... what the researchers discovered as a possible cause of MS is a chemical found in air pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. It is called acrolein, a powerful substance used in many industries, such as the manufacturing of plastics. Acrolein is so harmful, it was used in World War I as a chemical weapon.
Just think of how many iPads would have been sold by now if Apple had come out with something like the Grip and the A-Fold itself. Fortunately for iPad owners and for remaining sales of the iPad, some members of the design community are making the iPad more user-friendly: the Grip, which makes the iPad comfortably portable, and now the A-FOLD, a solid, multi-angled stand for the iPad.
Designer Jane Loniak has created the Kompakt carrier – a “no passenger” carrying vehicle that can help tote just about anything a user has in mind.
Brainchild of Germany company Festo and the Fraunhofer institute in Stuttgart is the Bionic Handling Assistant (BHA), which takes its cue from the supple movement of the trunk of an elephant.
Boston University researchers have created a quarter-sized biosensor which can easily detect a wide variety of viruses in a matter of seconds.
I spent this evening researching biodegradable poop bags. Maybe it wasn't as much fun as what you did, but I did learn something and I'm going to put it to use by purchasing some genuine biodegradable poop bags for my cat and dog tomorrow. One important thing I learned is that most waste bags that advertise themselves as being biodegradable are not!
I had given up trying to figure out the Medicare Part D plans for my father this year. Since his medications are all generic and it looked like we'd be spending more on Part D insurance than the drugs themselves, I figured we should continue without it. But then, I read that the Medicare website had an easy to use selection program that would help you choose the right plan by inputting just a bit of information. Dubious, I charged ahead...
Divers wear fins on their feet, so why not their hands? Not only will you swim better, but you'll be able to creep people out on demand.
From the crazy brains at ThinkGeek comes the USB Fishquarium - a way to make your tiny office cubicle suck just a little less.
You would think that K & H Pet Products, like cave men and women back in the day, just discovered fire... well, heat anyway. The company has gone loopy making heated blankets, beds, mats, bowls, and even perches and pond defrosters for your visiting birds! These new items all make great gifts for your favorite animal and winged friends this holiday season.
At the University of Rhode Island, scientists are warming up to ways to capture the heat trapped in roadways.
Get your inventions ready for Season 4 of the Emmy award-winning show, Everyday Edisons. Sorry, the casting directors are not coming to a city near you this year.... You're going to them... via the Internet. That's right. Season 4 casting will be conducted online through Edison Nation.
A recent lifestyle study of adults and children conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that both groups are experiencing relatively high levels of stress, and that stress is responsible for unhealthy lifestyle choices, like overeating. Do parents teaching their kids how to handle stress?
Sure, you’ve heard of the Roomba, but here comes the Room Tidying Pickup Robot – a controller-driven or autonomous way to pick up objects cluttering your home. That little vacuum’s got nothin’ on this guy.
From Guo Lili comes a tube of toothpaste we can all get to the bottom of.
Italy is always at the helm of design, especially when it comes to creating new things from skills Italians have perfected over hundreds of years - like making glass and tile mosaics. Italian mosaic and ceramic art company, Settecento (seven hundred) has a wonderful new line of luxury tiles for animal lovers - especially jungle lovers.
Victor G. Vogel, MD, of the Geisinger Medical Center and an editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, called the reductions in breast cancer and stroke incidence "dramatic" and considered that, though more data about the long-term effects of lasofoxifene was needed, the drug just may be the "tipping point in breast cancer prevention."
The longly-named Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich has created a way to detect infections at a glance with a new, dye-infused dressing.
Have you ever wondered which of many evils you should choose if you are going to be naughty. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ICDH), a UK-based advisory, headed by Dr. David Nutt, has just published a report that lists drugs in order of their danger - both to the user and to others who come in contact with the user. The leader on both scales, by far, was alcohol.
Have you ever seen a deer in the woods take off suddenly for reasons unknown. He's been spooked. That's the image that came to my mind when I first saw Panic Opera, Russian designer Dima Loginoff's new 8-legged table. It looked like Loginoff had filmed the deer 'in flight,' played it back in slow motion and made a still life of it.
CREE Group proposes to build the tallest wooden building, appropriately named the "Life Cycle Tower," for Dornbirn, Austria. Using hybrid-construction that will cut CO2 emissions by 90% and construction time by 50%, the eco-conscious construction of the 30-story building uses sustainable resources such as timber and composite slab (wood/concrete). One of the oldest building materials known to man proves itself to be a timeless mainstay of construction even in the age of skyscrapers.
With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought it was high time to start a yearly round-up of possible gadget gifts. First up is an environmentally friendly and snazzily cool option known as the “Filterless Air Purifier”.
"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.
Banging away at that keyboard might not be such a bad thing, according to scientists at Virginia Tech. In fact, how you type may be just the thing that keeps a hacker bot from stealing your information.