Fashion Designers via TechnologyThat's right, Angelo Russica has decided to take fashion design to the web. Using a web-based design school that is dedicated to teaching all aspects of design including the basic skills needed, history of design and the aesthetics of Italian fashion, www.fashioncampus.it is born.
Many students had apparently complained about the fact that they had spent thousands of dollars learning the trade yet never had a job that related to fashion,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 4:17:57 PM)
Threat of nuclear terrorism?Nuclear terrorism is the gravest international security challenge today. Is the United States prepared to cope with this very real threat? Is nuclear terrorism preventable? What steps has the U.S. already taken to avoid this catastrophe and what steps should be taken in the future?
Esteemed scholars, scientists, and policymakers address these crucial questions in the September volume of SAGE Publications' The ANNALS of The American Academy........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:20:28 AM)
Fruit And Vegetable Juice Reduce Alzheimer's DiseaseDrinking fruit and vegetable juices frequently may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. According to a research findings published in the recent issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers followed almost 2000 subjects for up to 10 years and found that the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease was reduced by 76% for those who drank fruit and vegetable juices more than 3 times per week compared with those who drank juices less........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:02:06 AM)
Drink Orange Juice To Keep Kidney Stones AwayA daily glass of orange juice can help prevent the recurrence of kidney stones better than other citrus fruit juices such as lemonade, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.
The findings indicate that although many people assume that all citrus fruit juices help prevent the formation of kidney stones, not all have the same effect. The study is available online and is scheduled would be published in the Oct. 26 issue........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 4:39:21 AM)
More than just pretty facesYou'll find more than faces in these places. Stanford University researchers have taken the closest look yet at a region of the brain that was thought to be devoted solely to face recognition and discovered that this particular patchwork of neurons does much more: It also responds to such objects as cars, animals and sculptures.
Current face perception theories suggest neurons in a portion of the brain called the fusiform gyrus light up in........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 9:50:37 PM)
Collecting Data about Nantucket SoundFerries that connect Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are taking on another role - research vessels.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) biologist Scott Gallager and colleagues have installed a package of sensors on the 235-foot freight ferry Katama to measure water quality and to photograph plankton as the ferry crisscrosses the western side of Nantucket Sound year-round, several times daily.
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Shorts 8 24Tom Tykwer's Perfume, the Bernd Eichinger-produced adaptation of Patrick Süskind's novel, doesn't open in the States until December 27 and doesn't even open in Germany until September 14, but Die Zeit's Katja Nicodemus has seen it. I honestly wish I could report that she likes what she's seen. But:
Perfume is the work of an assiduous illustrator who doesn't know how to use the novel as a gateway to a world of his own imagination. Tom Tykwer........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 8:29:02 PM)
Hitachi W43H 'au' PhoneHitachi joins the list of KDDI phones that were launched today. Not to be left behind, Hitachi also made its presence felt with the launch of its W43H mobile phone. The phone features a 2.6-inch large 240x400 TFT display. One of the highlights of the phone is the battery backup, as it can last approximately a good 4 hours when viewed continuously, unparalleled by any in the market in its class.
The W43H makes use of the DBEX technology, a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 6:31:24 PM)
Cylindropuntia BigeloviiThis isn't my best photograph of Cylindropuntia bigelovii or teddybear cholla, but it is one of the better ones I have from this particular location: the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park. This small area has the densest concentration of teddybear chollas within this massive park. While enjoying this tiny natural wonder, a thought did creep into my head: "Why build a road (and then highway) right through it?" I'm sure the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 5:55:47 PM)
Greener Path To Iron ProductionMIT engineers have demonstrated an eco-friendly way to make iron. The new method eliminates the greenhouse gases usually associated with iron production.
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced recently that the team, led by Donald R. Sadoway of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has shown the technical viability of producing iron by molten oxide electrolysis (MOE).
"What sets molten oxide electrolysis........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 5:09:10 AM)
Too many men could destabilize societyCultures that favour male babies have bred a surplus of men who will struggle to find sexual partners and could find themselves marginalised in society, warns a new paper co-authored by a UCL (University College London) researcher. As more men discover their lack of marriage prospects, this could lead to antisocial behaviour, violence and possibly more opportunities for organised crime and terrorism, threatening the stability and security of a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 4:51:23 AM)
Video Game For Stroke RehabilitationEngineers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, have modified a popular home video game system to assist stroke patients with hand exercises, producing a technology costing less than $600 that may one day rival systems 10 times as expensive.
The Rutgers hand rehabilitation system is an example of virtual rehabilitation, which combines virtual reality computer-generated interactive visual environments in which users control actions........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 9:48:02 PM)
First Quantum Cryptographic Data NetworkA joint collaboration between Northwestern University and BBN Technologies of Cambridge, Mass., has led to the first demonstration of a truly quantum cryptographic data network. By integrating quantum noise protected data encryption (quantum data encryption or QDE for short) with Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), the scientists have developed a complete data communication system with extraordinary resilience to eavesdropping.
