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January, 2009

Catching Viral Fever – A Look at 3 Viral Marketing Techniques

When we think of viruses…we start conjuring up negative images. Viruses that trigger colds and viruses that damage computers are contagious and something we try to avoid or fight off with mega-doses of Vitamin C and spyware software.  So how can Viral Marketing be good for us?

The World's Smallest Color Scanner

James Bond would be proud to have this in his arsenal. Scanning documents (full pages, not just lines) goes mobile with the DocuPen RC800.

Chopsticks Manners Kit Helps You Pick Up Chicks

Challenged by chopsticks? Dread looking like a klutz at a Japanese restaurant? For those who fear straying from the familiarity of the fork, this cool chopsticks practice set is worth its weight in silverware.

10 Anti-Valentine Gifts That Speak Volumes About Love

I hate to be cynical, but how long does the honeymoon last, anyway? Is everyone supposed to be blushing, and giggling, and cooing, and making kissy-face uncontrollably in public just because it's Valentine's Day? C'mon, most of us are actually suffering from some major heartbreak on Valentine's Day, just like most other days.

Walk The Walk, Chalk The Chalk - Crafty Street Art

When you were little, did you ever play outside with chalk by drawing pictures on the ground? While many of us have before, this artist uses chalk combined with shadows to create his art.

Feng Shui Compass: For Inner Order, Direction and Wha?

For the person who has everything (or at least thinks so), comes the electronic Feng Shui Compass, the newest creation from Fortune Compass, LLC. If you have been working in a room with your back to the door, now is the time to move, as this compass will indicate in no uncertain terms. Read on and be prepared to …calculate!

Google's 40 Minutes When the Earth Stood Still

Google caused the Internet world to stand still on Saturday 6:30 AM PST, January 31, 2009 for a whole 40 minutes! The problem affected internet pages across the entire planet, as engineers frantically tried to fix it.


A Robot That Crawls Into Forbidden Places: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6824508 is also known as a Micro Robot. While that might sound harmless enough, this little guy is really brazen and travels up unsuspecting butts. This 2004 invention has its medical purposes, but there are those who might prefer to see it in action in the next horror flick about the homicidal robot that practices medicine without a license! Read on, but be careful where you sit!

Mercedes Pelvic Airbag Offers more Protection for Driver and Passenger

Side impact air bags have undoubtedly saved many lives. They were specifically designed to protect the torso from impacting the crinkle zone of the door and in some cases, they can extend all the way down to the knee. Mercedes has put a new twist on the side impact airbag by designing one that provides protection for the pelvis.

The "Holy Grail" Of Light Bulbs: One Bulb Will Last For 60 Years!

Within two years, we could all be paying 75 percent less for home lighting than we are now, with $3 light bulbs that last 60 years and could reduce emission of carbon dioxide by 5 million tons a year! And they're bright!

Inspired By Jellyfish: AquaJelly and AirJelly

Fester AG is a global company that specializes in automation technology. In December, the company won two very prestigious Good Design Awards in robotics and bionics from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies. Fester's award winners were the AquaJelly and the AirJelly, both bio-innovative designs.

Great Green Valentine Day Gifts For The Tacky and Mushy

The following environmentally friendly Valentine  gift ideas are the kind of gifts that your loved one will not be too excited about when he/she gets them, but will be kept in a shoe box in the top shelf of the closet for years to come as proof that you cared enough to give something this tacky and mushy. It's absolutely my favorite type of gift. A lot of time, love and  thought (about you and the environment) goes into it.

No Valentine This Year? Will A Robo Vacuum Do?

He's red and he cleans. What more could you want for Valentine's Day?

Study Shows Women Have Nightmares While Men Dream Of Sex

New research has shown that women have nightmares more than men do, but men dream about sex more often than women.

Case of Counter Surveillance Gear Insures That You Are Not Paranoid

We, as human beings, have varying degrees of tolerance when it comes to the violation of privacy. Me? I don't mind if people know tons of stuff about me; the fewer secrets, the better. But some people want to keep their secrets to themselves--sometimes to the point of being paranoid about those around them. If you feel that someone is following you, this counter surveillance kit will prove - or disprove - it.

Just 10 Of John Backlund's Awesome Guitar Designs

You don't have to know diddly squat about playing the guitar to recognize how awesome these designs are. If you've ever admired the design of a Fender® or a Parker guitar close-up, you would want it displayed somewhere in your home where others could admire it. Wait until you see the electric guitar designs of John Backlund!

Sun Mask Towel: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7051371 refers to an unusual form of sun protection in the form of a Sun Mask Towel. After reading about it, you may very well believe that as of this moment you really have seen just about anything under the sun!

Helicopter Hunting: Dangerous and Cruel Innovative Russian Pastime

Russian ecologists and conservationists have expressed grave concern over a growing pastime among the Russian elite; namely poaching from helicopters. This disturbing practice was recently brought to light after a recent helicopter crash revealed carcasses of endangered argali sheep among the wreckage. Read on for more details on a most distressing subject.

GPS and Mapping Industry Introduces Interactive, Niche Directories

In a world of GPS, it's no surprise that online mapping tools are growing in popularity to cater to those of us who have yet to invest in the trendy devices. Step aside MapQuest and Google Maps and make room for interactive, niche mapping directories that cater to your every whim and help you get there.

