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January, 2011

Aerobics Or Toning? Which One Can Grow Back Your Memory?

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.

 

Take a Load Off With the Boomerang Chair

A chair that looks like it's gone the journey and come back home, this boomerang seat is a unique piece that will add a little whimsy to any room.

Bunker Down Like A Bordeaux: Cork Tent Keeps You Protected

A more natural tent, the Tree House is a barrel-like tent made entirely from cork.

Calling All Kid Inventors: First Lego League Wants You!

FirstLego® League (FLL®) is calling for all young inventors between the ages of 9 and 16 (9 and 14 years old in the U.S. and Canada) to compete for the New Global Innovation Award presented by the X Prize Foundation.  Kid teams will compete for the opportunity to win a cash reward of $20,000 that would go towards patent and development costs for their new invention.

Tomorrow's Fossils In A Meteor Floor Lamp!

Some of the plastic parts in the Fossili Modern Meteore Floor Light may not break down for thousands of years.  Will these parts, chosen carefully by Italian designer Massimilano Adami, be tomorrow's fossils? Whether or not they are, the Fossili Meteore lamp puts on quite a show!

WobBally Tower Takes Balancing Balls To New Heights

The name of the game is WobBally, and the object is to not be the one that sends the balls tumbling to the table.

Air Laser Uses Hot Spots To Return Dangerous Environmental Info

Laser detection has long been a way for military units to determine if something hazardous - be it emissions or explosives - lie ahead. Now, a new "air laser" developed by Princeton University may make this process not only more accurate but safer as well.

China To Construct World's Largest Radio Telescope

Nothing worth listening to on the radio, you say? Don't tell China – they're building a huge, 500-meter radio telescope that will easily be the world's largest when construction is complete. Stay tuned!

iPad 2 Seen Xoomin' To BestBuy.com For February 17th Launch?

The yet-to-be-launched iPad 2 has created enough pent-up demand to make analysts, techie bloggers and the digital savvy world at large to salivate. Those that didn't purchase its predecessor the first go-around are now ready to pony up for the device so aptly nicknamed the "Jesus Tablet." While Apple has not released an official sale date, a curious report appeared at Buzz Bizz News by a writer named "Nitin" indicating he had the inside scoop.

10 Anti-Valentine Gifts That Say 'I Hate You!' Louder Than Words

If you've been shot by Cupid's arrow and you can't get pull the darn thing out of your heart, you're in pain.  Cupid must have been in a particularly facetious mood the day he brought that babe or dude into your life. Lucky you; there are so many ways to let those stinkers know just how you feel on this Anti-Valentine's Day. Here are some of my recent favorites.

Push-Up Underwear Options On The Horizon For Men

Ever since the Wonderbra first hit the market fashionable women everywhere have been on a quest to have the most up-to-date uplifted look available.  I never imagined that there would one day be a male equivalent.  Amazingly, push-up underwear for men is a reality!  No, I am not referring to butt-lifting underpants; we are talking about men getting a little boost in the front.   

Social Media's Whistleblowing In The Wind To Become Decentralized

Ever since WikiLeaks came under global scrutiny, whistleblowing has taken a somewhat negative turn. Daniel Domscheit-Berg who had a falling out with its founder, Julian Assange believes its due to whistleblowers not having control over the secrets they want to spill. To remedy the situation, he and his team are building OpenLeaks, a new platform that will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously.

Sweatband Headphones For Athletes

The perfect set of headphones for athletes. Never choose between music and sports again.

'Beer Hour' Portable Personal Beer Dispenser Gives You Head

The “Beer Hour” beer dispenser from Takara Tomy helps wannabe bartenders pour a perfect, foamy-headed glass of beer every time from any beer can.

Social Media Gets Last Laugh When Zuckerberg Satirized Himself On SNL

Rumors abound, whether or not Lorne Michaels will be successful in luring Mark Zuckerberg to his SNL TV show January 29, when Jesse Eisenberg is scheduled to appear as host.  With all the bad blood that has passed between Team Zuckerberg and the producers of 'The Social Network' movie, fans of both the network and the flick are wondering if the FB founder will be 'man enough' to show the world he can laugh at himself.

Row, Row, Row Your Bike, Gently Down The Road

A bicycle that you "pedal" with your entire body, the Rowbike is a like a rolling gym, giving you a complete workout while getting you from place to place.

Pet Park's Indoor PetZoom Pet Potty: Train 'Em Young

I've resisted getting an indoor potty for my dog.  But the weather was just horrible lately, and he sooo did not want to go out in it.  After many previous experiences ended in home 'accidents,' I finally broke down and bought a Pet Park PetZoom Indoor Potty and now I realize why I should have done this a long time ago.

"Mussel Gel" Will Give Muscle To Medical Implants And Tissue Repair

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.

 

Alexander The Great? Not If You're Chinese!

Many Chinese these days have chosen an English name to use in business, while traveling, or just to fill out their character as a world citizen. Names like 'Alexander' don't work well phonetically, however, and can add 'pressure' to already hectic lives.

DIY Pantone Chip Cookies By Designer Kim Neill

Designer Kim Neill is quite familiar with Pantone color chips.  She uses them daily in her design work, and when she needs to communicate with many of her clients about color, she just references the 'book,' aka the Pantone color book.  What genius came to her when she decided to make Pantone chip cookies for client gifts!

