Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ViewSonic ViewPad 7: Cheap iPad Alternative?

ViewSonic has released their highly-anticipated tablet PC, the ViewPad 7. It's being touted by some gadget experts as a cheaper, better alternative to the ultra-popular Apple iPad. The little computer features a nice 7-inch screen and runs on the Android operating system like the new Samsung Galaxy Tab (another possible "iPad Killer").

ViewSonic is known for their LCD monitors and televisions and their expertise shows in the ultra-clear screen of the ViewPad 7. They also have a new 10-inch tablet out called the Tegra 2, which is getting a lot of good attention, partly due to its incredible screen. The new Android V2.2 from Google is supposed to offer the best tablet experience currently available, so that should help the ViewPad take some market share from the iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.

It also features tones of input/output options, including micro-SD, micro-USB, and SIM. So it's very easy and super cheap to add more memory... another big advantage over the iPad. The rear-facing camera is supposedly one of the best out there.

So is the ViewPad 7 a true iPad-killer? The market will be letting us know very soon. Please leave your own reviews and opinions of this new tablet PC below... thanks!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Second Generation iPad 2 on the Way?

It seems like the Apple iPad just arrived but in reality it's been around for nearly a year already. So what does that mean for the world of gadget-lovers? Yes, you guessed it: a 2nd Generation "iPad 2"... at least according to rumors buzzing around the interwebs. According to industry insiders, the new iPad model will feature 2 cameras -- on both the front and back. The word on the street is that we can expect the iPad 2 to be released sometime in early 2011, and that it will be a skinnier, lighter tablet computer with a better, higher resolution screen.

If the new iPad has a front-facing camera that would allow it to be used to communicate with the FaceTime video chat program, which is currently available on the iPhone and Apple Mac book. A rear-facing camera would add some interesting functionality possibilities and would allow it to match the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has a similarly placed cam.

Of course, there is still no official "guarantee" that the iPad 2 is truly on the way. Apple fans have a tendency to over-hype new product rumors. But there can be little doubt that, at some point, a 2nd Gen iPad will be released. And seeing how tablet PC devices are set to explode in popularity in the near future, it wouldn't be surprising if Apple tries to outdo everyone with a new and better iPad!

New Kiana Kim Video!

We think that Kiana Kim, aka "The World's Hottest Korean Model," is due to really explode in popularity any day now. In fact, we've thought that for over a year. It's truly a shame that there's so few photos and videos of this perfect Asian beauty anywhere to be found... online or offline. Of course, she does have a new 2011 calendar and we hope to get our hands on an autographed copy soon. (Hint, hint Santa!)

Luckily for all the Kiana Kim fans out there Philly's 97.5 "The Fanatic" radio station made a short video of her when she visited their offices recently. Here it is:

Kiana, if you're reading, give us moreeeeee (please!).... :D

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Natural Cure for Children's Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Probiotics

Taking doses of probiotics, or "good bacteria," can help to treat and even cure the stomach pain many children experience on a frequent basis due to irritable bowel syndrome (aka IBS). Results of a new study showed that the probiotic bacteria "Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG" or LGG can significantly lower the severity and frequency of abdominal pain (including both stomach and intestinal pain) in kids who suffer from the increasingly common health problem.

Experts believe that the probiotic treatment may help to improve the balance of good and bad bacteria in children's digestive systems. Also, good bacteria has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the linings of the stomach and intestines.

Here's the best news: even after treatment was stopped, children who took the probiotic supplement experienced less IBS-related pain for several weeks. That shows that taking doses of "good bacteria" may be a long-lasting natural cure for children's tummy pain... good news for all worried mothers! :)

Learn some mo': 'Good' bacteria help kids with stomach pain

irritable bowel syndrome

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Cancer Risk

Taking a low-dose aspirin every day may significantly cut your risk of dying from several different types of cancer, according to new research. British researchers found that taking about 75 mg of aspirin daily leads to a 10% - 60% decrease in death, depending on the type of cancer.

Still, experts say that the new information doesn't mean every adult should begin taking aspirin on a regular basis. In some people, consuming aspirin can lead to dangerous internal bleeding, which can obviously offset any long-term cancer-fighting health benefits provided by the drug.

According to the researchers:
"These findings provide the first proof in man that aspirin reduces deaths due to several common cancers... these results do not mean that all adults should immediately start taking aspirin... They do demonstrate major new benefits that have not previously been factored into guideline recommendations."

Learn some mo': Aspirin reduces cancer risk, study says

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Las Vegas: Now One of World's WORST Economies!

Here's more "great" news about our home town of Las Vegas, Nevada: it's just been ranked as one of the worst economies in the world. Not worst in the United States... worst in the WORLD! A fresh report from the Brookings Institution and London School of Economics shows that the Las Vegas area is 4th from the bottom of 150 major metropolitan areas worldwide in terms of economic performance.

Here's the worst part: before the global recession began in 2007 Las Vegas was ranked in the top 15 cities for best economic performance. In gambling that's called a swing... a really big, ugly swing. Experts say that the chances of the city pulling itself out of this horrible economic slump anytime soon are very poor, mainly because of Vegas's dependence on tourism and the (currently dormant) construction industry as well as its ugly housing market.

According to Alan Berube of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program:
“If the first year (of recovery) is any indication for Las Vegas, it could be a long, slow road ahead with the overhang from a damaged real estate market... It was globally one of the fastest growing regions leading up to the recession and sort of the Dublin of the Rocky Mountain West... It was mentioned up there with some of the Eastern European cities that were highfliers up until the crash because they found themselves heavily overinvested in real estate. They had a significant portion of their economies in construction and real estate finance, and the jobs went poof when the housing bubble burst worldwide... The economy that Las Vegas had before the recession is not a recipe for growth in the new economy. There has been talk about the need to diversify and find new sources of economic growth, and that is imperative in the long run.”

Many experts believe that, in order to save itself from years of stagnating economic growth, Las Vegas must diversify its economy, improve education, and figure out how to attract even larger numbers of foreign tourists. The city also must find a way to attract more gamblers who spend more money in order to bring real growth back to the local economy.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Is Google Buying Groupon?

It looks like Google may be buying the increasingly popular Groupon service, which is a very cool "group-buying" coupon service that's caught fire in recent months. Experts say the Google+Groupon combo would be extremely powerful, especially since the company already earns over $50 million in revenue per month.

One possible strategy is for Google to combine their relatively new Google Places service with Groupon's local coupon/discount capabilities. This would help Google compete and maybe even beat out local review site Yelp over the long run.