New Electric Opel May Beat the Volt to Production

While the Chevy Volt is undergoing more changes and the release date being pushed farther and farther back, Gm might still have a little light at the end of the tunnel. The sister vehicle to the Volt, the Opel Ampera is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and it might make it to production before the Volt.

10 Best Gourmet Chocolates All Dressed Up For Valentine's Day

Gourmet chocolate is every bit about the taste, but presentation is a very close second. Designing a chocolate -- it's shape, color, markings, dust, sparkle, even it's inside layering -- is an art in itself. On Valentine's Day, the biggest day of the year to celebrate CHOCOLATE, it's also about the dressing!

Room Light Saves Energy by Adjusting its Own Brightness

Saving power is the green way to go these days and Panasonic is making energy conservation ever more effortless. The new "Auto-eco Light-control Twin Pa" automatically adjusts its own light output to keep rooms evenly lit, day or night.

Fastest Bentley Ever Produced to Run Biofuel

The Bentley Continental GT is one of the fastest luxury vehicles on the market. However, when it comes to EcoPoints, it is slightly lacking. To solve this issue, Bentley has decided to design a new vehicle that will run on Biofuel and should offer environmentally friendly people some extra piece of mind. Oh yeah, it is also rumored to be faster than the Continental GT, making it the fastest Bentley to ever enter production.

Valentine's Day Activities: 10 Unique and Romantic Businesses Sure To Impress

Celebrate the upcoming holiday with your Valentine, with activities supplied by businesses across the globe that are sure to impress and make the day one to remember. Whether your ideal Valentine's Day is made up of activities that are unique or romantic, there's a great idea here for you.


Tiny Camera Weirds Me Out

Let's face it: we're being watched all the time. Cameras are everywhere, primarily for our security. That being the case, why does the world's smallest color video camera give me the willies?

Chewable Toothbrush: Great Idea?

Patent# US6769828 refers to the Chewable Toothbrush, a sort of throwback to that old expression about those who can, do and those who can’t, teach (chew in this case). When there is no brush available, one can chew and release, which is ultimately better than not brushing at all. Read on and remain dentally aware.

Russian Scientists Create New Model of Tumor

The study of photodynamic therapy is a promising technique in the fight against the scourge of human kind, cancer. Russian scientists have developed a new model of a tumor for more reliable cancer testing that may save many lab animals from an agonizing death.

Doesn't Everyone Need A Homing Device?

Seriously. Have you never lost your car in a parking lot? Your car lock beep can only be heard so far. But the GPS Homing Device can get you back to your care or wherever you want to return, step by step, if you need it.

International Smart Gear Competition: Wrap Your Head Around Bycatch!

The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has launched the 4th International Smart Gear Competition, this year inviting submissions of designs for fishing devices that reduce bycatch. Bycatch, generally captured by fisheries and fishermen, is the unintended capture of species other than the target species, as well as undesirable young members of the target species.

Send Your Valentine The Right Message: Use These Business Services With Caution

Whether you possess the romance gene or not, it's important to send the right message to that special person this Valentine's Day. While some of the businesses discussed in this article are great concepts, they just might generate the wrong effect if you're not careful. If you insist on using their services anyways, proceed with caution and take note of the messages you may inadvertently be sending, changing the day from one of romance to one filled with obscenities.


What A Haircut - The Ingenious Use of Heads

I was shocked (pleasantly) by the degree of skill evident in the hair cuts of these men. I tried my best to find the creator, and it was then that a few doubts started creeping in.

Why You Should Have A Part-Time Online Business Aside From Your Day Job - Part 2

So you have a stable job and you earn a decent living. Should this deter you from running a part-time online business? The answer is no. No matter how stable your company is, there is still no assurance that you will never be laid off or that the company won’t go under. Remember the gigantic financial corporations that have recently tumbled to the ground. That uncertainty is more than enough reason to run a part-time business online.

Pet Houses That Match Your House From DenHaus

Face it, that old plastic dog crate looks pretty tacky in your living room. What about a stunning dog house that matches your decor and can be used as a side table to your favorite chair or couch? Denhaus has a very posh line of pet houses that come in all sizes, even ones for Newfoundlands!

EDAG Light Car Can Be Customized Like Your PC

Customization has always been a high selling point with pretty much anything on the market. The more someone can make something their own, the more inclined they are to buy it. In using this knowledge, the EDAG Group has designed a vehicle around the idea of almost unlimited customization with amazing results.

Hello Kitty Chocolates for a Purr-fect Valentine's Day

Hello Kitty is all about being cute, sweet and loving so it's only natural that Sanrio Japan would offer a variety of Hello Kitty chocolate treats for Valentine's Day.

China to Increase Solar Energy Research

In a major attempt to transform solar energy technology into a major Chinese energy source by 2050, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has launched an initiative to boost its development. Read on, but don’t get too much sun.

Star Wars Starfighter Kites Bring The Force to the Skies

Are you into Star Wars? Do you like flying kites? While I'm not sure that these airborne gliders could make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs like Han Solo did in the Millennium Falcon, they are sure to make you smile.

14 Interior Innovations Sweep Awards At IMM Cologne 2009

The seventh IMM Cologne Interior Innovation Awards were announced today at the end of a week long home furnishings fair in Cologne, Germany. The international jury granted 25 design awards to 14 products, including three awards to young designers (the D3Awards) and five "Best of Best" awards.

