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Lemelson-MIT Awards RPI Student For New Bomb Detection Method

A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.

 


Slim's Gift To Mexico: The New Museo Soumaya In Mexico City

It is unusual for one person to build an art museum and fund it all, especially when no future remuneration is expected in return. But when your name is Carlos Slim Helú and you are the richest person in the world, who happens to own roughly 66,000 coveted works of art, it might cross your mind. 

U.S. Department of Energy Announcement: Innovative Technology Counteracts Biofuel's Shortcomings

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that a research team led by the Bioenergy Science Center developed an economical, one-step method for converting woody plants directly into isobutanol for use in traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.  The considerably simple and inexpensive process utilizes a new strain of the microbe, Clostridium celluloyticum, which naturally breaks down cellulose.

Touched By A Robot, But Just What Are Its Intentions?

Can the touch of a human nurse's hand on a patient's arm be duplicated by a robot?  The robotic nurse can certainly reach out and touch a patient, but the question of motive is not clear, because a robot touches in the same way regardless of its intention. The Georgia Institute of Technology presented a research report today at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Green Plastic Althernatives: Self-Healing Plastics and Renewable Polymers

Bioplastics have been a hopeful alternative to petroleum-based plastics for some time now, but this new advancement, self-healing plastics, will outdo the competition.  Researchers at Iowa State University are developing multifunctional renewable polymers, and they are not alone in the pursuit.  Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute are developing self-healing plastic inspired by the rubber tree.

Social Media Intern Wanted Before Overexposed Star Stops Trending

Only a week into social networking and TeamSheen needs to recruit an intern to help him do some of the heavy 'social media' lifting. Scaling past 2.3 million followers on Twitter in less than ten days, the ex-Two and Half Men star is not only drunk on the drug called "Charlie Sheen," he's also realized that he's a social media rock star. Or is he? Has the "winning" megalomaniac peaked, or are prospective interns going to be queuing up faster than fanboys at an "Apple iPad2" launch day?

Mark Zuckerberg's Dog 'Beast' Gets Himself A Faceboook Page

Beast, the adorable new dog of Mark Zuckerberg and girlfriend, Priscilla Chan (Cilla, to Beast), has got himself a Facebook page, and I bet within a year, he'll have more friends than anyone ever did on Facebook! Especially, if he continues to update us.  I wonder if Beast will garner as much interest as Bo, the Obama family dog?

 

Are You In A Happy State? Check Out Gallop's 2010 Well-Being Index

So you're in a happy state... but are you in a happy State? The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is designed to tell you just that.  Gallup conducts this poll every year in every U.S. state to determine who's happy and what influences their happiness. In 2010, interviews were conducted with 352,840 adults living in all 50 states and in Washington DC.

 


Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl Feeds Several Canine Needs

Yes, I am an unabashed fan of interactive toys, as long as pets are not left alone while playing with them.  But play is just one aspect of the Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder, as its main purpose is to replace your dog's feeding bowl and to provide your dog the opportunity for a healthy relationship with food.  The Aikiou Company calls the feeder a 'food activity center.'

Social Media Tracking & Crowdsourcing Provides Al Jazeera With 'CNN Moment'

Trusted in the Middle East as an unbiased and uncensored source of international news, those living and traveling throughout the area rely on Al Jazeera as a voice of reason. As a result, it is probably the most watched news network in the region and bases a large portion of their success on having access to social media.

Call For Inventors: The 2011 DiabetesMine™ Design Challenge

The DiabetesMine, a web resource for diabetics, is calling for innovative solutions to better the lives of persons with diabetes in its 2011 DiabetesMine Design Challenge.

 


New Study Reveals How TV Influences Your Fear Of Crime

It seems like there are more crime dramas, more violent movies, and especially more true crime TV shows than ever before. And then there is the daily local, national, and international reports of crime.  While clearly crime pays the TV networks, what effects does it have on viewers?

Lack Of Sleep Claims Another Victim: Colon Cancer

Sleeplessness may be romantic as a movie treatment but, in reality, chronic lack of sleep, irregular sleep, or insufficient sleep puts you at higher risk for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and now colon cancer - a much bigger risk.

The Social Media Check-In You Can't Leave Home Without

For as long as I have been reporting on Foursquare, I like others have been impressed by their partnership deals with TV shows, newspapers, venues and brands. Their check-in model was emulated by competitors as small as one-off app developers and as large as Facebook Places. However, in all that time, Foursquare's use cases have been unsuccessful in showing significant ROIs for the merchants and brands they are aligned with...

Repurposing Can Mean Some Bad Hair Days For Lamps

Sergio Mendoza helps organize workshops at Domaine de Boibuchet in southwestern France, a lovely country estate where artists, architects, and designers congregate and offer classes in the summer. Mendoza got the design bug himself and one set of his works is this series of SMP Lamps made from the shavings of fruit containers delivered to the estate every day.