Saturday, February 2, 2008

PetLoo – the backyard in a box

Apartment dwellers don’t have the luxury of doggie doors and spacious yards, so their canine companions usually have no way to relieve themselves between their morning and evening walks. Simone Iglicki was a dog owner in this predicament so she created the Pet Loo, a simulated natural environment that allows your dog to take care of business while you're away at work. This “backyard in a box” features synthetic grass, treated to eliminate odors, and an angled drainage system that collects urine in a tray beneath the turf, to be emptied by the owner. The whole unit is washable in warm water.


Girls can be cruel

Watch what happens to this poor kid. At the end he cries out "NANDE?!?! in Japanese which means "WHY!?!?" by the way.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The rabbit and the eagle - Unlikely best friends

Unlikely best friends

A rabbit and an eagle have become unlikely best friends in China.

The owner of the eagle put the rabbit in its cage at Beizhamen Bird Market, Zhengzho City, for the bird's dinner.

But instead of following its predatory nature, the eagle made friends with the startled but fortunate rabbit.

"The rabbit very humbly combs the eagle's feathers with its mouth," the surprised owner told Oriental Today.

"The eagle is four-months-old, and I threw him the rabbit for food, but apparently he doesn't know how to enjoy his meals."

via [Ananova]

Is E.coli an energy source of the future?

Most people associate E.coli with food poisoning and the resulting product recalls but a professor of the Texas A&M University envisions it as a source of energy in the future which will be able to power our homes and cars.

From EurekAlert:

By genetically modifying the bacteria, Thomas Wood, a professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, has “tweaked” a strain of E. coli so that it produces substantial amounts of hydrogen. Specifically, Wood’s strain produces 140 times more hydrogen than is created in a naturally occurring process, according to an article in “Microbial Biotechnology,” detailing his research.

Though Wood acknowledges that there is still much work to be done before his research translates into any kind of commercial application, his initial success could prove to be a significant stepping stone on the path to the hydrogen-based economy that many believe is in this country’s future.

Renewable, clean and efficient, hydrogen is the key ingredient in fuel-cell technology, which has the potential to power everything from portable electronics to automobiles and even entire power plants. Today, most of the hydrogen produced globally is created by a process known as “cracking water” through which hydrogen is separated from the oxygen. But the process is expensive and requires vast amounts of energy – one of the chief reasons why the technology has yet to catch on.

Wood’s work with E. coli could change that.

While the public may be used to hearing about the very specific strain that can cause food poisoning in humans, most strains are common and harmless, even helping their hosts by preventing other harmful bacteria from taking root in the human intestinal tract.

And the use of E. coli in science is nothing new, having been used in the production of human insulin and in the development of vaccines.

But as a potential energy source?

That’s new territory, and it’s being pioneered by Wood and his colleagues.

Read the rest of the article on EurekAlert

Hawaii Chair! Take the work out of your workout!

You can hardly call this work. With the Hawaii Chair it takes the work out of your work day!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Amazing Archer Girl

Watch the archer skills of this amazing girl

Mech Animals of Nantes

Dark Roasted Blend reported about an exhibition of massive mechanical animals in Nantes, France. François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice designed those beauties which can be seen at the "Les Machines de l'Ile Nantes" exhibition.

via [Dark Roasted Blend]

Asus prepares 500$ iMac "killer"

Asus is getting ready to launch a 500$ PC as part of the Eee line. There are still not all the details available but the computer will ship with a TV card and a 19" to 21" screen. They are also planing an E-DT which will be a headless desktop for about 200$ to 300$

A third system which will called the E-TV will include the basic Eee PC but with a 42 inch LCD TV. The price will be about 200$ cheaper than a TV of comparable size.

The E-DT will ship in April or May at about the same time as the enhanced Eee PC notebook.

More details can be found here:

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Money as debt - Where does money come from?

Puppy vs Roboquad

Alzheimer Treatment? Scientists discover way to reverse loss of memory

From The Independent:

Scientists performing experimental brain surgery on a man aged 50 have stumbled across a mechanism that could unlock how memory works.

The accidental breakthrough came during an experiment originally intended to suppress the obese man's appetite, using the increasingly successful technique of deep-brain stimulation. Electrodes were pushed into the man's brain and stimulated with an electric current. Instead of losing appetite, the patient instead had an intense experience of déjà vu. He recalled, in intricate detail, a scene from 30 years earlier. More tests showed his ability to learn was dramatically improved when the current was switched on and his brain stimulated.

Scientists are now applying the technique in the first trial of the treatment in patients with Alzheimer's disease. If successful, it could offer hope to sufferers from the degenerative condition, which affects 450,000 people in Britain alone, by providing a "pacemaker" for the brain.

Three patients have been treated and initial results are promising, according to Andres Lozano, a professor of neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, Ontario, who is leading the research.

