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Tokyo Pet Store Succeeds With 'Rent To Own' Puppy Policy

A Japanese pet store has introduced a "try 'em, buy 'em" business model that relies on the four-legged inventory to basically sell itself.

The Press Causes Widespread Outbreak Of Facebook STDs!

Cause and effect are two of the mainstays in scientific discovery. Assumptions, speculations and likelihoods are the business of gossip columns and not of objective reporting. With that said, one has to question the stories submitted by Britain's Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and today's article in the Daily News in New York, titled, " Facebook blamed for rising STD rates in Britain."

DIY Furniture Repair With "Prosthetics" By 5.5 Designers

Always at the vanguard of design, 5.5 Designers, have again surprised its followers with a line of designer furniture prosthetics.  Sure, they are all bright, bright green, but that's part of their charm.  And a bright green crutch, prosthetic seat, suture kit, or grafting kit will not only give your furniture back its function but give it a little flamboyance!


Fox Mobile's Bitbop - First To Add Mobile TV To Smartphones

Would you pay $9.99 a month to get TV on your smartphone? That's the new offering that the Fox Mobile Group is betting on. Introduced as a new wireless video subscription, the service will provide users with premium video content that includes downloadable movies and streaming content.

USA Today's Commitment To Social Media

In my previous blog, "Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?" I talked about how some legacy newspapers like USA Today were in somewhat stalled position as to how best to work with social media. With USA Today's launch of their Social Media Lounge, I questioned if they were simply 'testing the waters' or jumping in with both feet. In a subsequent interview with Alexandra Nicholson, manager and social media strategist for the paper, she clarified some of these points and confirmed the paper's commitment to social media.

10 Chindogu: The Art Of Intentionally Making A Useless Invention

The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it.  The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless.  Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff?  In fact, mostly useless stuff?


Colorful Desktop Paper Shredder Cuts Cards & Opens Mail

Who says paper shredders have to be functional and dull? The SE.CU.MO F-150 from Meiko Shokai takes form and functionality to a whole new level with bright colors and a cutting edge (sorry) design.

Social Search Wars: Aardvark vs Yahoo Answers vs Mahalo vs ChaCha vs

During the last ten years, search engines have basically provided us with information retrieval (IR) from strangers. We have relied on the credibility of these search results based on algorithms determining their relevancy and authority. In turn, content producers learned to optimize their pages to obtain higher page rankings. Over time, satisfied with the premise if 'Google says its so, who's to argue?' we accepted what was delivered. However the need for human interaction is not lost to the 21st Century and the desire to connect through search is evident with the entre' of a new type of IR - appropriately named 'social search.'

Guinness Record Goes To Highest Price Water Bottle: "Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani”

Designer Fernando Altamirano, who previously dressed Cognac Dudognon Heritage Henri IV in the most expensive cognac bottle in the world, recently sold his newly-designed water bottle for $60,000, winning his second Guinness record for the highest priced bottle sold at auction.  Proceeds for the sale were donated to a foundation to stop global warning. 


Cross-dressing Dogs At Easter: 8 Dog Bunnies & 1 Dog Chick

Dogs may be in the closet all year long, but Easter gives them an acceptable time to come out of the closet and cross dress.   Bunny rabbit costumes are so popular with dogs because they get to wear them three times a year - Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.  What's the matter?  You never heard of the Christmas Bunny? 

Human-Tested Nanobot Delivers New Cancer Therapy With Success!

There's often a big difference between how a drug or method of delivery works in a lab and how successful it is in human trials.  So, it's big news for researchers from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) that they were able, for the first time, to successfully kill cancer cells in human patients using a new RNA interference (RNAi) therapy delivered via a special nanobot. 

@ Symbol Officially Becomes An Icon In MoMA's Architecture & Design Collection

Yes... @.  The Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA) acquired the @ symbol, and it was free!  It is the latest acquisition to the New York City's iconic Museum of icons, and you have to admit that @ is an icon!  The history of @ might surprise you, but not its use, which is typed by more than a billion people every day!