Imagine being able to search for the best local thai restaurants in your neighborhood that are also offering big dining discounts. If traditionally expensive service providers like mechanics and attorneys get into running group coupon promotions through Google it could mean HUGE money savings for the end users!

OK, so now that we've convinced ourselves of the idea we sincerely do hope that Google buys Groupon this week! :)

Learn some mo': What Google Could Do With Groupon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Las Vegas: Worst Place to Find a Job

It's official: Las Vegas, Nevada is the worst place in the US to try to find a job, at least according to a new report from Forbes magazine. Even though the unemployment rate in Southern Nevada dropped to 14.1% from 15% in October things are still incredibly bleak in the City of Lights. According to Forbes and Juju.com, Las Vegas has the highest "Job Search Difficulty" score among all large American cities.

Apparently there are 9 out-of-work people for every job advertised in the Las Vegas Valley. That is really, really bad news for a city that's experiencing a very slow recovery from the Great Recession.

According to the report, the best cities for people looking for work are Washington D.C., San Jose, CA, Salt Lake City, Utah (a relatively close city to Vegas), Denver, Baltimore, Boston, and new tech-hub Austin, Texas.

Learn some mo': America's Worst Cities For Finding A Job

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Facebook.com Email Coming Soon

Want a Facebook.com email address? Well it appears you may soon be able to get what you wish for. Rumors are that Facebook is set to launch it's "Gmail killer" email service this coming week. Called Project Titan it will be a web-based email app that will compete with Google's extremely popular free email service.

Some experts believe that the new Facebook email service will be to first true alternative to Gmail, featuring a comprehensive feature set that's designed to filter and prioritize messages based on FB relationships and interaction history. Apparently Facebook will also close integrate photo sharing functionality with the new email/messaging service.

So basically, now you'll have absolutely no reason to leave your Facebook page. You can be noisy checking up on your friends' statuses, play Farmville, and check your @facebook.com email all at the same time!

Learn some mo': Facebook’s Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming

Saturday, November 6, 2010

High Speed Rail: Americans Really Want It!

A new survey from the American Public Transportation Association shows that over 60% of Americans say they would "probably or definitely" use high-speed rail transportation if it were available. Why? Several reasons:

1. shorter travel times
2. greater convenience (no driving hassles!)
3. many like the experience of train travel
4. greater options to visit close-by cities during trips
5. good for the environment

Only 11% of people surveyed said they would definitely or probably not use high-speed rail if it became available. That's a pretty dang good ration of "want" to "don't-want" we think and it should motivate people to get these projects going as soon as possible.

High-speed rail projects will do all kinds of good things for the economy, including creating lots of construction jobs. Here in Las Vegas just about everyone wants a fast train directly to Los Angeles, and another from LA to San Diego. It would surely help the economy in Vegas and Southern California and make traveling a lot more fun and convenient.

So come on President Obama and US politicians: bring on the high-speed train lines!!

Learn some mo': Transportation Two Thirds of Americans Would Use High-Speed Rail

Friday, October 29, 2010

CherryPad: The Best Cheap Tablet Computer?

Looking for a cheap tablet computer that does everything you need? Well then check out the brand new CherryPad from Cherrypal. It's an Android device that will cost you just $188. At only 7-inches in width and about a pound in weight it's the perfect low-cost tablet for those who want WiFi internet, a resistive touch screen, 2GB of memory, and many more cool features usually found in higher-end tablet computers.

The CherryPad may not be the best ultra-portable PC out there but, for the price, it seems tough to beat. It is, for the time being, the ultimate in portability and low price among the emerging tablet computers!

Learn some mo': CherryPad: This is What a $188 Tablet Looks Like

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Is Las Vegas America's Dumbest City?

Las Vegas makes it on A LOT of "Top 10" lists, and now it's number 1 according to to the Daily Beast website: America's Dumbest City. Technically, it took the last spot -- number 55 out of 55 -- on the site's list of "smartest" US cities. In 2009, Vegas was 2nd-to-last on the same list, so apparently the foreclosure capital of the world has actually gotten stupider.

Although we live in Las Vegas and do our best to defend it, we have to say: they're kinda right. A lot of really dumbass people live in our home city. Spend 20 minutes on a local highway or 30 seconds dealing with a front-line customer service rep at any Downtown casino and you'll understand what we mean. We simply don't attract the sharpest knives in the drawer for some reason.

Actually, we have theory of why so many dumbbells choose to live here. It's a place (or at least it used to be a place) where anyone with any background and any level of education can relatively easily earn $60,000+ per year working in a casino. Also, we have one of the worst public school systems in the US, as well as some of the poorest medical care. Add in the highest foreclosure rate and worst unemployment and it's pretty easy to see why Vegas isn't too bright.

The worst part: the city has no real plans to change any of this. Very, very stupid...

Learn some mo': America’s ‘dumbest’ city? Annual report says Las Vegas

Saturday, October 23, 2010

eBay Will Buy Your Old Electronics (Really Cheap)

eBay is launching a new service that will help you sell all those old electronics sitting around your house. Their new "InstantSale" program will allow you to trade old cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, computers, etc. for money. According to eBay one of the goals is to recycle the old gadgets, keep them from filling up landfills, and, hopefully, help save the environment. We're sure there's also a nice profit to be had buying "outdated" electronics for super cheap prices and then reselling them and/or their internal parts...

Still, if you have good stuff, you can make some decent money in a relatively quick and easy way. A Droid Eris in good condition, for example, will earn you nearly $90! Even worthless old electronic junk can be gotten rid of for free using eBay's new system.

There have been other similar services offered in the past, but eBay's counting on its 90+ million user base to help it get real traction. At the very least, we now have another option for getting rid of all those gadgets so many of us have sitting around. An option that can earn us some cash! :)

Learn some mo': EBay's Instant Sale Offers Cash for Old Electronics

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Is Jillian Michaels a Fitness Fraud?

The LA Times has highlighted something that some personal trainers and fitness experts have been saying for awhile now: "Biggest Loser" star Jillian Michaels may be a fitness fraud. According to a recent article in the Times, Michaels is really an "actress playing the role of fitness trainer".

Dang, that's gotta sting the very well-known fitness celeb!

The article goes on to say that Jillian Michaels regularly demonstrates a lack of knowledge, especially when it comes to exercise technique in the gym. She also apparently gives unsafe training advice to her millions of followers/fans. The Times goes on to state that Michaels' fitness credentials are pretty low-quality, having only 2 "introductory" fitness certifications to her name.

According to Jillian Michaels the LA Times is the real fraud and has resorted to liable and defamation in order to sell newspapers. She says that she's a true workout and weight loss expert who has developed her own continuing education program for personal trainers in conjunction with sports medicine doctors. She also reminds us that she has nearly 20 years as a fitness trainer.

