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East meets West for 2008 Pirelli Calendar

East meets West for 2008 Pirelli Calendar
We spent half the morning on Pirelli’s website checking out images from their 2008 calendar and we still cant get enough. We love the fact that they took a demure approach this year, in contrast to past calendars which have been more overtly sexual. The calendar was shot in Shanghai by Patrick Demarchelier who did a brilliant job. The use of colour is absolutely amazing........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 7:43:29 PM)

Baby Quasar: Electronic elixir?

Baby Quasar: Electronic elixir?
Suckers for a quick-fix, we''ve featured a number of home healing, anti-aging products (Zeno, Marvel Mini, NuFace, etc.) however, another electronic elixir has made a striking debut. Baby Quasar uses Red and Amber light, both known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and promote Fibroblasts to increase the body''s production of collagen (the cheek and lip plumping stuff we lose as we age). While we haven''t tried this device........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 7:08:29 PM)

Transparent toaster

Transparent toaster
I know there are fancy toasters out there, but essentially most toasters work in the same way, whether you paid $10 for your little machine or $300. You set the timer, put the slice of bread in, and it pops out when done. If it''s not quite toasty enough, you put it back in. If it''s burned and inedible, you throw it out and start over with a new piece of bread But here''s a concept product that not only takes the guess work out of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 7:08:06 PM)

Goals for '08

Goals for '08
Are you prepared for the New Year We have been talking about setting goals over the last month and now we enter 2008 so it is time to have those goals written down and prepared to be implemented. Have you separated your goals for long range (5+ years-the big goals), medium range goals (1 or 2 to 5 years) and your short range goals (less than 2 years, most l year)? Now that you have your short range goals you need to set specific........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/3/2008 11:04:17 PM)

Use DNA Origami to cast Longwinded Spells

Use DNA Origami to cast Longwinded Spells
We first posted about Paul Rothemund when he published his big DNA origami paper [pdf] back in March 2006. It was a really nice result not because he was the first to make cool DNA patterns, but because the method he developed was so general: by designing short staple strands he could make a long strand of viral DNA assemble into arbitrary patterns and proved this pretty convincingly by making happy faces and a pretty accurate world map........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/27/2007 10:06:20 AM)

General Motors 100th Anniversary

General Motors 100th Anniversary
Five years ago the Buick Club of America celebrated that marque's 100th anniversary with an incredible gathering of Buick cars from the early years to the contemporary Reatta. Included were rarely seen "dream cars" like Harley Earl's Y-Job and his jet-influenced LeSabre prototype. Now the club is back to honour GM's 100th and Buick's 105th at the Flint Cultural Center, home of the Sloan Museum and Buick Gallery and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/16/2007 8:22:06 AM)

Geek fill in the blank t-shirt

Geek fill in the blank t-shirt
Technology moves fast so you have to keep up, and this black write-on, wash-of 100% cotton t-shirt will help keep you updated with the latest saying. Packaged with its own washable marker, it features white lowercase text and fill-in-the-blank style boxes for ur fill-in-the-blank pleasure. Imagine the fun you can have! Say you''re in a good mood, " im in ur computer upgradin'' ur RAM." Bad mood? Well, you can think of a few........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 12/16/2007 7:48:30 AM)

Nanoscale Details of Photolithography Process

Nanoscale Details of Photolithography Process
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made the first direct measurements of the infinitesimal expansion and collapse of thin polymer films used in the manufacture of advanced semiconductor devices. It's a matter of only a couple of nanometers, but it can be enough to affect the performance of next-generation chip manufacturing. The NIST measurements, detailed in a new paper,* offer a new insight into the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/12/2007 10:04:54 PM)

VoIP in the Works for the iPhone and iPod Touch

VoIP in the Works for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Here's a double-whammy for Apple's buzz-generating smartphone and limited-functionality PDA. I'm not really sure how it works, but some hackers have managed to make the iPod Touch run some communications protocol called SIP. Apparently getting SIP to run on a device makes VoIP possible, and apparently this iPod Touch procedure is doable on the iPhone. This is honestly beyond the limits of my comprehension, as some low-level coding........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 12/12/2007 9:38:54 PM)

