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Shrinking Polaris

North StarThe North Star, also known as Polaris, is slowly losing its mass and shrinking. After 160 years of monitoring the star which has been used for navigation purposes since the early days of human civilization, scientists have concluded that it is indeed becoming smaller each year.

Polaris is a pulsating star, which means that it runs through a cycle, becoming brighter and dimmer over a standard amount of time. In the case of Polaris, it has been a four day long cycle. Since detailed analysis and documentation began on the North Star more than 160 years ago, the so-called pulse of the star has slowed by 12 minutes. By simple calculations, this means that the star reaches its peak brightness 4.5 seconds slower each year during its four day pulse cycle. Read the full story

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Monitoring Software

The Internet can be tricky for parents to deal with because kids often need to use the Internet for school, but parents parents are often worried about the various activities that their children might be engaged in. Peer-to-peer file sharing can lead to lawsuits and even a criminal prosecution. Some teens might engage in activities online that are embarrassing to the family or may lead to viruses or hackers accessing the computer. Fortunately, there are various forms of monitoring software that can offer parental control.

Monitoring software can also be very helpful when parents are trying to learn what their children are up to, such as whether they are attending class or doing their homework.

Many teens use the computer purchased specifically for schoolwork to play computer games or chat with friends. Monitoring software can not only record activities on the computer, but smartphone software such as Mobile Spy can silently record the teen's GPS information, text messages and phone call information.

Monitoring software sits silently on a computer or mobile device and monitors all of the activities carried out on the device, encouraging the teen to consistently use the device for communication. Activity is usually uploaded to an online account so that the parent can monitor activity from anywhere without having to get close to the phone. This is crucial since parents will usually not have physical access to the phone without arousing suspicion.

Many monitoring programs also come with keystroke loggers, which log keys recorded on the computer, a contextual blocker, and features that allow parents to block certain websites. All of these features allow parents to have a peace of mind when allowing their teens to use the Internet.