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'Screen Time' Is Risk Factor For Low Bone Density In Teenage Boys

Most parents don't consider that their teenagers are at risk for osteoporosis; teens certainly don't think about it.  But with teens spending more time with their screens - computer, notepad, TV, and smart phone - than in athletic activities, researchers are starting to look into how these sedentary habits are affecting teen development - particularly their bone development.

A Robotic Snake Is Now Capable Of Performing Surgery

The Flex System - based on a robotic snake previously used to explore an abandoned nuclear power plant - is a robot designed to perform surgery...by slithering down the throat of a patient. Don't worry, that's actually significantly less unpleasant than it sounds.

Call Me A "Doormat" If You Like, But I'm The SmartMat

Doormats get a bad rap. They take all the dirt we can wipe off on them, withstand tremendous weight, let our dogs urinate on them. And when doormats get very dirty or very old, their owners don't even bother to clean them; they throw them away and lay new ones out.  But a South Carolinian inventor, Andrew Clark, has created a doormat you won't want to throw away... because it's very very smart.

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

ICEdot Clip-On Crash Sensor Could Save Your Life

Crashes happen, and sometimes can leave a person incapacated, unable to reach help. That's where the ICEdot Crash Sensor comes in. This sensor can detect impact and contact help in cases on emergency. In short, it can save your life.

This Tiny Droid Can Perform Surgery On Astronauts In Space

Risky surgical operations in space could soon become a routine activity - although they won't be carried out by human hands. NASA is currently exploring the possibility of sending medical droids up with astronauts. Working with robotics firm Virtual Incision, they've already developed a prototype.

Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring them to respond to images of swimming fish. 


Ooho: Drink Your Water, Eat Your Water Bottle!

Ooho. Who would have thought it?  Three London-based design students came up with Ooho, a water container that's not plastic, not vinyl, not stainless steel... but an edible algae! Ooho was considered so brilliant that, among other coveted awards, it won the 2014 Lexus Design Award.

Breaking Up With Facebook Ain't So Hard To Do According To Eat24

Ever consider leaving Facebook? Heck, the Millennials are bailing in droves. But when push comes to shove and it's time to put the pedal to the metal, how many of us would actually pull the trigger? Well, there is one brave band of renegades who have not only set the bar fairly high as to how to cut those ties - but also how to read the riot act to the founding fathers while walking out of the door.

Joke’s On You: 5 Best Technology April Fools Jokes of 2014

It's April Fools day already and what better way to ring in Spring than by hurling outlandish pranks at one another, all for the sake of good fun?  The celebrated holiday is center stage for web and tech companies looking to add a little satire to their products, and today was no exception.  Cast your gullibility aside and join me as we take a look at a round-up of 2014's best tech April Fools Pranks.