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November, 2008

Yubz Retro Styled Phone Handsets Get a Grip on Hi-Tech

Cellphones are getting smaller and smaller but our hands are still the same size. What to do? Get a Yubz: a blast from the past retro-styled handset that may look clunky but gives you a grip on anything hi-tech throws your way.

Department of Defense Calls for Your Robotic Skills

Sadly, they aren't going to let you pilot the Predator, but what they are asking for is a robotic design that is capable of finding/tracking a "non-cooperative human subject." It must also be able to communicate with other robots of similar design, essentially allowing them to hunt in a pack.

Study Finds Link Between Mental Illness and Abortion

A new study shows that women who have an abortion have a 30 percent increased risk for developing a mental health problem.

Hot News! Charcoal Briquettes from Old Newspapers

Could old newspapers become a valuable source of home heating energy? A 75-year-old Japanese bicycle shop owner named Shigeru Ota thinks so. Ota has built a simple device that compresses the daily news into burnable briquettes.

Russia vs. Georgia: Computer Game Brings Blood Right To Your Door

This Russian strategy game is expected to go on sale next month just in time to become the perfect gift for all the war mongers on your gift list, The game encompasses many of the possible war tactics and repercussions that could occur between Georgia and Russia. Read on, but check your guns at the door.

Nuclear Physics Could Lead to More Efficient Engine Designs

The oil in your engine. We all know what it does, but how efficiently does it work? Until just recently that question was unanswered, but thanks to some research conducted by Nissan, we have a much better understanding of the mechanics behind it. The result could be more efficient engines in the near future.

Song at the Tip of Your Tongue? Sing or Hum on Midomi.com to Find It!

How many times have you had a tune in your head and just can't remember who sings it, or how the rest of the words go? You've been there, I've been there, and it's enough to drive us insane, and finally Midomi.com; a fun and unique music search business offers a solution by allowing users to sing or hum songs to find audio or video downloads.


The Childs Car Seat Every Gear-Head Should Own

The holiday shopping rush has begun and you aren't sure what to get for that gear-head in your life. Well, if that gear-head is a parent, a student designer may have provided the perfect gift to put under the tree.

Beware Governments Bearing Gifts: Trojan Horse Still Lives

What do vodka, samovars and matryoska all have in common? Don’t they all sound like innocuous and very proper Russian souvenirs? Well, beware, as many Russian souvenirs in the past have led double lives as cunning spy gadgets. Read on, but check over your shoulder.

Life Expectancy Timepiece: Great Idea?

Patent # 5,031,161 refers to a Lifetime Expectancy Timepiece, which is designed to inform those among us who simply must know everything exactly how much time we have left to live on this planet. If this sounds god-like and presumptuous, that’s because it is, and so much…more. Read on and wish with all your heart that you were somewhere else.

Michelin Designs New Wheels for NASA's Lunar Rover

Michelin has been working with NASA for over 20 years to provide the highest quality wheels and tires for the various missions that have been carried out. Recently, Michelin has developed a new kind of wheel that may give them another 20 years of working side by side.

Arcade Game Piggy Bank Saves Money, Plays Retro Games

This new arcade game piggy bank from Japan features Tetris or Atari Breakout. Playing these retro games at the local arcade used to cost us rolls of quarters, but no longer - now playing can actually SAVE you money!

One of a Kind Holiday Gifts: Locate Rare Books with Faber Finds

Faber Finds is an independent publishing house that aims to "restore to print for future generations a wealth of lost classics". By ordering from them, you will ensure that the literary fanatic in your family doesn't get duplicate gifts under the tree this holiday season.

New Tire Technology May Provide More Safety For Our Troops

In everyday driving scenarios, your tires are among the 3 or 4 most important safety features your vehicle has. Looking at them as a safety feature may seem a little bit of a stretch, but when it comes right down to it they are the only contact between yourself and the pavement. If you move out of the everyday and go to a combat zone, tires could mean the difference between life and death. For this reason, a new kind of tire has been developed for the US Military that could help bring more of our men and women home.

Study Finds Tongue May Hold Clue to Obesity

Neuroscientists at Penn State have done a study that links taste to body weight, claiming that fat on a body could hook the brain on junk food.

Any Candy is Dandy with the Home Candyfloss Machine

Don't forget to floss! Your kids sure won't, once you turn on the "Ame de Wataame" home cotton candy and candyfloss machine from Japan.

Forehead Support Apparatus: Great Idea?

It is not known if the inventor of Patent #6,681,419 was a drinker or no, but that would offer one explanation for this bizarre Forehead Support Apparatus, designed for resting a standing user’s forehead against a wall above a bathroom commode or beneath a showerhead. Read on and…be amazed.

Save on Holiday Shopping with CouponCowgirl.com and ShoppingNotes.com

With the declining economy, consumers are becoming more conscious about saving when shopping for their holiday gifts. CouponCowgirl.com and ShoppingNotes.com are two websites that make price comparison and coupon savings easy when buying presents online.


Mercedes-Benz Designs New In Car Entertainment System

It seems like more and more auto makers are starting to include complex entertainment systems in their new vehicles and they just keep getting more complicated. Mercedes Benz is hoping to put a halt to the confusion with their new system called myCOMMAND.

Jetta TDI Named Green Car of the Year!

For the past 3 years, Green Car Journal has been looking over the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles for the next model year and selecting one as the Green Car of the Year. As in previous years, the announcement was given at the Las Angeles Auto Show and this year's winner came as a surprise to quite a few people.

Honda Introduces Thier Own Green Driving Tool

As has become apparent over the past few months, automotive manufactures have made it their mission to help people learn to drive more efficiently. One of the first examples was the ECODrive system from Fiat that allowed you to upload driving data to your computer and review it to find ways of improving you driving. More recently, Honda has provided a somewhat similar system that provides real time feedback as you drive.

19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts: Toys For Cats, Dogs, Horses, Birds, Ferrets and Fish!


Pets are like kids: they love new stuff and they get bored easily. So, in looking for perfect pet gifts this year, I focused on pet toys that have the potential of holding your pet's attention for more than a few minutes on more than one occasion. High on my list are those toys that don't require the owner to participate in the play, which is what I mean by interactive. read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From the InventorSpot.com Team, we wish all of you and those you care about a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks so much for visiting our site and for being a part of it.

New Molecule Discovered That May Suppress Hunger

As the holidays quickly approach, many weight-loss resolutions are made in order to start the new year fresh. However, new discoveries may help with the battle of the bulge.

International Space Station: A Ten-Year Anniversary

Exactly a decade ago on November 20, 1998, a Russian Proton rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, initiating the world’s most ambitious space project, which is due for completion in 2011. Read all about its amazing history.

Anti-Eating Face Mask: Great Idea?

US Patent #4344424, also known as the Anti-Eating Face Mask, surely represents a new low in the world of dieting and food-deprivation, not to mention a direct and simplistic but rather silly way to go about the house on a daily basis.

What Will You Look Like When You Are Older? Thats My Face.com Free Facial Analysis

ThatsMyFace.com satisfies the curiosity of individuals by analyzing their faces and showing them what they would look like if they had been born as a different person or in twenty years when they are older.

Wig Out at the 3D House of Virtual Hairpieces

Let's HairTry! Aderans' new virtual toupee shop allows balding men to try on a variety of trendy hair styles and, curiously, eyeglasses from the comfort of their computer chairs. It's the eerie 3D imagery that really makes you wig out, however.

The Coolest Folding Chair Ever! The Stitch Chair

It's just so darn cool, I have to show it to you. The brand new folding chair by Australian designer Adam Goodrum is being produced by Cappellini! Colorful and compact, the chair gives new life and new practicality to the folding chair.


