Sexting should be a cause for alarm to teenage parents

survey for teenage sextingA study, based on a 2011 survey, harped on the dangers of teenagers who are prone to participating in exchanging sexually explicit messages or lewd images to their peers and are more prone to participating in the act more than those who don’t participate in those activities.

Pediatrics did a survey on Los Angeles teens and found out that one out of seven individuals with a cellphone has sent these types of messages or images.

According Eric Rice, a social network researcher from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes’.”

In Houston on the other hand, a survey showed that one out of every four teens have sent a naked photo of themselves via text or email.

The Pediatrics study surveyed 1,839 high school students from Los Angeles.

According to Rice, the reason why there are higher teen sexting rates in Houston is due to their demographic differences.

According to The University of Texas medical Branch in Galveston psychologist Jeff Temple, “Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior.”

“What they’re doing in their offline lives is what they’re doing in their online lives,” he added.

Should sexting be a sign for concern for parents?

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Jellyfish Robot that runs on water

Imagine, swimming in the vastness and tranquility of the sea with nothing in mind but you, the water and the beautiful horizon. Suddenly, you see something odd in the water. You don’t know what it is. It doesn’t look like a shark. Nor does it look like a harmless turtle. Then you realize that it’s a jellyfish. What would you do?

Well, it would be good for you if that jellyfish is the one that is being dubbed as the Robojelly. This contraption that was created by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech, is one of the most impressive robots out there today. It moves like a jellyfish and expands and contacts its synthetic muscles to pump out the water.

This device is powered by itself. It converts the hydrogen and oxygen found in water into heat. The researchers who created Robojelly designed it to swim around indefinitely in the ocean to act as surveillance for the military or to monitor the ocean for pollutants.

According to Dr. Yonas Tadesse, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas, “We’ve created an underwater robot that doesn’t need batteries or electricity. The only waste released as it travels is more water.”

Now, if they can only recreate a shark. That would be impressive.

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