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Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

The Spy Who Dressed Like A Hummingbird

Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously.  It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.

 

Miniature Cherry Blossom Tree Springs Into Bloom Anytime

Winter always seems to overstay its welcome, leaving us longing for the warm breezes and bright flowers of Spring. Why wait weeks when your very own artificial mini cherry blossom tree can burst into bloom in mere hours!

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.

 

Biomimicry Of Tiny Fly Will Lead To More Powerful Antennas

Don't tell a male cricket this, but his mating call is responsible for attracting more than a mate; it attracts a parasitic, pregnant fly called the Ormia ochracea.  Other flies would not hear the crickets, but the Ormia ochracea has unusually acute multi-directional hearing that a University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison) researcher wants to biomimic in a powerful way. 

Thar She Blows - Return To The Age Of Sailing Ships

Oceangoing technology has turned full circle, as we return to the age of sailing ships - with a difference.

New Eco-friendly Beach Toys Here in Spring

How many times have you been to the beach or taken your kids to a sand box and seen forgotten beach toys littering the place? These toys can be so much fun for children (and adults), but often end up forgotten on the beach, trashed when outgrown or broken from over use and then trashed. Zoë b biodegradable beach toys leave behind less plastic waste.

Contour Action Cams Get Bluetoothed to Smartphones

Your action cam just got a much larger preview screen. With an upcoming smartphone app, Contour action cams will be able to use your phone as a screen so that you can preview your shot. 

Super Skin Stretches The Limits Of The Artificial

As created bio-technologies become more robust, researchers like Zhenan Bao are pushing the artificial envelope with what she hopes will become “super skin”.

Caring For A Dog Or Cat With Dementia

Yesterday, I wrote about ways you can delay or prevent cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, in your dogs and cats, but what if telltale signs are already showing up?


Helping To Prevent Or Delay Dementia In Dogs & Cats

Pets, like people, can suffer from cognitive dysfunction as they age, and their symptoms can be very similar to those of humans with Alzheimer's disease.  Not a happy thought, is it?  But there are ways you can prevent or, at least, delay pet 'dementia.'

Got Wind? Drive! - A Car That Goes With The Wind

A wind-powered car has just completed a 3,000 mile journey for less than $15.

Just In Time For Spring - Human Breast Milk Ice Cream!

Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all.  The next thing you know you come across something like this – Breast Milk Ice Cream!  Yes, just in time for the upcoming spring/summer weather a restaurant owner in London has decided to serve up a creamy frozen treat made from human breast milk.

In The Gardens We're Seedin' - The Guerilla Gardening Movement

Around the world, people are reclaiming orphaned urban land, and turning it into gardens.

Cornucopia? - An Opportunity For Mexican Farmers

A new initiative in Mexico guarantees farmers a price for their corn, and a reason to stay at home.

Fossil 'Walking Cactus' May Be Missing Link Between Worms and Arthropods

Scientists from China studying fossils of Diania Cactiformis, nicknamed the 'walking cactus', say the odd worm-like animal is enlightening them on how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.

Newly Identified Anatomical Circuit In The Brain Explains Clinical Depression

Scientists have identified a specific region of the brain that functions as a 'depression center,' and shuts down activity in the reward center.

New Research Reveals How Much Vitamin D You Need To Prevent Disease

Vitamin D has been shown to decrease risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, fractures, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.  The question is 'How much vitamin D is needed to cut risk?'  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have estimated those levels.

Sproot Toy May Keep Pigs From Boredom And Destruction

Isn't this pig smiling?  He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored. 

 

Sheep Found Smarter Than Other Animals, Maybe Some Humans Too

Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries.  On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!