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let the randomness commence
If you get the chance get yourselMonopoly Express. It's brilliant. It's not just truncated Monopoly. All it really retains of the original is the property/building/cash metaphor. They've transformed it into a 20 minute dice game which has lots of the odds-considering risk-balancing pleasures of poker. And it's a really nicely designed set. Compact and well made. If only they'd thought to include a little pen or pencil you could lose later.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/24/2007 9:55:05 PM)

Lindsay Wants to Play the Role of Princess Diana

Lindsay Wants to Play the Role of Princess Diana
Sexy Lindsay Lohan has revealed that she wants to play Princess Diana in a movie which is about the late princesss life. Lindsay told Touch Weekly magazine It would be fantastic to play her. She gave back a lot and was such an amazing woman Lindsay wants to change her party image to a charity person, as she says the media that she wants to follow the footsteps of late princess by doing some charity work. She even claims ........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/24/2007 9:54:35 PM)

Nanotechnology for treating spinal cord injuries

Nanotechnology for treating spinal cord injuries
Imagine a world where damaged organs in your bodykidneys, liver, heartcan be stimulated to heal themselves. Envision people tragically paralyzed whose injured spinal cords can be repaired. Think about individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of Parkinsons or Alzheimers relieved of their symptoms completely and permanently. Dr. Samuel I. Stupp, director of the Institute of BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 10:39:18 PM)

How Individual Molecules Recognise Each Other?

How Individual Molecules Recognise Each Other?
If one thinks that there are thousands of times more molecules forming our body than stars in the universe it is astonishing how all these molecules can work together in such an organised and efficient way. How can our muscles contract to make us walk? How can food be metabolised every day? How can we use specific drugs to relieve pain? To work as a perfect machine, our body ultimately relies on the capability of each little part (molecule)........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 10:28:12 PM)

SCHIP has been successful overall

SCHIP has been successful overall
As the debate over reauthorization of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) heats up in Washington, a new survey of leaders in health policy and health care finds that large majorities feel the program has been successful in increasing access to health care for low income children (71%) and in reducing the rate of uninsured, low-income children (65%). Across the board, leaders feel that coverage should be expanded. In fact,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 10:03:54 PM)

Impact Of Asian Dust And Pollution On Clouds

Impact Of Asian Dust And Pollution On Clouds
Researchers using one of the nation's newest and most capable research aircraft are launching a far-reaching field project this month to study plumes of airborne dust and pollutants that originate in Asia and journey to North America. The plumes are among the largest such events on Earth, so great in scope that researchers believe they might affect clouds and weather across thousands of miles while interacting with the sun's radiation and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/18/2007 11:01:46 PM)

Reuters Puts a Man in Cyberspace

Reuters Puts a Man in Cyberspace
Adam Pasick has been doing his thing, introducing himself to residents and interviewing entre-preneurs, yet when he finishes an interview he levitates for a moment, then flies over buildings You see, Pasick is Reuter's man in cyberspace. He's flying around Second Life, covering virgin territory for a reporter "The fact that it's in a virtual world doesn't change things as much as you'd think. It's not any different than when Reuters........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:10:21 PM)

Top Gear Looking For Viewer Feedback

Top Gear Looking For Viewer Feedback
Jeremy Clarkson is looking for your input. And by "your", I mean of course, you who's out there surfing YouTube's vast array of video clips for all episodes Top Gear. For those rest of you who don't know, Top Gear is the world's best automotive TV program that airs in the UK and online. Mr. Clarkson has again put into question the BBC's promise that Top Gear will appear for a tenth season. "Not unless........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:10:17 PM)

Critical Step in Membrane Fusion

Critical Step in Membrane Fusion
Cells constantly swap cargo bound in vesicles, miniscule membrane-enclosed packages of proteins and other chemicals. Before the swap can take place, the vesicle membrane must fuse with another membrane, creating channels packages can pass through. This process, known as membrane fusion, is fundamental to health and disease. It occurs at fertilization and is especially critical to keep hormones circulating and brain cells firing. Membrane........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:06:17 PM)

Freezing 'Dance' Of Nanoscale Drops

Freezing 'Dance' Of Nanoscale Drops
Using what is believed to be the worlds smallest pipette, two scientists at the U.S. Department of Energys Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that tiny droplets of liquid metal freeze much differently than their larger counterparts. This study, focused on droplets just a billionth of a trillionth of a liter in size, is reported in the April 15, 2007, online edition of Nature Materials. Our findings could advance the understanding of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/15/2007 8:39:55 PM)

