Eat Yak Cheese, Send a Tibetan Kid to School!

Semi-nomadic tribesmen who raise yaks in the highlands of Tibet once thought their traditional lifestyle was doomed. Now a pilot project centered on yak cheese has boosted incomes, employment and educational opportunities.

New Research Reveals How Much Vitamin D You Need To Prevent Disease

Vitamin D has been shown to decrease risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, fractures, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.  The question is 'How much vitamin D is needed to cut risk?'  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have estimated those levels.

The Current Verdict On Alcohol And Your Heart

I think the last medical consensus, based on the latest research study at the time, was that alcohol was not good for your heart.  I could be wrong; all I know is that the answers have varied from yes to no to yes to no to more studies are necessary. Two comprehensive studies of the latest studies were published yesterday in the British Medical Journal; let's see what they say....

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

Pets Are Superheros, Including Yours

Who do we love most?  Polls report it's our pets.  And who do we see as superheros?  Pets Are Superheros.  And that's the name of the online company that will illustrate your pet as a superhero for just 25 bucks and a photo.


Free Your Mind - A Computer That Reads Your Mind, But Only The Good Bits

One day soon, it may be possible for a computer to read your mind, and determine which thoughts are worth reading.

Cluster+ Equals Lots Of Lighting Fun For Puzzlers

The German lighting design company, Benwirth Licht, has come up with a clever, modular design, which can make you unsure whether you're looking at a lighting design or at a stove top with all its burners on.


Sproot Toy May Keep Pigs From Boredom And Destruction

Isn't this pig smiling?  He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored. 


Aggressive Breast Cancer Gene Discovered: Oncogene ZNF703

British and Canadian researchers have identified an oncogene that is responsible for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the report, the oncogene ZNF703 - onco meaning tumor or mass - becomes active in one out of 12 breast cancers.


Sheep Found Smarter Than Other Animals, Maybe Some Humans Too

Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries.  On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!


New Forensics Tool May Re-Open Many Cold Cases: CERA

Prior to now, it has been almost impossible to track latent prints from discharged cartridge cases.   But a new invention in the field of forensics technology was unveiled last week  that will send uncaptured criminals scrambling, for it has the technology to reveal fingerprints on spent bullet cartridges.


MyPetED Apps: Pet Health Information At All Times

How wonderful to be able to carry your pet's entire medical history in a portable device and have at your fingertips the many resources that MyPetED offers.  Here's a look...

CASPro Device Promises To Revolutionize Blood Pressure Monitoring

Apparently the hundred year-old practice of measuring blood pressure with a cuff will end soon, when a revolutionary new device will be available to give more accurate blood pressure readings. Does that make you nervous too?


Wallflowers Can Beautify Their Surroundings: Vertical Garden by Haldane Martin

Haldane Martin, one of the most creative and prolific South African designers, has designed a unique modular planter system for outside the home.

Interior Designs From The War 'Close To Home' By Ezri Tarazi

....  Ezri Tarazi was in the Israeli military.  Clearly, his battle experiences had a profound effect upon him, as they would anyone in or near battle. Industrial designer by career though, Tazari has repurposed his military souvenirs into designs for the home.  They are now in a one-person installation, called Kaleb, at the Paradigm Design Gallery in Jerusalem.