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May, 2010

Prehistoric Figurine Shows Our Ancestors' Appreciation For The Female Form

A sensuously sculpted clay torso found in Japan's Shiga prefecture is estimated to be 13,000 years old and indicates appreciation for the female figure is as old as er, the hills.

Goofy Bands: Funky Shaped Bracelets Are The Latest Kids Trend

Some of the latest children's fashion trends are frightening to say the least. Little girls are dressed inappropriate like women 20 years their age and little boys...well, okay, maybe they for the most part remain little boys. There's a new fashion trend with the under 8 crowd that's getting a lot of attention, and it's one that parents can get on board with!

Perky Panties: Pheromone Wash For Lingerie

If you thought your lingerie was sexy enough without any assistance, then you're obviously missing out on something because there is one sexy product available that will have men drooling over you...a little more than they probably are already when you're down to your skivvies.

Nintendo Wants To Help Your Family With Dinner

There is a new cooking product on the market and it is not made by any of the typical kitchen gadget companies.  In fact, you would probably never expect this brand to dive into the kitchen, but they did.  Who is it?  Nintendo.

Network Buddies Turning Facebook Into 'Facebucks' For Social Network Users

Barclays Business has just launched a competition for UK entrepreneurs with 'brilliant' ideas, titled, "Take One Small Step." Its goal is to surface Britain's best new business innovations whether it's a new start-up or existing business looking to bust out with a new idea. Entrants can win one of 10 prizes worth £50,000, and Network Buddies with its new twist on an old Web 2.0 format has just thrown it's social networking hat in the ring!

Walking Robot Technology Advances Frankenstein Complex One More Rough Step

Professor Jessy Grizzle of the University of Michigan likes to make things walk. Robot things, that is. His newest bipedal bionic behemoth is named MABEL, and she's able to walk quickly, in a circle, and over rough terrain with a gait that looks surprisingly human. Oh, and she doesn't use a camera.

Color Mimicking Technology May Help Banks Cash In On Butterflies For Bank Notes

Butterflies, peacocks and even beetles have long been wearing colors far beyond the grasp of even the European fashion industry. With their iridescent wings, carapaces and feathers, these fashionistas of the insect and animal kingdom have long rubbed our noses in the fact that they're prettier than we are. Now, thanks to research done at the University of Cambridge, these colors can be duplicated, and may lead to advancements in bank note security, along with ever-more dramatic seasons of "Project Runway".

MetriGear Vector Measures Your Pedal Power

The MetriGear Vector is a new electronic system that will be integrated directly into bicycle pedals in order to provide a reliable readout of the power each leg is putting on the pedals.

Nothing Funny About Facebook's "Most Hilarious Video Ever"

Just when you thought it was safe to fish again in the Facebook waters, up pops a new phishing scam (the third of its kind) to hit the network. Team-Zuckerberg has had their hands full trying to address one privacy issue after another. New malware attacks like this only exacerbate the problem and continue to chip away at the core of Facebook's credibility.

Acoustic Foam Sound Controller Tiles: Speakers That Say Shhh!

Typhonics SP-38T acoustic foam sound controller tiles from Hectopascal look like speaker cones but actually work the opposite way: by absorbing extraneous sound, they're sort of like "anti-speakers".

UV SunSense Bracelet: Personal Sun Monitoring System!

We all know that it's essential to apply sunscreen when heading outside during the summer months; it's remembering to reapply sunscreen that becomes harder since sunscreen just doesn't last all day. Often, by the time you realize that you need to touch up your sunscreen, it's because you've already become a lobster. A solution is provided by a convenient, though not so stylish fashion.

Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy: Brilliant Business Run By Bright Tween

A unique business concept gets enough notice on its own, but when there's a CEO behind it of a unique demographic who proves that brilliance can beat the odds, you've just got to give it some recognition.

8 Really Wacky Inventions From Time Magazine's 50 Worst

Time Magazine just published its list of the 50 Worst Inventions.  Some of these inventions are really old, like the crinoline and tanning beds.  Others aren't even around any more, like the Ford Pinto and the Pontiac Aztek.  And many, like Agent Orange, plastic shopping bags, and DDT, historically really called for a more timely worst inventions list.  But some of Time's 50 Worst Inventions are worth a look just for being so darned ... wacky!

 


10 Of The Strangest Beauty Products That Will Disgust You As You Look Your Best!

Women go to great lengths for the sake of beauty, even allowing some disgusting and strange ingredients to make contact with their skin, or worse yet, to be ingested by mouth. These weird beauty products are some of the most unusual out there, but they promise to make you younger and more beautiful, so you decide if you can overcome the gross factor for beauty.

First Human Is Infected With Computer Virus

Pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear implants... and many other medical devices on the implant track, are at risk for hacking, just as the medical community and patients with implants feared.  But it was reported today that an implant hacking actually took place, when a British scientist became the first human to be infected by a computer virus through his implant.

 


Kindles Might Be Getting Thinner, But No Color, Nor Touch-Screen?

Anonymous reports indicated to Bloomberg that the next-generation of Kindle's electronic-book reader will roll-out yet this summer. The Kindle uses a black-and-white screen that mimics the appearance of paper. The new version will have sharper contrast that makes e-books look more like real books, the people familiar with the product said.

Recycled Oil Pendants: Conversation Piece For Oil Dispute And Natural Protector

With what's happening in New Orleans, there's no reason to discuss the oil debate, but before the issue came to a head, a pair of designers decided to team up in order to create a conversation piece necklace that's fashionable and gets people talking.

Facebook Could Face More Privacy Backlash With Augmented Reality QR Codes

Microsoft has publicly released a tagging system that will allow users to leave a breadcrumb trail for the firm, its advertisers and just about anyone else to follow. Attaching QR barcodes to products, street scenes, magazines, business cards and such when viewed through smartphone camera can redirect users to programmed URLs that can contain content, photos or videos.

De-Stress With The Brain Spa Head Massager

If you have a lot of stress in your life and don’t mind looking like a new-age gladiator for a while then the Brain Spa Head Massager may be for you.  Once positioned on your head, this device reportedly goes to work massaging key areas of your scalp to soothe away stress and promote good blood circulation.

Colorful UV Detector Bead Charms Bring Invisible Rays To Light

Concerned about UV rays but love to have fun in the sun? This bejeweled beaded charm alerts you to the presence of ultraviolet radiation in sunlight by deepening in color.

MiWorld: Where The Virtual World And Online Dining Experiences Collide

When you join a virtual world online, like the Facebook games Farmville or Cafe World you've got to register to enter, and then you've got access to everything the environment. You can feed cows, yourself or your diners; and while that's all fine and well, virtually, there are those who would like to see the online structure go offline.

Dogfish Head Beer Soap Company: Smell Like A Brewery All Day Long

The morning  after a long night of drinking, the memories of the alcohol consumed that night come back to haunt you as the creep out of your pores in an unpleasant sweat. If that weren't bad enough, you become more nauseous because that permeating smell doesn't do much to help a hangover. Bet you've never thought about replicating that experience, minus the alcohol; have you? Well, apparently you should because you can now thanks to one business.

GreenWeaver Graduation Gowns: Fashion That's As Big Of An Accomplishment As Graduation

There are so many graudation gowns worn beginning in the spring for college graduation and later on for high school ceremonies. They're neither fashionable, nor are they green in the environmental sense. It's really only possible to address one of these issues, and there's one cutting-edge company willing to do it!

Pets Keeping You From A Good Night's Sleep? Pet Bunk Beds May Help

The best part of sleeping with your pets is getting cozy together... them making a fitted nest in the bends of your waist, knees, or elbows before you all comfortably drift off to sleep. The problems come later when you can't move from that original position, which is not that cozy anymore, without causing great disturbance.

'Of Mice & Men' Determining Cause & Treatment of Alzheimer's

Robert Burns, the Scottish poet in his 1785 poem 'To A Mouse…' asserts "the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew. . . the present only touches you."  in contrast, man is constantly plagued with regrets of the past and fear of the future, and we often lose sight of how we relate to other creatures on the planet. Those poignant words have new meaning today as man is learning a potential new cause and treatment for a disease that robs of us our cognitive abilities.

More World Cup Excess: Soccer Ball Ice Cubes

Another overpriced soccer accessory just in time for World Cup.

Digg Goes From "Don't Digg Your Own Posts" To "RSS Feed Your Own Posts"

Digg in its overarching-drawn-out hype about the site re-inventing itself seems to be ready for the big reveal according to a sneak-peak video release secured this week by TechCrunch. Long considered the preeminent social bookmarking service, Digg lost favor this last year based on its control by a handful of top users called "power diggers" and an unwritten golden rule that "you don't digg your own posts."

Airlines That Know How & Why To Wi-Fi

While Wi-Fi service has improved measurably for the business and leisure traveler over the last few years, there were still a number of locations that lacked hot-spots. While most airports throughout the US have been on board for a while, we were still missing access on that most critical leg of our trips, namely at 300,000 feet above the ground.

Prime Minister's Loud Shirt Selling For High Price

A loud, five-colored checked dress shirt once worn by Japanese Prime Minister raised a few eyebrows among Japan-watchers. Now ShirtsMyWay, a Shanghai-based company, has turned a media frenzy into a marketing opportunity.

Trash To Treasure Is His Design MO: Eugenio Menjívar

Eugenio Menjívar studied design in his native country, El Salvador.  Proud of his country, he wanted to use its natural resources as material for his designs, but El Salvador lacks industrial raw materials, so he decided instead to use his country's garbage.

World Cup Excess: HANNSoccer TV

The picture really says it all, but for the details, hit the headline.

Bike Helmet Bug Screen: Great For Bugs, Not So Much For Vision

Ever had a real problem of getting hit in the face with bugs on your bicycle? Me neither, but here's a solution.

Quantum Leap In Teleportation Leaves Sam Beckett And Captain Kirk Out In The Cold

Chinese scientists working to expand the reach of the sexy new science of quantum teleportation have achieved a new and stunning milestone – the transportation of quantum information over a distance of 16 kilometers. Greater than the effective aerosphere distance of the planet as well as to any Starbucks that isn't pretentious, this holds great possibility for ground-to-space communications.

"Terry & The BP Pirates" Dig 10 Times Deeper Than Oil Giant In Gulf Of Twitterville

Impostors are infamous in the Twittersphere - from celebrities to politicians - to even the Dalai Lama.  And while most of us find nothing funny about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, America's not-so-favorite oil company is being impersonated by a Twitter account that obviously feels that parody and satire are necessary tools in continually exposing the source of this disaster … namely, BP America.

Rock Your Summer With The Top Ten Latest Beach Holiday Gadgets

Loads of gadgets - ideal for the beach, an island holiday or that next Caribbean cruise. All items can be easily tucked away in your luggage or sports bags to make your days in the sun a whole helluva lot more enjoyable. Whether you are a gadget geek, a sportsman or sunbather, this TOP TEN list can accommodate all of your active and leisure pursuits.

