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Magnetic Sponge Washes Both Sides Of Your Windows

Highrise residents frustrated by the inability to wash their outside window surfaces will love the Zatz ZA-1, the first magnetic double-sided glass cleaner!

Edison Nation Plays The Name Game: Name This Product Competition

If you're good at coming up with names for products, Edison Nation has got just the competition for you.  The online intermediary between inventors and big companies has added Name Searches to its Live Product Searches.  Entries to its first naming competition are due January 18, 2010, so you better get started! 

5 Percent Of Boomers Are Still Getting High - At Least Once A Year

The substance abuse division (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) learned some interesting information about how boomers get high these days.  The department is fixing to get more funding, I guess, because it reports that in our (even) later years, we're going to need added substance abuse treatment services.  Us?

Google Toilet Paper Rolls Out Real-Time Wipes

This week Google bought a power plant and manufactured their first smartphone, the Nexus One. Granted, Google is ubiquitous, but who would of thought that Google would eventually find its way into our bathrooms.

Google vs Apple Smackdown - Fighting Out Of Their Element, The Gloves Are Off

In a recent blog, titled "The Secret Wars of Google & Apple..." there was inference that both Google and Apple were being secretive about their soon-to-be launched tablet and netbook this Spring. The term 'war' was used loosely to highlight how the two companies fight hard to keep their products under wraps before releasing any news to the public. As reticent as they both are in that regard, Apple and Google can be most cantankerous when pitted against each other. Watch as the Titans of Technology take each other on in uncharted waters.

Nissan's Smiling Car Concept Turns Road Rage to Highway Happiness

If Nissan's animatronic smiling grill makes it onto future production vehicles, road rage could become a thing of the past. Highway happiness, here we come!

MyFord Technology Allows Social Networking To Really Go Mobile

Fords That Facebook, Tauruses That Tweet, SUVs That Search The Internet!  Social Network going mobile just took on a whole new meaning. When you think of social networking going mobile, you think of location-based and geolocation apps developed for smartphones.

Think Before You Drink: Fecal Matter Found In Sodas From Fountain Dispensers

Sometimes, it's tough to be the messenger, but in the interest of your considerably valued well-being, I feel I have to share the results of this study...

Google Could Become Obama's Next Secretary Of Energy

When you can't get things done the way you'd like them done - Diversify, Diversify, Diversify! Google staying true to itself...that is, doing whatever it bloody well likes - has applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do.

Is "Mashable" Cashable?

His name is Cashmore, but is his company cashable? Might Mashable, the number one Social Media Blog in the world entertain an offer from AOL? Already having acquiring Endgadget but having lost its high-techie appeal over the years, AOL needs something like Mashable to distinguish itself in the social media space - a territory that has up till now eluded them.

Inventor Of Artificial Dog Testicles Creates Canine Ear Implants For Floppy Ears

The inventor of the famous Neuticles (plastic testicles for dogs that made Number 2 on my list of dumbest pet products) has come out with his second dog prosthesis: PermaStay Ear Implants for dogs. Oh, they're not about helping your dog hear better; they're about perking up floppy ears.

Cell Phone Exposure Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice

If mice could use cell phones they would never get Alzheimer's disease, new findings from the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) reveal.  But don't laugh yet: more studies like this could result in non-intervention, non-drug treatments to reverse Alzheimer's disease and even prevent it from ever developing.

2010 CES Introduces 3-D TV, Microsoft Tablet, Rejects GPS & MP3s

The big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (January 7-10) was 3-D TVs. While Steve Ballmer's introduction of his new Microsoft Tablet is expected to compete head-on with Apple's launch of their new iSlate/Tablet in March, it appears that the influence of the movie Avatar's 3-D technology is stretching from the large screen to the small screen.

Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices

Now that Microsoft is reportedly going to show off their own slate/tablet computing device, the eReader vs Multimedia device "game" is on! eReaders like Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers are fine for 'reading,' but if you want to multi-task, you'll find they come up short every time. Apple's soon-to-be released iSlate/ tablet and Google's reported launch of a netbook, coupled with Microsoft, could initiate a technological shift as to which type of device is going to take center stage.

Top Kindle, Nook & Sony eReaders' Product Comparison Reports

With the heightened popularity of hand-held devices in 2009, eReaders took the number one spot as  the top gift item this past holiday season. And it appears even with the soon-to-be released Apple iSlate and the proposed Google Netbook nothing is going to stop Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Sony's Readers from continuing to battle it out for market share.

Be Your Own Sleuth: Reports Exaggerate Antidepressant Study Results

I saw the story's headline this morning on Reuters.com: "Limits to antidepressants' effectiveness," but as I read beyond the headline, I learned that the effects of only two antidepressant medications (the generic versions of Paxil and Tofranil) were studied in the research purportedly demonstrating that all or most antidepressants have little effect on mild to moderately depressed persons.

Cardboard 'Cabinet-Cabin' Creates An Awesome Guest House In A Mountain Cave

I've covered a cardboard cafe and a cardboard office, but this is the first time I've seen the entire interior architecture of a guest house designed in cardboard. And, if that is not novel enough, the guest house is part of a villa that is literally carved into a mountain.

Japanese Air Force Stunt Pilots Put On "Wheel" Great Show

OK, you're the elite Red Club of the JASDF and you want to put on a Blue Angels style air show. Problem is, the radar base you're performing at doesn't have an airfield. What to do?

First Flexible Solar Retinal Implant Designed To Restore Vision For Some

Less than a month ago, at the 2009 International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), researchers from Stanford University presented their solution for a retinal implant that has the potential to restore vision in those who lose sight due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and certain other retinal disorders.

Footprint's Real-Time Web Stats Outdoes Google Analytics

While Google Analytics is ubiquitous for tracking Web site traffic, it lacks in real-time analytics.  Similar to how real-time search escaped Google's grasp until it's recent partnership deals with Twitter and Facebook, the grand-daddy of search engines hasn't yet been able to put its collective brain trust around real-time web stats.

The Smallest Ionizing Air Purifier Made Just For Pets To Wear

If you've been dying to purify the air that surrounds your pet as he navigates your home, yard, and the world at large, then you can relax.  The invention - the Ionizing Air Purifier for Pets - to end all allergic reactions and bad smells that irritate you and your pet is now available for your pet to wear 24/7 on an accompanying harness.

Researchers Develop Killer Cocktail For Cancer Tumors

While we were downing martinis and dog sleds, celebrating the holidays, researchers at University of California (UC) San Diego, MIT, and UC Santa Barbara were creating nano cocktails to be downed by tumor cells.  Your cocktails may have slowed you down a bit, but the nano cocktails were designed to be killers - cancer killers.

Interior Design Trends For 2010: Layered Floors & Wallpapered Ceilings

... Overall the trends are going for more of the same: more mix and match of colors, styles, and textures, a continued interest in the collection of artisan works as opposed to brand name items, and an anything goes attitude when it comes to fitting pieces into your decor. But what interested me most were the posited trends for layered flooring and wallpapered ceilings - ones I think that can make the biggest bang for your buck

Are Mayors & Freebies Enough For Foursquare To Square Off With Twitter & Facebook?

Foursquare, the young-upstart, game-like location-based social network has gained a lot of traction not only for its unique geolocation services, but also from the 'freebies' Mayors can obtain competitively on its API. 2010 is going to be the year of geo-targeting and unless Twitter and Facebook make their move and out maneuver the little guy, Foursquare may dominate the world of location-based commerce.

CGI Tricks Can Put You In Your Favorite Flicks

Always wanted to co-star with your favorite love interest in a TV romance? A Korean film studio is making it happen today for love-lorn Japanese drama fans.