5 Favorite Indoor Plant Systems To Give Your Valentine

A bouquet of organic flowers is a beautiful gift of appreciation, but beautiful as it is, cut flowers die quickly. What better way to say I Love You to your loved one then to send him/her an indoor plant system that will live for months or more and at the same time serve as home décor? Help your loved one clean their indoor air quality, help the environment and decorate their home with an indoor plant system like the ones listed below.

Volcano & Earthquake Kit Brings Back Memories Of Science Fairs and Rabbit's Feet

Remember the days of your youth when you had to compete in the annual science fair? I do. And this kit sparked a few recollections from my past--and why I never really liked science fairs...

Pet "Soup Kitchen" Attends To Recession-Hit Pets

Tiertafel (pet table) has not just saved 6,291 pets from starvation or being euthanized. It has helped to keep 4,028 families together at a bad enough time in their lives.We should be setting up "pet tables" in our economically hard-hit communities as well.

10 Garlic Gadget Gifts For Your Favorite Garlic Lover

Garlic makes the world go round to a garlic lover, so the way to his or her heart is with a garlic gadget. Being a garlic lover myself, I bring some expertise to the table... I've chosen 10 garlic gadgets from about the 6 zillion ones created for the little bulbs. The gadgets are in four groups, based on their functions: Garlic Keepers, Garlic Peelers, Garlic Processors, and Garlic Roasters.

Need A New Floor? Doodle-It-Yourself!

If you're living with a floor you hate, but you don't want the mess of tearing it up, don't have the money to replace it, or you just want a temporary change, then you may like designer Olle Hemmendorff's idea of doodling one.

Purse Security System: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6876756 refers an anti-terrorism device known as the Container Security System. The concern for security is a sad hallmark of our times, but this patent may not be able to prevent terrorists from hiding out in your purse in order to gain access into the country. Read on, but don’t expect to feel any better

Toyota Safety Connect and Lexus Enform Square Off with OnStar

The OnStar system has been one of the highest ranked reasons for buying a new GM vehicle.  And although the technology is readily available, other companies have yet to begin incorporating the same features into their vehicles.  That is until Toyota revealed Safety Connect to the world and put up some competition for OnStar.

Frito-Lay Japan's Coffee and Green Tea Snacks Create a Buzz

Frito-Lay Japan has decided that "Coffee Crisp" should be more than just a pretty name. Their new Caramel Macchiatto and Green Tea Latte flavor corn chips pack two cups of coffee's worth of caffeine into each bag.

9 Gifts That Will Surely Anger Your Valentine

While it’s widely believed Valentine’s Day was invented by the card companies, it actually was popularized by candy companies in the twenties. Surprisingly, our list of fantastic gifts for people you pretend to love has only a few sweet treats. We do have plenty of sour presents to offer though. Whatever the problem in your relationship, one of these gifts is sure to express your true feelings for your significant other.

Yikes! Kids Can Use Kit to Extract DNA!

The words "DNA extraction" and "toy" seem incongruous to me. Yet here it is--a kit that allows children to sample DNA... and do stuff with it.

More Active Early Sex Lives In Men With Prostate Cancer

This study reported today, Sexual activity and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at a younger age, is not about masturbation, promiscuity, or "rampant sex," as one headline had it. It is about connecting the dots between hormonal activity and prostate cancer.

Love Cucumbers? Show It and Grow It with Heart Shaped Molds

Cucumbers shaped to your heart's desire without resorting to a paring knife? That's the idea behind these clear plastic molds that allow your veggies to literally grow into a shape perfect for lovable slicing.

Obesity May Be Caused By A Virus

Scientists say that obesity can be caught just like a common cold.

Pets Provide Many Benefits For College Students

In the interest of having something to do, I guess, researchers at Ohio State University found that pets can provide support, companionship, and stress relief for college students who live with their pets. Now more than ever, college students need whatever help they can get to overcome the stresses encountered on the bridge from home to career. Better dogs than drugs.

Toilet Annunciator: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6937155 dates back to 2005 and reflects the idea that a toilet needs a personality. The Toilet Annunciator yearns to be a part of the family it serves and not just some cold porcelain apparatus that everyone takes for granted. Read on but you may need to flush quickly.

Risk Factors For Breast Cancer In Second Breast Identified

A new report, based on research at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, reveals pertinent and specific information that women should all ascertain from our doctors if a diagnosis of breast cancer is made in one breast. Prophilactic removal of the second breast could mitigate future suffering for some women with breast cancer diagnosis.

This Sexy Stereo Is Designed To See And Hear!

"Object Remix," is what industrial designer Bob Turek named his current project. His work challenges our perceptions, our expectations in fact, of an object's traditional purpose. Here, Turek builds a stereo amplifier within the body of a fiberglass female mannequin, creating what Turek describes as a "radically new user interface."

How Sweet It Is! Chocolate Beer, Your Sinful Obsession

Chocolate beer is the latest Japanese entry in the bizarre drinks sweepstakes. Imagine the sinfully sweet combination of  rich cocoa and full-bodied beer... and thank Sapporo Brewery for bringing such a delightful nectar to market!

