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Smart PJs Will Read Bedtime Stories To Your Kids

Smart PJs are interactive pajamas for kids with QR codes printed onto the fabric in the form of 47 cleverly designed patterns of dots. Kids, parents, or any adult wanting to snuggle up for a bedtime story can unlock one of 90 children’s stories.

Fuhu Prepares Massive Android Tablets For Kids, Adults

10” touchscreen not enough for you? How about a 65” one? Indeed, Fuhu is adding four new whiteboard-sized models to its Nabi Big Tab lineup of oversized slates. The devices contain the latest core-logic from Nvidia and aim to be the perfect media hubs for your digital home.

The Perfect Gift For A Hobbyist: A Handheld Digital Microscope

If you have family members or friends who are collectors, lovers of small objects, crafters, or electronics dabblers, they might just consider the 500X Digital Microscope a necessity. Certainly, it will be one of the best gifts they will ever receive....

Roominate Is A DIY Building Kit For Future Female Engineers

What comes first, the toys we put into our children’s hands or the interests and skills of our children who play with toys? Our children are influenced by everything around them. Music, television, books and toys shape at least part of who they become. Inspired by their childhood toys to become engineers, two women created Roominate, wired, design-it-yourself, building kits. Roominate is not only meant to feed into the curiosity of a young female engineer, but also to decrease the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

What Makes A Baby: A Book To Answer An Old Question In A New Way For All Families

If you have kids or have ever been around kids, you will likely be asked, “Where do babies come from?” The stork; a wild night of booze and poor decision making; or a grunt and shrug are not acceptable answers. While the middle explanation may be applicable, the truth is that it is hard to answer a perfectly simple and innocent question with a simple answer. Yes, babies come from the combination of a sperm and egg. But not all babies come from sex. What Makes a Baby is a book for all families that tells the biology of baby making with the opportunity to talk to your kids about where they came from.

Transparent Bathrooms All The Rage At Chinese College

Inviting friends over to your dorm room just got WAY more awkward! Students checking out the newly built double-occupancy rooms at Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering were shocked to discover the bathroom walls were made from transparent glass – a design feature intended to save electricity according to college administrators.

School Running Track Sports Innovative Rooftop Design

A four-story tall Chinese elementary school with space issues and an oval roof solved the former by utilizing the latter, laying down a rubberized rooftop track surface and securely fencing it in.

Want To See What The United Kingdom Looks Like Up Close? Just Play Minecraft!

Want to explore the cliffs of Dover? Gaze out over the Scottish Isles? Swim through the English Channel? Thanks to the British Geological Survey you can do all of the above...in Minecraft.

Flamingo Rampant Book Club Will Offer Children's Books Reflecting Today's Diverse Families

Family is no longer just defined as a man, woman, and their kids. Nor is family just one shade of color. Today’s families are a diverse mix of single, divorced, gay, lesbian, and transgender parents raising kids. It’s hard to find a reflection of modern families in children’s books. Flamingo Rampant Book Club wants to change that by offering children’s books that showcase and celebrate diversity, specifically in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) families.

Trigger-Happy Russian Strelkov Behind Malaysian Missile & Social Media Strikes

The World War II propaganda slogan, "Loose Lips Sinks Ships," was modified slightly to "Loose Tweets Sink Tweets," to better reflect the age of social media. However the meaning behind both mottos is the same - namely, that one does not broadcast intelligence before the facts are proven out. This ominous sentiment was played out once again on the world stage this past week, with horrific results.

CTL Preps “Education” Chromebook Fit For Classrooms

With its rugged design and locked-down operating system, CTL's new laptop computer looks ideal for classroom mass deployment. You don't need to be a grade school student to get your hands on one, either.

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

MaKey MaKey Makes Everyday Objects New Inventions

Kids have been singing about the Bananaphone since Raffi released a song and album by the same name in 1994. Fast forward 20 years, and Raffi’s silly song doesn’t seem so silly. Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, two very smart and creative guys with MIT degrees, have invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer keyboards or touchpads. Move over Bananaphone, MaKey MaKey can turn bananas into a piano.

ImagiPlanks: Outdoor Wooden Building Sets With Endless Possibilities

ImagiPlanks are wooden building sets made from American Hardwood and treated with a non-toxic, non-flaking environmentally friendly finish. These open-ended building sets are part block, part puzzle and perfect for young builders to take their imaginations outside. Think giant Lincoln Logs. ImagiPlanks can be made into forts, towers, see-saws, benches and so much more.

Light Stax LED Building Blocks, Lite Brite Meets Duplo?

Ever wonder what would happen if a Lite Brite and a lonely LEGO Duplo block got crazy one night, had a few juice boxes, and played Twister? Let’s just say Duplo wasn’t lonely anymore, and they created the coolest block ever. That’s what Light Stax look like to me: a glowing, stackable, love child. Light Stax are LED building blocks that light up when attached to their power generating base. And they look awesome.