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Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation

Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation

Science
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified a pattern of genetic mutation among the children of soldiers exposed to radar. Prior to the 1990s, most radar systems were poorly insulated. Those operating and working in close proximity to the systems were regularly exposed to the unconfined radiation. Today, the radiation emitted by radar systems is well-contained and soldiers are better protected. However, some soldiers exposed to radiation in the 1970s and 1980s -- so-called "radar soldiers" -- have experienced health problems after leaving the service. New research suggests the effects of radiation also explain genetic mutations among the children of radar soldiers. Families affected by radiation exposure have raised concerns about radiation's generation impacts, but until now, the science ...
34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

World
The death toll from a devastating earthquake and tsunami has soared again on Tuesday as officials in Indonesia said over 1,200 have died. The bodies of at least 34 children have been discovered inside a church in a remote northern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following Friday’s devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Red Cross told reporters. The discovery was the latest heartbreak in an excruciating recovery effort that is just beginning to get underway as the death toll climbs. To date, at least 1,234 people have died in the catastrophe, but a local report has described scenes of widespread tragedy, with "bodies everywhere." The children were apparently attending a Christian bible camp when they were killed, Red...
4 children killed in crash between train, bike

4 children killed in crash between train, bike

World
Four children were killed and two other people were critically injured Thursday after a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the Netherlands. Police said the accident happened on a railway line in the town of Oss, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, at a rail crossing close to the town's railway station. The crossing has warning lights, and red and white barriers to keep pedestrians off tracks when trains pass. Police said the electric bike belonged to a children's day care center and was taking children to school when the collision happened. Investigations were underway to establish the cause. The two critically injured victims were taken to a local hospital. Oss mayor Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans said local authorities "stand with the families, the school, the day care...
New Alexa won't tell children how babies are made

New Alexa won't tell children how babies are made

Technology
Amazon is to provide a new version of its voice assistant Alexa that won't tell children where babies come from or if Santa is real. The topics that the child-friendly Alexa won't discuss will also extend to current affairs, such as what Stormy Daniels does for a living.When Amazon's new FreeTime kids feature is activated it will decline to answer questions that children could potentially find upsetting and instead tell them to ask an adult.The company says it collaborated with child psychologists to develop some of Alexa's answers, and that the voice assistant is "always getting smarter" with updated answers.Amazon has developed a number of games which are designed to encourage children to use the voice assistant Alexa which comes with its Echo devices.This has prompted gr...