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8 things to know before lunch—Too much praise, too much booze, bobble-head selfies

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1. Researchers: 'Praise may harm kids'; Parents: 'Whatever' (KPCC)

Research into the negative effects of too much praise is now fairly well-known and accepted — at least by early childhood experts. But parents aren't listening.

A recent study involved whether the praise children received between the ages of 1 and 3 had any effect on the child at ages 7 and 8. She said she found that it can harm children’s motivation and desire to take on challenging tasks later in childhood.

2. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to focus on home planet (KPCC

2014 will be the year of Earth Sciences at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA administrator Charles Bolden visited the lab in Pasadena Tuesday to check out a trio of missions slated to launch next year that will study our home planet.

The first to go up will be a project known as RapidScat, a device designed to attach itself to the exterior of the International Space Station. It will monitor wind patterns and storms as they develop around the world.

3. Feel bad about misplacing your keys? The LASD lost its M-16 assault rifle (KPCC)

Officials say the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has misplaced a M-16 assault rifle.

Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers sent an internal email to department supervisors last week saying the missing weapon — a federal surplus item given to the department by the state Office of Emergency Services — was "embarrassing."

4. Valley malls like totally fer sure want Spanish-speaking shoppers, duh (Wall Street Journal)

Real-estate brokers are joining forces with mall owners in California to revitalize centers by targeting Spanish-speaking shoppers with a combination of live entertainment, children's rides and adjustments to the mix of retail and food options.

Hispanic households earning $50,000 or more are rising faster than total U.S. households and outspend other groups on beauty products, food and apparel, according to Nielsen Co.

5. Climate change may be boosting the growth of redwoods (L.A. Times)

Based on corings of 1,000-year-old trees, researchers are finding that giant sequoias and some California redwoods are growing at perhaps the fastest rate ever.

It's unclear what's prompting the growth spurts — scientist suggest it could be rising temperatures leading to lengthened growing seasons, or that the trees are getting more sun, or perhaps a reduction in air pollution.

6. Calif. worst in nation for binge drinking costs (KPCC)

California spent about $23.5 billion in 2006 to cover the economic costs associated with binge drinking, roughly twice the amount for any other state, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The authors of the study defined "binge drinking" as five or more drinks in a single night out for men and four or more drinks for women.

7. Garcetti's airport commission takes off (KPCC)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named his seven picks to oversee Los Angeles World Airports Tuesday. Six will be new faces and one is a sitting commissioner.

The Board of Airport Commissioners is responsible for Los Angeles World Airports, which includes LAX, Van Nuys Airport and LA/Ontario International Airport. The seven appointments are subject to confirmation by L.A. City Council.

8. Mini 3-D bobblehead selfies are here to scare your friends and enemies (The Daily Dot)

A company has invented a way to replicate your Instagram images (of people, pets, etc.) in fairly realistic detail and create mini 3-D bobble-head models to share with loved ones and nemeses.

While not physically dangerous like a 3-D printed weapon, the psychological damage could go undiagnosed for decades.