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October, 2008

A Model T For the 21st Century

The Model T Ford was the vehicle that brought the world into the automobile transportation world over a century ago, which is why so many people covet the original people mover. Good news for them, Ford has chosen the winners of a world-wide contest to design the next Model T Ford.

Go Ahead! Send Me To The Dog House!

Yes, you can design a Swiss chalet for your St. Bernard and have it built to your specifications. Your dog or cat can have his own house, excuse me, his own Pet Mansion, that's the spitting image of your home. The only thing is... no sub-prime mortgages on the Pet Mansions.

This Prayer Booth Helps You Pray Anywhere

Orthodox, on-the-go Christians rejoice, you (and pretty much only you, as most other religions pray in a different position) finally have an invention all your own.

Russian Tank Museum: Tanks for The Memories

Last month a weekend was set aside and considered a professional holiday for Russian tank enthusiasts. There were no wild celebrations in Gorky Park; just a visit to the small town of Kubinka and its huge tank museum, which actually belongs to a former top-secret research institute for armored vehicles. Read on but…hush, hush. Need I say more?

Cafards: Not Just Creepy On Halloween!

I wonder what Juliet would have said about cockroaches. Would she say...

"What's in a name? That which we call a cockroach by the name 'cafard,' is it not still creepy as hell?"


Personal Power and Heat Platform in a Jacket

Ardica Technology has developed a product that can not only heat your jacket, but can charge your electronics as well.

Innovative Business Ideas for Halloween

I discovered three interesting Halloween businesses that have already captured the holiday's market.

Student Inventors Keep Seagulls Off Their Boat

Boat-loving seagulls will have to poop elsewhere if a team of high school students have anything to say about it. The team, named Vanish Productions, recently won the top regional prize in New Zealand's Young Enterprise contest for their Ultrasonic Bird Repeller.

Bioethanol Power Designed for the Track

When people think of performance, terms like: fuel economy, clean burning and environmentally friendly aren't usually the first terms that come to mind. Vehicles like the Lotus Exige265E are slowly but surely changing that, and it looks like the Exige will be getting some help in the challenge from a new Bioethanol-powered sports car.

Hot Off The Press! A 2009 Sarah Palin Calendar

Whether you think she'll be the 2012 Republican candidate for president or she's just getting an extra five minutes of fame, Sarah Palin is starring in her own 2009 calendar. The cover is not exactly cheesecake, unless you think it's sexy for a woman to stand in front of an American flag with an open shot gun slung over her shoulder.

Are You Ready to Start a Business? Find Out With the Small Business Assessment Tool

How do you know when you are emotionally and financially ready to take your big business idea to the next step and make it a reality? The Small Business Assessment Tool, presented by the US Small Business Administration helps ease you into the decisions that surround getting your business started.

Blue-Enriched Lights May Stop Drowsiness at Work

Have you ever gone into work and just felt sleepy the whole day and couldn’t get going? Well, lighting may play a big part in your drowsiness.

The Cardboard Cafe - All Cardboard, All Functional

Cardboard furniture is in now, especially as DIY projects. But seldom do you see cardboard structures as large as the one architect/design group B3 made for the London Design Festival last month. They made a whole Cardboard Cafe!

Russian Hacker’s Clever Eee PC-Based Carputer!

Does your vehicle have a carputer? Well, don’t despair, as no one’s car did until recently when a really clever Russian hacker ripped apart his car’s dashboard (which wasn’t doing anything anyway) and his Eee PC (701G) and recombined them! Read all about the magic that created the carputer!

Need A Hand? How About A "Third Hand?"

The Third Hand Adjustable Parts Holder With Magnification is really a modest name for this smart gadget. Why "modest?" Because, the Third Hand is really like having four or even five hands!

Patterson and His Recycled "Fairy Under Pressure" and Other Artwork

If you know about artist and recycler Lane Patterson and his creative green talent you may blush at the mention of his name, especially if you have seen some of his innovative anatomically correct artwork.

Would You Like To Piss On George Bush? This Just In!

Clark Sorensen, famed floral urinal designer, has apparently gone political! He's made a Presidential Urinal, the likeness of George W. himself!

New Hybrid Bus Will Hit the Streets in 2009

Public transportation in large cities has made a huge impact on how much fuel is used and the amount of emissions produced. However, as more people turn to it to due to rising fuel costs, cities are looking for ways to make cleaner, more efficient buses to reduce those numbers even more, and Proterra has released a new hybrid bus design that may be the perfect solution.

Sleek As Steel Even In Color: OneLessDesk™

OneLessDesk™ is the desk-alternative design for those who live in a paperless world.

Non-Drip Ice Cream: Delightful Russian Innovation

Even if you don’t believe in UFOs, they may have invaded earth after all but for delicious rather than nefarious purposes. Enter UFO ice cream, named for its unearthly ability to avoid melting. Read on whether you prefer chocolate or vanilla.

Like Baboons, Men Are Hot For Ladies In Red

Psychology research is ever turning up more ways that humans are like animals. In the particular study I'm reporting about today, the human male, in particular, is being compared to the baboon, chimpanzee, and other nonhuman primates. It's about the color red. It's sexy.

BMW's New Smart Key Should Make Paying Easier

As I'm sure we all know by now, technology never ceases to impress us, and BMW has given us another breakthrough that does just that. It seems they have been working a smart key system that will do more than remember your seat settings.

Tommaso Colia's Spaghetti Gadget Trims Waste and Waist!

Clever Milanese designer Tommaso Colia has made a definitive "Spaghetti Gadget" for measuring pasta. It's not a scale; the Spaghetti Gadget weighs your dry spaghetti on the basis of how much space it takes up.

The Egg That Keeps Sleeping Babies Safe

Designed in Australia, the grobag® egg™ is simply a digital room thermometer that keeps your baby safe by changing the color of its display if temperatures reach a potentially uncomfortable or risky level.

Caspian Sea Monster: Moscow’s Fascinating Submarine Museum

Although certainly not for everyone, there are those who would find the sight of a genuine Soviet submarine stranded on the edge of a Moscow reservoir in an old orchard park surreal and captivating. Read on and learn more about this odd and certainly one-of–a-kind Russian museum.

How Smart Are Those Smart Cards?

Fairly smart and getting smarter all the time, smart cards have often been described as As the decade comes to a close, smart cards will bring substantial and innovative changes to the way people provide and receive information in addition how we conduct financial transactions with people around the globe.


Design Boom's 2008 Green Earth Design Winner: "Greening"

After evaluation almost 4,000 designs from 91 different countries, the judges of the 2008 Green Earth competition, sponsored by Design Boom, came down to one winner: Greening, by Ji Yoon Yang from Korea. It looks pretty simple, a green "fingerprint tree," but there's more to it than meets the eye....

