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January, 2013

Asus WL-330NUL Wireless Router Fits In Your Pocket

Looking like the perfect companion for one who travels with many gadgets, this new Asus router packs wireless hotspot creation through a wired LAN port in a package similar to the size of a typical USB key.

Anti Aging Decollette Pads Keep Cleavage Wrinkles At Bay

Designed to keep the chest area supple and smooth, the Decollette Pad reportedly turns back the hands of time for your cleavage and helps prevent future chest wrinkles too.

KFC Japan's "Kentucky Chicken Rice": Double Down with a Difference

If you bet on Kentucky Fried Chicken's bunless wondrous Double Down being down for the count, KFC Japan has got a wake up call for you. The "Kentucky Chicken Rice" sandwich includes almost everything the Double Down was famous (or infamous) for, then adds a central patty made from rice held together with ketchup. Difficulty: no bacon.

Are Downton Abbey Fans Gamers Or Just Weepers?

In the days of Downton Abbey, class distinctions were fairly straightforward. There were the folks that owned the Abbey, the folks that aspired to own the Abbey and then those that slaved over hot ovens, spit and shined boots, delivered room service and scrubbed toilets. Today those distinctions have blurred significantly where demographics and psychographics tend to label you by your preferences.

3D-Printed Chocolate Truffle Self-Portraits Make Tasteful Valentine's Day Gifts

Smile, you're on candied camera! Japan's FabCafe is employing a 3D printer to create extra sweet, eminently edible, chocolate truffle self-portraits just in time for Valentine's Day.

New Protein Discovered In T-Cells That Protects Against The Flu

Researchers have discovered a protein in some of the body's T-cells that is a powerful repellent of influenza and other viruses.  It's called IFITM3, and it won't help the norovirus or the remainder of this season's upper-respiratory flus, but if it can be incorporated into a vaccine, it might ward them off in the near future.

Animal Obsession: The Diva Ostrich Table By IBride Design

Not everyone is in love with IBride's quirky furniture and portrait designs, but they should be.  IBride (translate - 'hybrid') designs add humor, self-awareness, and function to any decor, and the Diva Wall Table, is no exception - the subject of this animal obsession being the ostrich. 

CSA Space Refueling Robot Test Successful

The Canadian Space Agency announced a successful test of its newest collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The robot, which has managed to refill a mock satellite in space, on the international space station, may be used in the future to extend the life of satellites currently in space. 

PVC Wentworth Miracle Vases Make Vase Storage A Snap

Vases are pretty, but they take up a lot of room and if you don’t have fresh flowers around very often it can be annoying to have to store vases for a few random occasions. Wentworth Miracle Vases are made from durable PVC and are completely flat when unfilled.

Snoring Increases Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

New research, conducted by the Henry Ford Hospital's sleep center, indicates that snoring is a contributor to cardiovascular disease, because it thickens the carotid arteries, the main arteries to the head and neck. The researchers warn that snoring is, in fact, a greater risk for atherosclerosis than smoking or obesity.

10 Innovative Mobility Aids For When You're Injured, Disabled, Or Just Plain Creaky

Injuries are an unforunate fact of life. Anyone can twist an ankle or pull a back muscle, and of course everyone gets older and creakier, but life does not slow down just because you do. There are a number of great products out there to help you get up, down, and around, so you can keep living it to its fullest. Here are ten great mobility aids that can help you get moving:

Augmented Reality Advancements Slowed Due to Hotel 626 Closing Doors? [Videos]

Hotels are known to be 24/7 operations. So why did Hotel 626 shutter its doors back in 2010, after checking in guests for only a couple of years? Namely because this hotel is not your typical hostelry. It was an advergame created to promote Dorito's snacks. It was indeed a social network for horror-philes who prefer their 'bumps in the night' to be filled with primal screams, where their room keys were triggered by Augmented Reality.

China's New Y-20 Heavy Transport Jet Takes First Flight

Today's highly anticipated first flight of China's enormous new Y-20 four-engined heavy cargo jet was, by all accounts, a complete success. The flight lifts China into a very exclusive club as the Y-20 now joins the United States' C-17 and Russia's Il-76 in the ranks of the world's largest military jet transport aircraft.

