science
New Wireless Sensors Let Premature Infants Get More Cuddles

Researchers in Chicago have seemingly found a much easier way for premature babies in intensive care to get the human touch and cuddles they need from their caregivers. This week, they introduced a system of wireless, low-irritation sensors that can be used to monitor a baby’s health from afar. The sensors, already being tested out in the real world, could someday replace and even outperform the cumbersome tangle of wires currently used in newborn intensive care units. Read More >>

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Sequencing the DNA of Newborns Uncovered Hidden Disease Risks and a Whole Lot of Tricky Issues

In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to get a complete readout of a person’s genetics cheaply and easily, even right after they’re born. A new study published Thursday offers a glimpse of what that future could look, suggesting many children are born with genetic conditions that can’t be found with current screening. But the study also raises important ethical questions about how best to handle the predictions these tests will provide families and their doctors. Read More >>

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Cleaning Your Baby’s Dummy by Sucking on It Prevents Allergies, New Research Suggests

It’s a scene parents and caregivers are all too familiar with: an infant’s dummy falls to the floor. When this happened with my first born, I rushed to clean the soiled dummy by boiling it in water or carefully washing it in the sink. But by the time my second child was born, I was considerably more relaxed, and I started do something some parents might consider a bit gross — I sucked on my child’s fallen dummy to clean it. I didn’t realise it at the time, but as new research suggests, I might actually have been doing my child’s immune system a favour. Read More >>

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Human Babies Laugh Just Like Chimpanzees

The world is bad, but babies remain good. Read More >>

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Midwives Beg Nation to Stop Having Sex at Christmas

A midwife's plea to the people of the UK has gone viral, after she vented on the tricky subject of loads of babies being born in September following drunken Christmas intercourse the previous year. Read More >>

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Nearby Pregnant Woman Alert! Nearby Pregnant Woman Alert!

Someone's had an idea for an app again. This one's really quite specific and bizarre, and uses Bluetooth proximity alerts to tell commuters when there's a pregnant woman in the vicinity so you might want to look up from your phone and offer her a seat so you don't look like a bit of a Trump. Read More >>

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There is Now a Wearable For Babies Before They Are Born

There are literally wearables for everyone, even people who haven’t technically been born. A startup called Bloomlife is at CES with what it says is the first pregnancy wearable. Read More >>

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Here’s The Urine-Detecting Electronic Nappy You Needed

Now I’m not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was nappy changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it—they’re working on a urine-powered nappy sensor that can tell when it’s time for a changing. Read More >>

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These Nightmare Videos Are Generated From Still Baby Photos by a Neural Network

Is that a baby or the blob? It’s actually just the sick and twisted result of a neural network predicting what a still photo of a baby would look like if it were moving. Researchers at MIT have published demonstrations of their work on generative video, and the “hallucinated” outcomes of are both impressive and repulsive. Read More >>

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Creepy Robot Babies Don’t Prevent Teenagers From Getting Pregnant

One might think that caring for a robot baby—one that cries and sleeps like a regular human baby—might discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant. According to new research, however, the robo-babies actually appear to have the opposite effect. Read More >>

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Scientists Think Robots Might Help Yank Babies Out One Day

A team from the MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have been tinkering with the routines of an existing robot to see if it might be of any use during childbirth, making decisions or fetching towels etc when the humans are otherwise engaged. And yes, they think it might. Read More >>

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Why I Don’t Use a Baby Monitor

Like any person scared shitless about the prospect of keeping a fragile new human alive, as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started googling the important questions. Among them: “What is the best baby monitor?” Read More >>

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Your Baby’s Bum Is Wrapped in a Brilliant Piece of Engineering

If you opt for the convenience of disposable nappies over their more environmentally-friendly cloth alternatives, you probably don’t stop to think about the science that allows them to keep your baby dry at night. But engineerguy Bill Hammack has, and in a new video, he explains why you’re actually wrapping your baby’s bum in a brilliant piece of engineering. Read More >>

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The Guy Who Broadcast the Birth of His Child on Facebook Live Didn’t Know It Was Public

Facebook Live has given us many things: an exploding watermelon, a failed presidential interview, the joy of Martha Stewart, bike murder. On Monday, it also gave us the gift of life, when Kali Kanongata’a of Carmichael, California used it to broadcast the birth of his child. Read More >>

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We’re Totally Wrong About Why Babies Make Funny Faces

Newborn infants are supposed to be capable of imitating our facial expressions, like sticking out our tongues and opening our mouths. A new study in Current Biology suggests there’s no actual imitating going on—and that it’s all in our heads. Read More >>