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Alchohol Is Most Dangerous Legal AND Illegal Drug

Have you ever wondered which of many evils you should choose if you are going to be naughty.  The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ICDH), a UK-based advisory, headed by Dr. David Nutt, has just published a report that lists drugs in order of their danger - both to the user and to others who come in contact with the user.  The leader on both scales, by far, was alcohol.

 


There's A Panic In The Opera And It's Spooking This Table!

Have you ever seen a deer in the woods take off suddenly for reasons unknown.  He's been spooked.   That's the image that came to my mind when I first saw Panic Opera, Russian designer Dima Loginoff's new 8-legged table.  It looked like Loginoff had filmed the deer 'in flight,' played it back in slow motion and made a still life of it.

 

Social Media Elections On Foursquare Just As Corrupt As Real World

Having just completed another exhausting political election season, it seems at this point in time we're pretty much jaded by corruption and the number of scandals that seem to surround many of our political figures on the state and federal levels. However, who would have suspected that corrupt mayors also existed on the nation's favorite location-based social network - Foursquare?

Rubik's Cube Bank Saves Your Coins, Leaves You Puzzled

Rubik's Cube, the 3D plastic puzzle revered by geeks & gamers the world over, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year - and you forgot to buy it a gift. Not to worry, the Rubik's Cube Bank allows you to save up for a really nice present... that is, IF you can get your money out of it!

Robonaut 2 Goes To Space - With Or Without His Legs

"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

 


Immunity: What's Fertility Got To Do With It?

Do you catch every cold or flu that comes along?  Or do you somehow manage to avert the most contagious of them?  Either way, it's possible that this study of immunity and fertility among Scottish sheep may turn out to provide the reason.

When iPhone Targets Retail Stores Will It Lose Its Caché?

Just in time for the holidays, after launching sales and support for the iPhone at Best Buy and Walmart back in June, Apple is officially going mainstream when it arrives at Target stores on November 7. Consumers will be able to purchase both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS at any of the department store chains' 846 stores. With such a major merchandising change-up like this, does Apple run the risk of losing some of its mystique and exclusivity by going mainstream?

Social Media Netizens In Europe Migrate From Home-Grown Networks To Facebook

For those that doubt the ubiquity of Facebook, one has only to look at the trend emerging in European countries, where home-grown social networks are either being sold or are losing their user base to Facebook. World domination is a slow process, but one that Facebook appears to be making headway across the pond.

Discrete 'Toilet Paper Roll' Bathroom Deodorizer Makes Sense, Removes Scents

Cleverly disguised as a roll of toilet paper, this stealthy bathroom deodorizer from Muji incorporates a silent fan and odor-neutralizing gel.

Social Media App That Detects Apathy & Lazy Voters

Voter turn-out for mid-term elections normally - well - how should I put this… suck!  Where the 2008 national election turnout came in at 56.8 percent, the mid-terms in 2002 and 2006 averaged less than 38 percent. Why is this the case? 

Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

Social Media Strategy Targeting China, Japan, India & Brazil

In June, 2010, when the Internet World Stats report published the "Top 20 Countries With Highest Number of Internet Users," it was not a surprise that China, the US, Japan, India and Brazil would take the top spots. According to the data, the highest percentage of Internet users are China with 21.4%, the USA with 12.2%, Japan with 5.0%, India with 4.1% and Brazil with 3.9%.

Doughnut To-Go Keeps Sweet Snacks Safe & Secure

Doughnut To-Go is a custom carrying case designed to hold a single doughnut in protective custody. It can even be locked, keeping your sweet snack safe from kids, co-workers and Homer Simpson. DOH!

Social Media Shopping Deals For Facebook's 500+ Million Potential Buyers

Ever since the Groupon model landed on the digital landscape and captured the imagination of so many consumers so quickly, everyone seems to want a piece of  their marketshare. And that includes Facebook. Rumored reports from watchdog blog All Facebook says that local shopping deals are being tested.

Cats, Dogs, & Laser Toys

I've written a lot of blogs about pet toys, including one I update every year called the 19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts, but I don't write a lot about laser toys.  There's a reason for that, and with the holidays soon upon us, I want to share my thoughts about buying laser toys as pet gifts.