Sterling Engine Works Wonders in Th!nk City Car

Sterling engines have been around for almost 200 years, although their use has been somewhat limited. They are usually reserved for high power applications that don't require much speed, but after some reengineering, Dean Kamen managed to install a sterling engine into a Th!nk City Car.

Vator.tv: Entrepreneurs Network and Pitch Business Ideas Online

For an entrepreneur starting a small business, their life quickly becomes consumed by marketing their new idea to get it off the ground. Vator.tv.com tries to ease the startup process; it provides resources, allows them to post their 3-minute video pitches online and creates networking opportunities.

 


Caring For Sick Spouse May Lengthen Your Life

A new study has found that older people who spend at least 14 hours a week caring for an ill spouse tend to live longer than others.

Russian Bellona Project: Technology to Capture and Store Carbon Dioxide

Russian scientists have developed a new technology that will capture and store carbon dioxide as a solution for climate change. Researchers claim their method is the only effective way to reduce carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere, thus stabilizing Earth’s volatile climatic changes. Read on for details, but bring along both mittens and sunscreen, just in case.

Odors to Treat Male Impotence: Great Idea?

US Patent # 5,885,614 dates back to March of 2000 and hails from Chicago, the city of wind (hot and otherwise), and sometimes, silly invention ideas. Presented as an alternative to Viagra, the only stimulation required for this invention to work is your nose. I know, don’t ask, but read on and sort of be informed.

Eco-friendly Pasta Pot's Hourglass Figure Makes Less Waste, More Taste!

This eco-friendly pasta pot has an hourglass figure that cooks long pasta in less time, uses less water, and allows less CO2 to escape into the environment. Less waste, more taste!

Scythe based Mustang Bows at SEMA

Not too long ago, we brought you the story of a specialty vehicle, dubbed the "Project B" Mustang. A completely redesigned body and drivetrain were the main changes, with dozens of others surely hiding underneath the new exterior. As expected this one-of Mustang showed up at SEMA and got quite a bit of attention.

Going Home Is For Losers! 10 Better Places to Go For Thanksgiving

Want to go someplace really great for Thanksgiving?

As turkey time draws near, most of us are preparing for a gut-busting food fest with our families. But, not everyone adheres to the normal Thanksgiving day festivities; no, there are those who look for something a little different for Thanksgiving. So, in the spirit of diversity and adventure, here are 10 great Thanksgiving travel destinations for those looking to not go home for Thanksgiving.

Hov Pod Offers Hovercraft Fun to Everyone

When summer rolls around and it's time for some "fun in the sun," many people will flock to the nearest lake or ocean and go on a little boating excursion. While this is perfect for some people, others would like something a little more fast paced and exciting. For those people, Reaction International Ltd. has provided the perfect solution in the form of a personal hovercraft.

London's Double Deck Buses Go Green

Among other things, London is very well known for its double-decker busses. The have been in operation for many years and thanks to improving technology, it looks like they will be around for many more. This confidence comes as a result of the delivery of the first hybrid version of the iconic bus, with more to follow.

New Device Gets Rid of Pain and Speeds Healing Process

PainShield™ MD is a pocket-sized device that is used to stop pain and speed the healing process.

6 Gadget Gifts Grandparents Will Love

Grammy and Gramps love gadgets as much as you do, but maybe Xbox 360 is not exactly their thing. Knowing a few grandparents myself, I asked some what kind of gadgets they would like as presents from their kids and grandkids. Most of them said, "I'd like them to visit me more often...."

Incredible Russian Design Innovation: Asadov Floating Aerohotel

Russian architect, Alexander Asadov, is an anomaly in many ways. Well-known in his homeland for his controversial designs, which defy traditional structure and form, he ventures literally into unknown waters with his new and daring concept, the Aerohotel.

CareBuzz.com: A Modern Business Approach to Senior Services

CareBuzz.com and Workingcaregiver.com demonstrate a growing business trend in the senior services industry. They prove that just because their target market is of the elder generation, doesn't mean they can't have a modern approach to senior care business.

Simulating a High Five Machine: Great Idea?

Surely inventing an apparatus that simulates the well-known “high five” deserves a place somewhere in the silly inventors Hall of Fame. When one thinks about spurts of inspiration, it’s hard to believe the result was this. In any case, read on and…sort of understand.

Free Paper Craft HAL 9000 Struts His Stuff on Your Desktop

HAL 9000 - The malevolent, spaceship-controlling supercomputer from 2001: A Space Odyssey who blew a circuit and blew our minds is now available in free paper craft form to oversee all of YOUR missions.

Terracycle: Education and Environment Written All Over its Garbage

When I think about good companies that have education, people and the environment in mind, one of the companies I think about first is Terracycle.

400HP 80MPG V8 Mustang Is Official

Doug Pelmear and his 1987 Ford Mustang created quite a bit of buzz throughout both the media and the internet when he made claims of over 100mpg while producing 400 horsepower. Needless to say there were more than a handful of "B.S." flags raised within minutes. To prove the skeptics wrong, Mr. Pelmear decided to take his Mustang on a little road trip, that ended at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

Ford Releases More Information about SmartGauge System

Ford's new Fusion Hybrid has been very well put together and features some of the newest technology available on the market. One such piece of equipment is the new SmartGauge Instrument Panel that can be customized to the wants / needs of the driver.

Big Rig Jig Art Keeps on Truckin'

What would you do if you saw two 18-wheeler trucks smashed together? While most people would notify the police of a potential accident, this installation is far from that.

Study Finds Hairspray May Cause Genital Birth Defect

A new study has shown that women exposed to hairspray while pregnant may double their risk of having a son born with the genital birth defect hypospadias.

Light Could Bring Music to Deaf People

Scientists have accidentally discovered that infrared light can stimulate neurons in the inner ear like sound waves do.

Skeletons In The Headlights: For Biker Safety?

It's dangerous out there for bicyclists, also known as bikers in communities where Hell's Angels have not arrived. Suck UK has just contributed its safety product for them in the form of reflective skeletons, one nearly the size of a human head!

Hamster Transport and Party Machine: Great Idea?

Patent No. 5,901,666 seeps of animal love and devotion, but is also more than a little bit silly. Read all about this novel pet cage and discover how you and your pet can be embarrassed simultaneously, whichever nightspots you may choose to hit.

Dating Of The Future Is Now: Shyno T-Shirts

A new wave is sweeping through the world of dating, making blind dates passé, rendering speed dating boring, and making lonely hearts ads practically non-existent.


Romantic Gift Idea: Custom Musical Compositions

Requiem for You is a unique business concept that will give your loved one a holiday gift they will never forget. To immortalize or celebrate that special person in your life, you can have a customized musical composition developed with their inspiration.

Gadget In The Works: The Link Child Locator

The Link Child Locator is a conceptual design for a much needed gadget that enables you to find lost children or other members of your group when separated in a large or crowded space.

Love Pets Lingerie Satisfies the Taste for Lace

Lingerie for pets... no, it's not what you're thinking. Introducing Best Ever's "Love Pets Lingerie", a line of intimate apparel chew toys meant to keep Fido from munching your unmentionables.

10 Fun Gifts For Dog And Cat Lovers

Nearly every adoring cat or dog parent likes getting gifts that acknowledge their love for their furry "child." Just think about how many dog t-shirts you've seen on people, and how many cat lovers hang the thoughts of "philosophical cats" on the walls of their homes. Here are 10 gifts that show you remember a dog or cat lover!

Beer Shampoo Turns a Shower Into a Celebration

Old and busted: singing in the shower. New hotness: celebrating in the shower with a bottle of foaming beer shampoo! And you can do just that come December 1st when Bandai's beer shampoo pours onto Japanese store shelves.