Cells Selectively Absorb Short Nanotubes

Cells Selectively Absorb Short Nanotubes
DNA-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) shorter than about 200 nanometers readily enter into human lung cells and so may pose an increased risk to health, as per researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The results of their laboratory studies appear in an upcoming issue of Advanced Materials.*. Eyed for uses ranging from electronic displays to fuel cells to water filtration, SWCNTs are tiny........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/12/2007 6:20:33 PM)

Virus-size 'Nanolamps'

Virus-size 'Nanolamps'
To help light up the nanoworld, a Cornell interdisciplinary team of scientists has produced microscopic "nanolamps" -- light-emitting nanofibers about the size of a virus or the tiniest of bacteria. In a collaboration of experts in organic materials and nanofabrication, scientists have created one of the smallest organic light-emitting devices to date, made up of synthetic fibers just 200 nanometers wide (1 nanometer is one-billionth of a........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/11/2007 10:24:48 PM)

The Truth About Volvos

The Truth About Volvos
A few blogs ago I made "Volvo's 70-year history.". My article featured the PV544 and later models. I wish I could have included a few words and a graphic about that very first Volvo, but I'd been guilty of a very foolish move. Several years ago Volvo's pr people gave me a brass model of that original Jacob. It was nicely detailed except that the rear had been modified to accept a cigarette lighter. I'm a purist........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/11/2007 10:05:32 PM)

Nongreen Plants On Other Planets

Nongreen Plants On Other Planets
NASA scientists believe they have found a way to predict the color of plants on planets in other solar systems. Green, yellow or even red-dominant plants may live on extra-solar planets, according to scientists whose two scientific papers appear in the recent issue of the journal, Astrobiology. The scientists studied light absorbed and reflected by organisms on Earth, and determined that if astronomers were to look at the light given off by........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 4/11/2007 9:20:34 PM)

Nanoparticles improve delivery of medicines

Nanoparticles improve delivery of medicines
Tiny, biodegradable particles filled with medicine may also contain answers to some of the biggest human health problems, including cancer and tuberculosis. The secret is the size of the package. Using an innovative technique they invented, a Princeton University-led research team has created particles that can deliver medicine deep into the lungs or infiltrate cancer cells while leaving normal ones alone. Only 100 to 300 nanometers wide --........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/10/2007 8:43:32 PM)

Afghans favor and understand democracy

Afghans favor and understand democracy
An overwhelming majority of Afghans favor democratic government and demonstrate a surprisingly sophisticated understanding of democracy, as per a new analysis by UC Irvine political scientist Russell Dalton. Violence and instability in certain regions, however, remain a significant threat to democracy's development. Dalton, who helped develop and analyze The Asia Foundation's 2006 survey of Afghans, a follow-up to a 2004 survey, finds that........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/10/2007 7:48:43 PM)

What Does Domestic Violence Cost Your Company?

What Does Domestic Violence Cost Your Company?
Domestic violence. Two words we hope never to have to deal with and yet 1 in 4 homes are affected. But that's outside work. Work is a safe environment. We've worked hard to implement and enforce a "no harassment" policy so that all associates feel safe. Right Think again. Domestic violence costs in time lost, medical bills, emotional attitude, confidence, etc Beginning June 17 in Northeast Ohio the Women's........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/4/2007 10:11:30 PM)

Companies in the dark

Companies in the dark
Companies are still struggling to get their heads around important non-financial metrics like reputation risk, global competition, and increased scrutiny from the media and NGOs.A new DeloiIn The Dark found that most companies are confident about their ability to track financial performance. According to the report, 87 percen........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/4/2007 10:06:02 PM)

Dot Creator: The Animator Reborn

Dot Creator: The Animator Reborn
Dot Creator is a tiny little handheld device that allows kids (or adults) to create little animations. Just looking at this toy reminded me of one of from my 80's childhood called the Animator, which essentially did the same thing. I never had the toy, but the screen was completely monochromatic. I don't know how many "Pixels" it had, but this Dot Creator is about 21 x 21, which isn't darn much. You can only store 3........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/4/2007 10:05:58 PM)

