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Gamers Build AIDS Molecule That Eluded Scientists For 10 Years

In what is believed to be the first instance of electronic gamers reaching a scientific discovery before trained research scientists, University of Washington (UW) gamers did indeed produce a model of an enzyme in AIDS and other viruses that scientists have been trying to model for more than 10 years. This was not just an academic exercise to test the new UW Fold-it game; discovery of the AIDS molecule in question opens the door to a whole new line of retroviral drugs.

 

A Very Smart Do-It-Yourself iPhone 4 Tripod Mount (Video)

Only the steadiest of hands can handle the photographic capabilities of their cellular or smart phones well - and that speaks for still photography.  But when it comes to video photography, you have to ask your viewers to bring their own sick bags to the show....

World Alzheimer's Report 2011 Issues Basic Minimum Guidelines For Alzheimer's Care

For the third year in a row, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has issued global recommendations for Alzheimer's patients, medical personnel, and caregivers.  The 2011 World Alzheimer's Report focuses on "The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention," and the doctors that publish the report have gone to considerable effort to amass the volume of research that's been conducted in this area.

Solar Planet, the Interplanetary Orrery that Runs on the Sun

A solar-powered solar system might seem overly obvious but Solar Planet from Elekit ain't any ordinary orrery.

Psychologists Encourage Doodling In The Classroom - Especially In Science Class!

If you were back in school doodling what you learned, you may have chosen an entirely different career.

Chinese Fitness Camps for Kids Motivate Overweight Offspring

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in China, pun intended, but fitness experts inspired by American “Fat Camps” (or the film Full Metal Jacket) have found a 28-day solution that helps China's chubby child cadres take a great leap forward on the path to healthier lifestyles.

Marine Scientists Discover New Chemosynthesis Process In "Mussel Power"

Maybe some day we will run our cars on mussel power....

 

Evolution Eraser: Intelligent Design that Makes Errors Extinct

Evolution may be an ongoing process but Japanese designer Hiroyuki Shiratori has made it stationery, thanks to his revolutionary Evolution Eraser.

Teachers Expel School Intruder with Two-Pronged 'Man-Catcher'

Japanese teachers recently subdued and immobilized a knife-wielding intruder using a variation of the traditional, two-pronged Sasumata. The incident highlights this ancient fighting weapon in its modern iteration as a non-violent, noninvasive, “Man-Catcher” school safety device.

Scientists Find New Evidence To Support Plasticity In Aging Brain

Researchers have looked at various influences on brain structure through fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and have witnessed the change in size and shape in various parts of the brain influenced by certain emotions.  In a new study from Columbia University Medical Center, brain plasticity is demonstrated by the production of neurons and neural stem cells produced in the hippocampus.

What I learned from the Inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress

I just came back from speaking at the Minnesota's Inventor's Congress (MIC). For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Inventors Congress is one of the oldest and most established inventor trade shows in the country. And I have to say, I learned more from the inventors who attended MIC then I ever thought possible. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to write this article and share.

Virtual DVD Dinner Dates Satisfy Japan's Lonely, Hungry Geeks

Loneliness and shyness seem to be serious issues for many Japanese guys, but fear not: a series of 3 self-help DVDs is here to save the day. Microwave up a frozen Swanson entree, pull up a ratty sofa and pop in a disc, hungry Otaku, your virtual dinner dream date awaits!

Dog Whisperers Are Out, Dog Listeners Are In

There are two hot trends in dog training today that are both called Dog Listening.  But one has to do with humans who listen to dogs and the other is about dogs who listen to humans.  According to each of these dogmas, training is required.

First Step Toward Invention Success - Ignore The Naysayers!

As you begin your path toward bringing your invention to market, you might become keenly aware of how many naysayers suddenly show up in your life.   And when I say naysayers I mean people who don't share your vision, don't believe you can make things happen or let you know that for some reason or another you cannot actualize your invention dreams. 

'Sleeping Girl DVD' Gently Guides You Into Dreamland

Need a little help sleeping lately? Just pop the “Sleeping Girl DVD” into your player and drift off to slumberland, gently guided by the soft voices and easy-on-the-eyes looks of some of Japan's most alluring dreamgirls.