a letter to all the women voters in South Salt Lake and said, 'You know, I've always been a working mom, and because of my situation I will always have to be a working mom, and my kids are my number one priority. … But I know that I can prioritize my daily schedule and still be a really effective mayor'."
Her persistence paid off. Not only is Wood now the first female mayor of South Salt Lake, she's also the first to rise through the ranks
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Aug 29, 2011 3:45 AM EDT
For some way up north, Hurricane Irene was The Hurricane That Wasn't, but the massive storm left plenty of devastation in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York as it raged its way up the eastern seaboard over the weekend. Tornadoes touched down near Philadelphia, millions of people are still dealing with prolonged power outages, at least 18 people have been killed in eight states, 137 miles of New York State's main highway was washed out, and New York City shut its public transportation system down for the first time ever due to weather.Read More »from Hurricane Irene: Before, during, and after (Video)
Here's how the hurricane looked as it made its way north:
In the Bahamas, the palm trees in Paradise Island look like they're about to be torn out by the roots in this video shot by Mike Theiss of Ultimate Chase:
In Puerto Rico, more than a million people lost power as the storm ripped down trees and flooded the streets with rain:
Hurricane-driven waves pounded the piers in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on Saturday:
Residents of Lewes,