Gaming Vest has the Potential to Pound Your Innards into Jelly!

Want to ramp up the realistic aspects of a first-person shooter in order to feel all of the punches, bullet hits, and possible collateral damage due to an explosion? Well... here's your answer.

Wear Those Braces or Else: Dictatorship Within Democracy

Patent #4,764,111 is a device for reminding kids to wear their braces, which involves implanting an alarm in their mouths with a timer. Perhaps well intentioned, this absurd patent is a subtle reminder of how individual rights can be taken away a little bit at a time, especially for kids. Read on, no matter how you may feel about a free society.

Russian Joint Research Program on Stem Cells: Expected Next Year

Russian and Belarussian scientists have united in the name of stem cell research in a joint project slated to last for three years. The necessary documents will be ready early in 2009. Read all about this major scientific breakthrough.

Electric Vehicles Could Help Lower Your Power Bill

By now we all understand that Hybrid vehicles are very capable of reducing the amount of fuel a person uses day to day and serve equally as well as keeping the amount of harmful emissions at a minimum. What most people don't know is that Hybrids can also be used to help larger cities keep the amount of power stable during certain times.

Dodge To Make Final Production Decision for Electric Line-Up

While most of the attention has been hovering around the Chevy Volt, Dodge has also been working on a sports based all electric vehicle in the background. Their development has been running just about parallel to the Volt and many people are expecting a release date very close to that of the Chevy. Not too long ago, Dodge decided to take the wraps off its sporty EV to offer the Volt some friendly competition.

Businesses of Convenience: 2008's Most Weird and Wacky Vending Machines

Vending machines offer the consumers the convenience of finding products and services at hand wherever they go. Many companies are profiting on this growing business trend, and are branching out beyond the typical candy and soda vending to provide some very unique and wacky services. Learn about the top 5 vending machines that exist in 2008!


RC Tarantula Sure To Scare Girlfriends Across the Nation

Gah!!!!!! RC Tarantula!!!!! Even if you don't have a fear of spiders, this thing is sure to give you the willies.

Creative Lashes Add To Fashion Drama

Thinking of fashion and trends, I got thinking that ultimately it is the ‘whole' look that makes an impact...

And accessories go a long way in adding a dash of style to any outfit.

VW Designs A Blend of Performance and Economy

Trying to choose between performance and economy is often times a very hard decision and usually there has to be a compromise between the two. Volkswagen, however, has given us a solution to this dilemma in the form of a performance sedan that has 3 driving modes depending on your preferences.

YachtPlus Designs New Super Yacht

Designing a vehicle, whether it is for land, air or sea, comes with many challenges. Thankfully, many wonderful ideas are born from these challenges and can be applied to other fields. A perfect example of this is the new 40 "Signature Series" Super Yacht.

5+ Cool, But Fishy, Aquariums

I don't really know what pet fish think of the new aquariums. You fish people will have to let us know how they react to their homes being in the belly of a robot or hanging from a lamp hook. Maybe I'm a purist, but I would never put my birds in those situations... So, for those of us who remain ignorant about fish preferences, here are five (really 6) neat-looking aquariums.

Get Out Of The Way Of This Baby:The 800,000 Volt Lightning Rod Stun Pen

The Lightning Rod Stun Pen, shooting 800,000 volts of electricity at its target, is Streetwise's highest packing power in a pen. It's so powerful, it can seriously disable your target, enabling at least, a very good chance for you to get away. It's so small, it can fit in your pocket or even a small purse.

Building Blocks Made From Bottle Caps: Recycling Gone Astray

If beauty fades but stupid is forever, what can anyone say about US patent # 4202456? Toy building blocks made from bottle caps might seem thrifty and practical, but how could they be so when it cost thousands of dollars to patent such an idea? A bit contradictory, no? Read on for some details and a bit more ambivalence.

Russian Hi-Tech Toilet Turns Urine Into Drinking Water: Is Wine Next?

The specialists at NASA have spent 19 million dollars on what surely must qualify as the most expensive toilet in the world. What makes this flusher so extraordinary? It turns urine into drinking water. For that price it would seem a little more alchemy should be included; you know, the kind that transforms common metals into gold, silver, platinum and uranium! Read on for the astounding details.

Men's Premium Bra Offers Hope for Japan's Overly Endowed

Show us your moobs! Well, at least show them off with the new Men's Premium Bra from Wishroom. It's no joke either, Men's Bras are the number one ranked seller at Japan's Rakuten online store.

If You Need Them, Flaunt Them! 4Occhi Fashion Eyewear

If anyone could make a work of art out of a measuring spoon, it would be industrial design master Guilio Iachetti... and he has! Iachetti creates art out of the ordinary tools we use every day. Best known for his ultra-modern table and kitchen ware, Iachetti's designs are captivating and practical. And so is his new departure into fashion eyeglass frames: 4Occhi!

Electric Skateboard Can Zoom You To The Convenience Store-- And Beyond

If your balance is better than mine, you should be able to navigate the Electro-Skate electric skateboard nicely. Me? I'd slam into the side of a building. But there's no denying it: this thing is cool.


Protect Sticking Heels with Solemates

The tiny attachments basically increase the surface area at the bottom of the heel, preventing the wearer's weight from being concentrated on a tiny area, ensuring the heel doesn't drive into the ground or get stuck easily

Babies Born in Fall Have Higher Risk of Developing Asthma

Are you concerned about having a baby with asthma? Well, you may want to hold off on when to conceive. A new study has shown that children born about four months before the height of the cold and flu season are at a higher risk of developing asthma.

Unique Christmas Advent Calendar Provides Secret Santa Service

Advent calendars are a part of many people's fondest holiday memories. Now, Charles & Marie offers an advent calendar gone secret Santa service that delivers 24 unique, designer gifts right to your door.

10 Best Gifts For Your Dumbest Friends

Okay, so maybe you don't have any dumb friends. Maybe the only dumb people you know are relatives or people at work. Either way, dumb is dumb, and sometimes you just can't believe you are giving them gifts at all. But it's a family Christmas party or one of those office parties where you pick a name and the one you got is the biggest jerk in the whole place.... You can probably find just the right gift for her or him pretty cheaply right here.

Social Network Mixi's Up Designer Ramen

Social Networking - is there anything it can't do? Mixi, Japan's largest social networking site, and cup noodle maker Acecook have combined for a tasty collaboration that is cranking out new instant ramen flavors and cool slogans to advertising them.

Paper Cut Clouds: 6 Truly Magical Cloud Lamps By Yu Jordy Fu

Paper cutting is an an ancient Chinese art, and a very intricate art form. Prolific artist, designer, and architect, Yu Jordy Fu, may have the gene for mastering this art, because her talent is hard to beat. In her new Cloud Lamps, she creates lovely, peaceful dreams from paper, and she even makes them accessible to us.

Attending Religious Services May Reduce Risk of Death

Do you regularly attend religious services? If so, you are reducing your risk of death, according to a new study.

Light Bulb Changer:Redundancy Illuminated

Who out there does not remember those old light-bulb jokes? You, know, the ones that went, ‘how many whatevers does it take to change a light bulb?’ Answers were precursors to Polish and other bad ethnic jokes, but the patent for the light bulb changer, (#6826983 to be exact) is neither. It is, however, quite ridiculous, and as such, belongs here now. Read on and realize you simply haven’t seen it all.

Ancient Mammoths: Russian Scientists Examine Why They Died

Mammoths roamed Europe, Asia and North America in the second half of the Pleistocene era and died out about 10 thousand years ago during last ice age. Until recently, many scientists blamed ancient hunters for their extinction. What really killed them and why? Read some answers to this ancient mystery, albeit you walk away with even more questions.