Use The Swinxs To Lure Kids From Their Video Games

If you are sick of your kids spending all of their spare time in front of the computer or video game console and are even sicker of video game companies trying to make their systems look like they encourage physical activity and social interaction then you should look into the Swinxs.  This device is a gaming system that encourages a more conventional type of play.

Going Somewhere? Have A Seat

Planning a trip this summer or later this year during the holidays?  Well, if you're going by plane, be prepared to wait on long lines, as 'anything but' is definitely the exception these days.  But whether you are waiting on the ticket line, the baggage check line, or the boarding line, there are suitcases made just for you... they can be transformed into chairs!

 

Animal Rubberbands Add Some Snap To Your Gift Wrap

These colorful silicone animal rubberbands stretch like regular loop rubberbands, then snap back to their cute original shapes.

New Stem Cell Technology Can Re-Grow Your Teeth Right In Their Sockets

Dracula may soon get a run for his... fast-growing canines!

 


Who Would Have Thought You Could Swim Off A Boat?

Want to swim in the ocean without actually being in the ocean? Try this Euroship Magic Swim pool on your next  yacht trip.

Social Media Upstarts, AllMyBiz & Pip.io Challenge Facebook

More than 30 days have passed since Mark Zuckerberg launched his first Open Graph salvo across the bow of the USS Facebook at the F8 Developers Conference. During that time over 30 million search topics relating to "facebook privacy concerns" are now registered on Google. 

USB Flash Drive Cufflinks Store Information, Broadcast Your Coolness To The World

The technology of fashion is continually evolving, and it was only a matter of time before it went high-class. Enter USB flash drive cufflinks by Ravi Ratan, two squares of solid coolness that would make even James Bond sit up and take notice.

Two-Wheeled Java

Tired of your co-workers drawing penises below your receding hairline when you fall asleep on your keyboard? Take your coffee on your morning bike commute and turn from prankee to prankster.

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Washington -Shouldn't Facebook's Privacy Briefing Be …errh Public?

Facebook has invited members of the House and Senate to attend a special privacy-centric briefing. Based on the ongoing backlash from its user-base and the blogosphere, Facebook will be facing off with perhaps its toughest critics, namely Senators Begich, Bennet, Franken and Schumer.

Soap Tablets Raise The Bar On Portable Personal Hygiene

Soap to go, wherever you - that's the idea behind these ingenious soap tablets that let you lather up and leave nothing but suds.

If You Think You Stink, You May Have ORS

Are you always wondering if you smell bad?  Well, maybe you do.  But there are some people who are so concerned about their body odors or bad breath that they take things to extremes, like using a whole bar of soap in a several-hour shower, or shutting themselves off from others for fear that they will overwhelm them with their odors.

 


What is a Bonga and Where Can You Get One?

I'm sure when you woke up this morning, the first thought that crossed your mind was, "Where can I get a Bonga?"  Welll, you've come to the right place, my friend.  Read on.

Adidas Introduces World's Lightest Soccer 'Boot'

The world's lightest soccer shoes will be a prominent part of this year's World Cup.

7 Works In Progress From SIAL 2010 Food Design

Food design is not just about creating a pretty plate these days.  Like any art or design form, it can be an expression of despair as well as hope, of decay as well as growth.  So don't be shocked when you read what is influencing today's student food designers as we preview 7 designs from the upcoming SIAL 2010 Food Design Show. 

 

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker Creates Frozen Treats In Minutes

Remember the old days when some things took all day or longer?  Maybe it was part of the charm, but some treats were awfully hard to wait for.  One of those much anticipated items was frozen pops.  The Zoku Quick Pop Maker creates frozen treats in 7-15 minutes.

Accuracy And Efficiency In Voting Systems? Everyone Secretly Say "Aye"

Tired of the endless debates about who voted for who and in what quantities, and burned out from watching endless hours of pre-election, election and finally post-election party coverage, researchers at the Universities of Surrey, Birmingham and Luxembourg have joined forced to create a Vote-o-Tron that can not only use paper ballots, but accurately count them.

1154 Lill Studio: Dream Up Your Own Fashion With Customizable Handbags!

If you're a girl that dreams of purses, then you'll love the opportunity that can dream up your own and carry it in reality. Customizable fashions are more popular than ever, and now there's a fun opportunity to design with a popular line!

Hotel Bookings Migrate From Web Sites To Facebook & iPhones

Resulting from more and more hotels guests using smartphones and referring to Facebook for their travel needs, a select number of social media savvy hotels are developing booking widgets to extend reach beyond their Web sites. Up till now, the only place to book a hotel room online was at the hotel's Web site or through an Online Travel Agency (OTA). Now hotels can engage customers via Facebook applications and iPhones.

One Noffs: Charity Clothing Store That Gives New Life To Donations

There are many businesses all about upcycling these days, giving new life to clothing and other reusable items. Well, sometimes all it takes for a new concept to get noticed is a little twist on an old idea, and the word "charity" helps, too!

iPad & iDress: For Those Who Think Their iPad Makes The Best Fashion Accessory

For most women, the best fashion accessory to complete an outfit is a nice pair of shoes or a statement necklace. For men, it's a watch or a tie. For those so obsessed with their iPads that they just can't seem to think about anything else, male or female, I've got the fashion for you that will go with your favorite accessory.

Zombie Meat Jerky Satisfies Midnight Snack Attacks

Zombies after your brains? A Japanese snack company now offers sweet revenge that'll 'blue' your mind: Zombie Meat.

Goth Energy Potions: Mammal & Vampire Blood

Vampires don't usually get caffeine with their blood unless their victims are really wired.  But one company has seen to it that whether you crave human or vampire blood, you can also fix your caffeine cravings.

Browser Tool Aims To Let Internet Flow Again By Removing Bieber Dams

In a world seemingly obsessed with celebrities and celebrity "culture", avoiding mention of them on the Internet seems almost an impossibility. In a stunning display of rage-induced creativity, web designer Greg Leuch of the Free Art and Technology collective has created a browser tool that actively blocks all mention of newest teen scourge, Justin Bieber. From text to photos, all things Bieber are blocked out, theoretically resulting in a more streamlined, teen-idol-free surfing experience.

The Coolest Computer that You May Never Be Able to Buy

The Nextep wrist computer is a beautful concept that makes one wish the future was the present.

Inspired Fish Lover Creates A NIKE Aquarium For NIKE78

When Nike 78 was launched by advertising student, Paul Jenkins, I bet he didn't think that an aquarium shoe would be one of the entries.  But challenge "creative talents, design studios, and related organizations to come up with a concept that will challenge the functionality of sneakers," and don't be surprised.

Greener Electric Jet Ski in the Works

The future of water sports, the Green Samba personal watercraft is an all-electric wave demon that offers speeds as fast as today's biggest gasoline personal watercraft.

Bacteria Found In Cow Dung Can Make You Smarter

... Mycobacterium vaccae, so named because it was first discovered in cow dung in Austria, is naturally found in soil, and it is inhaled when people spend time outdoors, especially where there are plants and trees.

An Efficient Solar-Hydrogen Powered Water Purifier: The HYDRA

A trio of inventors from The Essential Element (hint: H2O) have unveiled the first working model of an invention that has the potential to affect peoples throughout the world, especially people who do not have access to the a basic need that most of us take for granted... clean drinking water.  Additionally, the Hydra, can reach people in disaster situations and clean the sludgiest water on site to make it potable.

 


Indoor Rowing: Goofy, New Wii Accessory

Sit down, grab your virtual paddles and row your way around the living room with this new Wii accessory.

Chocolate Is The New Face Cream: The Acticoa Discovery

The Swiss-based Barry Callbaut, the largest chocolate distributor in the world, has discovered a process to extract the flavanols from cocoa beans and reintroduce them into processed chocolate.  The formula is called Acticoa© cocoa, and it's one of the richest known sources of flavanols.

Roll, Roll, Roll Your House... Rollit, Experimental Mobile Micro Housing

Students from several departments at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed and constructed a most interesting prototype of a circular micro home: the Rollit.  The simple, elegant architectural design provides the most efficient use of space one is likely to achieve.

 


Target vs Wal-Mart - Kindles vs iPhones Exclusives

How do two retail giants compete in a down economy when customers are still pressured by gas-price increases and high unemployment. They strike deals with electronic products associated with a lot of brand awareness. Both Target and Wal-Mart have first-time deals with devices that were exclusively sold through brand Web sites or retail outlets - namely Apple's iPhones and Amazon's Kindles.

Pocket WiFi Device Promises Wireless Freedom

B-mobile's cell phone sized portable WiFi Router will support up to five devices simultaneously, allowing gamers and gadget lovers unprecedented wireless freedom.

9 Freaky & Funny Baby Fashions: Funky Clothes For The Trendsetting Tot!

Baby fashions are often focused on the cute and cuddly, but there are some parents out there who are tired of the old pinks and blues and want their tots to be trendsetters with funky and funny fashions! Those looking for a unique baby shower gift for a baby to be can also ensure that the newborn makes its first appearance in the world in funky fashion.

Bike Lanes Above Traffic In Our Future?

Imagine a world where cyclist could freely ride their bikes without worry about the danger of city streets and crazy drivers. Imagine a world where they can ride safely high above the traffic. Can't picture it? That's okay. Martin Angelov has imagined it with steel wires up in the air, but it isn't a circus stunt.

Stroller-Scooter Looks Ill-Advised in Every Possible Way

The Roller Buggy is even more dangerous with a baby in it.

Set Up A Bird Band In Your Own Backyard!

There was an exhibit at a London gallery by French composer Celest Boursier-Mougenot.  The exhibit, entitle 'From Here To Ear,' was an aviary filled with zebra finches, electronic instruments, and various other sound-making objects that were all connected to an audio system.  It occurred to me that a smaller scale music palace could be created for wild birds in our own yards so we can have our own bird bands. (see video)

 

British Company Urges Investors To 'Bond' With Chocolate

Here's a new twist for investors... An upmarket British chocolate grower and maker of fine chocolates, Hotel Chocolat, wants to expand its store chain from 42 to 72 shops, develop a new cocoa plantation in St. Lucia, and expand overseas development.  So, guess what sweet deal they've cooked up for investors?

NicVAX Vaccine Removes The 'Feel Good' Factor From Smoking

A clinical trial of a new vaccine to treat nicotine dependence is underway at Michigan State University (MSU) and 24 other sites nationwide. These trials makes use of a novel technique in a costly public health effort to impact the $192 billion spent on smoking related illnesses per year.

 

Product for Profit: How To Sell Your Product - Book Review

For anyone interested in getting their products to major retailers, an easy to read, short book may be just what you need.  "Product for Profit: How to Sell Your Product, Invention or Craft to Major Retailers ... No Sales Experience or Existing Buyer Relationships Required!" by Karen Waksman is a step by step guide for the ordinary person trying to get their product into major retailers.

