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Never too early

"Today's world is about being connected. Apparently some parents believe that can't start too soon: New research shows that 7 per cent of babies and toddlers have their very own e-mail address," Time magazine reports. "A full 92 per cent of U.S. kids have some sort of online presence by their second birthday." In a survey of 2,200 mothers in 10 countries, sponsored by the Internet security firm AVG, researchers learned that one-third of U.S. women have uploaded their children's ultrasound images. "… AVG's chief executive J.R. Smith cautions that this 'digital dossier' could come back to haunt them at a later date."

Another early bird

A Memphis, Tenn., man has been charged with aggravated assault after a teenager was shot in the buttocks. The man had noticed a pair of young men with saggy pants, and yelled at them to pull up their trousers, Associated Press reports. An argument followed. Police allege the 45-year-old man fired several shots. He's awfully young to be a grumpy old man.

Pedal a Shweeb?

"Dreaming of a more enjoyable commute to work? Meet the Shweeb, a cross between a monorail train and a recumbent bike, where you sit inside an aerodynamically shaped pod hanging from a rail and pedal to propel yourself forward," New Scientist reports. "It's one of five ideas that have won a share of the $10-million [U.S.]prize money stumped up by Google for its Project 10{+1}{+0}{+0}{+ }competition - 10{+1}{+0}{+0} is 1 googol - which called for 'ideas to change the world.' … The Shweeb's developers bagged $1-million, and will put the money toward developing a system to be used by city commuters. They claim it could carry up to 1,200 people an hour. A 200-metre-long test track where the pods can reach speeds of 50 kilometres per hour is already operating as a tourist attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand."

Is Sparky meditating?

"Animals, not just people, likely have spiritual experiences, according to a prominent neurologist who has analyzed the processes of spiritual sensation for over three decades," MSNBC.com reports. "Research suggests that spiritual experiences originate deep within primitive areas of the human brain - areas shared by other animals with brain structures like our own. The trick, of course, lies in proving animals' experiences. 'Since only humans are capable of language that can communicate the richness of spiritual experience, it is unlikely we will ever know with certainty what an animal subjectively experiences,' Kevin Nelson, a professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky, told Discovery News."

Dizzying tactic

"What's the best way to stop a fleeing car? Give it a nudge from the side," Slate.com reports. "The go-to police tactic for ending a car chase is known as the 'pursuit intervention technique' or 'tactical vehicle intervention.' The officer pulls up alongside the perp and then steers his front bumper into the suspect's car along the side and near the back, just behind one of its rear wheels. Because most cars are front-heavy, the tap sends the vehicle into a spin, rotating around the engine. … About 90 per cent of the time, the spin causes the engine to stall. It's also easier to apprehend a dizzy and disoriented driver."

Food: 1516

The world's oldest food law, Germany's 1516 Reinheitsgebot (purity law), governs the production of beer.

The Economist

Halloween: Boo

"Don't scare on stairs. That's one of the most important rules to remember when operating a haunted house, lest the victims of your frights go toppling down flights."

Chicago Tribune

Standards: I swear

Rap star Eminem says he's a family man who checks his profanity at the door when he comes home to his daughters. He adds that it isn't his job to shield young fans from the language in his lyrics. He says their parents should act like parents.

Associated Press

Thought du jour

"The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals."

Madame de Staël (1766-1817), author and intellectual

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