Symbol for Chinese New Year Becomes Stone-Age Ox

In an attempt to recapture the golden promise of the past, China’s most famous animal sculptor has created a very special ox in honor of the Lunar New Year. This not just any old ox, mind you, as not all oxen are created equal. Read on for details.

Fonolo Helps You Bypass Annoying Automated Phone Navigation

Hate wasting your time trying to talk to a customer service person at a major company using an automated menu system? Me too, and thankfully a new company, Fonolo is addressing this problem by helping you navigate quickly through the process with their beta program.

Gravity Makes For Purity In Ovopur Water

Now here's a gadget I wouldn't mind having for my family... It's the Ovopur water purifier from Aquaovo, a Canadian company that specializes in natural purification of water. If you can overcome the initial cost, about $620, life and clean water would become a whole lot simpler.

Ex-McLaren Designer Unveils All Electric Roadster

The number of electric sports cars being developed has been steadily rising over the past 2 or 3 years, and thanks to advances in battery technology, that number will only keep going up. Thanks to a former McLaren designer, there may be another all electric sports car entering production that can keep pace with both the Tesla Roadster and the Fiskar Karma.

Pants With More Than One Zipper: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6789269 dates back to 2004 and concerns Pants With One or More Zippers on The Rear Thereof. For those among us who feel one zipper just doesn’t quite cut it for fashions that need “more cheek”, this may be just the thing. Others may never be convinced, no ifs and or butts about it. Read on and be amazed at the very least and whatever at the very most.

New Russian Diesel Submarines: Innovative and Very Scary

The Russian navy is creating a new diesel submarine named Lada. Although construction of these kind of submarines actually began a few decades ago, the Lada has become known as the navy’s “brightest innovative project.” Read on for more details.

Live Out Your Rock Star Aspirations Realistically With League Of Rock

What teenager didn't dream of being a rock star? Unfortunately, as most leave their twenties behind, they are forced to face the harsh reality that the rich and famous lifestyle just won't be theirs and move onto a stable career. Toronto's League of Rock ensures that growing up doesn't mean having to leave your rock star aspirations behind completely; while you may never find yourself on MTV's top 100, they will give you the illusion of living out your dreams without the inevitable instability.

8 Dog Potties That Are Better Than Trees

There are only two places where a dog can pee and poop: outside or inside. Now, we know some of you might say, "There's only one place my dog can poop!" Truthfully, I agree with you in theory, but even the totally housebroken dog may need to "go" inside at times.

Swedish Study Shows That Size Does Matter

A research team at Uppsala University in Sweden, has found that unfaithful females influence its size and speed....

The YES WE CAN! Choc-O-Bama

The Neopolitan Printing & Company may be a strange name for a chocolate company; nevertheless, its handmade chocolates are not strange. They are most "sympatico," inspired by local connaisseurs and artists with a taste for taste and dedication to a divine finished product.

Duck & Cover! The USB Doomsday Device Hub Will Blow You Away!

I'm a novice when it comes to doomsday devices. My experience is limited to James Bond movies and various literary thrillers. But I must admit to being intrigued by this little gadget. Wow! Mass destruction AND a USB hub--all in one neat little package!

Lip Enhancer: Great Idea?

Have you always wanted pouty lips? Do you secretly feel that sullen is always the way to go? Well, then, consider yourself as having arrived at your destination (wherever that is) with Patent# US 6830590, which is also known in the non plastic-surgical world as a Lip Enhancer. Read on for more vainglorious details.

Let Your Feelings Dictate Where Your Visit To London Takes You

Usually when you visit a new city you decide to visit restaurants based on the type of meals served, or you know you want to visit a museum or historical site. But, doesn't that all seem a little too practical? Now, I Feel London shows you the right places to go when nursing a hangover, feeling naughty, or on a visit with an empty wallet.

Hybrid Toyota Prius Used To Power Up a Refrigerator and More

It turns out Hybrid vehicles do more than just save gas. In times of crisis such as power outages due to severe weather (ice storms or hurricanes) a Hybrid vehicle which produces and stores electricity in its battery can be converted into a generator and used to power up a home. It's true. In fact, it has already been done a few times.

The Low-Down On The iF Product Design Awards

I've received several press releases in the last few days about different products that received the iF Product Award. What few of them state, or even imply, is that 801 other products also received the award. As there are only 16 categories of products, 801 awards are bound to hit the same products a few times, so hold on to your credit cards until the top 50 Gold Awards are announced!

SSC Releases Details about the Upcoming Ultimate Aero EV

A short while back, we brought you the news that Shelby SuperCars (SSC) was planning on making the world's fastest all electric supercar. At the time, the specific details pertaining to the powertrain and pretty much the whole project were scarce. A few days ago, SSC bestowed a press release upon the world to shed some light on the project and answer the question that is one everyone's mind.

Logobama Mania or Separated at Birth?

After the meteoric ascendency of Barack Obama from junior senator to leader of the free world, I think one of the lesser known factors of his campaign was instrumental in his success; namely his innovative logo.


DIY Blood Type Test Kit? In the Toy Section?

I'm sometimes amazed at what qualifies to be a toy. For example, I wouldn't put a chainsaw--yes, a real chainsaw--in the toy category. Nor would I list surgical rip spreaders among the list of items that I would let a kid play with. But somehow, the DIY Blood Type Testing Kit slides into the toy arena--with interesting results.

