Wheelchairs You Control With Your Mind

We don’t give it a second thought walking down the street and turning wherever we want but for some people it’s not so simple. Toyota has just come out with a way for wheelchair bound folks to steer their way easily just by using their mind. Just by willing themselves to turn a corner, the chair will turn with the person but a stop requires a puff of the cheek. This special baseball cap is wired to an EEG brainscan that gives the wearer true virtual control, much more practical than the ol’ joystick way of getting around. Right on it’s tail, Honda is developing a similar technology that may be able to do even more by moving actual limbs. They released a video earlier this year of a robot moving his right hand just by thinking about it. They aren’t putting it up for commercial sale just yet but the good news is that it works and may make handicaps a much smaller obstacle.
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A 14-Year-Old Author

I’m 21, and every time I finish up a post for The Frisky, I feel a huge wave of accomplishment. That was until I read about Laura Simula, an author who started writing her first novel at 12-years-old. Her first book, A Broken Yesterday, was just published—and she’s only 14. The book is a 130-page mystery that tells the story of Carrie Foster, a girl struggling with her older sister’s death from bone cancer and, in the process of grieving, uncovers a big family secret. Even more impressive, Simula got her book published on her own. Her parents didn’t even know she sent out the manuscript until the publishing company called to sign a deal. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Gratuitous Photo Of Robert Pattinson

[Filming "Remember Me" in Central Park, NYC, 6/30/09]
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The Latest Michael Jackson News, From His Will To His Secret Final Project

  • The inevitable argument over Michael Jackson‘s estate has begun. In his will written in 2002, Jacko didn’t leave a cent to his dad, Joe. Instead he’s givin’ it all to his mom, kids, and a few charities. The custody arrangements are a little foggy so, for now, the kids are staying with their grandmother. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The National Enquirer continues to be dead on (pun!) with their reporting. In January 2009 they predicted “Michael Jackson — 6 Months To Live!” [Buzzfeed]

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Lindsay Lohan’s Birthday Goes Swimmingly

Is Lindsay Lohan still relevant enough to host parties that actually draw a crowd? From the looks of this photo, she can pull it off if: A) it’s her birthday; B) there’s a swimming pool involved; and C) she wears something ridiculous. The former pop tart hosted an early 23rd birthday pool party for herself at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino over the weekend dressed like schizophrenic basketball player with and a penchant for booties. Do you think she actually went swimming in this outfit? [The Cut]
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Cool And Gross: Firefly Courtship Remarkably Similar To Our Own

Think of fireflies, and you might recall memories of summer where you looked at the flashing lights hovering over a field, or even ran through them, trying to cusp your hands around one of the insects to catch the glowing lights. Really, you were just stepping into a huge orgy. The New York Times talked with evolutionary ecologist Sara Lewis to find that the flashing lights in fireflies are mating calls. However, what Dr. Lewis found in her research is that they aren’t any old mating calls, and the conditions for firefly seduction are eerily similar to what (human) women go through when finding a guy: “The female fireflies turned out to be remarkably picky. In many cases, a male flash got no response at all. In some species, females preferred faster pulse rates. In others, the females preferred males that made long-lasting pulses.” Keep reading »

How To Go Bleach Blonde (When Everyone Tells You Not To)

Do blondes have more fun? Perhaps. There’s only one way to find out. Yet, most of the time, people will talk you out of a drastic, bleach blonde look. Screw them. If Taylor Momsen can do it, so can you. Here, tips from Julie Dickson, an expert in achieving light hues and owner of the fabulous Fox and Boy Salon in New York City. Keep reading »

How To Curb Jealousy: A Green-Eyed Monster’s Tips

“My boyfriend has a lot of attractive co-workers that he spends a lot of time with. How can I control my jealousy?” -Jenn, Pennsylvania

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  • Star Couplings: Jay-Z Still Hates Chris Brown

    • Jay-Z reportedly threatened to cancel his performance at the BET Awards if Chris Brown was allowed to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. [New York] — I wonder how Jay feels now that Rihanna wants to work on her “friendship” with Chris.
    • Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have released a photo of their week-old twin daughters. [Dlisted] — Son James Wilke doesn’t look too thrilled, though.
    • Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, T.I.’s fiancee, and Antonia “Toya” Carter, Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, will star in the reality show “Tiny & Toya,” airing June 30. [AP] — Hot mess!

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    Quick Pic: Mariah Carey Got A Sex Change?

    Well, not really, but that is Mimi, cross-dressing at her video shoot for her song “Obsessed.” She’s a beautiful woman, but a hideous man. [NYC, 6/29/09] Keep reading »

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