Smart Umbrella Tells the WeatherThe umbrella receives local updates from Accuweather.com. Not sure how the umbrella itself will hold up in rough weather. The website says that it was constructed with a "top-quality "gust-buster" umbrella canopy design." If you"re interested in owning a smart umbrella, you can pick one up for $129........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/12/2010 8:08:59 AM)
Ferropaper for small motors and robotsUniversity have created a magnetic "ferropaper" that might be used to make low-cost "micromotors" for surgical instruments, tiny tweezers to study cells and miniature speakers.
The material is made by impregnating ordinary paper - even newsprint - with a mixture of mineral oil and "magnetic nanoparticles" of iron oxide. The nanoparticle-laden paper can then be moved using a magnetic field.
"Paper is a porous matrix, so you can load a lot........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/6/2010 8:22:08 AM)
Mystery of golden ratioThe Egyptians supposedly used it to guide the construction the Pyramids. The architecture of ancient Athens is thought to have been based on it. Fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tried to unravel its mysteries in the novel The Da Vinci Code.
"It" is the golden ratio, a geometric proportion that has been theorized to be the most aesthetically pleasing to the eye and has been the root of countless mysteries over the centuries. Now,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/21/2009 8:06:08 AM)
Bioactive glass nanofibers producedA team of scientists from the University of Vigo, Rutgers University in the United States and Imperial College London, in the United Kingdom, has developed "laser spinning", a novel method of producing glass nanofibres with materials. They have been able to manufacture bioglass nanofibres, the bioactive glass used in regenerating bone, for the first time.
"Laser spinning makes it possible to produce glass nanofibres of compositions that........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/18/2009 6:56:10 PM)
The Spanish Wines of Toro© RivardMercury News had a feature recently on the growing popularity of wines from Spain"s historic Toro region. Vines have been planted in Toro, about 100 miles northwest of Madrid, for hundreds of years and winemaking has been documented since the 1st century B.C. But the region was recognized as a Denominacion de Origen only in 1987. The primary grape is a local version of tempranillo known as tinta de Toro, and many small, impossibly........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/9/2009 8:05:34 AM)
Pirate CostumesPirate costumes is one range of clothing that has always been genderless and ageless. Although most ancient pirates were men, women's pirate costumes have more experimental potential than men's. You can emulate female pirates such as Anne Bonny or Mary Read. If you want to look mysterious, fierce and sexy at the same time, the garb of a pirate is just the right choice for you.
Pirate Costumes: Suggestions about the Apparel
Before........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/30/2009 11:59:19 PM)
Credit Card Debt Elimination Made EasyYou can achieve credit card debt elimination quite easily with the help of a good credit card debt management company. A debt management company can negotiate on your behalf with your creditors for a significant reduction in your debts and interest rates. You can also eliminate your debts completely within two to three years through a debt consolidation loan.
Credit Card Debt Elimination: Methods
There are various ways and means with........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/19/2009 10:23:48 PM)
Record High Temperatures Far Outpace Record LowsSpurred by a warming climate, daily record high temperatures occurred twice as often as record lows over the last decade across the continental United States, new research shows. The ratio of record highs to lows is likely to increase dramatically in coming decades if emissions of greenhouse gases continue to climb.
"Climate change is making itself felt in terms of day-to-day weather in the United States," says Gerald Meehl, the main author........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/13/2009 8:21:08 AM)
Meandering and Mingling at Art Off The LotArt Off the Lot, hosted by The Cryptic Canvas, took place this past weekend. Brightening what was once a Chrysler dealership at 1030 King Street West, the 75 all-Canadian artist show was a "pay what you can" event with a recommended donation of five dollars. Happy to pay the fiver, I took full opportunity to admire the paintings, sculpture, photographs, and chat up the artists.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/11/2009 12:48:31 AM)
Credit Card DebtIt is not a hidden fact anymore that a significant population in the US is under huge credit card debt. One of the prominent reasons for the debt is attributed to the "card factor." That is, when we use real money for shopping, we see the money exchange hands, which helps keep tabs on our overspending. With cards, however, there is no visual money exchange, making us oblivious of the money that we have spent.
