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Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Dogs Gone Boating: 9 Must Have Dog Items To Take On A Boat

Some dogs are great swimmers; others never will be, because of fear of the water or because they are just not anatomically built for swimming (like long dogs with short legs).  But boating enthusiasts who are dog lovers find a way to take both swimmers and non-swimmers on their boats - to enjoy the water or enjoy the weather. Here are 9 must have items to bring along for your dog before you pick up anchor.

Tech-Savvy Manicures: Nano Nails Work On Your Smartphone

I love well-manicured nails. I also love my touchscreen devices, keeping my phone and Ipod attached to me at all times. For women with long nails, using their smartphone can be a bit tricky. Nano Nails created an artificial nail that also works as a stylus. Now, it seems that women can have the best of both worlds.

Kick Back In A World Cup Beanbag Chair from NewX

Will you be sitting pretty (and pretty comfortably to boot) when the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on June 12th? Answer “yes!” if you've ordered one of 32 national flag World Cup beanbag chairs from NewX of Shanghai.

IzzyBike Has No Chain

A bike without gears and a chain is like a car without an engine. Or maybe it's like a car with a hybrid engine, because the IzzyBike proves that bikes don't need chains. They can be just as efficient without that extra cog in the machinery.

Camera-Toting PocketBook Ultra eReader Scans Your Documents

It can be difficult to make a unique ebook reader these days, and that job just got a lot harder with the arrival of PocketBook's newest device. It boasts a camera paired with OCR (optical character recognition) software, alongside numerous other perks.

Want These Funny Innovations? BBQ Aprons For Dad

It can be very trying to try to find just the right gift for dad for Father's Day. Since many dads are masters of the backyard grill, you may want to consider a barbecue apron to match his personality or sense of humor. Here are a few to consider from the udderly ridiculous to "formal" attire. Then you can top it all off with one of those puffy chef's hats.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

Roomette: A Lightweight Trailer That's Big On Inner Space

Have Roomette, will travel... and the heck with hotels, motels and inns! This compact on the outside, spacious on the inside reinvention of the tow-able trailer lets you take your bed and lie in it when the day's driving is done.

E3 2014: Alienware's Dipping It's Toes Into The Console Space With The Alienware Alpha Steam Machine

Today - just a day before the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off - Alienware had a pretty exciting revelation for attendees - it's releasing a Steam Machine. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, this device combines PC-level power with the form factor and utility of a game console, enabling it to fit just about anywhere - like the living room.

How Do You Make A Robot More Human? By Making It Neurotic, Apparently

Although robots are far superior to humans where computational tasks are concerned, they're more or less useless when it comes to emotional ones. That is to say, they're almost universally awful at mimicking humans. Researchers at the University of California think they have a solution - neuroticism.

Need This New Invention? The Tactical Necktie

It is that time of year again. Time to show Dad just how much you love him by buying him a tie. Or should I say yet ANOTHER tie. Surprise Dad this year with the Tactical Necktie with Laser Pointer -- a truly different tie. It is just the thing for survival in the business or academic world. Behind the standard tie look it hides a wealth of functionality.

Love & War: Ferrari 458 Italia Camouflage Edition By Lapo Elkann

Fiat heir and possible future Ferrari boss Lapo Elkann is into camouflage these days, which one might think would conflict with his passion for all things Prancing Horse. Think again: Elkann's military makeover of a box-stock Ferrari 458 Italia – complete with chromed peace sign – would win any fashion war in a heartbeat.

'Sweat Neutrality' Exercising Net Neutrality's First Amendment Right

Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .

You Won't Need A Ping Pong Partner With Newgy Robo-Pong

Whether you're looking for something to entertain the kids or you think you could be the next Forrest Gump of the ping pong world (or Zhang Jike if you want a real analogy), you should check out the Newgy Robo-Pong--a robot that shoots ping pong balls.

Japanese Road Sign Earrings Make Admirers Stop & Look Both Ways

Japanese road sign earrings from Toumei are sold in sets of three so you can mix & match to suit your mood. Wearing them just might create more traffic jams in your personal space.

Turn Dumbbells Into Kettlebells With KettleShell

The KettleShell: it's nothing more than a sort-of handle that looks like a coat hanger. It does nothing more than attach to a regular dumbbell. However that simple design and simple concept transform one piece of exercise equipment into another and expand the variety of exercises you can perform with it, which makes it ideal for those looking to consolidate or save money in their home gym.

Eight Old Chinese Cars You've Probably Never Seen... And Never Will

In a bid to reduce smog in its major cities, China is aiming to “eliminate” more than five million older cars... sort of like Cash For Clunkers but without the cash. What's an older Chinese car look like, you ask? We found 8 examples worth a look-see before they go to the crusher.

LympheDIVA's Compression Sleeves: Medically AND Fashionably Correct

In a prior post, I covered some of the most fashionable compression socks you can find.  Today, it's all about compression sleeves for women - some of you will want to wear them even if you don't have an excuse!  (They make your arms look nice and slim!)

Bentwood Bicycle Evokes The Classic Thonet Cafe Chair

The Thonet Concept Bike by artist Andy Martin may roll on ultramodern carbon fiber wheels but its curved beechwood frame was made by a steam-bending process over 150 years old.