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Dog Poop Lights 'Eternal Lamp' For The Park Spark Project

Instead of trying to identifying the culprits of that poop on the grass, dog poop is actually a welcome sight to the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are happily participating in the Park Spark Project.  The objective of the project is to turn dog poop into methane gas and use it for energy.  A relatively small amount of dog poop is already lighting one of the city's lamps - an eternal light from the power of dog poop.

 

 

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization

"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.

 


Icy iPad? Touch Gloves Keep Hands Warm When Touchscreens Are Cold

Touchscreen devices like Apple's popular iPad won't work well when wearing gloves because the screen responds to the electric charge of the user's fingers. Touch Gloves from Alta address that issue, keeping your fingers warm when using iPads and other tablets outdoors in cold weather.

Social Media's Dark Side Exposed On iChat, Twitter & YouTube

Home videos have served as the premise for TV games shows. Police officers use secret video tapings for surveillance which can later be presented as evidence in a court of law. YouTube allows anyone with a camera to become filmmakers.  Video taping in movies such as "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" actually made the video camera a cast member in their features. In turn, social media opened up channels to share videos via social networking sites globally.

Groan, Wheeze, Moan, Mutter... Tennis Player Grunts Upset Opponents

Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Venus Williams are two of the biggest grunters in professional tennis. Grunting seems to come naturally to tennis players because it acts as a form of tension release when they are physically working hard. But recently published research examined the effects of grunting on the opponents of the grunters in a controlled setting.

 


Social Media's Largest Social Tribe Divests Its Exclusive Origins?

The paradox of the first decade of the 21st Century is what started out as the 'shiny new thing' - built on its allure and prestige of being exclusive  - is now hinged on an 'open door policy.' Human nature defines us by "tribe" - where we feel most comfortable, right, wrong or indifferent by 'our own kind.'  However from "Harvard Students" to "Ivy League Schools" to "those with an .edu email address" to the "world at large" -  within short order, Mark Zuckerberg transformed his original exclusive Facebook tribe into a true melting pot of peoples.

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

Read this, if you want to die laughing...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about.  They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels.  So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.

 


Social Media Worm That "Likes" Facebook

Worms on Facebook are becoming almost as ubiquitous as the site itself. With so many Facebook pages on the network today, and with everyone trying to get their pages additional "LIKES," it's wise in general to stay away from any page with "Shocking" in its title - let alone, if its followed by "This girl killed herself after her Dad posted this photo."

USB Toothbrush Sterilizer Case Blasts Bacteria With UV Light

The new UV light toothbrush sterilizer case from Japan Trust technology (JTT) is powered through a USB connection or by two AA batteries, allowing germophobes to wipe out 99.9% of the bacteria infesting their toothbrushes anywhere, anytime.

Got Milk? Good. Milk Helps You Lose Weight!

Milk helps advance weight loss?  That's a surprise to most of us, because many of the most popular diet programs exclude or minimize dairy products as part of their regimes.  A two-year study shows not only that milk drinkers lose more weight, but that Vitamin D has other health benefits besides preventing skin cancer.

Awesome Eyeglasses For The Future Win Wall Street Journal Tech Award

Edyeglass technology hasn't advance very much since the 19th century... until now.  TruFocals, soon to be re-branded Superfocus, are the coolest things in prescription eyeglasses since Benjamin Franklin made his own.  In fact, they are designed just like Franklin's glasses. 


Krispy Kreme Japan Rolls Out Scary-otypical Halloween Treats

Krispy Kreme Japan is rolling out a special, seasonal series of donuts with a Halloween theme. The sweet holiday treats will only be sold until October 31st so get 'em while the going's ghoul!

British Researchers Find First Evidence Of Genetic Link To ADHD

In the 1980's when attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was first bandied about as a developmental disability, many college and university administrators and teachers thought it was just an excuse for poor grades and low test scores. Slowly though, it has become recognized in the educational community as an actual disorder and new educational methods, as well has drugs, have been developed to help treat it.  Now, scientists have found that there is a genetic link to ADHD.

 

Back To The Future: 8 Futuristic Kitchen Gadgets From The 20th Century

One of the several segments of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) historical look at 20th century kitchens is its collection for Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen.  Here, we find designs for the kitchens of the future from the avant-guarde of the last century, which still have relevance and style for today's kitchens... But where are they?

 

 


Social Media Screens Prospective Employees & Clients

Be careful what you tweet, Flikr, YouTube and update - less you want to reduce your chances of getting hired or landing your next client. Social media is now officially the extension of one's resume. It adds another layer for discovery by prospective employers and companies. After all, who knows you better than your social networks?