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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."

Thar She Blows - Return To The Age Of Sailing Ships

Oceangoing technology has turned full circle, as we return to the age of sailing ships - with a difference.

Combustible Noodles Scaring China's Ramen And Women

If your 5-alarm chili can spark a 3-alarm fire, you'll love the combustible noodles rumored to be smoldering away on Chinese store shelves.

Got Soaked? You Need AIR, The Universal Drying Machine

Russian industrial designer, Olga Kalugina, has a darned clever design for a portable multi-purpose dryer.  It's the kind of dryer you need when you've come into your home after being swept up and soaked by a storm.

Oral Sex Is Now Main Cause Of Oral, Head, & Neck Cancers: Concerns About Teens

In other countries, the leading cause of oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer is tobacco; in the United States, it's oral sex. Shocking?

Mobilegs: Superior Crutches For The 21st Century

What? Cool, ergonomic, sustainable, and comfortable? Could they be crutches?

Social Media & Banksy, The Scarlet Pimpernel Of Street Art Tweets No More

The masked art crusader known as "Banksy" was a no-show at two back-to-back award shows, where his documentary "Exit Through The Gift Shop" was nominated.  While Thierry Guetta (one of the featured stars in the movie) accepted on Banksy's behalf at the the Independent Spirit Awards, February 25, and Justin Timberlake joked that he was the real "Banksy' at the 83rd Academy Awards two nights later, the iconic graffiti artist was incognito. However, in social media circles - like his street art -  he has definitely left his mark.

Hail CISAR! The World is Diggin' the China International Search and Rescue Team

The China International Search and Rescue Team, or CISAR for short, has a two-fold mission: to assist in natural disaster relief at home and abroad, and to put a helpful, friendly face on Chinese diplomacy.

With Watson Out Of Jeopardy, AI Determines What Consumer Electronics To Buy (Interview)

Watson may not know that Toronto isn't located in Canada, but Retrevo has designed similar artificial intelligence to analyze more than 50 million real-time data points to provide shoppers with the most comprehensive, unbiased information regarding what consumer electronics to purchase. In an interview I conducted with Aditya Vailaya, Retrevo's chief scientist, we gain insight as to how AI is being used in this field.

Medical Device Approved To Prevent Hemorrhoids After Childbirth

About 25 percent of mothers develop hemorrhoids as a direct result of vaginal births. This week a patented device called Hem-Avert® Perianal Stabilizer was approved for use during labor and vaginal childbirth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Test results indicate that the device does what it claims to do....