No matter what, and as Times writer James S. Fell points out in his article, the weight loss claims of several of Michaels' products (especially the DVDs) are dubious. Several claim to allow you to lose 5 pounds per week. Any knowledgeable health or fitness expert knows that that's extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to accomplish. And it may be just one of many "red flags" showing that Jillian Michaels is more of a marketer and money-maker than a true fitness expert!

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

Learn some mo': Jillian Michaels a Fraud? Critic Calls Her an Actress Not a Trainer

Thursday, October 14, 2010

South Park New Jersey Map

South Park released one of the best episodes of all time last night: It's a Jersey Thing! According to Comedy Central the show just had to "take a stand" against New Jersey, which they say is quickly taking over the US, one state at a time.

The best part of the whole episode was when they showed a map of the United States with NJ taking up the entire half east of the Rocky Mountains. Check it out:



Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fatter Americans = More Arthritis Pain

More and more Americans are suffering from arthritis, and it may be because more and more of them are overweight. US health experts say that 22% of American adults -- about 50 million -- suffer from arthritis pain, and the number of people who say the pain limits their activities has jumped significantly in the past few years. In fact, about 21 million people suffer from that kind of bone pain in the US.

Many of these people are obese and overweight baby boomers, according to researchers. These people are reaching their 60's with a high level of osteoarthritis, which breaks down cartilage and causes joint stiffness. Health and fitness experts have long said that one of the best "cures" for arthritis and joint point is to lose weight (body fat) while strengthening and stretching muscle tissue.

So basically, this is just another of the hundreds of negative side-effects caused by rapidly increasing levels of obesity in the United State. We're sure that these trends will continue here and in other parts of the world where huge percentages of the population are overweight.

Learn some mo': More Obesity Fallout: Nearly 50 Million Americans with Arthritis

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vitamin C Cheers Up Hospital Patients!

Daily doses of vitamin C appears to quickly boost the mood of "acute-care" hospital patients, according to new research from Canada. This helps to back up lots of other evidence showing a strong link between vitamin C levels and mood, especially in sick people.

A 2002 study in the medical journal Biological Psychiatry showed that taking high doses of vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) significantly boosted mood and even led to more sex in healthy young adults. Other studies have shown even better improvements in people with chronic health problems.

According to one researcher, Dr. L. John Hoffer:
"About one in five acute-care patients in our hospital have vitamin C levels so low as to be compatible with scurvy... But patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem. Subclinical deficiencies of vitamin C and D have each been linked to psychological abnormalities, so we examined that aspect in our clinical trial."
So if you want to cheer up a sick, hospital-ridden person -- or simply boost your own mood -- try taking a quality vitamin C supplement and eating more vitamin C-rich foods like vegetables and fruits. You may even want to look into intravenous ascorbic acid treatments in cases of acute disease.

Learn some mo': Study: Vitamin C May Boost Mood in Acute Care Patients

Kiana Kim 2011 Calendar is Coming!

Kiana Kim (Pete Rose's girlfriend) is pretty much the sexiest Korean-American model on Earth. We know it, you know it... the entire world knows it!

WE LOVE KIANA! So for us and all the Kiana Kim lovers out there here's some very good news: she's coming out with a 2011 calendar. Here's a little teaser pic to keep you all happy until January rolls around:

Now that's a sexy Asian.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Las Vegas Commercial Real Estate Shows Signs of Life (Finally!)

Incredibly, commercial real estate is finally coming back to life here in our hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Office space vacancy fell for the first time in nearly 2 years and office leasing activity in the Las Vegas Valley has increased according to new reports.

So, for the time being at least, the "free fall" that has been happening in the commercial real estate sector appears to have stopped. Plus, signs of life are also appearing in major construction, which has been asleep for the past couple of years. The developers of Tivoli Village have acquired 23 more acres of land, hopefully signaling a new phase of large scale construction on the western side of the city.

According to Cathy Jones, president of Sun Commercial Real Estate:
“I believe they are going to expand their retail and entertainment development across the street."
The analysts and experts, however, state the obvious: a slight rebound in the Las Vegas commercial real estate market certainly doesn't mean that the city's economy has recovered. Far from it in fact. Pretty much everyone knows that the Great Las Vegas Recovery won't begin until the jobs show up, consumer confidence improves, and our millions and millions of yearly visitors begin to spend more money during their vacations.

Learn some mo': Commercial market shows gains after months of free-fall

Monday, October 4, 2010

Drink Beetroot Juice to Exercise Longer

Want to exercise longer and feel better doing it? Then drink some of the dark purple juice that comes from beetroots! Experts say that the stuff is a natural performance booster that increases physical endurance when taken in large amounts. One top long-distance runner credits beetroot juice with giving him the equivalent benefits of a year's worth of training.

Studies done at Exeter University found that cyclists who drank about half a quart of beet juice a few hours before training were able to ride 20% longer than those who drank a placebo. That's a hell of an endurance boost!

Experts believe that the dark juice causes muscles to use less oxygen than usual, allowing them to conserve energy. It appears that the large amount of nitrates found in beetroot juice is responsible for the athletic boost. Although they're not sure exactly how it works yet, some scientists believe that the nitrates increase the levels of nitric oxide in the body, which is a proven exercise enhancer.

If you don't like the taste of beetroot juice, you may be able to get similar results by eating large amounts of other nitrate-rich foods like spinach and green lettuce. Or you could just take a good nitric oxide supplement, which have become more and more popular among exercisers and bodybuilders.

Learn some mo': To exercise longer, try beetroot juice

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Empty Calories Making US Kids Unhealthy

Empty calories are hurting the health of children and adolescent kids in the United States according to a new report from the American Dietetic Association. Experts say that the obesity epidemic among US kids has become one of the biggest public health problems. Many people that the solution will involve a combination of diet changes and physical exercise. But the biggest change that must be made now?

Stop the flow of empty calories into kids diets!

American children are simply consuming way too much energy in the form of empty calories, mainly from refined sugars and refined "white" grain products (like pizza and desserts). If your child is consuming large amounts of soda, chips, pizza, candies, and other junk food he or she is much more likely to be overweight and suffer from serious health problems later in life.

