Wanna bet?

Professor Hawking won his bet with director of the Perimeter Institute in Canada Neil Turok after wagering that gravitational waves from the first fleeting moments after the big bang would be detected. 

Turok is said to be needing more evidence before conceding the bet. He said the bet rested on results from the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope, which last year failed to spot any signs of gravitational waves.

Hawking is well known for making bets with other scientists. He recently lost $100 to Gordon Kane at the University of Michigan after betting that scientists at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, would not find the Higgs boson. They discovered the particle in July 2012.


Hippocampal Neurons 

You snooze, you lose!

Only recently have scientists been able to learn how the neural network of the brain forms. Beginning in the womb and throughout life this vast network continues to expand, adapt, and learn.

The human brain is able to continually adapt and rewire itself. Even in old age, it can grow new neurons. Severe mental decline is usually caused by disease, whereas most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. In other words, use it or lose it.

Tungurahua erupts. Volcano Tungurahua sometimes erupts spectacularly. Pictured above, molten rock so hot it glows visibly pours down the sides of the 5,000-meter high Tungurahua, while a cloud of dark ash is seen being ejected toward the left. Wispy white clouds flow around the lava-lit peak, while a star-lit sky shines in the distance. The above image was captured in 2006 as ash fell around the adventurous photographer. Located in Ecuador,Tungurahua has become active roughly every 90 years since for the last 1,300 years.

Image Credit & Copyright: Patrick Taschler

Tiny 3D-Printed Organs Aim for ‘Body on a Chip’

Miniature human organs made by 3D printing could create a “body on a chip” that enables better drug testing. That futuristic idea has become a new bioprinting project backed by $24 million from the U.S. Department of Defense.

The 2-inch “body on a chip” would represent a realistic testing ground for understanding how the human body might react to dangerous diseases, chemical warfare agents and new drugs intended to defend against biological or chemical attacks. Such technology could speed up drug development by replacing less-ideal animal testing or the simpler testing done on human cells in petri dishes — and perhaps save millions or even billions of dollars from being wasted on dead-end drug candidates that fail in human clinical trials.

The tiny organs intended for the “body on a chip” project don’t represent fully functional hearts, livers and kidneys. Instead, they represent small chunks of human tissue from such organs connected together by a system of fluid channels that circulate blood substitute to keep the cells alive — all placed on a 2-inch (5 centimeters) chip with sensors to monitor everything.

Innovation: Baby in a fish bowl

The multi-purpose, designer baby crib has arrived: the Bubble Bed. Inspired by the traditional russian tumbler-toy “Nevalyashka”,  this innovative design lets you watch your baby’s move from the comfort of your bed. Whenever the baby moves, it will simply begin to swing slowly to get the little one back to sleep.

The bed can be tilted to 17˚ and is stabilised by layers of Plexiglass in the base which act as a weight centre and it doubles up as a portable bath tub. It is self-cleansing and anti-odour using a special liquid polymer containing nano-titanium dioxide coating, which when exposed to sunlight, begins to ionise and degrade dirt.

The designer and mother of two, Lana Agiyan, also thought carefully about the mattress. It is pure wool and is stuffed with Buckwheat husks which is a natural material that is antibacterial and anti fungal. 



Scott Eaton has just finalised his prototype of his gorgeous iPad docking station, which he calls it the Venus of Cupertino.

Not only does she look totally chilled out, stylish, sexy  and cool, she will also charge and sync your iPad (first, second and third generation) from an inconspicuous charger located in her midriff. Hello Mama! 

If you would like to be on the mailing list for updates on the Venus project as it moves into production and be available for Summer 2012, then put your name down here. 


The cashless future: In-store payments with PayPal

PayPal has announced that its In-Store mobile payment service will be accepted at four major UK retailers – Coast, Oasis, Warehouse and Karen Millen.

The InStore app is available for Android and iOS devices but, unlike rival services, PayPal mobile payments do not rely on Internet or mobile connections and can run entirely offline.

The introduction from PayPal is one of a number of mobile payment technologies to have been launched and extended in the UK, many of which are being fast-tracked in time for the 2012 Olympics Games, which London is hosting


Virtual reality glasses from Google.

Visions of the future - quite literally! Some cool ideas presented by Google’s Project Glass. But the ‘glasses’ (??) come on! They need a bit more work or are they a tribute to Geordi La Forge!? 

Watch on alexob.co.uk


SSENSE, Canada’s largest online luxury apparel and accessory retailer, has released the world’s first interactive, fully shoppable music video. 

The video premiere of “I Think She Ready”  sees all performers styled exclusively by SSENSE, with every item in the video directly shoppable through an interactive hotspot technology. Viewers will have the ability to simply click on an SSENSE hotspot in the video in order to access information on the styles shown. Once a hotspot has been clicked, viewers will be presented with images of the products from that look and a direct link to the item on ssense.com for purchase. Sweet! 

Guess, it’s not long before the you can buy your bottles of champagne from a video, too!