Software Helps Mars Rovers Find Winter Havens

Software Helps Mars Rovers Find Winter Havens
New software is helping NASA find safe places for the Spirit rover to ride out future Martian winters -- and also plan where Spirit and its companion rover, Opportunity, will explore in the future. The steep Martian mesa dubbed "Von Braun" would be a safe haven, the software and data analysis determined -- but the path that Spirit would have to follow to get there is a little too risky to travel with winter on the way, explained Ron Li,........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 12/11/2007 8:35:11 PM)

Petfinder Goes Primetime

Petfinder Goes Primetime
Wanting to find the ideal pet for your wired home? Then go the hi-tech way of finding a pet with Petfinder Or you can wait to see Petfinder on your home theater screen. Yes, the very popular website Petfinder is going to become a television series. All 13 programmes are about finding a pet from your nearest shelter a comfy and happy home........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/11/2007 6:24:32 PM)

Conversation

Conversation
How do you engage a person in conversation One of the most important marketing systems you have is called networking. Getting out and meeting other entrepreneurs and potential clients for your business. There is many places to do this as I have mentioned Toastmasters, you local Chamber of Commerce and community events. Angle from the Unlimited Self Mastery blog describes ways you can be compelling when engaging someone in conversation.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/10/2007 9:09:38 PM)

Hibiscus clayi

Hibiscus clayi
A thank you to frolickauai@Flickr for today''s first-time contribution to Botany Photo of the Day (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Much appreciated! Do investigate frolickauai''s other photographs on Flickr – plenty of plant photographs Hibiscus clayi, or Clay''s hibiscus (or Hawaiian red hibiscus), is an extremely rare plant in the wild; as frolickauai notes: “This flower is on one of only four naturally occurring members........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/9/2007 10:21:49 PM)

The Future of Media and Advertising

The Future of Media and Advertising
Are the economics of media changing to look more like the economics of retail? That's one of the arguments made by John du Pre Gauntt. John teaches a course I've been attending on "Understanding the Convergence of Media and Marketing." He wrote an excellent short essay about his views on the subject, and with permission, I have reprinted the paper here below During the second half of 2005, the irresistible force of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/9/2007 10:21:09 PM)

Bug Art

Bug Art
This week''s issue of Nature has an interesting review of an exhibition, The Art of Arthopods. California entomologist Steven Kutcher uses insects as living paintbrushes to generate his "paintings". Read more about it here.Kutcher''s bug art is on display at the Entomological Society of America meeting in San Diego (9–12 December) and at the Lancaster Museum (15 December–13 January 2008), in California.Incidentally I used to have a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/3/2007 8:02:08 PM)

Fatigue effects in silicon

Fatigue effects in silicon
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a mechanical fatigue process that eventually leads to cracks and breakdown in bulk silicon crystalsa phenomenon thats especially interesting because it long has been thought not to exist. Their recently published* results have important implications for the design of new silicon-based micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) devices that have been proposed........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/27/2007 10:17:46 PM)

Less is more when fighting crime

Less is more when fighting crime
Both crime and prison populations could be reduced dramatically by focusing on the "power few" criminals who commit the most crime, as per Lawrence Sherman, Director of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University, UK. His paper will be published online this week in Springer's Journal of Experimental Criminology. Using data across a wide range of research, Sherman........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/19/2007 8:41:55 PM)

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods
This past weekend I participated in a seminar called 21st Century Landscape Literacy at Apeiron Institute for Environmental Living in Coventry, RI. Apeiron''s mission is to promote sustainable living practices and ecologically healthy communities in southeastern New England. On their property, they''ve built an eco-house using green building practices. (You can take a virtual tour here, it’s really cool.) Apeiron held this seminar to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/19/2007 7:48:25 PM)

Local sources major cause of US near-ground aerosol pollution

Local sources major cause of US near-ground aerosol pollution
A new NASA study estimates that most ground-level particulate pollution in the United States stems from regional sources in North America and only a small amount is brought to the country from other parts of the world. Scientists using an innovative global aerosol tracking model have for the first time produced a global estimate of sources and movements of aerosols near the ground where they can affect human health and run afoul of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/18/2007 8:56:14 PM)

effects of low dose arsenic on development

effects of low dose arsenic on development
A team of Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) scientists has determined that low doses of arsenic disrupt the activity of a hormone critical in development. The finding is further evidence that arsenic at low doses (at levels found in U.S. drinking water in some areas) can be harmful. The study appeared in the Oct. 26, 2007, online edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), and it will be published in a forthcoming issue of the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/14/2007 9:22:03 PM)