Russian Chemists Develop Composite Material Better than Polyethylene

A new composite material developed by Russian chemists resembles polyethylene, but has greatly improved properties as it is much more rigid and better able to resist high temperatures. Read all about this new material’s remarkable components and what they indicate for the fields of science and technology.

New Medical Reform Plan for China

China's State Council has promised to spend 850 billion yuan (123 billion U.S. dollars) by 2011 to provide universal medical service to the country's 1.3 billion population. Read more about this long awaited medical reform plan.

Like Free Stuff? Sign Up For Matterbox's Creative Marketing Program

 Matterbox uses a sneaky marketing tactic that you just can't help but like. They offer potential consumers boxes of free stuff that they feel would be useful or interesting for their target audience in order to recruit new business for their clients.

Obama Action Figure Bends, Poses, Governs, Shoots

Want to bend President Obama to your will? Yes we can! This new, sharply detailed Barack Obama action figure from Japan's Gamu-Toys comes with a batch of presidential accessories - weapons not included.

A Deadly Glass For Your Bloody Anti-Valentine

Anti Valentine's Day is coming up soon, February 14th to be exact, and I know that some of you are bloody dying to find the perfect gift for the bloody "B" who put the knife through your (bloody) heart. Hopefully, you'll find just the right sentiment to express in one of these bloody glasses designed by Kacper Hamilton.

Bake And Serve; The Cake Is Pre-Cut!

Everything's going the way of customization, even cake pans! Here's a cake mold that can accommodate any size guest with small to extra large appetites.

Get Personal With A Towel Warmer!

Hammacher Schlemmer has some really neat gadgets, stuff you never even consider, but when you see them, you say to yourself, "Boy, that would be nice!" So, that's what I said to myself when I spotted the Personal Towel Warmer.

Sander Mulder Designs An Eerie And Elegant Threesome

Dutch designer Sander Mulder has created a most awesome threesome of female-inspired lighting designs: Therese, Marie-Louise and Josephine. In what looks and behaves much like glass or cut crystal, Mulder has created high-impact polycarbonate lamps for high effect... that look as eerie as they do elegant.

Ford to Join the Dual Clutch Club

As engines get more and more efficient, other ways of improving fuel mileage and performance are needed. One of the most promising of these new technologies is the dual-clutch transmission, and it seems as though Ford is planning on putting their own version of the dual-clutch into not only the performance vehicles, but all of them.

Pizza Prep and Delivery Unit: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6858243, also known as the Pizza Preparation and Delivery Method and Unit, involves a method for providing a consumer with a freshly-baked, pizza-type food product by using individually frozen ingredients, combining them and then baking them in less than five minutes in a mobile, compact and autonomous baking/selling unit. Read on and then inform pizza delivery places that may have failed you in the past if they should eat their hearts (or at least their pizza) out.

New Defense Technology for China: Is Everybody Ready?

 According to a recent white paper, one of China’s long-term goals is to establish a new system of defense-related science, technology and industry, which addresses the needs of both the military and civilian sectors of society. Read on for details.

Chocri Gets Your Mouth Watering With Customizable Chocolate Bars

If you can think of anything more mouthwatering than creating your own chocolate bar, I urge you to challenge me. German website, Chocri, lets you create the chocolate bar of your dreams, for selfless gift giving or your own personal consumption.

Wipe Up The Table With Coffee Napkin Art

What do you do when you love coffee so much that you want to share it with the rest of the world? Well, you draw pictures with coffee on napkins, of course. Christoph Niemann is an artist that creates interesting artwork made out of coffee.

New President...New Wheels...And A Higher Level of Security

As with previous years, with the inauguration of a new president come new challenges to face and obstacles to overcome. While the nation does its part to work through these trials, the president has his own issues to deal with. One of these is how to get around safely and comfortably while presenting a positive, confident attitude to the rest of the world. The solution to this is a specially modified Cadillac limousine made exclusively for the president himself.

Chocolate By Design

Of course, design is not limited to architecture or interiors or hi-tech.... Design is not limited at all. And to prove it, some very well known interior and product designers are getting into chocolate design. How would your valentine enjoy geting one of these chocolates made by the famous French Chocolat Factory for 5.5 Designers?

Alarm May Keep Children From Drowning

The number of child deaths related to drowning in home swimming pools is disturbing to say the least. Sometimes even a child-proof gate isn't enough to keep unsupervised kids away from the water. In recent years steps have been taken to augment pool security--and this is one of them.

Apparel-Related Entertainment System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6782554 refers to an Apparel-Related Entertainment System that indirectly addresses the issue of how many t-shirts anyone can afford. This patent provides a way to change the slogan on your t-shirt whenever you want or change it back again, if that be your fancy. Think about how much you’ll save in terms of money, hangers and closet space as you read on for more information.

Russian Hemabank Develops New Cell Technology Based on Cord Blood

One of the latest developments of the Institute of Stem Cells is the technology for isolating stem cells from cord blood, which was created in cooperation with the Institute of General Genetics of Russian Academy of Sciences. Read all about these exciting scientific breakthroughs in a field where controversy reigns supreme.

Feel You’re Missing Someone Important In Your Life? Rent A Relative

Japan offers a rental market for just about everything; pets, prostitutes, and yes, even relatives. Of course, no amount of money will form a tangible blood connection, but the right price will get you someone willing to pretend and fill that void in your life.


