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Social Media Search & Data Mining Primed To Out-Google Google

By Google's algorithms being regularly and strategically updated, they've been able to maintain a leadership role in online search for over a decade. However, looking forward to the next ten years, there are road signs ahead that indicate that "keyword search" may become as hackneyed a phrase as the "information superhighway."

Dream Machine Recycle Rally May Bring $100,000 To Your School

I love recycling fundraisers, but schools hesitate participating in recycling fundraisers because they often don't produce a lot of money and they require a lot of work on the schools part. Junk food and cheap holiday gifts make a quicker buck. This year I'm emailing information about The Dream Machine Recycle Rally to my daughters' principal. Maybe the incentives mentioned below will be mind changing.

Coffin Carrier Is Just Too Ghoul For School

Got a Goth on your Halloween holiday gift list? This creepy yet cool Coffin Carrier from Japan's Village Vanguard is a great way to tote your body of work... or the odd small body.

Twittamentary, A Social Media Experiment In Search Of "Character 141"

A sneak peek preview of Twittamentary was held at the Roger Smith Hotel last evening in Manhattan. Hosted by the Singaporean award-winning movie producer Siok Siok Tan, the film which is still in post-production was offered up to a screening room full of social media types. What this filmmaker attempted to capture on film was the randomness of an ecosystem - that is so difficult for anyone to put their heads around  - let alone explain comprehensively in the body of one film.

NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.

 

Kindles, Sony & Nook e-Readers Allowing Libraries To Thrive In Information Age?

In an ironic twist, as books are slowly become a legacy artifact of the past, and  brick and mortar libraries were predicted to soon follow suit, there is a test program in a few New England towns that is stocking their library shelves with e-Readers. If you can't afford your own device - this might be a viable alternative.

China's Social Media Suppress China's Nobel Prize Winner Announcement

It seems the Norwegian Nobel Committee is controversial no matter who they select to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, it was U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of international experience and this year it's Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Igniting a fury amongst Chinese politicos, the award was criticized harshly for what the Chinese view as a violation the Committees' core principles in honoring "a criminal."

Social Media's Dark Side Exposed On iChat, Twitter & YouTube

Home videos have served as the premise for TV games shows. Police officers use secret video tapings for surveillance which can later be presented as evidence in a court of law. YouTube allows anyone with a camera to become filmmakers.  Video taping in movies such as "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" actually made the video camera a cast member in their features. In turn, social media opened up channels to share videos via social networking sites globally.

British Researchers Find First Evidence Of Genetic Link To ADHD

In the 1980's when attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was first bandied about as a developmental disability, many college and university administrators and teachers thought it was just an excuse for poor grades and low test scores. Slowly though, it has become recognized in the educational community as an actual disorder and new educational methods, as well has drugs, have been developed to help treat it.  Now, scientists have found that there is a genetic link to ADHD.

 

TaintDroid Android App Shows Your Personal Data 'Taint That Safe

Duke University students have created a program to track and notify them when Android smartphone apps share their personal info without consent.

A Revolutionary Kitchen Design That Furthered Equality For Women

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City has a special and vast exhibit of 20th Century kitchen designs happening now. In going through the complete online guide to the exhibit, which really just touches on some items in  the complete collection, what fascinated me most is one of the earliest kitchens in the MOMA show, that of architect Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky's Frankfort Kitchen, designed in 1926-27.

 

Social Media's Image Make-over To Counter Facebook Movies & Books

With a limited amount of time left to work damage control, Mark Zuckerberg has been diligently trying to improve his self image, tarnished by movies and books that have spotlighted some of the young CEO's not so shining moments. Now ranking thirty-fifth on the Forbes' annual list of wealthy Americans and worth $6.9 billion, Mr. Zuckerberg is using his vast riches to help with his corporate make-over. 

Practice, Practice, Practice May Not Be The Fastest Way To Carnegie Hall

The music student asks a successful violinist, "What's the fastest way to Carnegie Hall?"  The violinist answers... "Practice. Practice. Practice."  That's what musicians and language learners have been doing forever!  But...

Social Media "Together In Concert" With Chris Hughes' Jumo (VIDEO)

While Mark Zuckerberg has focused on the commercial enterprise of the Web with his monolithic social network, Chris Hughes, one of Facebook's co-founders and  former director of online organizing for Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign is carving his social media niche in a space that has come to be known as "The Good Web."

Non-Invasive Type 1 Diabetes Testing On The Horizon

There is possibly some good news on the horizon for the millions of people who suffer from type 1 diabetes.  Rather than having to continually draw blood for testing blood glucose levels, patients may one day have the option of testing without pricking the skin at all.  Hard at work in the labs of MIT, researchers are developing a method of testing the blood with light. 

Can Small Scale Really Sell Products to Major Retail?

A common misconception about selling to Major Retailers is that you have to be a large established company in order to sell to them. This is absolutely  not the case! The truth is that there are many small start-up companies with just one product SKU that have gotten their products into Major Retailers. 

As Sand Through The Hourglass, So Are The Seconds Of Our Lights

Designers Jia Wen Chen and Wei-Ting Chen have created the Flat Light, a lightswitch/timer combo that helps you to save energy and gives you a visual cue as to when the lights will go dark.

Conserve Water Or The Fish Gets It

From designer Yan Lu comes the “Poor Little Fish Basin” – a concept sink to help convince consumers to control their water use.

Talkatoo Gives Kids A Bit Of Extra Encouragement From Home

Kids have their tough days at school and parents have just as tough a time wondering how their kids will cope with their time away at school.   The Talkatoo was created by a mom who was going through this same struggle with her two young kids.

Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.