Green Energy Goes Purple And Gold For BYU Science Team

At Brigham Young University, Professor Richard Watt and his team have proven that a common protein can not only react with sunlight, but harvest its energy for use.

Tasty Science - Edible Education For Budding Scientists

Science kits are a dime a dozen, but Tasty Science stands tongue and buds above the rest – help kids learn about science, then eat an experiment or two. Yum!

Tennis x Pi: 360Ball Hits From Every Angle

An all-new sport that turns tennis right, left and all around, is 360ball the sport of the future?

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

Sub-Zero Ninja: Talus Cold Avenger Balaclava

Protect yourself from windburn and international assassins. The Talus Cold Avenger Expedition Balaclava is as tough and no-nonsense as its name.

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.

While Social Media Blinks, LinkedIn's First To Eye Public Offering

While social media has been jockeying for position, dancing the IPO dance, the world has been waiting with baited expectation as to which social network would take the lead. Speculation reached a fevered pitch in early January when rumors indicated that LinkedIn would be the first to go, before Facebook, Twitter or Groupon sucked all the oxygen out of room.

Pot Infused Pop: Doc Weed Or Canna Cola?

Canna Cola, Doc Weed, Grape Ape...  Not much mystery about what's in these sodas!  But medical marijuana users are thrilled at the newest options to take their medicine - sparkling sodas!

Is It Me Or The Dog? AP Poll Results Released

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....

 

Purposefulness Of Shadow Chair Stands Out In A Crowd

Sometimes, a designer turns a common concept on its head, but in this case designer John Leung puts the standard chair design flat on its ass. Enter the “Purposefulness of Shadow”.

Google Still In Search Of The Social Media Holy Grail

Google has struggled long and hard to launch its own social network. From Orkut, to Buzz, to Google Me, to Google + 1, many of us in the blogosphere have followed its flawed attempts at creating something that would be a worthy competitor of Facebook. This week with the news that it acquired Fflick, the Twitter Sentiment Analyzer, we examine the search giant taking another stab at adding a social layer to its core product.

Go-Pod Makes Baby Activity Centers Portable And Storable

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. 

World's First Mirror Thermometer Detects Fever From A Distance

NEC Avio's Thermo Mirror SX-01, the world's first Mirror Thermometer, asks users to look and don't touch: an integral infrared sensor inside the device detects and displays the viewer's temperature from a distance.

First Surgery Studies Successfull In Reversing Symptoms For Dementia Patients

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.

 

Bike Plow: Greener And Cleaner Snow Clearing

A compromise between a shovel and an all-out motorized snow plow, the bike plow may be just the thing for your snowy (but not too snowy) neck of the woods.

Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Etsy.com is a great site to find handmade crafts and vintage items, but a new trend is developing rapidly - repurposing old items to make new ones.  From handbags made from men's suits to lounge chairs made from vintage ovens, these products give new meaning to the phrase, "One man's trash..."

3 Gadgets To Keep Your Dog Safe & Your Car Clean!

How often would you like to just pop your dog in the car and go? But, if you're like me, you don't have enough protection in your four-wheeled vehicle to keep your four-legged darling safe and your car clean! Well, Kurgo's come out with with a few gadgets that you might want to look into. Here are my three favorites....

New Smart Fence Bars The Way For Bad Guys

From the USC Viterbi School of Engineering comes a new security system called Smart Fence that uses multiple detection platforms in order to differentiate between help and harm. 

Spy Video TRAKR Lets Kids Slip Remotely Into View

Spy gadgets are always a hit with kids, but finding ones that are more form than flash can be difficult. Fortunately, there’s the Spy Video TRAKR from Wild Planet – perfect for getting the goods on anyone in the house.

Interactive Valentine Heart Needs YOU To Hold It Up!

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!

 

This Space For Rent: China's First Parking Spot Search Engine

An innovative, real time parking space management system instituted by a Beijing suburb is helping to match inbound drivers with rental parking spaces.

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

NuFACE Offers Firming Micro-Current Treatments At Home

Micro-current sessions are quite popular among anti-aging spa skin treatments.  Maybe with a NuFACE device we could all start looking like we just got back from the spa.  NuFACE offers micro-current facial toning in the privacy of your own home.   

Old Chinese Treatment For Cataracts Passes Scientific Tests

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...

 

One More Person Telling You You're Fat And Lazy: The Nike + SportWatch GPS

A new GPS sports watch from Nike could wear out its welcome rather quickly.

The Latest Euro-Sport: Stooling

Not enough sports come with a built-in place to relax. Stooling is a sport that's built from a piece of furniture.

Quantum Big Screen Microscope Brings Great Fun To Small Things

The Quantum Big Screen Microscope from Learning Resources helps kids enjoy the craziness of tiny nature while also learning a great deal in the process.

Rooftop Farms Atop Grocery Stores Brought To You By Better Food Solutions

Thanks to documentaries such as Food, Inc and books like The Omnivore's Dilemma, consumers are becoming more concerned with buying locally-grown, fresh produce.  "Better Food Solutions," a NY hydroponics firm, intends to bring us the freshest, most locally-grown food money can by with rooftop farms directly atop your grocery store.

Electrofoxy Zip Jacket Turns The Volume Up To "Sexy"

Fashion and technology design firm Electrofoxy has created a new level of portable music integration with their Zip concept design jacket.

