Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

High Hopes For Anti-Addiction Vaccine

Thus far, vaccine technology has not been up to thwarting the effects of highly addictive drugs like cocaine.  But a study, pre-published online yesterday in Molecular Therapy, suggests that an anti-addiction vaccine may soon be on its way.


The Most Space Saving 'Split Sink' By PlaNit®

When it comes to space-saving bathroom sinks, the Split Sink, by the-head-of-the-pack Italian designer and manufacturer, PlaNit, wins the prize.  Perfect for apartment living, Split uses every inch of its design, can be placed atop a bookcase or other storage unit, and is about as unobtrusive as a sink can be.


'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

The Faster You Walk, The Longer You'll Live, Says New Study

Walking fast doesn't just help you lose weight, it's a major factor in longevity.

3 Phenomenal Chandeliers Lead Lighting Design Product Wars

Power wars are not just about Wall Street. Designer Pages, an online source for manufacturers of design pieces for interior designers and the design-loving public, is sponsoring Product Wars of its own in several interior and industrial design categories. As lighting is one of my favorite design areas, I'll share with you the spectacular top 3 leaders in this category...


Social Media Traffic Shows StumbleUpon With Early 2011 Lead Over Facebook?

With Goldman Sachs obtaining a $450 million 'Private IPO' from Facebook this week, could things getting any rosier for the world's largest social network? But it seems that not even an award-winning movie, a graphic novel and Time's 'Person of the Year' can buy everything. Statistics are indicating that discovery engine StumbleUpon appears to be whooping FB's behind in generating more US social media traffic between December and January.

Diabetes Diagnosed With Breathalyzer Test

A new breakthrough in breathalyzer diagnostics has proven to be 100 times more powerful at detecting the biomarkers of disease than former technologies....

Will Quora, Social Media's New Shiny Thing Exist On A Quorum Of Users?

Well, we're already a few days into the new year, and the tech-savvy early adopters are already hailing the new shiny thing. While Quora's user base had only scaled to 55,000+ this past Fall, in late December it took a noticeable bump in followers with the help - some say - as the result of testimonials from uberblogger Robert Scoble and others. But is the new, slick social network for everyone?

Skype To Join China's Internet Graveyard Of Facebook, Flickr, YouTube & Google?

The Great Firewall of China is alive and well as companies like Google have been forced to relocate its operations to Hong Kong, and movers and shakers like Mark Zuckerberg while allowed to tour the country - is saddled with his social network being sequestered in "404 Not Found Territory" on China's Internet. But what about Skype - the Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) provider? Surely, China's Big Brother doesn't want to censor phone calls, as well?

China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.

7 New Architectural & Interior Design Trends For 2011

Most of us believe that architectural and design worlds are ahead of  the rest of us in their visions for the future. If you've been following design trends for the past few years, I think you'll find that forecasts for 2011 are more reflective of the very cautious optimism reflected in the economies of many developed countries.  Though forward looking, design for 2011 keeps one foot solidly on the other side of the fence

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

2010's Disruptive Technologies At Odds: Ipad vs WikiLeaks

The game-changing technology of the iPad and WikiLeaks fast became part of the world zeitgeist this year. Under normal circumstances disruptive technology is a stand-alone innovation setting a new path for technology that went before. If iPad disrupted the laptop and eReader industries, and WikiLeaks was a political game-changer in the world of journalism - how did they cross paths to motivate one to reject the other?

10 Food Trends For 2011 Predicted By The Experts!

The predictions are in from the professionals who follow what's getting the emphasis in the food industry globally and, sometimes, regionally.  What foods will be hot and which will not in 2011?