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Confronting Ash Fall From Iceland's Volcano, On Both Sides Of The Pond

Everyone in an ash fall zone will be exposed to the effects of volcanic ash as it has the capability of infiltrating tightly sealed buildings and machinery and is often small enough (less than 10 microns) to be inhaled deeply into the lungs. Ash fall over extensive areas can prevent travel for days as we are seeing currently with the number of cancelled flights by British Airways and other transatlantic airlines. So what measures do we take to avoid ash fall and its repercussions during and post eruption?

Patients Often Unaware That They've Had Minor Strokes

British researchers surveyed 1,000 persons who suffered TIAs or minor strokes and found that a majority of the patients were unaware of the symptoms of stroke or what to do about them.  Most surprisingly, people of all demographics - age, gender, education, and socioeconomic status - were equally unaware of how to recognize a stroke.

 

Nothing Sketchy About Google SketchUp & Their 'Model Your Town Competition'

Google has announced the finalists of their Model Your Town Competition that challenged people throughout the world to create a replica of their city in 3D. The premise was built on acknowledging communities and their architecture on an international stage. The Google Sketchup product coupled with Google Earth allowed for 3D modeling of every building and skyscraper that makes up a city or town's landscape. With all entries tallied, it's now time for the public to weigh in and select the winner.

Coffee & Cigarettes Combo Packs Give You Twice The Vice

Coffee & cigarettes may not be the Breakfast Of Champions but for all too many it's the breakfast of convenience. Two cravings satisfied in a single meal... and now available in a killer combo.

Do All Women Fear Being Fat? Check Their Brain Scans

A Bringham Young University (BYU) neuroscientist, a psychology professor, and a grad student were probably quite surprised at the completion of their research.  What they found was not exactly what they expected....

Color Your Interior To Match Your Moods - 16 Million Of Them

If your interior colors are starting to bore you, don't paint your walls until you see the Philips Living Colors Lamp.   It lets you change the color of your walls and the atmosphere of your interior in one of 16 million colors every time the mood strikes you.

'Google Voice' Is Quiet About Sounding Off To Skype

If you were ever considering chuckin' your land-line phone, the time to do so might be right around the corner. And if you haven't already gravitated to Skype, the dominant option in the Internet phone market, you might want to consider a company you're familiar with for that service. 

Convert Google Docs To PDFs In Seconds Without Costly Software

How often have you wanted to convert a document or spreadsheet into a PDF but didn't want to invest in the costly software to do so. Products on the market like Tucows may cost at low-end, $29.50, or run as high as Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro at $699 (which of course comes with a lot of other bells and whistles). But did you know that Google Docs offers a work-around that costs you absolutely nothing?

Toilet Tissue Boutique's Color Consultants Help Personalize Your Paper

Feeling down in the dumps? Need something to wipe away that frown? The psychologically trained counsellors at Renova's mood-matching toilet tissue boutique have got what it takes to paper over any cracks in your psyche.

Call For Garage Inventors: Race Your Alternative Energy Car Through Whiting, Indiana!

Really.  This contest is literally for garage inventors. This August, Whiting, Indiana will host the first annual alternative-powered five-mile car race through the town.  The contest is called the Alternate Power Initiative, and its sponsors, the city of Whiting and British Petroleum (BP) Whiting Business Unit want independent American inventors to design the vehicles.

 


Twitter's 'Lift In Resonance' - New Ad Model For Social Networking

The Twitterverse is abuzz today with the Twitterati cyberventilating over Twitter's decision to dip their advertising toe into the Twitterstream. While users disagree over the merits and shortcomings of such an initiative, Twitter like Google needs to claim a monetization scheme that transforms them from a free service into a profit center.

Disney For Adults: Limited Edition Chairs Debut At Milan Furniture Fair 2010

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010, the largest and one of the most prestigious yearly modern furniture fairs, will open tomorrow in Milan.  Every year even more exciting designs are unveiled, so you know this one will be hot!  One of the many reasons is that Walt Disney Signature, the company's adult lifestyle brand, and Cappellini, one of Italy's most spirited furniture and accessory manufacturers, have collaborated to produce four limited-edition Signature chairs, designed by four internationally-renowned designers!

 

Is A Nokia Symbian Smartphone Smarter Than An iPhone?

If a mobile phone user is more likely to click on a mobile ad on one cellphone versus another, does that make that cellphone owner smarter or more gullible? The shift from button-driven cellphones with 2.8" screens to 4" touch-driven devices have changed the game, and it appears that Nokia's Symbian is leading the race. Could clicking on more ads by its users be the reason?