Dorm2Dorm’s Convenient Moving and Storage Solutions for Students

Dorm2Dorm is a smart business that solves a common problem, by providing storage, moving, cleaning and packing services for students during scheduled hiatuses from college.

Soda Pop Bra and Panties Easy On The Eyes Better for The Environment

Designer Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch's has done something very interesting and sexy with recycled aluminum this time. If you've seen the picture above you know I'm talking about lingerie. That's right, she has made lingerie out of recycled soda cans.

Invasion Of The Robot Snatchers Coming To A Nursing Home Near You

Guess what? We don't have to worry about growing old alone. We will have robots to take care of us... the kind that can become any person you authorize it to be, kind of like a medium to communicate with the living.

Reusable Heart Shaped Hand Warmer is People AND Earth Friendly

Cold Hands? Warm Heart! This reusable, environmentally friendly, heart-shaped portable heating pad from Japan puts out heat to the beat, again and again!

Keep Your Powder And Your iPod® Dry!

If there were two favorite gadgets loved by product designers this past two years, it was the USB port and the iPod. Don't get me wrong, I love my port (preferably not too sweet) and don't remember life without my iPod, but jeez, do I really need a farting plastic dog or a bookcase holder for my iPod?

Architecture Powered By Humans: Liquid Space 6.0

Wouldn't it be great if we didn't have to depend on anything but the right hardware, the most sophisticated software, and our own energy to power our homes, buildings, and cars?

Russian Unique Sapphire Technology: Gems Helpful as Well as Beautiful?

A unique technology for growing profiled sapphire crystals has been recently developed by Russian scientists. Read all about the amazing medical advances these crystals provide for medicine in general and oncology in particular.

Live Dangerously With The Hand Grenade Mouse

Some people like to have the "tough guy" image in every aspect in their life. Usually the people that do try to make everything appear tough, it's not. But in this case the hand grenade does, at first, promotes hostility when a person first sees it.

Baseball Knuckles Under as Japan League Drafts Teen Girl Pitcher

A league of their own? Not in Japan at least, where 16-year-old female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida has just been drafted by a Japanese pro baseball team. The boys of summer - plus one girl - will take the field in April 2009.

New Thermometer Has a Mother’s Loving Touch

When I was little and had a cold, my mother would always take my temperature by putting a glass stick thermometer in my mouth. I never understood these, because not only did I have to close my mouth to get a reading on it, my nose was stuffed up so I couldn’t breathe out of that either! Well, now there is a simpler solution.

It's Cute, It's Little, and It Climbed the Grand Canyon!

In an unparalleled ad campaign, Panasonic's parent company-Matsushita Electric Industrial-put its Evolta batteries to the test by powering a five-ounce robot in an effort to climb the Grand Canyon.

Find Environmental Resources Through Green Map System

When you consider visiting or moving to a place, wouldn't it be great to know where the environmentally-friendly places are? The revolutionary Green Map System allows just that with its ecomaps.

Profit from Part-Time Pets: The Dog Leasing Market

Miss having the companionship of a furry friend, but don't have the life circumstances that allow you to have one of your own? Businesses like FLEXPETS and major hotel chains like Fairmont and the Ritz-Carlton have established a unique time sharing concept.


Sports Cars Compatible With Macs And PCs

Many of us had our hopes that one day we'd be able to buy a fast, sleek sports car, one that would make every guy, chick, and child's jaw drop. We'd be sooo cool.

Top 5 Weird Plushies To Squeeze And Love

If you're tired of the old teddy bear and even stuffed hippos aren't raising your pulse any more, you may not be over plushes, you might just need a change of speed. These five furry options might be just what what you, or a picky child in your life, might be looking for.

Drive Golfers Crazy With Radio Controlled Golf Ball

Want to torment your golf buddies? This remote controlled golf ball is sure to torment putters.

Broccoli May Help Lower Smoker’s Risk of Lung Cancer

Researchers have found that eating broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may reduce a smoker’s risk of developing lung cancer.

Security Mailbox - Mailbox That Protects Your Identity

Several years ago, Juan Pineda found himself waiting for his wife's paycheck. And waiting. And waiting.

Be Careful Where You Walk! Delicate Glass Art

Bernard Katz is an artist specializing in glass blowing and sculpture. He creates gorgeous sculptures from glass that will brighten up even the dreariest of rooms.

Scientists Develop 'Slurpee'-Like Mixture Designed to Save Lives

Scientists in Chicago have created a slurry that can be injected into the veins, arteries and lungs of critically ill patients.

General Motors Opens First Russian Plant in St. Petersburg

At a cost of 300 million dollars, the president of General Motors Europe, Carl Peter Forster, has opened the very first Russian plant in St. Petersburg. It features a flexible, modern design that can accommodate a variety of different models. Read on for some exciting details, which will include the building of the Opel Antara, the Chevrolet Captiva SUVs and, as of late 2009, the all-new Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.

Nightlife for the Nine-to-Fivers

A growing business trend allows even those with strenuous careers and familial obligations to get into the nightlife scene, while still getting to bed at a reasonable hour.

Top Ten Geeky Gifts for Christmas

Do you have a special geek in your life? Someone who gets off on Google’s most current algorithm, who has memorized all the lines of the 716 episodes of Star Trek, and enjoys reading computer technical manuals on their days off? If so, then what do you gift these cerebral types when Christmas rolls around? Well, check out the Top Ten Geeky Gifts for Christmas 2008, and shop to your heart’s content! Yes, Einstein, there is a Santa Claus!

5 More Solar Lights for the 2008 Winter Holiday

Are you hooked on decorative solar lights yet? I hope so, but if not yet, below are a few more unique ones to consider for the holidays. Still don't forget about all the other ones available online. There are many solar string lights, multicolored and not and of course the ones I've written about in the past.

Site Announcement - November 17, 2008

InventorSpot.com is very excited to announce another addition to our writing team.

Dustin Brady is a reporter for a Cleveland, Ohio newspaper. His favorite part of writing for InventorSpot.com may very well be that he does not have to attend City Council meetings to get story ideas. He will be writing about inventor news and events. You can follow his blog here.

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Study Finds Television Viewers Are Unhappy

Do you run home after work everyday in order to catch your favorite shows on television? Would you rather sit at home watching the newest reality shows instead of going out? If so, a new study says that you may be unhappy.

Bite Counter Keeps Kids Chewing, Stops Mom from Nagging

"Chew your food!!"... How many times have busy kids heard that exasperated command from overly concerned mothers? Now the Kami Kami Sensor from Japan's Nitto Kagaku will keep kids biting their food - and Moms biting their tongues.

Energy Via Organic Wastes: Russia Develops Innovative Concept

Russian scientists have discovered that organic wastes can become a great energy source that is both renewable and ecologically friendly. The utilization of such a concept can do much for Russia and the rest of the world as well. Read on for some thoughts on this important issue.

Heelarious Shoes for Babies

Who says high heels are only for big girls? ‘Heelarious’ is for hip babies trying to look glam!

Dine With Blood Splatter In This Fresh Crime Scene

Ever think about dining a là crime scene? Does blood splatter work up your appetite? Well, you've come to the right place...


Group Therapy May Boost Survival Rate in Breast Cancer Patients

Joining support groups can be very beneficial and new research suggests that women with breast cancer could increase their chance of survival by joining a support group.

Ex Boyfriend Jewelry.com: Getting Rid of Bad Memories and Jewelry from Exes

Ex Boyfriend Jewelry.com, "You don't want it. He can't have it back". The name and slogan are fairly self-explanatory; Ex Boyfriend jewelry allows people to hock the gifts bought for them by their ex-flame after the relationship sizzled and burned.