Social Media Radio Gives Real Meaning To Socialized Medicine: BUDDY

"Do more for less" in public services is the motto for Sidekick Studios, a British innovator in social innovations that spins out social businesses.  Sidekick's latest invention, Buddy, is a social media radio that allows persons with long term health conditions to communicate how they are feeling to their family and friends in real-time, through email, SMS, Facebook, IM, Twitter and other social networks without digital support.

 


Target Ads Not 'Lost' In Translation

While Lost's finale was the final chapter completing a six-year metaphysical journey, it was also a helluva moneymaker for ABC. Those constant commercial interruptions during the episode titled, "The End" were not 'lost' on me.  Assuming that Target's 15-second spots exhausted the majority of its 2010 ad budget, when all was said and done...

Fat-Burning Weight Loss Pants - Skivvies To Make You Skinny

'Cross Walker' fat-burning weight loss pants from Wacoal turn that daily walk to and from your office into a stimulating, slimming workout.

Mamaroo Offers Parents An Extra Set Of Soothing Hands

Sometimes when you have a small baby you wish that you had a spare set of hands, and not just any set of hands, hands that could rock, bounce and soothe your baby the way you do.  The Mamaroo Bouncer looks a bit like a baby space pod, but packs a lot of reassurance for baby and parent into a relatively small space. 

Audi Using Extra Gears to Improve Fuel Economy for the 2011 Model Year

Audi has been relying on their 6-speed automatic transmission for some time now, and it's no surprise why. Many who have driven a vehicle equipped with their 6-Auto have been impressed with the responsiveness and silky smooth shifts. Now, the engineers at Audi have upped the gear ante by adding in two additional speeds for highway driving.

British Airways Conducts Intimate Strike Negotiations With 75 Million in Twitterville

Social media has been a catalyst for censorship battles, shifting political elections, class action lawsuits, customer service resolutions, protests on the streets of Tehran and various and sundry public debates on a variety of topics. Inappropriate tweeting has been witnessed at this year's State of the Union address. Celebrities have been known to share their sexapades in tweets. 

More Papercuts You Would Love to Have - Amazing Paper Art

French artist Daniel Mar creates eye-popping works of art made out of paper.

Give Me A Tap: Eco-Friendly Drinking Options That Supports The Water Crisis

A new business concept that has been more commonly appearing in cities around the world as a public water sharing program. In order to encourage tourists and city dwellers to stop purchasing bottled water and help the environment, these programs offer convenience. 

10 Gadget Gifts For Boomer Dads And Grandpas

There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. (Personally, I know many dads and grandpas who don't want a new hobby for Father's Day!) Father's Day is coming soon, and these gadget gifts will be just in time to use this summer!

 

Super Social Media Activity Kicks Off South Africa's World Cup

Kicking off on June 11 - described as the largest sporting event on the planet  - said to exceed the success of the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics - the 2010 FIFA World Cup looks to be one of world's largest social media gatherings ever. In comparison to the tournaments of the past, this year's games are the first since the explosive expansion of Social Media marketing - and by all signs, brands and marketers seem to be using all the tools that space has to offer.

Denim Diapers: Huggies For The Trendy Baby!

With summer here, moms and dads know their little ones just might be spending lots of time in the home crawling around in their diapers. But when guests pop by, their babies just won't be dressed to the nines with their little white, absorbant plastic bums. Huggies has now come up with a trendy solution!

Will Lightsaber Chopsticks Slice Through Your Sushi?

Is it possible to eat food with a lightsaber without frying your face off?  Toy manufacturer Kotobukiya thinks so!

Hewlett-Packard's Walkie-Talkie Watch Puts A Call Into Dick Tracy

During the Christmas season of 2008, we posted the "Top Ten Geeky Gifts For Christmas," and a Walkie-Talkie Watch by Street Wise Surveillance made the list. While the watch wasn't marketed as a "Dick Tracy" watch, I posted it as such since there were so many similarities between their product and the fictional watch warned in the comic strip.

Immupure Uses Mothers' Milk To Reduce The Signs Of Aging

Immupure is an anti-aging product that contains, among other things, colostrum obtained from cows that are nursing new baby calves.  With all of its internal benefits I guess it should not come as any surprise that someone has come up with the idea of using colostrum on our skin.

Million Yen Melons Make Mouthwatering Mementos

Japan's famously expensive Yubari Melons hit the auction block again this year,with the winning bid hitting 1.5 million yen - enough to buy a compact car.

Top 10 Inventions Of 2010: Popular Science's 'Garage Invention' Awards

They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine.  Here are the 10 winning inventions...

 


Which Airline Will Be The First To Offer Passengers Inflight iPads? (POLL)

iPads may be flying the friendly skies very soon according to bluebox Ai, the industry's only inflight entertainment system to utilize the Apple iPad as an inflight service. Recently approved for 'early-window' inflight entertainment, the big question is which airline(s) will become the early adopter(s)?

2010 Ford Explorer to Feature "Intelligent" 4WD System

Four wheel drive systems can be a lifesaver in many situations, assuming you know how to use them properly. Unfortunately, this seems to be a lost art to many who get behind the wheel thinking they can negotiate any obstacle that get in their path. However, Ford has developed a new terrain management system that will take much of the guess work out of those off-road excursions.

Tablet Wars Kick Into High Gear With Top Seven Devices

As I follow the Tablet Wars, I am amazed at the appeal the iPad has stimulated and the success of its first-generation product. To date, Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week, outpacing the Mac in the United States and selling out inventory at most stores. In February, I wrote my first report on the Tablet Wars. This follow-up discusses the current status of seven of those devices.

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Get Schooled – Fish Everywhere Smug About It

In what was surely an act of cod, Caltech’s head of Biological Propulsion research Dr. John Dabiri was inspired by schools of fish to make current vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT)s more efficient.


Cute Charging Station Is A Mini Field Of Dreams

Mobile phones, media players, digital cameras and members of the iPod family will all find this grass-topped charging station to be a soft, soothing and serene place to recharge their batteries. You should be so lucky!

The Bigger Your Belly, The Smaller Your Brain

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and other U.S. medical centers have studied the relationship of various markers of body fat to brain markers for Alzheimer's disease, and their findings are not good for those who have fat around their mid-sections, or 'belly fat.'

 

Holy Smoke Monster, The "Lost" Ending Is Near & Going To Be Simulcast

Being lost on a desert island is not a new premise for a TV series. If you can remember back far enough, the theme song  of the 1964 classic TV show talked about a 'fearless crew' and 'ship that was lost' and coming ashore an 'uncharted desert isle.'

6 Tree Houses That Will Totally Spoil Your Pets

In the wild, most animals have their special hide-aways; a place where they can hide from predators and feel relatively safe to catch a few winks.  Indoors, our pets need special places too, havens away from humans, to rest, play, talk to themselves, or just hang....  Pet Tree Houses, LLC makes those havens with 'special' in all caps... for your dog, cat, bird, or snake. 

 


The Sushi Popper: Created And Made In America!

A commonly held belief is that everything Americans invent goes to Japan to be perfected and sold. That may be true for technology and, yes, some other areas....  But, here's a case where a great Japanese food, sushi, came to the U.S. from Japan, and has been perfected and sold by Americans.  It's sushi on a stick, sushi to go and eat as you stroll... and yes, as you drive... It's the Sushi Popper!

 


Guerrilla Gardening With Flower Grenades By Suck UK

Barren spots on your neighbor's landscape? Too busy to toil the soil?  Suck UK usually has a solution to life's nemeses, and garden voids are no exception, whether they are yours or your neighbors.  Use the new guerrilla gardening technique with the 21st century power of Flower Grenades!

 


Twitter vs Facebook On TIME Mag, 'Open Conversation' vs 'Open Graph'

What makes the cover of a Time Magazine have longed been a cherished tradition of speculation by readers the world over. Like the old refrain from the song "New York":  "if you can make it there - you can make it anywhere."  Of recent date, the two major social networks of the day have taken center stage on those covers -one lauded for how it changed the way we communicate, while the other critiqued for perhaps pushing that communication too far.

New Sharkskin Paint To Make Airplanes Faster And Sexier – No Word On A Matching Handbag

What do sharks and planes have in common? Aside from the fact that a flying shark would be totally awesome, not all that much. But, clever researchers at Fraunhofer in Germany have determined in that one of the only areas where they overlap– the ability to move quickly and efficiently through their environment – the shark is totally kicking ass. By paying homage to one of nature's most cool-guy animals in paint form, scientists hope to up the airplane's game.

The Twister Stops Spaghetti Twirling Mishaps

If you are a pasta lover like I am then you have probably faced the frustration of trying, unsuccessfully, to perfectly twist the spaghetti onto your fork.  Well, someone has come up with a solution.  The Twister fork concept from designer Damjan Stanković has wavy prongs that are perfect for trapping long pasta so that it can be neatly twirled and eaten.

When Fashion Disappears: Transparent/Invisible Clothing Or Illusion?

It might be a woman's worst nightmare. You know, that day that she steps outside in her hottest white garment for summer only to get caught in a rain shower that has her putting on a show to everyone she meets. Apparently, there are some women that just don't mind that look, and while they might not want to show off their own goods, they do want to get their invisible clothing style on everywhere they go!

Red Wine Could Cure Impotence, Researchers Say

Red wine and romance... they're more closely linked than you might think. According to Japanese researchers, a substance commonly found in red wine increases blood flow where lovers need it most.

10 Of The Best Cheap and Easy To Use Solar Chargers

There are a variety of solar charges on the market today for charging a variety of battery types as well as all types of portable electronic. How you choose which charger to buy depends on what you need it for, how strong you want it to be, the price and the size you need it to be. The solar charges below look great and are cheap, all for under $75.

Kisai Round Trip Pocket Watch Spends Less Time In Pockets, More Time Being Awesome

All men love pocket watches. Really, how could we not? They're sleek and stylish, plus they make us feel just that much more like gentlemen. Sadly, finding a well-crafted metal time-teller these days can be a significant challenge, and many of us wish there was a sleeker, sexier version of the tried and true silver circle. Hold on to your top hats, gents, and enter the Kisai Round Trip Pocket Watch – cool like the original, and cooler than you'd think.

Biomimetic Butterfly Model Gives Flying Lessons

In today's issues of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, a group of Japanese researchers report that they built a replica of a swallowtail butterfly and, filming it in flight, the artificial ornithopter proved that flight can occur without certain aerodynamic conditions.

Calling All Inventors! Tony Starck Invites You To Change The World

The Tony Stark Innovation Challenge invites you think big... very big.  Tony Stark wants you to 'create like the future of the world depends on you,' and then tell him about it.

