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MIT Uses Touchy-Feely Technology For Next Generation Tactile Robotic Skin

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will create the first robot that will enable a human to interact with it through touch, much as they would another human. Last week, MIT commissioned the British company Peratech to develop its next generation tactile robotic skin to accomplish its goal.

 

Universal Meditation Could Pay For The Public Option

Yes, there was a time when meditation and yoga were scorned upon as "hippie" or "new age" fads. But over and over again scientific studies have shown that meditation improves everything from heart health to study habits to forgiveness!  Why wouldn't everyone want to learn meditation as a life skill? It  would cut down the cost of medications, hospitalizations, surgeries, therapy needs, medical costs... Heck, everyone would be healthy! And maybe even nicer to each other.

 


'Lost' Cast, Crew Tweet & Take Shelter From Hawaii Tsunami

On Saturday, February 27, after a devastating earthquake hit Chile, reports indicated that a Tsunami will wreak havoc throughout the Pacific, hitting not only Chili, but also Mexico, the West Coast of the US and as far west as Hawaii. The cast and crew of popular TV show 'Lost' have made Hawaii their home for the past six seasons. In the wake of this natural disaster, the producers have used Twitter to communicate with the cast and crew.

The Chatroulette Genie & 'F9' Are Out Of The Bottle!

If you're like me, Chatroulette could just as well be the name of a French restaurant versus the moniker of a brand new 'interactive video conferencing' ecosystem. However during this morning's normal routine of reviewing my emails and news feeds, I found more than 3 mentions of the "C" word before I had my second sip of coffee.

Your iPhone Is A Prime Target For Wiretapping, Stringer Bell

For anyone that was addicted to the HBO show, 'The Wire' you are probably  already familiar with how law enforcement can wiretap phones. For those who remember the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to obtain information from suspected terrorists, you know how the federal government's policies infringed on privacy rights. But did you also know that our smartphones can become our own worst enemy?

Citibank's 'Don't Bank Don't Tell' Policy Exposed By Fabulis Social Network

In the year 2010, is it possible for a financial institution to close a business account of an organization due to race, creed or sexual preference? Since Citibank has taken this unprecedented step with a gay social network due to what they deemed as  "objectionable content" posted on the new startup fabulis' blog - wouldn't logic indicate they could do the same thing to a church group or a black civics organization?

Study Shows Liberals, Atheists, And Monogamous Have Higher IQ's

The March issue of the peer-reviewed Social Psychology Quarterly, a journal of the American Sociological Association, will contain an article entitled "Why Liberals and Atheists are More Intelligent."  Though certain to cause some outrage, the investigator has collected some statistically significant IQ evidence that supports his theory.

 

 


Sunlight Live Shines Light On Transparency At Health Care Summit

Just as "City" and "Government" Apps have been able to provide transparency on our mobile phones, today's Health Care Summit is going to stream live some interesting data to inquiring minds. The Sunlight Foundation which advocates open government is offering an online venue called Sunlight Live and during the entire Health Care Summit today the Sunlight Foundation will provide viewers with data about the the participants that traditional media might not focus on.

Rehabilitation For Mini Strokes: It's About Time

.... TIAs aren't called mini strokes for nothing.  The most common cause of TIA is the very same as the most common cause of stroke: blood clots blocking blood flow to the brain.  The difference is that TIAs usually resolve within minutes or a few hours. The classification of the incident is all a matter of how long the blockage lasts; if the disturbance doesn't clear up within 24 hours, you've had a stroke, not a TIA.

 

YO YO Sears Department Store Rap Is Asking For A Little Social Media Respect!

JRock has a beef and he wants it to go viral. His rant against Sears customer service comes in the form of an original rap song. Done as a somewhat homage to Dave Carroll's now infamous "United Breaks Guitars" (which at last tally has totaled over 7.8 million views on YouTube), JRock would like his video to reach the masses via social media channels as well. So much so, he wrote me today to ask for my help. 

Should Google Fight For Internet Freedom Or Privacy Of The Individual?

Privacy as we know it is being re-defined on the Internet and in the courts as we speak. How we view privacy today versus ten years ago has changed greatly due to the Web 2.0 environment of user-generated content. How we will view it ten years from now will be different yet still.

Twittahoo - Progeny Of Twitter & Yahoo Follows Microhoo Deal

For a long time Yahoo's relevance has been waning on the Internet and in the search field. So much so, that it's considered a bit of a dionsaur by the digerati. To counter this image, Yahoo is stepping up its online presence in the social media space - first with Microsoft, followed by Facebook and now with Twitter. Are they too late to the the social networking party or will the Twittahoo alliance resurrect this Rumpelstiltskin?

SICIS NEXT ART: A Magical, Symbiotic Blend Of Mosaics And Luxury Fabrics

SICIS, the Milan design house that specializes in bringing Italian mosaic art into all forms of interior design, has astonished again with its previews of SICIS NEXT ART, to be unveiled at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan, April 14 - 19, 2010.  SICIS NEXT ART's first artist is Carla Tolomeo, who has combined two of Italy's oldest artisan techniques, mosaics and fabric art, in her ethereal chair designs.

