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When it comes to toilets, Japan has dealt itself a royal flush! From basic, no nonsense squat toilets to high tech marvels seemingly designed for a mission to Mars, Japan's toilets take care of everybody's business like nobody's business.
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By coating fabrics with a nano-thin layer of chemicals, researchers have found a simple and unobtrusive way to kill germs and viruses without harming humans. The start-up company claims that the chemicals should be able to kill any type of germ, from the common cold and the flu, to strep and staph infections, and even SARS.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may become a thing of the past when researchers can fine-tune a new technique called deep brain stimulation. Depression and other mental conditions, such as Parkinson's, may be treated by pinpointing the exact neuron responsible for the ailment. Besides repair, the technology could also likely take things a step further in tomorrow's brave new world, and enhance cognitive abilities such as memory and alertness. read more »
There are some inventions that help improve the lives of some people, and then there are the inventions-sometimes the simplest kind-that revolutionize the lives of billions of people. Abul Hussam's water filter, for instance, is providing clean water for entire countries of people suffering from arsenic poisoning, a toxic chemical in dirty water.
A California Fitness Center in Hong Kong, a subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, is using manpower to generate electricity in its gym. In other words, energy burned off by exercisers is diverted and converted to power lighting fixtures, while excess energy is stored in a battery. The program is called Powered By You. read more »
"Paro", a cute & cuddly artificial baby harp seal certified by Guinness as "The World's Most Therapeutic Robot" is slowly but surely changing the way we think (and feel) about robots. read more »
If you are a woman and drive in the UK, Sheilas' Wheels gots your back or rather your foot covered. Sheilas' Wheels is a car insurance company that caters to women's specific car insurance needs. Sheilas' Wheels has even gone as far as inventing a shoe that goes from flat to high heel and vise versa at the push of a button, all in the sake of safe driving. read more »
Researchers from Japan have discovered an antibiotic that could enable cancer patients to keep up to 70% of their hair while undergoing chemotherapy. read more »
I'd like to say that there is a Guerilla Gardener in me just waiting to come out. Ask my husband and he would probably tell you that I can envision a garden growing just about anywhere in my city. I'm always pointing and saying things like, "Why not plant a tree here, or flowers there?" I imagine turning abandoned buildings into greenhouses, parking-lot grass medians into botanical delights, and highway medians into evergreen forests. read more »