Another form of empty calories comes from low-quality fats like the trans-fats found in many processed foods. Many health experts believe that the combination of bad fats and bad carbs (especially simple sugars and refined flours) is especially dangerous because the carbs cause a spike in insulin production within the human body. This in turns causes the body to shuttle the empty calories from the fats and carbohydrates into the body fat cells, greatly increasing the amount of stored fat on a child

According to Dr. Rae-Ellen W. Kavey from the University of Rochester Medical Center:

"High added sugar consumption which occurs most commonly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a constellation of cardiovascular risk factors, both independently, and through the development of obesity. Multiple studies have shown that presence of these risk factors in childhood is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and early cardiovascular disease. Randomized trials of nutritionist-guided interventions show us that diet change can be accomplished and is associated with important cardiovascular benefits. This combined body of evidence suggests that reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages should be considered a critical dietary approach to reducing cardiovascular risk in childhood."

Learn some mo': Flow of empty calories into children's food supply must be reduced

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ancient Beer Provided Antibiotics for Humans

Ancient humans probably took frequent doses of disease-fighting antibiotics via beer, according to new research from Emory University. It's strong evidence that people have actually been creating and using antibiotics for about 2000 years, not just since the discovery of penicillin in 1928!

The grain that was used to make beer in Nubia contains the soil bacteria streptomyces, which produces a type of antibiotic still in use today. Evidence shows that our ancestors perfected the beer fermentation process on purpose so that they could make this natural medicine.

Ancient Greeks also used beer as a fever-reducing remedy and wound healer. Some ancient cultures used it to treat diabetes and migraine headaches. So there's some good news for beer drinkers: it's been used as a medicine for a LONG time. Plus moderate drinking can extend your life!

Learn some mo': Researchers Find 2,000 Year-Old Beer Was Used as Medicine

Sunday, September 12, 2010

People Like Tax Cuts for the Middle Class, Not the Rich!

President Obama want to keep tax cuts for people who earn less than $250,000 per year. He wants to get rid of the cuts for people making over that. And, for the most part, Americans are happy about that!

The President's economic experts talked the idea up throughout the day today on the top news programs. The idea appears to be so popular that even some top Republicans are saying they may vote in support of it.

According to Obama's plan, at the end of the year the wealthiest Americans would see their tax rates increased to where they were before the Bush tax cuts were implemented in 2001 and then again in 2003.

Most economists and political experts agree that some form of tax increase is needed in order to raise revenue and begin balancing the national budget, which at this point it wildly out of control. Some even say that out huge national debt has become a major threat to the United States.

Taxing the rich and leaving the poor and middle class alone is obviously going to be a very popular way of digging ourselves out of this economic hole we're in!

Learn some mo': Obama's plan to extend some tax cuts may be gaining traction

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Donald Trump Makes Another Pathetic Attempt to Get Into the Spotlight

Donald Trump loves free publicity. In fact you could say he's addicted to being in the limelight. According to many former business associates, he also loves screwing people over when doing deals. So it's no surprise that his attempt to buy the "Ground Zero Mosque" land is being called "pathetic" by one of the lawyers involved.

And apparently the majority owner of the land -- Hisham Elzanaty -- doesn't even consider Trump's proposal to be genuine. Why? Because he offered such an incredibly small amount for it! He offered 6 MILLION DOLLARS. For a large piece of property. In Lower Manhattan. Some of the most valuable real estate in the history of the planet.

Even MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell took it upon himself to call Trump out and bust his balls on national television:

Classic, classic Trump.

According to The Donald:
"I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one (because it is not), but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse... Hopefully, something good can happen!"

Yeah right. That's why you tried to low-ball the owners so badly that it's difficult to tell whether or not your offer was even serious. Wait... of course it's not!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Will Legal Online Gambling Hurt Small Casino Owners?

Large United States casino corporations stand to make A LOT of money if and when internet gambling is legalized within US borders. But some small casino owners are worried that web-based gambling will hurt their bottom lines significantly.

The reason? Competition is much more fierce online than it is in the brick-and-mortar world, where a small "neighborhood" casino can survive and prosper due to its convenient location, relationships with local customers, and comfortable atmosphere.

That is, after all, how the explosion of small and medium-sized "locals" casinos happened in the Las Vegas Valley.

Also, at least according to one Southern Nevada gaming operator, the large Nevada and New Jersey-based gaming companies can use economies of scale to dominate the legal online gambling landscape. Also, playing poker, blackjack, slots, or video poker in your pajamas while sitting on your sofa will always be more convenient than heading to your neighborhood video poker bar or casino.

No matter what anyone says, the US government is very likely to change the laws regarding web-based gambling in the near future. The prohibition of online gaming in the US has proven to be relatively ineffective and has cost the country billions of dollars in lost tax revenue, something it dearly needs now.

Small casino operators will most likely need to figure out how to tap into online niches that larger companies may not focus their marketing on.

Learn some mo': Legal Internet gambling may help big casino firms, hurt small ones

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Good iPad Alternatives On the Way

The big consumer electronics companies that already compete with Apple in the smartphone market are gearing up to provide some good iPad alternatives as well. A few of the best options appear to be the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HP Slate, and the BlackBerry Blackpad according to industry experts. Other new tablet computers expected to be released soon include the Toshiba Folio, the Dell Streak, and the "WePad".

One thing's for sure: Apple started a real revolution by offering a truly useful and portable touchscreen gadget that's smaller than a laptop computer but bigger (and therefore much easier to use) than a normal "smart" cell phone. They have already sold more than 3 million iPads, much more than many experts thought they would.

But competition is always good, especially in terms of being able to get more for less money. Many of the new iPad alternatives are expected to be cheaper and possibly even more powerful. Because of Google Android operating system, emerging tablet PCs will be able to use their own "apps" just like the Apple products.

It should be exciting to see what happens in the "iPad alternative" space over the next few months!

Learn some mo': iPad competitors are lining up

Sunday, September 5, 2010

New iPod Nano "iWatch" Is Here

Apple fans have been waiting a long time for them to come out with an "iWatch" product. Looks like the wait is over. The brand new iPod Nano mp3 player released last week can be easily strapped to your wrist and, in essence, become that mythical Apple product us geeks have been clamoring for.

Fancy mini-computer "smart watches" could become the next big thing in gadgets. LG and a few other electronics makers are already working on some new models that will probably be released at the end of 2010 or beginning of 2011. The next CES show in Las Vegas is sure to feature some very cool and powerful wrist candy.

The only problem with the iPod Nano watch is that you have to push the little button to light up the screen and see the time. But we think that thousands of users will overlook that little issue so that they can finally enjoy the iWatch they've all been wishing and waiting for...

Learn some mo': The New iPod Nano iWatch Is Real!

Friday, September 3, 2010

iPod Nano Deals: Get the "Best" Nano for Cheap

Some people love the new 6th Generation iPod Nano from Apple. Many others hate it and are already calling the older, 5th Generation model the "best" Nano of all. Well there's good news for those people: many great deals can now be had on the Apple Store website!

