Teens Have a Nuanced Relationship with Social Media

Stereotypes of young people are hard to shake. Every ensuing generation seems to pepper their juniors with breathy judgment. For the past decade, the youthful use of social media has invited shrill suspicion. Jabs against supposed social and personal corrosion have...

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Letters to Santa in the Digital Age

Recently, a friend of mine heard her kindergartener praying. She tip-toed to the door and eavesdropped. As she quietly listened in she realized, hilariously, that her daughter was praying to Santa. I smiled so hard it almost broke my face. Jelly Belly vs. Jesus for...

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What Will My DNA Test Reveal?

In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.   Just 28 years later, in 1990, the Human Genome Project launched. Its daunting goal: to map the human genome.   Fast...

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Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Back to school. Every year is more surreal as our kids seem to age at warp speed.   This is especially true for parents faced with tearfully remembering the first day of kindergarten as they drive away from newly furnished dorm rooms with college-level...

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3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

This is the first sentence of this article, and the fact that you can read it isn’t to be taken for granted.   According to research noted by ourworldindata.org, only 12 percent of the world population was literate in 1800. 12 percent! How mind-blowing is that?...

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Top Tools for Your Family Game Night

Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles huddled around a game table set up in the living room. Games went on for hours. There was banter, laughter and strategy. They lived in a rural, poverty stricken community. There...

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Can Technology Solve Your Mosquito Problem This Year?

Pop quiz: What’s the deadliest animal on the planet?   Likely, your mind jumped to some of the scariest offenders: poisonous snakes, ferocious beasts lurking on the savanna, or maybe you even guessed the sleeper that ranks right up there, the hippopotamus.  ...

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Why Solar Panels Are Still Years Off for Most Folks

Up on the housetop, click, click, click … No, it’s not good St. Nick. More likely, it’s solar panels. There’s more than meets the eye when you begin considering the science and art of adding more than just shingles and the occasional pausing reindeer to your roof....

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Ditch Your Tech for One Screen-Free Week

Screens make me smile. Innovative 8K television screens, phone screens, the Big Screen, IMAX and the now ubiquitous 4K screens on anything and everything. Screens are my life. It’s one of the first things I see when I wake up. It’s one of the last things I see when I...

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Spring Cleaning? Get Rid of Your Old Gadgets

New gadgets. They’re shiny. They’re fun. They do old things faster. They do new things better. The age of buying a device and keeping it for much more than a year or two is fading — and fading fast. No doubt you have a phone, a computer, a TV or some other gadget that...

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Family Tech Rules that Really Work

Rules are made to be broken. And that’s exactly what seems to be happening when it comes to rules about technology use. You’re probably not surprised by that statement, but when you realize that I’m talking about you and me and not our kids, the sentence takes on a...

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