6 New Designs For Australia's "Grown Up" Flag

More than fifty years after the current Australian flag was adopted, many prominent Australians, including a dozen former Australians of the Year, are saying its time for a new one - a flag that does not pay homage to Great Britain by including the Union Jack.  Here are some of the proposed designs....

Social Media Cost-Per-LIKES Replaces Cost-Per-Clicks?

When Mark Zuckerberg first debuted his OPEN GRAPH API at Facebook F8 last April, he also took a major step forward in 'crowd-sourced' advertising. While followers were aghast at the privacy implications, less attention was paid to Facebook setting in place, the initial foundation of an advertising empire. This paradigm shift in how brands purchase online advertising could displace Google's old school model with Facebook's.

Headlights For Your Grill: LED Lights Brighten Japanese Smiles

Gold and diamond dental “grills” not flashy enough for you? Not to worry, LED smiles inspired by a Japanese retail ad will give your mouth a glow even Flavor Flav can't beat.

Garden Clothing Attracts Bugs

The decline of insect pollinators and the plants they pollinate are of great concern to many today. So, to raise awareness about Colony Collapse Disorder an artist and a group of scientists have designed a line of clothing to attract insects. It is a limited edition and is part of a project called, The Pollinator Frocks Project.

Covert Operation: Big Wave Surfer Rides One of the World's Gnarliest Waves--In The Dark

Imagine surfing one of the world's most dangerous waves. Now imagine doing it at 2 a.m. with nothing but artificial light guiding the way.

Adult Success May Be Predicted By Self Control In Childhood

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.

 

14 Gifts Of Chocolate, Wine, & Design For Your Favorite Valentine

Preparing this collection of Valentine's Day goodies, I realized how tough it would be to choose among them.  But then I thought... Christmas has 12 days of giving, Hanukkah has 8 days... Why not have 14 days of Valentines giving and you can choose all of these gifts?  Starting February 1....

Laparoscopic Feedback Instrument Helps Surgeons Thread The Needle

Delft Unveristy professor finds a way to give surgeons tangible feedback during delicate Laparoscopic procedures.

Anti-reflective Film Inspired By Moth's Eyes Improves Solar Cells

Shiny new solar cells... not a good thing when the point is to capture every last ray of sunshine. In an effort to find the least reflective surface possible, scientists have looked to an unlikely source: the compound eyes of night-flying moths.

Ultra Violet Cutting Board System Destroys 99.9% Of Germs

If you want to be more confident that you are not spreading bad bacteria around the kitchen then the Ultra Violet Cutting Board System may be for you.  The system consists of four polypropylene cutting boards that are stored in a holder that emits UV light.  The light reportedly kills 99.9 percent of germs.

University of Texas Develops Wearable Fabric With Battery Power To Charge Your Gadgets

Scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a way to make fabric using carbon nanotubes and boron/magnesium powder that will generate battery power to charge your electronics.  No more plugging your iPhone into the wall; charging your gadgets could be as easy as wearing a T-shirt.

Social Media For Sale Or Rent, "ThreeWords" Bought By That Domain Gent

Up till now, the social media space has been a coveted arena where entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are more interested in building empires than selling their enterprises to the highest bidder. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others were of a similar ilk. However, the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs seem to be looking at things somewhat differently.

2011's Social Media Super Bowl Puts Twitter & Facebook In The Driver's Seat

This year with over 100 million viewers predicted to watch the Super Bowl and commercials costing $3 million a spot, brands are looking to rope in even more  eyeballs by promoting their wares on Twitter and Facebook. And this year, Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by actually awarding 2 of their new 2012 C-Class Coupes to contest contestants they consider the most savvy social networkers.

Ski Goggles Get Android Apps. WTF!

Do avalanche danger and hundred-foot cliffs sound dangerous? They won't when Recon goggles start showing up on more ski slopes.

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.

Teddy Bear Bouquet Warms Her Heart On Valentine's Day

A bouquet of roses might be the most traditional Valentine's Day gift and certainly it makes a great impression, but listen guys: playing it safe isn't always the best move. Show her you can think outside the flower box by going bear... Teddy Bear, that is!

Crayola 3D Chalk Brings Sidewalk Drawings To Life

Toys have become pretty high tech in recent years, but there are some kids items that I wouldn’t have imagined could be taken to another level.  Apparently I was wrong.  Even the basic toys are not so basic anymore.  Crayola has come out with 3D Sidewalk Chalk for kids to create more realistic sidewalk drawings. 

Monowalker Hiking Trailer Takes Your Gear Off Your Back

Backpacking is no longer backpacking with the Monowalker Hiking Trailer.

Robots, Like Babies, Need To Crawl Before They Can Walk

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.

 

'Breast On A Chip' Will Test Nanomedical Detection & Treatment Options For Breast Cancer

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.

 

China's Confucius Institute Spreads Chinese Culture Around The World

Soft power, hard sell: The non-profit Confucius Institute has been promoting China's language, culture and society to people and nations the world over since 2004. Nearly 500 CI's are now open in almost 100 countries and plans are afoot to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020.

Tom Dixon Brings "Jacks" On His Road Show

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.

 

Oblo Puzzle Sphere Takes Thinking To The Third Dimension

The Oblo Puzzle Sphere is a three-dimensional way to teach kids about hand-eye coordination, motor skills and an appreciation for this crazy multi-dimensional world we live in.