Little Colds Honey Pops Lollipops Soothe Kid's Sore Throats Naturally

What’s the one thing you can get pretty much any kid to eat at any time? That’s right – candy! Little Colds Honey Pops are lollipops made with pure honey to soothe sore throats naturally.

The Effects Of Yoga On Psychiatric Disorders

Duke University researchers have conducted a major review of the psychiatric literature that measures the effects of yoga as a treatment for a range of mental disorders in clinical trials. Here's how they went about their research, their results, and the implications for the future treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Submarine Detecting Robot Boat Under Development

DARPA is developing a submarine detecting boat that will be able to run for months at a time without human intervention and help to protect large naval ships from foreign attack using a variety of sensors and a new laser system.The robot, which is still under development, is projected to be hitting the harbor sometime next year.

Kingston Unveils 1TB USB Flash Drive

While a hard drive will get it done for far cheaper, those looking for something more durable, stylish and speedy will want to take a look at Kingston's DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 1TB flash drive.


Researchers Discover New Target For Cancer Treatment

Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia have identified a nutrient transporter cell, SLC5A8, that can be suppressed, causing cancer cells to die while not harming healthy cells.

Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

Scientific Fraud More Likely Among Men Than Women In Life Science Fields

.... Misrepresentations in scientific reporting are serious offences, undermining the most basic principles of science, those that rely on complete objectivity, with no predetermination of result.  Scientific fraud is both unethical and, ultimately, costly, most especially where plant, animal, and human life may be endangered by it.  So it is important to live science fields, in particular, to understand more about factors contributing to scientific fraud in an attempt to reduce the incidence of it. This study, undertaken by a cross-disciplinary team of life scientists looks at two of these factors: gender and career levels.

The Architec Recipe Rock Keeps Loose Recipes Out Of The Way Of Spills

The Architec Recipe Rock is a sleek and clever kitchen gadget that keeps your loose recipes off the counter and upright so they can be easily read and are out of the way of most spills.

Robosapien Toys May Be Play of The Future Today

With the Robosapien to, you have the chance to foster a child's interest in robots, and maybe set them on the path to an interest in one of the most future oriented of the developing scientists. The admittedly pricey toy has some great options for older kids who can enjoy the advanced features and the complex controls.

Smells...Not So Delicious

Who doesn't want to smell like they're in the middle of cooking dinner at any time? These food-scented perfumes and colognes are seriously weird and a bit disgusting.

Lastest Eyewear Technology Now Available: Self-Adjusting Eye Glasses!

....Think about it. You read newspapers and hard-copy books at one distance, tablet and notebook computers at another distance, do crafts and hobbies at other distances.... And how far away do you have to hold food and personal care products these days to read the contents?

Making Touch Screens Out Of Thin Air With Light Touch

Creating a touch screen wherever you have a flat surface has certain perks. Find out how one company is making that dream a reality for consumers and companies. The folks over at the Light Touch company are making this a reality for homes, offices and businesses a reality with their product that allows any flat place to become a touch screen.

Robots and Restaurants and Travel In China

Robot servers may be closer than you think. Oh wait, they're already here. One restaurant in the nation of China is making the dream of a robot run eatery a reality. Just don't think that you are going to cry your way out of the check, after all your server is highly logical and unlikley to be swayed by emotions.

8 Second Spaghetti Makes Instant Ramen Seem Sluggish

Tired of waiting a few minutes for so-called “instant” ramen? Japan's Royal Chef ups the ante and saves time with their new 8 Second Spaghetti. Remove from the freezer, unwrap, boil, count, drain, season – by the time you've said that, dinner's ready!

MilestonePod Sneakers Automatically Tracks Your Miles

If you want to know when your sneakers are running out then the MilestonePod may just be for you. Help yourself to avoid the possible leg pains that come with not wearing properly supportive shoes, and the annoyance of having to track how much you have run on your own. The company is currently working on getting its funding, though crowdsourcing.

Social Media Fans Follow Barefoot Bandit To Prison & The Movies

Whatever happened to the Colton Harris-Moore, the rebel-without-a-cause (aka the Barefoot Bandit)? Here was a teenager brought up in a turbulent low-income household who went on to earn international notoriety and a huge following in the social media space commencing back in 2010.