Just check out the iPod Nano "Special Deals" section on the store.apple.com website and you'll see for yourself. As you'll see, you can now get the 8GB model for $99 and the 16GB model for $149. Those are pretty cheap prices for such a great product, which has the video capture functionality that the new Nano's lack, to the dismay of some.

So go grab yourself a discount on one of the best iPods ever. Enjoy the same song capacity/memory, a bigger screen, and a heck of a nice video camera. It's definitely a good deal for a high-quality mini mp3 player!

Learn some mo': Cheap iPod Nano Deals

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Apple iPod Nano for 2010

The Apple iPod Nano was always one of the coolest and best small mp3 players around. Now, with the brand-new 2010 version "6th Generation" model, it's gotten a lot cooler! The Multi-Touch enabled music player is smaller, lighter, more colorful, and basically all-around awesomer. Some people even think that it could be the perfect "smartwatch" that Bill Gates envisioned several years ago!

It should definitely become one of the best-selling gadgets for Fall and Winter 2010. We know what Christmas gift we'll be asking for this year. Let's just hope that Amazon and the other big retailers roll out some discounts because the $179 price tag for the 16-GB version is a little steep in this down economy!

Learn some mo': Apple's New 2010 iPod Nano

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Las Vegas: The Last Big City With Falling Home Prices

The Las Vegas area remains the last "big city" with falling home values, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's. The incredibly high unemployment levels combined with home foreclosures and a big slowdown in tourism is simply killing the city's economy.

Every one of the other 20 big US cities has seen its home prices increase or, in two cases, remain even. So despite some bright spots Las Vegas continues to lag behind the rest of the country. A second "double dip" recession has become a major concern in Southern Nevada.

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reports that the median price of a single-family house in Southern Nevada is around $135,000... half of what is was just a couple of years ago!

According to one expert:
"The worry starts when you remember that the Homebuyers' Tax Credit has expired, foreclosures are still at high levels and July data on home sales and starts were very, very weak. The inventory of unsold homes and months' supply data were particularly troubling. If this relative weakness in demand continues, it will likely filter through to home prices in coming months."

Learn some mo': 20-city index shows Las Vegas alone in home price decline

Friday, August 27, 2010

Chlorine Gas Sickens People at Las Vegas Pool

Almost a hundred people were sickened and given medical attention after breathing chlorine gas at the MGM Grand pool in Las Vegas today. 12 of them had to be taken to the hospital for additional treatment. Nearly 200 people in total were evacuated at the popular Vegas casino resort.

According to Gordon Asher, MGM Resorts spokesmen, an injector valve on the pool's chlorination system got stuck in the "on" position, allowing the dangerous fumes to escape. He said that an MGM employee closed the valve as soon as it was noticed. Las Vegas Metro Police as well as the Fire & Rescue hazardous materials team are still on the scene investigating.

As Las Vegas residents and frequent visitors to the cities many amazing resort pools, we find it pretty alarming that something like this could even happen. Chlorine gas is extremely deadly and can do a lot of damage to lung tissue. If the (often not too bright) people working at casino pools are going to be allowed to handle dangerous chemicals there should be more safety rules and oversight. Every industrial site that uses chlorine has gas detectors, alarms, etc. Maybe Vegas pools should too...

Learn some mo': 12 hospitalized, 100 treated after MGM Grand chemical leak

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Instant Canker Sore Relief

I have an incredibly painful canker sore on the inside of my bottom lip, rubbing up against my lower teeth and gums. It hurts like hell and I had to find a solution in order to work, talk, think, or even keep from going out of my mind! Luckily I found a solution for instant canker sore relief. Here it is...

Step 1: Put a cap-ful of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth and swish it around for at least 1 minute. This cleans all the oral bacteria out and leaves you with a nice, disinfected canker sore.

Step 2: Press a piece of ice on the sore for 30 seconds. This cools it down, numbs it, and starts to bring down the swelling.

Step 3: Put an un-coated aspirin against the canker sore. Hold it there -- either by hand or by positioning it in your mouth -- for the next 15 minutes. It'll burn for a few seconds but then the pain will begin to subside. Be sure to spit out the aspirin after 15 minutes or you may suffer "aspirin burn" because aspirin is actually a form of weak acid -- acetylsalicylic acid to be precise.

If the pain doesn't go away rinse out your mouth with cold water and repeat the steps above after waiting half an hour. And there you have it: your instant canker sore pain relief remedy. It worked for me and it should work for you. Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Proven: Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight!

It's been debated for years and now it's been scientifically proven: drinking lots of water does, in fact, help you lose weight. More specifically, drinking at least 2 cups of water right before eating meals helps you lose weight faster. Researchers found that obese dieters who did that lost 5 pounds more than dieters who didn't drink extra water before meals.

Plus, the water-drinking group were more likely to keep the weight off after a year. So we're talking about a true "healthy" weight loss solution that works both short-term and long-term!

Besides filling the stomach, helping to suppress the appetite naturally, and even boosting metabolism slightly, drinking more water helps you cut calories. The average American drinks more than 230 calories per day. Fitness and weight loss experts say that sipping from a water bottle all day long while avoiding sodas, juices, soft drinks, high-sugar/high-calorie coffee drinks, and alcohol is one of the best ways to lose pounds more quickly and keep them off over time.

According to one expert:
"Water is by far the healthiest beverage, and if you can't drink water, then drink unsweetened tea, coffee, diet beverages or for kids, low-fat milk... The fewer calories we get from beverages, the healthier we're going to be."
So there you have it: drink more water and sugar-free beverages and you'll get rid of your stubborn belly fat and lose weight faster (plus you'll probably just feel a lot better too!).

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oil-Eating Microbe: Nature's Solution to Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

A newly discovered type of oil-eating bacteria may be nature's own solution to cleaning up the giant BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That's good new because just a few days ago scientists released a report showing that an oil plume the size of Manhattan is still lurking about 3000 feet below the surface of the water.

According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's findings there is "a great potential for bacteria to help dispose of oil plumes in the deep-sea." And here's more good news: not only does the ocean bacteria help to bio-degrade crude oil in deep, cold water... it does so without lowering the oxygen levels in the water.

That means that it probably won't create large "dead zones" of low-oxygen seawater, a problem that already exists in the Gulf.

Learn some mo': 'Opportunistic' Bacteria Feasting Slowly on Underwater Oil in Gulf

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jimena Navarrete Wins Miss Universe Pageant

Congratulations to the beautiful Miss Mexico -- Jimena Navarrete!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Might Be Caused By XMRV Virus

New research has once again linked chronic fatigue syndrome with a recently discovered type of retrovirus called MRV-related viruses. The evidence backs up a study published last fall that linked CFS with the XMRV virus. This new research may finally convince skeptical doctors that the debilitating disease is caused by a pathogen.

