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'Fountain Of Youth' Steroids Found To Help Prevent Heart Disease

The discovery from the British university came as a surprise even to the research team. Biologists at the University of Leeds have found that a steroid produced by our bodies can help prevent heart disease as well as many other downward spirals that come with age.  The fountain of youth may be just around the corner!

 


New Brain Research Center Opens: What's The Dalai Lama Got To To With It?

A new center is opening today for the study of healthy minds; that's a change from the study of addicted, obsessed, and psychopathic minds.  It may seem odd that a deeply religious and spiritual person, in fact a spiritual leader, would be the inspiration for this new center, but the Dalai Lama did lay the seeds for this endeavor by the Unversity of Wisconson's Waisman Center - about 20 years ago.

 


Innovative Bird Washing Machine Cleans Oil From Bird Faster

Washing oil off see birds can take about two hours and can really stress out a bird. To make the process less stressful, faster and safer for the birds and volunteers an oil company has developed a washing machine that washes a bird in just a few minutes.

LiDAR Coming To An Archaeological Dig Near You – Indiana Jones Extremely Displeased

Archaeology has always been a science for the patient, for those who could stand mind-numbingly long hours of categorization and days of ever-so-careful digging to reveal just another square foot of a lost city or temple. Screw that noise, said a number of Florida scientists, who have now successfully applied Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to mapping hidden jewels of the archaeological world.

Italian Dogs: Their Diapers Don't Smell Thanks To Cliffi

... And when my human parents are out having fun and drinking wonderful Italian wine, I don't have to hold it in. I'd have Cliffi Lino to hold my wee-wee if I peed, and it would make me smell nice too!

 

Planterworx Creates Dynamic 'Element' Planters Inspired By Nature

The Element Planter Series by Planterworx is a fascinating architectural line of new interior and landscape planters as dynamic as it is antithetical to the greens it holds, but it works fantastically as an elegant biomimetic functional design and superbly modern art.

My Brother, The Bloodsucker

This little fellow is a Rhodinus prolixus, aka South American bloodsucker, and his DNA may be in my DNA!  Don't be smug now... It could be in yours too.  And though maybe he's not our brother, he might very well be a distant cousin.  So don't step on him.

Matter of Trust Wants Pet Fur To Clean Up Oil Spill

Everyone is talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico these days. How will it all be cleaned up? One group, Matter of Trust, wants a lot of pet fur to help clean up the spill and is asking for donations.

The Pothole Gardener Brings Smiles, Green and Warning to his Community

Going over a pothole or two or more can make a car ride rough. It can make a bike ride rougher and dangerous. If the city will not take care of the pothole problems who will? The pothole gardener?

Huitlacoche: Gross-Looking Corn Smut Is Edible, Healthy, & Delicious!

Corn farmers in the U.S. have been trying to get rid of 'corn smut' for years.  The stuff has ruined many a corn crop.  Plus, who wants to look at it?

Joshua Tree's Awesome Mirage: A Gold Hotel In The California Desert

Architect Robert Stone is not shy about pushing the envelope, or in this case, about designing a hotel that does not look or feel like any other hotel in the world.  He's designed and built the Acido Durado out of gold, inside and out.  And he's built it at the end of a dirt road in Joshua Tree, CA, where it appears in its dramatic desert surroundings as a glittering mirage.

 

 


9 Great Green Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

It is that time of year again to celebrate Mother's Day. If you are debating making your mom a homemade gift or buying her a gift. The choice is yours. I cannot decide that for you. However, I can show you a list of 9 innovative green gift ideas for inspiration. Take a look below.

Restless, Dreamy, Itching To Fall In Love? You've Got Spring Fever!

Huck Finn had it. "It's spring fever," he exclaimed in Tom Sawyer, Detective"And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"

5 Cool Eco-finds To Celebrate Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. In celebration of Earth Day I have put together a random list of eco-friendly innovation I think are quite interesting. Take a look at the list below.

Japanese Zoo Features Fish Vending Machine

Zoos are sick of people tossing junk food to the animals, and the animals are getting sick eating it - what to do? If you're a zoo in Japan, you set up a fish vending machine that lets you buy healthy, natural snacks you can hand-feed to the seals.

The Eyjafjöll Volcano Designed In Icelandic Wool: The Regional Blanket

The map of the Eyjafjöll volcano... It's already been designed.  And exquisitely so.  In a blanket.  The Regional Blanket by Vík Prjónsdóttir of Vikwool, a knitting factory in southern Iceland.

Design For Doomsday: Underground Survival Communities By The Vivos Group

Whatever you previously imagined about living underground in a survival shelter... it's not what the Vivos Group has in mind.  Vivos has thought of every aspect of survival and your comfort, with supplies and food for up to a year, in case doomsday happens.  It's the 'modern day Noah's Ark.'


Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.

 

Seedbed Roll For The Lazy Gardeners

What if growing lettuce was as simple as rolling out a sheet of seeds and placing it on the ground and watching it grow without any worry of weeds? It turns out it may just be that simple? There is an innovative gardening product on the market called Seedbed Roll.

The Earth Awards 2010: Call For Entries

The Earth Awards 2010 is searching for sustainable innovations that will change the way we live in the 21st century.  It is a global competition with internationally renowned judges from architectural, design, environmental, fashion, and philanthropic communities. It's looking for invention, innovation, entrepreneurial, but above all, transformational, ideas that meet six criteria...