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Female Researchers Discover Breast Cancer Risk Linked to Cattle Virus

Did you know that a recent California study revealed that women who are infected with the Bovine Leukosis Virus (BLV)  might face an increased risk of breast cancer? Read on for more about this breakthrough discovery and its far-reaching implications for women everywhere.

If Trees Could Sing, What Would They Sound Like?

Thanks to Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, we know how a tree would dance.  But what would a tree sound like if it had a voice to sing?  Innovator Bartholomäus Traubeck has created a machine that allows us to hear the haunting compositions of tree rings.  And the results are mesmerizing.

A Collar That Tracks Your Dog's Health 24/7: The Voyce Health Monitor

A new, patented, electronic collar, developed by biomedical engineers and members of the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, can now monitor your dog's health and activity levels and keep you informed in very detailed, easy to understand, information and graphics on your electronic devices.  It's called, appropriately, Voyce, for it tells you everything your dog would tell you if he could.

Tsū Social Network Sponsors Photo Shoot That’s A Croc!

Tsu was the first new social network to disrupt the social media status quo by transitioning from a strictly commercial advertising platform to a monetization model based on rewarding their users monetarily for their content. This paradigm shift kickstarted others to follow suit and in less than a year, the network has attracted close to 4 million followers.

Oil-Contaminated Soil Finds New Fertility

Oil spills are unfortunately a fact of life in our industrialized world. Until we find a renewable resource that can fulfill our energy demands, the transportation of oil and other petroleum products is a requisite and no method is entirely foolproof. Scientists at Rice University have addressed this problem by developing a new technique that not only rids contaminated soil of oil, but restores its fertility. Salad anyone?

The Business Of Subscription Boxes Reaches New Highs With PotBox

Subscription box services have been a trend for a number of years, popular for their convenience and the fact that they're like unwrapping a present when the contents are (somewhat of) a surprise. Everything from pet items, to razors, to delectable snacks, and makeup have been sold in this format by businesses that deal exclusively in items that are packed in cardboard and left on your doorstep once a month or so. But, if you think you've already seen it all, you'd be wrong.

Much Buzz About Timberland, Pharrell Williams and Bee-Inspired Boots

Boot giant, Timberland and music mogul, Pharrell Williams, have collaborated on the creation of boots inspired by bees. These cool boots are comprised of eco-friendly textiles and recycled plastic bottles. Read on to learn more about this amazng innovative footwear.

Geoengineering Might Be The Last Chance For Coral Reefs

We are all aware of many of the myriad effects of climate change – higher temperatures, rising sea levels, more extreme weather events, but coral bleaching has tended to escape notice despite being one of the most acute problems facing our oceans right now. New research resulting from a worldwide collaboration suggests that we have reached a tipping point and a geoengineering technique called Solar Radiation Management may be the only way to save coral reefs from mass bleaching.

Could Bionic Plants Be The New Solar Cell?

Photosynthesis – the means by which plants are able to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to useable chemical energy -- is one of the more remarkable natural feats. Scientists have long sought to exploit the process as a method of more efficiently harvesting solar energy, but have so far been thwarted by relatively low efficiencies. Now a research team has found a nanobioengineering technique using carbon nanotubes to dramatically increase light absorption and enhance energy generation by nearly 50%.

Finland's Wildflowers Inspire Ethereal Jewelry Collection

A delicate and ethereal line of jewelry from Finland was inspired by a purple wild flower that grows along the roadsides in this Nordic nation bordered by Sweden on the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east and Estonia to the south. Read on to learn more about designer, Chao-Hsein Kuo, and her unique artistic vision.