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The Scream: Uh... What's That Under The Chair, You Say?

If the image of the Scream chair, designed by PIE Studio, takes you aback, I understand very well.  I too was having difficulty wondering where I would place such a chair in my home.

Japanese Dogs Reach Nirvana With The Dyson Dog Grooming Brush

....The trick will be to hunt your dog down when you take out your vacuum so he will let you brush his fur with a vacuum cleaner.


From Finalist To First: The Snail Wins 2010 Electrolux Design Competition

Sugar may not be good for you, but it sure is expected to be very good for cooking just about everything quickly.  That was the idea behind Peter Alwin's awesome design of the Snail, the 2010 winner of the Electrolux Design Lab Award.

2 Hours Of TV Or Computer Gaming: Find Out What They Do For Your Kids

.... The PEACH Project was to determine if watching TV and/or using computers for non-educational purposes was the cause for psychological difficulty scores or if the scores were caused by being sedentary as a bi-product of watching TV or using the computer.  The study results were surprising and should be of concern to parents.

 


Social Media Spoof Equates Facebook To The Invention Of The Wheel

They say that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. And while Mark Zuckerberg may be having a hard time dealing with the "sins of his past" exposed in the widely-popular film "The Social Network" - he should take solace in the fact that you know you've made it in life when you are satirized on Saturday Night Live. Zuckerberg has successfully gone from geek to pop-culture iconoclast.

China's Social Media Suppress China's Nobel Prize Winner Announcement

It seems the Norwegian Nobel Committee is controversial no matter who they select to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, it was U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of international experience and this year it's Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Igniting a fury amongst Chinese politicos, the award was criticized harshly for what the Chinese view as a violation the Committees' core principles in honoring "a criminal."

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

BANG... You're Not Dead! Buoyant Bazooka Wins James Dyson 2010 Design Award

There were 15 finalists in the previous round of the 2010 James Dyson international design contest and now there is but one: Samuel Adeloju for his invention of the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System.  Though the system looks like a sawed-off bazooka and the supposed emergency person operating it is depicted as warrior from Second Life, LONGREACH's highly explosive warhead is actually a rescue device.

 

Social Media's Weak Ties Cannot Lead To Social Change?

In social media, sometimes its difficult to see the forest for trees. More than often many of us (including myself) get caught up in numbers. We replace quality with quantity because social media has this inherent sense of puffing up one's ego based on amassing large followings. Weak ties or connections to many is not a bad thing as long as it can be kept in perspective.

U.S. Lags Behind Other Industrialized Nations In Survival Rates

As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth internationally for both male and female life expectancy combined. If you want evidence that our health care system is not providing health care to our citizens, look no further than the results of this study, published online today in Health Affairs: What Changes In Survival Rates Tell Us About US Health CareYou may be surprised to learn why we've fallen behind.

 

Meet 'Mega Big Boy', Japan's Mammoth New Prophylactic

Tired of being the butt of 'short sword' jokes, Japan takes the bull by the tusks by rolling out Mega Big Boy prophylactics... but will anyone there buy them?

Social Media Lockdown Reveals Groups, Dashboards & Third Party Apps, Oh My!

It's been a long-standing tradition with Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebookanistas to go into "lockdown" when he wants some serious coding to be accomplished. The term  is Zuckerberg's way of proclaiming to developers and those outside their hallowed cubicles - "no distractions!"

Interactive Virtual Makeup Remover Strips Girls To The Cheekbones

A new iPhone app called 'Suppin' promises to reveal what a dozen of Japan's cutest and most fashionable girls look like without their makeup. Sorry guys, JUST without their make-up.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Palladium As Catalyst For Carbon Coupling

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, its seminal work by Richard F. Heck and its variations by Ei-ichi Negisi and Akira Suzuki, has been awarded for the discovery of palladium as a catalyst in forming carbon bonds.  This discovery has already impacted many areas of science, from medicine to agriculture to electronics. Like the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded yesterday, the chemistry award acknowledges advancements in carbon enhancement.

 

 

Alien Umbilical Cord iPhone Charger: Slick Or Sick?

Japanese artist Mio I-zawa has created an oddly organic pulsating power charging cable inspired, perhaps, by an unborn child drawing nourishment via his/her umbilical cord. Er, hold my calls, I'll be in my womb.