Study Shows Men Control Hunger More Than Women

Ever wonder why many women like sweets more than men? A new study says that men can control their food cravings more than women.

Adam Norton’s Apartment Inside an Armoire

My husband and I bought an armoire a few years ago from a consignments store. We fell in love with at first sight and it appeared to be worth every penny we spent on it (a couple of hundred dollars), but alas when the center right door fell off 3 weeks ago we began to wonder if there was a way someone could restore or recycle it for us. We never imagined turning our armoire into an apartment like Adam Norton did with his.

Wireless Motion Sensor Lighting Is Ugly

Forgive me for being so bold.  I love the new wireless motion sensor lights.  They save a ton of energy and who wants to play electrician anyway?  But these gadgets are all made for closets and garages, not for living areas... except for the Indoor Wireless LED Wall Sconce.

It has several things going for it in addition to energy savings and my inability to screw up its installation. It may not be the brightest lamp in your living area, but it is bright for a lamp that is not electric-powered.  The LED lamps are comparable to a 25 Watt incandescent light, so they are suited for a hallway or small recess in a large room. 

Most motion sensitive lights are not covered, and although the LED Wall Sconce has an acceptable and eclectic cover to be placed in areas where it might be considered gauche to hang a bare bulb.  The 4 D size batteries required to light the unit have a life span of about 120 hours which speaks to the efficiency of the LED's. 

The motion sensor will turn the light on when it senses motion, but will not shut off for three hours, unless you manually turn it off.  Although the Wall Sconce can hang outdoors as well as indoors, the staying power of the light makes it a less practical lampt to use outdoors.

 

 

Neurotic Are 50 Percent More Likely To Develop Alzheimer's Disease

If you're neurotic, you have at least a fifty percent higher risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease than people who don't get bent out of shape.

Veil Coating Turns Your Car Into a Stealth Vehicle

In "Die Another Day," James Bond had an Astin Martin that could turn invisible. While I found this to be over-the-top, even for a Bond gadget, I still thought it was a neat idea. Veil Anti-Laser Stealth Coating doesn't make your car invisible--but it sure does make it difficult to detect with a radar gun.

Study Says Serious Injuries Uncommon After Being Tasered

A Taser can deliver up to 50,000 volts of electricity, which can make even the toughest man curl up in a ball. But how common are serious injuries that result from Tasers?

New Way to Attach Clothing: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6832983 concerns an Article of Clothing with a Novel Attachment Means and this is very true. If you have seen something like this before, let me know, as I would really like to talk to you, and if you haven’t, read on and join the club.

"There is A Robot Swimming In Your Blood"

Soon tiny robots could be swimming around in your blood performaing micro surgery.

New Long Range Bomber May Be on the Horizon

Technology is now the driving force behind evolution. As new and better things come out, we have to adapt to them and sometimes change our entire lifestyle. One of the best examples of this is how we defend our country. Unmanned vehicles are putting more and more distance between our troops and dangerous situations and the next generation of bombers may adopt the same technology.

Chinese Create Three New Concepts for Cell Phones

This article concerns three really cool innovative concepts for mobile phones, which may or may not be produced in the near future. Suggested by Huawei Technologies, the largest networking and telecommunications equipment supplier in China, they collectively promise at least an interesting read.

Why Start a Home-Based Business?

If you're thinking about working at home you have a couple of ways to go about it; you can start your own, or you can buy one that's pre-existing (and hopefully successful) if you want to avoid doing the groundwork yourself. While your motivation to work at home shouldn't ONLY be because of the location, but also because of your love for the job, it does have its many benefits.


Kitty-A-Go-Go, A Well-Designed Cat Litter Box

Have you tried as many litter boxes for your cat as I have? We, Bella and I, have been through several and for one reason or another, we weren't happy with any of them, until I broke down and bought a Kitty A Go-Go Cat Litter Box... for us. We both like it pretty well and here's why....

Look Ma! I Can See My Ear Wax From Here

Justin Letlow's story of his Multi-Use Ear Mirror is that while at work in his furniture making shop, he felt something in his ear. The part of his story that must have been left out is where he picks and scratches like the devil, but what was there didn't go away. Anyway, eventually the frustration of not being able to see what was in his ear led him to create the Ear Mirror. See how invention happens?

President Obama, Please Control Your Telomeres!

The media wants to know how fast our new President, Barack Obama, will age over the next four to eight years, what with the stress of the Presidency. Practically every TV news network has a five-minute feature story on how past presidents have aged showing their pictures "before and after," the grey hair, puffy eyes, jowls, and lots of wrinkles (particularly those worry lines) have set in. And now, scientists know what causes all this to happen to Presidents and other worry warts; it's all about their telomeres.

"Organic Solar Cells Coming To A Roof Near You"

Researchers at the University of Toronto have been doing polymer research that could result in organic solar cells.

Study Says Menthol Cigarettes Are More Addictive

Want to quit smoking? A new study says that smokers puffing on menthol cigarettes have a harder time quitting, especially among African American and Latino smokers.

"Keeping The Streets Clear on Inaguration Day"

President Elect Obama has already made it clear that he will look towards technology to help solve our probelms. Now technology will help solve the problem of how to get to his historic swearing in. 

