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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...

Google Flu Tracker Follows Swine Flu (AH1N1) Trends In Mexico

Google Flu Trends, which earlier this year won a coveted best digital innovations Netexplorateur Award, is being put to work to follow searches in Mexico for words or terms that are flu oriented. Though Google is calling its Flu Trends Mexico "experimental," so far, the Mexico tracker is trending true to what might be expected from the swine flu, now officially called the AH1N1 flu.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Wow! Wide-Angle Action Video And High Definition In A Wearable Camcorder: ConcordHD

This is not the world's first wearable camera; but it is the world's first wearable camera with high definition and a wide-angle lens.  And when you want the fastest action, this camera can accommodate; you can switch from high definition (30 fps)  to high action (60 fps) and shoot your stunts, slopes, jumps, or rafting escapades like the devil!

Biomimicry Of Pizza Tossing Leads To Physics Formula For Surgical Micro Robots

Scientists have been building swimming micro robots for years, but interestingly they all have different reasons for building them the same way.  Now, researchers at Monach University in Australia have learned the physics of the micro motors, and they learned it by studying the perfect pizza toss!

Is KissPhone Destined To Become New Cybersex Toy?

A freelance inventor, Georges Koussouros, has come up with one of the first cyberdildonic gadgets -- the KissPhone, capable of sending the real thing by phone from his mouth to yours with all the sensory connections of a real life kiss.

High Tech Bathroom! SmartFaucet Uses Facial Recognition To Set Water Temperature

The smartest faucet in the world is about to be turned on in the market place: the iHouse SmartFaucet.  It uses face recognition to get to your perfect water temperature right away; not only that, but it can... are you ready?  It can check your calendar, give you the outside temperature, and... check your email!

Lemelson-MIT 2009 Sustainability Award To Global Health Software Innovator

The 2009 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability was awarded today to a professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, Dr. Joel Selanikio. The $100,000 award will be presented to him at MIT in June, where he will present his EpiSurveyor innovation, the most widely adopted open source mobile health software in the world.

Headlines From Around the World on Newseum.org

If you're a news junkie like the rest of us, you'd better take a look at Newseum's new addition to their website.  They've got headlines from around the world on a graphic interface that is both easy to navigate and comprehensive to the entire globe.

Researcher Creates Model To Determine When Heart Attacks Are Imminent

A young medical researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University is giving hope to the millions of people who may otherwise die of sudden heart attacks. Dr. Sharon Zlochiver has developed a mathematical model to predict heart attacks.  And if it proves successful, he will be able to recommend prophylactic treatment from his office to patients' physicians by email!

Study Finds Statin Users 3 Times Less Likely To Develop Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the world. New research points to a group of cholesterol-lowering medications, called statins, having positive effects on prostate health, in addition to their benefits in reduction and control of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Zipper Earphones Keep Cords From Tangling on the Fly

Tired of sorting out tangled earphone or headphone cords every time you want to take your MP3 player or iPod out for a musical walk? The innovative Y.I concept earphones employ a built-in zipper that keeps cords in order while adding some zip to your coolness quotient.

Sparknon Silicone Wristband Leaves You Ex Static

Static shocks may be harmless but that doesn't mean they're pleasant - I know there's one waiting for me every time I get out of my car. The solution is to wear a Sparknon Silicone Wristband. Nothing shocking? You must already be wearing one of these custom silicone wrist bands!