Articles on Christmas 2019

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Individuals who upload their DNA test results to databases may not have much control over how it’s used. (Shutterstock)

DNA database sold to help law-enforcement crack cold cases

Can the new owner of GEDmatch ,a genealogy database preserve its original purpose while allowing a seamless service to law enforcement?
The seductive power of holiday windows resonates in the French term for window-shopping: ‘lèche-vitrines,’ which translated literally means to lick the windows. (Shutterstock)

Holiday windows: The allure of showing and hiding makes us look

The holiday window is laden with nostalgia and associations of childhood traditions and a longing for drawn-out moments.
An image from the book cover for ‘SLAY,’ one of the top 2019 five books for young critical thinkers. (Simon and Schuster)

5 great reads for young critical thinkers

A list of 5 great reads for young critical thinkers and the adults in their lives — in time for holiday gift-giving.
A long history of gifting of printed books at Christmas remains strong despite increases in e-book sales. B Bernard/Shutterstock

The long history of books as Christmas gifts

Books have always made great Christmas gifts. But what makes them so special, aside from their being so easy to wrap?
Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds — and even to develop new possibilities for our shared world. (Shutterstock)

Why it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa

For many children, the anticipation of Santa's imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns. (Shutterstock)

The dark side of Alexa, Siri and other personal digital assistants

When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
The ability of online retailers to offer next-day delivery service for an annual fee or at an affordable price has dynamically changed the retail business and shifted sales from in-store to online. (Clay Banks/Unsplash)

‘The Prime Effect’ means retailers must innovate during the holidays and beyond

Innovation is integral to the success of Canadian retailers and encouraging consumers to shop in stores as well as online. The big strategic risk is not innovating and failing, but failing to innovate.
Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are not an accurate source of health information. Users should also consider the future privacy implications of sharing their genetic data. (Shutterstock)

DNA tests make fun holiday gifts, but beware of the hype

DNA testing kits will be a popular gift this holiday season. Before mailing off your saliva, it’s important to understand what these kits can and cannot tell us.
Christmas tours to mansions often present a ‘magical’ experience to tourists, but they ignore the realities of the lives of slaves who worked there. Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau/Flickr

Slave life’s harsh realities are erased in Christmas tours of Southern plantations

Fictional accounts of white Southerners make it seem like it was fun to be a slave on a plantation at holiday time. Many of today's tours repeat such stories.

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