New report ranks Vermont third in nation in overall child health and well-being

first_imgVermont ranks third nationally in overall child health and well-being in the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children. Vermont ranks in the top ten on eight of the ten individual indicators affecting child well-being that are reported in the Data Book. Vermont improved on five of the ten measures since 2000. New Hampshire ranked first and Minnesota was second. Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi ranked the lowest.Vermont’s success in these national rankings is not luck or magic – it is the result of forward-thinking policies and years of investment in programs and services that have helped kids and families thrive (REPORT). “Our strong showing relative to other states in the nation demonstrates how our public policies and effective support systems are making a difference in improving the lives of Vermont’s children and families,” said Carlen Finn, Executive Director of Voices for Vermont’s Children.The Data Book also demonstrates the importance of using timely and reliable data to guide us in our decisions about how to use public resources effectively to meet the needs of Vermont’s children and families. Data on child well-being help us measure the impact of public services and systems, and help us hold each other collectively accountable for the healthy development of children.In conjunction with today’s release of the 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Voices for Vermont’s Children is releasing its statewide and county-level data pages, an electronic resource for tracking indicators of child health and well-being in the state of Vermont.To access this data, visit Vermont’s KIDS COUNT on the Voices for Vermont’s Children website. Visitors will encounter a map of Vermont; each county on the map links to a two-page report on select economic and health statistics. These statistics include child poverty rates, free and reduced lunch participation, prenatal care for pregnant women, and results from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The reports track changes to rates over time and compare the particular county’s rates to the overall state rates.“These county data give us a richer picture of how children and families are faring in different parts of Vermont. They show that while a majority of our kids are doing well, an increasing number are growing up in conditions that make it difficult for them to prosper and thrive. Now more than ever, Vermonters and their children need support from state and local systems and services designed to mitigate the worst effects of this recession and get people back on their feet,” said Nicole Mace, Research Coordinator at Voices for Vermont’s Children.Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation. 7.27.2010last_img read more

Holy Grail of computer science found in Quantum Computing

first_imgQuantum Computation and Quantum Information: 10th Anniversary Edition US$56.00 TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago – A recent discovery has come out from the Faulty of Physics, University of Warsaw and University of Oxford regarding Quantum Computation and how it is much faster then standard methods we are using today.   According to the scientists from the mentioned Universities, the discovery has been deemed the ‘Holy Grail’ of computer science and will unlock more faster and more accurate data processing. The studies suggests that with this now new found knowledge, quantum technologies could boost applications such as medical diagnostics, robotics, artificial intelligence and much more. Since the the 1970’s, we have been using the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm (FFT). This algorithm makes it possible to efficiently compress and transmit data, store pictures, broadcast digital TV and talk over our phones. While this algorithm is widely used, it still has limited capabilities. The answer to these limitations has now be found in the power of Quantum Mechanics with what has been called the Quantum Fourier Transform (QFT). Phys.org has described this QFT as “As the quantum computer simultaneously processes all possible values (so-called “superpositions”) of input data, the number of operations decreases considerably.” The article has been published in Science Advances by Dr. Magdalena Stobinska and Dr. Adam Buraczewski, scientists from the University of Oxford. In their article they describe what is known as a Kravchuk transform, which is similar to the FFT, but the Kravchuk transform uses functions to decompose the input sequence into the spectrum. Stobinska and Buraczewski describe that this form of information processing can be achieved in one simple step with a quantum gate.  For a more lengthy description of this recent scientific achievement, check out the article which contains a video explanation over on Phys.org. center_img $56.00 – Buylast_img read more