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Outdoor Cat Enclosures: How To Go From Patio To Catio

Take the 'P' from 'Patio,' substitute a 'C' and you get a suitably named Catio, an outdoor cat house. Catio is where indoor cats can hang outside of their houses or apartments in an outdoor enclosure that safely keeps them in and predators out.  If you have time to build a catio, you can do-it-yourself, but there are several options.

Icelandic Law Seeking To Become Epicenter For Journalists' Safe Haven

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and his flight from the authorities pertaining to his whistleblowing expose on the US military's classified documents gives one pause for concern about the safety of journalists and whistleblowers globally. Iceland is one of the first countries to propose international law to provide journalists with a safe haven.

World Cup Fans From Japan Are A Soccer Shocker

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is once again bringing out the best in football fans worldwide. If loud means proud, then these supporters of Japan's team have finally found a way to drown out those annoying vuvuzelas.

HuffPo & The 'Wisdom of Machines' Crack Open Semantic Web Portal

Looking forward from the confines of our Web 2.0 perch, we are beginning see signs of the Web 3.0 portal open slightly. While a lot of folks still think semantic technology is a lot of hype based on theories and suppositions attached to artificial intelligence, the reality is "it's in the works" and the Huffington Post is one of the first news outlets to test the waters.

Robot Baby Simulates Real Infant, Stimulates Nightmares

A cute but creepy robotic baby designed by researchers at Tokyo University in Japan is helping behavioral scientists learn how babies respond to sights and sounds.

Accidents Happen! Here's Something Smart And Kind Of Sexy To Prevent Them

Do you know how many of us old folks have bad knees, bad hips, bad vision, and terrible problems with balance?  A lot of us, and though I admit I don't know the exact numbers on these old-age infirmities, I can tell you that this S2 Liner designed by Cheol Min Park is what we need to protect us at home.

Researchers Ask 'How Well-Adjusted Are Children Born To Lesbian Parents?'

Though studies have been conducted on social development and adjustment in teens raised by same sex partners, many of those children started out in heterosexual families.  In the first research published on 17 year-old kids born and raised by a self-identified lesbian mother, scientists have had the opportunity to compare the groups on equal terms.

 

 


How To Live With Just One Piece Of Furniture: The Form_Z01

Furniture designs are getting more compact and multi-functional.  Have you noticed that?   As 70 percent of the world's population is projected to be living in metropolitan areas by 2050, it's just assumed that space will be tight.  I believe that Russian architect and designer Vladimir Yuzbashev has beat the pack so far by designing nearly a full apartment into less than 200 square feet.

Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce, 4Food Offers Social Media Burgers!

Most of us are now familiar with user-generated content, and how the 'wisdom of crowds' to a large extent determines our 'likes' and 'dislikes' of brand initiatives, products and services. A unique restaurant chain is building on that premise to actually allow customers to assist in the marketing of their fast-food eateries.

Social Media's 'Magnetic Marketing' Engages Customers At Time Of Purchase

The traditional tenets of brand advertising relied initially on "push marketing," where TV, billboards and newspapers were the major distribution channels. With the entré of social media and "pull marketing," the control of brand messaging shifted to the consumer. Today, "magnetic marketing" allows both the brand and customer to engage at the exact same time - at the time of purchase.

'Mobile Jet Gundam' Ready To Take To The Skies

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is about to launch a new Mother Ship: a Boeing 777-300 jet that features anime graphics of the popular Gundam robot from the anime TV series "Mobile Suit Gundam."

Droid Squeaks To Market 24 Hours Earlier Than iPhone 4

Seven months ago, the original Droid reported selling over 100,000 devices during its launch weekend. However, since that was considerably less than the 1.6 million iPhone 3GS phones sold by Apple during its June, 2009 debut - this go-around Google is initiating a preemptive marketing strike to hopefully beat Apple at its own game.

Portable Weather Meter Ranks Your Heat Stroke Risk

Health worries rise along with summer's heat, so a new portable heat stroke risk meter could be a real lifesaver. It's like having a doctor and a weatherman in your pocket!

The Mysterious Illness Hitting Gulf Workers Now Identified As 'TILT'

For a few days now, we've been hearing and reading about Gulf cleanup workers and people living close to the Gulf coming down with strange 'flu-like' symptoms.  The true diagnosis was difficult, because flu symptoms are common in the illness that's actually overcoming these workers - now patients.  It's called TILT, short for Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance.  What are the causes and symptoms?

 

11 Best Of Neocon® WTF 2010 Design Awards

The Best of NeoCon WTF 2010 furniture is displayed throughout the huge Merchanise Mart and yesterday, 81 awards were distributed ranging from architectural awards to workplace technologies.  Here are 11 of my favorite winners from the NeoCon WTF 2010 competition. (No, it's not the WTF you are thinking; it's the World Trade Fair!)