Bulldog Interactive Fitness Center: Combining Mobile Video Gaming with Exercise

Bulldog Interactive Fitness has found a solution that gets kids off your couch at home, without actually taking away their number one obsession; video gaming.

Mouse Hand Warmer

Do your hands get cold while using your mouse? Apparently it’s a big problem, a problem that was solved by IGM Products with the Mouse Hand Warmer. So if you ever find yourself in the artic and you have to use your computer outside, your hand can still be warm. In their words it’s the computer mouse companion.

Tomato Soap Leaves You Clean and Stress Free

Vege Table Soap from WenBee washes away stress with the powerful antioxidant phytochemical Lycopene. What makes tomatoes red when ripe now leaves your skin glowing pink with good health.

A Desk Where Imagination And Organization Click

If you’re a parent to an artistic toddler, chances are you’ll love the way a P’Kolino Klick desk will fit into your family’s creative living arrangement.

 

Site Announcement - October 27, 2008

InventorSpot.com is excited to add another writer to our writing team. 

Jill Harness is a freelance writer, a gaming enthusiast and a fan of all things fluffy. Ultimately, she'd like to be a comedian, a screen writer and a professional children's book author. She will be writing about the weirdest of the weird inventions crawling their way into our society at InventorSpot.com.  You can check out her blog here.

InventorSpot.com Team 

A Toast to the Buddhist Beer Bottle Temple and Thai Monks

Many creative people have made many amazing new things with used material, but I have to say this one eco-friendly structure is my favorite. Take a look at this beautiful green and brown Buddhist temple, built by Thai Monks. The temple stands strong and tall with the structural help of over one million beer bottles.

Inventor's Hall of Fame Picks 2008 Collegiate Inventors Finalists

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation announced the 2008 finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Sponsored by the Abbott Fund and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the competiton winners were undergraduate and graduate students whose inventions were found to meet pressing needs in our society.

Popular Epilepsy Drug Shows Promise For Alzheimer's Disease

Valproic acid, used in the treatment of epilepsy and other neurological and psycho-neurological disorders, has been found to improve memory and reduce brain lesions in mice with Alzheimer's symptoms.

New “Liquid Smoking” Drink Promises Instant High for Smokers

A company has created a drink that claims to have the same effect as smoking cigarettes.

Get Ready For Winter Sports With VoltoPrima™ Gloves

Skiing, sledding, snowboarding... all great winter sports. But when your hands get numb, you have to call it quits for the day. And then, of course, there's the sport of shoveling snow.... The newPrimoVolta gloves by Aevex® Products with patented Intelligent Heat™ promise to keep your hands warm for up to six hours just by turning on a switch.

An Attempt at the Land Speed Record for 2010

763.053 mph-The current land speed record that was set by Andy Green in October of 1997. Before him, Richard Nobel held the title reaching a speed of 633mph. Now, the two men have decided to team up in an attempt to shatter the current record and forever put themselves in the history books.

SongVest Lets You "Own" Your Favorite Song

Through SongVest , we can own a share of our favorite songs, making money while the song writers do. The company is able to do this through auctions, trading artists' song rights and related royalty streams.

Kiddie Backpacks Give Back to School Style for the Smallest Students

School is almost back in session, and backpack designer Dante Beatrix is far from overlooking America’s crew of preschoolers gearing up for their first day of academic adventure.

A Cushie And Cozy Potty For The Road

Traveling with a toddler has never been easier, thanks to the Cushie Traveler Folding Potty Seat.

A New Material Could Change the Way We Build Our World

When talking about moving vehicles, weight is almost always the enemy of performance. It takes more power to get moving, longer to stop and reduces the speed at which you can turn. While aluminum can solve some of these issues, many applications call for something stronger and this is where we turn to steel. However, a new material, called Buckypaper, may almost completely wipe out the need for steel in automotive and aeronautical applications.

Magritta Chair, A Tribute To Magritte?

The Belgian surrealist painter René François-Ghislain Magritte once said that he despised advertising and decorative furniture. But his contemporary, Roberto Sebastian Matta, created the Magritta decorative chair in Magritte's honor!

Capturing the Leasing Market: Profit from Shared Office Space

In Good Company, located in New York’s Manhattan, is attempting to take the shared workplace to a new level by offering space solely to female entrepreneurs. Cubes & Crayons, in Silicon Valley, provides childcare for parents who share their office.

'Reflection of Mineral' House Proves Urban Design is Hard

Tokyo is a nice place to visit and you WOULD want to live there - especially if your home was the 'Reflection of Mineral' house by innovative urban architect Yasuhiro Yamashita.

Moscow Art Gallery and Tattoed Pigs: Art Imitating Life?

Artists have always been considered those who live and work “outside of the established form,” but Belgian conceptualist, Wim Delvoye, quite literally pushes that envelope to its ultimate extreme with his creation of tattoed pigs currently on display at a Moscow Art gallery. Read on and…grunt.

New Purple Tomato Could Help Fight Cancer

Researchers at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have created a genetically modified purple tomato that could be used to help fight cancer.

Bring Your Appetite to View This Art

Imagine coming home one night and finding your whole living room is draped in cheese. I bet it would have looked something like the Cheese Room.

Site Announcement -October 26, 2008

InventorSpot.com is excited to add another writer to our team.Beth Hodgson is a freelance writer and editor who works with various types of corporate and creative content. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, she decided to leave the corporate grind behind her earlier this year and founded www.writesourcing.com . With entrepreneurialsm in her gene pool, it's only natural that she loves to learn about new business ideas and trends (especially the strange and risky). She is very pleased to share her findings with readers on Inventor Spot. You can read her blog here .

InventorSpot.com Team

Billionaire Announces Contest To Sterilize Pets

Here is a contest that Bob Barker can be proud of. Billionaire inventor Gary Michelson is promising $25 million to anyone who can invent the first safe non-surgical method to spay or neuter pets.

The Next Chapter In Reader Digital Books from Sony

Reading is a very popular pastime for many and for those who are avid book readers often run into a common problem -- running out of space on the bookshelf. Thanks to the advancement in technology bookshelves may never be needed again.

The Fling-ama-String Battery-Operated Cat Toy: Product Review

I have pains in my cheek muscles from laughing at my cat try to capture the viper-like string. Is this toy for him or for me?

eco:Drive To Help Reduce Fuel Consumption

With fuel prices as high as they are, many people are going to great lengths to alter their driving habits to improve the efficiency of their vehicles and stretch those gallons a little bit farther. If this sounds like you, Fiat has created a tool that can help you to improve even more.

Buzz Aldrin: Mars Pioneers Should Remain Permanently On Mars

A trip to Mars could take years and cost billions of dollars. If NASA and the European Space Agency are going to commit to such an ambitious endeavor, they should try to get the most out of their investment. That's why, according to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the first Mars pioneers should stay there permanently.

