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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!

 

Price Your Device - An ATM That Collects E-Waste And Pays You For It

An ATM that collects your e-waste, prices it, and pays you for it, is about to go national.

Wallflowers Can Beautify Their Surroundings: Vertical Garden by Haldane Martin

Haldane Martin, one of the most creative and prolific South African designers, has designed a unique modular planter system for outside the home.

Red Rice For Beans - Marketing Rice To Reduce Poverty

A small organization is helping lift Sri Lankans out of poverty by marketing the rice they grow to the world.

You CAN Live In A Bubble! The Crystal Bubble

I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...


Of Mice And Men: Scientists Say We Share The Same Wiring That Links Sex And Violence

Cells that lie deep in the hypothalamus, known to be linked to violent behavior in male mice, were shown, with the help of fluorescent tags, to be intertwined with cells active during sex.  Could a mix-up in these cells be responsible for violent sexual behavior in some human males?

 

NYC's Got Gas - A New Plan To Turn Sewage Into Heat

A New York City wastewater plant will soon be adding enough methane to the city's natural gas supplies to heat 2,500 homes.

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Indoor Planter With Umbrella Stand Makes Use Of Rain Water

Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.

 

Blooming Fair - Buy Fair Trade Flowers For Valentines Day

Buying Fair Trade Certified flowers for Valentines Day will make more than just your loved one happy.

Bungee Bird Feeder May Surprise Rodent Interlopers

What would we think of our friends at SUCK UK if they couldn't come up with a clever bird feeder?  Indeed, they have.

Laser Welding Fastens Present Materials To Future Technology

Current laser welding techniques are limited in what plastics they can join seamlessly, but thanks to a breakthrough a Fraunhofer this may no longer be the case.

Bunker Down Like A Bordeaux: Cork Tent Keeps You Protected

A more natural tent, the Tree House is a barrel-like tent made entirely from cork.

Pet Park's Indoor PetZoom Pet Potty: Train 'Em Young

I've resisted getting an indoor potty for my dog.  But the weather was just horrible lately, and he sooo did not want to go out in it.  After many previous experiences ended in home 'accidents,' I finally broke down and bought a Pet Park PetZoom Indoor Potty and now I realize why I should have done this a long time ago.

"Mussel Gel" Will Give Muscle To Medical Implants And Tissue Repair

A new gel that the inventors say you can play with like Silly Putty, can repair torn skin, bond implants, or act as an adhesive for underwater machinery.  The invention, under development for several years, is now patent pending, and it's all thanks to the biomimicry of a mussel's byssus, the hair-size filaments that form a sticky foam enabling the mussel's fierce attachment to rocks, substrates, and beds on the sea walls and floors.