New Bacteria Found in Raw Milk

Raw milk, illegal to sell in many countries, can be contaminated with harmful bacteria. This contamination could spoil the milk, which turns it thick, sticky and tasting bitter. A new species of bacteria has been found in raw milk and it can grow at low temperatures, even spoiling the raw milk when it is refrigerated.

Is All Your Weight In Your Bum? Try The Lift Assist!

When I saw the Lift Assist seat cushion, I immediately thought, not of seniors, or disabled persons, or people with arm or leg injuries; I thought about boomers I know, people in their fifties, even forties, who struggle to get off their asses, excuse the expression, because their asses weigh them down like steel anchors!

Hydrogen May Make its Way Into Formula Racing

Since Hydrogen power is becoming more widely accepted, more and more people are looking toward the future and seeing racing events, even Formula 1, using the clean burning fuel. At the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), they have already developed a Hydrogen powered race car, and they are hoping to make it into the record books.

Architecture For Communal Living: Dupli Casa By J. Mayer H.

German architect J. Mayer H. was challenged to create a villa for a family and the families of their offspring. The original house had been built on the same spot in 1988 and since, several modifications and additions were made to that house. Now, starting from scratch on the footprint left by the original house...

AMA Gives Healthy Tips to Follow on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family get-togethers and great food. However, by the end of the day some people are either comfortably sleeping or are so full that they can’t even move. In order to reduce the amount of food and alcohol people stuff themselves with, the American Medical Association (AMA) has offered some tips in order to enjoy the holiday season.

Stress Hormone Found in Children With Feuding Parents

A new study has shown that children who get upset while watching their parents fight are more likely to develop psychological problems.

Hyundai Developing More Efficient 8-Speed Transmission

The gears in your transmission serve as more than a means of getting power to the pavement. Depending on which gear you are using, they can work to multiply the amount of torque available or they can greatly reduce the workload on your engine and reduce the amount of fuel used over a certain period. Using this knowledge, Hyundai is working on a more efficient transmission with some extra gears for when you really need them.

Russian Innovation: World’s First Integrated GSM/WiMax Handset

The world’s first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset, the HTC MAX 4G is here. It is the result of a partnership between HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, and Russian carrier, Scartel (Yota brand). Designed and optimized for the Russian market, the HTC MAX 4G will be available in Russia on November 26th. Read on for details.

Look Mom, No Hands! Faceless LED Watch is All Band, No Dial

Watch this space, but don't look for a face. Hiranao Tsuboi's faceless LED wristwatch is all band and no dial, a curious concept but one that ensures you're not the only one watching your watch!

Zubka Uses Social Trends to Connect People with Jobs and Offers a Commission

Zubka is a social networking site that connects people with jobs, and allows individuals to earn money during the process. It's a business that plays upon the rapidly growing trend of networking sites and brings a sense of ease to the lucrative industry of recruiting.

MDI's AirPod to Go into Production

Over the past few years or so, air powered vehicles have been explored and dismissed, only to be explored again. A company called MDI decided they wanted to stop dismissing the idea and after a short development time they have introduced the AirPod.

Sam's Club Helping Sell Green Cars

Sam's Club has given its members a great way to save money by purchasing products in bulk and using them at your leisure. Recently, they decided it was time to extend their helpfulness to the automotive world, and I'm not talking about tires and washer fluid, they are selling a whole vehicle.

13 Pet Calendars for 2009: Crazy, Funny, Artsy, and Bizarre

I'm going to have to order 13 calendars this year, because after combing through a few hundred dog, cat, bird, ferret and other pet calendars, I'm so torn about the 13 Best Pet Calendars for 2009, I decided to put one on every other wall, instead of one in every room! This year, you'll find the Most Bizarre, Wisest, Funniest, Best Poop and several other best pet calendar picks....

Adult Diapers Come Out of the Closet in Japan

Adult diapers have not only come out of the closet, they're taking center stage! A recent Tokyo runway show shines the spotlight on what has become a $500 million per year business in Japan. Could it happen here? Depends...

Scientists Use Muons to Take Volcano X-Rays

An innovative imaging system that uses muons - a type of cosmic ray - to reveal the interior of a volcano has been developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute.

The Nightlighter Dual-Beamed Flashlight

The standard flashlight requires the constant redirection of its beam. You need to see where you are stepping and what is just ahead, but you also need to see yards away to know who or what is in your vicinity.

Truly, Madly, Sexy Sinks

Christian Kaldewei, founder of Kanera, has a distinct goal right now: to create the most sensuous environment he can to receive the life-giving resource of water into your bathroom basin. It's a poetic concept and, as water becomes a more and more precious commodity, Kaldewei's sinuous basins seem like iconic monuments to the resource we need most.

Russian Urine Exported to America: New, Improved Product?

Mr. Ripley might be interested in this growing Russian phenomenon for his Believe it or Not exhibitions, or perhaps it would be too weird even for him. Exporting Russian urine by ordering online is the ultimate solution for those who can’t pay a personal visit to the clinic. The fact that it isn’t their urine making the whole thing counter productive and a waste of money to boot doesn’t seem to enter into the equation. Read on but…don’t buy.

Establishing a Home Office for Your Successful Small Business

Setting up a home office that promotes efficiency and allows you to hear your own thoughts are crucial components in establishing a successful small business. Learn how to get started!

A Mustang Concept Reborn

Genius ideas sometimes come from the strangest places and SEMA has a way of bringing these out in force. This year, the perfect example of this is a replica of Mach III Mustang that was not put together by anyone normally associated with automotive production or customization.

6 Exercise Machines To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We are very close to the end of 2008, even though it seems like the year just started a few months ago. How did you do on your new year's resolutions? Did you reach your fitness goals? Me, either. But I do note that every year fitness equipment seems to get more and more effortless, so now, well maybe 2009 should be the year we do it!

Twitter Drawers Collection Tweaks Twitter to a T

The Twitter Drawers Collection, or TDC for short, offers twitterers from Japan and elsewhere a free way to add a unique Japanese accent to their tweeting.

Will Sakadachi Be The Next White House Dog?

....The kids may need to learn a few words in Japanese, because the puppy only obeys Japanese commands, and his instruction manual is, of course, is written in Japanese.

Will Russian Inflatable Domes Replace Missile Defense Systems?

Sometimes solutions are simple and sometimes they are not. One Russian scientist believes he has found an alternative to the billions of dollars spent on ground-based missile defense systems in the form of giant domes placed over entire cities. Does he have a point or no? Read on and maybe you will come to a decision on the matter.

High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy May Cause Overweight Offspring

Researchers at The Rockefeller University in New York state that eating a high-fat diet while pregnant may cause the child to overeat or be overweight early in life.

12 Fun And Memorable Holiday Gifts Between $4 and $40

Even in lean financial times, when some of us are iffy about our jobs, our homes, and our savings... the holidays are still pressing. What small but meaningful gift can you buy for your best friend, your brother, the baby-sitter...?

 

Buy Your Friend a Drink Online: Bridging The Gap Between The Internet And Real World

With the world on the internet constantly growing, it is no surprise that businesses like Buy Your Friend a Drink.com are attempting to bridge the gap between the World Wide Web and the real world.

You Won't Find Any Phone Numbers in This Art

Long-Bin Chen is an artist that uses old phonebooks, newspapers, magazines and other discarded material in order to create his art.

20 Trash To Treasure Gifts for the Winter Holidays

This holiday season consider buying (or making) a recycled gift for your loved ones. Remember it is good for the environment your loved ones and some times also your pocket book (depending on the artist). Below is a list of 20 innovative recycled gifts I found online. Take a look.

Like the Pontiac G8, but wish it was still a Holden?...Convert it!

