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The Ethical Robot: Korea Teaches Manners and Boundaries to Our Engineered Friends




If you think about an episode of the Jetsons when you think about the future, chances are your predictions may be right on. This is especially true in the nation of Korea, where South Korea specifically has made it a goal to have a robot in every home by the year 2013. read more »

Scientists Identify Hormone Responsible for Eating Too Much Cake


 

 

 

 

 

Can you say enough to this cake? If not, you may have a deficiency in a hormone prominent in the reward center of the brain that also controls appetite. read more »

Shochu Liquor Residue Recycled into Potent Ethanol Fuel



Who says alcohol and driving don't mix? A new cooperative venture between five Japanese shochu liquor producers is yielding ethanol fuel and livestock feed from waste that was previously dumped in the ocean.
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Animal Diesel at US Pumps in 2007


ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, the two companies partnering in initiative, say fat from pigs, cows, and chickens will offer a cleaner fuel and provide about 3% of ConocoPhillips' diesel requirements. Critics have fears over animal rights, food supply, ethics, and environmental benefits. read more »

Kameraflage Sees More Than Meets The Eye


Kameraflage is a new type of display technology that takes advantage of digital cameras' ability to see a broader spectrum of light than the human eye. Objects, designs, words, and pictures that are invisible in the real world may be viewed with a digital camera equipped with kameraflage. read more »

USB E-Lighter: Cool Design that Lights Your Fire



Chinese designer Tao Ma has come up with what may be the coolest USB device yet: the E-Lighter, a sleekly designed USB lighter that uses your PC or laptop's power to light your cigarette.
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New Ocean Energy Technology Shows Promise


buoybuoyBy using buoys to capture energy from the ocean's waves, researchers are developing an alternative energy technology that researchers say could provide 10% of the required power for the US. read more »

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’s Innovative Charity Site


Have you heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? No? Well, if you haven't, it's a trivia game from the 1990's that works like this: a group of players tries to connect any film actor in history to Kevin Bacon as quickly as possible and in as few links as possible. Kevin Bacon was smart enough to take advantage of this game and use it for his career in commercials, TV show appearance, etc. This year Kevin has gone a degree further and is using the six degrees concept for a greater good. read more »

Saliva Test Detects Cancer Early


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Human Salivary Proteome Project, researchers are developing saliva tests that will take the place of routine blood tests and even do more, such as detect cancer at early stages. The researchers predict that saliva tests will replace needle pricks and detect multiple types of cancer by 2011. read more »

Six of the Most Expensive and Extravagant Spa Treatments in the World


Body beauty is "everything" in our society. We're caught up more on our body beauty than anything else. But in today's inventive world why get any ordinary facial or go to any ordinary spa when gold facials, wine spas and caviar shampoo can do so much more for you. Below are several of the most extravagant body beauty fixes to rejuvenate your body from head to toe. That is, if you can afford it. read more »