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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.

Branding Vegetables So Kids Will Eat Them

Would George H. W. Bush have liked broccoli if his mother referred to it as "Power Bunch Broccoli" instead of just plain (hold your nose) broccoli?  Research from Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab says he would.

Handy Portable Bidet Helps You Stay Fresh While On The Go

The Handy Portable Bidet De Toilette model DL-P200 from Panasonic Japan cuts personal hygiene for women and infants down to size. Available in six fashionable colors (three of them pink), the DL-P200 is like a tiny high-tech Japanese toilet you can hold in your hand or hide in your purse.

Alcohol Analyzer for iPhone, iPad or iPod is a Mobile Breathalyzer

Pick up your iPhone and measure your blood alcohol content instantly with the digital, no-batteries-required Alcohol Analyzer for Apple's iPhone, iPad or iPod from Japan's Spec-Computer.

Energy Saving Nano-Carbon Light Bulbs Could Outshine CFLs and LEDs

A Taiwan university research team has been awarded a patent on energy efficient nano-carbon light bulbs. Unlike popular CFL bulbs and LED lights, the new nano-carbon light bulbs and tubes use a mercury-free manufacturing process and can be easily integrated into existing light bulb production facilities.

Diagonally Striped Seat Belt T-Shirts Make Chinese Policemen Cross

T-shirt designs that ape the look of a buckled seat belt have proved popular sellers in China, a place where widespread ignorance of laws requiring seat belt use makes such avoidance the 3rd-leading cause of traffic accident fatalities.

“Face-Kini” Full Body Bathing Suits Flaunted by Fashionable Chinese Swimmers

If Borat's cringe-worthy Man-kini is a perfect example of less being more, than its polar opposite, the “Face-Kini”, must mean more is less. First seen on the beaches of Qingdao in northeastern China, the full-body facehugging suits seem to be catching on among women who seek to preserve their pale skin from the tanning sun.

Life Light: An Eco-Friendly Lifesaver, Buoy & Emergency Light Concept

The “Life Light” is a combination lifesaver ring, marker buoy and emergency light that's powered with renewable energy and a built-in battery. When the sun – and a swimmer in trouble – goes down, the Life Light's LED light goes on, alerting rescuers to its presence.

Variants In RORA Gene Linked To PTSD, Among Other Stress Disorders

The retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor alpha, RORA for short, is a gene that ordinarily protects our fragile cells from stress, but scientific findings in the last few years have shown that the RORA gene often shuts down when certain other cells destabilize them.  This study, conducted by Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, finds yet another psychiatric disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), linked to a breakdown or 'risk variant' of the RORA gene.