Do You Really Need Underarm Deodorant?

There's a genetic mutation that keeps certain persons from having smelly underarms and sticky ear wax. The question, to a group of scientists from the University of Bristol in Great Britain, was whether persons with no underarm odor used deodorant anyway.  The results of their study of 17,000 individuals are published in the advance online edition of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Driverless Buses Ready To Roll On Shanghai's Streets

Be afraid, Ralph Kramdens of the world, be VERY afraid: Shanghai's imminent experiment with driverless, magnetically-guided, electric-powered buses could be the start of a new urban transportation revolution.

Biomimicry In Fashion: Bird Skull Shoe Design

So many many man-made creations have been inspired by nature, animal physiology in particular.  But fashion... Biomimicry even goes beyond the fashionable animal prints we find printed on so many fabrics these days.  Here, for example, is a Bird Skull Shoe, and I don't need to tell you what inspired it.

Stealth Wear: The Anti-Drone Hoodie For The Paranoid Fashionista

We may be living in a world of high tech espionage, but New York artist Adam Harvey is creating a line of clothing called Stealth Wear that will allow individuals to remain invisible. It is the sort of breakthrough that will have paranoid people around the globe turning in their tin foil hats for fashion-forward hoodies and scarfs.  Harvey's earliest creations are on display all this month at Primitive, a trendy West London boutique.

MedXCom Smartphone App Provides Secure Medical Record Access for Doctors, Patients, And Daters

MedXCom is a new smartphone app that is changing the way doctors and patients interact by providing a central place for  medical records and a secure way to exchange information, but that's not all. The benefits of this little app extend well beyond the doctor's office and into the singles bar.

Turning Your Facebook Profile Into Art or Monsters!

Custom 3D printing is all the rage, and one company is helping you to turn your social networking profile into a custom monster, object or world with models starting at about $15 a head.The site allows you to turn your personal data into a creation that will allow you to make your profile into a visual treat.

Smartphone Data Usage Trumps Tablets

It looks like data use for smart phone users is on the rise, a change from the past when tablets ruled the data useage landscape. And will the iPhone users finally be dethroned from their data usage dominance by Samsung?

InTouch's Tablet Robot Gains Final FDA Approval

The RP-VITA gained its final approval for remote guidance, making it a valuable tool for facilities with virtual physicians on the go.

Mouseless Mouse Shown Off at CES

A look at a mouseless mouse that lets your fingers do the browsing.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray Balances Classic Style With Improved Performance

Chevrolet has now unveiled its seventh generation of Corvettes. The 2014 Corvette Stingray was revealed this week at the Detroit Auto Show. While retaining iconic Corvette spirit and style, the 2014 Corvette Stingray also incorporates advanced technological features in a complete redesign, the seventh such change in the brand's 60 year history. Read on to learn what's new.

Google's AR Glasses Almost Out... for Some of Us

Google's augmented reality glasses may just be coming true soon.  The project that is making those glasses possible, uncreatively named Project Glass, has been the temptation of the gadget fiends in the recent past.

iPhone Ashtray Is One Smoking Hot Smartphone!

The so-called i-Ashtray from Japan's Village Vanguard isn't all that smart as smartphones go but at least it never needs recharging. As for its owners, mistaking your i-Ashtray for your iPhone or vice versa will just make you look dumb.

US Army Developing Voice Command Robot

New voice command AI for military drones under development.

Balls of Steel Are A Cool Way to Support A Good Cause

There are plenty of goofy novelty products out there based on silly puns, but when a juvenille joke is used to help support testicular cancer research, everyone wins. Such is the case with Balls of Steel.

Smart Car Special Edition Sold Only Online by Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo, China's largest microblogging platform, is teaming up with Smart Cars to sell just 666 Smart Fortwo Special Edition cars online to the social media site's estimated 370 million users. Competition for the distinctive yellow & blue microcars is expected to be fierce.

Facebook's 'Graph Search' Is Another Name For Mobile Advertising

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare was onto something back in 1600 AD, when he penned that famous Romeo and Juliet line. Its import intimates that its not the name of things that matter, it what those things really are. With the launch of Facebook's "Graph Search" on January 15, 2013, it's important to discern that FB's answer to a 'search engine,' is really it's portal to mobile advertising.

