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February 23, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Top 5 Medical Information Websites

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Marvin M. Lipman is chief medical advisor of Consumers Union.

He listed the following five health-related websites as providing the most "up-to-date, reliable and understandable information."

1. cancer.gov for information about cancer

2. cdc.gov for information about infectious diseases, travel medicine and epidemiology

3. fda.gov for information about drugs

4. medlineplus.gov for information about diseases

5. usp.org for information about medicine and nutritional supplements

[via the Washington Post]

February 23, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Pocket protectors are SO 20th-century: try a stainless steel pocket ruler


"Convenient fraction and decimal equivalents on reverse side."

Etched gradations in 16th, 32nds, and 64ths.

"Pocket clip doubles as depth gauge."

Now you're talking nerd cred.

6"L x 0.5"W.



February 23, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Journey into deep space: spiral galaxy NGC 2841 via Hubble

From Open Culture: "Courtesy of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, we're zooming into a 'majestic disk of stars and dust lanes' and getting a stunning view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, which lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).... This high-resolution still photo [below]


shows the spiral galaxy in all its beauty and splendor."

Wouldn't it be something if one day our imaging tools are powerful enough that they can see an eye — or whatever inhabitants of this galaxy's iteration of an eye is — looking at us from their end of an imaging instrument?

Of course, considering it's 46 million light years away, we'd be looking at a memory from very deep time....

February 23, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

World's Best Tube Squeezer


If you can't get it out with this puppy it's just not gonna happen.

From the website:


The Tube Wringer is incomparable in its ability to extract the last remnants of caulk, glue, paint or even toothpaste from its tube.

It has, therefore, become an institution on construction sites and in homes around the world.

Aluminum rollers and steel handle for construction and manufacturing applications.

High-grade and heavy-duty materials make this a long lasting partner on the job.

4.5"W x 4.5"L x 1"D.

Made in the USA.



$26 (squeezable tube not included).

February 23, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The picture that took 30 years to develop


Wrote photographer David Friedman of a 30-year-old photograph of himself taped to a piece of green construction paper and exposed to indirect sunlight, fading the paper into a salmon-like orange color (above), "How wonderful is that? Over all that time hung on the wall, sunlight had bleached the construction paper everywhere it could. But since it couldn’t penetrate the darker areas of the photo, the corresponding parts of the construction paper underneath remained their original color."

"Any light-sensitive surface can be used to make a photo, and I’ve seen everything used from leaves to grass. But I don’t remember seeing photos printed on construction paper, even though I know they’re sometimes used to make photograms as an activity for kids. But I did a little Googling and found a couple other people who made a print on construction paper using similar methods, although deliberately and not over quite so long a time."

[via PetaPixel]

February 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Utility Pole Markers


From the website:


Used to mark utility poles in the field, we find these Utility Pole Markers to be perfect house numbers or just beautiful objets d'art.

Made of embossed aluminum whose reactivity causes a tough transparent layer of aluminum oxide that resists corrosion to form when exposed to air.

Apply to any surface with lacing wire, double stick tape, or nails.

Unique paint formula inhibits ultraviolet rays.

3¾"H x 2½"W.



Apiece, $4.

February 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack



From Design Milk:


"Frog Queen, or the Prisma Engineering Headquarters (a machine and motor technology company)


is located in Graz, Styria, Austria.


Its facade was designed by SPLITTERWERK 


and looks like one giant pixelized box.


Even the facade itself is practically a square.


However, if you look very closely,


you will see that each one of the pixels has circular patterns screenprinted on its face.


Overall, the exterior features 10 shades of gray, and the square windows seem to blend into the rest of the pattern."



February 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Leg Bones Tights






[via Fancy]

February 23, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

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