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Friday Night Tykes

 

It’s no secret that parents often push their children to extremes when it comes to sports. One such example is from the show, Friday Night Tykes. We’ve got a short clip for you to watch below. As you watch, consider ways in which you might be too harsh or too extreme in dealing with your own children.

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Human Trafficking: End it Movement

 

Each year, thousands of children are kidnapped for the purpose of prostitution and pornography. Oftentimes, this happens right under our nose and we are none the wiser. This short video clip highlights the horror of human trafficking and how it happens.

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A Sneak Peek at 2014

 

As the start of a new year begins, we wanted to share a couple of exciting things that will be taking place here at All Pro Dad in 2014.

1. The first is a whole new look for AllProDad.com.  More and more of you are coming to the site from your smartphones and tablets, and we want to create a site that looks great and is easy for you to use on any device.   We are taking strides to make it easier for you to not only read and watch, but to also share our content right from your devices. It’s time to update our look and layout to better serve you!

2. In addition to the redesign of AllProDad.com, our president, Mark Merrill, will be launching a podcast in 2014. We think this is a great new feature for our dads because many of you are commuting to and from work. The length of the 20-25 minute podcast makes it perfect for listening while driving in the car. The podcast will be dedicated to providing truth-filled marriage and parenting advice that helps you love your family and others well.   It will consist of guest interviews on the show ranging from experts on marriage and parenting to respected celebrities and online influencers.

We’re hopeful for what’s in store for All Pro Dad in 2014.  We are so thankful you are on our team and we can’t wait for the new changes that will serve all of you better!

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We Are One Step Closer to a Lightsaber

 

The lightsaber may be the most coveted sci-fi gadget in film history, and scientists from Harvard and MIT have taken a first step in achieving humanity’s collective dream of owning the mystical Jedi weapon.

In a paper recently published in Nature, leading scientists Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic bonded photons, the particles that make up light, to form molecules‚ a state of matter that had only previously been theorized. Photons have been described as massless particles, an idea that’s demonstrated whenever two sources of light pass through one another uninterrupted. However, the researchers noticed light was acting a little strangely under certain conditions they created in the lab.

To get photons to interact with one another, Lukin and Vuletic cooled a cloud of atoms to temperatures far colder than the surface of Hoth, to numbers approaching absolute zero. Then, after firing two solo photons into the cloud, the team noticed that the light reemerged as a pair. They observed that within the particle cloud, the photons noticed each other’s presence. Inside the medium there is a force that is making them behave like an atom, Lukin told Popular Mechanics.

“What [the lightsaber] analogy refers to is the physics of what is happening in our experiments,” he says. “In practice, if you take two lasers, or laser pointers, you can shine one beam at another and nothing happens. The reason why nothing happens is that photons don’t interact with each other; they don’t feel each other’s presence. In the experiment, however, the photons’ interactions are so strong that they form as molecules.” And Thibault Peyronel, a graduate student at MIT who worked on the project, says that even more complex structures, such as crystals formed from light, are possible.

Read the rest of the article here.

Republished with permission from Popular Mechanics. Originally published at http://www.popularmechanics.com.

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Stop and Hear the Music

 

The Washington Post did an interesting experiment in a DC metro station.  They had Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world, sit down at rush hour and play a violin for 45 minutes.  Two days prior Joshua had sold out a Boston theatre with tickets averaging $100 per seat. Out of the estimated thousands of people that passed by, only six people stopped and stayed for a while.  He collected $32 during this time.

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