Wednesday, 31 October 2012

AMP-Foot 2.0 prosthesis gives the power of real feet, keeps a light step (video)

AMPFoot 20 prosthesis gives all the power of real feet, keeps a light step video

It was five years ago that prosthetics took a very literal step forward when Arizona State University's SPARKy foot offered a more natural walk, capturing the inherent kinetic energy that previously needed a big motor to replicate. Belgium's Vrije Universiteit Brussel may well carry the torch for the next wave of artificial limbs. Its second-generation Ankle Mimicking Prosthetic Foot (AMP-Foot 2.0) uses a pair of force sensors to determine the leg's relative position and let an actuator build energy when the foot bends, locking the power away to use only when the owner pushes off. The efficiency produces all the torque needed to let a 165-pound person walk, but with just a 30W to 60W motor versus SPARKy's 150W -- a big help to battery life that also reduces the AMP-Foot 2.0's weight to that of the fleshy kind. We don't know how likely it is the Belgian prosthesis goes beyond the prototype phase; if we had our way, it would move just as quickly as future wearers undoubtedly will.

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Living Walls - A Design Statement And a Practical Solution for Small Gardens

Living walls are becoming a popular choice for not only those who wish to make a design statement, but also those who have limited outside space who really want to make the most of it. Here are a few living wall ideas.

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The Importance Of Acquiring A Car Breakdown Cover

In case you travel regularly out of the city for business or some other work then you surely need to opt for a car breakdown cover policy. Well, the importance of acquiring such a policy is immense.

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Wholesale Baby Products: Tips for Acquiring Merchandise

The economic events of the past few years have left many individuals searching for a job so that they are able to pay the bills. While some of these job seekers give up looking for work, others have seen this situation as a chance to start their own business venture. One of the easiest ways to make money is to find a product that consumers want, produce or acquire it inexpensively, and then re-sell it for a profit.

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EcoATM phone recycling kiosks proliferate (video)

"CBS This Morning" checks in on EcoATM, a California company that makes kiosks for trading in old phones and other gadgets for instant cash. It's not your typical money machine.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Stylish Christmas Invitation Stationery for Your Holiday Party

When it comes to your quality Christmas invitation, the invite stationery comes with a whole host of unique and extraordinary creations, so you never have to feel forced to send out the same old Christmas party invitations year after year. You can always get a beautifully designed Christmas invite sporting classic holiday icons, but you can also choose from modern and contemporary card styles too. Either way, you'll find that sending out invitation cards is not only a fast form of communication, but your stationary selections can be a friendly and...

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Enhance Your Tantra Experience With Aromatherapy

Apart from setting the right kind of spiritual mood during tantra exercises, aromatherapy is a time-honored means to achieve overall healing of the mind and body. As a tantra teacher, I especially advocate its use in tantra meditation.

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Anderson Cooper Gives Thanks for "All the Nice Tweets" After Coming Out as Gay

Anderson CooperIt was the sound of the closet door opening that was heard around the world. When Anderson Cooper publicly acknowledged he was gay for the first time yesterday, it was?and...

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Switch To Cheaper Electricity: The Best Way To Save Money

Everybody is looking for a way to get a cheaper electricity bill. When you are an average home or business owner, you would find ways to get lesser rates in paying your utilities every month. The prices for gas and electricity rising beyond the roof can seem like an old situation.

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Adrienne Maloof Gets Snubbed By Lisa Vanderpump on Housewives Premiere: Video

The Villa Blanca owner purposely does not invite her former friend to a party - and drama ensues

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Monday, 29 October 2012

How Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

Air source heat pumps function as a heating and cooling system that utilises the air outside as its source. When used in a residential home one of these heat pumps will absorb warmth from the air and release it inside the home.

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Tips For DIY [Do-It-Yourself] Landscaping for Your Home

Beautifying ones home is always the major concern of home owners mostly for women and housewives. One way of making the house look amazing is through creating landscapes. Contracting somebody to do the landscape is a great option but, it can be too much expensive and impractical.

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Coffee Grinder: The Importance of Reviewing the Details Before You Decide

If you are one of the millions of folks who love drinking coffee, some of them might tell you to get a quality grinder to crush your coffee. They never desire losing the aroma of their coffee beverages due to exposing the beans outside for few days before grinding them. Typically, ground beans often lose their aroma after 24 hours once the oxidation process affects them. To keep the quality as well as taste perfectly, you must determine the best ways to do this.

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The Inclusive and Exclusive Personality Traits

Whether we are more inclusive thinkers or exclusive thinkers is a moot point. The real benefit is in the self-awareness; to know when it's right to think inclusively and exclusively is the key. Tolerance is a commendable attribute, but like all good things it can be taken too far. But it's often better to be too tolerant than not tolerant enough.