A New Era In Science: "Synthia" The First Synthetic Life Is Created

Today, in Science, the first artificial cell was born.  Though theoretically, this is the first step in the creation of artificial life, the inventors are focusing their efforts on creating new fuels, effective ways to clean polluted water, and faster vaccine production....

 


Vietnamese Social Network Says 'Good Morning Vietnam,' Goodbye Facebook

When the pilot version of the go.vn site (www.goonline) was launched this week, it caused a bit of an international dust-up with one major social network and the netizens of Vietnam. Seems like Facebook can't cut a break any where in the world these days!

Fifobooks, Smashwords & Lulu Authors Publish eBooks On Kindle & iPads In Minutes

Do-it-yourself (DIY) eBook publishing is the latest online technology that's slowly becoming the new standard for many new authors and publishers, due to its economic efficiencies. Uploading a book to an eBook publishing platform saves the publisher and editors time and money by not incurring assembly and distribution costs and shifting most of the heavy lifting over to the author.

Four Fireplaces: Functional, Shmunctional...They're Hot In Design

Fireplaces are no longer about burning wood or even keeping warm.  They're not just about winter.  They are about bringing a lively natural element into our interiors, for its beauty and its contemplative features.   And, by using ethanol as fuel, designers have an unlimited range of applications.  Here are three of the latest design 'places for fire.'

 

 


The iTit Optical Wireless Mouse – No, It's Not Powered By Two Double "D"s

From designers Mostafa Tohidifar and David Abbasi comes the concept iTit optical mouse. In an attempt to create a design based on emotional involvement and tactile sensation rather than the typical cool sterility of computers, these two forward-thinkers came up with a simple way to make computer use more fun – a mouse that looks like a breast.

Pocky Chopsticks Stick It To Your Hunger

Pocky Chopsticks come in Chocolate and Strawberry 'flavors' and look just like Japan's favorite sweet, snappy snack stick.

Wall-Mounted Grill: Great for Treehouses and Raging, House-Engulfing Infernos

Taking up less space than even your most compact camping grill, the Sigmafocus flips down from the side of your house and brings grilling to the tightest of quarters.

Domyos Decathlon Punching Bag Lights You Up

The Domyos Decathlon takes the punching bag from hanging bag of fluff to interactive training tool capable of motivating you and driving you to do better.

I Did It 'MyCityWay," One-Stop-Shop Location-Based Social Portal For Cities

Perhaps the founders of the new location-based mobile portal should add theme music to their new application or maybe they were inspired by Sinatra's song classics, "My Way," and "New York, New York."  Because this new travel "super" API is certainly becoming an overnight hit by the location-based crowd. MyCityWay is sort of like a destination-navigator aggregator for cities worldwide and NYC is just one of 40 locations in their sights.

Cozy Up To Your Lighting With Diana Lin's D°light Lamps

Ever want to cozy up to your lamp? I'm not really that strange, because I think you will want to cozy up to the  d°light lamps by Diana Lin Design.  They're huggable.  They're squeezable. And you can place (or throw) them anywhere like pillows throughout your decor. Who said you can't have some fun with lighting design?

 

6rounds at Google I/O Allows Webchat Developers To Develop APIs In 15 Minutes

As an invited guest presenter at Google I/O this week in San Francisco, 6rounds, the Tel Aviv flash-based social entertainment platform is distinguished as the only Webchat service that is featured as a Google Wave extension. As one out of only six apps to be spotlighted this year, 6rounds is concurrently launching its Developers API at the conference.

Google I/O Rounds Up '6rounds' For Google Wave Spotlight

Google I/O opens Wednesday, May 19, 9AM PT/12 ET. Last year, Google took the tech world by storm in introducing Google Wave with video presentations that were overwhelming as they were lengthy (one weighing in at 80 minutes).

My Pet Speaker: Nirvana To Their Ears

A musician with a love for animals has created My Pet Speaker, a special speaker that removes sounds that are irritating to dogs, cats, and horses, leaving in the sounds that soothe them.  My Pet Speaker is the first sound system ever created that's attuned to the hearing sensitivities of our pets. After listening to our music blasting all around them, the sounds that come from the Pet Speaker will seem like pet Nirvana.

New Smokeless Cigarettes Give Lawmakers Nicotine Fits

Where there's smoke, there's fire... NOT! A new smokeless cigarette called 'Zero Style Mint' seeks to go where no traditional cigarette can go - public places where smoking has been banned.

One Mile Racing Record Approaching 300mph Mark...Quickly Becoming America’s New Favorite Motorsport

One Mile Racing is slowly but surely becoming the favorite motorsport of horsepower hungry gearheads, and there is no need to guess why. The idea behind the race is to build a vehicle able to reach the highest speed possible in a single mile, while also remaining street legal. Just a few days ago, a new champion was crowned after clocking in at over 250mph.

Crowns In Fashion From Teen Designer Rael Stone

Crowns clearly don't make a frequent enough appearance in fashion. How unfair is it that they're reserved for kings, queens, princes and princesses anyways? Pretty unfair, at least according to teen designer Rael Stone who has a name as memorable as his line!

Gold Vending Machines: Gold ATMs For International Currency

Who doesn't like a little bit of gold? In North America we might only dream about seeing gold bars coming out of a vending machine, but in one exotic international location, it is a reality.

Portable Wheel Chair Lifter Wins 2010 Best New Product In Rehab Expo

Every year in Britain an organization of businesses and healthcare professionals focused on rehabilitation products, called Naidex, has an expo of new products and services for persons with disabilities.  The winner of the 2010 Naidex New Product of the Year Award was an elegant portable solution for lifting a wheelchair into the trunk of a car.  It's called the BackSaver.

Study On Newborn Learning May Lead To Early Identification Of Autism

A new study led by researchers at the University of Florida (UF) discovered that newborns learn even while they sleep, a finding that may lead to an early identification method for detecting autism, dyslexia, and other developmental disorders.

Why Design Now? Social Transformation In Medellìn, Colombia

We don't generally think about the sociological impact of design.  But in the poorest areas of Medellìn, Colombia, design is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants with a strong message of education, jobs, and inclusion in the culture of a city with a very proud history. 


Holy OnStar, Batman, Chevy Volt Is Most Connected Vehicle At Google I/O

When the Google I/O Conference gets underway this weak in San Francisco, developers and the public will learn how OnStar is leveraging the power of Google's AndroidTM platform to make the Chevy Volt one of the most connected vehicles on the market today. The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt is expected to be launched later this year and is seen as a key component to GM's recovery plan.

The Roller Buggy Combines Adventure For Parents And Kids

Designer Valentin Vodev has come up with a concept for a stroller that involves fun and adventure for the parent and child alike.  The Roller Buggy design combines a conventional baby stroller with the thrill of a scooter.

Embarrassing Posts On Social Networks Relate To Size & Age

Does size real matter? Can you be too young to post? Well, according to the electronics review site Retrevo, their research study indicates this is the case. Sometimes even a monkey would be embarrassed at what the youth of today are tweeting and posting on their small-screen mobile devices.

Double Trouble Art - It Takes Two to Tango

Keetra Dixon is an artist that isn't afraid to exclude the number "1".  Because as we all know, "one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do." 

Swedes 4G’ing Ahead With New And Improved Wi-Fi

On May 13th, 2010, a small Swedish tech company by the name of Anyfi decided to go and mess up the status quo in the world of Wi-Fi Internet technology by announcing a new form of Wi-Fi that will apparently provide 4G service to home and mobile customers alike.

Kindle Stars On Android After Successful Guest Appearances On iPhone, iPad & Blackberry

Coming this summer to an Android phone near you, Kindle struck a deal with Google after successfully lining up partnership arrangements with Apple and Blackberry RIM products. Just when you think this eBook Reader might become an afterthought as a result of the onslaught of tablet devices, it continues to show its moxy by  adapting to the evolving digital landscape.

Saturn V 3D Apollo Rocket Puzzle Takes Up Space And Time

From the three tiny astronaut figurines in the Apollo Command Module to the accurately portrayed F1 rocket engines that look ready to fire with a deafening roar, this 1/100 scale Saturn V 3D puzzle from 4D VISION awesomely cuts space history down to size.

'Fountain Of Youth' Steroids Found To Help Prevent Heart Disease

The discovery from the British university came as a surprise even to the research team. Biologists at the University of Leeds have found that a steroid produced by our bodies can help prevent heart disease as well as many other downward spirals that come with age.  The fountain of youth may be just around the corner!

 


9 International Foods Win SIAL d'Or Awards For Innovation

The 2010 SIAL d'Or Awards, the Oscars of the food industry, were awarded last week to 9 food and beverage products in 9 categories. These foods and drinks got the golds for their innovation as well as successful marketing of their products.  Here are the winners; they will give you a chance to see what you might find in foreign grocery stores.

 

The Talika Light Duo Hits Aging Skin With A One-Two Punch

If you have been looking desparingly at your formerly bright and perky skin, but are unsure of what aspect to tackle first then Talika may have a solution for you.  The light therapy home treatment device known as Light Duo has two sides, each responsible for taking on a different sign of aging. 

First Robot To Preside Over Japanese Wedding Ceremony

Unique wedding venues have included skydivers leaping from planes and scuba divers submerged below the Deep Blue. Bridal parties of recent date have been known to rock 'n roll down the aisle. However those that actually conduct the ceremony are usually human, albeit the Elvis Presley impersonators you might be able to hire in Vegas.

Cactus Pumps Won't Allow Others To Step On Your Toes!

If you're the kind of person who always feels like you have others stepping on your toes at work or in life, then there are shoes out there just for you that will help you fight back!

Compost Cab: Business Offers Weekly Curbside Compost Pickup!

Not all cities and states are fortunate enough to have curbside compost pickup for compostable items along with their weekly garbage retrieval. Perhaps this is a trend that will spread further someday, but until then, there are businesses ready to step up and fill in the gaps!

Coca-Cola Football Bottles Kick Off Soccer's World Cup

Coca-Cola Japan is saluting the 2010 FIFA World Cup of soccer with cute, soccer ball shaped soft drink bottles - the perfect thing to kick back with while watching The Beautiful Game.

Web 3.0, A Witness Protection Program For Artificial Intelligence

The Semantic Web or Web 3.0 is coming. If we look at Web 2.0 as window dressing, the real shopping will come when Web 3.0 opens its doors for business. Some say Semantic Technology and Web 3.0 are two separate entities. They will co-exist but develop separately. While that debate will continue for some time, what we do know is our online lives are going to get a major assistance from artificial intelligence in the brave new world of the 'intelligent Web.'

Join The Dots Wallpaper Allows Kids To Draw On The Walls

As simple as the concept is, playing connect the dots can keep children entertained for quite a while.  Imagine the fun they would have with this on a much larger scale.  Join the Dots Wallpaper from Cox & Cox allows exactly that.