The Pontiac G8 has given us another option in the performance sedan genre and many people are taking that option very seriously. Others however are very interested in the vehicle, but end up seeing only the Pontiac badge and saying "No thanks." If the G8 does strike your fancy, but the badging is something you can't get over, JHP Vehicle Enhancements may have the perfect solution.

Excess Belly Fat Doubles Risk of Death

A new European study says that if you have that “spare tire” around your middle, you have a higher risk of dying than someone who is of normal weight.

53MPG Audi A5 Available in the UK

For some reason or another, people often associate diesel engines with oversized trucks and billowing clouds of black smoke pouring from the tail end as they drive off, leaving you coughing and in desperate need of fresh, clean air....or something like that anyway. The reality is diesels are burning cleaner and in many cases offer better efficiency that some hybrids. Audi has given us a perfect example of this with the new A5 2.0 TDI.

Sarah’s Smash Shack: Consumers Relieve Frustration by Breaking Stuff

Finally, a service that allows you to relieve frustration, without the guilt that comes from damaging your own property.

Russia’s Porcelain Musical Egg: Whispers of Faberge and the Romanovs

Read all about this very special musical egg so reminiscent of the masterpieces crafted by Carl Fabergé for the royal family of Russia.. Its beauty is only magnified by the fact that it plays, upon opening, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on an 18-note key-wound musical movement.

New Technology Could Change Breast Cancer Screening

Scientists at Bristol University have developed the world’s first breast imaging system that could change the way women are scanned for breast cancer.

Ugly Fruits And Veggies: What's Taste Got To Do With It?

This story is about your average potatoes, carrots, cucumbers and 30 or so other fruits and vegetables that just happen, by slight of nature, to grow ugly instead of true to some idealized form. Bent, knarly carrots, potatoes with sprouts, discolored spots on cucumbers... are considered, for lack of a better word, ugly in the European Union and, until now, could not be sold.

Google Uses Search Engine Data to Track Flu

Google has launched a new tool called Google Flu Trends, designed to track influenza by using search terms based on what people enter into the search engine.

Scientists Develop “Intelligent Pill”

Scientists have developed a device they call the intelligent pill, or “iPill”. No, it doesn’t make you smarter. This pill is actually designed to release medication to specific areas of the body.

Box Cycle Establishes a Simple & Effective Concept: Consumer Distribution of Recycled Boxes

Box Cycle takes a simple, environmentally conscious business concept, and makes it a success by offering a buy and sell service for recycled boxes to consumers.


Mission Accomplished: Colored Bubbles are Real!

For over ten years, researchers have battled to discover the way to make colored bubbles--and they've finally succeeded.


Site Announcement - November 12, 2008

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce that another writer is joining our team.

John P. Barker spends most of his time running amuck, working on an ever-expanding novel, petting his twenty-five pound cat, and tutoring kids of all ages.  He'd really like to see his life hit some sort ofroutine, but with the advent of a new girlfriend and total family chaos, he predicts that this won't happen for a while.  To keep his sanity he plays lots of games (he feels that nothing is moresatisfying than blowing up a zombie critter), reads everything possible (currently alternating time between Atlas Shrugged and comic books), and plays with a barrage of toys.  He is guilty of having anextensive R2-D2 collection-much to the chagrin of the new girlfriend. John will be covering innovative and unusual toys and games for our site. You can check out his blog here. InventorSpot.com Team

Cognitive Abilities Strong Among Highly Educated Alzheimer's Test Subjects

A study conducted by scientists at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed a clear relationship between educational level and cognitive ability, even in test subjects with brain pathology indicative of Alzheimer's Disease.

A Compact Veggie Brush & Peeler: The Pebble Peeler™

Today's fave gadget is the creation of one of Inventor Spot's favorite inventors, supporters, and occasional columnists Roger Brown. It's called the Pebble Peeler™ and it's a new kitchen tool being produced by Evriholder Products, a manufacturer with an extensive line of kitchen products.

Scientists to Evolve Viruses to Death

Evolution, by the very meaning of the word, is generally thought to be a process that slowly unfolds over time, without outside interference.

But now scientists from Rice University are trying to force certain viruses to evolve erratically, in an attempt to kill them. The technique is called "lethal mutagenesis," and while it may sound vicious, it could be a last resort of self-defense against contagious viruses that attack humans.


Taking a Walk Could Stop Chocolate Cravings

Researchers have found that taking a brisk fifteen-minute walk could reduce cravings for chocolate.

Text Messaging May Prevent Teens From Gaining Weight

Text messaging has become a way of life for many people. While many say text messaging can kill, especially if texting while driving, a new study says that sending text messages may help fight off a child’s chance at becoming obese or overweight later in life by monitoring and modifying their own behaviors now.

11 Not-Too-Tacky Novelty Lamps Make Fun Holiday Gifts

As more sophisticated technology has made lighting design a central focus of interior design, a lamp is not just something to improve sight in the dark; lighting is its own statement, expressing style, mood... even humor! Mood and play lamps are totally welcome in modern interior design, as long as they're not too tacky. Some of them even make useful gifts...

Study Finds Obese Children Have Aged Arteries

New research has shown that obese children have arteries of a 45-year old.

Russian Innovative Missile Design: One Scary Thought

During the last twenty-five years, the aerospace industry in Russia, has developed a remarkably diverse range of weapons and has displayed enormous creativity, particularly in the sphere of missile design. Read on and…hold your breath.

Intel Corp. Releases New Home Medical Monitor

Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer chip maker, recently released the Intel Health Guide, a medical monitor for patients with chronic health problems.

My Gallons: Helping US Consumers Save on Gas Prices

My Gallons.com helps you save money on gas for your vehicle, through the sale of prepaid gas cards with locked in prices.


Tomy XIAO Digital Camera Packs Portable Printer

The instant camera is back, and it's better than ever! Forget Polaroid, Tomy's XIAO is a 5 megapixel digital camera that prints full color photos using Zink inkless paper.

McDonalds Japan Goes No-Brand with Quarter Pounder Shops

McDonalds Japan is testing the waters of no-brand marketing with newly opened Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo.

5 Neat Eco-gifts Ideas for the Holidays 2008

It's that time again to buy gifts for those we love for the Holidays. If you're not into the whole donating to charity idea and you would rather buy a gift, below are some green gift ideas to consider.

Study Finds Obese Women More Impulsive

A new study conducted by researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Psychology has found that obese women tend to have weaker impulse control than normal-weight women.

C-Reactive Protein, Statins, And Your Heart: New Findings

A new study released by McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) indicates that statin drugs are effective at lowering the high levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) found in patients with cardiovascular disease due to inflammation.

Curious Pets Need The Pet Peek

Ever work in an office without windows, hearing things going on outside, but not able to see exactly what's happening? Even though dogs and cats depend on their incredible senses of hearing and smell to receive information about their environments, they are about as anxious to see what's going on around them as we are.

Russian Company Offers Innovative Beer Product

There have been some recent changes in beer products related to the international market, notably Russia’s PEGAS Novo Tap. Read all about this innovative product that offers to beer-lovers everywhere less foam but more taste.

Business Ideas for the Afterlife: Guaranteed Travel to Heaven or Hell

Reserve a Spot in Heaven provides travel packages to guarantee your place in your preferred afterlife destination. This small business, which is the only Heaven or Hell reservation site on the internet, proves that there is an open market for every weird and wacky entrepreneurial concept.


World's Smallest Golfball Retriever: The (Little) Dipper

Golf can be an expensive sport. Why, just a dozen good quality golf balls can cost $30 to $50 a set. So, when a ball gets hit into a water trap, the golfer is disappointed. not only about the bad drive he just hit, but about the four buck golf ball he just lost.