Use A Country-Specific Domain Extension & Distinguish Your Brand's Web Site

What sets a Web site apart from others and attracts the attention of a brand's would-be customers? One of the latest trends that's gaining traction is Web addresses that don't end in .com, .org or .edu . Opening up a number of new possibilities is securing a Web site extension from another country. Many country-specific domain extensions are available to US companies that file for that extension from the governments in those countries.

TweetUp Adwords or Organic Tweets?

While not a Twitter service per say, TweetUp is a 3rd-party developer client of Twitter. Their service believes there is money to be made by charging for keywords in tweets. Similar to Google's Adwords, in theory this would offer users the opportunity to obtain higher rankings for their posts.  Similar to Google's algorithm, it also would give tweets a higher ranking, based on popularity and how often those tweets are clicked by members of the Twitterverse. It's the age-old story of 'Paid' versus 'Organic' Search.

Robot Segway Rovers Train Special Forces For Urban Warfare

Robot enemy fighters riding modified Segway scooters are taking Special Forces military training to a higher, albeit sillier-looking, level.

Is Apple iGroups, iPhone OS 4 & Quattro Wireless, The Next Location-Based Social Network?

Is Apple considering building its own location-based social network the likes of Foursquare and Gowalla? A lot has been written about its recent filing of a patent application for a social networking application called iGroups. The question is - Are they too late to the party - Or based on their new operating system, do they have the best fighting chance of becoming the dominant player in the location-service space?

Sleep Scan Slumber Tracker Pad Makes Bed Rest Better

The Tanita SL-501 Sleep Scan Mat is a thin pad that slips under your mattress - you won't know its there but make no mistake: it'll be keeping tabs on you while you slumber. Scary as this might sound, it's actually a good thing to have someone (well, some THING) watching over you.

Design For Doomsday: Underground Survival Communities By The Vivos Group

Whatever you previously imagined about living underground in a survival shelter... it's not what the Vivos Group has in mind.  Vivos has thought of every aspect of survival and your comfort, with supplies and food for up to a year, in case doomsday happens.  It's the 'modern day Noah's Ark.'


Magnetic Marketing In Social Media Pushes Past Push-Pull Marketing

If TV, Newspapers and Billboards is Push Marketing - and Web 2.0 and user-generated content produces Pull Marketing, what's prompting 'Magnetic Marketing?'  According to Ivan Askwith, director of strategy for the digital creative agency, Big Spaceship, "magnetic marketing is where the consumer and brand are drawn together, at the right time, without either side needing to take an aggressive action." Like a magnet, the customer and brand come together because the attraction is that strong.

Tweetie Morphs Into 'Twitter For iPhone' For 3rd Twitter Client Acquisition

So many apps. So little time. With 100 million dollars of funding burning a hole in the Twitter Troika's collective pockets, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey have been aggressively surveying Twitterville's landscapes for new purchases. It was determined a while back that a company grows by having 3rd party developers do the heavy-lifting.  And then once the product is perfected, companies like Twitter swoop on in for the acquisition. Such is the case with Tweetie.

Hospitalization May Cause Physical And Cognitive Decline

Two separate studies released today suggest that hospitals may not be the place to be if you are sick, especially if you are seriously ill and/or elderly.  And it's not just the the racket hospital staff makes trying to raise the roosters, or the insertion of a new IV catheter in your wrist....

 

Virtual Hugging Vest Lets You Feel Others' Emotions

A wearable robot developed by a husband and wife team in Japan can translate 9 different emotions from text into touch, adding a new dimension to virtual communication and social media interation.

Fog Bank: An Installation's Effects Create An Affective Environment

Fog was the affective environment chosen by California Polytechnical Institute (Cal Poly) architecture students Patrick Delorey and Keith Houchin for their Senior Thesis Design.  Their intriguing and very affective Fog Bank installation explores the many properties of fog as it interacts with light, texture, and movement as effects.

 

Give Your Dog A Seat At The Table With The Pet High Chair

Begging is such an unseemly behavior for a house dog, don't you think?  They sit at your feet, erect, ears alert, panting, just waiting for a sign. And if you happen to inadvertently look slightly to the right, or slightly to the left, depending on where they are sitting, they think you've given them the sign and get all shaky and antsy and whiny, waiting for you to drop the food - into their mouths, on the floor, they don't really care how they get it.  But you promised!