Hedgehog Robot May Bounce on Martian Moon

A self guiding digital hedgehog robot may be bouncing around a martian moon in the near future.

New Balance Announces ML574 “Year of the Snake” Sneakers

New Balance is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to mark the occasion than by releasing some very special shoes: ML574 “Year of the Snake” Sneakers. The limited edition serpentine shoes pay homage to both the company itself and to 2013, the Year of the Snake according to the Chinese horoscope.

The Baby Mop Lets Your Baby Do The Mopping

Is your baby getting lazy - just lying around eating and sleeping all day? Sure, he’s only a few months old, but the constant freeloading can get on your nerves after a while. The baby mop transforms your adorable (but rather inefficient) little bundle into a valuable cleaning tool.

Bone Touch Smartphone Gloves Keep Fingers Warm When Making Cold Calls

Touchscreen or touch scream, you tell me? When winter winds have your tender texting hands frozen to the bone, slip on Bone Touch smartphone gloves for the look of skeletal fingers without the frostbitten feel.

Social Media Does Not Put Car Dealers In Driver's Seat, Hurricanes Do

Having incurred the wrath of Sandy this past hurricane season, I was unwittingly placed in the market to replace a car that was totaled due to flood damage. While social media has been around for almost a decade now, the car dealership industry hasn't always needed to rely on the new marketing medium that's known to garner new leads, and ultimately more sales for many brands.

Warm The Floor With A RugBuddy, Under Rug Space Heater

Since heat rises one of the coldest parts of your home each winter can be the floor. Now it doesn't have to be with a space heater the lays out on the floor under an area rug. It will keep you and the family toasty warms from the feet up. It's a great addition to a chilly room where the children or grandchildren play.

Heel Condoms Change The Look Of Your Heels Instantly

The Problem: Business trip to the big city. Meetings all day, fine restaurants and clubbing all night. Limited luggage space. How can you make one or two pairs of shoes last all week? The Solution: Smart and sexy Heel Condoms change the look of your heels instantly!

CES Joins Forces With Salesforce To Harness Social Media At #2013CES

Lucky 13 comes in with a bang at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.  While in the real world, you might catch the flu in the exhibit halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, in the virtual world there's no viruses to speak of - just a lot of chatter that's being monitored at high frequency by Salesforce.

Cute “Cooffee” Cup & Saucer Combo Cheers Up Your Morning

The “Cooffee” cup & saucer combo by Tokyo-based and Finnish-inspired design house Minä Perhonen evokes the perky personality of a bobbing bird while cleverly containing your morning cuppa java.

The Latest Diet Gadget: The Vibrating, Light-Flashing HAPIfork

One of the most popular booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was reportedly the HAPILABS booth where its new HAPIfork was presented to thousands of curious spectators. Well, it's not every day that you get to see a fork with flashing lights and vibrators at work.

NIH Scientists Identify Molecule That Restores Memory In Mice With Alzheimer's

This year is starting off with the publication of several promising research studies in biomedicine and reports on big advances in neuroscience, particularly Alzheimer's disease and other neurological causes of memory loss. This news includes a paper from a National Institutues of Health (NIH), published in the January 2013 FASEB Journal reporting on a peptide, TFP5, that when administered to mice with the equivalent of human Alzheimer's disease, successfully reversed their symptoms of memory loss.

Have Researchers Discovered The Fountain Of Thin?

A scientific breakthrough, something obese and overweight people have only dreamed about, has been made at the University of Florida's (UF) Sid Martin Biotechnology Development Institute, where Dr. Stephen Hsu and his research team have identified a 'fat gene' called TRIP-Br2.  When the team controlled the expression of this gene in mice, the mice were unable to gain weight, no matter how much they ate. 

Bullet Train Digital Thermometers Track Your Child's Fever

Bullet Train digital thermometers evoke the look of Japan's iconic Shinkansen high-speed trains at the front while their opposite ends are soft and flexible to keep sick children safe.

New Products From The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, and innovators of all stripes are showcasing a variety of new wares, from massive designs to pocket-sized gadgets. Some of these new products will come to revolutionize the way we live and some will just fade away. Here are videos of a few promising new items from the show.

