Headlights For Your Grill: LED Lights Brighten Japanese Smiles

Gold and diamond dental “grills” not flashy enough for you? Not to worry, LED smiles inspired by a Japanese retail ad will give your mouth a glow even Flavor Flav can't beat.

Adult Success May Be Predicted By Self Control In Childhood

Poor concentration, an inability to stick with a task, frustration at not getting the object of desire, an unwillingness to share or to play cooperatively with other children...  Frequent similar behaviors in a 3-year old are not characteristic of those who later succeed in life.  The good news, though, is that self-control can be taught.


Anti-reflective Film Inspired By Moth's Eyes Improves Solar Cells

Shiny new solar cells... not a good thing when the point is to capture every last ray of sunshine. In an effort to find the least reflective surface possible, scientists have looked to an unlikely source: the compound eyes of night-flying moths.

Social Media For Sale Or Rent, "ThreeWords" Bought By That Domain Gent

Up till now, the social media space has been a coveted arena where entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are more interested in building empires than selling their enterprises to the highest bidder. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others were of a similar ilk. However, the next generation of Internet entrepreneurs seem to be looking at things somewhat differently.

2011's Social Media Super Bowl Puts Twitter & Facebook In The Driver's Seat

This year with over 100 million viewers predicted to watch the Super Bowl and commercials costing $3 million a spot, brands are looking to rope in even more  eyeballs by promoting their wares on Twitter and Facebook. And this year, Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by actually awarding 2 of their new 2012 C-Class Coupes to contest contestants they consider the most savvy social networkers.

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.

Robots, Like Babies, Need To Crawl Before They Can Walk

Josh Bongard is one member of a growing field called evolutionary robotics.  In short, it means that stronger, more useful, more adaptable robots should develop their skills one step at a time, like animals and humans, rather than being built 'ready to go.' Bongard has experimented with his very literal biomimetic approach to robot upbringing in a first-of-its-kind experiment sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


'Breast On A Chip' Will Test Nanomedical Detection & Treatment Options For Breast Cancer

Purdue University researchers have accomplished a major milestone in the engineering of a micro-model for breast cancer research.  The slide-size model has been dubbed "breast on-a-chip" for its replication of the branching of the mammary duct system, where most breast cancers occur.


China's Confucius Institute Spreads Chinese Culture Around The World

Soft power, hard sell: The non-profit Confucius Institute has been promoting China's language, culture and society to people and nations the world over since 2004. Nearly 500 CI's are now open in almost 100 countries and plans are afoot to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020.

Latest Study Reveals Possible End of Fossil Fuels by 2030

New research contends that 100% reliance on renewable energy - that is, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power sources - is entirely possible by the year 2030.  Although unlikely to be endorsed by our current political economy, complete removal of fossil fuel is both possible and affordable within the next two decades.

Eric Be Nimble, Eric Be Quick, See Google's Founders Jump Over Eric's Shtick!

"Was it something he said?" Large infrastructures in the Silicon Valley can sometimes be an inevitable by-product of success. However, the ramifications of such an growth can also stymie a company from advancing, as the layers of decision-making become a bureaucratic juggernaut. Such is the case at Google and of recent date, the founders are seeking to remedy the situation by jumping back into the fray, displacing its previous CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Social Media Takes Time Off For A Qwiki!

When you win top honors at TechCrunch Disrupt- an event that introduces new innovative Internet companies to the world - you know you are on a trajectory for success. It's an arena that attracts developers and venture capitalists, the likes of Peter Thiel, one of Facebook's first major investors. It was there the world first got to become intimately involved with a digital Qwiki.

Social Media Game That Rewards You For Playing Social Media Games

It was bound to happen. Zynga, the number one game developer on Facebook is not happy just to release another "Ville" game, they had to find yet another way to make online gaming even more addictive than they already are - and in the process add yet more "green" to their coffers. This week, rumors logged by a number  of the techie blog sites indicated the firm will be launching RewardVille.

Taobao Trip Travel Website Spreads Its Pink Piggy Wings

Chinese New Year is fast approaching and the year's busiest travel season is about to begin. Taobao Trip is reaching out to millions of would-be travelers with an offbeat video ad featuring flying pigs.

Are Your Genes Choosing Your Friends?

... Instances have been found where individuals 'instinctively' do not couple with others that carry the same diseases. Are their genetic markers being expressed environmentally?  Or socially, perhaps?