Professor Lozano said: "This is the first time that anyone has had electrodes implanted in the brain which have been shown to improve memory. We are driving the activity of the brain by increasing its sensitivity – turning up the volume of the memory circuits. Any event that involves the memory circuits is more likely to be stored and retained."

You can read the rest of the article here:

Photo from Gaetan Lee

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Funny video of a racoon stealing a carpet

Watch this funny racoon stealing a carpet from a house

Not Very Secret Secret Societies

Mental Floss reported about 6 not so secret societies:

The Illuminati

Over the centuries, lots of groups have called themselves the Illuminati (“Enlightened Ones”), but the one we’re talking about here began as the Bavarian Illuminati. A radical product of the Enlightenment and offshoot of the religion-based Freemasons, the Illuminati espoused secular freethinking and intellectualism and proved a threat to Europe’s old order. Although they were officially banned by the Bavarian government in 1784, some claim that they live on to this day in other guises. So, what’s the Illuminati’s goal? To establish a new world order of capitalism and authoritarianism, of course! They’ve been accused of manipulating currencies, world stock markets, elections, assassinations, and even of being aliens. One common myth is that the eye-and-pyramid image on the dollar bill is a symbol of the Illuminati watching over us. Nope. It’s a symbol of strength and durability (though unfinished, symbolizing growth and change), and the all-seeing eye represents the divine guidance of the American cause. Or so the government says.

They report about the Freemasons, the Illuminati, Opus Dei, Skull and Bones, The Bohemian Club, The Trilateral Commission

Follow this link to read the whole article:

New ‘Hubdub’ Site Let’s Users Wager on News Stories

After signing up, you'll receive 1,000 "Hubdub dollars," play money that works only on the site.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Invasion of 150 Million Christmas Crabs on Christmas Island

Christmas Island is located north of Australia and every year 150,000,000 crabs migrate from the forest to the ocean so each female can lay 100,000 eggs.

Complaints choir can't complain - in Singapore

A choir of foreigners living in Singapore wasn't allowed to perform after the city banned them from singing. Their song lists complaints about life in Singapore.

Some of the complaints that would have been sung included, "when a pregnant lady gets on the train, everyone pretends to sleep" and "when I'm hungry at the food court, I see people (reserve) seats with tissue paper."

Singapore, which faces a low birth rate and a graying population, has turned increasingly to immigrants to boost its work force. It aims to add another 2 million people to the island's 4.7 million people over the next 40 to 50 years.

The city-state is frequently criticized by human rights groups for its restrictions on expression and the media.

Follow this link to read the whole article:

Nervous little birds

From Pixar:

The histories of 6 tiny nations wrote an article about the histories of six of the tiniest nations in the world:

Freetown Christiana

Christiania was founded in 1971 when five people took over an abandoned military installation as a form of protest against the Danish government, which was blamed for the lack of affordable housing at the time. While we were not there, we can calculate that at least four of them thought of using the phrase "Killing two birds with one stone," while discussing the idea (or as they say in Denmark, "Killing two birds with one stone." Only they in Danish).

Since then, more people have moved in and the place has been going by its own rules under the principles of anarchy, communism and the hippie movement--except for the time when Denmark decided to use their rules on them.

They also report about Sealand (near Suffolk, England), Kingdom of Redonda (near Antigua), Freetown Christiania (in Copenhagen, Denmark), Sark (in English Channel), The Aerican Empire, The Republic of Molossia (around Dayton, Nevada)

Beautiful X-Ray Pictures of Plants posted several beautiful "x-ray" pictures of plants. If you want to see more head over to their website:

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Coca Cola Story


John Stith Pemberton (1831.) was a graduated pharmacist and druggist, chemicals, herbal medicines, cosmetic products and even a perfume seller in the early stage of his life (Sweet Southern Bouquet was Pemberton's most famous perfume). As a herbal expert and morphine addict, he began working on a headache relieving beverage called coca and cola, based on Kola nut and Coca plant. The kola nut has a bitter flavor and contains caffeine and Coca is a plant best known for the stimulant drug cocaine, that is chemically extracted from its new fresh leaf tips. On May 8th 1886. Pemberton finished his experiment. He chilled the beverage, drank it and surprised himself with a pleasant taste of a drink. Mixed it with carbonated water, tried it again - whoa, bingo! The taste of a drink was surprisingly good. Unfortunately he failed in his mission, but who cares, he succeeded in making a highly addictive drink! So he decided to sell it as a fountain drink, as an alternative for root beer and ginger ale. Sadly, Mr Pemberton had to sell the business in 1891. to Asa G. Candler for only $2,300.

Read the full story here: The Evolution of Coca Cola

The beauty of Mother Nature

Have a look at this wonderful movie about the beauty of nature:

Mother Of Nature - The best bloopers are here