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+ - US Adults = More Dumber?->

Submitted by Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob (982405) writes "It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday."

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+ - Dad wires up autistic son, 10, to expose 'bullying' by teaching staff->

Submitted by Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob (982405) writes "A father discovered staff at a school in New Jersey were "bullying" and using offensive language toward his 10-year-old autistic son after he fitted his child with a wire.

Original article includes a like to the father's website. Pretty horrible stuff."

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+ - Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION->

Submitted by Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob (982405) writes "Synthetic DNA and RNA has been shown to be capable of evolving in the lab, carrying hereditary traits with it.

The synthetic form of DNA, life's building block, was able to share information with real DNA and undergo directed evolution into biologically useful forms.

Boffins are studying the fundamental question about DNA: where did it come from?"

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+ - Teen Who Ran From Chemo 18 Years Ago Now Cancer-Free Read more: http://www.theb-> 1

Submitted by Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob (982405) writes "Eighteen years ago, 16-year-old Billy Best's story made national headlines when he ran away from his adoptive Norwell home, refusing anymore chemotherapy treatments.

Best had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and doctors said he had six months to live without the treatment. But Best wanted alternative measures.

Today at age 34, Best is cancer-free."

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+ - Best paper and dice games for younger kids?

Submitted by Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob (982405) writes "OK, forgive me if this has been covered before. I've never really been into paper and dice games; I played some back in my mid-teens, but never really ran with those circles and subsequently never got very good or involved. Anyways, I've got three sons, the younger of two being 11 and 7. I certainly can't fault their love of video games, and they do their fair share of independent, imaginative play... but I'd also like to get them more involved in turn-based games with a defined rule set (the turn-based part being something that video games are lacking these days).

I've gotten them into the game Risk, but my 7 year old doesn't really like it and so most times it ends up being me crushing my 11 year old's army despite my efforts to "take it easy". He still loves the game, and even plays the PC version. They've both got pretty good imaginations (if somewhat limited to WWII scenarios with little green army men), and so I would love to find a more open game to nurture that.

Can any of you ladies or gents clue me into an imaginative, turn-based, paper and dice game that could be played by me with my sons? The 7-year-old is sharp beyond his years, the 11-year-old has been diagnosed with NLD (hence the obsessive focus on WWII and my desire to expand his horizons). My oldest (17) would probably enjoy playing too, and I wouldn't mind it if he and his friends joined us too.


+ - Duke Nukem For-Never?!

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Norwell Bob
Norwell Bob writes "Say it ain't so! Looks like we're possibly never going to see Duke Nukem Forever, as 3D Realms has shut their doors!

FTFA: "Rumor has it Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down. Shacknews today cites 'a reliable source close to the company' who said the developer, along with the recently resurrected Apogee name, is finished and employees from both have already been let go."

RTFA:,7736.html [Tom's Hardware]

Hopefully we can still make jokes about it, though, right?"

Memories of you remind me of you. -- Karl Lehenbauer