Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy by Saul D. Hoffman and Rebecca A. Maynard (Oct 22, 2008)
The Costs of Teen Pregnancy:
Each year 760,000 women under the age of 20 become pregnant, 80% of them for the first time. Roughly 38% of these first time parents are younger than 18 when they have their first child. Estimates of the direct and indirect costs to taxpayers could amount to as much as 5 to 10 billion dollars each year to cover the costs of health care, foster care and criminal justice as well as food stamps and other direct aid. There are myriad consequences for these young mothers and their children, most of which are not measured in dollars and cents.
Watching 3D Movies Makes You More Intelligent
Neuroscientist Patrick Fagan, an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, and artist Brendan Walker of Thrill Laboratory have revealed watching films in 3D sharpen the brain for a protracted period. The research, in which over 100 people were exposed to stereoscopic 3D and standard format films at Vue’s Piccadilly cinema, found participants experienced a 23 per cent increase in cognitive processing - and reaction times were improved by a whopping 11 per cent. More here.