"The volume and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 9:14:38 PM)
Sunscreens Can Damage SkinAre sunscreens always beneficial, or can they be detrimental to users? A research team led by UC Riverside chemists reports that unless people out in the sun apply sunscreen often, the sunscreen itself can become harmful to the skin.
When skin is exposed to sunlight, ultraviolet radiation (UV) is absorbed by skin molecules that then can generate harmful compounds, called reactive oxygen species or ROS, which are highly reactive molecules........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 8:57:50 PM)
surviving months without oxygenA new study has observed that crucian carp is able to survive months without oxygen by storing vast amounts of glycogen in the brain to keep the brain function and healthy during the period of February to April when there is no oxygen in the pond.
This study, which comes from Finland, showed that the amount of glycogen in the brain was at its peak in February, when the pond becomes nearly depleted of oxygen. Glycogen, which is an energy........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 4:53:22 AM)
Aromatherapy To Soothe And HealA bubble bath that improves memory. A kitchen cleaner that wards off nausea and energizes. A scented handkerchief that calms a patient entering the MRI. The benefits of aromatherapy are real. Below, learn the uses, healing properties and how-tos of using aromatherapy to heal and de-stress from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Scan the shelves of the local bath and body stores and one is sure to find products........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 9:13:44 PM)
Planet Earth May Have TiltedImagine a shift in the Earth so profound that it could force our entire planet to spin on its side after a few million years, tilting it so far that Alaska would sit at the equator. Princeton scientists have now provided the first compelling evidence that this kind of major shift may have happened in our world's distant past.
By analyzing the magnetic composition of ancient sediments found in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 8:55:31 PM)
Remote Island Provides Clues On Population GrowthHalfway between South America and New Zealand, in the remote South Pacific, is Rapa. This horseshoe-shaped, 13.5 square-mile island of volcanic origin, located essentially in the middle of nowhere, is "a microcosm of the world's situation," says a University of Oregon archaeologist.
Until only recently, little was known about the French Polynesian Island, where the current population is less than 500. Archaeological, linguistic and genetic........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 8:04:15 PM)
Resolving Neurocognitive Deficits Associated With AlcoholismAlcoholism can cause neuropsychological deficits, that much is clear. There is much less clarity, however, concerning to what degree recovery may occur with abstinence from alcohol. New findings indicate that long-term abstinence from alcohol can resolve a number of but not all neurocognitive deficits.
Results are reported in the recent issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research
"Prior research has shown some........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 7:45:10 PM)
A Pint Of Cider To Keep The Doctor AwayThe saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but now scientists at the University of Glasgow are looking into whether a pint of cider could have the same effect. Researchers have discovered that English cider apples have high levels of phenolics antioxidants linked to protection against stroke, heart disease and cancer and are working with volunteers to see whether these health benefits could be passed onto cider drinkers.
In........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 7:15:24 PM)
A New Better Water TestWater is essential for life. Nevertheless, even small amounts of water in the wrong places such as fuels, lubricants, or organic solvents can cause motors to sputter, metal parts to rust, or chemical reactions to go awry. That's why one of the most common lab tests performed in industry is one that looks for traces of water in other substances, even though the test itself is complicated and time-consuming.
A new method for detection and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:38:35 AM)
Lead Poisoning In CondorsA study led by environmental toxicologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has confirmed what wildlife biologists have long suspected: Bullet fragments and shotgun pellets in the carcasses of animals killed by hunters are the principal sources of lead poisoning in California condors that have been reintroduced to the wild.
Lead poisoning is a major factor limiting the success of efforts to rebuild populations of the endangered........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:16:58 AM)
Targets For Inflammatory DiseasesPatients with systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often suffer loss of kidney function. When marked by a crescent formation in the glomerulus a tiny ball comprised of capillary blood vessels integral to forming urine kidney failure tends to be rapidly progressive, irreversible, and fatal. Little is known about the mechanism behind this crescent or its relationship to immune-mediated inflammation.
To........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:04:56 AM)
Pension Web sitesAwareness of pension scheme websites is considerably higher among employees than the self-employed, reports research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) e-Society programme.
In a survey of 1,337 individuals, Dr Tina Harrison and Kathryn Waite have observed that less than a quarter of self-employed individuals know that their pension scheme has a website, and around half of these have actually used it.
Findings show........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/30/2006 5:08:40 AM)
Higher Risk For CesareanFor mothers at low risk, infant and neonatal mortality rates are higher among infants delivered by cesarean section than for those delivered vaginally in the United States, according to recent research published in the latest issue of Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed over 5.7 million live births and nearly 12,000 infant deaths over a four-year period. In general, neonatal........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 9:38:21 PM)
How Cancer Drug Aids An Anti-cancer VirusResearchers here have discovered how a specific chemotherapy drug helps a cancer-killing virus. The virus is being tested in animals for the treatment of incurable human brain tumors.
The virus, a modified herpes simplex virus, is injected directly into the tumor, where it enters only the cancer cells and kills them. The study found, however, that within hours of the injection, infection-fighting immune cells are drawn into the tumor to........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 9:19:45 PM)
The Sexiest Dining Table!A group of HONGIK UNIVERSITY students presented 'Hot Dinner' a sexy table with four legs that imitate women's legs at Korea Int'l Furniture & interior Fair 2006.
