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New Retinal Implant Contains "Fertilizing" Enzymes

"Implant" is becoming more and more literal in eye research.  Like a gardener removes the dead roots of the soil's former dweller, tills and adds fresh soil and fertilizer to make the ground replantable, and finally adds new seeds, researchers have developed an implant that clears out the scar tissue of diseased retinas and seeds new ones.  This quickly evolving procedure holds hope for millions of persons with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

New LED Flashlight Can Charge Your Cell Phone

Cell phone battery dead and not an electrical outlet in sight? No problem, just switch on your flashlight - if it's the GH-BTK-31LK from Greenhouse.

Kevin Smith & His Not So 'Silent Bob' Tweets About Southwest Airlines

Since the viral rant of "United Airlines Breaks Guitars" hit the airwaves last year, no other airline has caught as much negative press in Twitterville. That was prior to the boarding of a plane by the heavy-weight director Kevin Smith of "Clerks" and "Dogma" fame. With his frenzied condemnation of Southwest Airlines this past weekend, once again it shows how an airline brand can be demonized with a few simple tweets (well maybe not "a few," because as a result of this controversial director's girth, he has tweeted close to a hundred times in the last 24 hours).

Google Buzz Superstar!

Saturdays are normally slow news days - allowing us to retreat into our reboot mode- a time to recharge and reset for the upcoming week. This was not the case for the gang that man the ivory towers of Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley. No, this weekend those pilgrims that pray at the altar of Larry Page and Sergey Brin were paying penance in an attempt to fix a transgression that was literally causing a very big BUZZzzzz!

Help Wanted: Why Obama Seeks A New 'Social Networks' Manager?

You got the skills to run all of the governments social networks accounts such as Twitter and Facebook? Do you know the difference between friends, followers and fans?  If so, Obama wants you. Here's a chance for all those social media gurus out there to show your mettle and work for the number one honcho in the land. Just think about it  - you may only be a tweet away from landing one of the most important gigs of your social media career. That is - after you investigate why their current Twitterer In Charge has chosen to step down?

Social Media Queen Betty White Upstaged By The Olympics?

Can going viral on a Facebook Fan Page get you you a gig on Saturday Night Live? If fans have their way - Betty White might be the first actress to score such a deal. She may have started her showbiz career back in the days of "I Love Lucy," but today you haven’t hit the big time until you’ve gone viral.

Call For Inventors! New Air Purification Technologies

Intellectual Ventures is seeking new solutions for reducing pollution, particularly in air filtration systems that eliminate chemicals and infectious agents in confined spaces, like hospitals, businesses, homes, and transportation systems. It has teamed up with Edison Nation to help it find just the right ideas.

Scientists To Work On Stroke Vaccine

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have been conducting studies on stroke for many years. Among their findings are studies indicating that stroke victims lack a certain antibody, anti-PC, in their immune systems that normally reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis, a thickening of arterial walls that can lead to stroke.  Their most recent study provides the impetus to move ahead with the development of a preventative vaccine.

Whoops... I Ate My iPhone Stylus!

In South Korea, die-hard iPhone users have come up with a "winter stylus" to substitute for their frozen fingers: snack sausages. 

Send A 'Last Letter' From The Afterlife To Your Loved Ones

A free online service from Japan called 'Last Letter' lets you send your loved ones a final message... after you've drawn your final breath.

Alcohol And Energy Drinks Make Dangerous Cocktails

Apparently the new trend in high(er) education is to combine alcohol with highly-caffeinated energy drinks.  Oh well.  But those in the University of Florida's (UF) College of Public Health and Health Professions took an interest in studying the actual effects of this trend....


Gowalla Opens Doors For API Developers To Check-In

Location-based social networks was one of my social media predictions for 2010 and is now proving to be this year's next shiny thing. We are only into February, and we are already seeing Gowalla going toe to toe with Foursquare and encouraging API Developers to develop applications that will build onto their platform.