Does that mean we should........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/10/2009 10:22:00 PM)
Google Voice Faces FCC Scrutiny© Todd KravosDoes the new Google Voice app compete with AT&T? AT&T seems to think so, and they want the rules that apply to them to also apply to Google. And it"s written the Federal Communications Commission about it. The FCC is looking in to it.Lots of people are talking about the story: MashableVentureBeat, TechCrunch (VentureBeat and here), the VentureBeat.The short version is this.... Google Voice is blocking calls to some rural........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/5/2009 11:30:32 PM)
Discrimination against Black womenRacial discrimination is a major threat to African American women's mental health. It undermines their view of themselves as masters of their own life circumstances and makes them less psychologically resilient and more prone to depression. These findings (1) by Dr. Verna Keith, from Florida State University in the US and her colleagues, are published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles
Dr. Keith and her team used data from the National........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/5/2009 8:48:20 AM)
When to Replace Running ShoesRunning shoes are the most important piece of equipment any runner owns and are a crucial requirement for an athlete's sustaining performance and reducing injury risk. However, even the best shoes have a limited lifespan; running shoes, like everything else, don't last forever. Normal wear and tear will eventually break down any running shoe, but how do you know when it's time for replacement?
Factors to Consider While Replacing Running........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/2/2009 11:16:55 PM)
A mini guide to sports equipmentExercise doesn't have to be boring. Neither must it be confined within the walls of an expensive gym. There are other, better ways of staying fit. The most enjoyable method is to participate in your favorite sports.
In a day and age where people need to participate in rigorous physical activity consistently, sports activity has a definite edge. When you do what you love, you are less likely to look upon it as a chore and more likely to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/7/2009 10:22:25 PM)
Some stock repurchase plans just empty promisesA newly released study backs longtime speculation on Wall Street that companies sometimes ballyhoo stock repurchase programs they never plan to pursue, hoping to stir a buzz that will mislead investors and pump up sagging share prices.
But phantom repurchase programs are rare, and most are rooted in sound economic motives that generally pay off for both companies and investors, said David Ikenberry, a University of Illinois finance professor........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/7/2009 8:46:23 PM)
A brief guide to the growing trend of belly ringsNaval piercing, also known as belly button piercing is a type of body piercing which is growing increasingly popular and common. Pop culture has played a central role in promoting the trend of belly button piercing. Even though naval piercing is accompanied by a lengthy healing process, the fact that this type of piercing can be easily concealed with the help of clothing has contributed to its rapid adoption especially by young girls.
Belly........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2009 10:30:55 PM)
Monster Wants You to Feel Lady Gaga's HeartbeatSet to hit stores in October, the Heartbeats are a brilliant mashup of technology and fashion. Noel Lee, Head Monster, noted: "Heartbeats not only had to look great, they had to sound great. Using Monster"s latest headphone technologies, that vision comes true. There is no headphone that sounds quite like it, regardless of price............Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2009 9:56:44 PM)
Barbados on a Budget© rocksid
One of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean is Barbados. It's also one of the more expensive. But CNN recently has pointed out a few ways to make a trip to the island a little more enjoyable and a little less painful, financially...
For starters, skip the resorts. The true flavor and friendliness of Barbados is best tasted by getting out into the community. And renting a condo or a beach house is much cheaper........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2009 3:38:59 PM)
Dentist Directory and its advantagesA dentist directory is the easiest way for dental patients to find dentists of their choice and for dentists to gain valuable visibility.
Typically, a dentist directory is a listing of dentists available nationwide. It allows dentists to feed their profile into powerful search engines, enabling patients to find them easily.