Newly Developed Rubber Compound May Bring End to Tire Punctures

Replacing the tires on your vehicle is not something that comes cheap, which might explain why so many people wait until the very last minute to do it. While normal wear is inevitable, punctures and the like can mean a new set of tires well before they should need to be replaced. However, a new self repairing rubber compound might be able to bring early tire deaths to a halt.

Tea Goes High-Tech With The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

For the tea enthusiasts who want to try a more state of the art device there is the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.  This is a brewer for serious tea aficionados.

Does Cell Phone Use Cause Brain Cancer? 10-Year Study Reports!

Does cell phone use put us at greater risk of brain cancer?  As data analysis goes, one would think that results of a longitudinal study might provide the answer.  Well, a new update of a World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) longitudinal study - a $24.4 million,10-year study of data from nearly 13,000 subjects, compiled and examined by 21 researchers provided...

 

Why Design Now? An Energized MetaboliCity Is One Answer!

On May 14, 2010, the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City opened its fourth National Design Triennial exhibit... Why Design Now?  The exhibit includes some of the world's finest examples of why, indeed, we design.  Grouped into various themes, the exhibit features the original works of designers in many fields. MetaboliCity, a biomimetic design, is one of the energy designs exhibited that gives you an inspiring response to the question Why Design Now...

 


Mad Scientists Get Molecular With TV's 'Future Food'

Sometimes called "Molecular Gastronomy," "Post Modern Cuisine" or "Culinology", proponents of this type of meal preparation deconstruct food and put it back together -- or masterfully transform never-considered-edible product found in nature into haute cuisine fare.

Toss the Kids An Addictaball And Buy Yourself Some Quiet Time

Kids definitely need time to run and play, but they also need some quiet time now and then to wind down.  It is great to find a calm pursuit that your child has some interest in so that you can both get enjoyment out of the peace and quiet.  If your kid is a game person then the Addictaball may be a great choice.  

Chocolate Bar Puzzle Is Deliciously Difficult

Puzzled over which candy to buy? Chocolate cravings got you going to pieces? Step right up then, 'cause this chocolate candy bar puzzle melts in your mind, not in your hands.

Your Dog Can Chill Out On Coolaroo's Cooling Bed This Summer

If you've ever stepped barefoot on your brick or cement patio in the summer, you can just imagine how your dog feels lying on it in his heavy fur coat.  Coolaroo, an Austrailian company that specializes in comfortable and cooling fabric, designed a special bed for pooches to get them off the ground in the summertime and any other time of year.

 

Virtual Dating Assistants: Management Of Online Dating Profiles

Virtual assistants are more in demand than ever before with the number of remote career opportunities for people who are working strictly online. They can do pretty much everything as long as it doesn't require them to be in a physical office space, keeping businesses and individuals well managed. Now, VAs have carved out a niche in the already booming industry to become even more current!

Ford Developing Even Smaller EcoBoost Engines…Aiming for Less than 1.0L In Future

If you have been car shopping sometime in the past 18 months or so, then you have probably heard the term "EcoBoost" from a Ford salesman. The engine has become very popular since being introduced and with Ford promising smaller and more fuel efficient engines, their domination of the market isn't likely to change.

New Brain Research Center Opens: What's The Dalai Lama Got To To With It?

A new center is opening today for the study of healthy minds; that's a change from the study of addicted, obsessed, and psychopathic minds.  It may seem odd that a deeply religious and spiritual person, in fact a spiritual leader, would be the inspiration for this new center, but the Dalai Lama did lay the seeds for this endeavor by the Unversity of Wisconson's Waisman Center - about 20 years ago.

 


Try Gink, Diaspora or Sharepoint When Facebook Just Isn't Private Enough (10 Alternatives)

In just a few short weeks, more digital ink has been spilled over the distrust Facebook has engendered with its 400 million users than probably all the critiques ever written about the Bible. So why aren't people leaving the network in droves?

Swack: It's a Sweatshirt; It's a Backpack; It's Kind of Awkward

The Swack is one of those interesting solutions that solve a non-existent problem. After 25 years of carrying various backpacks, I've never felt the need for a product like this. Have you?

iSee: Spray On Contact Lenses Offer Cool Colors And Correct Eyesight

Anyone who's tried contact lenses will tell you that at one time, the thought of having to stick something in their eyeball with their finger was unappealing if not scary. For some, it's an issue that's been overcome because it's preferable to having to stick to eyeglasses 24/7; others just can't get over it. A new innovation, provides contact vision correction and cool colours with no eye poking!

Folding Portable Scissors Show Off Cutting Edge Design

Running with scissors again? Cut out the fear, cute folding portable scissors are here!

Sweat Shop Paris: Sewing Cafe Caters To The Crafty

Cafes focused on technology are huge. It's great for travelers to be able to pop in to a cafe, grab a coffee and check their email, but not everyone is about computers, some people are about the crafty. This is why one Paris business has decided to do something a little bit different!

Creepy, Crustacean-Looking Bike Saddle Provides a Smoother Ride

In a complete divergence from the average bicycle seat, Manta provides what it thinks is a solution to the sores, numbness and irritation that so often come from a long bike ride.

Put Chocolate Pasta, Brownies, And Mac & Cheese Back On Your Diet!

Do diet foods ever taste like the real thing?  I've always thought that if something tastes like it's fattening, it usually is... or the brand is really messing with you by cutting your portion size - like the bag of 100 calorie snacks that eaten all together may not make a mouthful!   But when I heard about a 'diet' chocolate pasta, I had to look into the company that makes it; then I learned that FiberGourmet makes almost all of my favorite comfort foods in a way that's filling, low-calorie, and full of fiber. Who can pass this up?

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How Could I Quit You, Facebook? You Had Me At "Dumb F*ck"

With Facebook’s desire to outGoogle Google, its recent privacy issue infractions, phishing scams, exodus rumors, senatorial probes and the controversy surrounding instant personalization and advertising as its ulterior motive, the network appears to be on a downhill spiral. Today, however the last log might have been thrown on that fire!

DNA Spider Robots – Autonomous, Creepy, And Possibly Useful

Science always has to push it. Not content with big ol' Frankenstein-complex robots that have started building our cars and mimicking our women, some of our greatest minds have been busy creating molecular-level robots that can tool around inside the human body. Cue the dramatic music, and enter the DNA spider.

The UMO - Unidentified Magical Object - Ready To Land At NY Design Week

New York's Design Week 2010 opens tomorrow at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Brooklyn's UM Project is ready with several new furniture designs.  But what exactly is this design?  I'll give you a hint: don't let the toy-like appearance of the Unidentified Magical Object fool you... there's plenty of function here.

If Atlas Shrugged, Will Facebook Buckle?

It's often been said that "karma is a bitch" and "what goes around comes around." In Mark Zuckerberg's case, karma is not only a bitch, she's "hell on wheels" and this go-around, she's leaving a maelstrom of controversy in her wake. For a man who's only lived 26 short years, he's scaled heights in one lifetime many of us could only dream about. That is... if we didn't have to incur a subsequent fall - which also looks karmically imminent.

The nu m8 Keeps Close Tabs on Your Kids

Taking a small child out in busy public areas can be terrifying at times.  There is a new child’s watch on the market that can help take some of the worry out of these precarious situations.

Gold Vending Machines Make 'GOLD To Go®' Good To Go

There are few things more precious than convenience and now, thanks to TG-Gold-Super-Markt's "GOLD To Go®" vending machines, that includes that most precious of metals: gold.

If You Must Talk, Do It Safely: The Steering Wheel Bluetooth Speakerphone

It's been proven time and time again that cell phone use is dangerous while driving.  Actually, eating, talking, or even listening to a passenger, or looking away from the road for just an instant could lead to disaster.  Recently, someone actually found that driving ruins the quality of cell phone communication!

Stanford Team Cleans Up $200,000 Winning MIT Clean Energy Prize

Three PhD students from Stanford University's chemical engineering program took $200,000 back to their new California business yesterday, after winning  MIT's Clean Energy PrizeC3Nano, a spin-off of Stanford's chemical engineering department, was started to commercialize their invention, and it could use the prize money to get things going!

 

Cardiac Ablation Reduces Risk Of Stroke And Alzheimer's Disease

New findings by researchers from the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, reveal that a treatment of the most common heart rhythm disorder, affecting more than two million Americans, significantly reduces the risk of stroke, mortality, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia.

 


NBC & Flip.to Turn Fans Into Social Media Brand Advocates

What better way to spread the word about a brand or TV show then with the help of loyal fans? TV networks, Hotels, Airlines and Restaurants are finding new ways to improve CRM with loyalty campaigns and social media programs that convert TV fans, hotel guests, airline passengers, restaurant patrons and followers into brand advocates.   

5 Brilliant Product Designs Created To Change Your Behavior: The Interactive Institute

Swedish research and experimental design studio, the Interactive Institute, is focused on the use of 'new media,' the emerging digital and communication technologies of tomorrow.  From its research, the Institute often embodies its findings in designs that not only implement new technologies, but have lifestyle implications embedded into its crisp, modern functional products.  To illustrate, here are five Institute designs purposed with modifying your home energy use.

 

Apple Patents Heart-Rate Identification System

Apple recently submitted a patent application for a new type of heart rate monitor that could unlock computers, cell phones and other devices without ever needing a password. 

New “Smellhphone” Technology May Help Track Chemical Disasters And Avoid Smelly People

Researchers at the University of California, led by Professor Michael Sailor, have been looking for ways to give the ubiquitous cellphone a greater level of usefulness and make it less of a pricey way to seem cooler than you actually are. Enter the Smellphone.

Foursquare App Gallery Signs 500 APIs Becoming Leader In LBS Space

Back in November the first sign that Foursquare was growing up and wearing big boy clothes was news about its "early adopter APIs." Apps like MobZombies, FourTapOyster, Layar and LastNightsCheckin were the first to queue up for the popular location-based social network. On May 12, Foursquare took a page out of the Apple iPhone App Store's playbook, and launched an aggregation of third-party applications built on top its core service aptly named, the App Gallery.

Geek Speak Keyboard Keys Cup Set Restarts Your Meals

Tableware not geeky enough? Fu-Bi has something for that: the Ctrl + Alt + Del Keyboard Keys Cup Set. Spilling food on your keyboard just got fashionable.

A Potential Treatment For Deadliest Brain Cancers

A compound called Dichloroacetate (DCA) has been tested at the University of Alberta (U of A) as a potential treatment for glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, since before 2007.  At that time, the research evidence showed that DCA reverses cancer growth in non-human models and in test tubes.  This time, the research team studied the effects of DCA on human glioblastomas....

 

Innovative Bird Washing Machine Cleans Oil From Bird Faster

Washing oil off see birds can take about two hours and can really stress out a bird. To make the process less stressful, faster and safer for the birds and volunteers an oil company has developed a washing machine that washes a bird in just a few minutes.