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Kitchen Appliances Make Preparation of Healthy Diet Easy and Enjoyable

Kitchen appliances have automated most kitchen jobs. The trendy colors and sleek designs have moved the kitchen to the living room. Family can enjoy food preparation together and get more quality time to spend as a family.

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Before Building Your Interlocking Walkway

An interlocking walkway, or an interlocking pavers driveway, is a great investment in your home. It can last for many years to come, it will add great value, and it will increase your curb appeal. Installing one on your own to save money can be a challenge.

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VP Debate: Twitter Users Call Malarkey Early, Often

Analysis of 4 million tweets about Thursday's vice presidential debate provides a study in what pushes voters' buttons.

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Google's Big Android Event Canceled Due to Hurricane Sandy

So much for fun new Android goodness next Monday, October 29th. Google's big event in New York City as been cancelled (perhaps rightly so) due to the incoming frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy. More »

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Windows 8 Flop Wouldn't Doom Server 2012

Even if Microsoft's new OS was a complete disaster, like Vista, enterprise IT can be assured that Windows Server 2012 will continue to thrive.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

How To Go About Building In Your Garden

Building in your garden may sound easy however there are loads of things that you don't ever consider when it comes to actually doing the job. This can make everything a lot more tricky and sometimes very time-consuming.

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Biofeedback video game helps kids control anger

In RAGE Control, users with elevated heart rates lose the ability to shoot enemy spaceships and must calm down to get their game back on.

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The Benefits of Critical Illness Insurance Cover

Critical illnesses can be tormenting financially. It can be a huge burden to take care of critically ill family members.

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A Brief History of the Dishwasher And Dishwasher Design

To fully understand and appreciate the modern dishwasher it is important to first look at its origins. This article does exactly that, detailing its humble hand-powered beginnings before moving through the ages and coming right up-to-date with modern design considerations.

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Solid Wall Insulation - How Do They Do It?

Solid wall insulation prevents heat loss in a property. Find out how it's done.

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Friday, 26 October 2012

How to Take Care of Indoor Orchid Plants?

Orchids are beautiful, tropical flora grown in several parts of the world as indoor plants. It is very important to take care of each and every phase of growth right from the time buds ease out and grow into an attractive, full bloom. They need a lot of care and maintenance for good survival.

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What Is A Mormon?

What is a Mormon? What do they believe? Who are they? Have your questions answered by reading here about the basic beliefs of the Mormon church.

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Winter Gardening - What Can You Do This Winter?

Summer might be over, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't tend to your garden - winter gardening is a big thing. Just because the autumn has stripped your garden of its former beauty, don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to do over the next 3-4 months...

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Apple iPad Mini Launch: What Else On Deck?

Apple is expected to debut the iPad Mini Tuesday, but that's not all. Here's a look at the other gear that may be coming our way.

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Street Furniture of the Past and of Today

Street furniture refers to all of benches, post boxes, phone boxes, traffic lights, street lamps, traffic signs, outdoor sculptures, and waste bins that are seen on the street. This furniture is used to provide comfort, beauty, navigation, and safety to all residents in a particular city. Furniture on the street has been in use for hundreds of years, and the history and culture of a specific area can read through the various items that are placed outside.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

You Inspire Me

It is not what happens in your life, it is how we come out of each and every situation. We have to show our appreciation for everything this life has to offer.

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Celebrating Christmas in a Hot Climate

In some parts of the world there's no snow for Christmas. Find out how people spend the occasion in hot climates.

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A Nursery Glider, Useful for Mom and Baby

For new Moms and Dads, the first thing to shop for to complete your baby's room is the baby's crib and rocking chair or nursery glider. The baby usually sleeps in the crib giving Mom the time to relax while the baby is asleep.

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The Green Initiative of Energy Suppliers

The demand for a cleaner source of energy is gradually rising, and it's a good thing that more and more companies today are showing the initiative to go green as well. With this in mind, it would only be a matter of time before people will start seeing every household utilizing gas and electricity that are generated using energy provided by nature itself.

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Car Insurance Quotes: Cutting Costs for More Affordable Coverage

Cutting insurance costs is a major source of money saving these days. Despite the stringent rules governing the sector, there are bargain car insurance quotes to be found, offering lower premiums and excellent cover.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Easy DIY Home Decor With Swarovski Rhinestones

While rhinestone accessories are super cute for accessorizing, rhinestones aren't just for attire anymore. The newest trend in home decorating is doing it yourself - DIY - with rhinestones! Read on to learn how you can make your own cute and trendy home decor using Swarovski rhinestones.

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Before Building Your Interlocking Walkway

An interlocking walkway, or an interlocking pavers driveway, is a great investment in your home. It can last for many years to come, it will add great value, and it will increase your curb appeal. Installing one on your own to save money can be a challenge.

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Marriage Forever: a Day at a Time

Author Chance Scoggins relates a very poignant conversation he had with his good friend and mentor, Mike: Mike knew what was going on with me. He grabbed me by the shoe as he passed my chair, smiled and said, ?Those are some cold feet you?ve got there. What?s going … Continue reading...

