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March, 2012

Enigma: Puzzling Wooden Floor Design By Jamie Beckwith

Floor tiles have moved up a few notches since the vinyl foam tiles first lined the nursery.  And, though these tiles may remind you (somewhat) of those jigsaw like EPA pieces, nowhere have I seen floor tiles so elegant that they must be the center of attention in any room they are laid - the hand-crafted wooden puzzle floor tiles of Jamie Beckwith.

An Old Simple Gadget Made New By Biomimicry

The thumbtack, or 'drawing pin' as it was first named by the British, was invented more than a century ago.  It  is so simply designed, it's hard to think of how it could be improved... unless you happen to stick a few fingers into a box of these pins to try to pick one out just one from the pack. Ouch! 

 

Social Media's Court Of Public Opinion: Zimmerman vs Martin Blurs Vigilantism & Censorship

When a neighborhood watch group escalates from its watchdog origins to outright vigilantism, is nothing to be done to protect the lives innocent citizens? So is the question asked by the Trayvon Martin camp. However, in their fervor to prove their point, they have assumed the same extreme behavior online as that which they are condemning on the streets.

“Fat Guy” Underwear from China Pounds Home the Message

Stout men considering moving to China should be prepared some very direct critiques from the country's ad agencies. You may think you're just slightly overweight but that package of “Fat Guy Briefs” in your shopping cart dares to accuse otherwise by pulling no punches.

Consumer Gadgets I Never Thought I'd See: Hearing Aid Vacuums!

No longer just in the realm of professional hearing aid dealers, I suppose, two new devices intended for hearing aid users guarantee to clean 'em out and improve the performance of your hearing aids at a more affordable cost than the professional models.  These two items intended for home hearing aid cleaning are both made by Serene: the Re-New Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener and the Re-New Deluxe Hearing Aid Vacuum.

Must Have Geek Easter Chocolates

Looking for a great gift for the geek in your life's Easter basket? Then consider getting them this great Han Solo frozen in carbonite chocolate bar or the zombie bunny white chocolate candy.

Proof: Weight Loss Surgery Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Two studies released this week reported that weight loss surgery has helped persons with Type 2 diabetes throw away their injection needles and medicine bottles!  Patients in these two studies truly experienced remarkable, some would say miraculous, results.

Don't Kill Gambian Pouch Rats! Recruit Them

Annihilation by man or beast is not called for.  The giant African pouch rat, with its pouchy cheeks resembling a hamster, is easily trained.  So easily trained with food as treats that in its native Africa, the giant rat is used to detect land mines and tuberculosis. In Belgium, one of the countries where they are trained, the African giant pouched rat is called "heroRAT!"

China's Next Manned Space Mission May Include Women

China's next “manned” space mission may be a bit of a misnomer as a portion of the 3-person crew may be female. Seven Taikonauts have been announced for Shenzhou 9, scheduled to lift off for China's Tiangong 1 orbiting space station in June of 2012, and two of the candidates are female. Heavenly bodies indeed!

Microsoft Planning “Xbox Lite” Alongside Xbox 360 Replacement?

Along with all of the other rumors surrounding next-gen game consoles comes a hint that Microsoft is planning a smaller, cheaper Xbox for 2013's holiday season.

Toilet Brush Designed with Input from 200 Housewives Rates a Royal Flush

The “Brand New Toilet Brush” from Marna is designed to eliminate everything you hate about toilet brushes and improve upon every possible function. If it were a hand in a high stakes poker game, this new standard in toilet brushes would be a royal flush.

Folding Shoes from Timberland Japan Zip Up & Clip On

Radler Trail “Camp” shoes from Timberland Japan take portability to the next level. A built-in zipper running along the upper flange of the sole allows the shoes to be folded, zipped and hung by a carabiner clip when not being worn.

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For INVENTION USA!

Good news for all of you who've been sitting on your brilliant inventions! National casting calls have just been announced for the second season of Invention USA which airs on The History Channel.  There are just a few, but important steps, to apply for an interview by the show casting directors and the hosts of Invention USA, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Garrett Lisi.

