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Hawaii's Energy Excelerator opens headquarters in Downtown Honolulu

The Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator, a small-business incubator created to help grow green-energy startups, on Friday opened its headquarters in Downtown Honolulu, which was funded by Hawaiian Electric Industries with $250,000. The 2,100-square-foot space on the fifth floor of the Cades Schutte Building at 1000 Bishop St. is designed to be a co-working, collaborative space for the Energy Excelerator team, its startups and industry stakeholders. “We were at the Manoa Innovation Center, but entrepreneurs…

Confessional Mom Campaigns - LG's Mom Confession Campaign Includes Real Moms (TrendHunter.com)

Trend Hunter - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:12pm
(TrendHunter.com) The LG Mom Confessions campaign began with a series of amusing commercials, but has since extended to include real moms who have some things they'd like to get off their chest. While not all...

Terrifying Locusts Plague Madagascar, Nobody Seems to Notice

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:10pm

Today's weather forecast: a swarm of locusts.

You'd think someone might panic as a cloud of winged bugs cover just about every surface at an intersection in Antananarivo, Madagascar. But local residents don't seem to mind as they go about their business.

Biblical plagues are just a typical day in the neighborhood.

Behold, a GoPro Captures the Miracle of Pizza Making

This Is Your Brain on Coffee

A Man Vacuumed a Subway Platform and Then Ate From It

Hungry Squirrel Battles Bird Feeder, Loses Read more...

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How Hawaii can lure young travelers

Hawaii can be an attractive travel destination for Millennials because the Islands can offer cultural education, physical activity and wellness, something young travelers find irresistible, said Jeff Yang, senior vice president of The Futures Company, which covers the changing landscape of media and technology and their impact on society. “Travel is a Millennial rite of passage,” Yang said, who delivered the afternoon keynote at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference. Of the $1.09 trillion spent…

Rebecca Black Wants to Surprise You With Her New 'Rockish' Sound

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:40pm

It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday with this Rebecca Black news

The singer who gave us the inescapable viral hit "Friday" in 2011 and its fitting calendar-inspired followup "Saturday" in 2013 will be venturing into new music territory

See also: Lady Gaga Calls YouTube Star Rebecca Black a Genius [VIDEO]

The 17-year-old Internet star told Mashable that her new music will sound more "rockish" than her previous pop tunes. Watch her hesitantly talk about her upcoming musical vibe during the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in the video above

What type of rock persona she'll strive to achieve is yet to be seen. Will it be more punk rock like Avril Lavigne or more power pop rock like Amy Lee from Evanescence? Read more...

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Home-made vibrating gloves train your finger muscles to touch type (video)

Engadget - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:32pm
You know what can teach you Braille and piano a lot more quickly than traditional means? Vibrating gloves, or gloves with haptic feedback, if you will. In fact, IEEE Spectrum senior editor David Schneider was so intrigued by the idea, that he put...

12 People Extremely Excited About Their 99-Pack of Beer

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:10pm

Going to the liquor store every time you need a 6-pack (every night) is extremely annoying. So why not just make that 6-pack a 99-pack? It's far more efficient.

See also: The Delicious Health Benefits of Beer

Austin Beer Works released a 99-pack of beer on Thursday, making thirsty Austinites really happy — and totally wasted

The limited quantity, $99, 7-foot-long, 82-pound, 99-pack was created in celebration of the brewery's Peacemaker Anytime Ale, described on their website as "so light, balanced and refreshing that you can enjoy it, well, anytime."

The only thing not inconvenient about the 99-pack is transporting it home, and maybe keeping it cold. And the fact that the novelty has already sold out Read more...

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Manchester United: Hard Times at Storied Soccer Club

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35pm

Even if you've never touched a soccer ball in your life, you've likely heard the name.

Thanks to a winning legacy and a long line of legendary players, Manchester United is one of the most popular sports franchises in the world. With more English Premier League titles than anyone else — and a fraternity of world-class former players including Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo — United is the type of club boys dream of playing for when they grow up

See also: English Premier League: The Primer You Need, America

But last season was an embarrassment for United, which struggled to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League — their worst final position since way back in 1990. Now, even armed with a top-flight new coach and the optimism of a fresh season, the Red Devils' 2014-2015 campaign is off to an awful start of its own, with three matches down and zero wins to show for it Read more...

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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Slashdot - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35pm
Scientific American reports, based on a study published today in Nature, that ZMapp, the drug that has been used to treat seven patients during the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, can completely protect monkeys against the virus, research has found. ... The drug — a cocktail of three purified immune proteins, or monoclonal antibodies, that target the Ebola virus — has been given to seven people: two US and three African health-care workers, a British nurse and a Spanish priest. The priest and a Liberian health-care worker who got the drug have since died. There is no way to tell whether ZMapp has been effective in the patients who survived, because they received the drug at different times during the course of their disease and received various levels of medical care. NPR also has an interview with study lead Gary Kobinger, who says that (very cautious) human trials are in the works, and emphasizes the difficulites of producing the drug in quantity.

