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Moms' Alzheimer's Poses Higher Dementia Risks For Their Children

Researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center used positron emission tomography (PET) with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB), a new fluorescent dye that highlights amyloid plaques during a PET scan used to study the brains of 42 healthy persons.  Fourteen of this study's 42 volunteers had no family history of Alzheimer's disease, 14 had fathers who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and 14 volunteers had mothers with the disease.

The Samurai Maid Cafe... Stop In For A Slice!

Maid cafes? Tokyo's full of 'em. Samurai cafes? Seen it on TV. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Samurai Maid Cafe? Yes it would... and yes there is!

Will Steve Ballmer's Microsoft & Obama's Administration Share A Cloud?

Much has been written about Steve Ballmer's almost fanatic focus on cloud computing this month. With catchphrases like "we're all in" and "the cloud fuels Microsoft and Microsoft fuels the cloud" he makes it sound like his company is the lone pioneer in the field. Or when he does allude to Google, Amazon and Apple it is done in a dismissive manner. Could this ramp-up of 'all-things-cloud' be part of a larger alliance Ballmer is solidifying with the Obama Administration?

Google vs The World: Battles, Blunders & Lawsuits

When you're as big and ubiquitous as Google you have to accumulate some enemies along the way. The mega-search engine we all love to hate is right now balancing ten significant issues both legal and philosophical. From Harvard law students to Rupert Murdoch, Google has even gone after superpowers the likes of China.

Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

'Lost' Cast, Crew Tweet & Take Shelter From Hawaii Tsunami

On Saturday, February 27, after a devastating earthquake hit Chile, reports indicated that a Tsunami will wreak havoc throughout the Pacific, hitting not only Chili, but also Mexico, the West Coast of the US and as far west as Hawaii. The cast and crew of popular TV show 'Lost' have made Hawaii their home for the past six seasons. In the wake of this natural disaster, the producers have used Twitter to communicate with the cast and crew.

Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's

The March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

 

 


Should Google Fight For Internet Freedom Or Privacy Of The Individual?

Privacy as we know it is being re-defined on the Internet and in the courts as we speak. How we view privacy today versus ten years ago has changed greatly due to the Web 2.0 environment of user-generated content. How we will view it ten years from now will be different yet still.

Twittahoo - Progeny Of Twitter & Yahoo Follows Microhoo Deal

For a long time Yahoo's relevance has been waning on the Internet and in the search field. So much so, that it's considered a bit of a dionsaur by the digerati. To counter this image, Yahoo is stepping up its online presence in the social media space - first with Microsoft, followed by Facebook and now with Twitter. Are they too late to the the social networking party or will the Twittahoo alliance resurrect this Rumpelstiltskin?

Top Ten 2010 Winter Olympic Gear & Collectibles

Having caught the Olympic fever, everyone is looking to acquire some of the events' hot ticket items (much to the amazement of Christopher Walken). Anything that is officially sponsored by the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking in millions as the official stores and outlets are trying to keep up with the supply. Keepsakes, fashion and winter sports gear make up this year's TOP TEN list of gift items you might want to select for yourself, friends, family members and sport fans.

SpaceX & Real Iron Man To Fly To The Moon (Don't Tell Kevin Smith)

Rocket Man and entrepreneur Elon Musk heads up SpaceX, a spaceship manufacturer that promises to provide space travel aboard its Falcon 9 rockets at a mere $20 million a seat. While the seating accommodations will be spacious, we don't believe heavy-weight film director Kevin Smith will consider purchasing two seats since he's use to paying under $100 dollars for all his flights.

Tutankhamun's DNA Reveals True Cause Of Death

The most famous mummy in history, Tutankhamun, has had his artifacts exhumed and studied since 1922.  For the last two years, in an effort to reveal why the Egyptian 'boy king' died young, teams of scientists from Egypt, Germany, and Italy, have studied Tut's DNA and come up with some interesting conclusions.

Vancouver 'Social Media' Olympics To Outpace Beijing

The XXI Olympic Winter Olympics are euphemistically being called the "Social Games." Based on sponsors vying for the spotlight, more consumers will have their eyes glued to their smartphone screens than they will to TV. If Coca-Cola can motivate 500 million Internet transactions as a result of the Super Bowl (a one-day event), can you imagine what sponsors, apps, social networks and search engines stand to gain from sixteen days of events in Vancouver. Reaching out via social media, this Olympics may rival China in attention, if not in spectacle.

Apple Logo Stands The Test Of Time For 30 Years

There are some visual images that make us feel good, whether it's a natural phenomenon like a rainbow, a man-made wonder like the Pyramids of Egypt or an emotionally impactful work of art like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. To that list one might add logos - a graphic illustration that best exemplifies a product and is sensually pleasing to the eye. And there probably is no other design that has captured our modern-day imagination for as long as the Apple logo.

Tea Party Movement Does Not Move Social Media

There is a strange phenomenon afoot in this country. The rumblings of an establishment of a "Tea Party" party can be heard growing louder and louder. The National Tea Party, a first-time convention for the group has attracted 1,100 delegates to Nashville, Tennessee for three days of protest, caucus and debate. It's a movement everyone says is people-powered to give voice to the frustrations of a heretofore leaderless party. With all this talk channeling through the traditional news vehicles of legacy newspapers and TV, why hasn't this group chosen to be represented on social networks?

Census 2010 - Ten Reasons That Count Including Social Networking

The national Census is like a celestial comet - or a hibernating cicada - it can only be seen one time every 10 years. With a roll-out starting in February, 2010,  this year's survey differs from years past - check out what's new - note the misconceptions - but most important it's imperative that each and every one of us be counted.

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Masculine And Feminine Gracefully Fuse In Loginoff’s Chair Design: Dounyasha

It’s hard to resist Dima Loginoff’s designs; they’re so conceptually rich, drawing in so many aspects of history, art, and social commentary.  Perhaps none of Loginoff’s creations to date are as evocative as his concept chair, Dounyasha.

 

Google vs Bing vs China - Which Yuan Wins?

ComScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, just released a study on growth in the global search market for 2009 and showed that searches have grown 46% globally. The study revealed that the U.S. remains the largest search market worldwide, while Google retains a commanding lead in the worldwide search market

Pope Spreads The Word One Tweet At A Time?

When God said "go forth and spread the word," little did he know he would would be limited to 140 characters. Pope Benedict XVI, who at 82 just realized that 'you can teach an old dog new tricks,'  doesn't want the priests in his flock to miss out on a current opportunity to proselytize. After all, wasn't spreading the word an early precursor of Twitter?