Russian GPS System Tracks Siberian Bridge

A bridge being built over the Yenisey River in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia will have the honor of becoming the first bridge to be partly controlled by Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system. Read all about this exciting use of space technology here on earth.

Calamete Pasta Fork Enables Neat Noodle Nibbling

Dining just got more dangerous, thanks to the fiendishly spiky Calamete pasta fork!

Arash AF10 Almost Production Ready

About 2 years ago, a British Automotive Company called Arash showed us a prototype of a vehicle called the AF10 at the London Motor Show. Since then not much has been heard about it, until just recently that is.

US To Get Some VW Diesel Action!

Volkswagen offers an amazingly diverse array of powerplants for their vehicles. Sadly, the North American continent doesn't get to see many of the more exciting options due to different standards. That is set to change however, because VW has confirmed they will be building a plant stateside that will produce diesel engines.

Save The Trees, Use Leaves! VerTerra

VerTerra just won the Natural Products Expo East's 2008 Best New Green, Environmentally-Friendly Product Award for its paper plates -- items that are generally considered wasteful! But see how not-wasteful VerTerra is and you will understand why it won this award!


Russian Navy Launches New Strategic Missiles

A new generation of weapons for the Russian armed forces that are designed to pierce anti-missile defense systems is in the air. Read on and learn how all this might affect the balance of world peace …if there really is such a thing.

Don't Mind That Smell, It's My Blood Pressure Going Down

This is true fact; I read it on the Internets. The gas that comes from our bodies, our rears, our behinds... That gas that the boys used to set on fire, and laugh, and run from? That gas. Our smelly, embarrassing gas... is being researched as a possible medication to lower blood pressure!  I am not kidding.

A Green And Ergonomic Toilet Combo: Washup

The Washup is a conceptual design for a toilet/washing machine combo, to conserve water, save space, and provide a more ergonomic solution to typical washing machine interfaces.

Strange Bench-Fellows "Come A Little Bit Closer"

If the people sitting on this bench look a little perplexed, there's a reason why....

Help Keep the Roads A Little Safer With DriveAssist

As cell phones become more advanced and get more buttons/gizmos/toys, they will also require more attention. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that such attention shouldn't be taken away from driving to satisfy the phone requirement, which is why Aegis Mobility has developed a system to keep you focused on the road and not your keypad.

Put Your Mittens On To Cook With The Anti-Griddle

The Anti-Griddle makes foods as frozen on the outside, as a griddle makes them crisp and hot on the outside, but you may need your mittens to cook with it.

Scientists Able to Erase Memories in Mice

Remember those movies that show devices used to erase the mind? Well, now researchers may be one step closer to that process. Scientists have now been able to remove certain memories from mice.

"Light" Dining With Terzani's Ortenzia Table Top

Whether entertaining a sweetheart, a group of intimate friends, or a special group of dignitaries, home lighting cannot be underestimated when it comes tits ability to create mood, especially when it comes to the dinner table. The Ortenzia Table Top can set a mood for any of these occasions.

The Hand Grenade Mouse: Bombs A-W-A-A-A-Y!

Are you plagued with the secret desire to blow up your computer and make it pay for everything bad it has ever done to you? Do you harbor a love for war movies but fear reprisals from friends? Well, then, this Russian hand grenade mouse is for you. Read on but….from a safe distance.

Bigfoot Goes East? Yeti Footprints Discovered by Japanese Researchers

Abominable snowman or improbable snowjob? Researchers from Yeti Project Japan have discovered a set of odd footprints that just might be from the Yeti, Bigfoot's mysterious Asian cousin.

Scientists Discover that Scotch Tape Produces X-Rays

Scientists have found that the everyday Scotch tape you use to tape paper and other household materials has another use: it produces X-rays.


Liposuction May Some Day Save Your Life!

Two researchers at the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery in Australia have discovered a method of getting stem cells from fatty tissue and converting them to living heart muscle cells. The stem cells from the fat tissue actually begin beating in rhythm to the heart cells when they are placed together.

Innovative DIY Human Nest Filled with Autumn Leaves and You

It's fall and for many of us colorful leaves cover our yards, the driveway and the streets. Like every fall, some of us will rake our leaves up and put them on the curb for the trash. Some of us will rake our leaves and put them in a compost bin, and others like designer Gerard Moliné will join the birds and build a nest with the leaves. That's right a nest.

A Pistol With The Nano Crystal

Now, before you start calling this a vacuum cleaner, just hold it a minute. This big gadget is a technological first for the home: a steam disinfector that converts the minerals in tap water into nano crystals that will eliminate every bacteria and virus in its range within five seconds! Isn't it great that something can make good use of our tap water?

All Electric Mini May See Production

The Mini Cooper has captured quite a fan base since its re-introduction in 2001 and with talks of bringing out an all wheel drive version, its popularity will only increase. Another possibility on the Mini's horizon is an all-electric version that could see production in less than 2 years.

TeleNav GPS Navigator™ Wins 2008 Mobile Internet Innovation Award

GPS systems are tough to follow while you are driving... not to mention dangerous. The TeleNav GPS Navigator provides both a visual map and voice driving instructions through your cell phone. Yesterday, the visual-voice navigator received xchange magazine's Mobile Internet World Innovation 2008 Award, adding to the list of TeleNav's awards and recognitions.

Drinking Coffee May Shrink a Woman's Breasts

A new study shows that drinking three cups of coffee a day may shrink a woman’s breasts.

Bed Too Short For Your Bedside Table? The Panier Solution

If your bed is a double, or queen, or king size bed, the proper size sheets are available for it. But beds are not made in one standard height any more, and the designers of bedside furniture are only slowly catching on. One stunning and modern solution is the Panier, by French design team Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

Hands-Free Video Camera

This gadget is for all of the adrenaline junkies out there that love to push the limits with action sports. Take it while your snowboarding, mountain biking, skiing, wakeboarding, etc. Well, maybe not wakeboarding.

Strange Holes in the Ground Discovered in Siberia

Residents of Novoselovo district in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia have discovered some strange holes in a field some 100 meters (about 400 feet) away from a major highway. What they are and what they mean remain a mystery. Read on, if you dare.

New Cure For Dog iPhone Envy: The iBone!

Let's face it: Buddy's getting less attention these days, now that Mom and Dad have iPhones. iPhone® is now the child that they never had... the child that Buddy used to be.

Origami Post-it® Notes Fold Under Pressure

Stuck with sticky notes and tired of trashing them? SUCK UK has the solution to problematic Post-it® notes: fold them up into neat origami designs anyone can do!

