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Alzheimer's Patients Could Be Diagnosed Much Earlier

The presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients has generally been assessed by autopsy.  But a new contrast agent from Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, called florbetapir, has recently proved successful in helping radiologists identify the plaques in living patients through PET scans.

Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

Is Social Media Stocks An End-Run Around The Securities Exchange Commission?

Social media stock that you can purchase before a social network goes public has become the hot ticket in social media circles. In my post, "Social Media Stock Market Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs," I noted several financial vehicles that sell these types of stocks direct to pubic, while they are still private companies. However none have caught as much flack as the Goldman-Sachs-Facebook deal.

Headlines Attack Anti-Inflammatory Drugs But Data Is 'Homogenized'

Last week's reports about Ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) creating higher risks for stroke and heart disease might have been a bit more balanced.

Social Media Drops Another "P" Bomb On TGIF

Who releases a major privacy change to its social network on a Friday evening prior to a holiday weekend? Well, if you're the social network that has rebuffed privacy issues in the past, and believes that online privacy is no longer a "social media norm," I guess it's your world to dictate, and we are still the "dumb f*cks" you so aptly named some six years ago.

Royal Engagement Ring Replicas Are China's Latest Booming Export

The April 2011 wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is proving to be a bonanza for Chinese jewelers, manufacturers and exporters. Want a royal wedding engagement ring for as little as 45 cents? Just say “I do!”

Hotel Guests Check In To Social Media Services For Recommendations & Meet-Ups

Over time, hotels have learned to embrace social media by assigning staff or hiring agencies to manage both the tactical and strategical aspects of an effective campaign. In the "Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest," I noted some of the best 'social media' hotel chains' campaigns. But in addition, hoteliers are also utilizing some of the new social media services popping up online and on mobile apps that connect guests and hotels in some unique ways prior to arrival and during their stays.

Social Media Stock Markets Don't Need No Stinkin' IPOs

While rumors abound as to which social network will jump onto the IPO band wagon first - and with the dot-com bubble of the 90s still fresh in our memory - there appears to be an alternate route for Mom & Pop investors to invest in social media and start trading NOW, before any bell sounds on Wall Street. IPOs? We don't need no stinkin' IPOs!

Google's Fare Search For Travel Challenged by FairSearch For Travel

Google's acquisitions of AdMob Inc. and DoubleClick boosted the search giant's online services while the government held back from challenging its encroachment on competition. But with Google's recent acquisition of ITA Software, online travel agencies (OTAs) are pressuring the US Justice Department to support an anti-trust suit against Google to block the purchase.

Lights At Night Increase Risks For Disease

Melatonin is a hormone that has many functions.  Produced at night by the pineal gland, it regulates the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, blood pressure, and glucose tolerance; lack of melatonin can create serious medical problems.

 

Burger King Stuffs Its Steakhouse Burger

January 17 is not just the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday this year, it is the day Burger King has chosen to introduce its Stuffed Steakhouse Burger. This alone is in poor taste.

China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Quietly Makes First Flight

When China's homegrown J-20 stealth fighter took to the air on its first test flight, it let the world know – albeit quietly – that China's air force won't take an ejection seat to anyone.

Would Social Media's Bubble Burst If Facebook Were To Cash Out?

Scaling to 600+ million users in six years is a monumental task for any social network. Ask MySpace which is scheduled to layoff 500 workers this week? But with a Time's Person of the Year nod, an award winning movie, a graphic novel and financial book-makers lining up to seed billions more in investment, one wonders if the Internet bubble we are currently experiencing will eventually burst when and if Facebook cashes out?