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Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

Construction Quilt Sparks Creativity In Kids And Adults

Kids think forts are great.   Up until now the building blocks of most forts have been sofa cushions, blankets and cardboard boxes.  The Construction Quilt could offer a new element to the mix.  It could also be used by adults as a funky design piece in their home.

The Eyes Have It - Diagnosing Diabetes Through The Eyes

Scientists have found a way to detect diabetes by looking in your eyes.

Upcoming Olympos Board Game Lets You Get To The Greek

Coming in April 2011 from French games company Ystari and designer Phillipe Keyaerts is the new board game Olympos, which will let players create their own mythical civilization and vie for control of ancient Greece.

Looking Through The Cracks - Using Nanotechnology To Locate Dangerous Cracks

New developments in nanotechnology make detecting potentially dangerous cracks in airplanes much easier.

The Search Is On At Google For Less Speed & More Reflection

Google, long known for it speed in serving up searches faster than a speeding bullet has of recent date been spending more time "thinking" than delivering results. From "Think with Google" a platform initiated in June, 2010 that generated  insightful and inspiring bite-size videos -  to the release of its first edition of "Think Quarterly" a 69-page dive into the world of data and its impact on business - Google is taking the scholarly high-road in analyzing and reflecting on today's digital landscape.

Get Some Nerve - Providing Paths For Neurons

Researchers have found a way to direct the growth of neurons.

Unclear On Nuclear? Try Thorium - Nuclear Energy Without The Side Effects

Thorium is a safer and more abundant nuclear energy source than uranium. So where are the reactors?

Radiation Exposure Readiness: Part 1, News & Information

The events in Japan and the weather patterns in the Pacific can change from one minute to the next, and that is how our information sources are dealing with nuclear fallout news.  Sitting here in Southern California, I can tell you that it's no comfort being advised all day that California is safe from nuclear fallout and suddenly, in late afternoon, reading that  "Nuclear fallout has arrived in California," as one Google News headline read on March 18.

For He's A Jolly Google Fellow - Google Takes A Stance On Climate Change

Google announces 21 Google Science Communication Fellows, who have been charged to spread the word about climate change.

How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake? Find Out by Playing Beat The Quake

Japan should then serve as an example for the rest of the world when it comes to preparedness and disaster relief when it comes to natural catastrophes. There is a wealth of information available readily on the net on what you can do to prepare yourself if an earthquake or some other natural disaster were to happen. You can either read about them–or learn what to do by playing a game like Beat the Quake.

Ma Cacabane Gives Toddlers Some Private Potty Time

Everyone needs some privacy in the bathroom from time to time.  Unfortunately for little kids who are potty training, time alone is often in short supply.  Ma Cacabane is a cardboard outhouse-like enclosure for youngsters to use when they are doing their business.   

Pass The Bill - Giving Your Representative An Informed Opinion

POPVOX gives you the facts, and allows you to petition your representative without partisan interference.

Metals Can't Slip On Past These Banana Peels - Water Purification Goes Fruity

Often researchers are regarded as bananas for their long and tireless dedication to a very narrow space of subject matter, but now sane scientists at Brazil's UNSEP have discovered a way to use the classic banana peel as a way to purify water.

Positive Enforcement - The Military Wants To Make Friends

The military is being taught how to win friends and influence people.

Wash & Brush Timer Encourages Toddler Hygiene

My three year old seems to understand the purpose behind teeth brushing and hand washing.  Sadly, while she is interested enough to ask a lot of questions, she is too restless and easily distracted to properly get the job done.  The Wash & Brush Timer by IntelliTEC is meant to encourage young children to perform these grooming actions for an effective amount of time. 

We've Got The Power - Memory That Requires 100 Times Less Energy

New technology drastically reduces the energy needed to run mobile devices, allowing you to use them for longer.

4D City Skyline Puzzle Makes A Toy Of Out Of Time

Puzzles are great - and they're even better when they include the mystical 4th dimension. That's right, this puzzle of the New York skyline includes Time, and not just the time it's going to take to put it together.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

Slamming Scamming Spammers - How To Identify Anonymous Email Authors

Spammers are on notice: you can run, but you cannot hide. Although you spend so much time at the computer, you probably can't run far.