Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Swedish Photographer Erik Johannson Creates Photos Providing an Odd Perspective

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Yee Haw! Austin Brewery Offers a 99 Pack of Beer

Some lucky beer drinkers will be able to celebrate Labor Day in style (and without running out)! Referred to as a beer log, this package requires at least two persons to carry it out of the store. 

Thanks to the fine people at the Austin Beerworks, this limited edition pack is offered at just the right moment to celebrate the end of a great summer, in a most-appropriate way.

Don't forget to bring a pickup.

Family Transportation in Much of Asia

Photo: Hai Thanh
No matter where I traveled by road in Asia, next to my vehicle was a motorcycle loaded with family members. The two-wheeler remains the affordable family vehicle of many.  

This family in Hanoi, Vietnam, are out for an evening ride through the old quarter. The kids seem pretty happy - they must be excited about where they're headed.

Chinese Spectacle Produces a Human Hurricane

The Chinese continue to awe the rest of the world's population with their spectacular over-the-top productions.

This shot captures a number staged during the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, this past week in Nanjing, China. It's students from the Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School.

This certainly takes martial arts to a whole new level.

Photo: Donald Chan, Reuters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Student Entrepreneurs Developing Nail Polish that Detects Date Rape Drugs

Four graduates from North Carolina's State Materials Science & Engineering program won a top prize for their business plan to develop nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.

Their prototype attracted more than $100,000 in start-up capital for the refinement and commercialization of a product line named Undercover Colors.

The nail polish is a more convenient method for detecting the clear and odorless drugs.  Current devices for doing so are too bulky for on-site use.

According to statistics presented by the University of the Sciences:
  • Approximately one in four college aged women is date raped or experiences an attempted date rape during her college years.
  • Eighty-four percent of women who have been date raped knew their attackers.
  • Women between the ages of 16-24 are four times more likely to be date raped than any other age group.
  • Approximately 90% of date rapes happen with alcohol involved.
It's sad that there's a need for a product such as this, but hopefully the developers will get a working product on the market, very soon.