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Need This New Innovation? Marijuana Vending Machine

As of January first the state of Colorado is either going to pot or up in smoke. Maybe both! The state had already made history by becoming one of the first two states to legalize the medical use of medical marijuana. As of the New Year the state became the first to legalize the drug for recreational use. Within days the marijuana dispensaries faced shortages and sold out. It may be time for a new distribution system for this hot (or pot) commodity -- vending machines.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

6 Popular Classic Christmas Gift Ideas That Are Still The Best


With the holiday season upon us, millions of people begin their seemingly never-ending search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Most people are out searching for the latest and greatest electronic gadget this holiday season, but some shoppers still seek that perfect retro gift from the "good ol' days". I want to take a look back in time at some of the most popular gifts of all time. These "old school" toys are all timeless classics for the holidays. read more »

Who's on First? Competing Santa Trackers: NORAD vs Google

Perhaps not as funny as the classic 1938 comedy sketch "Who's on First?" popularized by Abbott and Costello, but it does bring a smile to one's face when anybody is able to give Google a run for their money. Such is the case when the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) backed by Microsoft and Bing take on the Granddaddy of search engines in a face-off that pits one Santa Tracker against another.

What Will History Think Of Video Games?

When future historians look back at video games, what will they think? That's exactly the question prestigious universities and museums across the country have begun to ask. The answer is surprisingly simple: they'll think whatever the evidence at their disposal leads them to think.

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Whoosh! The Futuristic, Innovative Chrysler Turbine Car Turns Fifty

Fifty years ago today, a Chrysler Corporation rep handed over the keys of a brand, spanking new Chrysler Turbine Car to the first of 200 specially selected road testers. By the time the program concluded, an even 50 metallic bronze production Chrysler Turbine Cars had helped enlighten the minds of the American public to the exciting concept of alternative energy vehicles.

The Day That Facebook Went Down - A Breaking News 'Chicken Little' Story! [UPDATE: It's Baaaccck!!!]

This news story is breaking so as soon as you read it, this issue may have been resolved or might still be an ongoing "Chicken Little" morality tale. Our blog will keep you posted with updates throughout the day.

Google's Hummingbird Algo Shifts Search From Keywords To Semantic Technology [Web 3.0]

What's a publisher to do? After being bruised and battered by Panda and Penguin updates, thousands of websites have gone from Google's first page of SERPs [search engine results pages] to having their keywords literally losing gravitas and sinking to the bottom of the heap. Like tumbleweeds rolling across the digital desert, in the wake of cotton mills [Google's original target] being expunged from SERPs, many reputable newsworthy sites also had to shutter their virtual doors due to an ever-evolving ALGO constantly reinventing itself.

The Little Film That Could: "Finish Line" Coming Into The Final Stretch on KickStarter

"Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off-Track Betting" is an indie documentary currently in production. It's a 'Damon Runyon-esque" real-life American saga real-life American saga that unfortunately doesn't come with a Hollywood happy ending. The shuttering of Off-Track-Betting (OTB) in New York City plays out like a Greek Tragedy where over a 1000 employees had their livelihoods, pensions and health benefits taken from them, while Governor Cuomo of New York looked the other way.

Follow Internet Investor Yuri Milner's Lead To Invest In Small Social Media Businesses

Hindsight is 20/20. Had we known to follow Yuri Milner's lead back in 2009 when he and his company Digital Sky Technologies (DST) invested $200 million in what was a small busines at the time called, Facebook, for a 1.95% stake -- we may all have been a lot wealthier today. That early bet made this previously-unknown Russian investor, a billionaire.

Print Your Own Dinosaur

Thanks to 3D models and printers, anyone will soon be able to print themselves rocks, fossils and perhaps entire dinosaurs. The project aims at offering these models for free for educational and scientific purposes.

Ancient Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

The Lycurgus Cup, a 1,600-year-old Roman chalice housed in the British Museum, had baffled scientists ever since the piece was acquired back in the 1950s. When lit from the front the chalice appears as a beautiful jade green. Oddly, when lit from the back it turns a bright blood red. The mystery was solved in 1990 when researchers were able to view broken shards of the cup. That was when they discovered that the Romans had been working with nanotechnology.

Did The Real 'Heisenberg' Also 'Break Bad'?

Many die-hard fans like myself, who can't get enough of the award-winning AMC TV drama, "Breaking Bad," have often thought that the alter-ego character "Heisenberg" was the invention of anti-hero Walter White, played by actor Bryan Cranston. In actuality, the chemistry professor referenced the name in Season 1 as an homage to the famous German physicist, Werner Karl Heisenberg.

Operation Genoa vs Tailwind, HBO's 'Newsroom' Meets At The Corner of Topsy & Vine

Newsroom, the HBO hit series created and written by Aaron Sorkin predicates its storylines on actual news that's taken place in the real world, about 18 month prior. Having cut his social networking teeth on his award-winning movie, "The Social Network," Sorkin takes full advantage of weaving social media references into his yarns, whenever he can.

Going Viral Prior To Hitting Newsstands, Bert & Ernie Outed In 'The New Yorker'

On the heels of the Supreme Court's landmark decision rulings that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, Sesame Street's romantic relationship between Bert and Ernie was graphically outed on The New Yorker's magazine cover. One week prior to the official date this issue will hit newsstands, the sexual orientation of the puppets which has long been the fodder for late-night TV hosts exploded on social media channels.

Mao Cerveza! China's 8 Coolest Beers

China is the world's largest beer market with over 500 breweries straining to slake the thirst of a billion potential imbibers. With production surpassing the 50 billion liter per year mark in 2011 – double that of the USA – one might expect at least a little variety among the flood. We're glad to state that this is indeed so, and our countdown of China's 8 coolest beers proves it.

How Many Pandas & Innovators Does It Take To Fill A British Airways' Plane

'Pandas' and 'Innovators' were British Airways' only passengers this week on a couple of their historic flights. In two unprecedented promotions, giant pandas boarded one flight on Tuesday, June 11th to announce BA's first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005. The very next day, 100 innovators took part in the airlines' "UnGrounded" initiative, enlishted as a think tank hackathon team.

Why Inventors are Awesome....

I think we all know that inventors are awesome.  Even when their inventions don't work, they still show an incredible amount of creativity that many people don't possess.  I'm one of those people that can't think that far out of the box to create something (other than art and fiction, that is).  This video is a salute to inventors--and it's pretty funny as well.

New Anti-Malaria Vaccine Reduces Risk Of Infection By Over 70 Percent

An effective anti-malaria vaccine has been developed by a team of researchers at the Osaka University Research Institute for Microbial Diseases in Japan. The results of clinical trials conducted over a two-year period on location in Uganda, Africa, and published in the U.S. journal PLOS One confirm the BK-SE36 dry powder vaccine lowered the risk of acquiring malaria by a whopping 72 percent.