Windows 10 automatically spies on your children and sends you a dossier of their activity

Kirk writes, "This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my kid]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps." Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Zoombinis

The quirky, gentle logic puzzles of the classic Zoombinis are back with a tablet remake which feels not especially modern, but still very much worth loving.

Small dog loves cheese

Wait for the grin at the end if you doubt our headline.

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Cecil the Lion to be immortalized as a Beanie Baby

All profits go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford in Oxford England.

Corgi puppy still not entirely sure about going down these stairs

“Here is my puppy Peanut Butter trying to go down the stairs at 9 weeks old.”

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Just a pug lying in a little swimming pool, snoring, with sunglasses on

No big deal.

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Florida mom abandons 3 kids in Waffle House to go drinking at nearby bar

The restaurant chain has been in the news for a number of odd crimes lately. This one is very sad.

Analyzing the "Goodnight Moon" bedroom

The Ugly Volvo deconstructs the spatial, safety, and existential problems with the baby bunny's bedroom in the iconic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd. Read the rest

Little baby girl with weak eyesight sees through prescription glasses for the first time

That smile!

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Little girl not particularly pumped to be on this amusement park ride at all, actually

“Wheeee.”

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Colorado achieved incredible reductions in teen pregnancy through free birth control

The six-year program has run out of foundation money and the state is unlikely to pick up the tab, despite the 40% drop in teen births and 42% drop in abortions achieved through the simple expedient of giving free IUDs and implants to teens who asked for them. Read the rest

Kid yanks tooth out of her own mouth with help from a slingbow

Alexis Davidson, 11, is losing a tooth. So to speed matters along, she ties a slingbow to the tooth, and fires the bow, and poof, the tooth is pulled out of her mouth. Slow motion footage shot by her father Jason Mcdonald shows Alexis nervously pulling the bow back and letting go as her tooth is yanked out.

Alexis shows no sign of pain when jumping up and down after the successful operation in her backyard in Aurora, Colorado.

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Toddler explains how babies are born in 4 seconds

Adela, who is 3 years old, concisely and accurately explains how babies are born.

Portraits of children's faces as they watch TV

Australian photographer Donna Stevens captured children's faces as they watch television. Read the rest

Cannabis for kids

National Geographic shares the stories of children who seek relief from cancer and epilepsy through the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil with little to none of marijuana's psychoactive component THC. Read the rest

Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate is a monthly subscription service, delivering cool toys to encourage engineering-style skills in kids aged 9 to 14. Instructions are included, but they also produce slick videos like the one above to further engage little minds. Project kits include parts and diagrams to make a trebuchet in one month, and a simple motor the next.

The site doesn't list more projects than that, but since they're offering subscriptions up to 12 months, we'll just have to sign up and be surprised. Read the rest

Liz Climo's new children's book

Rory The Dinosaur is a new children's picture book by cartoonist Liz Climo. This is an outgrowth of her hobby, drawing cute panel comics, but she's not quitting her day job any time soon. That's because her day job is working on storyboards for The Simpsons. Her simple, funny and cute comics made her a familiar sight online, at Reddit and Pinterest, with a little help from George Takei.

She tells me, "I started writing the book around the same time I found out I was pregnant, and finished before [my baby] was even born (then I did most of the illustrations with her chilling in a bassinet next to me). Now that I'm a mom, I relate to the story way more than I did when I wrote it. Rory's dad is following him around, wanting to let him have his independence while still making sure he's safe and taken care of - something I'm very familiar with now! I just wrapped on my second Rory book, and that one Marlow gave me a ton of inspiration for. I am definitely hoping to do more, and I think being a mom has a lot to do with that." Read the rest

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