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Stress Hormone Found in Children With Feuding Parents

A new study has shown that children who get upset while watching their parents fight are more likely to develop psychological problems.

Adult Diapers Come Out of the Closet in Japan

Adult diapers have not only come out of the closet, they're taking center stage! A recent Tokyo runway show shines the spotlight on what has become a $500 million per year business in Japan. Could it happen here? Depends...

Scientists Use Muons to Take Volcano X-Rays

An innovative imaging system that uses muons - a type of cosmic ray - to reveal the interior of a volcano has been developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute.

Twitter Drawers Collection Tweaks Twitter to a T

The Twitter Drawers Collection, or TDC for short, offers twitterers from Japan and elsewhere a free way to add a unique Japanese accent to their tweeting.

High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy May Cause Overweight Offspring

Researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York state that eating a high-fat diet while pregnant may cause the child to overeat or be overweight early in life.

Excess Belly Fat Doubles Risk of Death

A new European study says that if you have that “spare tire” around your middle, you have a higher risk of dying than someone who is of normal weight.

New Technology Could Change Breast Cancer Screening

Scientists at Bristol University have developed the world’s first breast imaging system that could change the way women are scanned for breast cancer.

Ugly Fruits And Veggies: What's Taste Got To Do With It?

This story is about your average potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and 30 or so other fruits and vegetables that just happen, by slight of nature, to grow ugly instead of true to some idealized form. Bent, knarly carrots, potatoes with sprouts, discolored spots on cucumbers... are considered, for lack of a better word, ugly in the European Union and, until now, could not be sold.

Google Uses Search Engine Data to Track Flu

Google has launched a new tool called Google Flu Trends, designed to track influenza by using search terms based on what people enter into the search engine.

Scientists Develop “Intelligent Pill”

Scientists have developed a device they call the intelligent pill, or “iPill”. No, it doesn’t make you smarter. This pill is actually designed to release medication to specific areas of the body.

Cognitive Abilities Strong Among Highly Educated Alzheimer's Test Subjects

A study conducted by scientists at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed a clear relationship between educational level and cognitive ability, even in test subjects with brain pathology indicative of Alzheimer's Disease.

A Compact Veggie Brush & Peeler: The Pebble Peeler™

Today's fave gadget is the creation of one of Inventor Spot's favorite inventors, supporters, and occasional columnists Roger Brown. It's called the Pebble Peeler™ and it's a new kitchen tool being produced by Evriholder Products, a manufacturer with an extensive line of kitchen products.

Scientists to Evolve Viruses to Death

Evolution, by the very meaning of the word, is generally thought to be a process that slowly unfolds over time, without outside interference.

But now scientists from Rice University are trying to force certain viruses to evolve erratically, in an attempt to kill them. The technique is called "lethal mutagenesis," and while it may sound vicious, it could be a last resort of self-defense against contagious viruses that attack humans.


Taking a Walk Could Stop Chocolate Cravings

Researchers have found that taking a brisk fifteen-minute walk could reduce cravings for chocolate.

Text Messaging May Prevent Teens From Gaining Weight

Text messaging has become a way of life for many people. While many say text messaging can kill, especially if texting while driving, a new study says that sending text messages may help fight off a child’s chance at becoming obese or overweight later in life by monitoring and modifying their own behaviors now.

Study Finds Obese Children Have Aged Arteries

New research has shown that obese children have arteries of a 45-year old.

Intel Corp. Releases New Home Medical Monitor

Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer chip maker, recently released the Intel Health Guide, a medical monitor for patients with chronic health problems.

Tomy XIAO Digital Camera Packs Portable Printer

The instant camera is back, and it's better than ever! Forget Polaroid, Tomy's XIAO is a 5 megapixel digital camera that prints full color photos using Zink inkless paper.

McDonalds Japan Goes No-Brand with Quarter Pounder Shops

McDonalds Japan is testing the waters of no-brand marketing with newly opened Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo.

Business Ideas for the Afterlife: Guaranteed Travel to Heaven or Hell

Reserve a Spot in Heaven provides travel packages to guarantee your place in your preferred afterlife destination. This small business, which is the only Heaven or Hell reservation site on the internet, proves that there is an open market for every weird and wacky entrepreneurial concept.


World's Smallest Golfball Retriever: The (Little) Dipper

Golf can be an expensive sport. Why, just a dozen good quality golf balls can cost $30 to $50 a set. So, when a ball gets hit into a water trap, the golfer is disappointed. not only about the bad drive he just hit, but about the four buck golf ball he just lost.

Scientists Create Beer That Could Extend Life

Beer drinkers might actually have something to celebrate about. Scientists at Rice University have created a beer that could extend your life.

A Design Invention That Stands Gardening On Its Head: BOSKKE™ Sky Planter

Is that a real plant? I've heard of hanging plants before, but never saw suspended in the air upside down. It must be an optical illusion of some kind...

Shinsoku Sports Shoes Sell Well With the Right Stuff

A new type of running shoe is breaking sales records in Japan while helping young athletes keep on track - literally. Shinsoku sports shoes are designed with asymmetric soles that give young runners extra traction on oval courses.

11 Brilliant Inventions From Popular Science's Best of What's New 2008

Popular Science has announced its Best of What's New awards for 2008; they are all brilliant inventions, but some are phenomenal! There were 11 categories of best invention awards ranging across a wide spectrum of technology, from automobile to security technologies. One of the 11 winners was named the Grand Award Winner... see if you can guess which one!