Audi’s All Electric Vehicle Will Not Be A1 Based

The rumors about Audi's all electric vehicle have been around for a while now and until just recently, they were just rumors. However, during a Q and A session at the Paris Motor Show Audi confirmed that they were in fact working on developing their own electric vehicle and they went on to share a few more details.

The Next Must Have Mobile Device: The PicoP™

Tech reviewers are still writing about the fuzzy line between mobile devices and personal computers. Yes, it's a fuzzy line. Get over it; the line's about to get fuzzier.

The House Made of Cellophane

Trying to hide from the neighbors? Well you definitely wouldn’t want to live in the cellophane house.

Another "Project" for Mustang Fans

New Mustang designs have been rolling out of the design studio faster than most dealerships can sell them. Thankfully, that may not be the case for the "Project B" Mustang that is set to make its debut at this year's SEMA.

Russian Boob Ceilings: For The Interior That Has Almost Everything

No, you did not read this incorrectly nor is this a typo of any kind. Suspended boob ceilings are all the rage in parts of Russia. Read on and sort of find out why.

The Car Show of the Future

Each year at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, three graduation shows are held to showcase some of the different work that the college had a hand in creating. For the summer semester this year, a presentation was created that showed the work of 10 students that were graduating from the Bachelor of Science - Transportation Design program. These are just a few of the designs that made an appearance.

Mood Variations on T-shirt: S.A.D

Graphic designer Keith Hancox has a friend who suffers from seasonal affective disorder (s.a.d).

Also known as winter depression, S.A.D. is a mood disorder whose sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winters.


Single Cup Desktop Coffee Maker

Are you sick of getting out of your desk to go and get yourself something? Are you falling asleep at your desk, but have no time to go and brew a pot of coffee? Do you want coffee on hand at all times? Do not fear the desktop coffee maker is here.

Decorative Stuffed Animal Chairs By Campana Studio

Moss design store, known by many a design reviewer as, "the best design store in the world," has many extraordinary creations by world renowned interior and industrial designers. I got caught up in browsing through some chair designs on the Moss website, particularly the stuffed animal chair designs of Brazilian brother design team of Fernando and Humberto Campana.

A Track Ready Roadster for Under $25,000

Over the past year or so we have seen an increase in the number of small track cars being introduced, with no complaints of course. It looks like France decided it was time to jump in with a design of their own, called the Secma F16.

Instructables’s DIY Halloween Contest Includes Green Category

DIY contests are definitely increasing in popularity. This year Instructables has teamed up with many other crafty sites to bring you the 2008 DIY Halloween Contest. Contestants have had all year (since November 5th, 2007 until November 9th of this year) to send in their Halloween Instructable, photos, or videos.

Buckypaper: A Future Material for Airplanes to TVs

Researchers from Florida State have taken a step toward making commercial-grade buckypaper - an ultra-strong, ultra-light material that could be used in a wide variety of applications. Ideally, buckypaper could be 500 times stronger than, but 10 times lighter than, the strongest steel we have today.

The Personal Gadget's Gadget: The Sanctuary

Here layeth the stuff you brought home tonight, an array of gadgets and personal carry-withs like wallet and keys. Do you lay them all on the kitchen counter? Or on your night stand? Or do you scatter them throughout your home?

The Insecta Takes Green To A Whole New Level

For the past few years, nature has been at the heart of many vehicle designs. Not just eco-friendly either, so many of the naturally occurring colors and smooth simple lines have made their way into the auto industry. A perfect example of this comes from Shao Yung Yeh, a design student who recently completed a project while working with Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert.

Bubble Wrap®: Useful For More Than Popping!

Your Bubble Wrap could be worth thousands. There's only one catch - you can't pop it.

Control Of Fatty Acids May Lead To Alzheimer's Treament

Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and the University of California may be on the trail of a new treatment of Alzheimer's Disease... a diet and drug to reduce fatty acids in the brain!

Perfect Design For A Portable Home Office: The Home Office Trike

For many, working at home means a laptop on the kitchen table. No desk, no drawers to keep our papers or computer peripherals... just a table and a laptop that needs to be cleared off for meal times. The Home Office Trike was made for work-at-homers who don't have an actual office. Check out what this portable work station affords....

NAIRIT Announces Top Ten Russian Engineering and Scientific Innovations

The National Association of Innovations and Development of Information Technologies (NAIRIT) held a recent contest, and more than 3,000 applications were received from scientists and engineers all over Russia. Read all about the ten best ideas.

Brainwave Controlled Technology Heading Our Way

NeuroSky, a California-based company, has developed a line of products that allow users to control hardware and software via brainwaves. The idea for these products stems from medical bio-sensor technology, which up until recently has been too costly for the mass consumer market.

TV Commercial: Now It's “YOURS & MINE” K-Y® JELLY !

The folks at "K-Y® Jelly" did it! They built a better mousetrap!

Stranger Than Sushi: The Buzz on Japanese Insect Foods

Insects have enjoyed a place at the Japanese dinner table for many centuries. Well, perhaps "enjoyed" is a word that could better be applied to those eating them - people!

Does Size Really Matter? 6 Ferris Wheels Tell The Story

There's a race on among the world's capital cities. The race is not for the world's cleanest city, or the city with the most oxygen, or even the most expensive city in the world. The race is getting hotter as cities all over the globe vie for the biggest one.


'Project Wanted Horse' Helps Man And Horse

This year, as a humanitarian effort, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) and the Aminal Welfare Institute (AWI) launched 'Project Wanted Horse," assuring that any horse rescued from slaughter or an abuse situation would be placed on one of 94,000 NBFA farms across the country. The 2008 Best Humane Business Innovation Award went to the NBFA for this commitment. What can you do?

Russian Scientists And a New Generation of Rocket Engines

Enterprise Energomash, the Russian Space Agency, has reported that the development of the rocket engine of a new generation, the RD-191, has been completed. Read on for some fascinating details.

Is Barack Obama Gaming The System?

In an unprecedented appeal for new voters from the Y-generation voting block, Barack Obama is forging new ground by tapping into an advertising medium that appeals to this demographic by advertising on video games.

Site Announcement - October 17, 2008

We are happy to annouce that a new writer will be joining our team.

Ron Callari is a Chief Marketing Officer for a Search Engine Marketing firm as well as a freelance writer for last 10 years. Ron will be writing about cutting edge, innovative societal trends.

Ron's published work has appeared in HospitalityNet, Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International, Alternet, Counterpunch, Sacramento News & Review, NewsMax, Albion Monitor, SCOOP and the World and I. He is the author of “Uncle Dubya’s Jihad Jamboree”, published in 2005, and the creator of kidd millennium’s editorial cartoons, www.kiddmillennium.com. You can check out his blog here .

Welcome Ron!

Russian Rocket Blasts Into Space With Two Americans Onboard

The International Space Station was the destination of a Soyuz spacecraft that left Kazakhstan last week with two Americans and one Russian cosmonaut on board. Read all about this exciting and innovative launch.

