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Researchers are tapping the cognitive smarts of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to program computers to think more like humans. If replicated in machines, the computational models based on babies’ mental abilities could give a major boost to artificial intelligence, which historically has had difficulty handling nuances and uncertainty, researchers say.

Full story at Futurity

For 50 years, motherhood manuals have given advice as orders and set unattainably high standards for new mothers and their babies, according to a new book.

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A mother’s health during pregnancy has measurable effects on her baby’s well-being, but a new study shows that her fitness before pregnancy matters too. Even before conception, a mother’s obesity may affect cognitive development in her baby-to-be.

Via TIME

Marketing schemes can be very alluring, playing on parents’ eagerness to help foster their children’s physical and mental growth. It’s important to remember that what’s best is not simply what’s most expensive.

Via Frugal Dad

For years, Hong Kongers have nursed complaints about the growing parade of visitors to their city from mainland China. The mainlanders spit, litter, jaywalk and cut in line, the locals grouse; they talk too loudly, eat on the subway and otherwise flout Hong Kong’s more refined standards of public behavior. Those are quibbles, though, compared with the uproar over the latest mainland invasion: pregnant women flocking here to give birth.

Full story at The New  York Times

Preeti Bhatia

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