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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 GoDaddy.com, 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.

 


'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Scientists Find Hope For Psychosis In A Natural Supplement

On the heals of the report that medical professionals may be able to spot and treat schizophrenia before it manifests, comes news of hope for a natural preventative to psychosis.  The natural substance is legal and can be purchased in pill form as a supplement at most general stores, supermarkets, drug stores, and specialty stores.  It can also be found in many foods.

Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.

How Mother's Smoke Puts Infants At High Risk Of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)

Though the link between mothers who smoke during pregnancy and babies who succumb to sudden Instant death syndrome (SIDS) has been made, one more piece of research has demonstrated specifically how the smoke impacts the fetus.

 

Top Five Performances At 2010 Grammys

The 2010 Grammys seemed more like a 3 1/2 hour concert than it did an award show. For those that missed it, or those that just want to see an encore, there were five performances that stood out from the others (20 in total). As an 'invention" news site, InventorSpot  is known for finding the best of the best, and these TV performances were the most 'inventive' I have seen in a long time. Don't be surprised if you don't see the big winners of the night listed (namely Beyoncé and Taylor Swift).

Top Ten Social Media Cartoonists

As an online editorial cartoonist, I pay homage here to some of the finest new and established cartoonists that are focusing their editorial commentary on social media. Like myself, many of these cartoonists have found the Web 2.0 world is just as exciting and newsworthy as political commentary. And then again...sometimes worlds collide!

Neuroimaging Can Spot Schizophrenia Before It Manifests

"Pharmacological treatments for schizophrenia remain unsatisfactory, so clinicians and researchers like myself have started to dig in another direction," says Professor Ina Weiner, lead researcher. "The big question asked in recent years is if schizophrenia can be prevented."

Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 1

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 of the 22 winning furniture designs, plus the Wallpaper* Furniture Designer of the Year winner in Part 1.

 


Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 2

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 more winning furniture designs in part two of two....

AT&T Wireless Data Profits At Record High, iPad Traffic On The Way

AT&T now stands to make even more money than they're making now, which they said in a press release yesterday was a record high.

TripAdvisor & Social Media Expose Top Ten Dirtiest Hotels

TripAdvisor®, the world’s most trusted source of travel advice, announced recently the top 10 dirtiest hotels for 2010, based on TripAdvisor® traveler ratings for cleanliness. For the fifth consecutive year, TripAdvisor® reveals the truth about hotels around the world, and it ain't pretty!

Japan Snake Center Keeps Visitors Hungry For More

At Japan Snake Center, snakes put bite on you! Actually it's the other way around, just visit their cafeteria.

Experimental Magnesium Compound Enhances Cognition In Rats

 More and more, the influence of diet on various aspects of our health is being uncovered, often with very specific findings that leave us with obvious prescriptions for better health.  Another study, published today in the journal Neuron, looked at the effects of a laboratory-designed magnesium supplement on the brains of rats of different ages.

 


Camel Milk Chocolate Makes A Great Desert, er, Dessert

Camel milk chocolate is coming to Japan... Will that be one hump or two?

Steve Jobs & The iPad Ten Commandments

Steve Jobs, after having parted the Red Seas of Apple-land with the release of his iPod and iPhone was looking for a new challenge. So while leading the flock of the digerati to the promised land of sweet new gadgets, it was important not to divulge too much in advance. For months while keeping his secret under wraps, his followers thought he had taken ill.

Blood Pressure, Medication, Diet, And Dementia: What The Recent Research Tells Us

Since last week, when I wrote about certain blood pressure medications and their positive effects on memory, there have been a few new studies published relating the effects of medication and diet on blood pressure and dementia.  Just so that you're not thinking deja vu all over again at what seems like a repetition of yesterday's news, I thought I'd prepare a short summary of how these studies interrelate and what they mean to us.