10 Webcams with a Soft Side

Most of us have one but never really take much notice to it until we need to use it. Web cams as we have come to know them are typically small, made up of metal or plastic and range in a number of shapes and sizes but they do share a commonality --


Go Green With Your Ski Jacket

It’s the time that everyone developing products in this world is looking for new and effective ways to go green. Today I came across a ski jacket that has a built in solar panel for your gadgets.

MILK Redefines The Perfect Desk

What's so hot about this desk? It's just a flat table on a pedestal stand. Big deal, right? Yes, it is a very big deal. MILK is a simple, elegant, sparse, and fun desk design that meets the needs of the modern worker. If a desk can be hot, MILK is HOT! Let me show you why....

New Technology Can Help Prevent Animal Related Accidents

Large animals are towards the top of the list when it comes to causing accidents in rural areas. Even though many measures are in place to keep these collisions to a minimum, some accidents are unavoidable. However, a new system is currently being tested that could help to reduce the number of animal related accidents even further.

The Sun's Role In Disease Prevention And Control

The sun is a natural and effective source of Vitamin D that we need to protect our bones, protect us from auto-immune diseases, help prevent Alzheimers disease,and protect us from certain kinds of cancers. Deficiencies in vitamin D are highly-linked to these diseases. Now, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have found that Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to Parkinson's Disease.

Environmentally Friendly Toilet Inspired By Japanese Design

Toilets use a lot of water, even low-flow models, but Caroma's sleek new "Profile™ 5 with Integrated Hand Basin" takes green thinking one step further by mounting a sink on top of the tank. Ingenious yes, original no...

Sad Sorrowful Ceramic Sculptures

Crystal Morey is an artist that creates lovely fairy-like sculptures.

Russian Scientists Design New Chemical To Fight Oil Contamination

Oil spills can take months and sometimes even years to clean up and their terrible toll on the environment and marine life can affect the entire food chain of an afflicted area. Read all about this unique substance known as Degroil, which accelerates the decomposition of harmful elements associated with oil spills.

Study Claims Smarter Men Have Healthier Sperm

People say that men don’t often think with the head on their shoulders. Well, those people may be right as a new study shows that smarter men have healthier sperm.

Vice to Business: The ‘Blow Me' Franchise

Despite the overtly sexual connotation of the brand's name, it's not what you think. But do read on, because Blow Me is a company that has found a way to make a profit from one of the other major vices on the planet; excessive alcohol consumption.

New Device Aids in Breast Cancer Detection

To coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Avie Products has launched a new electronic waterproof device named “Cue” that mainly functions as a breast self-exam reminder.

GPS Tools Revolutionizing The Way We Play Golf

Have you ever found yourself standing at your ball without any yardage marker in sight. Now you have to take the shot on a vague guess that you think might be right. Then your ball either comes up short or flies over the green.

Site Announcement - October 16, 2008

We are happy to annouce that a new writer will be joining our team.

Andrew Portola is a college student as well as a freelance writer with an ultimate goal of getting onto the PGA Tour. He will be writing about the coolest gadgets under the sun. You can check out his blog here.

Welcome Andrew!

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards to The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

My Favorite Solar Powered Halloween Lights for 2008

This year's list of Solar Powered Halloween lights is a little different than the ones in the past. This years solar powered lights are gentler in appearance and more versatile in use. In other words they can be used as more than just Halloween décor but also the entire season of autumn décor. Take a look at the list below to see what I mean.

Russia Shows Off Its Newest Supercar

Lada is an automotive manufacturer based out of Russia. Their first vehicle was the Revolution that made its debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. For this year's Paris Motor Show, Lada unveiled the third generation Revolution and it has turned more than a few heads.

Russia’s Sausage Creations: All the Art You Can Eat!

Artists are unconventional almost by definition, and often use unexpected materials to convey their creative visions. But for some avant-garde Russian painters, the concept may have been carried just a little bit too far. Enter the world of sausage art. Come and get your red hots!

Sit On It Or Hang It Up, My Deer!

My Deer! A wall scupture you can sit on!

Breath Test May Detect Cancer

British scientists are working on a breath test that may detect early signs of cancer and other serious illnesses.

New Glove Helps In Early Detection of Breast Cancer

The Donna Glove is a new tool that can be used to detect lumps in the breast.

Peugeot Chooses Design Challenge Winner

For the past 5 years, Peugeot has held a design contest that gives young designers a chance to produce a concept for a large company. This year the theme was "imagine the Peugeot in the worldwide megalopolis of tomorrow," and the winner has been chosen.

Design Imitates Nature in 'SunShade,' Winner 2008 Dutch Design Week!

Like a flower opening to the sun, Lianne van Genugten's SunShade design opens at daylight and closes at dusk. Its power comes from the sun, like the flower....

The Citroen Hypnos Will Challenge Your Mind

Concept cars are one of the most important aspects of most auto shows. It gives us something to look forward to or sometimes, something to dread. A few days ago at the Paris Auto Show, Citroen unveiled a vehicle that embodies both of those feelings at the same time.

Force Performance Transforms the Charger

Although the new Chargers are not the high performing vehicles they used to be, there are still fairly popular in more than a few places. However if you are one of the people who want a Charger but wish it was a little more "exciting" to drive, Force Performance may have the perfect solution.

A Rubberband Contest For Kid Inventors To Stretch Their Minds

There's a really cool contest going on now for students grades 5 through 8, challenging them to invent something with one or more rubber bands. It's the first of its kind, according to the sponsors, and just thinking about using a rubber band in something totally new has got to be a stretch.

Shinkansen Might Lose Title of Japan's Fastest Train

Thanks to a more comfortable riding environment and increasing availability, railway travel is becoming more popular around the world. The speed at which some of the super trains travel can easily cut the average commute time in half and they are only getting faster. This can be seen by Kawasaki's proposal to build a new super train that will capture Japan's current record.

Web Surfing Is Good For Middle-Aged & Senior Brains

The latest scientific findings on brain power in the aging mind indicate that using the Internet stimulates the centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. That's right! Web surfing is good for you!

8 That Weigh Your Way: Customize Your Bathroom Scale!

Whether it's humor, inspiration, or a good scolding you want when you get on your scale, you can have it from Art de Toilette. You can even have a scale without numbers like the one here!

New Comet Discovered in Canada

A new comet has been discovered at the University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.

Prehistoric Rock Sculptures Discovered in Ukraine: Another Stonehenge?

Archeologists have discovered more than ten prehistoric rocky sculptures in the Carpathian Mountains near the village of Snidavka, in the Ukraine. What historical significance do they have? No one really knows, but read on for some thoughts on the subject.

