Egypt's Social Media & Internet Shut-down Could Cost A Pharaoh's Ransom

With social media going dark in Egypt and with proposed legislature before the U.S. Congress to institute a similar "Kill Switch," is it any wonder that when Hosni Mubarak decided to turn off the Internet, that not only would 'all hell would break loose,' but that his country would incur a major economic hit.

Modernist Cuisine: Try A Shot Of Morning Bagel With Your Breakfast

What is a former child genius, who studied math, geophysics, space physics, mathematical economics, cosmology, and quantum field theories (among other things), an inventor, a world renowned nature and wildlife photographer, and a former chief technology officer for Microsoft doing in an experimental modernist kitchen?  Making shots of liquid bagel, of course!


Missing A Sock? Check Out Fire Farm's Dancing Feet Chandelier

When you want to see what creative custom lighting looks like, visit Fire Farm Lighting.  Lighting designer with its own designs of off-the-shelf chandeliers and lamps, the company just goes nuts when it comes to custom creativity.  My favorite is Fire Farm's Dancing Feet Chandelier - aka 'Sock-delier!'

One More Benefit of Biofuels: Newfound Use For The Byproduct, Crude Glycerol

Crude glycerol is an unfortunate byproduct of biofuel manufacturing.  Biofuels are otherwise a positive contribution to the green scene, and fortunately a solution for the crude glycerol issue is being researched.  A bacteria has recently been discovered to digest the byproduct, resulting in some very exciting alternatives to conventional fuels.

Social Media Bloggers vs Semantic Techoggers - Man vs The Machine

Who needs to pay bloggers anymore, when semantic algorithms can accomplish the same task with quicker results and with more thorough research? As quickly as bloggers surfaced with the evolution of the Web 2.0, the semantic technology content of the emerging Web 3.0 era is beginning to emerge to take its place. Transforming minefields of data into high-quality editorial, at scale, and without human authoring or editing is ready to revolutionize the future of publishing.

Bioengineered Blood Vessels May Revolutionize Bypass & Hemodialysis Surgeries

A new bioengineering technique for creating 'off the shelf' blood vessels was unveiled today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.    Researchers believe their technique might one day obviate the need to use the patient's own blood vessels to replace those that are not functioning, specifically in heart by-pass and hemodialysis surgeries, saving as many as 500,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.


Twisted Lighting Designs: 'Ropes' By Christian Haas

German designer Christian Haas has introduced twisted lamps.  They're made of rope.  Not the fibrous, thorny kind of rope used to tie up bundles for shipping, but soft, silky, textile ropes. Ropes you want to reach out and touch....


Facebook's Social Media Click-Throughs Are Clicked Less Today Than Yesterday

Perhaps money can't buy you love, but it's been known to buy you friends on Facebook. Webtrends's white paper analysis of Facebook ad campaigns found that the cost of advertising on the social network that attracts users to fan pages now costs $1.07. However out of 11,200 ad campaigns which totaled 4.5 billion impressions the average click-through rate dropped from 0.063 percent last year to 0.051 percent in 2010.

Keep Your Pet's Food Flowing With Regular, Discounted Deliveries!

How would you like a pet service that doesn't cost you more than not having a pet service?  Hard to find these days. Well, now you can get almost any dog or cat food that your pets eat through such a service.  The company is called Petflow and it ships your pet's food right to your home for  less than it would cost you to purchase it at a pet store, without the inconvenience.

New Lights To Shine On Cancer Cells With FDA OK Of C Dots

C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial.  The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.


Inventor's 'Bedbug Detective' Sniffs Just Like A Dog!

Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog.  The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.


Pulp Furniture Or What Did You Do With All Those Egg Cartons?

If you can't afford furniture and have to sit on cardboard boxes, I think we can find something a bit more elegant for you.  Many furniture designs are made from paper these days.  Like Pulp Furniture, for example; the unique thing about it is that its shapes are so familiar... but not to furniture!  


Social Media Privacy Might Be Under More Scrutiny By Govt Than Internet Companies

As concern mounts as to why Facebook spent $130,000 on lobbyists in the 4th quarter, and why Google dropped $5.16 million for the same purpose in 2010, many of us feel that these efforts were purely for monetary gain. With behaviorally-targeted marketing a result of Web searches, LIKE buttons and GPS functionality, not only do Internet companies and social networks want your private data, so does the government.

Aerobics Or Toning? Which One Can Grow Back Your Memory?

The hyppocampus is the brain structure responsible for all memory formation.  When it shrinks during aging, it is also responsible for memory loss.  Researchers from four universities studied the brains of older persons who were already experiencing atrophy of the hippocampus to see if and what kind of exercise might increase the size of the hippocampus.


China To Construct World's Largest Radio Telescope

Nothing worth listening to on the radio, you say? Don't tell China – they're building a huge, 500-meter radio telescope that will easily be the world's largest when construction is complete. Stay tuned!