Consumer Confidence Declines in US

Consumer Confidence Declines in US
US consumer confidence declined unexpectedly in March from a five-year high amid oil price hike, volatile stock market and the housing recession showing few signs of ending. The New York-based Conference Board index for March fell to 107.2 from 111.2 a month before. The recent data has provided fresh indication that rising gas prices, falling home values and a volatile stock market may hit spending in the coming months. Experts and analysts had........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/3/2007 10:06:07 PM)

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The Future of Printing

The Future of Printing
I just came across an innovative new seCloth out of the UK. The service, based on cutting edge printing technologies allows any photograph, image, or design to be added to a wide range of furiniture. Cloth says the system has almost no limitations, so that any image can be printed onto any surface, giving you the ability to create your own, custom furniture........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/24/2007 9:54:59 PM)

ARTFUL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTFUL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Source:www.jimippolito.co Many digital camera owners are content with taking pictures of their family and friends and documentary type photos of their vacation locations Eventually though, as their technique improves, and compliments start coming, such as the famous and flattering, "Ooh, that looks just like a postcard," many amateur photographers begin exploring the "artsy" side of picture taking Looking at the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/24/2007 9:54:56 PM)

Who's The Greenest Of Them All?

Who's The Greenest Of Them All?
[Image Source: Disney Not you, Toyota. T'is Honda that's the greenest. Or so says the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). For the fourth time in a row, the group has named Honda Motors the "Greenest Automaker" in the North American market. "Honda remains the greenest U.S. automaker. The company installs clean technology across its entire fleet of cars and trucks and that consistency makes it a top........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/24/2007 9:54:30 PM)

Managing Forests in Hurricane Impact Zones

Managing Forests in Hurricane Impact Zones
Forest Service researchers have developed an adaptive strategy to help natural resource managers in the southeastern United States both prepare for and respond to disturbance from major hurricanes. In an article published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management, John Stanturf, Scott Goodrick, and Ken Outcalt from the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) unit in Athens, GA, report the results of a case study based on the effects........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 10:25:04 PM)

How much nitrogen is too much for corn?

How much nitrogen is too much for corn?
North Carolina State researchers recently discovered a test that quickly predicts nitrogen levels in the humid soil conditions of the southeastern United States. These scientists report that the Illinois Soil Nitrogen Test (ISNT) can assess the nitrogen levels in soil with more accuracy than current soil-based tests. This test will allow growers to cut back on the amount of nitrogen-based fertilizer added to soil, leading to economic and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 10:17:42 PM)

Hazards of Getting Too Big Too Fast

Hazards of Getting Too Big Too Fast
Management Insights, a regular feature of the journal, is a digest of important research in business, management, operations research, and management science. It appears in every issue of the monthly journal. "Getting Big Too Fast: Strategic Dynamics with Increasing Returns and Bounded Rationality" is by John D. Sterman and Rebecca Henderson of MIT's Sloan School of Management; Eric D. Beinhocker, McKinsey Global Institute; and Lee I.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/23/2007 5:29:35 PM)

Geri Halliwell Authors Kids Storybooks

Geri Halliwell Authors Kids Storybooks
A former spice girl Geri Halliwell is working on a series of childrens books, due for release next year. She is also recording a theme song for the book series Geri has signed a six-book publishing deal with Macmillan to write the animated adventures of Ugenia Lavender, a bold and assertive 9-year-old girl who balances her school life with solving mysteries Geri, who says that C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton are her favorite childhood........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:10:27 PM)

UK Inflation Unexpectedly Hits 3.1%

UK Inflation Unexpectedly Hits 3.1%
The UK inflation rate surged unexpectedly to 3.1 percent in March, according to official figures. The unexpected acceleration of inflation has pushed the pound to $2 for the first time since September 1992 on increasing speculation interest rates will keep rising. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI), the official measure of inflation, shot up to 3.1 percent last month, more than 1 percent above the Government’s desired level for inflation.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:10:12 PM)

It's Open, Nau

It's Open, Nau
e-commerce site is now open for business.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/17/2007 11:09:56 PM)

Thirty-Two Mile Cable Installed

Thirty-Two Mile Cable Installed
Oceanographers have completed an important step in constructing the first deep-sea observatory off the continental United States. Workers in the multi-institution effort laid 32 miles (52 kilometers) of cable along the Monterey Bay sea floor that will provide electrical power to scientific instruments, video cameras, and robots 3,000 feet (900 meters) below the ocean surface. The link will also carry data from the instruments back to shore, for........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/12/2007 6:43:37 PM)