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Google Privacy Audit Leaves Lingering Questions

Privacy rights groups cry foul over the FTC's audit of Google's privacy program, say key details were held back from the report.

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How To Compare The Most Affordable Health Insurance Quotes

With many people still reeling from the effects of the financial crisis, looking for ways to save money is very important. Spending habits have changed and people are no longer buying anything without looking at all the options available. This is no different when it comes to buying health insurance.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Child Height Calculators: Do They Give Correct Results?

Parents are very enthusiastic and excited to know about the future height of their kids. Some parents curiously ask themselves - is there any tool that can predict height of a kid when he becomes an adult? Is it possible to roughly calculate the future height of a child? Well, many people do rely on various child height calculators in order to know how tall or how short their young kids will be when they grow up.

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Awake in Dreamtime, How to Lucid Dream

Have you ever had a dream that warned you about something to come? Could you understand what the dream was telling you? Could you remember your dream? Were you able to interact in your dream? Have you ever shared a dream with someone else? Just want to become more aware of your dreams and what they mean?

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Did Justin Bieber Really Sell Out Madison Square Garden in 30 Seconds?!

Justin BieberDid Justin Bieber really sell out two shows at Madison Square Garden in 30 seconds? Come on. ?SunnysMama, via the inbox Stay thy skepticism. This is the same child who,...

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RIM CIO Talks Enterprise BYOD

CIO Robin Bienfait talks about RIM's enterprise-friendly features like BlackBerry Balance, security and apps, and welcoming iOS and Android devices into the mix.

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Read About the Advantages of Plastic Pallets

Though plastic has been in news for its environmental hazards, increasing chemical wastes and land fills, there is also another side of plastic that makes it almost indispensable in our routine life. Recyclable or reusable plastic is the boon and is considered as green and safe. One of the best examples that one can site is that almost every transport firm vouches on it.

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Rental Car Insurance Helpful Information

Rental Car Insurance can be confusing for many consumers but a little research ahead of time can make the entire process much easier. Here you will find great information to guide you in making the right choices.

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Solar Panels: An Eco-Friendly Way to Generate Solar Power for Home

Solar energy is the form of energy that is received from the sun and then converted by some mechanical source for home use. As the time is progressing, there is a huge increase in the level of carbon in the atmosphere.

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Secrets of the Now

The human mind is a very powerful and useful tool, but it's important not to become a slave to it. By living in the present moment, YOU remain in control.

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How Your Baby's Position Changes Childbirth

During early pregnancy your baby flips, flops, floats, spins, dances, and does a lot of kicking. But as your pregnancy progresses your baby gets more and more cramped within the womb. Your baby soon nestles into a favored position. Though some babies keep flipping around right up into early labor, most will favor one position over another. Your baby's position matters in several different ways.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

What You Should Have Known About Diabetes And Pregnancy When Trying To Get Pregnant

? When trying to get pregnant, most women usually overlook important facts that sometimes end up putting their lives and that of their babies at risk. Women usually ignore the fact that pregnancy usually brings about changes in their lives for which they need to be prepared. This is so especially for women suffering from conditions such as diabetes.

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Main Advantages of Private Health Care

Reduced waiting period: this is one of the advantages coming with private health care that has made it appealing to all kinds of people. As much as NHS is wonderful in providing medical treatment, it can sometimes take long before the patients are attended to as a result of long queues. With the private health care however, you can be sure to be checked by a health specialist privately as soon as the need arises.

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What to Look for in an Appliance Repair Company: Quality, Speed, and Affordability

Whether you've just moved to a new area or you've simply never needed appliance repairs before, it can be hard to find the right company for the job. For a satisfying experience, look for a technician promising good workmanship, a quick turnaround, and competitive rates.

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Ask Engadget: What's the best way to store my media collection?

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We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Michael, who is suffering from a storage crunch. If you're looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

"I'm a bargain-basement kinda guy, and I've picked up lots of DVDs cheaply during the sale season(s). I was planning to rip my collection with Handbrake so I could watch them on my iPad, but my 1TB HDD is already close to being maxed out! Is there a better solution out there than just buying a 2TB HDD now, waiting a year and buying a 3TB HDD when the prices come down? Is there a cheap RAID-style system that plays nicely with my iTunes? Please help!"

  • You can pick up a standalone 3TB external HDD for between $150 and $200,
  • Or you could take the leap and set up an iTunes home server, perhaps using the cheapest Synology DiskStation, which is $200 plus the cost of the drives. That way you can get a 4TB iTunes server for just under $400.
  • You could also snag a Drobo that'll give you the same storage options with significantly increased expandability, up to 16TB in the future.

That said, perhaps our friendly readers know a way to tame this man's ever growing media collection, so if you've already set up your own system, why not share your knowledge in the comments below?

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