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From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Need This New Innovation? DIY Death

Okay, it's not as gruesome as the title makes it sound. It  is about a growing movement that believesit is time for many of our funeral customs to change. Much of the pomp and circumstance date back to an earlier age. These days, at a time when we are at our most vulnerable we feel expected to go heavily into debt to provide funeral arrangements, obituaries, and cremations or interments. It can ruin a family financially.

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

For Alzheimer's Patients, Singing Improves Mental Abilities

While today's boomers may best remember the words to Beatles or Rolling Stones songs, groups of older folks with Alzheimer's disease improved mental skills after sing-alongs of '40s and '50s movie and show tunes!

Research Shows Statins Protect More Than Your Heart

Statins have been given a bad rap in the past, mostly due to possible, but rare, serious side effects like muscle inflammation, diabetes, and liver disease. But lately, research is unvieling some very positive and unexpected 'side effects' of statin use...

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

International Team Develops First 3-In-1 Cancer Fighting Nanostructure

It has been difficult for researchers to develop medical nanocomposites that are capable of performing more that one task at a time; thus some are used for detection, as in detecting cancer cells, and others deliver cancer-fighting drugs.  But recently, an international team of university researchers were successful in creating one nanostructure capable of performing three very important cancer-fighting tasks....

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Freedom For You, Relief For Your Back: WiTouch Wireless TENS Machine

.... Portable TENS gadgets have been produced for home use, but they still require dealing with the wires and pads that attach to your skin and that is an even bigger pain than the one in your back. So a smart company in Chattanooga, TN, Hollywog, has invented the first wireless TENS machine: the WiTouch.   

New Biological Clock Just Might Help Us Turn Our Clocks Back

Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  has invented a new biological clock that accurately keeps time of nearly all tissues in the human body and how fast they age.  His clock helps us understand not only how we age, but how our biological clocks can be turned back.

Want The Benefits Of Horseback Riding Without The Hassle? Compact Core Exerciser

Ever notice the posture of a horseback rider?  Straight back, flat tummy.... Most folks don't realize that horseback riding is exercise, but sitting up straight while your body weight is shifting back and forth and up and down requires flexing and relaxing appropriate core muscles. The Compact Core Exerciser mimics the movements of horseback riding as well as its effects on your body.

 

Two D'Arsonval Home Facial Devices May Help Make You More Gorgeous

If you have the time and money for regular salon facials, you don't need these at-home facial products.  The D'Arsonval multi-functional skin care machines should be considered by everyone else, however, because they do make a difference in how you good you look and feel if used for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week to control acne, reduce fine lines, improve your complexion, and even stimulate hair growth  - on your head. 

Multi-Vitamins May Reduce Risk Of Dying From Invasive Breast Cancer

A new study of the data from two sections of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), published online in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, looks at the possible effects of multivitamins and minerals on the survival rates of women with invasive breast cancer....


Simple Test May Diagnose Alzheimer's Early: Sniffing Peanut Butter

A graduate student at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, Jennifer Stamps, designed a very simple test to support the determination of Alzheimer's disease (AD) - a smell test involving peanut butter.  If further experimentation is successful, the smell test just might prove to be the holy grail for an inexpensive preliminary diagnostic tool for AD.

Effective Hair Removal Home Electrolysis Machine: Pinchless And Affordable

One of least rewarding chores of female beautification is face and body hair removal.  It's a boring activity, it can be painful, and it's fruitless because the hair always grows back in what seems like no time.   Here's a great gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer called the Pinchless Electrolysis Hair Remover that claims it will remove all your unwanted hair once and for all.  And, unlike expensive salon treatments, you can use it yourself at home.

 


Intensive Care: Enter With Your Wits, Leave With Dementia

You may have noticed that when a relative or friend is hopitalized for a heart attack, respiratory failure, serious infection, or any serious illness that impacts the body's vital organs, they may return home somewhat mentally diminished. They may seem foggy or confused, they don't remember familiar people, or they have difficulty making simple decisions. Your relative or friend is not alone.

New Treatment For Dry & Wet Macular Degeneration Shows Great Promise

At the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, researchers in its Laboratory for Retinal Rehabilitation have been studying the potential of a class of drugs aimed at inhibiting MDM2 proteins that occur in the eyes of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Positve results in testing these inhibitors in mice models of the disease suggest a promising path to treatment of AMD, a disease that affects 11 million persons in the U.S. alone.

Coordinated Aerobic Exercise & Strength Training: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline

Few of us today have time to do all the types of exercise we need to stay fit.  Not only should aerobic exercise be an integral part of our daily routines, but strength training is also very important.  Fitness experts advise you to focus your strength training on upper body or lower body, rotating them on different days and, further, on large muscle groups and small muscle groups. If you can't spend a few hours at the gym every day, here's at least one exercise machine that works several muscle groups and gives you an aerobic workout too: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline.