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Software Predicts Future Rock Stars

The best talent scouts have a special instinct that tells them if a new band has the stuff to make it big - and make the record label money. Now, researchers have developed a software program that uses data from search queries on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to predict which new artists will have hit songs.

World's First All Electric Plane Takes to the Sky

While most people are focused on cleaner burning cars, there are a few who are more interested in cleaning up the skies. Randall Fisherman is one such person, and he designed what could be the first all electric fully powered airplane.

A Fork That Tells You When To Eat: Great Idea?

US patent #5421089 also known in polite circles as the Alarm Fork is reminiscent of a ride along a busy highway. You stop for a light and proceed when it changes to another color. The alarm fork works the same way, creating a dictatorship and rule by the minority over the desires of the majority to eat whenever one desires. Read on, but watch that alarm. You may miss your chance for another bite!

New Robot Dances Better Than I Do...

I'm starting to get a complex. There now exists a robt that can dance better than I can. Well... to be fair, a half-eaten bag of Doritos can dance better than me. But I have to say this: Move over John Travolta! This robot owns the dance floor!

Computerized Matchmaking For Animals: Chinese Pandas Take The Lead

In China, for the last two years, breeding experts have claimed success putting giant pandas in the mood by showing them images of other pandas mating. To those who may claim this is “panda porn” you are absolutely right. Read all about the newest concept in online dating for rare species of zoo animals!

You Bar Takes Nutritional Bars and Shakes To A New Level With Customization

It can be tough to find a protein shake or nutritional bar that tastes good and contains all the ingredients you're looking for. You Bar gives you exactly what you want by allowing you to create your own customized bars and shakes online. Be prepared, this article might start your stomach grumbling.


Japanese Fish Beer Adds a Dash of Dashi

A unique beer from Japan derives its special flavor from dashi - a pungent mix of dried seaweed and shaved Bonito fish flakes usually used in Japanese miso soup.

What’s That? Leave My Computer On For The Environment?

You have read and heard over and over one way to conserve energy is to turn off and unplug your computers right? Well, now World Community Grid, Harvard University and a few other sponsors are asking you to leave your computers on for their new project. The project with and eco-friendly mission is called The Clean Energy Project.

Cold Sores Caused By Herpes May Lead To Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists at the University of Manchester in England report that the herpes virus causing cold sores is a major cause of protein plaques that accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Researchers Find Men and Women Are Different Colors

Researchers at Brown University have discovered that men and women have different skin colors. Men are red, and women are green.

Mutant Worms May Provide Cure for Obesity

A mutant roundworm that rapidly consumes its own fat could help researchers develop new treatments for obesity in humans.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

A 61 Key Piano That Fits In Your Pocket - The Yamano Hand ROll Piano

Musical bands used to be restricted to practicing at their keyboard player's house or studio. With the advent of electronic pianos, the largest keyboard instrument became portable. Oscar Peterson would have loved this: a piano so portable, you can roll it up and put it in your jacket pocket! The Yamano Hand ROll Piano is also digital!

Russian Bulava Missile Hits Bulls-Eye

The Bulava, which is still under development, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. Its purpose is to possess defense capabilities so advanced as to make it nearly impervious to existing and future missile-defense systems. Read on, but look over your shoulder intermittently.

Tandem Umbrella: For Clingy Twosomes

Romance is definitely in the air with the Tandem Umbrella. Designed by Jasmine Rasnahan, this umbrella promises to let couple cozy in together while walking in the romantic rain.


Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.

Attention Entrepreneurs: Learn From The Top 5 Companies To Work For in 2008

Each year Fortune Magazine releases the 100 Best Companies to Work For; a list that every company on the up and up strives to land on. The businesses on the list set the standard for their industries, so it is a great resource for entrepreneurs to learn what has made their competitors a resounding success.


Gotta' Love The Stone 2GB MP3 Player

Don't get me wrong, I love my iPod Nano... but the Zen Stone 2G MP3 player is sure grabbing my attention, so much so, that I bought one for a Zen friend, and "borrowed" it. Gifting is a great way to try out products; so many gadgets, so little money....

Say Doc, What About A Prescription For This Handgun?

A new firearm, designed for easy access and shooting ability, and usable by millions of disabled and elderly persons, has received a listing from the FDA as a "medical device." The Palm Pistol™ is now appealing for Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"Hey Doc? How about a prescription for this handgun?"