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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.

Pub Fights In Britain Spur Innovation In Bar Glasses

Britain's Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, has decided to take a crack at reducing the cost of health care in Great Britain. He's going after the pint glass, weapon of choice in Britain's popular sport of pub fighting. 

Cost Per Check-in: Has Foursquare Initiated A New Ad Model?

We know about ad deals based on impressions and  we are familiar with banner ads and pop-ups. Google Adsense opened us up to cost per click-throughs. But as social networking moves from the desktop to mobile devices are we ready to engage in a brand new business model Cost Per Check-in? And will local establishments and brands be willing to pay for it?

Magnetic Nanoparticles Update: Human Cancer Cells Tested

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Ovarian Cancer Institute have been experimenting with magnetic nanoparticles focused on attracting cancer cells so that they could be separated from healthy cells and removed from the site.

Popular Science 2010 Invention Awards Now Open For Entries

Remember James Peret? He's pictured here, eating fried fish cooked in the oil that Peret recycles to heat his fish restaurant.  Peret and his invention, the Vegawatt was one of the 10 top winners of the 2009 Popular Science Invention Awards.  Well, now Popular Science is looking for the best 2010 inventions; that's right, PopSci is looking for you!

Twitter's First Resignation By Tweet - Jonathan Schwartz Exits Sun

The first tweet from outer space was recorded on January 22. The first doctor to tweet during surgery happened at the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. A landmark tweet against impostors was issued in a tweet by the British High Court in October, 2009. And as another first for the microblogging platform, Jonathan Schwartz, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems became the first Fortune 200 boss to tweet his resignation.

Butt Covers For Pets Give New Meaning To "Rear Gear"

Rear Gear.... "no more mr. brown eye" reads the header card.  A butt cover for my dog or cat.  Wild!  I love it!

Best Domestic Design 2010 Goes To A Slow Cooker That's Not A Crock Pot

Though Slowcooker by Margriet Foolen doesn't exactly fit easily into interior design categories, it did happen to win Wallpaper's Best Domestic Design 2010.  Personally, I think it's great that its good looks are matched by its utility and I can't wait to purchase one!

Census 2010 - Ten Reasons That Count Including Social Networking

The national Census is like a celestial comet - or a hibernating cicada - it can only be seen one time every 10 years. With a roll-out starting in February, 2010,  this year's survey differs from years past - check out what's new - note the misconceptions - but most important it's imperative that each and every one of us be counted.

Supposedly Brain-Dead Patients Signal With Their Brains

If it's true that some brain damaged patients are actually capable of communicating with their brains, even though there are no movements made by their bodies, wouldn't that make "right to die" issues so much more complicated?  But I'm jumping ahead here... Let me share the research and let you come to your own conclusions....

Chocolate Tool Set Is The Key To His Heart

Buying a tasty Valentine's Day gift for the mechanically minded man need not be a wrenching decision, just order up these cool chocolate tools from Frantz Kobe Sweets!

The Convertable Bench Table Sofa Ruché By Inga Sempé

A stark bench becomes a sofa, becomes part chair, part table...  What more versatile a sofa design could you want?  Maybe something not so stark...

Top Five Super Bowl XLIV Commercials - Sneak Peaks

For those of you who are of the camp that "only watch the game for the commercials," this blog is for you!  [Spoiler Alert] ☞ From the raucous antics of, to an aging quarterback, to a very cherry Dr Pepper, to the return of a legendary rock band and ending with one controversial 'don't-ask-don't tell' commercial, this year's TOP FIVE can be seen here in advance of the game. They're inventive - they're insane - and they're definitely the caliber of ads the Super Bowl is known for.

Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

Out Out Damn Stinky Cat! "Good Bye Odor" To The Rescue

If you have a cat whose breath, pee, and poo all stink, you'll want to know about Good Bye Odor, an "internal waste deodorizer."   "A what?" you may rightly ask.  Well, this product aims to introduce new enzymes and amino acids to your cat's digestive system so his "effuse" is not offensive.