The hyppocampus is the brain structure responsible for all memory formation. When it shrinks during aging, it is also responsible for memory loss. Researchers from four universities studied the brains of older persons who were already experiencing atrophy of the hippocampus to see if and what kind of exercise might increase the size of the hippocampus.
A new gel that the inventors say you can play with like Silly Putty, can repair torn skin, bond implants, or act as an adhesive for underwater machinery. The invention, under development for several years, is now patent pending, and it's all thanks to the biomimicry of a mussel's byssus, the hair-size filaments that form a sticky foam enabling the mussel's fierce attachment to rocks, substrates, and beds on the sea walls and floors.
One of the most traumatic losses in a divorce can be that of a pet when the other partner gets to keep the dog, or cat, or other beloved pet. The newest AP-Petside Poll results show how difficult the separation of two humans and a pet would be if it were to happen to the human respondents....
It would be so nice to be able to set up the baby activity center in whatever area of the house you are in and then quickly move it elsewhere if you need a hands-free moment in another room. The Go-Pod gives parents this freedom with a portable version of the traditional baby activity center.
For the first time a surgical study using a placebo control group has been performed by researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden on dementia patients. In this strange but important experiment, half of the patients received functional shunts and the other half non-functional shunts.
The 2011 annual Times Square Valentine competition has been won by a 10 foot diameter, 50 pound heart, a creation of the design group Freecell, in collaboration with architect Peter Dorsey. 'Light Hearted' needs you and 2,599 others to help hold it up over Times Square in an extended celebration of Valentine's Day, February 10th through 20th. If you will be in New York City, don't miss this opportunity!
According to the World Health Organization, the number one cause of blindness in the world is age-related cataract, affecting about 18 million people. For areas that do not have adequate surgical facilities for lens replacement or for those who cannot afford such surgeries, this Chinese 60 year old non-prescription medicine just might do the trick...
Poor concentration, an inability to stick with a task, frustration at not getting the object of desire, an unwillingness to share or to play cooperatively with other children... Frequent similar behaviors in a 3-year old are not characteristic of those who later succeed in life. The good news, though, is that self-control can be taught.
Josh Bongard is one member of a growing field called evolutionary robotics. In short, it means that stronger, more useful, more adaptable robots should develop their skills one step at a time, like animals and humans, rather than being built 'ready to go.' Bongard has experimented with his very literal biomimetic approach to robot upbringing in a first-of-its-kind experiment sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Purdue University researchers have accomplished a major milestone in the engineering of a micro-model for breast cancer research. The slide-size model has been dubbed "breast on-a-chip" for its replication of the branching of the mammary duct system, where most breast cancers occur.
Starting on his 9-city Road Show, renowned British designer Tom Dixon is now at the IMM Cologne in Germany with his Jacks. If he becomes bored, I suppose he can always 'play' with them, rearranging the black, white, and now orange glow plastic Jacks in different formations, but most likely this hot designer won't have much time for play.
This kit turns average into three-wheeled tom foolery.
Loving the simplicity of efficient design, I was naturally drawn to designer Rakel Ojeda's Contact Lens Case. For anyone who has ever worn contact lenses, your acknowledgement of the presentation will probably be as instinctively positive as mine.
High Dynamic Range(HDR) static imagery has been around for a while, but now University of Warwickresearchers have developed the first HDR video to capture the “real world”.
Who hasn’t wanted to grow the worlds (2nd) hottest pepper at the office? Now you can, with the DIY Hot Pepper Plant.
Melatonin is a hormone that has many functions. Produced at night by the pineal gland, it regulates the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, blood pressure, and glucose tolerance; lack of melatonin can create serious medical problems.
From toy oddities retailer Brookstone comes a new line of their popular Hexbug Nanos – and these ones glow in the dark.
Designed to get an organic answer to your questions, the Twitnic Table takes Tweeting off of the Internet and puts it onto the pine.
Kids love to play doctor, and European toy maker Haba has created an easier-than-ever way for little ones to make house calls: the Artz Koffer.
Stupid. That's what you say to yourself when you read about Smartfish's patented ErgoMotion technology. Then you say, 'Of course! It's so obvious that for designs to be really ergonomic, they have to move with your body.
The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway. The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.
One of my favorite forms of design is architecture. The beauty of a mathematically perfect scheme, natural balance in a man-made form, and the efficient hands-on methods of fitting parts together... They are just a few of the marvels of the art, now being brought into interiors by architects the likes of Ron Arad, Noriaki Okabe, and Zaha Hadid.
Thus far, vaccine technology has not been up to thwarting the effects of highly addictive drugs like cocaine. But a study, pre-published online yesterday in Molecular Therapy, suggests that an anti-addiction vaccine may soon be on its way.
When it comes to space-saving bathroom sinks, the Split Sink, by the-head-of-the-pack Italian designer and manufacturer, PlaNit, wins the prize. Perfect for apartment living, Split uses every inch of its design, can be placed atop a bookcase or other storage unit, and is about as unobtrusive as a sink can be.
Power wars are not just about Wall Street. Designer Pages, an online source for manufacturers of design pieces for interior designers and the design-loving public, is sponsoring Product Wars of its own in several interior and industrial design categories. As lighting is one of my favorite design areas, I'll share with you the spectacular top 3 leaders in this category...
A Red Dot Concept Design award winner, the Eco Printer looks to extend the life of paper without the need for shredding and recycling.
In an “old gadget” find of the day, US and Greek archeologists have found evidence that humanity may have been tooling around the ocean earlier than imagined.