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05.26.15 Prachi Gupta

A new study by researchers at Columbia University’s School of Public Health has found that the effects of city’s polluted air are especially bad for children from low-income neighborhoods. The study, published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology, monitored 276 New York City mothers and their children over a 7-year period, starting from when the mothers were […]

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11.07.14 Rhett Jones

Anyone who has taken the subway at 3 PM on a weekday knows that kids in NYC are hyperactive maniacs who can’t stop bouncing off the walls and screaming. A new study by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health may provide some insight on exactly why that is. After studying 233 pregnant women and their offspring from birth […]

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10.06.14 Backdoor Pharmacist

A mysterious outbreak of polio-like paralysis has crippled children nationwide and no one knows why. Their suspicion lies in an uncommon virus, as all of the children had the symptoms of Enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) infection. There’s a cluster of ten children in Colorado of ten children, who, after going through a severe viral respiratory illness, […]

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09.17.14 Marina Galperina

“Damian is showing his class the way to make an inverted pentagram. Connect the dots to make one yourself.” So reads the new Activity Book (PDF, embedded below) that the Satanic Temple is handing out to children in Orange County, Florida. The county had recently decided to allow an Evangelical group to disseminate Christian materials in public schools and to censor the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The […]

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09.09.14 Marina Galperina

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released an annual report [PDF] on injury-related deaths of New Yorkers aged 0 to 18. The most recent report covers data on the 1,613 deaths occurring between 2002 and 2011. Overall, injury-related deaths were highest for black non-Hispanic boys living in “very-high-poverty neighborhoods,” the Bronx and Brooklyn. Most children under the age of […]

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08.20.14 Sophie Weiner

Those deformed figures you drew as a small child may have slightly predicted your future intelligence, according to a new study from King’s College. For the experiment, researchers instructed 7,752 pairs of identical and fraternal twins to draw a child. They rated the drawings from 0 to 12. Drawings with more features like limbs and facial characteristics received a […]

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05.02.14 Marina Galperina

“The ideal world would be you didn’t know what gender people where till they took their clothes off,” iconic photographer Nan Goldin says in a recent video interview about her new book Eden And After. Decades of photographs of her friends’ children are compiled here and they are distinctly Nan Goldin, filled with secret knowledge, free in androgyny. The […]

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11.01.13 Andy Cush

Ten years ago, SPIN’s Rob Harvilla played Radiohead’s Hail to The Thief for a group of fifth-grade students and asked them to draw their reactions to it. Yesterday, in commemoration of that album’s ten-year anniversary (make you feel old much?), he published those drawings. They are amazingly, amazingly dark, and a good reminder of just how strange […]

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09.30.13 Marina Galperina

From the artist that brought you luxury trashcans with dots on them and backpacks of pill pins, here is Damien Hirst’s alphabet book for kids! “Each letter is represented by an artwork, or an element of a piece, from my earliest works to my latest series,” as well as being a different type font, Damien […]

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06.20.13 Marina Galperina

Bunny Rogers’ solo Shades of berny at the Appendix Space in Portland, Oregon is about the overlap in sexualization and exploitation of children and animals. It’s the story of Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Little Red Riding Hood, but not the story you’d like to be thinking about. She does. She thinks about death, sex […]

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