Even Short Interruptions Have Negative Effects On Performance

If your job is task oriented, demanding your concentration, you had better turn off your cell phones, pagers, email, and buzzers, and hang a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on your locked door.  Why?  Even a 3-second interruption in your work can double your chances of making an error.

Comparing Two Weight Loss Apps: Lose It! and MyFitnessPal

If past years are any indication, losing weight is probably 2013's most popular New Year's resolution. To improve our (collective) chances of success this time around, we can utilize the power of technology to make our goals a reality. Two popular apps aim to help, but which is the better-designed product?

Eat And Flush: New Stomach Pump Means No More Dieting For Some

Under the heading 'Be careful what you wish for,' the inventor of the take-a-walk-on-wheels motorized Segway, Dean Kamen, has applied for a patent for a pump that removes a portion of the food you've just eaten from your stomach. Partners in this patent are members of a company called Aspire Bariatrics.  Here's a brief description of how the stomach sucker works....

Bridgitte Bardot Will Repatriate To Russia If French Kill 2 Elephants With TB

.... Iconic French sex symbol, actress Brigitte Bardot, threatens to follow in Gerard Depardieu's footsteps if two 42-year-old circus elephants diagnosed with tuberculosis are euthanized.

Fast Food “Maid” to Order at Taiwan McDonald's

Combine Japanese-style cosplay with one of Taiwan's many McDonald's stores and you get – albeit only on New Year's Eve – a McMaid Cafe! Such was the case at store #441, the city of Kaosiung's Dingshan branch, where burgers & fries were served with a smile and male customers were addressed as “master”.

Comic Relief Committed To 'American Horror' Adds 'Name Game' To Genre

Opposites do attract, and no where is that precept more common than when comedy is blended into a good horror drama. Like salt and pepper, they're an odd pairing. Yet for some reason, they go hand-in-hand. So why does a plot device intended to make one laugh and another to frighten the 'be-jesus' out of us seem work so well together?

Christmas Tree Needles Have Natural Antibacterial Properties

Scientists often struggle to come up with artificial means to accomplish medical goals, when all the while nature has the answer.  Such an answer has been found in the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menzietii, which not only happens to form an ideal shape for a Christmas tree, but also holds a very important biological agent in its needles - a natural antimicrobial.  

Smokeless Ashtrays: Do They Work And Which Is Best - Product Review

The concept of the smokeless ashtray has been around for at least 30 years.  Have the past three decades shown any design improvements?  And more importantly--do they work?

Wearable Fleecy “Chocolate” Blanket is a More Tasteful Snuggie™

Snuggie™ reboot anyone? Answering the question absolutely nobody had the courage to ask, Japan's Felissimo/Kraso has updated, upgraded and uploaded a new & improved Snuggie™-like wearable blanket. Lined in soft fleece, this cozy modern toga is available in tasty Bitter Chocolate, Macadamia Chocolate and Milk Tea Chocolate hues.

Calling All Inventors! Popular Science Wants Your World-Changing Inventions For 2013 Awards

You'd best hurry.  You don't have much time to get your world-changing invention to Popular Science reviewers for the 2013 'Garage' Invention Awards....

Medical Study Says: If You Can't Run, Shake!

.... For many who are obese, health problems may keep them from achieving their goals through diet and exercise regimens. But new excercise research shows that 'shaking' may improve the immune systems of obese individuals until they can undertake more strenuous exercise.

New Year Resolutions Traced Back To Medieval Times

Though our ancestors back in the 1300's probably didn't resolve to turn their abs into 6-packs at the beginning of every new year, new research indicates that they did make wishes and predictions at the new year, a tradition believed to have evolved into today's resolutions.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Top 10 Best Covert Spy Cameras

Learn more about covert cameras and how to spy with this comprehensive top ten list.

New Gold & Silver Coins Show Off China's First Aircraft Carrier

The People's Bank of China has announced the issuance of gold and silver commemorative coins celebrating the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The two gold and two silver coins range in denominations from 10 to 2,000 yuan ($1.60 to $320), the latter with a market value of roughly $8,000 each.