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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.

Social Media Candidate vs Rahm Emanuel Compete For Mayor Of Chicago

Obama's ex-chief of staff might get some hefty competition when he puts his hat in the ring for Mayor of Chicago. Mayorships, long an intrinsic component of location-based social network Foursquare has just launched their run for the office with a contest called "The Foursquarian Candidate" at FoursquareCandidate.com.

Doctors Question New Cancer Treatment Device, NanoKnife

A medical device called the NanoKnife by AngioDynamics, an innovator in the medical device field, is being questioned by members of the medical community because the device was fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and was approved without clinical studies in 2008. But...

KFC To Pack Its 'Sides' In Reusable Containers

After my rant last April about KFC's latest contribution to the world of fat food, grilled bacon in cheese sandwiched between two fried chicken breasts called the 'Double Down,' today I find myself congratulating KFC.  Oh, don't get me wrong, the company has not decided to sell out to the health nuts...

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physics: Making Graphene Technologically Accessible

A discovery with the potential to leap-frog many of today's technologies won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics today.  Many scientists tried to accomplish it, but it was two Russian-born quantum physicists, now working together in Britain, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who achieved what was thought by many to be impossible: the separation of graphene from graphite.

 

New Social Media Sphinn On Social Bookmarking By SERPd.com

Even though the body isn't cold just yet, a few new start-ups are showing some real moxy in attempting to become the successors of Digg, once the preeminent social bookmarking service. While Old Dogg is doing a full frontal attack (see "Social Media News Service On A Shoestring Introduces Old Dogg With New Tricks") - SERPd.com is a new platform that focuses on stories that serve the search engine optimization  (SEO), Internet marketing and social media communities.

A Facade Grows From The Sea To Become A Wildlife Habitat

Sometimes a design really knocks you out, and you wonder at the capability of the human mind to conceive it and create it in such a way that it serves our need to utilize renewable resources, our need for beauty and wonder, and the need to create safe refuge for the world's wildlife.  The GEOtube, a plan for the city of Dubai by California architectural firm Faulders Studio, will be such a wonder.

Dog Poop Lights 'Eternal Lamp' For The Park Spark Project

Instead of trying to identifying the culprits of that poop on the grass, dog poop is actually a welcome sight to the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are happily participating in the Park Spark Project.  The objective of the project is to turn dog poop into methane gas and use it for energy.  A relatively small amount of dog poop is already lighting one of the city's lamps - an eternal light from the power of dog poop.

 

 

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization

"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.

 


Icy iPad? Touch Gloves Keep Hands Warm When Touchscreens Are Cold

Touchscreen devices like Apple's popular iPad won't work well when wearing gloves because the screen responds to the electric charge of the user's fingers. Touch Gloves from Alta address that issue, keeping your fingers warm when using iPads and other tablets outdoors in cold weather.

Social Media's Dark Side Exposed On iChat, Twitter & YouTube

Home videos have served as the premise for TV games shows. Police officers use secret video tapings for surveillance which can later be presented as evidence in a court of law. YouTube allows anyone with a camera to become filmmakers.  Video taping in movies such as "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" actually made the video camera a cast member in their features. In turn, social media opened up channels to share videos via social networking sites globally.

Groan, Wheeze, Moan, Mutter... Tennis Player Grunts Upset Opponents

Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Venus Williams are two of the biggest grunters in professional tennis. Grunting seems to come naturally to tennis players because it acts as a form of tension release when they are physically working hard. But recently published research examined the effects of grunting on the opponents of the grunters in a controlled setting.

 


Social Media's Largest Social Tribe Divests Its Exclusive Origins?

The paradox of the first decade of the 21st Century is what started out as the 'shiny new thing' - built on its allure and prestige of being exclusive  - is now hinged on an 'open door policy.' Human nature defines us by "tribe" - where we feel most comfortable, right, wrong or indifferent by 'our own kind.'  However from "Harvard Students" to "Ivy League Schools" to "those with an .edu email address" to the "world at large" -  within short order, Mark Zuckerberg transformed his original exclusive Facebook tribe into a true melting pot of peoples.

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

Read this, if you want to die laughing...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about.  They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels.  So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.