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'Of Mice & Men' Determining Cause & Treatment of Alzheimer's

Robert Burns, the Scottish poet in his 1785 poem 'To A Mouse…' asserts "the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew. . . the present only touches you."  in contrast, man is constantly plagued with regrets of the past and fear of the future, and we often lose sight of how we relate to other creatures on the planet. Those poignant words have new meaning today as man is learning a potential new cause and treatment for a disease that robs of us our cognitive abilities.

Use The Swinxs To Lure Kids From Their Video Games

If you are sick of your kids spending all of their spare time in front of the computer or video game console and are even sicker of video game companies trying to make their systems look like they encourage physical activity and social interaction then you should look into the Swinxs.  This device is a gaming system that encourages a more conventional type of play.

What is a Bonga and Where Can You Get One?

I'm sure when you woke up this morning, the first thought that crossed your mind was, "Where can I get a Bonga?"  Welll, you've come to the right place, my friend.  Read on.

Bacteria Found In Cow Dung Can Make You Smarter

... Mycobacterium vaccae, so named because it was first discovered in cow dung in Austria, is naturally found in soil, and it is inhaled when people spend time outdoors, especially where there are plants and trees.

Biomimetic Butterfly Model Gives Flying Lessons

In today's issues of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, a group of Japanese researchers report that they built a replica of a swallowtail butterfly and, filming it in flight, the artificial ornithopter proved that flight can occur without certain aerodynamic conditions.

Fifobooks, Smashwords & Lulu Authors Publish eBooks On Kindle & iPads In Minutes

Do-it-yourself (DIY) eBook publishing is the latest online technology that's slowly becoming the new standard for many new authors and publishers, due to its economic efficiencies. Uploading a book to an eBook publishing platform saves the publisher and editors time and money by not incurring assembly and distribution costs and shifting most of the heavy lifting over to the author.

Why Design Now? Social Transformation In Medellìn, Colombia

We don't generally think about the sociological impact of design.  But in the poorest areas of Medellìn, Colombia, design is changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants with a strong message of education, jobs, and inclusion in the culture of a city with a very proud history. 


Saturn V 3D Apollo Rocket Puzzle Takes Up Space And Time

From the three tiny astronaut figurines in the Apollo Command Module to the accurately portrayed F1 rocket engines that look ready to fire with a deafening roar, this 1/100 scale Saturn V 3D puzzle from 4D VISION awesomely cuts space history down to size.

Toss the Kids An Addictaball And Buy Yourself Some Quiet Time

Kids definitely need time to run and play, but they also need some quiet time now and then to wind down.  It is great to find a calm pursuit that your child has some interest in so that you can both get enjoyment out of the peace and quiet.  If your kid is a game person then the Addictaball may be a great choice.  

New Brain Research Center Opens: What's The Dalai Lama Got To To With It?

A new center is opening today for the study of healthy minds; that's a change from the study of addicted, obsessed, and psychopathic minds.  It may seem odd that a deeply religious and spiritual person, in fact a spiritual leader, would be the inspiration for this new center, but the Dalai Lama did lay the seeds for this endeavor by the Unversity of Wisconson's Waisman Center - about 20 years ago.

 


5 Brilliant Product Designs Created To Change Your Behavior: The Interactive Institute

Swedish research and experimental design studio, the Interactive Institute, is focused on the use of 'new media,' the emerging digital and communication technologies of tomorrow.  From its research, the Institute often embodies its findings in designs that not only implement new technologies, but have lifestyle implications embedded into its crisp, modern functional products.  To illustrate, here are five Institute designs purposed with modifying your home energy use.

 

Google Editions vs Kindle vs iPad - Ramp Up eBook Selling Wars

Google is expected to launch a digital book-selling unit called Google Editions sometime this summer according to report filed with the Wall Street Journal. With Kindle and Apple focused on proprietary systems, Google is breaking away from the traditional business model allowing users access to books across platforms and Web sites using an array of both Web and mobile devices.

Matter of Trust Wants Pet Fur To Clean Up Oil Spill

Everyone is talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico these days. How will it all be cleaned up? One group, Matter of Trust, wants a lot of pet fur to help clean up the spill and is asking for donations.

DIY DNA Sequencing At $5,000 Will Determine Cancer & Heart Conditions

Anybody that remembers the sci-fi film classic, "Gattaca" knows how a genetic registry database could be used by biometrics to determine peoples' susceptibility to certain diseases later in life. While that fictional tale seemed so futuristic when introduced back in 1997, it's reality is now. And not only is it within our reach, it also comes with a relatively reasonable price tag.

Is Cyberwar The Next Cold War?

If 'war' connotes huge conflict on a grand scale between nations, and 'détente' is a harbinger of intermittent periods of calm and high tension - could Cyberwar be the 21st Century's version of the Cold War?  George Orwell who was the first to coin the phrase "Cold War" sourced the ideological confrontation between the US and Russia. Today, Cyberwar is of equal threat, but the enemies aren't just confined to nations.

13 Million Hits Turns Into 'Book of Awesome'

It's the little things in life we savor. It's snow days, a cool pillow on a hot summer night, or finding money in your pocket. These are the things that bring a smile to our face, if only for a fleeting moment. And while we all can relate, it took an office worker by the name of Neil Pasricha and his award-winning blog, 1000awesomethings.com to write about them.

Patients Often Unaware That They've Had Minor Strokes

British researchers surveyed 1,000 persons who suffered TIAs or minor strokes and found that a majority of the patients were unaware of the symptoms of stroke or what to do about them.  Most surprisingly, people of all demographics - age, gender, education, and socioeconomic status - were equally unaware of how to recognize a stroke.

 

Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

The British Museum Presents: Time Explorer

The British Museum has put together a great little video game adventure to get site visitors to learn more about ancient civilizations with the use of a magical time bracelet to traverse the histories of Mexico, Roma and China.

Google Public Data Explorer Lets You Make Sense Of Big Data Sets

Google Labs has introduced a project to let users explore tons of different sets of public data and compare them in ways that will make them much easier to understand.