Scientists Tackle Way To Lose Weight By Eating

Scientists from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom reported progress in their efforts to tackle obesity with a natural fibre which, if eaten, could reduce the amount of fat taken up by the body by 75 percent.  It's a seaweed fiber called alginate.

Brands Still Sitting On The Social Media Fence

With unique users of 73.5 million on Twitter and 400 million on Facebook, it doesn't seem feasible that in 2010 organizations would not be utilizing social media as their primary branding tool . Yet a good number of firms and regions around the world are still sitting on the proverbial fence. Why?

Debunking Health Care Reform Myths In The 11th Hour

While this blog was written one day prior to a watered version of the health care reform act moving to its final vote, there are still many in the U.S. who continue to wade through the misconceptions. Far from following the health care  models of other countries and after over fifty years of fighting for some form of reform, if you're a 'dummy' like me, you may still not be as knowledgeable as you'd like regarding this revolutionary new legislation. However when dealing with the facts on some of the major issues, I was able to research some of the more topical myths that can be debunked. 

Laid Off, A Chemist Invents A Very Relevant Gadget: The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler

I suspect your response to a lampshade leveler is going to be "So what."  Mine was too... until I learned how universally relevant this little gadget is now, and will be in the next few years.

Another Deadly Superbug? The Mayo Clinic May Have A Control For C.diff

Perhaps you've heard about Clostridium difficile or C. difficile, or C. diff.  It's been spreading more and more every year through hospitals and other health care facilities to the point where in some regions, like the southeast U.S., it is even more aggressive than the more well-known superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bug.  But others can get it, even if they are generally healthy and not in a hospital setting.


'Invisibility' From Claude Rains To SXSWi Augmented Reality

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you're probably familiar with the concept of an invisibility cloak. Slip this magical garment over your head and to the eyes of of the beholder, you vanish.  Well Muggles, science has some good news for you -invisibility is quickly becoming a reality.

Dead Man's Body Parts Walking: How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth?

When veteran broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in 2004 few suspected that he was yet to uncover his greatest news story, postmortem. What happened to his body as it lay in a funeral home would reveal a story of modern day grave robbery that was stranger than fiction. As macabre as it might sound, dead body parts is big business and has opened up a grisly black market that gives a whole new meaning to "better off dead than alive."

10 Mid-March Medical News Shorts For Those Who Like Them Brief

There is so much medical and health news coming out daily, it's hard to keep up with it.  I attempt to cover what I think are the most interesting and most relevant stories to our readers, but miss so many that fit into that big pond.  So today, I thought I would cover more news in less space by blurbing instead of blogging.  These are stories that have come out in the last few days.  I'll start with something on the light side....


Chris Hughes Using Social Media Engagement To Expand 'The Good Web'

Non-profit social networks are gaining prominence online. The genre of sites known as "The Good Web" are championed by people like Corey Szopinksi and Jane McGonigal who have furthered a good number of causes using social media as their conduit. Entering this arena is Chris Hughes, a wunderkind of sorts, unknown to the general public, but widely known in social networking circles and the Democratic National Party.

Japanese 'Maid Trains' Hope Miniskirts Will Maximize Ridership

Two train lines in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture aim to sweep passengers off their feet this weekend. Six young ladies in full-out Akihabara maid costumes have been hired to serve refreshments, cosplay style.

Google TV & 3rd Party Developers Anticipate The Web/TV Meld

As ubiquitous as Google is, it's no surprise it will soon become one of the pioneers in melding TV with the Web. So much so, in the next couple of months it will actually provide 3rd party developers and outside software engineers with a toolkit to help develop what Google TV will eventually look like.

LG 2010 Competition For The Best Design Of The Future Mobile Phone

Wouldn't you love to be the designer of the future mobile phone - one so revolutionary that the competition trips over each other getting out copies of it?  Well, for the third year, LG Mobile Phones is giving you a chance.  So, start imagining!

Golf Course + Safari Park = 'Lion Woods'

Forget Tiger Woods, here's 'Lion Woods'. A Japanese golf course happens to be located immediately adjacent to a popular safari park. Golfers are advised to stay out of the rough... and I ain't lion.