Kingston's Super-USB Flash Drive Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

More powerful than a locomotive. Presently unable to leap tall buildings. But none the less, Kingston's Super-Drive is truly a Piranha of a Peripheral. Larger than most PCs on the planet and tinier that an iPod Mini, this USB flash drive comes with 256-gigabytes and can read data at up to 25 megabytes per second.

Heinz Designs New Fast Food Ketchup Lovers Package: The Dip & Squeeze™

Ketchup just makes all the difference to a burger and fries, but when it's inaccessible, why bother?  I'm delighted now and plan to resume my unhealthy practice of sneaking out for a Double Whopper and fries... with plenty of Heinz Tomato Ketchup.  Heinz has dumped that old stubborn packet and has made the Dip & Squeeze™ ketchup packet that's easy to open and holds three times more ketchup than the former little twerp packet.

Revolutionary Motorcycle Helmet Inspired By Human Skin To Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

This motorcycle helmet is designed to save your scalp.  Not just your scalp, but your brain, because it's your brain that can suffer permanent impairment if you get tossed from a motorcycle.  Now, if you survive such a toss, it's very possible you will suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or spinal cord injury.  But this helmet's been 15 years in the making so that it can offer nearly 70 percent more protection against TBI than other motorcycle helmets.

 


8 SciFi Lightbotz™ Munnys By Lighting Designer Marcus Tremonto

If you're not familiar with Munnys, they're customizable, collectible dolls created by Kidrobot, the cutting edge designer toy and apparel makers that are hot as hot cakes at IHOP.  All of Kidrobot's designs are produced in limited edition; the more famous the Kidrobot design collaborators, the more limited and the more expensive the item.  I'm sure the Munny Lightbotz, by lighting designer and artist Marcus Tremonto, are no exception. 

 


Google Search Powered By A Bloom Box?

Google has been dabbling in the power industry for quite some time. So much so, I thought they might have had something to share with Obama, when I penned, "Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy." Their experimentation has led them to a relationship with one K.R. Sridhar and a little magic box that is one hot little bloomin' energy source.

Calling All Cars- Toyota's Scion Will Pay You $30 Per Hour To Park?

Last year what seemed like doom and gloom for the automobile industry may all change with the introduction of the first 'vehicle-to-grid' or V2G automobiles rolling off of Toyota's assembly line. After a tumultous setback this past month, Toyota is rebounding from their acceleration problem caused by an electronic throttle malfunction with the introduction of...no, not a talking car that speaks in five languages... a car that will actually pay you for parking it and plugging it into the grid!

Google Buzz Class-Action Lawsuit Could Cause Cloudburst?

The irony that Google threatened to move out of China due to privacy infringment issues underscores a class-action suit filed by a 24-year old Harvard law student and a cadre of Gmail users who feel their privacy was violated with the recent launch of Google Buzz, the search engine's answer to social networking. Even though Google responded quickly to remedy the situation, some feel it was too little to late from a company that consistently makes up its own rules.

Saint Clair Lamp: Solar Lighting Two Ways

The French non-profit  VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) has been fostering French design talent since 1979 when it was established by the French Furniture Industries Development Committee with support of the French Ministry for Industry.  This year, Stéphane Maupin, architect and designer, has won one of five VIA project assistance grants for his innovative solar powered Saint Clair Lamp.

Top Ten Video Spoofs Including 'The Situation' vs 'The iPad'

You gotta love spoofs. When the familiar become the object of schadenfreude*, it usually allows us to laugh at something that was taken way too serious. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, spoofing should be accepted for taking pot shots at people, places and things that sometimes we just love to hate.. And today's crop of TOP TEN Video Spoofs are exceptional additions to this popular genre.

Observing The Brain As Singing Helps Stroke Victims Regain Their Speech

Singing therapy for stroke patients is an established rehabilitation technique, but a new study combined music therapy with brain imaging, so researchers could actually see what goes on in the brain as patients learn to sing their words.  These observations are improving the chance of success for speech impaired stroke patients.

An End To Food Allergies? Well, Let's Start With Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are the most common cause of food related death.  Four percent of children are allergic to peanuts and only 20 percent of those children ever outgrow the allergy.  Symptoms of peanut allergy can include rashes, itchy skin, sneezing, teary eyes, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and swelling.  But severe symptoms may include anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly if not treated immediately.  You don't mess with food allergies.

 


College Inventors & Entrepreneurs Face-Off In March Madness For The Mind

You probably know about the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but did you know that there is a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)?  It has approximately 200 college and university members, and more than 5,000 students at these institutions are on entrepreneurial inventor teams (E-Teams).  Now, 15 of those teams are getting ready for a face-off at the March Madness for the Mind showcase in San Francisco.