College students know more about politics than pop culture

College students know more about politics than pop culture
Far from being self-absorbed and uninvolved, American college students today are civically and politically engaged, and more likely to be so than those of the same age who are not enrolled in college, according to a new national study from Tufts Universitys Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. The "National Survey of Civic and Political Engagement of Young People" compared the community, civic and political engagement........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/12/2007 6:10:00 PM)

National Mall

National Mall
Impressive structures border it, monuments and memorials stand near it, great museums exist upon it, and grand trees help shade it, yet the harmony of these things together merely enhances the concept at its very best. The Mall is the heart of the Nation's Capital and of the entire United States of America. Here, the nation celebrates, honors, and demonstrates its commitment to democracy. 2007 Bike Tour ScheduleClick here to find out........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/12/2007 5:25:27 PM)

Clarifying The Behavior Of Neutrinos

Clarifying The Behavior Of Neutrinos
New Haven, Conn. The initial data from the 10-year long "MiniBooNE" experiment at the Department of Energy's Fermilab significantly clarifies the overall picture of how the neutrino fundamental particles behave. The project was designed to confirm or refute surprising observations from the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory's Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiments in the 1990's that were explained simply........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/11/2007 10:16:49 PM)

Artocarpus odoratissimus

Artocarpus odoratissimus
Eric in SF@Flickr is not only responsible for today's photograph (original | BPotD Flickr Group Pool), but also for suggesting a series on tropical fruits. Sounds like a good idea to me, though I have few (if any) photographs to add to the mix since my trip to a tropical area was postponed by a year. If you have any tropical fruit images, it'd be an ideal time to add them to the Flickr pool or BPotD submissions forum. Thanks again, Eric The........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/11/2007 10:05:28 PM)

Milk beats soy for post-weighlifting muscle gain

Milk beats soy for post-weighlifting muscle gain
Got milk? Weightlifters will want to raise a glass after a new study found that milk protein is significantly better than soy at building muscle mass. The study, conducted by a team of researchers at McMaster Universitys Department of Kinesiology, was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It compared how much muscle protein young men gained after completing a heavy weight workout followed by consumption of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 4/10/2007 8:54:54 PM)

Long-term Effects Of Logging After Wildfire

Long-term Effects Of Logging After Wildfire
A new study on the effects of timber harvest following wildfire shows that the potential for a recently burned forest to reburn can be high with or without logging. Recently reported in the journal, Forest Ecology and Management, the study demonstrates that the likelihood of a severe reburn is affected by the timing not just the amount of fuel accumulation after fire. The study examines fuel accumulation with and without logging after a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/9/2007 11:10:08 PM)

Home Business Legalities Checklist

Home Business Legalities Checklist
Here are the rest of the items that you should add to your home business launching checklist • Your business will need licenses and permits depending on the goods and services that you offer, as well as your business structure. Take note of the different kind of permits that may apply to you. These may include a liquor license, police permits, building permits, or state occupational licenses such as those required for doctors or lawyers.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/6/2007 11:33:46 PM)

Dot Creator: The Animator Reborn

Dot Creator: The Animator Reborn
Dot Creator is a tiny little handheld device that allows kids (or adults) to create little animations. Just looking at this toy reminded me of one of from my 80's childhood called the Animator, which essentially did the same thing. I never had the toy, but the screen was completely monochromatic. I don't know how many "Pixels" it had, but this Dot Creator is about 21 x 21, which isn't darn much. You can only store 3........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 4/4/2007 10:06:48 PM)

Financial Risks Of Nuclear Power Plants

Financial Risks Of Nuclear Power Plants
Berkeley -- Enticed by the gleam of government subsidies, a number of companies are rushing to invest in nuclear power, expecting that new technology and safer reactors will make them as good an investment as other types of power plants. A new study appearing in the April 1 issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology notes, however, that the country's history of unexpected cost overruns when building nuclear plants should sound........Go to the The-future-blog (Added on 4/3/2007 10:38:26 PM)

The global carbon budget

The global carbon budget
Life as we know it, from the most basic microbes to our human neighbors, is carbon based. By investigating how carbon cycles through ecosystems, researchers can learn valuable information about food chains, nutrient cycling, and productivity. Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, with the ability to influence temperature, an accurate global carbon budget is needed to address climate change. On Earth, carbon is continually cycling........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/3/2007 10:12:46 PM)

   
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