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A Double Strand of DNA & The Art Of Origami Meet Nanotechnology

A new method of targeting drugs for delivery to cells is in development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The new method combines the art of DNA origami with the science of nanotechnology and is expected to result in drug-carrying nanostructures that can weather the storms of intracellular "hurricanes."

Google's Logo Winner Wishes The World A "New Beginning"

Google's home page has a new logo, but just for today.  It's the winning color drawing of the Doodle 4 Google competition, an opportunity for kids K-12 to design their own vision of the icon's logo.  Christin Engelberth, a sixth-grader at  Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, made the winning Doodle. The theme of the contest this year was "What I Wish For The World," and Ms. Engleberth's wish was "A New Beginning."

Top 10 Inventions Of 'Garage Inventors' Win 2009 Popular Science Awards

Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors.  These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money.  You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list.  Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.


Swine Flu Spread By Baseball Game Balloons?

Osaka's Hanshin Tigers are the latest Japanese pro baseball team to ban the use of human breath powered Jet Balloons, traditionally released in mass quantities by fans, as they could conceivably spread H1N1 Swine Flu to thousands attending the games.

Pocket-Size Breath Test Tells If You Have Stinky Breath

Tired of wondering how bad your breath really smells sometimes? Researchers have developed a tiny breath test that can detect bad-breath bacteria in your mouth.

Fujiyama E-PC Netbook Computer Sounds Japanese But Accent's Only Skin Deep

Bull in a China shop? Maybe bull FROM a Chinese shop if the Fujiyama Netbook computer is a typical example. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery than Chinese manufacturers really do love Japanese products.

Ever Run Your Car On Air ... Intentionally? The STAIR Air-Fueled Battery

If you've ever run your gas tank down so low that you could swear you were driving on air, you'll be pleased to know that in the near future, you will be driving on an air-fueled battery.

High Alzheimer's Risk For Those With Atrial Fibrillation

Boomers and younger generations are terrified of getting Alzheimer's disease, so it's a good thing that scientists are focusing on it and learning more about its causes and possible preventative measures.  It is with this in mind that I share the following -- not to frighten you, but to pass on information that can help you get medical assistance if and when you need it.

Track Your Wikipedia Pages with Wiki Alarm

Recently, Irish sociology student Shane Fitzgerald fooled numerous reporters by inventing a fake quote just hours after the death of French composer Maurice Jarre.  The quote, originally posted on Jarre's Wikipedia page, wound up in blogs and publications around the world.  Fitzgerald says this was done to teach journalists the importance of double checking the facts listed in Wikipedia before publishing them.  Maybe some of these writers would have been hip to the hoax if they had used Wiki Alarm.

Call For Inventors! As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search

If you've had product concepts simmering on your mind's back burner, but didn't have the impetus or the money to start developing them, here's your chance to get them going.  Edison Nation has partnered with some of the best direct response firms in the country to find the best innovative products for 'As Seen On TV Innovative Product Search.

Call For Inventors! PetSmart Innovative Product Search

Most inventors have pets.  I can be safe with that statement, because most people have pets, whether they're dogs or cats, rabbits, fish, birds, snakes, geckos, etc.  PetSmart knows this and instead of turning to its usual providers of products for new ideas, it's turning to us: inventors who know how to create innovative solutions to improve life! 

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

MIT Develops Cancer Monitoring Implant To Get Instant "Lab Results"

... If your cancer is starting to metastasize, your doctor needs to know now, not four days from now, after the lab returns your tests.  By then, there's more activity going on.

Forget Sniffing! Try Whiffing Le Whif Chocolate

You may not believe this story, and I'm not even going to tell all of it, because I don't claim to believe, or even understand, how this product came about.  But Le Whif is proported to be a real product, so if you want to try it, you don't really need the story of its origination, which is terribly convoluted and seems as if written while the developers were very high.  High on Le Whif chocolate?  I don't know.  Take a whiff and see!

Alzheimer's Risk Indicator For People Over 65 Proposed By New Study

Though the research needs to be validated with further studies, a new study published in the online issue of Neurology today, proposes a 15 point scale to identify persons at risk for Alzheimer's disease, if they are over 65 years old.

Inspired By A Nocturnal Gecko: Possible Strange Visions!

A nocturnal gecko, the Helmeted gecko (or Tarentola chazaliae), that is native to the west coast of Africa, has caught the attention of Swedish researchers, who gazed into the eyes of the little lizard looking for the secret to his powerful and colorful night vision. What they found may help them to create better camera lenses as well as multi-optical contact lenses for human eyes.

Machine Used For Research Keeps Animal Hearts Beating

Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a new machine that is designed to keep animal hearts beating so that they can be studied for research.

Softening The Loss Of A Pet With A Huggable Soft-Hearted Pillow

After nearly two years of writing this column, I have yet to touch on the subject of the death of a pet. Oh, I've seen some lovely, very personal gravestones and urns for pets; it just hurt too much to write about them. But today, when I read about Soft-Hearted Pillows, I knew I had to share these with you... perhaps because a Soft-Hearted Pillow is the most gentle way yet to let our pets "go," and know that they will still be with us.

Moss Can Be Used As 'Surrogate Mother' To Human Genes

Moss, that dark green, short, furry plant that seems to grow spontaneously in dark, moist spaces, has unexpectedly shown up as a kind of surrogate mother to human genes, able to read human genes and manufacture the proteins encoded on them!  This finding, made by  Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and others at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, is a 450 million year old reversal of fortune!

Doggles Designs More Fashionable Protective Eyewear For Dogs

I've been a big fan of Doggles® first innovation, Doggles goggles for dogs.  But now they've come out with another fashion first: Doggles Mesh Eyewear for dogs, that can be worn inside the home as well as outside -- if it's not too sunny or windy.