World's Smallest Golf Course At Your Fingertips

Are you a golf fanatic or do you know someone who is? Introducing a new way of playing golf without even having to leave the office. Rain or shine, this golf set is great for helping to pass time.

TV Commercial: "Gorilla Goes Ape For Cadbury Chocolates?"

What in the world were the clients at Cadbury Chocolates thinking when they agreed to let a gorilla be a spokesperson for their chocolates?

Micro-sized R2 Unit Provides a Cure for the Blues

While too small to actually repair an X-Wing starfighter, this little R2 droid is programmed to raise your spirits.

Solar Powered Generator Saves Green Quietly

Hurricane Ike came and went and in between left a lot of people, among other things, without electricity for days (some people weeks). If you have ever had to live without electricity you know it isn't impossible to do, but it is a hassle and it does take a lot of rethinking on how to stay cool and keep fresh food. Those who could afford it had the option of using gasoline-powered generators and the very lucky had the opportunity to use the Solar Stik.

10+ Really Neat PINK Household Gizmos That Support Breast Cancer Causes

There are so many reasons to buy pink, the first reason being that every home needs a blush, a bit of modesty, even if its false modesty. The best reason to buy pink now? It's hot to support breast cancer awareness month, aka October, and many manufacturers of household products are supporting breast cancer education and awareness activities with proceeds from your pink purchases. Here are 10+ of my favorite pink pickin's....

Study Shows Too Much Drinking Shrinks Your Brain

Debating on whether or not to have that last drink for the night? A new study has found that the more alcohol you consume, the more your brain shrinks.

AUDI R8 Inspires A Raceboat

The Audi R8 has been hailed as one of the best supercars ever made since hitting the streets in 2007, which is most likely why someone wanted to have a custom racing boat designed around it. The best part? The company may put the design into limited production.

Ford's MyKey System Limits Young Drivers

Parents will be the first to admit that one of the most stressful things they have ever gone through or will be going through is when it comes time for their teens to start driving. The dangers that present themselves are numerous and the temptations are just common. Ford is hoping to alleviate some of these worries with a new system they have named MyKey.

Start-up Ecovative Design Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design has come up with a bio-degradeable solution to insulation called Greensulate and recently won $750,000 in an international competition to reduce CO2 with a new product.

Stay Always Hot with the "Pop-Up" Nightclub Concept

What happens when that formerly happening nightclub no longer attracts its elite clientele, or normal club goers like you and I? What if one day West Hollywood is no longer such a popular party destination? What becomes of those businesses?

Healthy French Fries Are Just The Beginning For Actifry

If you love french fries or "chips" as the British call them, but you don't want to wear the grease on your belly or hips, Tefal has the perfect deep fryer for you. It's called the Actifry and it will cook fries for four with only one tablespoon of oil!

The Senecavirus And Cancer: Can We Use The "C" Word Yet?

It's a hard concept to grasp that a virus can infect a cell and actually do a good thing by killing the cell. This is what happens when a Senecavirus hits a cancer cell. What's more the Senecavirus kills the cancer cell without hurting any healthy cells around it.

Killing Time with the Alarming Gun O'Clock

Shoot, it's time to wake up... Japan's Bandai has a better idea: Wake up, it's time to shoot!

Flatshare Refrigerator Wins 2008 Best iGeneration Design

Out of nine tremendously creative and functional household designs produced by the finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition, one design really stood out in the judges minds: The "Flatshare" Refrigerator, by Austrian design student, Stefan Buchberger, whose inspiration came from sharing a flat, of course.

Water, Water, Bottled Water... Even For Your Pets!

Maybe you agree that providing your pet with his own limo and driver is going a bit too far, but I'm just not sure about bottled water for pets. See what you think, as we take a look at what five pet water brands in the perpetually fertile pet market have come up with for our pets.

Electronic Virtual Candy Box Opener from Bandai

Let 'er rip! That's what Bandai's "Peri Peri" electronic candy box ripper let's you do, virtually, without actually opening any cardboard boxes of sweet, delicious candy. This is one toy idea Pavlov (and his dog) would approve of!

Powerslides Galore on the New Leanster

When it comes to agility on the road, sport bikes are pretty hard to beat. That won't stop people from trying though, and Brudeli Tech thinks they may be close to reaching that goal. Their new bike based design, called the Leanster, adds a new level of excitement on and off the road.

Russian Scientists Design Mechanical Nurse: Is the Doctor In?

Whoever would have thought a visit to the doctor’s office might end up being a journey into the world of sci-fi? Read all about this new medical appliance from Moscow State University that will be capable of taking blood samples and delivering the results without the assistance (or salary) of a nurse.

Study Compares Difference in Weight at Chinese Buffets

Have you ever looked at your patterns of eating when sitting down to a nice hearty buffet of food? A study shows that there is a big difference in the behavior of people concerning Chinese buffets.

Can the Nissan GT-R Handle its Own Engine?

Once again, we return to the realm of the Nissan GT-R, but this time the news is not so good. It seems that a few owners of the coveted sports car have had some issues while stretching the legs of the Twin-Turbo V-6 and they aren't getting a favorable response from Nissan.

12 Jaw-Dropping Lighting Designs Inspired By Sealife: Aqua Creations

Many interior designers are getting their inspirations from the sea these days, but Ayala Serfaty appears to have lived and breathed it all of her life. She and her photographer-husband, Albi Serfaty, opened their design studio, Aqua Creations, in 1994 to bring Ayala's inspirations to "light" on land.

Russian Scientists Study Microwaves and Hurricanes

A universal method for estimating the potential energy of any hurricane has been developed by Russian scientists. The technique is based upon data of Earth’s satellite monitoring in the microwave range. Read on and …get out of the way!

An Aspirin a Day May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

A new study suggests that taking an aspirin a day may lower the risk of breast cancer in women.

Another Electric Vehicle from Venturi

The designers at Venturi, an automotive company based out of France, are accustomed to designing electric vehicles. The Fetish, their first electric sports car, debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. This year, they have another sport-based all electric vehicle to unleash on the world.

Maid Cafe Code of Conduct Chastises Creepy Clients

Maid Cafe's rule... or in this case, Maid Cafe Rules. Since these chic centers of Japanese otaku (geek) culture began popping up around Tokyo's nerd nirvana of Akihabara, some customers have taken the "maid" concept a little too seriously. These ten commandments spell out just what Thou Shalt Not do!

16 Designer Art Glass Knobs That Will Blow Your Mind!

If you love hand blown art glass, you will love what the Out Of The Blue Design Studio blows: knobs! Hundreds and hundreds of art glass knobs that open doors, showers, and cabinets. And, there are more designs to come!

Russians Suggest New Approach to Earthquake Prediction

Scientists from a region in Russia, which is known as one of the most volcano and earthquake-prone on the planet have suggested a new approach in their long-range prediction. Perhaps the world should take heed as they have had a lot of practice in this area. Read on, but hang onto your chairs and things.

