The Definition of A “Parent” Is Changing | via Popular Science

I totally agree with the article below, in these modern times the role of parenting is changing dramatically. It matters less and less these days if you are the biological parent of the the child. I personally know a lot of people who are not biological parents to the kids they raise and in some cases they did a better job than the biological parent would.

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The definition of parenthood is changing. A New York court today expanded the definition of a parent (within the constraints of parental rights) to include non-biological, non-adoptive parents who have been involved in the raising of a child.

That definition means that a mother who never formally adopted the child of her husband, for instance, would have grounds to request visitation or custody from the state. Or, that a father who is later found not to be the biological father of a child won’t have excessively complicated battles in court over the fate of his relationship with his child. That’s a big deal in the increasingly non-nuclear definition of the American family unit.

It also means that, as courts further understand the complex relationships of individuals within a “family,” they’re becoming less dependent on biological factors in order to define who deserves to take care of children. via Popular Science | New Technology, Science News, The Future Now

272-Year-Old Shark Is Longest-Lived Vertebrate on Earth | via National Geographic News

It’s no fish tale: The Greenland shark is the longest-lived vertebrate on the planet, a new study says.

The animal, native to the cold, deep waters of the North Atlantic, can live to at least 272 years—and possibly to the ripe old age of 500. (Related: “Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years.”)

“We had an expectation that they would be very long-lived animals, but I was surprised that they turned out to be as old as they did,” says study leader Julius Nielsen, a biologist at the University of Copenhagen.

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Is Okra Good for Diabetes? – Medical News Today

As a diabetic I’m always looking for ways to lower my blood sugar, as a food lover it’s hard to keep the blood sugar low, but I also love Okra and it looks like I’m in luck.

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Okra has a history in traditional medicine, but is it good for people with diabetes to have in their diets? This article examines okra and diabetes.

Source: Is Okra Good for Diabetes? – Medical News Today

Half the World Could Be Nearsighted by 2050 | via Scientific American Content: Global

As someone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer screen it was only a matter of time before it happened to me, needless to say that I knew this was something that would affect my child who grew up with screens all around her. Alas it was at age 6 that she was also prescribed corrective lens to help with her eyesight.


The childhood insult “Four eyes!” may one day apply to most of us. By 2050, according to a new report from the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia, almost half the world will be nearsighted and require some form of corrective lens, up from a quarter of the global population in 2000. Conventional wisdom puts the blame for the rise in myopia on reading and staring at computer screens, but little evidence supports that hypothesis. Current thinking holds that people, especially children, spend too little time outside—a handful of studies show that lack of sunlight exposure from long periods indoors correlates with myopia.

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