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects over a million people in America alone and caused profound exhaustion, headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, sleep disorders, cognitive problems, and other serious health issues. Experts are hopeful that once the cause is pinpointed a cure will soon be found to help people who are suffering from this nasty affliction!

Learn some mo': Chronic fatigue may be triggered by virus

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Van Gogh's Poppy Flowers Still Missing

The famous Van Gogh painting Poppy Flowers (aka Vase And Flowers) has been stolen in Cairo and is still missing, despite previous reports!

Learn some mo': Egyptian minister says Van Gogh picture still missing

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fructose Sugar Feeds Cancer

The natural sugar fructose fuels cancer growth, according to a new study from UCLA. Researchers found that pancreatic cancer cells grew much faster on a diet of fructose. Experts believe that it also boosts the rate of growth of many other cancers.

According to study author Dr. Anthony Heaney:
"The bottom line is the modern diet contains a lot of refined sugar including fructose and it's a hidden danger implicated in a lot of modern diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver."
High-fructose corn syrup is now the most popular sweetener in the United States and much of the world. Heaney and others are calling for the federal government to take steps to try and reduce America's consumption of corn syrup.

Of course, fructose (a "fruit" sugar) can also be found in fruits, some vegetables, and regular white table sugar.

The corn/corn syrup lobby is obviously unhappy with the news. They say that the study doesn't necessarily prove that fructose fuels cancer growth and that high-fructose corn syrup is safe when consumed in moderation.

One things for sure: everyone should minimize their intake of ALL refines sugars in order to improve health and reduce the risk of cancer!

Learn some mo': Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Grow

Sunday, August 15, 2010

World's Oldest Scotch Whiskey Won't Be Tasted

A crate of Scotch whiskey found frozen in Antarctica may be the world's oldest existing Scotch... and it won't even be tasted. The create was brought on an expedition by famous explorer Ernest Shackleton over 100 years ago and was finally opened this past Friday the 13th. But apparently the bottles themselves probably won't be opened and may not even be tasted so that they can be preserved for their historic significance.

We think that at least one of the 11 bottles of "Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky" should be enjoyed by someone! How about giving a bottle to the person who figures out how to make solar energy really cheap or the company that comes up with a way to get the world economy going again? That would be a pretty good use of the oldest Scotch around...

Learn some mo': 100-year-old Scotch pulled from frozen crate

Saturday, August 14, 2010

magicTalk = Free Cell Phone Calls

The company that makes the very popular magicJack product has come up with a new gadget that should make cell phone calls really cheap -- or even free -- and it's finally being released to the public. The magicTalk -- announced in January -- routes calls over the Internet in a way that bypasses the normal cell phone networks. It provides a more convenient alternative to "free" web calling services such as Google Voice.

The MagicTalk will allow unlimited calls in the US and Canada. Special versions for the various smartphone models -- including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android -- will be available in the fall. A version for the Apple iPad will also be released soon. The product's maker -- VocalTec -- operates as its own phone company and provides unique phone numbers to each user.

Good news is you want to start making free long-distance and cheap international calls, even on your cell phone!

Learn some mo': Free calls from co. behind magicJack

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Las Vegas Casinos Had Worst Month in 7 Years

This past June casinos on the Las Vegas Strip didn't win a lot of money, relatively speaking. In fact it was their worst month in terms of gross win since 2003 according to a Nevada Gaming Control Board report just released. The good news for gamblers: blackjack, craps, and baccarat players won significantly more than usual.

The only bright spot for the casinos was a big increase in sports betting, due to the huge amount of bets placed during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Still, the 37 Strip casinos won only $383 million in June, a very low overall figure. Downtown casinos also had a horrible month according to state officials.

So is Las Vegas dying, as many experts are predicting? Or was June just another bump in the road to a citywide (and possible statewide) economic recovery? Only time will tell...

Learn some mo': Las Vegas Strip casinos see lowest win since 2003

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New "Useful Stuff" Blog

A friend of mine has just launched a new blog about useful stuff he finds online. He's a pretty smart guy so I thought I'd give him a link. You can check out the blog at:


Be sure to leave a comment and let him know what you think!

Bad Menstural Cramp Pain Changes Women's Brains

The painful menstrual cramps that women experience monthly may alter their brains, according to new research from Taiwan. Researchers used a special type of brain scan to study the brains of women who experience high levels of menstrual pain. They found "abnormalities" in the grey matter of women who reported having bad cramps during their menstruation.

Some of the abnormalities include lower volume in parts of the brain related to pain processing, high-level sensory processing, and emotional regulation. The women also had more volume in the brain regions related to pain modulation and endocrine function regulation.

Experts aren't sure exactly how the brain changes affect a woman's experience of pain. But they do believe that menstrual pain may be similar to other forms of chronic pain, which are known to actually make the brain more sensitive to pain and, therefore, make the pain sensations worse!

According to one researcher:
"A long-term bombardment by peripheral pain can elicit plastic changes in the central brain as a reactive adaptation... It can also be a crucial mechanism that perpetuates the 'chronification' of pain."

Learn some mo': Menstrual Cramps May Alter Women's Brains

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Less Sitting = More Health!

Working out every day won't give you many health benefits if you're always sitting down, according to a new study that associates an increased risk of mortality with the time that people spend on their derrieres. This suggests that people should spend more time engaging in physical activity and less time sitting on the couch or the Lazy-Boy.

Experts believe that the obesity problem in the US is definitely associated with the increased amount of time the average American spends sitting down. Now we have evidence to show that lack of regular activity can definitely lead to early death.

Some of the health problems associated with large amounts of sitting/inactivity include obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and unhealthy eating patterns. So the obvious conclusion is that we all need to spend less time sitting on our behinds and more time moving around!

Learn some mo': Are you sitting down? It's slowly killing you

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gorilla Glass to Make Touch-Screen Computers & TVs Better, Cheaper

A super-strong, ultra-thin, and highly flexible glass called "Gorilla glass" is set to make big improvements to modern touch-screen computers, tablet PCs, and high-end televisions. Corning Inc. invented the glass in 1962 but could not find a good commercial use for it at the time. Now the famous company is set to create a new multi-billion-dollar product niche with the tough, scratch-resistant glass.

Because Gorilla is so thin and light, it's cheaper to transport, which should lower shipping costs. Eventually that should lead to cheaper electronics products.

