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Outdoor Cat Enclosures: How To Go From Patio To Catio

Take the 'P' from 'Patio,' substitute a 'C' and you get a suitably named Catio, an outdoor cat house. Catio is where indoor cats can hang outside of their houses or apartments in an outdoor enclosure that safely keeps them in and predators out.  If you have time to build a catio, you can do-it-yourself, but there are several options.

Acquacalda Uses Applied Physics To Create Practical Gadgets

If you are a closet nerd who loves to entertain or a geek who happens to have a lot of friends you are sure to appreciate the One For All, All For One design by Acquacalda.  This unique wine pourer uses the Pascal Principle to equally pour four glasses of wine at once.  In fact, this design is only one in a series of science principle based household gadgets.  

The Mysterious Illness Hitting Gulf Workers Now Identified As 'TILT'

For a few days now, we've been hearing and reading about Gulf cleanup workers and people living close to the Gulf coming down with strange 'flu-like' symptoms.  The true diagnosis was difficult, because flu symptoms are common in the illness that's actually overcoming these workers - now patients.  It's called TILT, short for Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance.  What are the causes and symptoms?

 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gulf Oil Spill- YouTube Tonight!

Our 'Social Media' President has engaged with various social networks to get himself elected, communicate to the public and present himself in an open and transparent way. Tonight on YouTube, he continues on that track - and the lyrics from "Something Funny Happened On The Way To Forum,"  somehow seem to play well into the proceedings and what might unfold this evening.

Google BrinBots To Transcend Limitations Of Man's Mortality?

A scientific think-tank in the Silicon Valley, funded by Google, run by thought-leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics and computing - may be man's answer to Ponce de León 's Fountain of Youth.

Otarian Carbon Footprints Every Item On The Menu

Would you be more likely to visit a restaurant if the menu offered the carbon footprint information of each meal? Would the meal you order depend on its sustainability? Not sure. If you happen to have the opportunity to dine at restaurant called Otarian you can find out.

Drift Innovation Introduces World's First Wearable HD Action Cam With LCD Screen and Wireless Remote

The soon-to-launch Drift HD170 action cam is the first of its kind to feature remote control functionality and an LCD screen for fast, seamless viewing.

Scientists Now Understand Phenomenon Of Coming Back From The Frozen Dead

There are several reported cases of persons who froze to death and lived to tell about it.  This phenomenon has disturbed the reasonable mind for centuries, but somehow some frozen dead persons, animals, and even fruit flies have come back to their normal, healthy lives after they went through extensive periods of no heart rate or respiration.

 

Kevin Costner Offers BP Gulf Clean-up Solution, But Fails At Coffee Spill

He's not saying, if he builds it, they will come. He's not saying, he can walk on water. But what he is saying is that he has machines that can separate oil from water and that's what BP needs to turn the situation around.

A Metaphor For A Metaphor: The Grass Is Always Greener...

Inspired by man's innate desire to always want what is not his, Mexican industrial designer Christian Vivanco has taken a verbal metaphor for that desire - "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" - and turned it into a more literal metaphor - a green (grass) sofa with a surrounding picket fence.  Remember, though, there are two sides to that fence....

 

 

A Good Night's Sleep Really Does Effect Your View Of The World

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine today announced the results of a study on the effects of sleep on color perception.  It turns out that it's not rose-colored glasses you need at all; it's just a good night's sleep.

Designer Gas Masks: Look Fashionable While The World Is Ending

When the world is ending, you've still gotta look fashionable while ensuring your survive as long as possible, right? Well, that's the idea behind these funky new fashions. Not to make light of what's been happening in the world, but things aren't looking all that hopeful now are they? So, stocking up on these unique fashion items just might not be too bad of an idea!

Here You Go: Free Umbrella Giveaways For Acts of Kindness

Some businesses aren't about turning a profit, at least not solely, and that's a business concept that's becoming increasingly more popular around the world. The latest makes an appearance right on time for the Spring season, right when it's needed most, and it's all about kindness!

Biomimicry Provides Solution To Regenerative Fabrics For Internal Organs

Not only can this protein nanofabric create repair structures for the heart and other internal organs, but conceivably, it could be used to make material that could stretch 1500 times its size! Carry-on luggage would be obsolete, as your travel wardrobe could easily fit in your pocket or purse.

If It Moves Like A Fish, Fish May Follow It To Safety

Wouldn't it be great if robots could lead fish and other wildlife away from the Gulf oil spill before they got a drop of oil on them?  A mechanical engineering professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a dream that his robot fish can do that and much more.

 


Fun Infects Campana Brothers' New Fossils Designs

Fernando and Humberto Campana are two design-prolific brothers from Brazil, known to have more fun doing what they do than most people in the world.  All of their designs are inspired by fun and many are inspired by toys, often in animal form.  The NativoCampana series, new for 2010, includes some pretty fun-but-creepy-looking insect and snake "Fossils" just released in limited editions yesterday!

Hurricane Alex, The First To Potentially Turn Oil Spill Into Black Surf

As of June 1, with 'Alex' as the nom de plume of the first, the hurricane season is officially underway and will run its course from now until November 30, 2010. The clock is ticking away for the BP clean-up in the Gulf to ward off any possibility of a 'perfect storm' combining the oil spill calamity with the climatic forces of hurricane winds.

Bike Helmet Bug Screen: Great For Bugs, Not So Much For Vision

Ever had a real problem of getting hit in the face with bugs on your bicycle? Me neither, but here's a solution.

Who Would Have Thought You Could Swim Off A Boat?

Want to swim in the ocean without actually being in the ocean? Try this Euroship Magic Swim pool on your next  yacht trip.

7 Works In Progress From SIAL 2010 Food Design

Food design is not just about creating a pretty plate these days.  Like any art or design form, it can be an expression of despair as well as hope, of decay as well as growth.  So don't be shocked when you read what is influencing today's student food designers as we preview 7 designs from the upcoming SIAL 2010 Food Design Show.