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Good Enzyme, Bad Enzyme: Getting Closer To Alzheimer's Prevention?

In what could be a very significant discovery regarding the biochemistry of alpha-secretase in protecting our brains from Alzheimer's disease, biochemical researchers at Germany's Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz were able to determine more about what function the enzyme plays. Implications could lead to more effective treatments (and possibly prevention).

New Generation of Russian Goats Linked to Protection of Newborns

A sort of miracle will soon be occurring on a farm near Moscow where the birth of a very special new generation of goats with human genes is expected. These genes will make them produce protein lactoferrin, which is an element in human milk that protects a newborn baby until his or her own immune system starts to work. Read on for some amazing details.

Jam With Rock Stars At Home Using Virtual, Private Music Lessons

Have your heart set on receiving private music lessons from industry professionals and celebrities? Until recently, I'd tell you to keep on dreaming. Now, professional musicians come to your home; virtually of course, to teach you how to play the guitar, piano and more, or improve your singing voice with professional vocal lessons.

Should You Sue Via Board Game?: Great Idea?

The Lawsuit Board Game also known as Patent# US 6805351 is the perfect way to introduce children to the process of suing their friends and neighbors instead of trying to get along with them. (Of course, if both litigants play this game together, that could still happen as well although it would be an accident.) Read on but please don’t sue the messenger.

Russian Organization Offers Art, Healing And Innovation

Just last summer, South Ossetia was a war zone. Today, however, it marks the spot of the Inva Studio, a special place of hope and healing that helps people with disabilities develop their art skills. Read on for more details about this most unusual art center.

LeapFrog Text & Learn: A BlackBerry Just for Babies

Everyone knows by now President Obama loves his BlackBerry! Well, hold onto your hats. There's a new gadget in town and it is targeting the younger generation!

Board Game Offers Fun Coupled With Safety Tips

"Billy, don't touch the grill." Two seconds later... "Billy! What did I tell you? Don't touch the grill!" Two seconds later... "Waaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!" Yeah. Billy touched the grill. It's difficult to get things through to kids when it comes to safety. But this game may just give parents a fighting chance.

Yikes! Kids Can Use Kit to Extract DNA!

The words "DNA extraction" and "toy" seem incongruous to me. Yet here it is--a kit that allows children to sample DNA... and do stuff with it.

Pets Provide Many Benefits For College Students

In the interest of having something to do, I guess, researchers at Ohio State University found that pets can provide support, companionship, and stress relief for college students who live with their pets. Now more than ever, college students need whatever help they can get to overcome the stresses encountered on the bridge from home to career. Better dogs than drugs.

DIY Blood Type Test Kit? In the Toy Section?

I'm sometimes amazed at what qualifies to be a toy. For example, I wouldn't put a chainsaw--yes, a real chainsaw--in the toy category. Nor would I list surgical rip spreaders among the list of items that I would let a kid play with. But somehow, the DIY Blood Type Testing Kit slides into the toy arena--with interesting results.

Anybody Order a Pocket-Sized Collapsing Star?

The Astro-Blaster Collision Accelerator simulates the destruction of a star. I, for one, like the idea of being able to blow up a stellar object with something that can fit in my pocket...

Erector Spykee Robot--Fun with Practical Applications

Toy robots have come a long way since the wind-up tin-toy that would clunk along the floor with sparks erupting from the "guns" in it's chest. The Erector Spykee The Spy Robot is a great example of a toy that can also be used for practical applications around the house--or for taunting certain pets...

Solar Car Kit Turns Sunlight into Zippy Fun

Research continues the search for efficient solar powered vehicles. While it may be many years before a viable solar charging system becomes a reality, toys benefit from the data. And this little car is a great example of education meets fun...

Miniature Railgun Kit Demonstrates Weapon of the Future

Magnetic acceleration could redefine weaponry and space travel. And while none of us has the multi-million dollars necessary to actually mess around with one of these things, we can afford a pint-sized example of what they do in the form of the Abong Magnetic Accelerator Kit.

Medical Tutorial That Bleeds As You Go: Great Idea?

In keeping with those all too life-like dolls that wet and cry for mama to change them, Patent# US 6863536, also known as the Endoscopic Tutorial System with a Bleeding Complication, is like a horror movie that simulates blood and guts at the expense of the viewer. Read on, but keep your distance, as there is a new and very crazy sort-of doctor in town.

Esquel: A Chinese Shirt Company in Sync With the Environment

The Esquel Group is a Chinese company whose mission involves a great deal more than just the manufacture of premium cotton shirts. Its powers that be have made a serious commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable growth on the Chinese mainland. Read on for more “green” details.

World’s Largest Dinosaur Site Uncovered in China

Chinese scientists claim that they have discovered the world's largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong. This is a most interesting development for a country that up until recently has been a relative latecomer to the field of archaeology. Read on for more details.

Trendy Textbook Rental Market Grows In Popularity

 A new solution that makes books affordable to college students, saves their cash and the environment. Textbooks aren't cheap, whether you buy new or used and sharing with a friend creates logistical issues that tears relationships apart. Now, you can rent your books through Book Renter.

DK Travel Gets It Right With Personalized, Custom Travel Guides

I recently wrote about Offbeat Guides, which fell a bit flat on our expectations of customization. But now Dorling Kindersley Travel gets in right by bringing personalization to their custom travel guides.

'Element Girls' Pretty Up the Periodic Table

Chemistry can be a tough subject for students more interested in games and girls, which makes "The Periodic Table: Learning Basic Chemistry through Moe" a bright idea indeed. Which element do you love the moe-st?