A dentist directory is not a referral service. It is simply a tool that can help dentists meet patients and vice........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2009 6:48:09 AM)
Manticore TechnologyIn the entrepreneurial world of today, startups often live or die based on their ability to market their product or service. So how are your marketing efforts going? If the answer is not something you really want to talk about, Manticore Technology can offer you a solution to the problem.
For many businesses, the solution to their sales problems could be the powerful, easy to use marketing automation solutions offered by Manticore........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/15/2009 10:52:53 PM)
Quantum-mechanically EntangledFor the first time, physicists have convincingly demonstrated that physically separated particles in solid-state devices can be quantum-mechanically entangled. The achievement is analogous to the quantum entanglement of light, except that it involves particles in circuitry instead of photons in optical systems. Both optical and solid-state entanglement offer potential routes to quantum computing and secure communications, but solid-state........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/11/2010 7:45:24 AM)
Modern techniques to study ancient modern humansDNA that is left in the remains of long-dead plants, animals, or humans allows a direct look into the history of evolution. So far, studies of this kind on ancestral members of our own species have been hampered by scientists' inability to distinguish the ancient DNA from modern-day human DNA contamination. Now, research by Svante Pbo from The Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, published online on December 31st in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/4/2010 8:09:06 AM)
Global warming likely to be amplifiedScientists studying a period of high carbon dioxide levels and warm climate several million years ago have concluded that slow changes such as melting ice sheets amplified the initial warming caused by greenhouse gases.
The study, reported in the journal Nature Geoscience, observed that a relatively small rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels was linked to substantial global warming about 4.5 million years ago during the early Pliocene.
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Economic freedom to benefit from natural resourcesStates with small governments, low taxes and labor market freedom enjoy greater benefits from natural resource development than states with large and intrusive government policies, as per a newly released study by a Florida State University researcher.
"The size of government and level of regulation are two of the cornerstones of economic freedom," said Joab Corey, the study's author and a lecturer in Florida State's Department of Economics........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/18/2009 6:27:19 PM)
Handicap ScooterHandicap scooters, also known as mobility scooters, are highly essential mobility aids for people who have limited mobility and problems with slopes or long distances. These scooters enable people to move around with ease and without physical pain. They can restore the much needed self esteem in those who are deeply affected by their difficulty in terms of mobility and begin to feel they are liability for others.
A standard handicap scooter........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/15/2009 12:26:29 AM)
Rising trend in religious searchReligion is not just for churches, synagogues or mosques anymore -- it's a topic that is being actively searched for online, as per scientists at Penn State.
The scientists examined how people use search engines to locate religious information online. They analyzed more than 5.5 million searches collected from three Web search engines between 1997 and 2005 to investigate attributes of religious searching on the Web.
The religious........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 12/8/2009 8:44:13 AM)
When the Plan's Not Right© Cale BrucknerThings don"t always go as planned. So what do you do when your planning is off? Entrepreneur.com recently had some suggestions....I"ve said many times that what really matters in business planning is the planning, not just the plan. This time around I"d like to go into more detail about that moment of truth when you"re working your plan, time has passed, but the plan is out of synch with reality. What do you do then?Author........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/19/2009 8:11:46 AM)
Smaller transistors and more powerful chipsPurdue University scientists progress in developing a new type of transistor that uses a finlike structure instead of the conventional flat design, possibly enabling engineers to create faster and more compact circuits and computer chips.
The fins are made not of silicon, like conventional transistors, but from a material called indium-gallium-arsenide. Called finFETs, for fin field-effect-transistors, scientists from around the world have........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/11/2009 8:10:19 AM)
Remington Cool Style Hair DryerUnder $20 Holiday Gift Idea! A few days ago while I was in Target I stumpled upon this new hair dryer from Remington"s Cool Style Limited Edition line of hair tools. This super cute, lightweight leopard printed hair dryer is perfect for basic hair drying needs.This new line is available exclusively at Target stores and online.It"s also a great gift idea for those that are young and just starting to do their own hair, or the young at heart!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/11/2009 12:34:57 AM)
Canada Real EstateDue to its positioning in the developed region of North America, Canada real estate investment is a profitable proposition. Canada gives great focus to the interests of both buyers and sellers of the property. This often involves a complex process of documentation which should be diligently followed.