Social Media Comes In For A Landing At Airports

Over the last couple of years, JetBlue has been lauded for their social media prowess. Others like the infamous "United Breaks Guitars" customer service debacle, not so much. Southwest Airlines, long commended for their creative promotions on Twitter, just recently caught the ire of movie director Kevin Smith on the same microblogging platform. Airports on the other hand have not till recently tested the social media waters.

7 Italian Fixtures Sure To Make A Splash In Your Bathroom

There are all kinds of superb designs coming from Italy - furniture, jewelry, automobiles, textiles, fashion, mosaics... even fixtures.  Yes, I know, fixtures sound boring, especially bathroom fixtures; but those by IB RUBINETTERIE are anything but boring.  They even have their own personalities to liven up your bathroom.

 


For $20 You Can Have Your Own Donut Factory!

Donuts are their own food group.  They are practically everyone's favorite naughty food. Donuts wouldn't be that naughty though, if you could make them at home, skipping the deep-frying, using whole wheat flour instead of bleached white, maybe reducing the amount of sugar you put in the glaze... 

 

Facebook's Gone Phishing Today With PayPal, eBay & HSBC

In case, you were trying to get through to Mark Zuckerberg today at Facebook, he's taking the day off to go 'phishing.' As if the the major social network in the land didn't have enough problems attending to their 'privacy' issue controversy - they are now saddled with the prestigious honor of ranking 4th in Kaspersky Lab's "Most Popular Phishing Targets" for the first quarter of 2010. 

Viewsonic's New Monitor Response Time Approaches Zero Milliseconds – Physicists Everywhere Concerned

On May 6th, 2010, Viewsonic, the oddly-named visual device manufacturer, announced the release of its new monitor, the VX2739wm. Although its name couldn't be more cryptic – something like "The Cheetah" would have been easier to remember – it boasts a 1ms response time. For gamers and geeks alike, that's a very good thing.

Facebook Exodus - Let My People Go!

Curious if Mark Zuckerberg and his top-ranked consigliores actually strategized in advance of launching their Open Graph, as to how they would handle a potential backlash from their user-base? Did the thought even cross their minds as to the possible discontent that could be created in the Blogosphere? Was there a game plan in place to address political criticism from Senators and the Federal Trade Commission?

Creepydoll EBay Store: A Market For Tooth Moulds

If you thought the only business that wants anything to do with your mouth is a dental clinic, you thought wrong, because in reality it gets a whole lot weirder!

Jewelry Designs That Tell The World, "Hey--I'm a Masochist!"

Looking for just the right accessory for that first date or that job interview? You'll certainly make an impression with these jewelry designs by Rebekah Frank!


Donut Burgers - By All That's Holey, Fast Food Gets A Sweet Makeover

Mister Donut and MOS Burger (Japan's second-largest fast food chain) have teamed up to create the 'Donut Burger'. Mmm, Donut Burgers...

Killer Bloody Heels From The Kamaeleon Shoe Collection

It's been the year of the vampire, with all sorts of fashion designs and accessories coming out of the woodwork featuring puncture wounds from fangs and dripping with blood. Some designs have been subtle and classy, others go to extremes. The latest design goes to new heights that just might kill!

Refine Your Voice With The Beauty Voice Trainer

Here is another wacky beauty product out of Japan.  Unlike most beauty products though, this one does not sculpt your body or firm your face.  The Beauty Voice Trainer is for those who are unhappy with the sound of their own voices and would like to retrain their tongues and breathing technique to create a new, melodic tone.

Firewinder: Mesmerizing Outdoor Light Runs Only On Windpower

I love light shows.  Not the big ones with the lasers, necessarily; just a candle will satisfy me.  But the idea of a wind-powered outdoor light that pulses with the many different beats that winds can produce, just sounds like the perfect focus for meditating on the back porch in the evening.

 

Smart Solution For An Indoor Cat: The Litter Garage

An interior designer and a home re-modeller have figured out how to keep kitty inside the house without her litter box.  It's a contraption you put together yourself called the Litter-Garage™, but to use it you have to have a wall that adjoins your home and your garage.

PedalBoard: Skating Makes Love to Cycling

The PedalBoard combines all the best elements of a dirt bike and skateboard for a truly revolutionary, entertaining ride.

Working Long Hours Raises Heart Disease Risk As Much As 60 Percent

British philosopher and social critic Bertrand Russell once said  "If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considers work important."   A recent British/Finish study suggests Russell's statement was very wise.

Tagwhat, You're It! Augmented Reality Is Future Of Location-Based Social Networks

As predicted, location-based social networks are taking off, especially now that one of the big boys has entered the schoolyard.  Facebook will definitely change up the game as news of improved functionality and acquisitions becomes commonplace. While badges, games and mayoral-ships might be popular today, augmented reality is what's going to truly allow players to become successful in this space...

Back To Basics Makes Breakfast A Breeze

Juggling sausage, eggs, and toast to get them all ready at the same time can be done, but it takes the kind of preparation that's pretty stressful when you're on your way to the office.  Fortunately, Back To Basics has a few kitchen gadgets that should help get your breakfast foods ready at the same time - combination toasters.

LiDAR Coming To An Archaeological Dig Near You – Indiana Jones Extremely Displeased

Archaeology has always been a science for the patient, for those who could stand mind-numbingly long hours of categorization and days of ever-so-careful digging to reveal just another square foot of a lost city or temple. Screw that noise, said a number of Florida scientists, who have now successfully applied Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to mapping hidden jewels of the archaeological world.

Qualman's Social Media Revolution (Refresh) Updates Stats For 2010

Last year, Erik Qualman impressed us with his research and video titled, "Social Media Revolution." While some social media critics disputed some of the stats Qualman used to quantify his research, if even only 50% of the statistics listed in this year's follow-up video, "Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh)" weren't totally accurate, it's staggering the inroads social media has made in just one year.

Design Student Sacrifices Computer Keys To His Art

Nolan Herbut, an industrial design student at the University of Alberta, has created two really 'impressionable' and interactive designs from computer keyboards: the Wolfgang Keyboard Bench and the Keyboard Parts Lamp. Come play along, come play along, come play along with me...

 

Blippy & Swipely Push The Boundaries Of Social Networking Privacy

With Google Buzz and now Facebook's Open Graph attempting to redefine 'privacy' in the 21st Century, along comes services that are attempting to make your everyday credit card purchases social.

Turn on Your Computer with Floppy Disk Art

Nick Gentry is an artist that will bring out the geek in you. He makes artwork from old floppy disks.

Trash-To-Treasure Community Uses Map and Facebook With An Innovative Buzz

There are several free trash-to-treasure communities to be a part of online that keep useable but unwanted items from ending up in landfills. I am a part of a few of these eco-friendly communities myself and love the greenness and frugality to it all. Now there is a new trash-to-treasure community, EcoBees, which uses mapping to make it greener.

Italian Dogs: Their Diapers Don't Smell Thanks To Cliffi

... And when my human parents are out having fun and drinking wonderful Italian wine, I don't have to hold it in. I'd have Cliffi Lino to hold my wee-wee if I peed, and it would make me smell nice too!

 

Tom Wood's Mobile Brewery: Beer Bottling That Comes Home To You!

Brewing beer at home is a popular hobby, but actually getting it bottled takes effort when you've got to get it to a facility. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could get bottling services to come to you! Well, someone did, because it's turned into a business.

In Nutty News Today We Learn That Nuts Are Heart Healthy...

Good news for people who love nuts; they're actually good for your heart - not just walnuts and almonds, but almost any type of nut can lower your risk for coronary heart disease.

Create Sweet Surprises With The Cupcake Corer By Cuisipro

If you are known in your circle of friends for creating amazing sweet treats you probably want to uphold your reputation as pastry master.  In order to do so you have to constantly be refining your technique, discovering new recipes and acquiring innovative tricks of the trade.  One fun little tool that can help to keep you on top is the Cupcake Corer and Decorating Kit by Cuisipro.

Hamster Heels: Your Pet As A Unique Fashion Accessory

Pets do make hot accessories, just ask all of those celebrities who carry their teeny, tiny dogs around like the pets are their favorite purses. While we have seen some weird accessories overtime that incorporate animals and fashion, this design just might take the cake and alarm animal activists around the world.

Google Editions vs Kindle vs iPad - Ramp Up eBook Selling Wars

Google is expected to launch a digital book-selling unit called Google Editions sometime this summer according to report filed with the Wall Street Journal. With Kindle and Apple focused on proprietary systems, Google is breaking away from the traditional business model allowing users access to books across platforms and Web sites using an array of both Web and mobile devices.

Coming Soon To A Laptop Near You – The Ability To Not Light Your Crotch On Fire

Laptops have always been a source of both middle-class pretentiousness and blazing heat when used for long periods of time. Now, one of those things may be close to getting eliminated, and if you think it's the guy "writing his screenplay" in the back corner of your local coffeeshop, you're not even warm.

Campana Brothers Design Mirrors That Make Reflective Mirages

Brazilian design brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana love patchwork and layering.  We've seen it in several of their chair designs.  But now, the Campana studio is focusing on the patchwork and layering possibility in mirrors and they create some interesting reflections.  These reflective works are all part of Edra's new 2010 Collection.

 

Twitter Followers Wiped Out! Was It Something I Said?

Perplexed, Bewildered? With Twitter reaching an all-time high milestone of 105 million users, all member of the Twitterati are beside themselves trying to figure out why their followers picked up and left. Presently the microblogging platform is showing no individual followers for anyone? While it takes some of us in Twitterville months to accumulate hundreds of followers, it only took one little bug to wipe all of our slates clean.

Impulsive Flyers - JetBlue Special -$10 Seat Sale For Last-Minute Trips

JetBlue, one of the airlines that has been the most successful social media player is using traditional media channels to publicize its last-minute specials to 50 of its domestic destinations this Tuesday and Wednesday (May 11 through May 12).

Sealed Air Pops The Seal On Bubble Wrap Contest, 2009-2010

One of the yearly invention competitions that kids really get into is the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Out of 2500 entries to the fourth Bubble Wrap contest, Sealed Air, the inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, has announced 3 finalists and 12 semi-finalists in the 2009-2010 competition.  The neat thing for kids and grownups is that you can make them yourselves!

If Cost Per Check-In Was A Reality, Foursquare Would Be $40 Million Richer

Cost per impression advertising has been around since the days of Mad Men. The Internet Age ushered in banner ads and pop-ups. Google first introduced us to cost per click-throughs. However in the world of advertising, consumers bore easily with the various forms of push and pull advertising they are barraged with every day, particularly on the Internet where it's difficult to escape it.

Chopsticks Recycled From Broken Baseball Bats Are A Hit

Hundreds of baseball bats are broken by pro baseball players over the course of a season in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The bits & pieces don't go to waste, however, instead being reborn into cool chopsticks carrying NPB team names, colors and logos.