Scientists Create Beer That Could Extend Life

Beer drinkers might actually have something to celebrate about. Scientists at Rice University have created a beer that could extend your life.

The Internet For Plants

Did you ever ask yourself, what is my plant thinking? Or are you sometimes just too busy playing on teh interwebz to bother to look at your plant's soil to see if it needs more water? Either way, the Botanicals DIY Plant Twitter Kit will have your plant yelling at you in no time.

A Design Invention That Stands Gardening On Its Head: BOSKKE™ Sky Planter

Is that a real plant? I've heard of hanging plants before, but never saw suspended in the air upside down. It must be an optical illusion of some kind...

Sippin Seat Means Never Getting Off Your Butt

Bringing alcoholic beverages into sporting events is near impossible. This is the answer.

Shinsoku Sports Shoes Sell Well With the Right Stuff

A new type of running shoe is breaking sales records in Japan while helping young athletes keep on track - literally. Shinsoku sports shoes are designed with asymmetric soles that give young runners extra traction on oval courses.

11 Brilliant Inventions From Popular Science's Best of What's New 2008

Popular Science has announced its Best of What's New awards for 2008; they are all brilliant inventions, but some are phenomenal! There were 11 categories of best invention awards ranging across a wide spectrum of technology, from automobile to security technologies. One of the 11 winners was named the Grand Award Winner... see if you can guess which one!

Study Shows Headphones Could Interfere With Pacemakers

While many people enjoy music from their MP3 players or iPods, a new study says that people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators should be careful where they store their headphones.

Energy Consumption: Russia and China Develop Automated Systems

Russian and Chinese engineers are planning a joint project for controlling energy consumption that will concentrate on developing high-tech, automated systems to control energy resources via wireless technologies. Read on for some energy-saving details.

Toshiba Wins Over Gamers with Triple GPU Laptop

Gamers on the go will be thrilled by the new Qosmio X305-Q708 laptop computer from Toshiba. With not one, not two, but THREE onboard NVIDIA graphics processing units, these Toshiba laptops give dedicated game players the unparalleled 3D gaming performance they've long demanded.

10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men

A little of this, a little of that, and just a tad of naughty make up the 10 Hot 2009 Calendar Gifts For Men. Just remember that "hot" can mean many things and my primary meaning is that these are hot-selling. However, I've pushed the envelope as far as I could with some pretty sexy pin-up picks.

Buying The First Cosmonaut’s Suit: A New Space Race

Next month at Sotheby’s auction house in New York a landmark sale is slated to take place. It will include prized relics from the Soviet era of space exploration that are owned by American billionaire, Ross Perot, who purchased them back in the 90s. Read on, but remember there are no exchanges or returns.

The Thriving Office: Busy Office Sounds to Disguise Work at Home

The Thriving Office audio CD transforms your home environment by incorporating typical corporate sounds that are often found in a busy, successful business hub. Don't want your clients to know you work from home? Then this is a great product to check out, as well as an innovative business idea.


Nano Turntable for Mini Music Players Makes Anyone a DJ

The new "Hey Nano DJ! Turntable Speaker Phone Charm" turns anyone with an iPod or other MP3 player into an instant DJ mixmaster. Add voice, siren or scratch effects to your fave hip-hop tunes - or Bach, if that's what you're into!

Fun Times In The Snow Call For A Snowball Blaster!

I'm going to have to travel a bit from where I live to get to play in the snow this winter, but it's always worth it. Even if you're not into skiing or snowboarding, there's nothing that makes you feel like a kid again than having a snowball fight. But alas! What's this about a new invention for creating and shooting snowballs? A Snowball Blaster?

Bacon Bacon Everywhere: Top 10 Ways To Love Your Bacon

It seems that bacon is one of the biggest trends of the last year. As the year comes to an end, it's the perfect time to look at the madness inspired by the tastiest of all cured meats.

Fix Your Golf Game With The SensoGlove

Golf has always been one of the hardest sports to conquer. It was always said that golf is a relaxing game, but this can only be true when you actually know how to play the game. Any game that your bad at can quickly turn into a frustrating moment.

It's My Tissue Dispensing Pillow And I'll Cry If I Want To: ThenCry!

It's good to see that crying is finally receiving some recognition in the design world, even though the fabulous German shop, Design 3000, lists the ThenCry pillow as a "First Aid" product! What better "treatment" for crying than the warmth of a cozy pillow that dispenses tissues.

Study Shows Bullies Enjoy Seeing Others in Pain

A study was done on aggressive teenagers and shows that they may actually enjoy inflicting pain on others.

Russia’s Innovative ‘Alligator’ Helicopter: Designed For Combat

Russia’s new all-weather, multi-purpose combat vehicle has been ten years in production, which was halted due to a lack of finances. Now mass production of the Ka-52 strike helicopter nicknamed ‘the Alligator’ has begun. Read all about some of its innovative features.

The Something Store’s ‘Surprise Yourself’ Shipments: Innovative or Insane Business Idea?

SomethingStore.com is a weird and wacky business concept where your order remains a surprise. You pay, they ship you something and the best part is you will have no idea what's on its way!

Political Gamers Play On at Super Obama World

The 2008 election is over at last and junkies for presidential politics are faced with going cold turkey. The solution? "Super Obama World", the retro style video game that pits Obama against Palin on her frozen home turf.

Keep A Bouncer At Your Cat Door With The Pet Porte

If you have visiting cats, raccoons, squirrels, rats and other neighbors entering your home through your cat door, you may soon be relieved of their uninvited calls. A veterinarian on the Channel Islands, David Chamberland, has invented a "bouncer" cat door. Say the secret word, or I'll send you to the moon buster!

Eat Your Veggies While They're Still Growing: The Gropak

Among the amazing inventions that Time Magazine selected for its Best Inventions of 2008, is a package designed to keep food growing while it travels from field to table -- over the meadow and through the woods!

Smarindesign: Design Your Own Playrooms!

Stephanie Marin grew up in Marseilles and now lives in Nice; both cities are on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the famous French Riviera, where the sun, sea, and delectable local wines and foods abound, and so does fun! Those environments have influenced her passion for re-creating not only her natural environment but the spirit, the joie de vivre, of her environment in her designs.

Win One For The Germaphobes - PureCart Shopping Cart Sanitizer

Today marks a new extreme in the day of germophobes. I don’t like to think about all the germs that are on everyday things because I believe that it’ll drive a person crazy.

Transparent World: Moscow’s New Underwater Theater

Read all about this amazing Moscow culture center still under construction, which is expected to finish in the year 2012. It will be built within the framework of an oceanarium and house a unique underwater theater troupe. Get your tickets now, but bring along those life preservers, just in case.

Frozen Mouse Cloned, Are Mammoths Next?

The successful cloning by Japanese researchers of a mouse kept in deep freeze for 16 years has sparked hope that prehistoric Woolly Mammoths may walk the Earth again one day.

Testosterone Patch May Restore Sex Drive in Women

Are you a woman who has a lowered sexual desire? Australian researchers say that a testosterone patch may significantly improve low libidos in older women.

However, there are side effects.


Migraines May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

A new study has found that women with a history of migraines have a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.

What is Your Business Worth? Find Out With Biz Equity

Have a big business idea in mind and want to know if it will be profitable? Or have an already established company, but aren't sure about its value? Biz Equity Corp. allows entrepreneurs and business owners to accurately estimate how much their business is worth by completing a brief questionnaire.

Recycled Decor To Keep Your Bitter Thanksgiving Dinner Guests Distracted

Thanksgiving is suppose to be a time to gather with your family and enjoy a delicious eco-meal, but for some of us it makes it hard to be thankful for the things you are thankful for when there is so much tension amongst the family. Whatever the reason for the tension help get rid of it by distracting everyone with these innovative recycled dinner items on your table.

