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Even Mohammed Has Issues With Facebook

As if Mark Zuckerberg didn't have his hands full with privacy issues, congressional probes, a controversial cult insignia and a a not-so-flattering-movie soon to be released - this week he was hit with accusations his network offended a supreme power?

Twitter Said "No Search For You Today"?

Twitter was not running at full capacity today. The Fail Whale had come out of retirement and the Twitterverse was being told that the microblogging platform was "over capacity…too many tweets! Twitter's official blog states:"We are experiencing site availability issues — additional latency and errors — this morning. We’re working to address these issues."

Social Networking & Instant Replays Face Off With The Enemy In Afghanistan

As much as Facebook is engaged in its own skirmishes on US turf regarding privacy, the social networking platform is fighting an entirely different battle in Afghanistan. Facebook IM functionality and other military social networks allow analysts with the US Army, Air Force and Marines to hunt down insurgents, avoid civilian causalities and collateral damage and ultimately save American lives in Afghanistan.

Mechanism In Plants May Switch Off Cancer Growth In Humans

Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered a cellular process in plants that encourages growth of new cells.  They have manipulated this process in a laboratory setting and have found that is very similar to a mechanism that takes place in the human body, one that can encourage growth of cancer cells.

Top Attractions At Computex 2010, Not Found In The Booths, Including Booth Babes

There are several reasons to go to 'techie' tradeshows. One is for the new releases of product and technological advances. However from all reports about Computex 2010 this year (June 1-5), it appeared that everything revealed at the event had either been previewed previously at other shows, or had already been leaked to the press.

Trashlight: If Your Trash Was Public, How Would You Display It?

I have to admit feeling a sense of relief when garbage pick-up became automated.  It meant that I would be anonymous to the sanitation workers as well as to those searching the garbage dump for hidden treasures.  But here's industrial designer Craighton Berman, putting together a trash basket and a lamp, of all things, so that our trash can be... in fact, wants to be... observed... even searched by our family and guests.

 

Pets: Would You Like A Dog Or A Panda Bear?

Though Giant Panda Bears are still on the endangered species list, apparently some families in southwestern China are keeping them and other exotic animals as pets.

 


China's Quieter, Gentler 'Great Firewall' Or Social Media Ploy?

Today, China released a white paper titled, "The Internet in China," that in Western parlance could be considered a public relations make-over for a brand that has long been associated with censorship and government control. Is there a crack in the Great Firewall, or has China been dogged into corner by its netizens crying for their right to free speech on the Internet?

Will "Bending It Like Beckham" Make Yahoo! Relevant Again?

Today, it was announced that Yahoo! would differentiate itself from competitors such as Google by offering 'exclusive content' only available through their Yahoo! channel. For those that would like  to 'Bend It Like Beckham,' Yahoo!'s 600 million global users will have exclusive access to interact with football great David Beckham and activities pertaining to the World Cup games in Capetown, South Africa.

Sketch-A-Space Competition: Design The Perfect Room For An Autistic Person

What do Easter Seals and Google SketchUp have in common?  They are co-launching the first-of-its-kind online competition to design the perfect space for an autistic person.  It's called the Sketch-A-Space contest, and autistic persons, their family, friends, professionals, and even architects are welcome to compete!

The Cap To Zap Brain Cancer? The NovoTTF

NovoCure, an Israeli medical device company, has just released positive data from its Phase III clinical trail of its electric helmet, the NovoTTF-100A.  This 'helmet' looks exactly like what it is - a cap full of electrodes that is intended to zap spreading brain cancer cells before they multiply and eventually kill patients with recurrent glioblastomas (GBM), the most deadly of brain cancers.

 

New Medical IDs For Diabetic Kids: Tatoos!

Though there are plenty of cool-looking diabetes ID bracelets available for kids, they are often left at home, mostly just forgotten. In frustration, two diabetes education nurses came up with the idea of another form of rapid alert identification, in case a child with diabetes has an emergency: a 'short-acting' tattoo!

 

Brazil's Volunteers Build Dog Houses For Homeless Dogs

The houses aren't very big, but they're enough to give a dog some shelter and... a place to call home, temporarily, one hopes.  The shanty town within the southern Brazilian city of Caxias do Sul, where the dog houses are located, is called a favela, like the shanty towns built for displaced persons in almost all of Brazil's large cities.

 


New Orleans' Brown Pelicans - Ultimate Survivors, From 'Silent Spring' to Gulf Oil Disaster

May 27 marked the anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, celebrated author and wildlife conservationist. When her book Silent Spring was first published in 1962, New Orleans state bird, the Brown Pelican was on the verge of extinction, due to pesticides and pollution. Almost 50 years later, that same bird faces a similar fate from another man-made disaster.

The Semantic Web As Big Brother Could Have Prevented The BP Oil Disaster

The Semantic Web is coming and an oil disaster like the one we're experiencing in the Gulf might help move up its timetable. Since Web 3.0's semantic technology is predicated  on everything in our physical world being tagged with its own Internet address - once in place - any body will be able to monitor any type of operation via  the Web - even off-shore drilling.