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Reality TV Show For Arab Inventors Hits Prime Time On Arab TV: "Stars Of Science"

Filming is almost complete for the new 5-week reality TV show, Stars Of Science, in which 16 inventors from the Arab world will strutt their stuff, competing for best invention and a $300,000 cash prize. Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the format is not too similar to the American Inventor series, and Simon Cowell does not appear to be involved in this production.

Before And After:10 Prototype Chair Designs That Made It Or Didn't

Even at Milan Design Week '09, there's a place for baring all. Here are 10 chairs that confess their beginnings, present in prototype form, ready to say 100 Hail Mary's or be rewarded with immediate absolution. Prophets and Penitents, aka Confessions of a Chair, is an open exhibit of chair prototypes from designers we know and love.

Debut In Milan: Formafantasma's Hidden Messages In Its 'Hidden Collection' Designs

....With grace and skill, Trimarchi and Farresin have created an ode to the clock, in this case a rather banal department store clock, the poetry of which is ever so much greater than that of its contents.  And like so many things packaged and shipped today, there are layers of boxes each enveloping the other to protect the box that's holding the box that's holding the clock.  Of course, very soon you have packaging that's more valuable, and even more desirable, than the object of desire itself.

Free Beer? Kirin Free is All Fizz, No Buzz

Free beer? It's more likely than you think... if you're in Japan, at least. That's because Kirin has introduced Free, a de-alcoholized brew with all of the fizz but none of the buzz.

Singapore Discovers How To Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Methanol!

The third smallest sovereign nation in the world has just made an enormous contribution to relieving the world's debt to the environment. Singapore researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have discovered how to turn carbon dioxide into methanol....  Double take: They have found a way to make greenhouse gas green.  Triple take:  They took the biggest contributor to the world's carbon footprint and converted it into a source of clean energy for the world.  Astounding.

Lopsided Goatee Got You Down? Get The GoateeSaver™ Template

It slides to the left, it slides to the right, moves up and down, don't smile or frown... you have a GoateeSaver template in your mouth. It's here to save your identity, so don't screw with it.

10 Brilliant Breakthrough Designs From Milan Design Week '09

Milan Design Week 09 starts Wednesday, and from what I've seen of the preview coverage, designers are not napping during the global recession.  The Milan international design show is likely to be the one that blows away the others; there are so many brilliant breakthroughs in concepts, materials, and forms that will be making their debut.  These 10 simply spectacular designs will make you want to hop a plane to Milan right now!  See the paths being formed by some of  the world's leading designers.

Urine Test May Determine Lung Cancer Risk For Smokers

Researchers may have discovered why lung cancer affects some smokers and not others.

Respect For Water Inspires Abisko Waterfall Basin Design

Nothing inspires respect for water like a natural waterfall, and this sculptured basin designed by the Swedish team of Johan Kauppi and Lars Sundström, honors a waterfall that's not only natural, but is said to have the purist water in all of Europe: the Abrisko Waterfall in the Abrisko National Park in Sweden. Ironically perhaps, there is no basin in the Abrisko washbasin.

HYmini Wind and Solar Charger Combo Puts the GO in Going Green

The HYmini personal wind turbine and green power bank answers the question many of us have been asking for some time now: why can't wind and solar power be harnessed by runners or bikers?

Scorpion Venom And Nanoparticle Compound Slows Brain Cancer By 98 Percent

At the University of Washington, where researchers were already studying the effects of scorpion venom as a treatment for brain cancer, one group found that they could enhance the effectiveness of the venom by preparing a compound including nanoparticles.  This venom/nanoparticle compound cut the cancer spread rate by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent from the venom alone.

The World's First Pet Only Airline Gets Ready For Take Off

The news that Pet Airways was open for business may have sent their website crashing today, but there's nothing but successful take-offs and landings scheduled for their fleet of 20 pawsenger-friendly airplanes.

"Purac Act" Cuts Toxins In French Fries And Heat-Processed Foods

...Of course, potato chips and french fries are at the top of the acrylamide list; they're always at the top of unhealthy food lists, aren't they? You know the rich ’brown’ color they get when their texture gets crispy? That's acrylamide. And when you brown your toast? That's acrylamide....

There May Be Something To "Performance" Drinks After All!

Just in case you thought performance drinks were a waste of money, a new study, reported in the Journal of Physiology, says they're not.

Poken Networking USB Key, the Social Online Business Card

Poken, a new electronic online business card that allows social media users to exchange online profile info via a handy, keychain-sized portable USB key, may replace the traditional cardboard business card as THE must-have networking aid.

Text Messaging Deceased Husband Helps Ease Housewife's Grief

A grieving Japanese housewife has found a unique use for the social media applications she and her late husband enjoyed when he was alive: keeping in touch with him after he passed on by sending text messages to his cellphone.

Intel's 2009 Inspire-Empower Challenge Awards Salute Four World Changing Projects

When you read about what four Intel Challenge winners are doing, don't be surprised if you feel like giving up your day job and joining them in their valiant causes. These are truly inspiring and empowering innovations.

Smithsonian Chooses Design For African American Museum On the National Mall

The final museum on the land designated as the National Mall in Washington, DC will be the architectural creation of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup teams. The Smithsonian announced its juried decision yesterday, after reviewing the designs of the six finalists in the international call for submissions. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to be finished in 2012.

10 Top Gifts For America's First Dog "Bo"

I'm not close enough to the First Dog to send a gift he might receive, but if you are, don't be shy... steal my ideas!

Fast Food Fries Soon Off The 'Eat This And Die' List

Zero trans-fat may soon becoming to a McDonald's near you.  Not just McDonald's, but all the other fast food chains that make those yummy deep-fried trans fatty fries you would love to eat right now.