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Coffee Down Under

All of us have this one problem in common. Off course it's a problem in varying degrees. Some have a mini one, others have a herculean one. The problem is offensive socks. But how do socks get to be such a problem anyway? Well, the good news is that feet do not naturally have any odor glands.


The Gift of Portable Humidity

The human body is sensitive to its environment. We have a range within which we feel comfortable - a certain temperature range; a certain illumination range, a certain level of sound, pressure and even humidity. Alter any of this too much or for too long and the body will protest. In a dry environment, like an air-conditioned office, the moisture from our body is extracted to the environment and our skin dries.

IBIS Enters Robot Surgery

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology has created a robot surgical system, known as IBIS that is designed to undertake the same function as the da Vinci system at a much lower cost to the facility. This new competitor comes at a good time, when the current leader is having PR problems.

Giving A Hand To Clean Air

Between carbon dioxide, dust, and sulfur dioxide, the air around us can get pretty polluted. In New York we emit as much as 149,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a day. What about dust? We know there's a lot of that too. What about sulfur dioxide, well there's about 60,000 tons of that a year in New York.

Da Vinci Robot System Under Scrutiny

The da Vinci surgical system robot has gotten a lot of hype in the recent past. It has been used to help famous athletes repair damage done to their body from their job related injuries. But those issues are not without their risks. The company that makes the da Vinci surgical system, Intuitive Surgical, is coming under fire for a few concerns around the system.

Substandard Chinese Drinking Straws Are A Potential Health Hazard

Is this the last straw? Substandard drinking straws making up 80 percent of the straws sold in Shanghai can cause a host of harmful health issues when the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture leach out into hot drinks.

Immortality For Scientists & Dalai Lama Connected By Social Media

A research initiative under the code name "Avatar" is opening its San Francisco office this summer, and will be launching a social media project connecting scientists around the world with the unprecedented goal of offering them immortality. Dimitry Itskov, a 31 yr-old media entrepreneur aims to transplant a human brain into a robot body within the next 10 years.

Want To Lose Weight That Badly? 5 Crazy Celebrity Diets

Try as one might to avoid them, celebrities are somewhat sewn into the fabric of our daily lives. So with the pressure of having to constantly look good it begs the question, what is going on behind the incredibly well groomed scenes? Whether it is a diet which starves the body of carbohydrates or a crazy juice only diet, it seems like celebrities will do just about anything to squeeze into their perfect ensemble.

New Anti-Malaria Vaccine Reduces Risk Of Infection By Over 70 Percent

An effective anti-malaria vaccine has been developed by a team of researchers at the Osaka University Research Institute for Microbial Diseases in Japan. The results of clinical trials conducted over a two-year period on location in Uganda, Africa, and published in the U.S. journal PLOS One confirm the BK-SE36 dry powder vaccine lowered the risk of acquiring malaria by a whopping 72 percent.

Heart Attacks, Sleep Disturbances, And PTSD

Most of us don't immediately associate post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with heart attacks, but when we stop and think about it... a heart attack is a hell-of-a traumatic event, one which could certainly induce symptoms of PTSD....