A Clever Way To Cherish Your Corks -- Cork Pets!

I like functional designs. I don't collect trinkets that don't perform some sort of role. So when I first saw the Cork Pets, I thought, 'Oh just what everybody needs, more silly stuff cluttering up their shelves..." But then I realized, the Cork Pets do have a special role....

Build Your Experience By Paying To Work For Free

Society tries to prepare students of high school and college age for their future careers by setting them up with job placements and career counseling, and while it's a great way to help establish career goals from a young age, what about the older generations? Figuring Out understands that no matter what your age or stage of life, sometimes you need a little help to meet your career goals.

Abdominal Support: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846220, which is also known as an Abdominal Support, was originally designed for pregnant women. It could conceivably (although not politely) be used to aid the obese as well. It has its good points and differs in several ways from other abdominal supports that have appeared on the patent horizon over the years. While reading this, if you can think of a way a beer holder can be added to the mix, will you let me know?

Russian Innovation: Once a Fire Extinguisher, Now a Speaker

It is said that the best hardware modders come from Russia. This slang expression is derived from the word modify, and refers to the act of modifying a piece of hardware or software to perform a function not originally intended. Read all about Strannik, an innovative designer who transformed a set of fire extinguishers into a pair of speakers!

Anybody Order a Pocket-Sized Collapsing Star?

The Astro-Blaster Collision Accelerator simulates the destruction of a star. I, for one, like the idea of being able to blow up a stellar object with something that can fit in my pocket...

Top Text Message at the Inaugural – “No We Can’t”

On the 20th day of January, in the year 2009, the earth might just stand still. No, not because we are electing the first African-American to the highest office in the land! A much more serious issue is afoot. This is the day that cell phone carriers forecast a significant drain on the wireless capacity in Washington DC...

The Sno Wovel™ Wheeled Snow Shovel

Say this fast three times: "Snow Wovel Wheeled Snow Shovel." "Snow Wovel Wheeled Snow Shovel." "Snow Wovel Wheeled Snow Shovel."

Did Bugs Bunny make up this name? Ah, so many products out there are suffering for the right name. But the Sno Wovel, despite its tougue-twisting name, is no slouch when it comes to a brilliant invention.

8 Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Cat!

I was on the hunt for some sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the house cat, aka the resident owner of the home -- the truly lazy, lovable, still-curious beast whose wish-is-your-command kind of cat. I am pleased to say that I found 8 really special ones for that cat this Valentine's Day.

Black Tissues Are Something to Sneeze At

When it comes to tissues, black is the new white. So say Daishowa, makers of these "dark and disturbing" jet black facial tissues.

New Challenger Gets Old School Look

The Dodge Challenger has become a huge hit with MOPAR lovers in the short time it has been on the market. What is even better is that Dodge has decided to design a Challenger package that is a straight throw-back to the muscle car days and unleash it on the unsuspecting pavement.

A New Spin On Laundry: Brought To You By Laundry Locker

San Francisco's always on the cusp of new, modern trends and when it comes to laundry, this is no exception. I know what you're thinking, laundry? Trendy? Well, it may not win you any prizes for coolness, but the idea is definitely an innovative one.

Possibly the Most Hated Toy Ever - Floam

Floam has an interesting history. It also has the dubious reputation of being one of the most despised creations on the planet.  But why?

Potato Chip Chocolate - Sweet, Salty and Sinfully Good

Chocolate chips, yum... wait a sec, they're not what you think. Forget about cookies, Royce's Potato Chip Chocolate are less about dough and more about DOH!

Nissan GTR Gets Aftermarket Turbo Upgrade....Finally

Ever since Nissan unleashed the GTR on the world, tuners have been trying to push the limits on the all wheel drive beast. While there have been a few minor improvements, no huge leaps have been made until just recently when an American company released a turbo upgrade promising some huge power figures.

Volkswagen Unveils New Roadster

The 2009 Detroit Auto Show brought out many new concepts, many of which will never see production for reasons few will know. However, the Volkswagen BlueSport concept may be one of the few that is not doomed to remain a concept.

Food Containers That Respond To Sound and Light: Great Idea?

Contact Activated Sound and Light Generating Novelty Food Containers, which are also known as Patent# US 6796671, relate to a 2004 invention for those who like a bit of juice with their sweets. Read on for the fattening and shocking truth.

Chinese Auto and Steel Industry Gets Government Stimulus

In an attempt to promote innovation, development and stability within the auto and steel industry, China, which has the world’s second largest automobile market, has unveiled a very generous stimulus package. It is intended to give a significant boost in coping with the current global financial crisis. Read on for more details.

Sitter Soirees Connects Families And Babysitters Through Speed Dating

 Anyone who has children knows how difficult it can be to find the right caregiver, who is responsible, reliable and a good personality match for the whole family. Placement agencies are common to help parents find a sitter, but the process of interviewing can be time consuming and tedious. Sitter Soirees of Tampa, Florida uses an already trendy form of matchmaking, and introduces it to the babysitting industry. Consider their services speed dating for childcare.

Water Fountain Digital Clock Displays the Flow of Time

Digital clocks may be the norm these days, but the Kanazawa Station Fountain Clock is a delightfully liquid variation on the theme.