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Smaato Acquires $3.5 Million of Funding

Smaato Acquires $3.5 Million of Funding
Looks like Smaato's focus on mobile advertising has literally finally paid off. According to the official press release, the company has acquired $3.5 million San Mateo, California - January 18, 2008 - Smaato, a pioneering provider of mobile advertising platform technology announced that it has closed a $ 3.5 million financing round. Smaato was successful in attracting prominent smart angel investors from international media,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 7:43:24 PM)

Target starts selling digital music

Target starts selling digital music
Target has started to slowly join the world of digital music with the release of John Legend's album "Live from Philadelphia" last week. The Sony BMG album is being sold exclusively in Target stores and is also available for sale as MP3 files off of Targets website, a first for the company. A nineteen song download off of the site runs $9.99, which is fairly reasonable price for a DRM-free full album download. Targets major........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/23/2008 7:36:00 PM)

Time Cube Clock confuses me a bit

Time Cube Clock confuses me a bit
You have to admit that this Time Cube Clock just looks cool. I'm not certain how practical it is, for you will need to learn how to tell time all over again. You see, three triangles are designed to tell the time. The largest does the hours, medium the minutes, and a fast-mover small one does the seconds. So, what time is it now? I don't know, honestly. I believe at some time in the day, all the triangles will line up to form a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/3/2008 11:08:47 PM)

Debate about capital punishment

Debate about capital punishment
In a commentary and two editorials reported in the September 2007 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, three anesthesiologists and a medical ethicist discussed whether doctors should participate in capital punishment executions. Since that issue was published, discussions about doctor involvement in capital punishment have made their way into the state and federal court systems. And the North Carolina Medical Board has published a statement........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/2/2008 10:46:18 PM)

Saturday Matinee

Saturday Matinee
I once read a description of a wisp of wind on the surface of the water as a “cat’s paw.” I liked that description; it seemed about perfect When we were last at Roundrock, there was a whole passel of invisible cats pawing at the surface of the lake. I hoped to capture some of these cat’s paws in the video, but I only managed to get one, right at the beginning. (I think the angle of viewing makes the difference.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/28/2007 8:32:02 AM)

Proton Camera

Proton Camera
Lab researchers, working with Teledyne Imaging Sensors, have built the world's fastest camera, and it has just won an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products of 2007. Made from two bonded microelectronic chips, the "Camera on a Chip" can capture 2.8 million frames per second. A normal motion picture camera captures 24 frames per second. The camera produces movies of ultra-short........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/20/2007 9:36:15 PM)

Valuable Retail Owner Information

Valuable Retail Owner Information
After almost 20 years in retail, I'm on the look out for new resources, sites and books that help the retail owner be successful As a business owner you live and die by ROI: Return on investment. You want to ensure that the dollars you spend on cost of goods, payroll, advertising and G&A bring a return that allows a nice percentage of top line sales flow to the bottom line ROI also stands for Retail Owners Institute, an online........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/16/2007 8:06:23 AM)

Now Protecting 'America's Birth Certificate'

Now Protecting 'America's Birth Certificate'
A hermetically sealed glass and aluminum encasement built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will protect the first world map to label the lands of the New World as "America" when the "Exploring the Early Americas" exhibition opens Dec. 13, 2007, at the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C. The 40-square-foot, state-of-the-art display case is the new home for the 1507 Waldseemüller map, often called "America's........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/12/2007 10:00:20 PM)

Ricinus communis cultivar

Ricinus communis cultivar
Anne from Alberta (aka annkelliott@Flickr) shares another of her great images with BPotD (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Thank you, Anne As a child, I thought castor oil was an extract from animals (beavers, specifically). I suppose I can blame that on childhood logic after learning the French name for beaver. It was only much later when I learned that it was a plant derivative from the species in today''s photograph, Ricinus........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/12/2007 9:14:51 PM)

Buying a Projector Online

Buying a Projector Online
So you need to purchase a projector? Why not go online and get the job done? I found an article that is just right for getting real advice on buying a projector . . . How to Shop Online for Projector Some important steps to take in buying a projector that you should read and digest before embarking on the job of buying a projector........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 12/11/2007 6:24:37 PM)