Gorilla glass is already being used to create a protective layer over the small screens of cell phones and other mobile communication devices. But the latest trends in TV and computer technologies could launch it to an exponentially bigger business. Things like "frameless" flat-screen TVs and ultra-tough, ultralight touchscreen laptops, and amazing high-definition wall art displays are now possible with the glass.

Learn some mo': 'Gorilla' glass may be new face of touch-screen tablets, high-end TVs

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Nevada Casino Companies Ready to Lead in New Legal Online Casino Industry

The wave of Internet gambling that is set to sweep over the United States may favor Nevada casino operators, according to some experts. Nevada and especially Las Vegas-based casino companies own some of the best-known and most-trusted gaming brands in the industry. That may put them in a very unique and profitable position if and when the US government makes online wagering legal.

Parts of the new legislation being proposed in Washington aim to penalize foreign companies that ran online gambling websites and profited by accepting American bets even though it was illegal. Fortunately for the major US casino companies, none of them risked becoming involved in the offshore operations. That wise decision could set them up to make huge profits in the new Internet gaming boom.

The House Financial Services Committee has just passed a bill to legalize and regulate online betting in the US. But it also added amendments that are designed to prevent online casino operators currently violating US laws from getting licenses to operate under the new legal online gaming regulation.

Many experts believe that both Nevada and possibly New Jersey gaming corporations are set to become the leaders legal Internet gambling. We'll just have to wait and see what happens...

Learn some mo': Nevada gaming companies see potential flush online

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The End of History: World's Strongest Beer

Scottish beer-maker BrewDog has released what is thought to be the strongest beer in the history of the world: a blond Belgian ale called "The End of History." It costs nearly $800 per bottle and, at 55% alcohol, provides a lot of booze for the buck.

According to BrewDog officials:
"The End of History" is the "strongest, most expensive and most shocking beer in the world... this is to beer what democracy is to history!"
So far only 12 bottles have been made and they've all been sold to buyers in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Each bottle is packed in the carcass of a dead "roadkill" animal -- including 4 squirrels, 7 weasels, and a hare.

Learn some mo': The End of History: World's Highest ABV Beer

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Las Vegas: Broke Baby Boomers, Retirees a Big Problem

Las Vegas Strip casinos are continue to struggle, even Steve Wynn's properties. And retirees and baby boomers don't appear to be helping as much as expected, according to recent statistics. Gaming revenue dropped 14 percent in May 2010 compared to the previous May.

Most gamblers are 50 or over and have more time and money to spend in casinos than younger people. But many of them have lost huge portions of their retirement savings, meaning that they have far less money to gamble and spend in Vegas casinos. What's worse, many retirees have large amounts of money tied up in homes that are worth far less than before the recession began so Las Vegas trips are not a possibility.

The bottom line is that baby boomers and retired Americans no longer have access to easy cash like they did in the 90's and most of the 2000's. Declining home values have made them feel less secure financially than ever before. Experts believe that they won't be returning to Las Vegas in large numbers until we see a major increase in home values, the biggest factor in most retirees' wealth.

Learn some mo': Retirees, with nest eggs crushed, can’t muster Strip rebound

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Painless Flu Shots On the Way!

In the near future flu shots will be painless and may even arrive in the mail. Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a new system of vaccine delivery that uses "microneedles" to easily and painlessly deliver substances into the blood stream.

The extremely tiny needles can be put onto a band-aid-like patch. Once stuck to a body party, the barely pierce the skin and then dissolve, releasing the flu vaccine (or any other drug/vaccine that may be needed).

The needles are so small that most users feel no pain. Plus the microneedle patches can be used by just about anyone, anywhere, eliminating the need to visit a doctor or nurse just to get a vaccination. Plus, the problems associated with dirty hypodermic needles are basically completely avoided.

So, within the next few years, just about everyone who wants a flu shot will be able to get it with no inconvenience or fear of doctor visits!

Learn some mo': Vaccine-delivery patch with dissolving microneedles eliminates 'sharps,' boosts protection

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Finding Medical Marijuana in New Mexico is Hard

Looking for medical marijuana in New Mexico? Good luck! Due to the state's strict laws and high demand, patients are now having a very difficult time buying medicinal pot to treat their health problems. There simply isn't enough of the legal stuff to go around.

New Mexico's legal marijuana program -- which has been held up as an ideal "model" program nationwide -- is extremely careful in its licensing and regulation. The handful of people involved in the legal growing and selling of the drug are all carefully screened.

Once someone is licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana, they are only allowed to grow 95 plants. According to New Mexico, that inventory "reflects current qualified patient needs". Unfortunately the shortage has caused many patients with medical marijuana cards to purchase their medicine on the streets.

State Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says that the state's program is being expanded slowly and methodically in order to make sure there is sufficient oversight over the legal pot producers.

Hopefully New Mexico will speed up the process so that people can get the medicine they need without resorting to illegal drug buying!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Lorcaserin: New Diet Pill May Be Less-Risky Weight Loss Option

An experimental new diet pill called lorcaserin may help obese and overweight people lose weight and keep it off over time. And it may do it with the health risks -- including heart problems -- of other similar-type drugs.

In one study, lorcaserin helped people lose at least 5% of their body weight -- an average of 13 pounds -- over the course of a year. It was able to provide significant results without any noticeable health problems. It's a cousin of fen-phen and works in the same appetite-suppressing manner but in a safer, more selective manner.

In the study, only half of the participants stuck with it over the course of a year. But more of the people taking lorcaserin stayed with it than those taking a placebo, suggesting that side effects were no a significant problems.

Drug maker Arena Pharmaceuticals hopes that their new diet product will be approved by the FDA and become a major player in the world of weight loss medicine.

Learn some mo': Experimental diet pill shows promise, little risk

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spain Wins 2010 World Cup!

After a very exciting and memorable World Cup tournament Spain -- one of the best team's in the world -- has beaten Holland to win its first ever world championship.

It was kind of a "dirty" and "ugly" final but in the end the better team won. Today will go down as one of the greatest days in Spain's history!

Que Viva EspaƱa!!

Learn some mo': Spain wins first World Cup on Iniesta's goal late in extra time

Friday, July 9, 2010

Solar Lab to Be Built in Southern Nevada

Part of the Nevada Test Site -- once used to test the world's first nuclear weapons -- will be used to help make the United States a leader in solar power. 25 square miles of the land will host a real-world laboratory that will be used to research emerging concentrating solar technology.

Nevada politicians (including Harry Reid), solar companies, and renewable energy experts believe that the new testing area will give the US a huge boost in solar technology -- especially in concentrating solar thermal power.

State leaders hope that the solar "lab" will also help bring new jobs to the Las Vegas and Southern Nevada areas. He said:

"It's hard to imagine a better place to capture the heat from the sun than right here."