Quick Dry™ Garment Shelves: Sweater Drying In A Snap

The Quick Dry Garment Station won't be the coolest gadget in your home, but it does solve a common problem.

Inhale, Exhale, Repeat: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 4

Japan Tobacco's series of 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads - numbers 31 through 40 provided here - have lately achieved international recognition, including comedian David Sedaris' amusing discussion of them on Late Night with David Letterman. Without doubt the ads are (often unintentionally) funny, insightful and thought-provoking, but will smokers who read them really think about their manners?

10 Absolutely Awesome Bird Toys That Satisfy Their Natural Instincts

Birds are naturally curious, have the need to explore, and the instinct to hunt and forage for their food. Nature's Instincts, a company that creates toys for pets that satisty their natural instincts, has designed a number of fun, fantastic toys for pet birds that challenge them and match their curiosity and instincts for fun and mischief too.  See the birds enjoying their challenges on video here...

 


Mysterious Couple Found In Ancient Russian Burial Ground

Archeologists in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar are baffled by the remains of an ancient loving couple found in a burial ground discovered during excavation for a hotel complex. Buried together, it is thought that the couple might be members of a mysterious tribe heretofore unknown to science. Read on and learn more. Maybe.

Check Into The Top Ten Hotels of the Future

How different will checking into a hotel in 2028 vs. 2008, or even as far out into the future as 2050? While architects and designers are fast at work conjuring up new hotel models. Here is a list of my top ten hotels of the future!

Like Fine Sports Cars, Brodie Neill Designs Exude Power, Energy, And Sensuality

Brodie Neill is the Jaguar of furniture design. He's also hot. Now in London, the Australian designer has built a brand. a mark every bit as recognizable as a fine sports car. Coincidentally, like Jaguar, Brodie Neill's designs are smooth, shiny, and very, very sensual.

Children Living with Smokers More Likely to be Hungry

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center found that children living with adult smokers are more likely to be underfed.

Experimental Drug Tricks Body Into Losing Weight

A new synthetic drug has been tested and might help a dieter’s dreams come true. This new drug may keep extra weight off, even while on a high-fat diet.

Beautiful People Dating and Networking Site: Controversy Can Be Successful

Beautiful People, a social networking and dating site, which only welcomes exclusively attractive members, proves that even a controversial business idea can be a successful and highly profitable one.

10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars

Every year it becomes harder to choose a calendar. The subjects expand and the art work gets better and there are more publishers to check out. This year, I found many wonderful calendars produced by individual artists, some of which are among my collection of 10 Best Of The Best 2009 Calendars.


Enter Another World With This Art

Ever wonder if your eyes were playing tricks on you? Leandro Erlich is an artist that creates tricky installations that get people wondering.

RIDA: The Armored Luxury Vehicle Ride

Custom-made luxury armored cars represent a unique niche in the Russian automotive industry and RIDA is in the lead when it comes to providing them to the rich and famous. Read all about these luxurious armored cars even if owning one is far out of reach. Still, one never knows, does one?

Bacon USB Flash Drives Make Memory More Meaty

These meaty Bacon customized USB flash drives cater to those who believe that anything "bacon" just can't be bad. Mmm, bacon...

Victimless Leather Coat Falls Victim to Science

Halloween may be over, but the creepiness of this next innovation seems to have just begun. When I first read about this idea I immediately thought of three things: Silence of the Lambs, Body Exhibits and those dresses made of human hair. I only wish I would have read about it sooner. What is it? It is a coat grown from living stem cells.

Capitalizing on the Holidays With a Scheduled Greeting Card Service

Jack Cards is a greeting card service that makes sure you never miss a beat by keeping track of important dates and doing the legwork for you. Remembering to send cards to your loved ones for birthdays and other holidays can be a daunting task. So, as we approach a long stretch of looming holidays, why not eliminate the stress and avoid the embarrassment that comes from forgetting to send a key member of your inner circle a greeting card? Consumers love services that bring ease and convenience to their lives, so how could this not be a winning business idea?

A Life-Saving Gadget For You And Your Kids! GUARDian® Backpack

Most of us have had the feeling more than once that we were being followed, or that someone, even a person we could see, was a threat to us. Fortunately, more often than not, we find some way to lower the threat level...

Sunscreen for Plants Could Increase Worldwide Crop Yields

According to clean chemical company Purfresh, food growers lose between 20 and 40 percent of their crops every year due to sun damage, especially in water-limited regions. The company recently developed a kind of "plant sunscreen" rated at SPF 45 that protects crops from harmful UV and IR rays while permitting beneficial rays to reach the plants.


His Inventions Get You... Right In The Taste Buds

Is it every chemist's secret dream to become a chef? Think about the benefits. Virtually unlimited ingredients, immediate feedback, safer work environment, fewer deaths, fewer law suits... Chefs are chemists, and though their creations may not lead to patents, they are inventions. This year Time Magazine has recognized one chef's work as a Best Invention of 2008: Heston Blumenthal's Sound Enhanced Food.

Exercising Your Pets: Fitness Centers for Your Best Furry Friends

Entrepreneurs can find their business niche by expanding upon the concept of pet health care facilities. In the US, there is a pet medical spa and rehabilitation facility. North of the border in Canada, there is a pool open just for canines.

Anyone Have Change for a Dollar? Dynamic Dollar Art

Have you ever had one of those days while riding public transportation, looking down at your crumpled money and thought, “Damn, I wish I could turn this dollar bill into Cartman”?

Coke Machine Calls Cops, Canned By Crooks

An innovative new soda vending machine from Coca-Cola Japan offers passersby much more than a refreshing cooler. An onboard emergency phone provides instant communication with local police while a top-mounted security camera records the street scene below. At least it did for a couple of days...

New Business Trend: Services to Live Like the Rich and Famous

Want to live like a celebrity, even if only for a day? Celeb 4 A Day makes it possible for you to live like the stars, by providing you with a personal paparazzi service that puts your face on the cover of a faux magazine. 

Russian Scientific Innovation Competition Yields Success

Two winning Russian innovation projects have received investment backing from two mega supporters, AFK Sistema and Tekhsnabexport and some new awards to honor technological innovation have developed as the result of this competition as well. Read on and learn more about this contest and its winners.

Newspaper Blog Brings Tabloid Format to the Blogosphere

Six Apart's award winning Newspaper Blog adapts the familiar newspaper look to serve the needs of bloggers, schools and - no pun intended - desktop publishers. "Print Screen" doesn't just mean capturing a screenshot anymore.

Silicone Valley Luminary Trains for Space Travel

Outer space is fast becoming accessible inner space as more and more of the wealthier among us dare to dally within its infinite essence. Read all about technology heavyweight, Esther Dyson, and her plans for travel along the rim of the new frontier.

Custom Email Signatures to Support Your Presidential Candidate

As the United States Presidential Election draws nearer, it's your last chance to get in every ounce of endorsement for your favorite political candidate or party and what better way to do it than through email? Email Widgets, based in Vienna, Austria may be across the planet but that didn't stop them from creating an opportunity for profit. The mark of a true entrepreneur is to look at highly publicized social issues and turn them into successful business opportunities.


Time Picks Best Invention Of The Year 2008: DNA Test "23andMe"

Time Magazine has announced the 50 best inventions of 2008 and at its top is a DNA test called 23andMe. It's not as well-known as the iPhone, Time's best invention of 2007, but if 23andMe catches on, it will change how much we know about ourselves, our families, and possibly, about others.

Bad Kitty! BALZAC Hello Kitty Goes Goth

Hello Kitty is not for kiddies anymore, as this collaborative effort from Sanrio and Japanese punk-goth band BALZAC so graphically illustrates.