The Voice Activated Crib Light Soothes Baby With Womb Sounds

There are plenty of sound and movement type crib attachments to help lull babies off to sleep, but they usually require a button to be pushed to activate the sounds and motion.  The Voice Activated Crib Light by Munchkin solves this dilemma.

Obama's Social Media Savvy Draws Line At iPads?

Obama considered one the country's most savvy social-media political figures in modern-day history was considered a 'crackberry' addict by many throughout the course of his campaign. And while he may have had to relinquish his habit for security reasons once he took office, some think he sees similar types of electronic gadgetry as a form of distraction. Should Steve Jobs be worried?

Planterworx Creates Dynamic 'Element' Planters Inspired By Nature

The Element Planter Series by Planterworx is a fascinating architectural line of new interior and landscape planters as dynamic as it is antithetical to the greens it holds, but it works fantastically as an elegant biomimetic functional design and superbly modern art.

6rounds' Video Conferencing Outchats Chatroulette & TinyChat

Tinychat and its naughty cousin Chatroulette have taken a stab at building direct video-based communication platforms, but neither has built as robust a product as 6rounds. Israeli-based founders Dany Fishel and Ilan Leibovich  think that video conferencing needs a lot of bells and whistles to not only attract visitors, but provide enough stickiness to extend the length of time visitors spend on the site.

This Personal Health Coach Even Goes To Bed With You: The Fitbit Tracker

If you want real personal company with you, even at night, the Fitbit Tracker will be there!  It hangs out with you during the day to monitor your activities and watches over you at night to track your sleep.  And the volume of health information it can provide you is greater than any live personal trainer could give you... even if he or she did stay overnight.

 

War of Wills - Zynga Refuses To Pay Facebook Credits' 30 Percent Tax

Zynga, the number one online game provider on Facebook is threatening to leave the social network. In a war of wills, Zynga, the popular game developer of Farmville and Mafia Wars is disputing Facebook's requirement that Zynga and other game operators use "Facebook Credits" as the only form of payment going forward, - providing Facebook a healthy 30 percent tax off of every transaction - in essence acting as a broker.

The Fridge Locker Halts Prying Fingers

It is a frustrating situation when you have been thinking about your favorite food all day and are sure that the moment you get home you will be able to indulge your craving, only to find that your treasured food is gone.  The Fridge Locker is made to keep those uninvited snackers out.

Cute Kitchen Knife Sharpener Really Jumps The Shark

Every great white kitchen needs a little blue! The 'Shark Grinder' keeps your cutting blades samurai sharp while adding a touch of Japanese cuteness to your cooking corner.

New Discovery In AIDS Research May Lead To Vaccine

About one in 200 persons infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) doesn't develop symptoms of AIDS, or they develop AIDS more slowly than others infected with the virus.  These elite persons are called 'elite controllers' by the research community, and they have been subjects of research for the past two decades.  Recently, Harvard and MIT immunologists just came one step closer to understanding the elite controllers and one step closer to an HIV vaccine.

 

YouTube's Got Talent Is A First For AGT Auditions

Ever Since Susan Boyle became an international break-out star, and Justin Bieber ignited a full blown career as a result of his videos going viral, YouTube's capacity to create overnight sensations has become a proven fact. Today it was announced, NBC and the producers of "America's Got Talent" are partnering with YouTube to put the show's audition process online.

Butt Lifts: The Next Boob Jobs

Let me ask you a blunt question... Is your ass dragging?  If diet and exercise isn't getting you ready for your string bikini or Speedo® this summer, you might want to consider one of the few cosmetic surgeries that has grown in popularity for men and women even during the current recession... the butt lift.

Amazing Race Finalists Visit Virtual Worlds & Darth Vader In Finale

On the Amazing Race's 16th Season Finale scheduled to air May 9th (8:00PM-9:00PM ET), the last three teams travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in hopes of winning the million-dollar prize. They've circumnavigated the globe and now they're heading home.

Soopa Scoota: Street Luge Meets Skeleton

Despite its assenine name, the Soopa Scoota is sheer terror on two wheels. Ride it if you dare.

Advertisers Don't Want You to Forget Mom on Mother's Day!

Is it any surprise that marketing firms generate unique ad campaigns for Mother's Day?  Nope.  But you have to praise the creativity.

The Terminator thinks different in China

Here's one of the latest viral videos making the rounds on the Chinese internets. 'Secret Mission of the Terminator' is a fun video created by Leon Wang. It starts out with a shot of a terminator robot begging for change outside the Apple store in Beijing. After receiving a coin from a generous passer-by, he uses it to charge up from a nearby vending machine and then all heck breaks loose. Apple fanboys, please close your eyes. This isn't pretty.

Has Digg Finally Dugg Its Own Grave?

Perhaps a sign of the times. Perhaps a social media tool that's outlived its usefulness. Perhaps it couldn't compete with the major power players in the social media space. But with nervous investors, the exodus of Jay Adelson, a recent 10% layoff of its staff and a lot of talk-but-no-action on a redesign of their site, with the red flags rising - they might as well be flying at half mast.

Urine Sample Drinking Cups Put The P in Party

Planning a party? Emphasize the P with these authentic Japanese urine sample collection cups. Every time your guests take a "sip", they'll want to, er, spell it backwards.

Hot European Fashions For Pugs & Bull Dogs From Trendy4Paws

This is how upscale Europeans dress their dogs, in designer dog clothiers like Trendy4Paws, the dog equivalent of Gucci for Men. These dog clothes speak volumes (old money, lots of it).  And don't even ask how much they cost (more than your own).  But hey, you might as well look at them; I've got hot previews of the stunning new summer collection debuting next week....

 

 

Warm Your Junk..Err..Jewels With The Jewel Warmer

Gloves, check. Hat, check. Neck gaiter, check. Facemask, check. Dong muff, ch....what? Dong muff?

My Brother, The Bloodsucker

This little fellow is a Rhodinus prolixus, aka South American bloodsucker, and his DNA may be in my DNA!  Don't be smug now... It could be in yours too.  And though maybe he's not our brother, he might very well be a distant cousin.  So don't step on him.

Facebook & McDonald's App Tests Foursquare-like Location-based Social Networking

Location-based service networks have been nervously anticipating Facebook moving into their space in 2010, but when nothing was announced regarding geolocation technology at the company's F8 Developers Conference last month, many thought it was a back-burner issue. Not the case. With over 400 million users compared to Foursquare's one million, this David and Goliath scenario could prove to be the LBS death knell.

Sleepless In Seattle? Learn About Your Risk For Diabetes

Adult-onset diabetes (type 2) has been linked to poor diet and lack of exercise.  But recent studies have implicated lack of sleep as a major factor in the disease....

One-step Non-reflective Nanocoatings? It's All About The Mothematics

In an effort to find a non-reflective nanocoating that could be applied during the production process of things like car instrument panels, glasses, and giant one-way police mirrors that are inevitably installed in a wrong and hilarious way, scientists have turned to the humble and not-so-bright moth.

Top Ten Social Media Aggregators

As the popularity of social media has grown, so have the number of networks to update and track across platforms. What is right for you?  How can you better manage all your content and networks under one umbrella service?

Fanimation's Torto Infuses Warped Ideas Into Fan Design

Fanimation's Torto "revolution"-izes ceiling fan design with its twisted take on an old concept.


Self-Weighing Suitcase Lightens The Load On Your Wallet

If you're tired of paying excess baggage charges from overloaded suitcases, or breaking your bathroom scale trying to weigh heavy packed luggage, this handy  wheeled suitcase solves your problems by weighing itself.

Design In This Risky Environment? Tom Dixon Likes The Metals

There's apparently even more stability in the design world where everything must be new every season, than there is in the stock market.  And today, when everyone is thinking where should I hide my money, I thought I'd let you know that Tom Dixon still likes 'the metals.'

An FM Radio and Tiny Portable Speaker All in One? You're Nuts.

If there's one thing that's been missing the world of FM radios, iPods, and other audio media devices, its wood. Well, acutely-eared treephiles, your time has come with the release of the Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker. Tripling as an FM Radio, Aux speaker and standalone speaker, this is one nut that everyone will want to crack.

New Triple Dish Pet Feeders Designed For Really Spoiled Pets

If you feed your pets wet food, dry food, and water, triple dish pet feeders make it so easy for your cats and dogs to nibble at the trough.  Just think, all they need to do is turn their heads a bit to indulge their immediate hankerings.

Your Spouse Can Make You Demented - Seriously!

No, Alzheimer's is not contagious - not in the usual way.  But a new study conducted by the department of Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University revealed that spouses of dementia patients are, on average, at six times greater risk for the disease than other persons of the same age, socioeconomic factors, access to medical care, and diet and exercise.

 

TinyChat (Chatroulette With Clothes) Adds Twitter Chatrooms

When 140 characters are just not enough to get your point across, you can now actually square off with your Twitter followers face-to-face, with the launch of a new service by TinyChat. Twitter Chatrooms allows for instant video chat conferencing where any Twitter member can immediately engage after registration.

Bring The Fat Back (Or Bring The Back Fat)!

Embrace your inner Kirstie Alley or Kevin Smith! How To Get Fat is the essential manual for anyone who is dangerously thin (i.e., less than 300 lbs.)!


Facebook Moms Meet Hallmark's 'Instant Personalization' on Mothers Day!

With Facebook facing one's of its most critical hurdles - probably since its inception - brands like Hallmark are upping their game in marketing their products and services via the social network. While the term 'instant personalization' has been tainted with the launch of Facebook's Open Graph, Hallmark is using "personalization" in a way that takes some of the sting out of that privacy issue.

Geek House, Where Tokyo Techies Play More, Pay Less

Nerds of a feather, flock together... at least they do in Japan, where 'Geek Houses' are springing up like Mario's mushrooms.

Real Books Are Reborn In David Garcia's Archive Series

The old fashioned kind of books with the hard backs and the paper pages one turns, generally by hand, are still important to Danish architect David Garcia, at least as subject matter.  In his Archive Series, Garcia gives books new life by placing them in different surroundings - four vastly different Archives that strike us as three-dimensional poems.  Fortunately, we have all the photos, even those representing the mysterious Archive III.

 

Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse Offers Self Tanning Without The Commitment

Many who have been ‘burned’ by self tanning experiences have turned to bronzers or have chosen to embrace their pasty white skin, but there is a new product available that offers another option.  St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse is for those who want a bottled tan that they can wash off whenever they choose.

Matter of Trust Wants Pet Fur To Clean Up Oil Spill

Everyone is talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico these days. How will it all be cleaned up? One group, Matter of Trust, wants a lot of pet fur to help clean up the spill and is asking for donations.

Cupidtino, Apple's Social Networking iJoke?

