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Researchers Develop Injection To Dissolve Body Fat At Site

Are you still hoping for a pill that will instantly get rid of your spare tire, the fat under your arms, or your oversized thighs? This is not about a pill, but an injection scientists are working on, and it doesn't work instantly, but it does seem to work  - at least on preliminary tests in mice.

Child Obesity Habits Begin At Home: Study Gives Tips On Parental Control

A nation-wide study of more than 1100 pre-school children up to 5 years of age in Australia indicates that 20 percent of children are obese even before they enter school.  Particular habits formed at home were identified as leading causes of a condition that is both physically and socially deleterious to kids and can continue all their lives - obesity....

Innovative Program For Alzheimer's Patients With Sundowning Syndrome

If you've had a loved one with advanced Alzheimer's disease, you likely know what sundowning syndrome is, even if you've never heard the term before. Alzheimer's patients with this syndrome either don't sleep at night or wake up after a short sleep and may create havoc, waking up caregivers and disturbing others in the home, possibly for hours. But a care center in New York City has an innovative program for night owl Alzheimer's patients, that lets them 'play,' while their caregivers sleep....

 

The Effects Of 'Cute' On Human Behavior And Performance

What about looking at this image could possibly affect your subsequent behavior?  If you think this image is cute, look at some similar ones of baby animals; they might have a positive impact on your performance at work today.

Silk May Be The Key To Dissolvable Electronics

When I read about the dissolvable electronic medical implants created by Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University and John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois, my first thought was what about dissolving all my old cell phones packed up in my garage?  And, sure enough...

Bandai's Magic Pets Populate & Personalize Your Water Bottle

Strangers won't mess with one's personal portable potables thanks to Bandai's Magic Pets, plastic critters who “live” in your water bottle, personalizing it and keeping owners entertained all the while.

UN Warns International Travelers Of New SARS Virus

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global alert today, warning of a newly identified SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) found in a Qatari patient now being treated in the United Kingdom. Although the WHO did not issue specific travel warnings yet, it is awaiting any evidence that this, the most deadly kind of upper respiratory infection you can get, poses a serious public health risk.

10 Ig Nobel Prizes For 2012: Recognition Of Funny, Obscure Research

You gotta love the Russian company SKN for converting old Russian ammunitions into diamonds, and didn't you always want to know how many steps you'd have to take to create the inevitable splash of coffee on your carpet?  But the SpeechJammer in 2012?  A machine that delays speech and makes one stutter is decades old, and it actually has the practical application of helping stutterers speak without stuttering.

 

Scores Dye Horribly in Violet Explosion

Purple prose phrased headline aside, a slow leak in a large bag of powdered violet dye brought big trouble to a little Chinese village. The generically dark powder wasn't noticed as it spilled from a truck passing through town but when rain fell, villagers suddenly saw their world through rose-colored glasses.

As The World Burns, NIST Tries To Cool It Down

On the day the National Snow And Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced the dreary news that the level of ice in the Arctic Sea is the lowest it has been since such information was recorded, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presented some positive news regarding its goal to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in our homes and cars.