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Mount Sinai Medical Makes Important Finding In Alzheimer's Disease Causation

Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered that the real culprit in Alzheimer's disease is the Amyloid-Beta (Abeta) oligomers in the brain, and not the Amyloid-Beta plaques as many believed.  Though this is not the first finding that supports Abeta oligomers as the cause of Alzheimer's, the Mount Sinai results are hard to dispute because of the methodology used.

 

The Kug - Kettle & Mug - An Invention We All Can Use

Just yesterday Ben Millett and Alan Harrison, inventors of the Kug, were recipients of the Arthritis Ireland Easy To Use Design Contest for their invention.  As it happens, the pair did design the Kug for persons with arthritis, but in fact, the Kug has a much wider audience.

 


Redesigning The Work Space: Four Works By Swanique Design

Danish design studio Swanique, has designed a most compact workspace, perfect for part-timers or workers on the run, who just need a place to plug into when they're off the road.  Called Four Works, it also makes a great home office for apartment dwellers, or others who lack the space for a full home office.

 

Study Reveals Serious Internet Addiction Among College Students

.... After a 24 hour withdrawal from all media, the students described that period using literal terms of addiction, the same terms associated with drug and alcohol addition - withdrawal, frantically craving, very anxious, antsy, miserable, jittery, crazy...  Others said they were lonely, sad, alone, secluded, isolated...

Is Cyberwar The Next Cold War?

If 'war' connotes huge conflict on a grand scale between nations, and 'détente' is a harbinger of intermittent periods of calm and high tension - could Cyberwar be the 21st Century's version of the Cold War?  George Orwell who was the first to coin the phrase "Cold War" sourced the ideological confrontation between the US and Russia. Today, Cyberwar is of equal threat, but the enemies aren't just confined to nations.

Augmented Reality Flashmobs Bring Hallucinations To Life In Amsterdam

Do you need LSD or just a delusional state of mind? It appears that neither is the case, since all you were required to bring to an Augmented Reality event in Amsterdam was a smartphone.  As a first-time 'flashmob' of this type, AR gatherings like this could become a tourism trend for other international destinations to emulate.

Poodle Skirts Are Back... For Dogs

Poodle skirts went out in the 50's!  Or, so I thought.  Whether women are wearing retro or not, dogs are, and you clearly don't have to be a Poodle to wear a Poodle skirt!  Some of the 10 dogs shown in Poodle skirts look just like they were born to wear these skirts - like real 1950's dogs, and others... well, let's just say they're from another generation.... Here are ten absolutely adorable dogs in poodle skirts for you to enjoy:

 


UC Davis Team Wins Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup 2010

This past weekend at the new Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft sponsored the finals of its eighth U.S. Imagine Cup, one of the nation's toughest student software competitions.  After three days of demonstrating their new technologies, a few dozen team finalists were pared down to one grand prize winner....

 

Chair Painting Livens Up Addidas Store In Bangkok

Ratinan Thaijareorn, a young Thai freelance painter and illustrator, was commissioned by Adidas to apply her artistic skills to a pair of library chairs for the Adidas Originals store in Bangkok.... And boy what a difference they made to the interior of the store!  Now, we're not talking about just painting the wooden frames of the chairs; Thaijareorn used the upholstery of the chairs as her canvass!

 

Joshua Tree's Awesome Mirage: A Gold Hotel In The California Desert

Architect Robert Stone is not shy about pushing the envelope, or in this case, about designing a hotel that does not look or feel like any other hotel in the world.  He's designed and built the Acido Durado out of gold, inside and out.  And he's built it at the end of a dirt road in Joshua Tree, CA, where it appears in its dramatic desert surroundings as a glittering mirage.

 

 


Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media's Howard Stern?

Use to be only the likes of Howard Stern could motivate the Federal Communications Commission to consider prohibiting access to certain communication mediums. However after Mark Zuckerberg unlocked his Open Graph 'Pandora's Box,' it looks like he might be under the same type of scrutiny with the federal government that the shock jock experienced years ago!

While Facebook Conquers The Web, Foursquare Targets TV

While Facebook seeks to own the Web and the advertising that is attached - with the launch of its most recent Open Graph, Foursquare is pursuing partnership deals with a more traditional medium. The hottest location-based social network having only reached its one million 'user' milestone has already locked up TV ad and publicity deals with HBO, Bravo, the History Channel and VH1.

Maxell Pokemon Batteries, I Choose You!

Maxell, famed for its iconic "Blown Away Guy" advertising for audio tape cassettes, is going back to its battery making roots with a new line of Pokemon motif alkaline batteries.

World's First Successful Face Transplant Achieved In Spain

Five years after a man accidentally blew off most of his face with a gun, 30 doctors at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain provided him with a new face.  The 24-hour surgery that involved removing the entire face of a deceased donor and transferring it to the recipient, was the first entire face transplant ever attempted and it has been, so far, successful.

 


Social Media Experts Buddha & Jesus Are All About The Tweets!

Since  Prince Siddartha (aka as Buddha) and Jesus were born respectively 2572 and and 2006 years before Twitter, they never had a chance to tweet. But since both of these historic figures were known to speak in parables and short pithy slogans, if they were around today, I'm sure they would have been naturals in the Twittersphere. As often as these two spiritual leaders were compared to each other (two brothers from different mothers), I think many of their tweets would have hailed from the same hymn book.