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Social Media Q & A Experiencing Growing Pains & Copycats

The resurgence in Q&A sites which heretofore were dominated by Yahoo Answers and WikiAnswers are due mainly to the popularity of Facebook and Twitter. Adding a social media component, Quora, Vyou, Stack Exchange and even Facebook are all testing the waters. However treading the fine line of scale to include a more broader, mainstream audience while maintaining a high quality of content is problematic. While more users attract advertisers - more users have a tendency to dummy down a service - and therein lies the dilemma.

Advance Planning: Burial With Your Pet

Americans are buried next to their cats, dogs... even iquanas, and more are preparing for their own inevitability by purchasing plots in advance, right next to their pets.

Inventor Of New Baby Pacifier Finally Gets To His Own 'Super Bowl'

Most inventors have to wait a long time to see their products on the market, if they ever get there.  That''s why two of the critical character traits of an inventor must be persistence and patience.  Dr. John Davis, a Roanoke, Virginia pediatric dentist, waited 10 years to see his PreVent pacifier on the shelves and online stores of Baby's R Us.  That was finally his Super Bowl.

 

Social Media's 'Death Becomes Her' Motivates Filmmaker To Star Dead Actress In New Film

"Living her life like a candle in the wind," may have ended her life at 36, but soon Norma Jean (aka Marilyn Monroe) might have a whole new career, some 49 years after her death. While many have tried to keep the iconic image of the 50s star alive through merchandising, no one will have gone as far as Jamie Salter  and his company AuthenticBrands Group. Encouraged by the number of MM's Facebook followers, now close to 400,000, Salter is working on creating a "Digital Monroe."

Social Media Slow To Define "Hiybbprqag" As Google's 'Bing Sting' Unfolds

If you were to search for the meaning of "Hiybbprqag" you might be surprised by the Google and Bing search results that appear. Top ranking SERPs (search engine result pages) might surface links like "How Google Tripped Up Microsoft" or "Did Google catch Bing Cheating." Even comedian Stephen Colbert has a definition for the word. However, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, often praised for their real-time results were slow on the uptake regarding what the heck "Hiybbprqag" actually means?

Miraphone Turns Up The Sound, Not The Volume, For Hearing Impaired

... Users seem to find the Miraphone a desirable solution to their telephone communication difficulties, as many hearing impaired persons cannot use a voice amplified phone at all.

Study Shows Osteoporosis Drugs Add Five Years To Your Life

Some rather surprising results from a longitudinal study of older persons taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis revealed that they are outliving those who are not on the drugs... by five years!  That's not all....

Snowed In, A Massachusetts Man Invents 'SnowBow,' A Better Shovel

Some of us may be snowed in right now; if not, we're waiting for the next storm, and then we'll be snowed in.  Well, three years ago, industrial designer John Mosher was snowed in, in Hopington, Massachusetts,, and he went out with his snow blower to clear the driveway.  It broke down.  A 160 foot driveway is tough to clear with a shovel, and Mosher made it half way when he said that's it!  The rest made shovel history!

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....