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Who Are The Fattest, Sickest, And Most Drugged Folks In The U.S.?

Why is it such a widely held view that Californians are always on drugs?  Forbes came out with its Most Medicated States list - the top ten drugged states - and California is not even number 10 on the list. 

Social Media May Come With Price Tag - Public Internet vs Private Internet

With all the talk about the need for Net Neutrality, both the world's largest search engine and a major telecom company seem to be speaking with forked tongue. While Google and Verizon say they support an Open Internet, they hedge that position by also favoring a system that charges for premium services. If they are successful, it's very possible we may be paying for our social media in the forseeable future.

Design Takes Precedence Over Function In 'Cutt' Silverware

Austrian designer Thomas Feichtner took an experimental approach to his new silver cutlery designs he calls Cutt.  Instead of form following function as it does traditionally in product design, Feichtner took the project on as an artistic creation rather than a functional one.   I wonder if this knife, fork, and spoon are really functional, though.

 


MIT Invents Invisible Mouse - But Even More Inventive Is The Mouse Video

Pranav Mistry, Pattie Maes and Liyan Chang, researchers from MIT's Media Lab, created an invisible mouse using an infrared laser beam on the right side of a laptop keyboard and an infrared camera on the right side of a laptop screen.  Their prototype cost them all of $20.  Chances are the invisible mouse will cost you even less.

 


Foursquare Grows Up By Offering Cash-Outs On Check-ins

Even though the geolocation craze is only one-year old, it's about time it grew up and replaced its baby teeth with those that offer a little more of a bite. The 'check-in' game was fun - it was the new shiny thing for a while. While the bragging rights were amusing - like all of life's distractions- it appears that the novelty has lost its sheen - and more is needed to sustain its viability.

An Electronic Nose Finally Surpasses Dog's Ability To Detect Cancer

Perhaps all the stories that dogs and cats could sniff out cancers and other serious illnesses in their owners left cancer researchers feeling like they missed the boat somewhere....

Murdoch's New Digital News Format To Integrate With iPads But Not Social Media?

Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous media mogul and iconoclast has long been known for his criticism of free access to news on the Internet. Going so far as to accuse Google and other search engines of being 'content kleptomaniacs,' the tabloid titan is continuing to seek new ways to charge for online news.

Ice Aquarium Leaves Freshly Caught Sea Creatures (and Visitors) Cold

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

Social Media Lockdown In Advance Of A Facebook-Google Showdown

Social networks have locked horns in the past as Facebook wrangled its way from dormitory to dominating the Internet in six short years. Now at 500 million followers, its outstripped the competition and in some regards considers itself its own sovereign state, third in size to only India and China. So  how does Google with its lack of social networking savvy pose a threat?

The Vibro-Tactile Posture Feedback Chair - A Real Back Zapper

I had a feeling something like the Posture Feedback Chair would be created - a chair with a special touch that shocks you into sitting up straight with the feel of a 'horsefly' landing on your back, shoulders, or legs.

12 New Jaw Dropping Coffee Table Designs By Svilen Gamolov

... Notice that there are few telltale marks of the traditional coffee table limiting Svilen Gamolov's awesome work...

Social Media's Transition Into Semantic Web Will Be Led By China

For anyone who thinks China is a superpower in only the political arena, they are missing the larger geopolitical picture. The Internet is the 21st Century's newest battlefield where countries will fight for dominance over other nations.

Blind Drivers? Virginia Tech Vehicle For Blind Gets 2010 National Instruments Award

Some people literally see beyond the limitations of others to invent and develop assistive innovations that open doors to disabled persons.  In this case, Dr. Dennis Hong,  from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), made some in'roads' for blind persons with his invention of the world's first blind driver vehicle.

 


The Twit Network & Twittamentary Movies Go Tweet-to-Tweet with Facebook

The twitterati are not happy with Facebook getting all the attention and subsequent lampooning. With the soon-to-be-released movie about the world's largest online social site, titled The Social Network - producers like Indy Mogul and Siok Siok Tan are striking back with Twitter film projects to show that users can be just as self-deprecating as Facebookers.

Hot Potato Could Become Facebook's Location-Based Social Network Differentiator

"If you can't acquire them, squash them" - might be Facebook's new mantra in trying to create a foothold in the location-based social networking space. Since Foursquare spurned Facebook's advances for acquisition in favor of seeking more funding - the mighty social network of half a billion has put Plan B into motion...