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5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

Cooking Invention To Provide Greater Freedom For Millions Of Women: The Rotimatic

Serving delicious roti fresh and warm at dinner time takes hours of tedious work, performed mostly by women, in India, Pakistan, and many other south Asian and African countries every day.  So, it's no surprise that inventor Pranoti Nagarkar believes that the impact of her Rotimatic roti maker will be on a par with the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine, and the contraceptive pill in terms of providing freedom for women!

Lord Of The Spies Afoot On The Island Of Web 2.0

Lord of the Flies is a dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys cast-offs on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. Published in 1954 when McCarthyism and the "Red Scare" of the Soviet Union was at its height. Flash forward almost 60 years to the day, and American are anxious once again  - but this time it's not the Russians, it's our own government.

Mouthwatering? How About Rotisserie Fried Turkey For The Holidays?

Some enjoy the nip in the air, others enjoy visiting with friends, the parties, the gifts.... I'll be honest. What I enjoy most about the holidays is the food - especially turkey!  So I did flips when I found out there is a way to improve on my favorite cooking method, fried turkey.  A rotisserie!  Right, a rotisserie in a fryer! Whoa!

Thief Proof Your Dog With The Safespot Locking Leash And Collar

Dog theft has been on the rise for the last several years in the U.S, with an estimated 2 million dogs being stolen in 2012.  But a company with the slogan, "You lock your bike, why not your beagle?" is promoting its new Safespot Locking Leash and Collar, so maybe there won't be more dog thefts than bike thefts!

Medical Intervention Successful In Rats With Gambling Addictions

Rats who are compulsive gamblers have reason to celebrate today as researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced the first successful drug to inhibit this compulsive behavior in its test group.  The test of 32 laboratory rats over a 16-month period involved the development and deployment of the only slot machine-style rat casino in North America, a casino built by the UBC Laboratory of Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Want An Intelligent Dog? Try Plato Thinkers Treat Sticks

 

Fido may not be writing dialogues any time soon, but perhaps you can get him to respond when you call him for a Plato Thinkers Treat Stick....

Calorie-Free Food Flavored Vapor: Le Whaf

Le Whaf is a crazy new food gadget which is capable of turning food into nothing but a calorie-free vapor with the same flavor as the solid form from which it originates. So is this concept just wishful thinking, or will the next few years see Le Whaf sweep the food vapor-loving world? Find out.

Wrist Health Monitor May Be The New ‘Guardian Angel’

A new wrist monitor by Israeli medical startup company Seraphim Sense could revolutionize the world of mobile healthcare.

Yummy For Your Dog, Funny For You: 'My Dog Ate It' Dog Treats

... Dedicated to all those things your dog ate and to all the dogs who ate them, or would like to have eaten them, comes "My Dog Ate It" dog treats, inspired by... who else?

Umbra’s Grip Coasters Help Enforce Coaster Use

Having people over is fun, finding sticky rings and water damage marks on your furniture the next day is not. Fortunately, Umbra has come up with a clever way for you to enforce coaster use without seeming like an anal host.

Turns Out Men Actually Need Their "Guy Time" To Stay Healthy

Turns out, a night at the pub with some friends might not be so idle a pastime as one might think. Quite the contrary: According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, it's absolutely integral to men's health, and they should definitely make an effort to go more often.

Down To The Wire Hair? 5 DIY Halloween Costumes For Your Dog

If you love to make things yourself, you have to visit Instructables.com, where you can learn to easily make almost anything you want.  All the items are from other DIY'ers offering photos and guided instructions, sometimes videos, demonstrating their DIY designs.  Here are five adorable, innovative dog Halloween costumes from Instructables that you can easily and inexpensively make yourself....

 

Awarding Those Under The Influence Of Small Business

Small Business Trends was a start-up launched by founder and CEO Anita Campbell back in 2003. Over the course of the last ten years, SMT as an online publisher focusing on small business issues now serves over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually throughout North America.

3 Simple Dog Outfits For This Halloween And Beyond

A lot of dogs are just not that into dressing up for Halloween.  My dog happens to be one of those.  If I put a silly costume on him, he knows he looks silly, and he just won't move in it.  So I just choose something simple for him to wear to the dog park for Halloween festivities - just to show he's in the spirit of the holiday.  And you know what?  He really gets to enjoy himself.

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.

7 Top Grain-Free Dental Treats For Dogs & Cats

In the last few years, dental chew bones for dogs and cats have taken up most of the end-caps in pet retail stores. But only most recently are they are being made in various shapes, like giant toothbrushes, that challenge multiple angles of canine and feline teeth.  As hard as these dental bones are, it's been even harder to find them in grain-free versions.  Here are 7 top grain-free dental treats for dogs and cats....

5 Digital Seeds To Grow 'Small Business' Facebook Audiences

Large brands have taken to Facebook like a fish to water, but small-to-medium size B2B and B2C companies have a tougher row to hoe. While multi-nationals like Coca-cola or Apple can attract millions of followers overnight with give-aways, discounts and promotional campaigns, smaller firms feel like the proverbial tree falling in the forest.   

Top Ten Baby Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes for babies are their first initiation into the one holiday of the year that requires them to be someone else.  Yes, even though your baby don't even 'what' they are, let alone 'who' they are, this doesn't stop parents from wanting to confuse them even more, by dressing them up in a clever disguise.