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Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.

There Will Be (A) Blood App, O, B & AB As Well

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you shed some LBs while improving your overall health. That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet spawned by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo.

What Nest Is Google Feathering - The Internet Of Things,' Apple's or Nest Labs'?

OK, so a $3.2 billion acquisition is nothing to sneeze at! However, when your current stock price on the Nasdaq exchange is trading at $1148 per share, and your coffers are overflowing in excess of $57 billion in cash and marketable securities - $3.2 is more or less chump change. . .

Innovators Gather In Abu Dhabi To Address Sustainability

In what will be the largest gathering on sustainability ever to be held in the Middle East, innovators from many sectors will gather in Abu Dhabi on January 18 - 25. Abu Dabai Sustainability Week features the World Future Energy Summit and brings together leaders from the worlds of politics, science, business, and academia to discuss and address the energy challenges of the future. Read on to learn more about the event.

Meet Your New Home Medical Laboratory: Scanadu

The ease of access to medical information has increased our health IQs greatly from pre-Internet days. But if doctors aren't exasperated with their know-it-all patients just yet, a Silicon Valley startup called Scanadu is about to change the practice of medicine altogether with smart gadgets that give you the tools to test and analyze your own vitals and body fluids.  And you don't need a prescription, or a fortune, to buy them!  

Don't Waste Time Sleeping: Fight Dragons In Your Dreams

Lucid dream masks work by flashing a series of light patterns when you are in REM sleep. The Remee Mask, the Aurora Mask, the REM Dreamer as well as apps like DreamZ, or Lucid Dreaming, claim they can make you aware you are dreaming, and have some control over the events that occur. Can we regain hours of our lives, in our imaginative worlds where anything is possible? Can we fight dragons in our dreams?

Google Wants To Bring Android Into Our Cars

Google is a company that sets itself apart from the others mostly due to the broad spectrum of activities and enterprises it invests on. Google's investment in cars is not new, with the development of a self-driving car as one of the most well-known projects by the company, but recently it has been announced that Google wants to move Android into our cars, with something called "Open Automotive Alliance".

Feeling Anxious Or Pessimistic? Use This WristBand To Measure Your Mood

Measure your autonomous nervous system (ANS) with Phyode's wristband, the W/Me wearable wellness tracker. Measure your pulse and your temperature, and see if you are passive, excitable, anxious, or pessimistic. Then just let the smartphone app coach you on breathing techniques to help you feel more balanced. 

The WildCat -- A New All-Terrain Robot that Sort of Looks Like a Monster

Look at that picture on the right.  Looks innocuous enough, right?  Well, wait until you see this thing in motion.  Quite scary.  But, scariness aside, there is something to say about the WildCat robot.  It may just be the way to cover long distances across all sorts of terrain at a rather rapid pace.

Graduate Student Invents A Mechanical Inchworm To Patrol Power Lines

A graduate student at UC San Diego by the name of Nick Morozovsky has invented a rather unique alternative to in-person power line inspections. Meet Skysweeper: a mechanical inchworm that consists of little more than some 3D printed components, an arduino motor, and a store-bought battery.