In-Box Cutter Blues - The Other Side Of Inventing

From a trio of designers comes the in-box Box Cutter concept - a great idea that probably isn't going to cut it.

Latest Study Reveals Possible End of Fossil Fuels by 2030

New research contends that 100% reliance on renewable energy - that is, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power sources - is entirely possible by the year 2030.  Although unlikely to be endorsed by our current political economy, complete removal of fossil fuel is both possible and affordable within the next two decades.

Eric Be Nimble, Eric Be Quick, See Google's Founders Jump Over Eric's Shtick!

"Was it something he said?" Large infrastructures in the Silicon Valley can sometimes be an inevitable by-product of success. However, the ramifications of such an growth can also stymie a company from advancing, as the layers of decision-making become a bureaucratic juggernaut. Such is the case at Google and of recent date, the founders are seeking to remedy the situation by jumping back into the fray, displacing its previous CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Biowashball Cleans Your Laundry Without Detergent

Some people are really into that laundry detergent smell.  When you really consider it though, is that ‘fresh’ scent any better than clothes that are just plain clean?  The Biowashball offers a greener alternative to the traditional laundry washing routine.   

Ultimate Relaxation: Yoga And Music Join Together In Perfect Harmony

Yoga and music together in one rollable package.

Turn Your Bike Into A Trike With Triblean

This kit turns average into three-wheeled tom foolery. 

Social Media Takes Time Off For A Qwiki!

When you win top honors at TechCrunch Disrupt- an event that introduces new innovative Internet companies to the world - you know you are on a trajectory for success. It's an arena that attracts developers and venture capitalists, the likes of Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's first major investors. It was there the world first got to become intimately involved with a digital Qwiki.

Orbeez Color Changing Lamp Lets Kids Glow And Grow

From the makers of Orbeez, creators of the grow-able, eco-friendly pellet system comes the color-changing Orbeez Mood Light.

GhostBot Knifes Its Way Into Aquatic Automation

Taking their cue from nature, researchers at Northwestern University have created the GhostBot, a robotic knifefish that can swim both horizontally and vertically.

Competitive Or Creepy: Brain Athlete Scans Your Brain Waves

Big muscles and ball skills will get you far, but games are won with superior game IQ and concentration. BrainAthlete helps you up your competitive stock.

Social Media Game That Rewards You For Playing Social Media Games

It was bound to happen. Zynga, the number one game developer on Facebook is not happy just to release another "Ville" game, they had to find yet another way to make online gaming even more addictive than they already are - and in the process add yet more "green" to their coffers. This week, rumors logged by a number  of the techie blog sites indicated the firm will be launching RewardVille.

Taobao Trip Travel Website Spreads Its Pink Piggy Wings

Chinese New Year is fast approaching and the year's busiest travel season is about to begin. Taobao Trip is reaching out to millions of would-be travelers with an offbeat video ad featuring flying pigs.

Packaging Simplicity For Contact Lenses

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.

 


Human Snowmobile: The Skizee Keeps You Going

The Skizee takes skiing off the mountain and into the prairie. A wild cross between snowmobiling and skiing, this could be the most fun sport of 2011.

Video: Amish Dude Gets Ski-Towed By A Horse-Drawn Carriage

Yeah, it's about as sweet as you think: full-bearded Amish guy gets pulled on skis by a horse carriage. Fun for the whole family.

Are Your Genes Choosing Your Friends?

... Instances have been found where individuals 'instinctively' do not couple with others that carry the same diseases. Are their genetic markers being expressed environmentally?  Or socially, perhaps?

Put Your Baby To Bed In A Cozy Pod Cot

If you are looking for something a bit different and modern for your baby then you should have a look at the Pod Cot by Ubabub.  This sleek looking crib features rounded ends and transparent sides with strategically designed star cut-outs.  This is definitely not a crib for a traditional themed nursery.

Starting Early: Inventor Gets His First Patent At 15

Thirteen when he applied for his first patent, Kansan Zachary Smith just received it at the age of 15.  His invention? A sports chair that comes with its own blanket and carrying case that apparently no one had thought of before.  Now, with patent in hand, Smith is looking to make the most of it.

Orange Peel Origami Gets Paper Folding Foodies Juiced

Origami with taste: that's what Japanese author Yoshihiro Okada is getting at with his new book, 'New Way To Peel An Orange.'

HDR Video System Banishes The Darkness

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”.

 

Toys For Cubicle Living – The DIY Hot Pepper Plant

Who hasn’t wanted to grow the worlds (2nd) hottest pepper at the office? Now you can, with the DIY Hot Pepper Plant.


Yoda Robe: Let The Force Be With You In Your Dreams

Who doesn't want to feel like a Jedi Master? Well, that may have only been a dream, up until now so you'd better warm up your Yoda voice quickly!

Recycled Fortune Cookie Coin Purse By Diana Eng

If you're looking for a little something sweet to include in your fashion accessory collection, then Diana Eng has created a cute little piece that's funky and fashionable.

Inflatable Snowshoes Add A Little Literal To Floating On Snow

An interesting new take on a pair of snowshoes, AnyExit Small Foot shoes could be just the trick for backcountry winter travel. Or they could be a bust.

Innovative Water Turbine Inspired by Sharks

A double-blade, basking shark inspired, water turbine developed by Anthony Reale, former product-design student, promises to increase turbine efficiency by 40%.  Follow Reale's progress as he goes from undergrad student to ground breaking innovator.

