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7 Works In Progress From SIAL 2010 Food Design

Food design is not just about creating a pretty plate these days.  Like any art or design form, it can be an expression of despair as well as hope, of decay as well as growth.  So don't be shocked when you read what is influencing today's student food designers as we preview 7 designs from the upcoming SIAL 2010 Food Design Show. 

 

Inspired Fish Lover Creates A NIKE Aquarium For NIKE78

When Nike 78 was launched by advertising student, Paul Jenkins, I bet he didn't think that an aquarium shoe would be one of the entries.  But challenge "creative talents, design studios, and related organizations to come up with a concept that will challenge the functionality of sneakers," and don't be surprised.

Bacteria Found In Cow Dung Can Make You Smarter

... Mycobacterium vaccae, so named because it was first discovered in cow dung in Austria, is naturally found in soil, and it is inhaled when people spend time outdoors, especially where there are plants and trees.

An Efficient Solar-Hydrogen Powered Water Purifier: The HYDRA

A trio of inventors from The Essential Element (hint: H2O) have unveiled the first working model of an invention that has the potential to affect peoples throughout the world, especially people who do not have access to the a basic need that most of us take for granted... clean drinking water.  Additionally, the Hydra, can reach people in disaster situations and clean the sludgiest water on site to make it potable.

 


Chocolate Is The New Face Cream: The Acticoa Discovery

The Swiss-based Barry Callbaut, the largest chocolate distributor in the world, has discovered a process to extract the flavanols from cocoa beans and reintroduce them into processed chocolate.  The formula is called Acticoa© cocoa, and it's one of the richest known sources of flavanols.

Roll, Roll, Roll Your House... Rollit, Experimental Mobile Micro Housing

Students from several departments at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed and constructed a most interesting prototype of a circular micro home: the Rollit.  The simple, elegant architectural design provides the most efficient use of space one is likely to achieve.

 


Target vs Wal-Mart - Kindles vs iPhones Exclusives

How do two retail giants compete in a down economy when customers are still pressured by gas-price increases and high unemployment. They strike deals with electronic products associated with a lot of brand awareness. Both Target and Wal-Mart have first-time deals with devices that were exclusively sold through brand Web sites or retail outlets - namely Apple's iPhones and Amazon's Kindles.

Pocket WiFi Device Promises Wireless Freedom

B-mobile's cell phone sized portable WiFi Router will support up to five devices simultaneously, allowing gamers and gadget lovers unprecedented wireless freedom.

Set Up A Bird Band In Your Own Backyard!

There was an exhibit at a London gallery by French composer Celest Boursier-Mougenot.  The exhibit, entitle 'From Here To Ear,' was an aviary filled with zebra finches, electronic instruments, and various other sound-making objects that were all connected to an audio system.  It occurred to me that a smaller scale music palace could be created for wild birds in our own yards so we can have our own bird bands. (see video)

 

British Company Urges Investors To 'Bond' With Chocolate

Here's a new twist for investors... An upmarket British chocolate grower and maker of fine chocolates, Hotel Chocolat, wants to expand its store chain from 42 to 72 shops, develop a new cocoa plantation in St. Lucia, and expand overseas development.  So, guess what sweet deal they've cooked up for investors?

NicVAX Vaccine Removes The 'Feel Good' Factor From Smoking

A clinical trial of a new vaccine to treat nicotine dependence is underway at Michigan State University (MSU) and 24 other sites nationwide. These trials makes use of a novel technique in a costly public health effort to impact the $192 billion spent on smoking related illnesses per year.

 

Social Media Radio Gives Real Meaning To Socialized Medicine: BUDDY

"Do more for less" in public services is the motto for Sidekick Studios, a British innovator in social innovations that spins out social businesses.  Sidekick's latest invention, Buddy, is a social media radio that allows persons with long term health conditions to communicate how they are feeling to their family and friends in real-time, through email, SMS, Facebook, IM, Twitter and other social networks without digital support.

 


Target Ads Not 'Lost' In Translation

While Lost's finale was the final chapter completing a six-year metaphysical journey, it was also a helluva moneymaker for ABC. Those constant commercial interruptions during the episode titled, "The End" were not 'lost' on me.  Assuming that Target's 15-second spots exhausted the majority of its 2010 ad budget, when all was said and done...

Fat-Burning Weight Loss Pants - Skivvies To Make You Skinny

'Cross Walker' fat-burning weight loss pants from Wacoal turn that daily walk to and from your office into a stimulating, slimming workout.

British Airways Conducts Intimate Strike Negotiations With 75 Million in Twitterville

Social media has been a catalyst for censorship battles, shifting political elections, class action lawsuits, customer service resolutions, protests on the streets of Tehran and various and sundry public debates on a variety of topics. Inappropriate tweeting has been witnessed at this year's State of the Union address. Celebrities have been known to share their sexapades in tweets.