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Social Media's Facebook/Bing "Social Search" Marriage

It's not difficult to figure out why Facebook is deepening its ties with a search engine like Microsoft's Bing versus Google. As indicated in previous posts, Facebook wants to become the next Google, and has its sights set on making that happen soon. With Google stepping up their "geolocation" game, Facebook has structured a deal with Bing where it will become the first search engine to show US users which sites Facebook friends like.

Behavioral Psychology Meets Merchandising At The School Cafeteria

You can lead a kid to salad, but can you make him eat it?  That is the question the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is exploring, providing $2 million in grants to food psychology experts to explore.

 

NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.

 

Social Media's Geolocation To Get Jump Start By Google's Search Kingpin

Geolocation is at the forefront of Social Media today - and will be the next ecosystem to scale exponentially. While Foursquare has set the tempo, it could easily be acquired, absorbed or challenged by either of the two major Internet players. And while Google's has had a long and fruitful eleven year run, Facebook is proving to be a formidable challenger as well when it comes to who will dominate the digital landscape for the next decade.

Airport Gate G7 Designed For Your Comfort - No Kidding!

Koninklijke Philips Electronics has a rare esprit.  It caters to people, folks like you and me, in a way many other companies don't even aspire to.  This time Philips designed an airport gate that is passenger focused and friendly, rather than expedient, one that cares about our comfort and well-being, unlike the airline you are about to board.

 

Whale Poop Is Vital To Ocean Ecology

You probably don't think about the nutrients in whale poop very often, but biologists from the University of Vermont and Harvard University actually made a huge contribution to many scientists and fisherman, sharing what they learned studying whale poop and which way it floats.

Kindles, Sony & Nook e-Readers Allowing Libraries To Thrive In Information Age?

In an ironic twist, as books are slowly become a legacy artifact of the past, and  brick and mortar libraries were predicted to soon follow suit, there is a test program in a few New England towns that is stocking their library shelves with e-Readers. If you can't afford your own device - this might be a viable alternative.

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.