Alzheimer's Patients Could Be Diagnosed Much Earlier

The presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients has generally been assessed by autopsy.  But a new contrast agent from Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, called florbetapir, has recently proved successful in helping radiologists identify the plaques in living patients through PET scans.

Corsuit: A Back Brace For Swimming Dominance

A shortcut to world-class swimming, the Corsuit could be a game-changer for the future of the sport.

Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

Bowling Billiards Combines Two Of Your Drunken Favorites

Two of your favorite late-night sports just combined into one supersport. Get ready to game!

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Snap Circuits Junior Electrifies With Simple Fun

From Elenco comes the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100, a great way for kids age 8-12 to learn about electricity without a shocking price tag.

Stress Fuelled Lamp Conserves Energy And Dissipates Rage

The new Stress Buster lamp concept from Saravanan Nagasundaram lets you take your rage and use it to power your lights.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

Might Sony Be Cause For 'The Social Network' Movie To Friend Mark Zuckerberg?

In the recent movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Gordon Gecko updated his famous quote, "Greed is good," - from the first movie - to its 21st Century iteration: "Greed isn't just good anymore, it's legal!" Such could also be the case in describing how Mark Zuckerberg and the producers and writer of the award-winning movie The Social Network, went from adversaries to more than just 'frenemies.'

Is Social Media Stocks An End-Run Around The Securities Exchange Commission?

Social media stock that you can purchase before a social network goes public has become the hot ticket in social media circles. In my post, "Social Media Stock Market Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs," I noted several financial vehicles that sell these types of stocks direct to pubic, while they are still private companies. However none have caught as much flack as the Goldman-Sachs-Facebook deal.

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Cool Boomer... A Fresh Seat At The Bathtub By Etac

If you or someone you love needs help getting in and out of the bath, look no further than this sturdy bath tub seat that also serves as a transfer board: the Etac Fresh.

Eye Camera Zooms Into The Soul Of Photography

Scientists at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have created an "eyeball camera" that not only resembles our visual organs but can see things more clearly than we can.

Headlines Attack Anti-Inflammatory Drugs But Data Is 'Homogenized'

Last week's reports about Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) creating higher risks for stroke and heart disease might have been a bit more balanced.

Social Media Drops Another "P" Bomb On TGIF

Who releases a major privacy change to its social network on a Friday evening prior to a holiday weekend? Well, if you're the social network that has rebuffed privacy issues in the past, and believes that online privacy is no longer a "social media norm," I guess it's your world to dictate, and we are still the "dumb f*cks" you so aptly named some six years ago.

Royal Engagement Ring Replicas Are China's Latest Booming Export

The April 2011 wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is proving to be a bonanza for Chinese jewelers, manufacturers and exporters. Want a royal wedding engagement ring for as little as 45 cents? Just say “I do!”

Hotel Guests Check In To Social Media Services For Recommendations & Meet-Ups

Over time, hotels have learned to embrace social media by assigning staff or hiring agencies to manage both the tactical and strategical aspects of an effective campaign. In the "Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest," I noted some of the best 'social media' hotel chains' campaigns. But in addition, hoteliers are also utilizing some of the new social media services popping up online and on mobile apps that connect guests and hotels in some unique ways prior to arrival and during their stays.

Soap Flakes Eliminate Slippery Bar Soap Problems

Why did bar soap fall so far out of favor when it was once the king of the shower?  It is likely because bars can be slippery and awkward and no one wants to use them once they get worn down to the cracked and crumbly little nubs.  Soap Flakes, a design by Nathalie Stampfli, is a bar soap grater that seems to solve the old problems of using hard soap.

Cup Noodle Style Finnish Salmon Soup Warms Up A Japanese Winter

Japan's popular Acecook brand introduces 'AIR ACE' Finnish Salmon Soup' to fight winter's chill. You'll Lapp it up!

Emergency Bowtie: When It's Dire To Go Formal

On the eve of the Golden Globes, this seems like something that just might have come in handy for those in a wardrobe emergency situation. Men aren't always known for planning ahead, so you just never know when a black tie affair may pop up out of the woodwork.

Cute Bear Boot Clip Corrals Footloose Winter Footwear

Keep tall boots from flopping, folding over and going astray with this cute Rilakkuma character clip. Not only will you avoid unsightly boot creases, you'll be able to pick out your boots from the crowd.

Social Media Stock Markets Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs

While rumors abound as to which social network will jump onto the IPO band wagon first - and with the dot-com bubble of the 90s still fresh in our memory - there appears to be an alternate route for Mom & Pop investors to invest in social media and start trading NOW, before any bell sounds on Wall Street. IPOs? We don't need no stinkin' IPOs!

Valentino On The Runway Presents A See Through Pocket Trend

In fashion, the placement of pockets can make a statement, but typically, pockets aren't a focal point of a piece of clothing. If anything, they're just there for storage. That is, until now, according to a preview for a fashion line.

Grannies Inc: Design Your Own Knit And Choose Your Granny To Make It!

The latest craze in online shopping seems to involve hiring a granny to create you a homemade craft, but now there's a new business that's hit the market and it actually offers you a little more hands-on control over what your granny is producing.