Liquid Sculptures Frozen in Time

Combining art and science, artist Martin Waugh captures nature’s beauty through his photographs by creating liquid sculptures.

Spy Toys For Kids

Let's face it: spies are cool. And what kid (or adult, for that matter) hasn't fantasized about fast cars, exotic locations, and nifty gadgets that are the trademarks of the spy-trade?

New Jewelry From WalMart Makes Environmental and Social Statement

A new line of jewelry called Love, Earth is traceable to its originating mine. The jewelry is sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club and their online stores.

Sleeping with the Fishes at the Hydropolis

No I'm not talking about a boring trip to the Aquarium or an episode of the Sopranos. No what I am referring to ... is literally "sleeping with the fishes".

Sharp’s Solar Powered Television A Little Too Excessive?

Sharp has recently introduced their second concept solar powered television at CEATEC this year. The first one, a 26-inch solar powered television, was introduced back in July and designed for people living in areas without utility-supplied electricity. Their latest version, much too big for my needs, is a 52-inch LCD solar powered television.

Lamborghini Introduces their 4-Door Sports Car

Lamborghini may soon be joining Koenigsegg in the "Super Sports Sedan" arena. Using the Paris Auto Show as a stage to introduce their new 4-Door rocket, Lamborghini is already talking about production feasibility.

Designer Fly Swatter, A DIY Halloween Mask In Waiting!

Phillip Starke, prolific French designer of everything he imagines, from ktitchen gadgets to tall buildings, has created a darling fly swatter, masquerading as a mask!

Ford to Produce 3 Custom Kas

The Ford Ka has made a large impression on both the European and Latin American market since its introduction in 1996. To keep people interested and sales up, Ford introduced 3 new styles of the Ka, each with its own personality.

Russian Billionaire To Build Super Yacht Like No Other

Having money to burn must be an interesting sensation. For most of us, it is at best an illusion, but this is not the case for Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich whose new yacht is complete with anti-missile radar systems. Read on and…close your mouth.

2008 Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Work on "Jellyfish's Green Light"

The 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded today to three biochemists for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP, originating in the Aequorea victoria jellyfish. The three scientists - Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien - contributed greatly to the study of cell biology, by identifying and marking proteins that contribute to illness and disease.

Halloween in Japan - Eight Crazy Frights

Halloween has only recently been embraced by people in Japan but celebrate it they do, wholeheartedly. What's more, fun-loving Japanese have taken the pumpkin and are running with it. Here are eight eerie examples.

Talking Down to Elderly May Shorten Their Lives

A study done by Yale University states that treating old people like children may cut up to 8 years off their lives.

Reading Books May Help Teens Lose Weight

Researchers at Duke University have found that reading the right type of books may help overweight adolescents lose weight.

IT Pros: Get Out Of The U.S., Find A Future In Asia

A new study from international hiring experts shows the future of IT business is overseas.

Private Cloud: Is It A Functional Design For A Bed?

If I don't like a design, I usually don't write about it. But in the case of the Private Cloud bed, I think there are some functional elements that may have been overlooked. The Private Cloud, or something liike it, could be improved to be really ergonomic and help you sleep too.

2008 Nobel Prize In Physics: 3 Early Contributors To Big Bang Theory

Today, in Stockholm, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three Japanese physicists - Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa. In different studies, 14 years apart, these men contributed to the understanding of broken symmetries at the sub-atomic, or quark, level of matter and antimatter. The work of these men has led to an understanding of why everything in nature does not react symmetrically.

Mitsubishi Colt Borrows Big Brother's Nose

As expected, the next model of Mitsubishi's Colt was out and about at the Paris Motor Show and the new styling definitely gives it a sportier look. And with three different engines available, the Colt promises to be the perfect entry vehicle.

Study Finds Using Fans Reduces Risk of SIDS

A new study has found that using a fan on a sleeping baby lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 72 percent.

Microchip Storage of Individual Genetic Codes: Russian Reality by 2020?

Within the dynamic world of nanotechnology, Russian experts predict that by 2020 any individual will be able to afford a microchip, which will store his or her genetic code since birth. Read on for details.

Button Art Gives New Use To Lost Buttons

Many times throughout my life I've lost a button. Or two. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about these lost buttons. However, maybe all those lost buttons have found a new home with this artist!

Pooped Out From Traditional Diapers? Rediscover a Classic.

Diaper changes don’t have to be hard on dad or the environment, thanks to an innovative alternative to the typical cloth diaper.

Idling Alternatives Cools Truckers, Save Gas and Help The Planet

Not idling is one of the many good ways to save gas and be more environmentally friendly, but there are few to keep cool on hot days when, for some important reason, you just have to sit in your vehicle and wait. What is the average Jane and Joe to do to not idle and yet stay cool when there is need to stay cool in a vehicle and opening the windows just isn't enough? How about truckers?

Genetically Modified Flowers to Smell 10 Times Stronger

Scientists from Israel have discovered how to genetically enhance the scent of flowers by a factor of 10. The method could also lead to "extra-tasty" fruits and vegetables, since smell is a key factor in determining taste.


Wald International Modifies the GT-R

It comes as no surprise that as soon as the Nissan GT-R hit the streets, people wanted to customize it. The only real issue was the very limited number of things you could do without voiding the warranty or illuminating a check engine light. Since a body kit won't void the warranty, that's where many people are looking, which is why Wald International has released their version of the GT-R.

Don't Let Your Martini Suffocate!

As a red wine drinker, I know that to fully experience its bouquet and taste, red wine should be poured into a wine decanter and left to sit for between one hour and two days, depending on its age, before it is tasted. I did not know that aerating was important for white wines, champagne, and even martinis!

A Coffee with Nutritional Benefits: Novel Business Idea?

It’s undeniable that coffee is the most popular drink in North America, if not the planet. It's disheartening to know that everyone's favorite drink just isn't doing us any favors. So what if I told you that there's a new competitor on the market; coffee with a healthy twist?


Another Hands-free Umbrella? This One Is Truly Different

UFO Cap manufacturers say, "On a rainy day, it will be the wings for your arms!" I tend to agree, it's an interesting concept which might turn out to be useful in situations where you must have the use of both hands.

Teach Baby About Recycling Early With a Micro Pod Diaper Bag

Environmentally-conscious parents now have a new alternative when it comes to toting around baby gear…introducing the recycled bottle diaper bag by Fleurville.

Eye Say, False Eyelashes or Feather Dusters?

Eye, matey! In the olden days, "40 lashes!" was a punishment. Now it's a fashion, but don't blink or you'll miss it. Or more likely, hurt yourself.

What's Drawer-ing Me To 'Affordable Housing'?

