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08.31.2009

Make Solar-Powered Robots with MzTek

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08.31.2009

Ed Hardy's Tatted Up Tech

If you like tattoos, but don't want to go through the pain of getting a permanent piece of art added your decidedly risk-adverse frame, you can go the Ed Hardy route. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past several years, you know that the distinctive designs of Ed Hardy have become one of the mainstays of urban fashion gracing shirts, hoodies, and sneakers.

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Now the skulls, roses, and daggers are going techie with the introduction of the Ed Hardy USB Drive. The Limited Edition tech is retractable, Mac and PC-compatible, comes decked out in a colorful Tiger motif with the charming message "Love Kills".

The keys have a capacity of 1, 4, and 8GB retailing for $32, $52, and $78 respectively on Amazon.com. At those prices, you're obviously paying for the privilege of owning something considered to be couture. Makes you long for the days when tats were cool because they drove your parents nuts.

Via Gizmodo

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08.30.2009

Women are sort of more tentative than men, aren't they?

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Depends. Turns out that this is another common sex stereotype--men always state conclusions firmly while women always hedge and dither--that does not truly reflect behavior.

What makes people dithery is perceived lack of expertise when the topic under discussion is associated more with one gender than the other, according to researchers. Some topics cause women to communicate tentatively when the topic is "masculine"--like changing a tire--and firmly when it is "feminine"--like cosmetics. And vice-versa. And with some gender-neutral topics, like picking a good restaurant, both women and men appear equally tentative.

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08.30.2009

Robocalls are banned. Sort of.

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The US Federal Trade Commission says there will be no more of those infuriating prerecorded telemarketing solicitations, known not so fondly as robocalls, unless you're so lonely you want them. Telemarketers, the government says, will now need written permission from the callee before setting the robots loose.

So, great, no more robocalls at dinnertime. Oh, wait. Except for the exceptions. Which include calls from charities, banks, politicians, insurers, phone companies, surveys--and, best of all, debt collection agencies.

Also permitted are telemarketing calls from actual humans--unless the phone number is on the National Do Not Call Registry. Find the Do Not Call registry here.

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08.29.2009

Back to school and work with spiffy supplies

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Back to school and back to work. SIgh. But don't lose heart: find cheerful, stylish office supplies and organizing tools at See Jane Work.

The site has a fine array of handsome basics to get you through the day: binders, notebooks, agendas and calendars, pens and pencils, school supplies, and gorgeous Moonsus bags. Also a slew of organizing tips--and even a printable ToDo list.

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08.29.2009

Synthetic life before 2010?

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Will scientists have synthesized a living organism for the first time by the end of this year? That's the breathtaking prediction by Craig Venter--a top-rank molecular biologist whose breathtaking predictions have a way of coming true.

Among the practical reasons for doing such a thing would be creating organisms that can make biofuels or clean up toxic wastes. Might there be other reasons, some of them scary? Stay tuned. Meantime, take a look at the 80Beats analysis.

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08.28.2009

LoJack for Your Child

If you're a parent, you know that you can't be with your children 24/7. So how do you safe guard them against the ever looming threat of stranger danger? Thanks to the geniuses over at Amber Alert GPS, parental units everywhere can breath a little easier with the release of the Amber Alert GPS 2G.

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The 2G version of the Amber Alert GPS is being billed as "the world’s smallest, most powerful GPS tracking device." Now if your child wanders off or something more serious is afoot, you can simply call or text the 2G and you receive a detail map of their location to your phone within seconds. One feature that sets this tracker apart from others on the market is the new bread crumbing feature that creates an accurate trail of your child's travels. Another nifty feature is the Safe Zone feature that allows parents to create an area where it's safe for the kids to be in --kind of like a digital fence for juinior.

Continue reading "LoJack for Your Child"

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08.28.2009

The death toll from avoidable medical errors

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Quickly now, which causes more deaths in the US every year: avoidable medical errors or auto accidents?

I guessed auto accidents too, probably because car carnage is in the headlines every day. But a new study reports that it's medical errors. They're responsible for more than 200,000 deaths annually, the study says. And these are all preventable deaths.

More widespread technology for linking medical records, which is supposed to be part of that health insurance reform legislation currently being "debated" at top volume all over the country, might help prevent errors. But it might not. One expert says there are a growing number of reports of medical mistakes due to computer errors.

Read all about it at Scientific American's 60-second Science Blog.

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08.28.2009

An easy, healthy way to lose weight. Really.

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Dieters have long been advised to eat more fiber. Now there's a bit of evidence that increasing your fiber consumption can indeed help you lose weight.

The Eating Well blog is reporting on a study that has refined that advice into a formula: Add 8 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories you consume. In the study, women who did that lost an average of 4 1/2 lbs in less than 2 years.

I know, I know, it ain't all that much. But adding fiber is pretty painless and often pleasant--and fiber, as we know, is also very healthful for, ahem, other reasons.

Eating Well appends a short list of fiber-rich foods. I see that a cup of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber. Yum yum.

So if I just turn that hot fudge sundae into a hot-fudge-and-raspberry sundae, I should come out even, right? And yet somehow I don't think it would work that way.....

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08.27.2009

Sharp NetWalker: Not Quite a Phone, Not Quite a PC

What do you get when you combine the simple operation of a cell phone with some of the performance of a PC? According to Sharp, you get their new NetWalker PC-Z1. Smaller than your average netbook, this smartbook takes the best features of your mobile phone, PC, and e-book, creating a new mobile internet tool we never knew we needed.

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The 5-inch NetWalker has a 1024 x 600 LCD touchscreen display with a quick response feature that allows the smartbook to launch at a blistering 3 seconds. There is also a full QWERTY keyboard which will come in handy for emailing as well as creating spreadsheets and documents. In addition, Sharp plans to provide unique content for the device including specialized dictionaries, comics, and other literary fare turning it into a e-book/electronic dictionary.

The PC-Z1 runs on the Linux Ubuntu OS and is powered by a 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 CPU and has 512MB of RAM. It also has approximately 10 hours battery life and 4GB worth of memory that can be supplemented via the microSD Memory Card/microSDHC Memory Card slot.

Set to launch in Japan on September 25th for $478, there's no word on whether this little beauty will be reaching U.S. shores anytime soon.

Via Akihabara News

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