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Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

Social Media Taught In Schools

What if you could go to school to become famous? Where a curriculum was built around your individuality! Where you were measured and graded on your sphere of influence? Today, in the Age of the Individual, we are all learning to market our own brand. In this new world of commerce, both online and off, your reputation is indeed becoming an accepted form of currency. If you ever thought you were too cool for school before, think again... you just might be able to enroll in an institution of higher learning that puts a whole new spin on socializing!

Get Workout Tips from StrongestMan.org

Summer is just around the corner!  Are you ready to show off that beach body yet?  If you're still getting around to developing that perfect six pack of abs, you may want to consider StrongestMan.org for a little information.  The site has a graphical interface that lets users select workouts by muscle area, and pulls routines from sources likw WikiHow and Del.icio.us to give you what you're looking for.

Strange Toy Emulates Environmental Conditions

Want a goo that imitates the environment of a distant planet? Can't quite figure that out? Neither could I. But Planet Plasma apparently mimics the textures and smells of Mars--as well as more terrestrial locales.

New Kindle DX Reads Better, Faster, Cheaper, And Louder Than A Book!

Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX, the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon.  The only question you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.

The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Can The Baby Remote Actually Control Babies? Unfortunately, No...

Looking for a way to control babies with just the push of a button?  Well, look somewhere else.  The results of "Baby Remote Control" in a search engine query netted me the topic of this article.  And while babies are still free to run amuck as they wish, at least they'll be able to emulate television control techniques.

Travel to the Tombs of Ancient Egypt with Musée de la Civilisacion

Musée de la Civilisacion, as you may have guessed, translates from French into "Museum of Civilization" and is located in Quebec, Canada.  Their latest exhibit takes you back to ancient Egypt to learn about the process behind mummification, and the significance of the rituals these desert dwellers engaged in to secure a blissful afterlife.

Exercise Your Mind At Brain Fitness Gym Vibrant Brains

With today's health trends, people of all ages and all lifestyles hit the gym multiple times a week. But, while we're so concerned about exercising our bodies to meet today's aesthetic standards, we forget about our minds and strengthening them in the now and for the future. A new San Francisco based business is trying to bring brain activity into the mainstream, by offering a fitness gym called Vibrant Brains. Created with Baby Boomers in mind, the brain gym can help keep minds sharp today and prevents the onset of mental impairments in the future.


Headlines From Around the World on Newseum.org

If you're a news junkie like the rest of us, you'd better take a look at Newseum's new addition to their website.  They've got headlines from around the world on a graphic interface that is both easy to navigate and comprehensive to the entire globe.

Solar Powered Orangutan Can Climb Miles of Rope - In Theory...

Solar Power is becoming quite a popular topic to explore with toys--probably due to the expense of actually providing a full-sized working model of an item would break the bank.  So now we have tiny solar powered cars, solar powered toy airplanes, and now... the solar powered orangutan.  And while I would love to see mass-produced, fully functional, full-sized working versions of the car and the airplane, I think that this thing would be quite disconcerting due to it's tank-like design...

Maker Faire Africa: A Celebration of African Ingenuity and Innovation

Maker Faire Africa (MFA) will take place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Ghana's capital, Accra, on August 13-15, 2009. Its sole purpose is to identify, spur and support local innovation. Read all about this important and glorious event and find out how you can be a part of it.

Kid Not Smart Enough? Reward His Learning & Skill Building Using Children’s Educational Company SmartyCard

Wasn't it great when you were a kid and you came home from school with a great report card, and were immediately rewarded for your efforts with a treat, a toy, or sometimes even cash? Well, today's lucky kids can receive similar benefits from learning with new children's educational business SmartyCard, and the parents don't even need to chip in!


6 Authors 6 Stories 6 Weeks

This website won SXSW's award for "Experimental Websites" back in March, and looking at it now, I can totally understand why.  The site is by far one of the most unique things I've seen on the internet this year.  Beyond that I'm a totally avid reader, and this site will tickle the fancy of any bookworm or lover of short stories.  Enter into the delightfully interactive story-telling world of the aptly titled We Tell Stories.

Learn Better Keyboard Shortcuts at ShortcutWorld.com

ShortcutWorld is aiming to make a comprehensive repository of lists that will have every keyboard shortcut for any given program.  Already they have a pretty good list of programs going.

Learn Your Chemistry from Ptable.com

Whether you're a chemistry student, or a full-time lab worker, you've probably spent some good time staring at the Period Table of Elements.  But you might not have even seen a version of the Period Table like Ptable.com.  Prepare to have your atoms shaken up by the amount of information you can get from this site.

Intel's 2009 Inspire-Empower Challenge Awards Salute Four World Changing Projects

When you read about what four Intel Challenge winners are doing, don't be surprised if you feel like giving up your day job and joining them in their valiant causes. These are truly inspiring and empowering innovations.

Smithsonian Chooses Design For African American Museum On the National Mall

The final museum on the land designated as the National Mall in Washington, DC will be the architectural creation of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup teams. The Smithsonian announced its juried decision yesterday, after reviewing the designs of the six finalists in the international call for submissions. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to be finished in 2012.

Don't Be An Ash: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 5

Japan Tobacco ad execs sweated, strained and no doubt chain-smoked a whole lot of their main product while brainstorming up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Numbers 41 through 50 are presented here in hopes that rude smokers will smarten up and get their ashes in order.