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Sweden drops the word 'ungoogleable' following pressure from Google
The Language Council of Sweden has dropped the term "ungoogleable" from its list of new words, following pressure from Google to adapt its definition to something more flattering for the company. According to Sveriges Radio, Google wanted the meaning of the term ogooglebar — which describes something "that you can't find on the web with the use of a search engine" — to be altered so that it would only describe searches performed using Google's own search, something that the Language Council was not willing to do.
Language Council head Ann Cederberg said engaging Google's lawyers took "too much time and resources," prompting it to remove the phrase from its 2012 list of new words. But that won't be the last you hear of it. Cederberg is well aware that "ungoogleable" is already a popular word in Sweden
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Study Finds Genetic Explanation for Why Some Kids Are Picky Eaters
Researchers from the University of North Carolina
"In some respects, food neophobia, or the aversion to trying new foods, is similar to child temperament or personality," said Myles Faith, lead author and associate professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Public Health. "Some children are more genetically susceptible than others to avoid new foods. However, that doesn't mean that they can't change their behaviors and become a little less picky."
A previous study was undertaken to observe neophobia, the fear of new food, which found 78 percent of 8 to 11-year-olds and 69 percent of adults inherited their repugnance to try new foods.
A surprising outcome in the study was that parents who were heavier, had children who were heavier only if they were picky eaters.
The Mayo Clinic proposes 10 tips to coax kids to eat healthy. Among them involve parents sticking to routine times for meals and snacks and being patient with a new kind of food because it will take time and repetition.
Studies have shown feeding children omega-3 oils could make them smarter, but parents shouldn't feel overwhelmed because these nutrients are needed in the span of a person's life and not only while they're young.
"Each child may respond differently to each approach, and research needs to examine new interventions that take into account children's individuality," said Faith. "But what we do know through this and other emerging science is that this individuality includes genetic uniqueness."
The researchers are now looking ahead to explore how neophobia and the personality could impact routine eating and an individual's body weight, potentially giving more insight on obesity.