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Blood Pressure Monitor Wins International Product Design Awards

If you need advice on which home medical device you should use to take your blood pressure, look no further than the iF 2009 Gold Award presented to Omron Healthcare today for its Elite 7300 Blood Pressure Monitor. The Omron Elite 7300 also won the Universal Design Consumer Favorite Award of 2008.

Kids Not Eating Their Veggies? Try Renaming Them

Scientists suggest that changing the name of vegetables may make them more enticing to young ones.

Jelly Beans, Your Way!

PartyBeans.com is a new website that has a great product and a great way to market it. The site has become my own one-stop shop for small gifts that make a huge impact on their recipients... because I get to design each package myself! And readers of this column get a 15 percent discount off their first purchases, for a limited time, so read further and get the details.

Chasing the Wind: China's Critical Pursuit of Alternative Energy

The Global Wind Energy Council just released some fascinating 2008 year-end data, and there are two big stories that are grabbing everyone's attention

China's Lunar Probe Crashes Into The Moon

The BBC reported yesterday that China, the third nation to put a man into space, has crashed a probe into the moon. But don't worry. That's totally what they meant to do.

A Gel That Cushions Falls Can Also Stop Bullets: d3o™

A gooey gel that hardens on impact enough to protect the knees and elbows of motorcycle racers, the thighs and butts of horseback riders, and the toes of ballerinas, has been chosen by the British Ministry of Defence to protect its combat troops from bullets.

Slim Rings Make You Toe the Line to Lose Weight

Slim Rings slip around your toes, forcing you to walk with a different posture that makes your thigh & belly muscles work harder - and burn fat faster.

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Biomimicry Regenerates Nerve Cells With 'Cotton Candy' In Polymer

Biomedical engineers from Perdue University have developed a method of providing nourishment to damaged nerves by mimicking the structural assembly of natural nerves. By building synthetic scaffolds of "cotton candy" and polymer around the cells, the engineers were able to attract and nourish the neurons.

Get Out Your Pen! Doodling May Help Your Memory

Do you find yourself forgetting things? New research shows that doodling while listening helps some people remember details.

Spark Awards 2009 Call For Entries

... The competition is in two phases; the first phase is now until September 11, 2009. But, early registration is definitely wise. It saves you money and it also gives you more exposure to the judges.

Study Finds That Many Diets Are Effective In Weight Loss

People are always searching for the best or fastest weight loss plan. While some may say that one diet plan is better than another, researchers have found that there are many diets out there that are effective in weight loss.

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Garmin Introduces Workout Watch At Moderate Pricepoint: The FR60

If you fancy a workout watch -- one that tracks your time, calories burned, and gives you a bit of training challenge -- then the new FR 60 may be for you. But for $130, don't expect it to tell you how to get where you're going or much else.

Snore Much? Here's A "Side Solution Pillow"

If you or your special other has a problem snoring, here's a new pillow that may help that. It's the Side Solution Pillow!

OLED Television Wallpaper Gives You a Room With a View

Future homes may not have televisions or room lighting, at least not as we know them. Research by Toshiba using OLED paper and nanotechnology may make tomorrow's wallpaper a glowing, interactive wonder.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Fashionable T-Shirt Subscription Delivers The News

T-Post is a fashion brand that combines fashion with news. The t-shirt subscription service sends out a unique t-shirt based on a current news story to its subscriber base every six weeks; keeping the public informed about current events while ensuring they're also dressed fashionably.


99designs®: The Crowdsourcing Spot For Graphic Designers

Leading a growing trend on the Internet for groupsourcing, the group 99designs® has set up a very popular spot for SMB's (small to medium businesses) and graphic designers to come together on projects. The idea is very simple: the business sets up a "contest" through 99designs and graphic artists from anywhere in the world can compete to win the contest. There are hundreds of contests going on at a time.