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Seniors May Decrease Risk Of Dementia By Taking A Daily 'Nip'

In case you think I am duplicating a recent column about moderate alcohol consumption being good for your health, that blog was about alcohol and heart disease.  In another study of studies - 23 longitudinal ones -  there are equally interesting findings about alcohol consumption and cognitive ability.  Now don't go out and party yet....

Peeps Sushi: 'Serious Eats' Whips Up Some Sweet Easter Treats

Everyone loves Peeps, those sugary marshmallow confections that have sweetened Easter Baskets since 1953. Now the folks at Serious Eats are helping Peeps expand their horizons with Peeps Sushi.

Aussies Develop A Medical App For Macho Men

The Disease Management Unit at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, Australia has launched an iPhone app for machismo males who won't visit their doctors when disease symptoms arise. It's called "myHealthMate" and it allows men to learn about their symptoms...shhh... in secret.


Somthing's Fishy About This "Magic Carp-Pet" Rug

John Leung loves to incorporate optical illusion into his designs, and the "Magic Carp-Pet," for me, is his best. Created for Australian architects, ClarkeHopkinsClarke, This rug design actually employs two items to make its point...

Student Designs Special Pot Handles For Those With Arthritis

Even though Ching-Hao Hsu, a graduate student at Australia's Queensland University of Technology, is focused on a career as a lighting designer, he has shown a unique interest in and talent for developing assistive tools for persons with disabilities. On the first short list of the James Dyson sponsored Australian Design Awards, the Arthritis Handle was clearly developed after significant research.

 

Charlie Sheen's Record Speed On Social Media Highway Sets Guinness Record

It's a known fact that the Guinness World Records logs milestones for every esoteric achievement known to man. So with Charlie Sheen "high" on the drug he calls "Charlie Sheen," it was not inconceivable that he would "score" the coveted honor for the "Fastest Time to Reach 1 Million Followers" on Twitter ever. (take that, Ashton Kutcher!)

Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

The Spy Who Dressed Like A Hummingbird

Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously.  It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.

 

Beijing Medical Microblog: Social Media Meets Socialized Medicine

Beijing Emergency Medical Center's new microblog exemplifies the emergence of social media as a leading news and information venue in China.

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

Got Eggs? Their Perfect Shape Inspires Egg Designs For The Home

In case you missed the yearly unveiling of the eggs, the Le Uova de Leon collection is still getting its seasoning in the news.  So, I thought I would give you a few fun moments with photos from the egg collection, a series of playful, colorful, exciting, and terribly creative interior design renditions from Italian architect Valentina Audrito.

Social Media Chats About Specific Topics, In Search Of A Critical Mass

Sometimes friends are just not enough. While Facebook's primary appeal has been to build social communities of people within less than six degrees of separation, up pops another that believes you need to reach out further - specifically, to strangers. This new wrinkle, ironed out by AnybodyOutThere (not to be confused with Pink Floyd's 1980's pop hit) is sometimes you to need to connect with random people to get answers on specific-topics. Such is the premise of their online chat site.

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.

 

Biomimicry Of Tiny Fly Will Lead To More Powerful Antennas

Don't tell a male cricket this, but his mating call is responsible for attracting more than a mate; it attracts a parasitic, pregnant fly called the Ormia ochracea.  Other flies would not hear the crickets, but the Ormia ochracea has unusually acute multi-directional hearing that a University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison) researcher wants to biomimic in a powerful way. 

Israel, The Silicon Valley Of The Middle East Welcomes VCs & Social Media

Israel is considered by many to be the Middle East's Silicon Valley, ranking second to North America in number of companies in the high-tech field. With odds stacked against them, according to research conducted by the ISEMI College, an online business school for entrepreneurs, "historical necessity has forced this tiny country, with a total area of 8400 square miles and a population of 6.5 million to become a technological powerhouse."