MixerMate Gives Your Hand Mixer Tornado Power

The funnel shape of the MixerMate is meant to speed mixing/whipping time with a “tornado-like action”.  The website says that mixing time can be reduced by up to 30 percent using this bowl.  The bowl is made to be used with a hand mixer and will not only cut down mixing time, but will also reduce or prevent mess.

Liquid Gold: The Towa Watering Can Uses Urine As Fertilizer

Swedish start-up company, Guldkannan, presents their chemical-free alternative to store-bought fertilizers: urine.  With the use of their "Towa," a urine watering can, you can enjoy a comfortable chamber pot, storage bin for your urine, as well as a pouring device for your homemade "liquid gold" all in one convenient device.

An Easy Solution To The Sleep Wars: The CosyCool

Stealing covers, throwing them off, simmering, shivering...  It's all part of how we try to balance our own sleeping comfort with our partner's..  A British couple has managed to preserve their individual comfort while still sleeping in the same room and even the same bed.  They developed the CosyCool.

Chopstick Tree Art Sculpture Helps Make a Point

In another effort to encourage people to use reusable chopsticks the China Environmental Protection Foundation has sculpted a chopstick tree and handed out reusable chopsticks.

Google's Fare Search For Travel Challenged by FairSearch For Travel

Google's acquisitions of AdMob Inc. and DoubleClick boosted the search giant's online services while the government held back from challenging its encroachment on competition. But with Google's recent acquisition of ITA Software, online travel agencies (OTAs) are pressuring the US Justice Department to support an anti-trust suit against Google to block the purchase.

Breville Milk Cafe Perfectly Froths Your Cappuccino

If you are a coffee lover there is nothing quite like waking up with a hot cup of your favorite brew or kicking back with friends while enjoying a specialty java drink.   The allure of coffee seems to be partly about the drink itself and partly about the experience.  The Breville Milk Cafe reportedly heats and whips milk to just the right consistency for your beverage of choice.

Lights At Night Increase Risks For Disease

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.

 

Burger King Stuffs Its Steakhouse Burger

January 17 is not just the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday this year, it is the day Burger King has chosen to introduce its Stuffed Steakhouse Burger. This alone is in poor taste.

Biotic Video Games Bring Life To The Small Screen

At Standford University, Assistant Professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team are developing ways to take real micro-organisms and make them part of video games.

China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Quietly Makes First Flight

When China's homegrown J-20 stealth fighter took to the air on its first test flight, it let the world know – albeit quietly – that China's air force won't take an ejection seat to anyone.

Would Social Media's Bubble Burst If Facebook Were To Cash Out?

Scaling to 600+ million users in six years is a monumental task for any social network. Ask MySpace which is scheduled to layoff 500 workers this week? But with a Time's Person of the Year nod, an award winning movie, a graphic novel and financial book-makers lining up to seed billions more in investment, one wonders if the Internet bubble we are currently experiencing will eventually burst when and if Facebook cashes out?

Sex Hormone Links Coffee Drinking & Reduced Risk For Diabetes

Coffee drinking has been shown to impact risk for type 2 diabetes inversely in several of the latest studies.  Now, epidemiologists at UCLA have discovered how the two are connected?  It's a sex hormone!

When You Just Can't Get Enough Pressure: The DIY Plunger Seat

If you've ever just not had enough arm strength to plunge the junk out of your toilet, you may just need a little more body weight to do the job...

Glow In The Dark Hexbug Nanos Scurry Onto The Toy Scene

From toy oddities retailer Brookstone comes a new line of their popular Hexbug Nanos – and these ones glow in the dark.

 

Twitnic Table Tweets Timely Tales On Trees

Designed to get an organic answer to your questions, the Twitnic Table takes Tweeting off of the Internet and puts it onto the pine.

 

Pac-Man Pastry From Circle K Japan Celebrates 30 Years Of Video Gaming

Hungry for some hot arcade game action? You're 30 years too late on the latter but Japan's Circle K Sunkus convenience stores have got a little something to satisfy the former.

Social Media's Magnetic Marketing Replacing Mass Marketing

The future of Web site content is on tract to become hyper-personalized, as Internet searches and commercial transactions become linked to people's preferences,versus Google's keywords and hyperlinks. As a result, 'Magnetic Marketing' will replace mass marketing where consumers and brands will form stronger and stronger bonds. Flip.to and the UK Independent are two examples of this emerging trend.

Don't Mess With Cats; They Pay You Back

Bring home a new cat, or put yours on a diet, restrict his outings... What will your cat do?

Artz Koffer From Haba – If You’re Thinking “Geshundtiet” You’re Not Far Off

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.


Frozen Carbon Smoke – Aerogels Go Metal

Multiwalled carbon nanotube aerogels – also known as “frozen smoke” – are now being developed to detect pollutants in a variety of situations.

Jesus Tablet: Savior Of The News Industry? Or In Need Of A Resurrection?

Euphemistically called the "Jesus Tablet," Apple's iPad seemed to be the answer to ever newspaper man's dream, including Rupert Murdoch's. It was the first portable device with a large enough screen to make computing and reading convenient and expeditious. Apple finally produced a product that out-did the Kindle. Why wouldn't people pay for newspaper and magazine subscriptions with a tablet that was so handy?

