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 forward...

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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 well-wishes...

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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.   But those...

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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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Reality Gets a Makeover with AR, VR Technology

In the early fall of 2016, I was gathered with a group of friends playing softball in a local park. The park had the usual suspects: dog walkers, fitness gurus, ecstatic kids and us—goofy guys trying to relive the glory days of homeruns and hullaballoo.   But...

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Feliz Navigate! On Owning a Drone This Holiday Season

Each year, the word aficionados at Merriam-Webster Dictionary spice things up and add new words to our ever-evolving language. Recently, a thousand words were officially added.   Yowza! Yep, that was one of them…only 999 more to go.   Of course, new words are...

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