 


USB Flash Drives Shaped Like Hard Drives – Yes, Really

Hard drives may be slow and fairly unreliable compared to the newer flash memory, but there are people out there that adore them anyway – and you can bet that those people move small data from computer to computer using one of these shiny little things...


Solid Gold C-3PO and Solid Silver R2-D2 Celebrate Star Wars' 35th Anniversary

Bite my shiny metal... actually you don't have to bite these officially licensed, limited edition Solid Gold C-3PO and Solid Silver R2-D2 figurines to know they're real: they are, and they're spectacular!

Tomko Transceiver for iPhone Offers Fun Functionality with Retro Style

Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a conv-ersation! Communicate the cooler way with the Tomko Transceiver for iPhone, Strapya World's clever update on old-school radio & CB transceivers. Plug one into your iPhone and blow away Bluetooth with a single click!

Western Digital My Book External Storage Systems – Now With Thunderbolt Ports!

Folks possessing newer Macs with Thunderbolt ports now have another option to make use of the high-speed interface – the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, a brand new dual-drive storage behemoth from WD.

Ten Terrific Chinese Drinks You MUST Try!

If you've been turned off by The Top Ten Weird and Bizarre Chinese Soft Drinks, prepare to turn the other cheek and turn your taste buds back on again! China is a land of contrasts, and for every bizarre drink there's a delicious canned or bottled taste treat just waiting for you to crack open. Sit back, open wide and enjoy!

Western Digital Announces Third-Gen S25 Hard Disks: 900GB at 10,000RPM!

Western Digital, clearly serious about the enterprise storage market, has announced a new batch of its S25 series of 2.5” hard drives, boasting capacities up to 900GB, amongst other improvements.

Social Media Finds Room At The Inn

Hotel commerce, branding, online reputation management, guest feedback, reviews, and customer satisfaction are no longer disconnected or disjunctive focus areas for hoteliers. Today, social media's tetra-like tentacles reaches out to all of these touch points, and the more forward-thinking hoteliers are embracing 21st century technology to get the job done comprehensively, from decision-making to check-out.

Burger King Japan Serves Fast Fruit with Apple-Topped Burgers

The limited time BK RiNGO from Burger King Japan slips a slice of flame-grilled apple into a Whopper Jr-sized burger. They're also including a couple of BK Chicken Wings with each burger. Now that's some sweet deal!

Baked Apple: China's iPhone Branded Gas Stoves

You'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones are kinda big in China but consider this: put your hand on an iPhone branded gas stove while it's cooking and we guarantee you it will really, really smart!

Fill Your Energy Up with the IV Drip Bag USB LED Light

Want to add some “House” to your home? The IV Drip Bag USB LED Light from JTT Online Shop plugs into your laptop, PC or a standard wall outlet, filling your personal space with soft, diffused light as you nurse that important report towards completion.

Scientists Discover Regenerative Cell Process That May Reverse Liver Disease

There is a much greater demand for liver transplants than there are available livers.  But a liver transplant may not be the only way to save a patient on the waiting list in the future.  Now, there is hope that a new technology might help the body enhance the production of healthy cells, so that the liver could literally repair itself.

Rock Out With Your Thumb Out

Sure, playing the piano is a great skill and all, but carrying the instrument around whenever you want to practice can be a little tedious, especially with today's high-speed lifestyle. Fortunately, the finger piano makes practicing easy and fun.

Researchers Document Success Of Amatadine For Head Injury Patients

Severe head injuries of the kind induced by motorcycle accidents, rough sports, falls, and blows to the head visit about 1.7 million Americans every year.  Very difficult to treat, these occurrences often result in permanent brain damage, vegetative, or semi-vegetative states.  Some doctors have been using an old flu medicine called amatadine to treat head injury patients and have reported success with the drug, but an international, inter-disciplinary team was recently the first to test the drug against a placebo.