DEFROSTY Keeps Your Winter Buddy Around For Some Warm Weather Fun

Remember that adorable snowman that you and the kids built out back?  He looked so charming and festive during the holidays, but as the next few weeks roll by he is sure to start sweating the onset of warmer temperatures.  DEFROSTY – Melty the Snowman by Fred and Friends puts your winter buddy's leftover components to good use. 

Simple Fun - The Shape, Model And Mold Makes It Right

From high-quality toy-makers Melissa and Doug comes the Shape, Model and Mold - a hands-on way for kids to learn about shapes and create just about anything they want.

Social Media Bankrolls Users' Klout & Ability To Influence Others

When Twitter acquired Smallthought Systems' analytics application Trendly back in June, it was thought that other analytic software would take a back-seat or fall off the map entirely. This is not the case with Klout, a start-up that helps people measure their influence across a variety of social media sites - at least according to Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers.

The Kaufmanfranco Utility Skirt: The Satchel/Skirt Hybrid

If you're a girl who doesn't like purses but just can't help but desire to carry a whole lot of stuff around, then there's a great solution that is fashionable...well, maybe (you decide).

Placebo Chocolate Medication: Business Believes Chocolate Is The Solution To All

Placebos can be just about as effective as real medications, according to studies so there's one wise individual has now put together a unique product line based on this idea. It just happens to be made of an ingredient that's believed to save the world anyway.

Asus SonicMaster Music Box - A Tale Of Sound And Fury

Heralding the release of their new laptop, the SonicMaster, Asus has created the SonicMaster Music Box to show off the power of sound.

Social Media's Dark Side Casts Long Shadow Beyond Tucson Shopping Mall

Much has been written in an attempt to make some sense out of the shootings involving U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona and the subsequent deaths of her aid, a judge and four others. Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner's social media footprints are being examined for clues as to his motives. But perhaps we are following the wrong trail of evidence. Political extremists who are effective in radicalizing certain segments of society are also using social networks to rally support for their causes.

Subaye Launches China's First 3D Online Mall

What's eBay in Chinese? It just might be Subaye, the company behind the country's first 3D online mall. No glasses are required but you might want to have your wallet handy.

Cool Boomer... The Omhu Cane, A Walking Stick With Attitude!

I'm not rushing anything, but when I need a cane, I want an Omhu cane.  Not a plain ash, meld-into-the-background cane, but a bright, spirited, boomer cane that's right in your face.

Smartfish ErgoMotion™ Mouse & Keyboard: It's The Motion, Stupid!

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.

 


Just The Right Book: Personalized Book Subscription

These days you can get just about anything by subscription, but now there's a business that's put a twist upon something that's always been available in this format, and what they offer makes for a great gift!

Paper Feet: The Upcycled "Foot Condom" by Jimmy Tomczak

Jimmy Tomczak decided he loved going barefoot but wanted protection from the elements, and thus, "Paper Feet," were born.  Made from old billboards, these upcycled "foot condoms," as he refers to them, are green, trendy, and lightweight.

Social Media Geek Squad Gets Critical As 'The Social Network' Gains Traction

Mark Zuckerberg might criticize the movie folks that produced the unauthorized flick of the birthing of Facebook, but movie critics think otherwise. The National Society of Film Critics went 'social' this week bestowing top prizes to The Social Network in four of its major categories. Director David Fincher, lead actor Jesse Eisenberg and screen writer Aaron Sorkin took home the honors for Best Picture of the Year.

Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

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.

 


Social Media Under The Gavel When WikiLeaks' Twitter DMs Were Demanded

Once again the popular microblogging site of Twitter is caught at the vortex of a political maelstrom where human rights are at issue. Differing from the Iranian election protests of 2009, this time the U.S. is appearing to be the heavy-handed oppressor. On December 14, the government's Department of Justice issued a court order to Twitter to the attention of its "Trust & Safety" department.

Melange Palettes Allow You To Create And Re-Invent Your Signature Scent

Finicky fragrance enthusiasts have a chance at finding their signature scent in Melange Solid Perfume Palettes.  These solid perfume collections come in sets of four fragrances, each centered around one of five specific notes.  You can choose from citrus, green, amber, floral and fruit palettes.  Each solid can be worn on its own or blended with any other in the same collection. 

Eco-friendly Image Printing Process Previously Thought to be Impossible

Something great and eco-friendly is happening to the furniture and design world. A company, Lumi Co, has invented a new printing technology that is not only eco-friendly, but also previously thought to be impossible to achieve in the design world. It's called the Lumi Process.

Steplight: A Perfect Architectural Lighting Design

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.

 

Men Are Sexually Turned Off By Women's Tears

If you thought that crying was a way to a man's heart, you may want to try another tact, because it is surely not the way to his body.  In fact, in a series of studies performed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, indicate that women's tears are a pretty big turnoff to men.

Darth Vader Lego Alarm Clock - Forcing You Out Of Bed

From the makers of Lego comes a 9" tall Darth Vader alarm clock to - ahem - Force you out of bed.

Saving Energy Via Digital Power: Green Plug Presents the Green Power Processor

Green Plug's "Green Power Processor" (GPP) intends to save energy wasted by electronic devices by relying on digital power as opposed to analog.  According to PC World, technology used in this device could allow dormant devices to "relax their demand from the electrical grid or shut down automatically, thanks to intelligent power supplies."

McDonalds Japan 'Big America' Burgers Are Back For Seconds

So nice, they had to eat 'em twice! McDonalds Japan has announced a new quartet of “Big America” burgers that supposedly capture the tastes of Texas, Idaho, Miami and Manhattan.

