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by | Apr 10, 2008 12:01 AM ET

A Disease That Allowed Torrents of Creativity - "Ravel and Dr. Adams were in the early stages of a rare disease called FTD, or frontotemporal dementia, when they were working, Ravel on “Bolero” and Dr. Adams on her painting of “Bolero,” Dr. Miller said. The disease apparently altered circuits in their brains, changing the connections between the front and back parts and resulting in a torrent of creativity..."

Alligator blood may put the bite on antibiotic-resistant infections - "Despite their reputation for deadly attacks on humans and pets, alligators are wiggling their way toward a new role as potential lifesavers in medicine, biochemists in Louisiana reported today at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. They described how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns, and “superbugs” that are resistant to conventional medication..."

The Last Days of Cheap Chinese - "The era of cheap Chinese consumer goods may finally be ending, thanks to irrepressible inflation..."

Costa Rica Is 99% Powered By Renewable Energy - "Costa Rica is working to become the world's first carbon-neutral country (other countries vying to be first are Monaco, Norway, New Zealand and Iceland). Costa Rica wants to become carbon neutral in time to celebrate 200 years of independence in 2021, says environment and energy minister Roberto Dobles...."

Engineers Develop Bendable Silicon - "Flexible electronic devices may be on the horizon. Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed an ultra-thin silicon that can be bonded to rubber..."

Super Mario in 14kb Javascript - "It is by no means a complete clone or anything, it's not even an entire level and several key things are missing, such as mushrooms, Koopas and stuff. It was merely done as a sort of proof-of-concept and to see how small it could get..."

And Behind Door No. 1, a Fatal Flaw - "The Monty Hall Problem has struck again, and this time it's not merely embarrassing mathematicians. If the calculations of a Yale economist are correct, there's a sneaky logical fallacy in some of the most famous experiments in psychology..."

Ten Quotes to Run Your Business By - "Sometimes all it takes is a short bit of wisdom ... to give you confidence, to get you through the bad times, to inspire you to greater heights..."

Optometrists: Computer use affects your eyes - "According to the optometrists, 78 percent of Americans do not have their monitors set below eye level, the correct height for computer usage; 73 percent of Americans do not take breaks as often as they should (at least every 20 minutes); and one out of 10 never takes a break. Specially designed glasses can help reduce glare from screens, the AOA says, but only 11 percent of Americans use them..."

The Life of a Polygamous Woman - "As authorities try to unravel what could be the country's largest child abuse case in the nation's history, some wonder how and why women in the cloistered community led by the jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs were silent for so long..."

High-Tech Olympic Torch Carries 5,000 Years of History - "Lenovo's design team shared this gallery of drawings and renderings with to show how the torch went from inspiration to reality..."

Wireless power, charging technology may unplug Apple's iPhone - "What is new is the idea of setting an industry standard for wireless recharging, a concept that Fulton Innovations calls eCoupled Technology. The company compares the concept with standardized wireless networking, which has been codified under the WiFi brand to allow different hardware makers to develop interoperable devices..."

NASA's Top Climate Scientist Says Big Oil is Hiding a "Planet in Crisis" - "Hansen calls for phasing out all coal-fired plants by 2030, taxing their emissions until then, and banning the building of new plants unless they are designed to trap and segregate the carbon dioxide they emit. The major obstacle to saving the planet from its inhabitants is not technology, insisted Hansen, named one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2006 by Time magazine..."

PS3/360 Cry Engine 2 to Look Near High Settings on PC - "It almost sounds too good to be true. Almost? It is too good to be true. Could Cry Engine 2 on consoles really look any where near as good as Crysis on the PC? Crytek's Engine Business Manager, Harald Seeley, states that they expect the console versions to “look like they're running at high settings, or nearly high settings, on a PC.” *Shock.*"

How Gunpowder Changed the World - "Experimenting with life-lengthening elixirs around A.D. 850, Chinese alchemists instead discovered gunpowder. Their explosive invention would become the basis for almost every weapon used in war from that point on, from fiery arrows to rifles, cannons and grenades..."

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