How's This For Minimalism? The Chop Stick Wardrobe

What a clever and fun design is the Chop Stick Wardrobe.  Not created by an Asian, but by Swiss designer Andreas Saxer, who happens to be a design professor at the Chang-Geng University Taipei in Taiwan.  I'd say Saxer's Chop Stick Wardrobe just may have been influenced by his stay on the Chinese island.

Hour Face iPhone App Ages You In Seconds

A disturbing new iPhone app called Hour Face is freaking out young and old... by making the young look old.

TED-Heads vs TED-Feds

The Annual TED Conference taking place February 9-13 in Long Beach, California has an elitism about it.  If you have $6000 to spend on an event - If you are an expert in the field of technology, entertainment or design - if you know how to deliver information in a new and innovative fashion - and of course there is that little matter about being invited - you might be worthy of  being considered a TED-Head with TED-Cred. If not, join the rest of us -  the club of TED-Fed D-Listers who can only witness the affair from afar, like a kid with no funds peering into the window of a candy store.

Have A Pint! Beer May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Pretty soon, we're going to be a very happy nation and it will all be sanctioned by the medical establishment.  Aside from those with serious illnesses getting to take a few legal hits on a marijuana joint daily, our glass or two of wine a day has been shown to support cardiovascular health.  Now, we learn that beer, particularly beer with high levels of malted barley and hops, is good for our bones!

Job Seeker's Guide To Social Media Tools

The economy has made job stability more worrisome. Many of us are asking the same questions. Will I get laid off? Is my company going to downsize? Should I be updating my resume? As some who worry too much may be doing so unnecessarily, others who turn a blind eye might be at the greatest risk. To best prepare for the unknown, there are some new social media tools and apps now available that may alleviate some of this angst.

Flying Panties Available In DIY Ornithopter Kits

Flying Panties - not just an anime video anymore! Coming this March you can get your very own Flying Panties ornithopter kit. You know you want one.

Michael Jackson Figurine Will Be A Thriller

Michael Jackson fans will have to wait a few months for a new polyvinyl figurine of the King of Pop that shows him at his best, in full-out Thriller mode.

Apple Logo Stands The Test Of Time For 30 Years

There are some visual images that make us feel good, whether it's a natural phenomenon like a rainbow, a man-made wonder like the Pyramids of Egypt or an emotionally impactful work of art like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. To that list one might add logos - a graphic illustration that best exemplifies a product and is sensually pleasing to the eye. And there probably is no other design that has captured our modern-day imagination for as long as the Apple logo.

Who Wins The Social Media Bowl? #WhoDat vs #MyColts?

Dependent on what team you are rooting for in this year's Super Bowl (#SB44), you might be surprised to learn who is winning on the Social Media field of play. When Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning faces off against New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, you might want to check out some of the stats and trends surfacing on the social networks before placing your final wager.

The Pepsi Refresh Project Looks For 1000 New Ideas Every Month

If you don't see any Pepsi commercials tomorrow on the Superbowl, I'm here to tell you where all that money is going instead: on making the world a better place.  That's right.  Pepsi is set to spend more than $20 million this year to benefit causes proposed by the public in the areas of health, arts and culture, the environment and education.  And you are invited to submit your ideas to the Pepsi Refresh Project and then get out the vote for your ideas.

Design For The Moon! NASA's 2010 Art Contest For High School & College Students

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is holding a moon-sized art contest for high-school and college students.  The challenge is to submit an original work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon. 

Neuroscientists Study The Effects Of Acupunture And Give It A Nod

Western medicine, being suspicious of anything that can't be objectively measured, has been late to incorporate acupuncture among its prescriptions for pain relief.  But a study undertaken by neuroscientists at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School in Great Britain, may help to change some attitudes of medical professionals in the West.

Geo Spam Heads Into Location-Based Territory

Well, it was bound to happen. As popular as location-based services are becoming, it didn't take long for the Spamalot Brigade to step in for a little menace and mayhem. As if privacy wasn't a big enough issue with LBSs, now we have to worry about hackers and other insidious tactics to infiltrate geo-tagged ads and profiles on our mobile devices.