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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Slashdot - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35pm
Scientific American reports, based on a study published today in Nature, that ZMapp, the drug that has been used to treat seven patients during the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, can completely protect monkeys against the virus, research has found. ... The drug — a cocktail of three purified immune proteins, or monoclonal antibodies, that target the Ebola virus — has been given to seven people: two US and three African health-care workers, a British nurse and a Spanish priest. The priest and a Liberian health-care worker who got the drug have since died. There is no way to tell whether ZMapp has been effective in the patients who survived, because they received the drug at different times during the course of their disease and received various levels of medical care. NPR also has an interview with study lead Gary Kobinger, who says that (very cautious) human trials are in the works, and emphasizes the difficulites of producing the drug in quantity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Slashdot - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35pm
Scientific American reports, based on a study published today in Nature, that ZMapp, the drug that has been used to treat seven patients during the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, can completely protect monkeys against the virus, research has found. ... The drug — a cocktail of three purified immune proteins, or monoclonal antibodies, that target the Ebola virus — has been given to seven people: two US and three African health-care workers, a British nurse and a Spanish priest. The priest and a Liberian health-care worker who got the drug have since died. There is no way to tell whether ZMapp has been effective in the patients who survived, because they received the drug at different times during the course of their disease and received various levels of medical care. NPR also has an interview with study lead Gary Kobinger, who says that (very cautious) human trials are in the works, and emphasizes the difficulites of producing the drug in quantity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Slashdot - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:35pm
Scientific American reports, based on a study published today in Nature, that ZMapp, the drug that has been used to treat seven patients during the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, can completely protect monkeys against the virus, research has found. ... The drug — a cocktail of three purified immune proteins, or monoclonal antibodies, that target the Ebola virus — has been given to seven people: two US and three African health-care workers, a British nurse and a Spanish priest. The priest and a Liberian health-care worker who got the drug have since died. There is no way to tell whether ZMapp has been effective in the patients who survived, because they received the drug at different times during the course of their disease and received various levels of medical care. NPR also has an interview with study lead Gary Kobinger, who says that (very cautious) human trials are in the works, and emphasizes the difficulites of producing the drug in quantity.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








ChildFund International and Partners Deliver Emergency Medical Aid to West Africa Ebola Front Lines

Business Wire News with Multimedia - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:30pm
RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ChildFund International staff working in Liberia received 15,000 pounds of emergency medical supplies delivered by humanitarian airlift to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

Emoji-only App Debuts, Nixes Words for Tiny Pictures

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:15pm

Does the burden of human communication weigh heavily on your thumbs?

Emoji-only messaging app Emojli is here to save you from the tedium of expressing your thoughts with actual words

See also: The Emoji Doctor Will See You Now

Emojli, which debuted for iPhone and iPad on the App Store Friday, forces users to construct their conversations and usernames exclusively from emoji

Founders Matt Gray and Tom Scott co-star on a comedic tech show called The Technical Difficulties, so they're no strangers to the humorous side of technology. The pair acknowledged that Emojli sounds crazy in a promotional video released in June Read more...

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'Party Down' comes to Hulu Plus, first five eps are on free Hulu

Engadget - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:13pm
Amazon is loading up a new pilot season of original TV shows, and while Netflix's content juggernaut was shut out at the Emmys, at least it was nominated. So what can Hulu do? In addition to its own list of original shows, exclusively licensed...

Marriott selling unfinished Kauai Lagoons project for $60M

Marriott Vacations Worldwide is in negotiations to sell its Kauai Lagoons project, one of the largest Hawaii construction projects to be stalled by the Great Recession, to Hawaii developer Ed Bushor for $60 million. Bushor, who also purchased, through a partnership with marine artist Wyland, the iconic Naniloa Volcanoes Resort on the Big Island late last year, confirmed to PBN on Friday that he is in negotiations with Marriott Vacations Worldwide for the Kauai Lagoons purchase. He says he plans…

Hawaii Tourism Authority releases revised visitor arrivals for 2014 and targets for 2015

Hawaii's tourism industry will not do as well as it had originally expected, but it still is on pace to do better than 2013, Hawaii Tourism Authority officials said this week. During an address at the 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center on Thursday, David Uchiyama, vice president, brand management of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said HTA had originally targeted 8,443,500 total visitor arrivals for 2014 but has revised the number to 8,250,937, a 0.9 percent increase from…

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity names Jim Murphy executive director

Jim Murphy, a Chicago native and nonprofit veteran, has been named executive director of the Honolulu Habitat for Humanity. Murphy most recently worked with the American Cancer Society at Hawaii Health Systems, following a move here from Chicago about a year ago. “It’s a great organization that does a lot of amazing work,” he said about Habitat for Humanity. “Now that I’ve taken the helm, I was hoping to work with as many families as we can to help them get to their dream of homeownership.” Murphy…

On 'Houdini' Miniseries, Magician's Home Life Is Anything But Magical

Mashable - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:40pm

Labor Day will bring with it the start of a magical two-night miniseries.

In Houdini, airing Sept. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. ET, Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the master of illusion himself, whose thrill-seeking and mind-blowing stunts made him a notorious figure both in his era (the late 1800s, early 1900s) and beyond.

See also: 'Wizard Wars' Creator and Justin Flom Do 13 Magic Tricks in 2 Minutes

The miniseries goes beyond his on-stage persona, however, and takes a look into his sometimes troubled psyche, his rise to fame, and his personal life, including his marriage to one-time assistant Bess Houdini, played by House of Cards alum Kristen Connolly Read more...

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Hawaii's Karl Kim named chair of National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor Karl Kim, executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, has been named chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. Kim, who is a disaster preparedness expert, will lead the consortium to develop and deliver training and educational programs to help first responders prepare for natural disasters and terrorist attacks across the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to further integrate the research being conducted…