Can Location-Based Social Media Be Taken Serious When It Goes "GTL"?

I know MTV's hit reality show "The Jersey Shore" is the network's highest rated show ever and has become a "guilty pleasure" of many who won't ever admit to watching it. I know the Foursquare team have become masters at TV-partnership marketing. But can the leading location-based social network be taken seriously by aligning itself with a pop-cultural phenomenon  that offers little to no redeeming value for today's geo-location discourse?

The Links Between TV, Social Networks, And Eating Disorders

Researchers from Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine paid a visit to Fiji to study the effects of media, especially TV, on the rise of eating disorders among adolescent Fiji girls. You would think the answer would be obvious... It was not.

Ocean Empire LSV Super Yacht: Green Three Times Over

Sauter Zero Carbon Design presents their latest concept in hybrid superyachts.  The Ocean Empire LSV uses three sustainable energy sources: the sun, wind, and waves.  This 44m superyacht also uses some of the most efficient technology available.

Acoustic Cloak Hides Objects In Plain Sound

Professor Nicholas Fang of the University of Illinois has created an acoustic cloak that hides objects from standard sonar waves - and it fits in the palm of his hand.

Social Media IPOs: Facebook Not To Steal LinkedIn's Thunder?

With Facebook's valuation scaling to $50 billion and Goldman Sachs anteing up $450 million for a private IPO with the social network, things are heating up as social media start testing the "Wall Street" waters. Book runners with the financial heft of Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and JP Morgan are rumored to be squiring LinkedIn in an attempt to beat Facebook to the public offering punch.

Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

High Hopes For Anti-Addiction Vaccine

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.

 


Solar Powered Fashion: Silvr Lining's GO Collection

Silvr Lining is a foreward thinking clothing company that offers urban apparel for the eco-conscious trendsetter with an unlimited budget.  Their most advanced line is the "GO Collection" which carries clothing that uses solar panels to power your on-the-go devices.  With futuristic cargo pants, director's jackets, and topper coats, this line comes with a heavy price tag, but hey, it's really, really cool.

Big Dig Ride On Digger Straigtens Out The Sandbox

From Reeves International comes the Big Dig ride-on crane, perfect for budding young construction foremen and women and a ton of fun to boot!

The Most Space Saving 'Split Sink' By PlaNit®

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.

 

Rapunzel Descending System Gets You Out Of Hairy Situations

When it comes to getting off the roofs of burning highrises, odds of survival are often poor. Now, with the Rapunzel descending device, trapped workers have a more than a hairsbreadth chance of making it to safety.

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

The Faster You Walk, The Longer You'll Live, Says New Study

Walking fast doesn't just help you lose weight, it's a major factor in longevity.

3 Phenomenal Chandeliers Lead Lighting Design Product Wars

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...

 

Eco Printer Goes Ultra Violet For Ultra Paper Use

A Red Dot Concept Design award winner, the Eco Printer looks to extend the life of paper without the need for shredding and recycling.

Safari Soaker Looks To Be The Exciting Elephant In The Room

From the MIT toy lab round-up for 2010 comes the Safari Soaker, a kid-powered vehicle/watergun combo.

Professor Recycles Rainwater and Sunlight To Bring More Color To Our Lives

It seems the New Year will be filled with an array of colors, recycled rainwater and solar power thanks to Michael Jones McKean's, professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Why? Michael has created a machine that can make man-made rainbows recycling natural resources.

Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Soundtracks For Your Pets, But No Earbuds... Yet

If you haven't purchased My Pet Speaker from Pet Acoustics yet, you'll be happy to know that appropriate pet-oriented relaxation songs are now available on CDs, so that pets can listen to their music without you putting out another $250 for a speaker.

Diabetes Diagnosed With Breathalyzer Test

A new breakthrough in breathalyzer diagnostics has proven to be 100 times more powerful at detecting the biomarkers of disease than former technologies....

Archeology Find Indicates Original Cretans May Have Been Shipped In

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.

LCR – The Random Dice Game With Consistent Fun

From George and Company comes the simple dice game LCR – fun, addictive, and possibly maddening.

Repurposing Gives Literal Meaning To Library Information Desk

Hello.  Welcome to the Delft University of Technology Library. I am the Information Desk and I am full of it.  How can I help you?

Will Quora, Social Media's New Shiny Thing Exist On A Quorum Of Users?

Well, we're already a few days into the new year, and the tech-savvy early adopters are already hailing the new shiny thing. While Quora's user base had only scaled to 55,000+ this past Fall, in late December it took a noticeable bump in followers with the help - some say - as the result of testimonials from uberblogger Robert Scoble and others. But is the new, slick social network for everyone?

Spy Glasses Allow You To Read Invisible Messages

Want to look really good while reading a speech off of a blank sheet of paper?  These glasses will allow you to do just that...

Skype To Join China's Internet Graveyard Of Facebook, Flickr, YouTube & Google?

The Great Firewall of China is alive and well as companies like Google have been forced to relocate its operations to Hong Kong, and movers and shakers like Mark Zuckerberg while allowed to tour the country - is saddled with his social network being sequestered in "404 Not Found Territory" on China's Internet. But what about Skype - the Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) provider? Surely, China's Big Brother doesn't want to censor phone calls, as well?

China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.