Drawer space. One never has enough of it. The designer of Affordable Housing has created a large chest of drawers, for sure. But look further to discover its magnificence!

Russian Scientists Expand Horizons of Thermo-Diagnostics

Natural thermal sensors are a byproduct of millions of years of evolution. If you don’t believe this, just ask any law-abiding mosquito how he or she always knows just where to bite into a “fresh warm lunch” or put another way, into objects which are warmer than their environment. Read on, even if your appetite is suddenly waning.

2008 Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To HIV And HPV Discoverers

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden announced today that the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine would be shared by the discoverers of HPV (human papilloma virus) that causes cervical cancer, and the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), both sexually transmitted viruses.

Is the Reign of the Viper Over?

The Dodge Viper is one of the few remaining American Supercars and sadly, it too many soon be removed from the Chrysler production line. But the Viper isn't done fighting yet. Rather than just discontinuing the Viper, the rights may be sold to a third party where the legacy can continue.

Vanishd: Surf the Web in Private, Fool Prying Eyes

Those who surf the Internet at work can now breathe a little easier with a free web-based service that helps hide extracurricular browsing.

South Africa joins the Electric Vehicle Race

The Paris Motor Show is in full swing, and as expected, the new concepts and hybrids are among the top reveals. One of the more interesting vehicles present at the show is the Joule MPV, which is the first electric vehicle to come from South Africa.

Travel By Dog: Carting & Scootering Are Hot!

If your dogs just can't get enough exercise and you don't live in a very cold, wet climate where you can sled, there are snowless equivalents of dog sledding. You can go carting or scootering and leave the driving to them! Mush! Mush!

Mighty Wallet™ - Put Your Money Where Your Art Is

Tough economic times are hitting consumers where it hurts - in their wallets. MOMAstore Japan and artist Terrence Kelleman have the cure for your fiscal pain: the Art Lover Wallet.

UMass Computer Scientist On The Case Of Hackable Pacemakers

Hackable pacemakers? Not quite yet. But the next generation of implanted defibrillators (pacemakers) will be wireless-programmable and communicate data over the Internet. What does that mean? Susceptibility to hacking... which, as you might imagine, can open confidential medical information to the public and even cause physical harm to the pacemaker patient.

Nissan's Pixo Will Hit the Road in 2010

As City Cars are becoming more popular and widely accepted, automakers are beginning to open up the market for them and add their own version to the mix. Nissan unveiled their addition to the city car genre at the Paris Motor Show and is promising a release date of Spring 2009.

Lame Duck George For Cats And Dogs!

You know that George W. Bush is in his last year of his second term as President of the United States, but does your cat know it? What about your dog? Does he realize that George is a Lame Duck president? Hmm. Yummy. Lame duck.... Is that anything like Peking Duck?

What's In The Cauldren? Death By Chocolate

Mori ex Cacao, or Death By Chocolate, is very close to the most sensory experience you can give to a chocolate lover, on Halloween or any other occasion, so be ready to create an environment for it.

New Russian Water Purification Technology: Best in the World?

Researchers from Pyatigorsk, a famous Russian mineral water resort, have developed a new technology for water purification, which they claim to be the best in the world. Read all about this exciting and innovative technological advance that does not require any energy sources to maintain itself.

Armchair Traveling Goes Virtual

Travel around the globe ... without having to leave home. Visit exotic places and make friends along the way in this travel-themed virtual world.

High Tide Heels

The design of the shoes got me thinking, with global warming and rising water levels, high heel flippers might one day become an essential part of our lives.

A Practical, Adorable, And Ghostly Salt Squad From d-VISION

When something grabs you, well it just does, and you can't forget it. This happened to me when I spotted the Salt Squad on the d-VISION website. The attitude, the freshness, the impish, ghostly appearance of the Salt Squad shakers just drove me nuts... so now you can go nuts too!

Unknown Beast Washes up on Russian Shores: What is it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that axiom is no more applicable than at this moment. For the strange and unknown creature that washed up on a Russian beach almost 5,000 miles east of Moscow, there are few words to describe its mysterious and unsettling appearance. Read on and try not to look.

Study Finds Overeating May Mess With the Brain

Researchers have discovered that overeating may make the brain go haywire, often leading to other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and many other issues.

Ford Code-Names Their New Ethanol Boost System

Even though Ford's current EcoBoost system has gotten a lot of positive feedback, they have already started working on the next iteration of the system. The project has been code-named Bobcat and it is moving through the stages of design very quickly.

Is This Bacon Art For Consumption Or Introspection?

Perhaps Simone Racheli doesn't even know that bacon scarves are a craze and that the bacon scarf designers wish that their creations looked as realistic as Racheli's sculptures. What he has created, though, are sculptures of inanimate objects, that have animal (and human) insides, like fat, meat, guts, bones... And, like animals prepared for consumption, their skins have been removed.

Loofah Gone Wild! 8 PIE Studio Natural Fiber Seating Designs

Looking like huge modeled loofah scrubs, some of the seating designs by Project Import Export (PIE) Studio may look, at first, like misfits for home interiors But the furniture lines are sensual, the shapes are contoured, and with a few cushions they look really smart and very comfortable.

Russian and Japanese Barcodes: A New Venue For Artistic Expression

Most would agree that these ubiquitous, plain parallel lines are merely emblems of our consumer oriented cultures. Whoever would have thought they would have become roses among the thorns of commercialism and tower as artistic creations especially in Japan and Russia? Read on, if you don’t believe and read on if you do.

Take a Puff of This Smoke Art

Irene Müller is an artist that creates beautiful photographs using smoke.

Lingerie Flies High

Why would anyone want to wear feathers, fake or otherwise, under their clothes?

Granted they are pretty, but I think somewhat impractical.

Recycled Box Cowboy Hats Just in Time For a Drunken Halloween

Want to be a cowboy this Halloween? I don't blame you. Cowboys can be awfully sexy. Lucky for you, here is a way to show some love and loyalty to your favorite beer company and be an eco-friendly cowboy at the same time.

The Cat's Out Of The Bag Now At The Refined Feline

The cat's out of the bag at The Refined Feline. The news is that the modern furniture designer for cats, a pioneer in smart and stunning-looking cat furniture, is coming out with two, no actually three, new cat climbers.

Wall Street Journal Announces Innovation Awards For 2008

The Wall Street Journal announced the recipients of its 2008 Technology Innovation Awards. The top award went to Vidacare, a U.S. firm, that created the EZ-IO device, a high-speed drill that delivers medications and other fluids directly into bones.

12+ Padded Walls And Other Exquisitely Tufted Designs

In all the old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, decor was so voluptuous, so plump, so satiny... The more geometric the lines, the more rich and expensive-looking was the decor. That's the way it is with tufting - what the French call capitonnage or capitonné.