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Monthly Archive:: June 2011

Cable Boxes and DVRs Use More Power Than Refrigerators

Wow, just Wow….I never even thought of the power consumption of cable boxes and DVR’s, just sitting there doing seemingly nothing. The luxury of being ready to record your favorite shows is actually costing your household a fair chunk of change.

Although a DVR could be made to spin down the drive and underclock the processor when not in use, a big chunk of power will still be consumed.

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Does Watching TV Lead To Obesity

How much TV do your kids watch? If you don’t know, you might want to find out, say experts, since the time children spend in front of a TV or computer screen can have a profound effect on their physical and developmental health.

In a new policy statement on the role of media on obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on Communications and Media warns parents that TV watching doesn’t just make children more sedentary, but also influences their eating habits, which in turn has consequences for their health. In other words, it’s not just that TV watching encourages youngsters to be less physically active, but it also exposes them to food advertisements that contribute to develop poor eating habits that can set kids up for health problems as adults.

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