When you think of dams you picture those huge concrete constructions made in the middle of rivers, and it is hard to picture them in smaller sizes. However, in our homes we have multiple "small rivers" (faucets) which could work as miniature-sized dams. South Korean designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi thought about this and came up with ES Pipe Waterwheel, a faucet that produces energy while it is being used.
I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably. But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it. This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....
How do you make decisions? By trusting your gut? Or by making lists? David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University is advising us to stop trusting ourselves, so should we put our trust in technology instead? ChoiceMap and Feels are two iphone apps that claim they help us make better decisions.
.... You can go to your credit card issuer and ask to have your debit and credit cards re-issued without an RFID chip or you can protect your cards, all of them, by buying a secure wallet or credit card case to protect the cards from e-thiefs. I don't often carry my money and my credit cards in the same case, so I ordered a well-reviewed wallet and a few credit card security cases to try them out. Here's what I like...
Good news, everyone: robots are now invading our homes!
Well, sort of. Say hello to Keecker- a robotic entertainment center, butler, and security guard. Developed by former Google Product Manager Pierre Lebeau, this little robot puts Roombas right to shame.
The ease of access to medical information has increased our health IQs greatly from pre-Internet days. But if doctors aren't exasperated with their know-it-all patients just yet, a Silicon Valley startup called Scanadu is about to change the practice of medicine altogether with smart gadgets that give you the tools to test and analyze your own vitals and body fluids. And you don't need a prescription, or a fortune, to buy them!
More... more... more. Hold... hold.... The words, somewhat garbled, are those of your computerized trainer in the newest invention for those who currently waste too much time social networking. Now, while you're waiting in grocery lines, traffic, or even watching TV, you can be flexing various muscle groups and having your strength measured and pushed to the rythms of more... more... more... hold... hold...instead of tweeting, googling, or facing the book. The Tao WellShell is here. Well, almost....
Man and animal exhibit various signs of being in tune with the universe, but recently a team of zoologists from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany made a new finding, one which provides yet another example of Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism: Under stable conditions in the Earth's magnetic field, dogs will tend to urinate and defecate in line with its magnetic field.
If you have furniture you want to protect, you can either train your pets not to jump on it or you can cover the special places your pet likes with a decorative blanket or a furniture cover specifically designed for pets, one that is easy to clean and has special padding for your pets comfort. But the newest addition to these pet furniture pads is bolsters that make the pads more like pet beds. These new features consider the need, desire, and tendency for dogs and cats to rest with their heads raised or 'bolstered.'