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Added 26 April, 2015

Here's one unintended result of the recent openness regarding gender issues and identity: A trend towards gender-neutral names. Want proof? Just look at envelope-pushing celebrities. While famous people have long been known for giving their children odd or unconventional names, recent naming trends suggest that parents are choosing names that...

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Added 18 April, 2015

While it may seem as though some teachers are like robots, now the actual machines are starting to become part of the educators' toolkit. It makes sense that robots will someday be able to teach, but researchers in Switzerland are now bringing into the classroom to learn. Children learning to write are being asked to teach robots what they know...

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Added 12 April, 2015

With social acceptance of LGBTQ identity at an all-time high, new toys, media, and other products marketed to children are beginning to reflect this shift in social values. Public debate was recently sparked in Argentina after a mother posted a photo online of what became known as the world’s first transgender doll. Named Pirate Fairy, the doll...

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Added 8 April, 2015
As new generations of children are now growing up with access to an unprecedented range of high-tech devices, companies are beginning to incorporate high-end technology into products marketed most directly to kids: toys. The level of sophistication would astonish any adult. Mattel, a major American toy company, plans to introduce an interactive,...
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Added 19 June, 2014
We know that greater transparency is a growing trend, but is this going one step too far? Turns out that the US state of Alaska as one of the country's highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother's pregnancy. As a way of combatting this, the government is supporting an...
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Added 24 March, 2014

Before the digital era, it was much harder to find items you lost or misplaced. With the advent of mobile technology and all the software that goes with it, only the seriously disorganized should now be permanently parted with their things. Today, parked cars are easily found in parking lots with apps that pinpoint them on a map. Keys now hang...

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Added 19 March, 2014

Crowded spaces and loud noises can be very disturbing to people with autism. Come to think of it, they can be unsettling to "neuro-typical" people as well. In any event, as the world becomes more sensitive to minorities of all kinds, we're seeing more products and services specifically catering to them. As the prevalence of autism becomes...

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Added 13 March, 2014

Hook them young and you will have a customer for life. This, the mantra of many businesses and brands, is now being applied to smartwatches. VTech KidiZoom Smart Watch is one of the first computerized watches made specifically for children. It doesn't connect to the Internet like adult models, but it does have a touchscreen, video camera,...

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Added 7 November, 2013
There's been lots of talk about 3D printing over the last couple of years. Much of this chatter has been from technology doubters who complain that real applications haven't been happening. At least fast enough for them. Now, McDonalds one of the largest retail businesses in the world, is considering putting a printer in every restaurant so they...
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Added 4 October, 2013
Regular readers of WikiTrend will remember a story back in January about a company in New Orleans that installed a children's playground that's utilizes photovoltaic panels to power fans, water dispensers, and garden irrigation systems. Now a non-profit in Ghana is going one better by harnessing the children's own energy to generate electricity...