Nice try!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 6:47:08 PM)
Human Powered LED Nose RingYou might have worn mood rings sometime in your teens. So, how about a LED nose ring this time! The Firefly nose ring is a magical piece of jewelery that glows when you breathe.
The LED nose ring uses a delicate fan structure, that creates the delicate luminous pulses to glow when you exhale the air which transforms into electric energy, thus lighting up a led light. Though, you might have come-out of your teenage but sporting a funky look........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 6:38:22 PM)
Cruising With The CamaroGM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner met with members of the media Friday at the Athens Coney Island in Royal Oak, Mich., to talk about the Chevrolet Camaro.
The new Camaro will be built at the Oshawa, Ontario, car plant with early production versions at the end of 2008 and sales in early 2009.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 6:24:51 PM)
Hurricane Katrina One Year LaterThe 2005 hurricane season will long be remembered both for the record-breaking number of storms and a devastating hurricane named Katrina.
Several NASA satellites gave important details about Katrina's storm structure and strength throughout her life cycle, aiding forecasters and emergency managers. In the aftermath, data from satellites and instruments on NASA planes became useful in recovery efforts, damage assessments, and analysis of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 4:59:54 AM)
Fuel Cells To Power Unmanned Aerial VehicleGeorgia Institute of Technology researchers have conducted successful test flights of a hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft believed to be the largest to fly on a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell using compressed hydrogen.
The fuel-cell system that powers the 22-foot wingspan aircraft generates only 500 watts. "That raises a lot of eyebrows," said Adam Broughton, a research engineer who is working on the project in Georgia Tech's........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 4:45:17 AM)
Mind over matterA significant number of people world-wide suffer with chronic pain, which affects every aspect of their lives, and often results in depression.
Scientists at Kent State University and Case Western University, led by Kent State nursing professor Wendy Lewandowski, tracked the experience of 44 patients being treated for chronic pain. Patients in one group listened to a seven-minute audio tape that helped them to relax, focus on the sensory........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 9:49:46 PM)
Teen career plans out of sync with realitySo your high school senior says she wants to be a doctor. Great news, right? It is if she's got the talent and the grades to back up her ambition.
Unfortunately, the goals of too a number of teens now outpace what they are likely to achieve, a problem that can lead to wasted time and resources, not to mention anxiety and distress, as per a new Florida State University study.
Sociology Professor John Reynolds tracked changes in high school........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 9:12:29 PM)
Nanocantilevers Yield SurprisesResearchers at Purdue University have made a discovery about the behavior of tiny structures called nanocantilevers that could be crucial in designing a new class of ultra-small sensors for detecting viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
The nanocantilevers, which resemble tiny diving boards made of silicon, could be used in future detectors because they vibrate at different frequencies when contaminants stick to them, revealing the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 9:09:14 PM)
New Drug For Fatal Pediatric DisorderA progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is often fatal within the first two decades of life may be treatable via a molecule already targeted by approved drugs, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and other institutions report.
Scientists working with a mouse model for Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease showed that experimental treatments appear to be acting through the pregnane X receptor (PXR). Found in........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/28/2006 8:46:53 PM)
Turning Fuel Ethanol Into Beverage AlcoholFuel ethanol could be cheaply and quickly converted into the purer, cleaner alcohol that goes into alcoholic drinks, cough medicines, mouth washes and other products requiring food-grade alcohol, say Iowa State University researchers.
But there's still a lot of purifying and studying to be done before fuel made from corn is turned into your next vodka or mixed into your morning mouth wash.
Jacek Koziel, an Iowa State assistant professor........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 9:01:57 PM)
Bees Calculation Sets Industry BuzzingAn ingenious new mathematical procedure based on the behaviour of honey bees is delivering sweet results for industry.
Researchers at Cardiff University's Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) developed the procedure, or algorithm, after observing the "waggle dance" of bees foraging for nectar. The algorithm enables companies to maximise results by changing basic elements of their processes.
When a bee finds a source of nectar, it........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 8:58:58 PM)
Identifying People Most At Risk For AlcoholismScientists at the Molecular Neurobiology Branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, have completed the most comprehensive scan of the human genome to date associated with the ongoing efforts to identify people most at risk for developing alcoholism. This study represents the first time the new genomic technology has been used to comprehensively identify genes associated with substance abuse. The study........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 7:58:02 PM)
Mitochondrial DNA sequencing tool updatedHigh-tech laboratory tools, like computers, are often updated publicly as their analytical capabilities expand. In the recent issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, NIH grantees report they have developed a second generation "lab on a silicon chip" called the MitoChip v2.0 that for the first time rapidly and reliably sequences all mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles that power our cells, are unique because........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 7:54:51 PM)
High Levels Of Prenatal Alcohol ExposureAlcohol consumption in Western Europe is generally considered to be more moderate in nature - daily, and with meals - than it is in other countries such as the United States. New research indicates that this may be an "urban myth," and that drinking levels in Italy - as measured by the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Italian primary schools - are just as high as they are in the new........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/27/2006 7:41:42 PM)