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This Designer Dog Jewelry Makes Me Jealous: IsPet™ Designer Petwear

Ruff!  Designer jewelry for dogs that I wouldn't mind wearing at all.  Wait until you see it....

The OOoo Chair: It May Be Invisible, But You Can Make It Yourself With No Materials

At Decker Yeadon the focus is on the environment - particularly on how new material technologies can lessen the impact on water and energy depletion while positively contributing to health, safety, and security.  The creation of the OOoo Chair, invisible though it may be, stands out as the chair design with the least impact on the environment, although I don't know about 'security.'

 


Social Media Monopoly Will Not Let You Pass Go On Facebook Places Without Permission

As popular as Foursquare has become, it will soon be dwarfed by the amount of press surfacing with the release of Facebook's new location-based platform Places. It stands to reason - Foursquare's 2.5 million is a spit in the proverbial geolocation ocean compared to Facebook's half billion online users and 100+ million accessing Facebook on their mobile devices. However with all things Facebook, the taint of  the invasion of privacy seems to come part and parcel.

Maverick Doctor Claims Five Out Of Six Drugs Don't Work

Almost as if it were a conspiracy by Big Pharma, Prof. Donald Light said the pharmaceutical market was the "most dangerous market for lemons in modern society."   He said that when the toxic side effects of most drugs were taken into account, plus their misuse, they can become "a significant cause of death," rather than helping patients.

 


Will Research Prove The Positive Effects Of Psychedelic Drugs For Psychiatric Patients?

LSD, magic mushrooms, ketamine... We thought they died out with Timothy Leary.  But Swiss researchers now want to break the restriction on studying these psychedelic drugs because they believe that the drugs may be therapeutic in treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Social Media's Video Chat Evolves On Facebook With Rounds

If Chatroulette's notoriety for exposing one's self displayed the immature side of video chatting, Rounds (formerly 6Rounds.com) shows how this space has matured into a collaboration tool by grown-ups to engage in productive social activities. This week, the Rounds app for Facebook was introduced to allow the social network's over 500 millions users to participate in video chats quick and easy, with no download requirements.

Got Bugs? 'Catcher!' Lamp Lets You Gather Insects, Study Them, And Then Let Them Go

One of the things we don't get to do very much is interact with flying insects... unless, of course, we're trying to kill them.  But South Korean born Jeongwon Ji, who recently set up his design studio in London, has come up with the Capture! lamp, to establish new, more positive, relationships between humans and insects.

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.