Could Dell, Kindle or Android ever pull this off? Apple aficionados have such an affinity for the company's products, an Apple dating service will launch next month to match up like-minded Machearts. Is it true that those that own iPhone, MacPros, iPods and iPads are all cut from the same cloth?

Crying Eyes Gone With Angels' Eyes For Cats & Dogs

When dogs and cats feel sad or hurt, they may whimper or moan or hide somewhere they won't be bothered; they don't cry. But when they get teary, there is a reason for the tears and the yucky tear-stains under their eyes and around their noses.

 


Workstations For The Web 3.0 Crowd Are Not Your Father's Cubicle!

Even though we are still immersed in the Web 2.0 milieu of social media, we are heading full-throttle ahead to the semantic world of Web 3.0 - where we will need workstations to better reflect our Brave New World.  Similar in design to spaceship modules, the workstations of the future have arrived, and suffice it say, they're not your father's cubicle.

Geographical Obesity Trends: Where The Fat Kids Live

Come out from under your rock now; childhood obesity is at epidemic proportions and a major public health concern.  If you were worried about insurance rates before, just stick around until these kids grow up and watch the rise in insurance rates as the result of an epidemic in obesity-related diseases.

 


You Can Run But You Can't Hide - Face.com & Face-Recognition Will Find You

Face.com has developed technology that will let you find photos of yourself, friends and followers that are not tagged or identified with a name. While questionable on the privacy front, Face.com has scanned over 7 billion photos and indexed more than 52 million faces with its Photo Finder & Tagger apps.

Laser Shaver Zaps Hair Down To The Roots

Hair beware, the 'No! No! For Men' hand-held infrared laser shaver will take you back to the future while zapping your roots into the past.

Artsy Tyvek Paper Tattoos To Become The Latest Fashion Craze?

Sometimes fashion doesn't need to be a new concept to be a hit. We all know that fashions make a comeback after decades, proving that fashion ideas can be recycled as trends. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple reinvention and a whole new trend is born.


Worldfare: Gourmet Mobile Restaurant Hits The Pavement On a Bus!

Mobile restaurants of all sorts have been popping up, particularly in New York to offer unique curb side dining options for those who need to grab a quick bite. However, there is one major problem with that type of fast food option, and it's an issue for those who don't just want to grab takeout.


Patent Applications Backed Up: So Are New Jobs

Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum.  There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity.  If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.

 


Plagiarism Is Alive & Well In The Blogosphere - What's A Blogger To Do?

While the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" is more about adapting to "change" in the workplace, "Who Moved My Blog" could be about the "copy and paste" mentality that unfortunately taints the Blogosphere and those who attempt to make a living working in that very crowded space.

DIY DNA Sequencing At $5,000 Will Determine Cancer & Heart Conditions

Anybody that remembers the sci-fi film classic, "Gattaca" knows how a genetic registry database could be used by biometrics to determine peoples' susceptibility to certain diseases later in life. While that fictional tale seemed so futuristic when introduced back in 1997, it's reality is now. And not only is it within our reach, it also comes with a relatively reasonable price tag.

Looking For a New Way to Charge Your Cellphone? nPower’s Got you PEG’d.

Newcomer nPower is interested in making cellphone charging not only portable and easy, but green as well.


How To Say "I HATE You" - The 10 Worst Mother’s Day Gifts Ever

Whatever your individual feelings of the woman who provided you a womb to rest your weary head, you probably know that Mother's Day is coming up and you're expected to give a gift of some type. But exactly what? If you're searching for the perfect gift to infuriate or confound your birth-giver, you've come to the right place. From terrible gifts for great moms to great gifts for terrible moms, we've got you covered.


Hotels.com First To Use Augmented Reality For Virtual Travel Experience

Augmented Reality has hit the streets of Amsterdam, converted magazines into Harry Potter-like newspapers, created invisible cloaks and has surfaced on a countless number of apps adapted for smartphones. But Hotels.com is the first online travel agency (OTA) to make virtual vacations a lot more 'real' using Augmented Reality to appeal to would-be travelers and tourists.

Stop the Crumbs With The Cookie Safe

When your child starts to act up you present them with a little nibble to tide them over and distract them for a while.  It is a great ploy and almost always works unless the snack has become crushed inside the diaper bag.  The Cookie Safe was created to keep snacks intact until you are ready to buy yourself a little extra time.

Catch Fresh Fish On An Internet Net

Fishermen in Yokosuka, Japan, are offering Internet buyers the catch of the day, fresh from Tokyo Bay. Place your order online before 9am and get free home delivery!

Neighborhoodie: Funky Fashion Garment Doubles As Interactive Video Game

Even though the Wii gets people off the couch while playing video games, it still doesn't get them out of the house. For those parents worrying that their teenagers are about to turn into vampires with so little exposure to daylight, there's a fun new clothing item that offers a solution.


Graffomat:Controversial Graffiti Vending Machine That’s Sure To Cause Damage

We all like to support artists and their craft, whether or not we understand it. But some art goes too far, and with that in mind, should businesses really be facilitating something that thinks outside of the legal box? Well, there's one business that thinks so, and it's a really cool, artistic vending machine.

Component In Broccoli Inhibits Breast Cancer Stem Cells In Mice

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) have found that a compound derived from broccoli may help prevent or treat breast cancer by targeting breast cancer stem cells - those cells that fuel a tumor's growth.

The Pothole Gardener Brings Smiles, Green and Warning to his Community

Going over a pothole or two or more can make a car ride rough. It can make a bike ride rougher and dangerous. If the city will not take care of the pothole problems who will? The pothole gardener?

Keep Your Cat Infinitely Happy With The Turbo Track Cat Toy

I'm always looking for interactive pet toys, and the Bergan Turbo Track Cat Toy is definitely one.  This toy reminds me of a child's toy railroad tracks, because you can double it or add separate tracks to it to make 'infinite' fun for your cat.

 


Cool Beans Put The Chill On Watery Iced Coffee

If you like to prepare fancy, chilled coffee drinks for yourself and your guests then you should take a look at Cool Beans from Fred and Friends.  This distinctive ice cube tray features molds in the shape of giant coffee beans.  It is meant to be filled with brewed coffee and then frozen into coffee cubes.

The Audacity Of Pole Dancing - Obama Club vs USA Pavilion At Shanghai Expo

They both opened their doors on May 1, but culturally, they are worlds apart. While the Obama Club cost local Chinese club owners  $US15 million, the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 received no governmental funding and was only completed as a result of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeking private financing to the tune of $US61 million. While the Pavilion will tell the story of the American spirit of perseverance and technological innovation, the Obama Club is oddly a 'capitalistic' venture to capitalize on the name of the 44th President of the United States.

Huitlacoche: Gross-Looking Corn Smut Is Edible, Healthy, & Delicious!

Corn farmers in the U.S. have been trying to get rid of 'corn smut' for years.  The stuff has ruined many a corn crop.  Plus, who wants to look at it?

Google TV App Developers Want To See Skin In The Game

Today, when launching a new technological product or advancement, to scale quickly and gain major traction, social networks, tech companies and search firms recruit the assistance of third party application developers. Similar approaches have been successfully undertaken by Facebook and Twitter. It appears Google TV will also be venturing into these waters as they shift the development of Google TV into high gear.

13 Perfect Gifts For 13 Types Of Mother-In-Laws

... A headache means she has brain cancer and a cut on her finger means she's a hemophiliac.  No, not a hemophiliac; a hypochondriac. What's the perfect gift? 

 


Opting Out Of Facebook's Instant Personalization 101

If you are unhappy with Facebook's Instant Personalization service recently launched with their new Open Graph initiative, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet watchdog organization has provided a step-by-step process of making this slightly confusing and arduous task a lot easier.

Pepsi Loot & Shopkick, Social Media's First Location-based Loyalty Programs

Back in January, when I wrote, "Tasti D-Lite Program Needs Geolocation To Sell Product," I questioned why this ice-cream vendor was not 'geotagging' their tweets to enhance their loyalty program. At that time, Twitter was just rolling out its geolocation tool and Tasti D-Lite was missing an opportunity by not restricting their tweets to locations where their promotions were offered. Today, 'Pepsi Loot' the and 'shopkick' apps are the first two consumer product applications to offer location-based loyalty programs that will geo-target customers.

Relax While the 2010 Crazy Fit Massager Vibration Plate Tones You Up - Product Review

The vast majority of us do not like to exercise (and I think a lot of those who claim to like it actually don’t either).  There are constantly new machines and exercise programs coming onto the market claiming to be the quickest and easiest way to get in shape and maintain overall health.  One of these ‘big benefit for little to no effort’ machines is the 2010 Crazy Fit Massager Vibration Plate.

A FarmShare Social Network Grows In Brooklyn

For all those that remember the novel, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, the 'Tree of Heaven' grew out of cement through cellar gratings. FarmShare is the 21st Century real-life rendition of that fictional tale. However, instead of just one tree, you have Brooklynites sharing their backyards, their compost and their time to transform privately owned backyards into lush, fruitful farms. Throw in a good dose of social media and a dash of crowd-sourcing and voilà you have instant urban farming.

Kindle's New Features OutPad The iPads & OutRead The Sony Readers?

With the encroachment of eReader competition, Amazon's Kindle continually searchers for new differentiators. Whether it's enough to make a difference or its too little too late is up to the consumer.

Used Adult Diapers - The Fuel Of Tomorrow, Today!

As Japan's elderly population continues to grow, so does the number of used adult diapers. A company called Super Faiths has come up with a novel way to keep these diapers out of overloaded landfills while fueling the nation's economy.

Micello & Point Inside, Mobile Location-Based Services Navigating Indoors

Foursquare and Gowalla have literally put location-based social networks on the maps and Twitter's acquisition of GeoAPI is diligently working on making the microblogging platform a communication center for followers that are within close proximity of each other. With the assistance of GPS devices and satellites, maneuvering outdoors is no longer a difficult task. However when trying to access a similar experience indoors, the necessary geo-location technology is just beginning to emerge.

The Batman Raincoat By Western Chief Kids Defends Against That Menacing Downpour

If you child loves to play super heroes, but often has his crime fighting efforts thwarted by bad weather, then this is the raincoat to look into.  This adorable line by Western Chief Kids also includes many other styles including a firefighter style (real super heroes), ladybugs, Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine and many more.

The Polaroid 300 – Instant Photographs Poised to Make a Comeback

New from Polaroid, it's the Retro-futuristic 300. With almost-instant photos, it can deliver instant gratification and a pleasantly refreshing sense of nostalgia.

Bloggers & Twitterers Beware - Shield Laws Might Not Have You Covered!

The much debated iPhonegate pertaining to the alleged stolen iPhone 4G continues to perplex Apple, the authorities and the legal system. The Shield Law and even First Amendment rights can be challenged all the way up to the Supreme Court, as a result of this case. But perhaps the one group that may end up coming up short on this debate are those getting the least attention - the Bloggers and Twitterers!