Learn some mo': New solar test zone brightens the future of Las Vegas

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Solar-Powered Plane Completes 24-Hour Trip

A solar-powered airplane completed the first ever 24-hour non-stop flight today, confirming that it is possible to gather enough energy from the sun during the daytime to remain flying at night. Experts believe that the plane and others like it could possibly stay in the air indefinitely by charging its batteries with built-in solar panels.

The "Solar Impulse" is a very large aircraft with a 207-foot wingspan. It's the product of 7 years of planning and engineering by a group of scientists based in Switzerland. Their next goal is to circle the globe using nothing but sun-powered electricity.

Learn some mo': Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Big Solar Energy Investment Coming from US Stimulus Program

President Obama has announced that the US will provide nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees to two large solar companies -- Abengoa Solar and Abound Solar -- in a bid to boost clean energy development and, hopefully, create thousands of new jobs. He said that he hopes the investment will help the United States create a bigger "clean energy economy" and lead to the creation of hundreds of thousands of solar energy-based jobs in the near future.

According to the President:
"We're going to keep competing aggressively to make sure the jobs and industries of the future are taking root right here in America."
The $1.85 billion in loan money will come out of the $862 billion economic stimulus package already in place. Experts believe that the announcement is a reaction to the recent bad news showing that private industry is not creating nearly as many new jobs as expected and that the US economy continues to falter greatly.

Learn some mo': Solar power funding will create jobs, Obama says

Friday, July 2, 2010

US Stimulus Benefits Nearly Over

The huge $787 billion US stimulus program that was launched in 2009 is peaking without providing the big jumpstarts needed in the job market and overall economy. The Obama administration's "Summer of Recovery" will see thousands of temporary jobs created due to large highway improvement, water, and home weatherization projects, not to mention those thousands of "census" jobs.

But after that, it's all downhill for the stimulus-based recovery. And unfortunately the US economy will almost definitely still be in serious trouble. Some global economic and financial experts say that the stimulus has provided very little if any significant long-term benefits.

The only hope for a real recovery is that private companies will see profit levels increase and will therefore begin to hire Americans in large numbers once again. Until then, the United States and the world as a whole will continue to sputter along with little real economic growth.

Learn some mo': Stimulus: The big bang is over

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Peptide Gel Kills Cavities, Regenerates Teeth (and Green Tea Protects)

Researchers have developed a special new gel that appears to be able to regenerate tooth enamel, allowing cavities to be heeled without painful drilling or root canals. Some experts believe that the gel may eventually be used to heal bones and other tissues inside of the body.

The gel contains a powerful peptide -- called MSH or melanocyte-stimulating hormone -- that causes cells inside of teeth to regenerate within a month. The peptide can also be integrated into a thin film that can be attached to teeth over a period of time. It may eventually eliminate the need to do all kinds of painful dental work, including drilling, filling, and root canaling!

Oh, and here's some more good news for people who want to avoid the dentist: drinking green tea every day appears to protect the teeth significantly. Scientists think that powerful anti-oxidant and antimicrobial compounds found in green tea called catechins provide the protection. Just one cup of sugar-free green tea per day appears to be enough to provide long-term protection.

Learn some mo': Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings and Green Tea May Strengthen Your Teeth

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Blindness Can Be Cured With Stem Cells

Transplanting a person's own stem cells appears to cure blindness caused by caustic chemicals such as heavy-duty cleaning products. Dozens of blind or partially-blind people had their site restored in a study performed in Italy.

In one case a man who suffered severe eye damage over 60 years ago had the stem cell procedure done and now enjoys near-normal vision. According to top ophthalmologist Dr. Ivan Schwab of UC Davis:
"This is a roaring success!"
We should say so. Stem cell transplant procedure now offer a great deal of hope to the thousands of people around the world who lose their sight in industrial and home accidents every year. There is also some evidence that stem cell treatments may help people with other forms of blindness so stay tuned for more encouraging research in the near future!

Learn some mo': Stem cell breakthrough for blind patients 'after treatment restores vision'

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Landon Donovan Scores Miracle Goal in World Cup

Landon Donovan has scored the biggest and most important goal in US Soccer history and one of the greatest goals in World Cup history!

Donovan, who has long been considered the best US player in the world, lived up to expectations by putting in an incredible goal in the final moments of the game. It not only gave them the win over Algeria but it also put them into the 2nd round of the tournament!

Learn some mo': Donovan rescues U.S. World Cup dream with goal in 91st minute

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nevada Now Has Highest Unemployment Rate

The state of Nevada now boasts the highest unemployment rate in the US, finally beating out Michigan and it's dying manufacturing industries. Statistically, the official number is 14% unemployment. Unofficially, the "real" unemployment rate is probably much higher in Nevada and especially in the Las Vegas area.

There are about 190,000 Nevada residents without jobs, according to state figures. Yet the true figure is much, much larger due to the large number of Nevadans who have stopped filing for unemployment benefits.

The economy in Southern Nevada is probably the worst in the entire country and has yet to experience any of the recovery taking parts in most of the rest of the United States. It's kind of ironic since not too long ago Las Vegas boasted the fastest-growing economy, job market, and population of all major US cities.

Nevada's jobless rate has skyrocketed since the Great Recession began in 2007, jumping nearly 9 percentage points. With an economy that's nearly completely based around gaming, hospitality, and construction -- 3 of the worst-hit industries -- it's obvious the Nevada is going to have to take some big steps toward diversifying itself in order to create new jobs.

Learn some mo': Nevada leads the nation in unemployment

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ron Artest's Psychiatrist

Ron Artest is seriously crazy. But he's a great, GREAT basketball player and teammate. He thanked his psychiatrist (as well as his "hood") at the end of game 7 of the NBA Championships.

So anyway, here he is... Ron's psychologist... Phil Jackson.

Experts: Las Vegas Economic Recovery Will Begin in 2011

Southern Nevada and especially Las Vegas will continue to struggle economically for the rest of 2010 and probably won't begin to rebound until the 1st quarter of 2011, according to a report just released by a team of economists from UNLV.

They also say that the Las Vegas economy won't fully recover for several years. The 2011 rebound will be slow at best according to the mid-year forecast. Some experts also believe that a double-dip recession will take place in Southern Nevada and possibly the entire country.

Economists feel that the continuing unemployment and retail sales problems could drag the economy back down, at least for a short period of time. Many people believe that the economic data coming out shows that the US recovery is losing steam rapidly.

At least those great Las Vegas deals should continue to stay around for the time being! :)

Learn some mo': 2011 rebound expected, but full recovery years away