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Red Rice For Beans - Marketing Rice To Reduce Poverty

A small organization is helping lift Sri Lankans out of poverty by marketing the rice they grow to the world.

Social Media Video Stars To Compete With Celebrity-Branded YouTube Channels

Internet stars have successfully used the YouTube platform to catapult their careers from oblivion to mega-super-stardom. In this category, Justin Bieber was probably the most successful. In return, YouTube's ad revenues have skyrocketed every time a new YouTube 'star was born.' However not content to just be an incubation tank for potential talent to go viral, YouTube has now chosen to go after established celebrities that have already made it and are wiling to offer them lucrative contracts to create their own celebrity-branded channels on their network.

Uncrushable Glasses Also Provide Best Sun Protection For Your Eyes

Ouch!  Is she really twisting these sunglasses without a crack in the frame or the lense? The 'Uncrushable Sunglasses' write-up says she is, and furthermore that these glasses are not some sort of magician's prop.

 


Social Media Cyber Figure 'Sweeping Old Lady' Kicks Up Dust On China's Internet

A mysterious “Sweeping Old Lady” has stormed Chinese social media circles to become the first notable cyber figure of 2011. Quick to share her wisdom with those who work diligently, this virtual charwoman might seem lowly but, as in real life, appearances can be deceptive.

Scientists Accidentally Discover Hair Regrowth Compound

I feel like I'm writing headlines for one of the shocker tabloids, but the above lead just happens to be very real and very significant to bald humans.  Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Veterans Administration (VA) did discover a chemical compound that caused hair regrowth in mice with alopecia, but they were testing the compound on the mouse digestive system.

 


Designs By 'Leftovers' Tell Some Creepy Stories

Swedish sisters Linda and Jona Netsman have a great talent for repurposing old furniture and odds and ends and totally recreating new purposeful items. Their design studio, Leftovers, produces one of a kind furniture and lighting objects that are very emotionally evocative, something that one doesn't find in most furniture or lighting designs. I chose a few of the somewhat creepy ones to share with you.

 

Hot Dog! Super Long & Heavy Sausage Really Cuts The Mustard

Will China break the Guinness World Record for the world's longest sausage? Neigh...

Social Media Summit When Obama Hit Silicon Valley To Poke Zuckerberg

This year has been a momentous one for the Facebook founder. Having been portrayed in an award-winning movie, satirized in a graphic novel and on SNL, in addition to being named Time's Person of the Year, he's entered a stratosphere most CEOs twice his age haven't been able to achieve. So it's no surprise, that President Obama might want to consider sitting down with the wunderkind to discuss tech innovation and potential job creation.

You CAN Live In A Bubble! The Crystal Bubble

I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...


Of Mice And Men: Scientists Say We Share The Same Wiring That Links Sex And Violence

Cells that lie deep in the hypothalamus, known to be linked to violent behavior in male mice, were shown, with the help of fluorescent tags, to be intertwined with cells active during sex.  Could a mix-up in these cells be responsible for violent sexual behavior in some human males?

 

Social Media Product Placement vs Defamation Could Have Been Zuckerberg's Legal Remedy

In the year that led up to the production of the movie 'The Social Network,' it was reported widely that Zuckerberg was outraged that an unauthorized portrayal of his life was making its way to the big screen. However, if he was so inclined, defamation of character suits are difficult cases to win in a court of law. Unless 'malice' is shown as intent, most of these suits never succeed. Product placement on the other is another story entirely.

Dogs Get DERMagic Relief From Itchy Skin In Afghanistan

The severe climate of Afghanistan is sure to be hard on human skin, but it is also very damaging to dogs. That's why Pet Postcard Project included DERMagic Skin Care for Animals in care packages to military dog handlers in Afghanistan.

 

Top Gear TV Shifts To Car Crazy China

Top Gear, Britain's hugely successful automotive TV show, is coming to China! State-owned CCTV will produce and broadcast Top Gear China from Beijing, featuring Chinese language content and presenters.

Glow-In-The-Dark Nerve Liquid Will Help Navigation During Surgery

It is important to preserve nerves during surgery, because any interference with them could lead to serious complications such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction (during prostate surgery), pain, numbness, weakness, or paralysis.  Though electromyography is used to identify the most prominent nerves, the thin or buried nerves may be overlooked with these methods.

The Holy Grail Of Chocolate Has Been Rediscovered: Fortunato No. 4

Just when I thought I'd tasted the best of them, two entrepreneurs from Oregon go and find a unique cacoa bean in Peru, which has not been used in chocolate making for more than 100 years, and is reputed to be the unsurpassed best ever chocolate in the world.