Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can delay or prevent cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, in your dogs and cats, but what if telltale signs are already showing up?
Do you remember Bonne Bell from your childhood? Well, the company has teamed up with soda and candy manufacturers that make flavorful goodies like Coke, Skittles, and even M&M's. Bonne Bell uses their flavorings to create a large variety of no-calorie, yummy lip balms called Lip Smackers. Don't we all get chapped lips?
Who do we love most? Polls report it's our pets. And who do we see as superheros? Pets Are Superheros. And that's the name of the online company that will illustrate your pet as a superhero for just 25 bucks and a photo.
The German lighting design company, Benwirth Licht, has come up with a clever, modular design, which can make you unsure whether you're looking at a lighting design or at a stove top with all its burners on.
Isn't this pig smiling? He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored.
British and Canadian researchers have identified an oncogene that is responsible for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the report, the oncogene ZNF703 - onco meaning tumor or mass - becomes active in one out of 12 breast cancers.
Presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, affects two aspects of hearing; volume and clarity. Amplification provided by a hearing aid increases the volume of all sounds, but the sounds that benefit most from amplification are vowel sounds. Consonant sounds also become louder, but not necessarily more clear.
Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries. On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!
Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases. But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.
Apparently the hundred year-old practice of measuring blood pressure with a cuff will end soon, when a revolutionary new device will be available to give more accurate blood pressure readings. Does that make you nervous too?
.... Ezri Tarazi was in the Israeli military. Clearly, his battle experiences had a profound effect upon him, as they would anyone in or near battle. Industrial designer by career though, Tazari has repurposed his military souvenirs into designs for the home. They are now in a one-person installation, called Kaleb, at the Paradigm Design Gallery in Jerusalem.
If you have diabetes, or any other disease that requires close monitoring, there's a new development that may keep you from constantly interrupting your routine to conduct self-monitoring or going to a laboratory for regular testing. It's affectionately called a microworm, and it's capable of not only monitoring, say your glucose levels, but emitting a fluorescent glow, or 'tatoo,' through your skin to show you when you need to be concerned. Pretty cool...
Ouch! Is she really twisting these sunglasses without a crack in the frame or the lense? The 'Uncrushable Sunglasses' write-up says she is, and furthermore that these glasses are not some sort of magician's prop.
I feel like I'm writing headlines for one of the shocker tabloids, but the above lead just happens to be very real and very significant to bald humans. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Veterans Administration (VA) did discover a chemical compound that caused hair regrowth in mice with alopecia, but they were testing the compound on the mouse digestive system.
Swedish sisters Linda and Jona Netsman have a great talent for repurposing old furniture and odds and ends and totally recreating new purposeful items. Their design studio, Leftovers, produces one of a kind furniture and lighting objects that are very emotionally evocative, something that one doesn't find in most furniture or lighting designs. I chose a few of the somewhat creepy ones to share with you.
InventorSpot.com is excited to announce that a new writer is joining our team.
Jamie Reygle is a teacher at a small independent school, and was a music writer and radio announcer in a past life. He writes about great ideas in order to avoid having a head full of them driving him insane. Jamie also lives - and works - on a farm.
Jamie's blog Creativity Proclivity will be about the most creative great ideas he can find from around the world to share with InventorSpot.com readers.
You can read his creativity blog here.
I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...
Cells that lie deep in the hypothalamus, known to be linked to violent behavior in male mice, were shown, with the help of fluorescent tags, to be intertwined with cells active during sex. Could a mix-up in these cells be responsible for violent sexual behavior in some human males?
The severe climate of Afghanistan is sure to be hard on human skin, but it is also very damaging to dogs. That's why Pet Postcard Project included DERMagic Skin Care for Animals in care packages to military dog handlers in Afghanistan.
From game designer Brian Tinsman comesthe game of Curses, where laughter is the best the best medicine andhaving a spell cast over you might just be the funniest thing you’veever seen.
One of the most quickly expanding markets in the visual industry is the world of 3D television and movies, and German research firm Fraunhofer has found a way to make the third dimension mobile.
In 2009, Michael Cima, professor of materials science and engineering, and his MIT team created an implantable sensoring device capable of detecting and monitoring cancer. This week, another version of that device was presented that can detect whether a patient has had a heart attack and its severity. This will help diagnose the 30 percent of heart attack victims for whom there are no symptoms.
Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.
If you want to check out 2011's hottest toys, look no further. The 11th annual Toy Of The Year Awards (TOTYs) were presented last night at a shindig marking the 108th American International Toy Fair, which opens today in NYC. The TOTY, for those of you who are superstitious, not only celebrates its 11th year anniversary in 2011, but it awarded 11 prizes in 11 different categories, plus the overall best toy that received the Toy Of The Year award.
Neurobiologists at Stanford University have created a 'broken heart' that actually floats in a petri dish and beats. The beats are irregular and slow, like the child's whose skin cells were donated to create the heart. The child has Timothy syndrome, a rare genetic disease with irregular heart beat as its most serious characteristic. Children with Timothy syndrome have an average life span of 2.5 years.
So many inventors are frustrated by lack of funds to obtain a patent, prototyping, manufacturing and marketing. For those of you who have been in this depressing relationship with the next great invention, perhaps you will get some inspiration from Bernie Graham, the originator of the PadPivot.
Nothing like a diet orange to wash down some barbecue spare ribs, french fries, and buttered biscuits, heh? Or a Diet Coke with your Mac & Cheese? If this sounds like your idea of saving calories, you're a lot like millions of Americans, who believe that because diet soda has no calories, it can't be bad for your diet. You're wrong.
Childhood obesity ranged from 23 to 44 percent in 2007, depending on the state of residence. Those rates were 10 percent higher than they were in 2003. So, it is not surprising that public health and pediatricians, among others, are investigating many ways to control what has reached epidemic proportions.
.... If this success is continued in subsequent studies, miR-429 could become the catalyst that literally reverses the fate of an ovarian cancer patient.
Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there. That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience. Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us. That was finally his Super Bowl.
What is a former child genius, who studied math, geophysics, space physics, mathematical economics, cosmology, and quantum field theories (among other things), an inventor, a world renowned nature and wildlife photographer, and a former chief technology officer for Microsoft doing in an experimental modernist kitchen? Making shots of liquid bagel, of course!
A new bioengineering technique for creating 'off the shelf' blood vessels was unveiled today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers believe their technique might one day obviate the need to use the patient's own blood vessels to replace those that are not functioning, specifically in heart by-pass and hemodialysis surgeries, saving as many as 500,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.
German designer Christian Haas has introduced twisted lamps. They're made of rope. Not the fibrous, thorny kind of rope used to tie up bundles for shipping, but soft, silky, textile ropes. Ropes you want to reach out and touch....
C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial. The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.
Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog. The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.
If you can't afford furniture and have to sit on cardboard boxes, I think we can find something a bit more elegant for you. Many furniture designs are made from paper these days. Like Pulp Furniture, for example; the unique thing about it is that its shapes are so familiar... but not to furniture!