A Busy December Begs for Lifestyle Managers

A Busy December Begs for Lifestyle Managers
December is busy, busy, busy. You've got parties to attend, family gatherings to sit through and more shopping to finish than you can possibly get done. How are you ever going to find time to enjoy online dating? Many people let their profiles go stagnant and their email boxes fill up because there just aren't enough hours in December days But some people take a business approach to their personal lives. They hire someone else to do........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/11/2007 6:24:23 PM)

MIT creates oil-repelling materials

MIT creates oil-repelling materials
MIT engineers have designed a class of material structures that can repel oils, a novel discovery that could have applications in aviation, space travel and hazardous waste cleanup. Such materials could be used to help protect parts of airplanes or rockets that are vulnerable to damage from being soaked in fuel, like rubber gaskets and o-rings. "These are vulnerable points in a number of aerospace applications," said Robert Cohen, the St.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/10/2007 10:30:58 PM)

Forget Lasik, Get Eye Power!

Forget Lasik, Get Eye Power!
This reminds me of a do-it-yourself lasik kit I saw as a gag once. However, given this is coming from Japan, and I can't read Japanese, I have no idea if this Eye Power thing is real. The theory goes, you stare into this machine for 10 minutes and "ultrasonic technology" restores your myopic, near-sighted self to perfect 20/20 vision Sounds too good to be true, if you ask me. However, 88,000 yen (about $800 USD) is a bit........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 12/9/2007 10:21:31 PM)

The Walker

The Walker
"[Paul] Schrader has denied that The Walker is a political film," notes J Hoberman in the Voice. "However, it''s not only political, it''s nostalgic for politics..... This is a serious movie and, gliding around the center of power, a stylish one. But, like its protagonist, The Walker is unable to close the deal. "[Woody] Harrelson plays the latest incarnation of the Schrader hollow man, Carter Page III, the swishy scion of a Virginia........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/9/2007 10:21:17 PM)

James Webb Space Telescope Testing

James Webb Space Telescope Testing
A model of the James Webb Space Telescope's Mid-InfraRed Instrument will be tested before Christmas at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, England to ensure the final instrument can see infrared light. Observing the universe in the infrared light portion of the spectrum is important because a number of objects researchers want to observe in space are far too cold to radiate at shorter wavelengths that can be seen as visible........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 12/7/2007 9:33:22 PM)

Hunting vs gathering

Hunting vs gathering
Yeah, yeah, it’s Black Friday. But it’s also just three days until the opening day of regular rifle deer season in Pennsylvania, which for some people I know is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s rolled into one. So while the gatherers are standing in checkout lines, the hunters are moving tree stands around, cleaning their rifles, and going to the target range For the righteous among us, of course, there’s........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/3/2007 8:02:04 PM)

Lupinus breweri var. breweri

Lupinus breweri var. breweri
Thank you again to one of the good folks at the University of Colorado at Boulder for today''s image and write-up. Janice Forbis is the assistant manager of the greenhouse in U of C''s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A big thank you to you, Janice Janice writes “Lupinus breweri var. breweri is native to the western USA (Oregon, California and Nevada) and found in open montane forests at higher elevations of the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/19/2007 7:48:32 PM)

Beowulf

Beowulf
"Robert Zemeckis''s Beowulf is so rousingly entertaining that you''ll feel guilty for not reading the epic poem all the way through when you were in ninth grade," announces Alonso Duralde at MSNBC. "[S]creenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary have taken broad liberties with the ancient text, although their departures translate to the screen quite well for the most part. "It is pop. But as pop goes, it''s damned good pop," writes David........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/19/2007 7:02:24 PM)

Seven-year-old becomes 'scientist for a day'

Seven-year-old becomes 'scientist for a day'
When I grow up, I want to be a scientist. How a number of MIT students uttered these words when they were children? Though not an MIT student, Juliana Bach, a 7-year-old from Miami, discovered her passion for science at a young age. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, MIT, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, made her wish to be a scientist come true. As Juliana works in the lab, she looks like a miniature scientist, wearing a white lab coat........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/18/2007 8:45:54 PM)

'Noah's flood' kick-started European farming

'Noah's flood' kick-started European farming
The flood thought to bebehind the Noahs Ark myth kick-started European agriculture, as per new research by the Universities of Exeter, UK and Wollongong, Australia. Reported in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, the research paper assesses the impact of the collapse of the North American (Laurentide) Ice Sheet, 8000 years ago. The results indicate a catastrophic rise in global sea level led to the flooding of the Black Sea and drove........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/18/2007 8:41:43 PM)

   
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