• The Kings of Crowdfunding

    When the members of the Pebble watch start-up went to sleep after initially putting their product on Kickstarter, their modest first day goal was to raise $15,000 of their overall goal of $100,000. But by lunch the next day, they had already surpassed the entire $100,000 goal, something they had allotted 37 days to achieve. They've now spent the last month watching the numbers climb ever higher, finally shutting down fundraising at over $10,000,000 - by far the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date.

    When the Pebble watch ships in September or October, it will be the first smart watch to connect to the iPhone. Using Bluetooth, the Pebble will be able to send information from your iPhone right to your wrist, including incoming calls and text messages. You can also connect to the iPhones GPS and music catalog, and using open source software you can customize the watches interface.

    Initially, the creators of the Pebble, which now consists of 9 employees all under the age of 28,

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  • Fork with a Thumb

    Of all the dining utensils we use on an everyday basis, the fork is by far the newest and historically most controversial, so as we introduce the fork with a thumb, please stay calm.

    In the year 1004 A.D., when the Greek niece of a Byzantine emperor used a golden fork at her wedding, the act was shunned as an insult to God who had already given us a natural fork - our hands. God, they thought, would be very angry if he didn't see you palming your steak. Upon her untimely death two years later, the local cardinal pointed to her fork usage as one of the reasons for her early demise: "Nor did she deign to touch her food with her fingers, but would command her eunuchs to cut it up into small pieces, which she would impale on a certain golden instrument with two prongs and thus carry to her mouth. . . . this woman's vanity was hateful to Almighty God; and so, unmistakably, did He take his revenge."

    But it seems like a thousand years later, the fork has lost its edge. We're used to it, it's

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  • Grow Your Own Organs

    There's an 80% chance that in five months Bill Weir will be the first person ever to see his cardiac tissue beating outside his body.

    Last week Bill visited Dr. Tim Nelson at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to report on a revolutionary new stem cell treatment that would have sounded like science fiction even five years ago.

    Different from the controversial embryonic stem cell treatment, Dr. Nelson's team took a biopsy from Bill's Bicep and are in the process of turning those cells into his own beating cardiac tissue; tissue that will beat at the same rate as the heart in his chest.

    And this isn't just for the heart. After the biopsy is taken, doctors are able to wipe the hard drive of the cells and use them to create brain and lung tissue as well.

    What this means is that in the future you may be able to go to your doctor and deposit a batch of cells, and if you have a stroke or heart attack later in life they'll be able to use those cells to repair the damage.

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