Canada Real Estate Investment Process
You should get the pre approval if you wish to take a loan in Canada for investing in real estate. At........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/10/2009 10:41:44 PM)
TVis err..... rather dull.Flip are famed for their cheeky little video cameras which produce suprisingly good results; but apparently for parent company Cisco, this is definitely not enough. As such, they are expanding into the digital media player biz, with the FlipShareTV, a wireless little player for programming recorded by the Flipshare PC application. So, er.... it does pretty much the same as half the media players out on the market? Yawn?........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/5/2009 11:25:08 PM)
Shift in Senior Voting BlocThe majority of people aged 65 and over cast ballots for John McCain in 2008, but older voters will not necessarily favor Republicans in future presidential elections, as per an article in the latest issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 49, No. 5).
Author Robert Binstock, PhD, a renowned authority on seniors' voting patterns, analyzed data from the 2008 national Election Day exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 11/4/2009 8:08:22 AM)
Eco-friendly speakers from orphaned snack bagsSomeone apparently doesn"t believe in the word "waste". And you bet they are bound to have a few creative genes when they can defy such a powerful word. Well, apparently such creative genes must total much more than one can imagine, for these geniuses from TerraCycle have created the most unique products in their effort to turn waste into something useful
The company, founded by Tom Szaky, collects waste from groups across the country and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/30/2009 7:54:41 AM)
Add to happiness of parents with new born baby giftsArrival of a baby brings all the joy in the world for mom and dad of the new born. The new born spills happiness all around with its cute looks and innocence. Friends and relatives also share their joy and wish to give their best to baby and parents.
What can you gift to a new born who can't speak or understand what it means if you present any gift. Everything done by the new born first time brings excitement and joy for all. Precious smile........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/18/2009 8:59:42 PM)
How dinosaurs coped with slippery slopesA new investigation of a fossilized tracksite in southern Africa shows how early dinosaurs made on-the-fly adjustments to their movements to cope with slippery and sloping terrain. Differences in how early dinosaurs made these adjustments provide insight into the later evolution of the group.
This research, which was conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, Argentina's Universidad de Buenos Aires, and the Iziko South African........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/7/2009 7:15:18 AM)
North Meets South?Results of a newly released study add evidence that climate swings in the northern hemisphere over the past 12,000 years have been tightly associated with changes in the tropics.
The findings, published this week in the journal Science, suggest that a prolonged cold spell that caused glaciers in Europe and North America to creep forward several hundred years ago may have affected climate patterns as far south as Peru, causing tropical........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/29/2009 10:29:00 PM)
Kitchen DesignsDesigner kitchens are the trend of the day, customized and exclusive kitchen is something that everyone wants. To ensure smooth cooking both indoor and outdoor, different types of kitchen designs are being introduced everyday.Hidden Kitchen: Designed by June He, this hidden kitchen has every function a traditional kitchen has and is hidden behind the kitchen wall. You can change the tile colors and arrange it to suit your personal style. Z........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2009 10:07:25 PM)
Tic Tic Tac Wafer's Keyboard(thanks Cora)........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2009 9:41:17 PM)
Single molecules in microdropletsInventing a useful new tool for creating chemical reactions between single molecules, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have employed microfluidicsthe manipulation of fluids at the microscopic scaleto make microdroplets that contain single molecules of interest. By combining this new microfluidic "droplet-on-demand" method with "optical tweezers" that could merge multiple droplets and cause their molecular........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/23/2009 7:11:02 AM)
Sarkozy wants joie de vivre indexMoney is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons
- Woody Allen
I've been rich, I've been poor. Rich is better
- Sophie Tucker........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/15/2009 10:58:15 PM)