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Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles. 

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions, and computers. 

The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. 

For the other group, it was life as usual. At the beginning and end of the 5-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled. 

Researchers found that the students who went to camp scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices. 

"We were pleased to get an effect after five days," says Patricia Greenfield, a senior author of the study and a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA. "We found that the kids who had been to camp without any screens but with lots of those opportunities and necessities for interacting with other people in person improved significantly more." 

If the study were to be expanded, Greenfield says, she’d like to test the students at camp a third time – when they’ve been back at home with smartphones and tablets in their hands for five days. 

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed : NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions, and computers.

The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices.

For the other group, it was life as usual. At the beginning and end of the 5-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled.

Researchers found that the students who went to camp scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices.

"We were pleased to get an effect after five days," says Patricia Greenfield, a senior author of the study and a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA. "We found that the kids who had been to camp without any screens but with lots of those opportunities and necessities for interacting with other people in person improved significantly more."

If the study were to be expanded, Greenfield says, she’d like to test the students at camp a third time – when they’ve been back at home with smartphones and tablets in their hands for five days.

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed : NPR

A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. 

Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young people of color. 

The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion. 

The Sentencing Project estimates 1 in 3 black men will spend time behind bars during their lifetime, compared with 1 in 6 Latino men and 1 in 17 white men. 

Arrest rates for marijuana possession are four times as high for black Americans as for white. 

Black men spend an average of 20 percent longer behind bars in federal prisons than their white peers for the same crimes. These reports and thousands of others have the cumulative effect of portraying a criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates black Americans and people of color in general. 

NPR: Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color

A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field.

Its main finding: Private prisons are packed with young people of color.

The concept of racial disparities behind bars is not exactly a new one. Study after report after working group has found a version of the same conclusion.

The Sentencing Project estimates 1 in 3 black men will spend time behind bars during their lifetime, compared with 1 in 6 Latino men and 1 in 17 white men.

Arrest rates for marijuana possession are four times as high for black Americans as for white.

Black men spend an average of 20 percent longer behind bars in federal prisons than their white peers for the same crimes. These reports and thousands of others have the cumulative effect of portraying a criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates black Americans and people of color in general.

NPR: Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color

datanews:

The datanews team started wondering how many places someone could safely land a Boeing 777 within the potential range of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
At the suggestion of Ian Dees we looked at data compiled by X-Plane, which seems to have the exact latitudes and longitudes of both ends of many — if not all — of the world’s runways.
As NPR points out, actually landing on one of these strips unnoticed is probably unlikely. But we saw it as a data challenge to figure out, and we were surprised at the number of large-enough spots.

datanews:

The datanews team started wondering how many places someone could safely land a Boeing 777 within the potential range of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

At the suggestion of Ian Dees we looked at data compiled by X-Plane, which seems to have the exact latitudes and longitudes of both ends of many — if not all — of the world’s runways.

As NPR points out, actually landing on one of these strips unnoticed is probably unlikely. But we saw it as a data challenge to figure out, and we were surprised at the number of large-enough spots.

brooklynmutt:

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter
Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.
Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.
Read: NPR

brooklynmutt:

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.

Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.

Read: NPR

It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately. The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.
Dave Edwards, Chair of NPR Board of Directors in a letter to staff (via abcworldnews)
nprfreshair:

verydewarsontherocks:

@NPR meet @Fresh Air. Fresh Air, NPR. Hooray for inner-office communications! ;)

awk. communication with the mothership, saved for eternity. I don’t actually know when NPR’s b-day is. But heck, it’s at some point this week. What’s 48 hours? :P

nprfreshair:

verydewarsontherocks:

@NPR meet @Fresh Air. Fresh Air, NPR. Hooray for inner-office communications! ;)

awk. communication with the mothership, saved for eternity. I don’t actually know when NPR’s b-day is. But heck, it’s at some point this week. What’s 48 hours? :P