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Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

MIT Develops Cancer Monitoring Implant To Get Instant "Lab Results"

... If your cancer is starting to metastasize, your doctor needs to know now, not four days from now, after the lab returns your tests.  By then, there's more activity going on.

Forget Sniffing! Try Whiffing Le Whif Chocolate

You may not believe this story, and I'm not even going to tell all of it, because I don't claim to believe, or even understand, how this product came about.  But Le Whif is proported to be a real product, so if you want to try it, you don't really need the story of its origination, which is terribly convoluted and seems as if written while the developers were very high.  High on Le Whif chocolate?  I don't know.  Take a whiff and see!

Alzheimer's Risk Indicator For People Over 65 Proposed By New Study

Though the research needs to be validated with further studies, a new study published in the online issue of Neurology today, proposes a 15 point scale to identify persons at risk for Alzheimer's disease, if they are over 65 years old.

Inspired By A Nocturnal Gecko: Possible Strange Visions!

A nocturnal gecko, the Helmeted gecko (or Tarentola chazaliae), that is native to the west coast of Africa, has caught the attention of Swedish researchers, who gazed into the eyes of the little lizard looking for the secret to his powerful and colorful night vision. What they found may help them to create better camera lenses as well as multi-optical contact lenses for human eyes.

Machine Used For Research Keeps Animal Hearts Beating

Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed a new machine that is designed to keep animal hearts beating so that they can be studied for research.

Softening The Loss Of A Pet With A Huggable Soft-Hearted Pillow

After nearly two years of writing this column, I have yet to touch on the subject of the death of a pet. Oh, I've seen some lovely, very personal gravestones and urns for pets; it just hurt too much to write about them. But today, when I read about Soft-Hearted Pillows, I knew I had to share these with you... perhaps because a Soft-Hearted Pillow is the most gentle way yet to let our pets "go," and know that they will still be with us.

Moss Can Be Used As 'Surrogate Mother' To Human Genes

Moss, that dark green, short, furry plant that seems to grow spontaneously in dark, moist spaces, has unexpectedly shown up as a kind of surrogate mother to human genes, able to read human genes and manufacture the proteins encoded on them!  This finding, made by  Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and others at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, is a 450 million year old reversal of fortune!

Doggles Designs More Fashionable Protective Eyewear For Dogs

I've been a big fan of Doggles® first innovation, Doggles goggles for dogs.  But now they've come out with another fashion first: Doggles Mesh Eyewear for dogs, that can be worn inside the home as well as outside -- if it's not too sunny or windy.

Kneeling Bench Keeps Toilet Splashes (and Pride) to a Minimum

Urine trouble now... Responding to complaints from homemakers about messes made by micturating males, Japanese bathroom engineers have brought their toilet talents to bear on the problem and have come up with a solution that will bring proud men everywhere to their knees.

Heart-Shaped Watermelons Show How Love Grows

The heart-shaped watermelons grown by Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife are more than just a labor of love, they are products of the Kimura's passion for farming - and each other.

Nintendo Famicom Art Plays On Retro NES Game Themes

The best games never created? That's the theme of Meteor's Famicase 2009, a celebration of wishful gaming designed to pay tribute to Nintendo's influential Famicom home game console.

Biofuels Or Bioelectricity? Miles Per Acre Are Compared In New Study

What is the most efficient way to use farmed crops to power our vehicles -  biofuels or bioelectricity? Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science, University of California, and Stanford University studied these issues as well as their relative impact on the environment.  Guess which one fared miles better per acre than the other.

Alzheimer's Reversal: Is This Genetic Discovery The Medical Miracle We Need?

An MIT research team has pinpointed the exact gene responsible for memory recovery and restoration in mice with Alzheimer's disease: the HDAC2 gene. Remember that gene, because it is one of the major genes responsible for brain plasticity, and now it is thought that drugs that target the HDAC2 gene may help Alzheimer's patients reverse long term memory loss and regain the ability to learn new things.  It worked on mice.

Go With The Flo™ A Transgenerational Squat Toilet

No.  You're kidding, right?  You think that boomers are going to squat on a toilet?

The designers of Go With The Flo, from Arizona State University (ASU) Design School, say that their squat toilet is a toilet concept for baby boomers to help them get Yoga exercise.  Not this boomer!

New Kindle DX Reads Better, Faster, Cheaper, And Louder Than A Book!

Today's the day you can pre-order your new Kindle DX, the latest generation of Kindle readers by Amazon.  The only question you'll have, providing you have the spare change to pay for it, is how many books, blogs, textbooks, and newspapers you want downloaded to it.

Bizarre Weight Loss Solution Lifts, Separates, Disturbs

Overweight in Japan and not a Sumo wrestler? Not to worry, there's a new weight loss solution that's easy to wear but hard to look at: the bizarre Boneless Belt. 

Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.

 

Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

Got the Swine Flu Blues? Check Out Idemc.org

With swine flu giving the world the willies about traveling, hand washing, and even breathing, it would be great to have an up-to-date referrence as to what the situation is around the world.  If you've been following the media's coverage of the pandemic, you get blasted every day with a dose of fear that can only be good for ratings.  Why not see how things are really shaping up?

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

New Treatment Used To Treat Restless Legs Syndrome

Researchers have found that a drug used to treat seizures and anxiety may now aid people suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

What Is A "Mobility Denial System?"

Rioting, looting, urban uprisings...  The world is crazy.  In an effort to control these situations without relying on lethal techniques, The Southwestern Research Institute developed the Mobility Denial System.  And until banana peels become standard military issue, it may be the best thing we've got...