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Researchers Learn Optimal Working Conditions For Therapy Dogs

More and more, dogs are being used in the management of human health and rehabilitation situations. Dogs are trained to help blind persons identify visual cues in their sphere, to help hearing-impaired persons identify auditory cues, to be companions to heart patients and cancer patients, and buddies to soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder and other debilitative conditions.... But what needs do therapy dogs have to keep them happy and alert?  Specifically, what can humans do to reduce any stress these dogs might experience?

Will The Exit Of Google's Don Quixote Be The Demise Of G+?

With the departure of G+'s head honcho Vic Gundotra, the blogosphere is cyberventilating as to what kind of a future lies ahead for that little social-network-that-could? It wasn't so long ago, the critics opined Google's DNA lacked the social media gene, as every time they got up on the horse, it appeared they were battling one windmill after another. Now, they're saying the burden of keeping the successful G+ well and alive was. . .

Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!

If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...

World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.

Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.

Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Google Glass & Politicians Through The Looking Glass

Political campaigns, down through the centuries have used the technology of the times to help enhance a candidate's competitive edge. Innovating communication channels has always played a key role in reaching and targeting constituencies during national elections. Presidential candidates who failed to embrace the new technologies of their day often found themselves vulnerable in the eyes of the public.

Fargo, Silicon Valley For Small Business Startups, Minus "Aw Jeez" & Silos

The critically acclaimed 1996 dark comedy film Fargo, written and directed by The Coen Brothers is coming to the small screen. That's right, the hilarious yodeling accent made famous by actress Frances McDorman in the classic flick also featuring Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy has cast equal star power for a TV version about to kick-off on the FX network this week. But that's not the only reason Fargo's in the news these days. . .

'Flash Boys' Forces E*Trade Baby Into Retirement? [Videos]

Differing from a tangible invention, new virtual tools for traders are shaking up the financial industry. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys -- a top-selling treatise on the state of modern-day Wall Street -- is turning the stock market ecosystem on its head. For those who still think the hallowed halls of the stock exchange is still about alpha-male floor traders whaling in trading pits to 'buy' and 'sell' - think again -- for that world is officially DOA.

Pause Custom Sound Systems: Business Offers Music From Beyond The Grave

Death is a big business, and if you're a regular reader, you know this already. It is a highly competitive market, with many people hoping to profit off of a service category that is needed by everyone (except for the immortal, like vampires - but for you skeptics, we can overlook this fact). Because of the stiff competition, many businesses are forced to get creative with their products and services. The latest one will be music to your forever at rest audiophile ears.

Unbox Love: Romantic, Surprise Date Delivery Service

Relationships are hard work, whether you have been part of a couple for a couple of months, or a couple of decades. Keeping the spark alive is easier said than done, and as two people get to know each other completely, managing to surprise each other is tough. Of course, with effort, a relationship does not need to fizzle and lose what it had during its early days.

Should Your Hobby Invention Idea Become A Business?

You had a “light bulb” moment, and since you haven’t been able to shake the idea – in fact this genius thought has even begun to interfere with your daily routine. You think this is the invention idea that you could turn into a business. So what should you do?

Bitcoins Coming To A Store Near You, As Well As Amazon & 'Almost Human' Too!

You know that Bitcoins have gone mainstream when this unique form of tender is featured in the plot line of a current TV drama. That's right - the world's first decentralized cryptocurrency lacking any political authority was featured in the recent season finale episode of the Fox network series, 'Almost Human.' Granted, while the premise of that detective drama is set in the year 2048.  .  .

April Fools Businesses: 10 Places To Fool A Friend On April 1st

April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!

Technically It's A 'Cold War' For Google & Facebook In Era Of Disruption

It's hard to say, looking twenty to thirty years into the future, just how different the digital landscape will look. Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Web 3.0 are presently only toddling along in their infant stage. What they will look like in the next few decades is only guesswork on our part.

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

Drizly: Liquor Delivery Business Hopes To Go Mainstream

How many times have you found yourself sitting by the fire on a cold winter's night, wishing you had Bailey's to put in your hot chocolate, but dismiss the idea since you have already changed into your favorite cow pajamas? Liquor, like coffee, is one of those things that we all proclaim we wish would appear through a delivery service, and a new concept has been introduced to Boston and New York residents.