Pet Fur Recycled Into Human Clothes

If you thinking making clothes out of human hair is weird how would you feel if I told you humans are making clothes from their pet's fur? It isn't much different from using sheep's wool or natural animal fibers from Alpaca, Angora, Llama or Camel. Right? Danelle German doesn't think so.

Dodge Officially names New Lotus Inspired Electric Vehicle

A short while back, we brought you news of the new all electric vehicle from Dodge, at the time just called the EV. Dodge brought the EV to Detroit this year and provided a few additional pieces of information.

FineT Gourmet Tea Machine Is Finalist In 2009 Housewares Awards

As a coffee drinker, I would like to know what a perfect cup of tea tastes like. I can find out for $279 or I can wait until my tea-drinking neighbors buy the FineT Gourmet Tea Machine and let me have a go at it. According to the judges of the 2009 Housewares Design Awards, the FineT is a solid winner under the electric tea-pot dome.

Ford Opens the 2010 Taurus to the Public

The 2010 Ford Taurus marks the first model year of the sixth generation of Ford's mid-sized sedan and the third year since being reintroduced after a short pause in production. The new Taurus was (literally) opened to the public at this year's North American International Auto Show to give everyone an inside look at all the features and comforts.

7 Ways To Clone Your Lover For Valentine's Day

Customized designs and products are certainly not new, but 5.5 Designers has taken "custom" to a new level by cloning its patrons to make products for their exacting specifications!

Personal Reminder Service Industry Grows: But Is It A Necessary Trend?

Personal reminder services via email, text messaging and computer software seem to be popping up all over the internet. While they must certainly be helpful for the forgetful, are they really necessary when basic technologies, like cell phones and computer applications already offer structured calendars and reminders? Maybe you think they are, and if you are someone who likes the feel of a personal assistant without the need for socialization and a hefty paycheck, read on; these businesses might be able to help you out.

Alcoholic Beverages Derived from Animal Extract: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7037541 refers to Alcoholic Beverages Derived from Animal Extract. Would you be interested in creating beef martinis and/or chicken alexanders? The idea is not new and dates at least as far back as the Middle Ages when a drink called Cock Ale, the ingredients of which included light malt, raisins and a chicken, was imbibed by many non Tudors. This invention assures that you will never look at a chicken or duck the same way again even if you do see double once in a while.

Russian and American Crewman Install Space Probe

In what would become the 119th spacewalk conducted from the International Space Station, American, Michael Fincke, and Russian, Yury Lonchakov, installed a probe aimed at tracking down problems with a Russian module and conducted an array of other maintenance and scientific work. Read on for details.

"Mini Submarines For Exploring The Human Body as Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact"

Researchers at the University of Tel Aviv are creating mini submarines that will be expolring human bodies in 3 to 5 years.

Erector Spykee Robot--Fun with Practical Applications

Toy robots have come a long way since the wind-up tin-toy that would clunk along the floor with sparks erupting from the "guns" in it's chest. The Erector Spykee The Spy Robot is a great example of a toy that can also be used for practical applications around the house--or for taunting certain pets...

14 MORE Cool Ways To Adore Your Dog On Valentine's Day!

I always have such a difficult time cutting back my holiday gift columns for dogs, and this Valentine's Day is worse than ever. Cute just does not take a rest!

More Browsing Threats Revealed

A new security threat to your web browser has been unveiled. It effects every browser on the market.

Revenge GTM-R Supercar Unveiled at Detroit

One of the most interesting parts about covering auto shows is seeing the new vehicle designs from independent companies. A perfect example of this comes from the Revenge GTM-R that was unveiled at this year's North American International Auto Show.

Birds And Planes: Dogs Keep Them From Colliding

Perhaps today's "miracle on the Hudson," will encourage more airport managers to look into using trained bird dogs to protect their passengers, crews, planes and the surrounding wildlife. Additionally, they would be helping to give homeless working dogs jobs they really love to do.

Lexus Designs new Infotainment System with Mouse-Like Navigation System

In car computers have come a long way since the first enthusiast decided to hook up his desktop to an in dash monitor and see what happened. Driving this point home is a mouse like control system, designed by Lexus, that allows the driver to navigate the functions of the infotainment system using a trackball like device.

21st Century Venetian Glass Lighting Designs: 12 To Crave

The array of stunning hand blown Venetian glass lamps in the Donghia collection is one you'll notice. Glass, with its marvelous reflection qualities, works so well in lighting design, and the clear and brilliantly colored Donghia Venetian glass lamps, with their matching finials, are seductive in their eclectic elegance.

Scion Introduces 2009 Special Edition xB

The Scion xB, originally introduced in 2004, has undergone relatively few changes in the last half a decade. It still retains its semi-boxy shape and high fuel mileage, as well as its long list of options. As with the previous 5 years, Scion is offering a special edition of their xB model that brings even more such features to the table.

10 Best Star Wars Toys All True Fans Must Have

Star Wars fans sometimes take things too far, which leaves manufacturers with plenty of fun concepts to develop. If you know a true fan of the dark and light sides of the Force, then you'll surely know someone who loves these cool and silly goodies.

"Clean Clear Water Coming at A Low Energy Cost"

A team of Yale scientests have found an energy efficent way to make water safe to drink.

As the Algo Turns- 7 Predictions for Search Engine Marketing in 2009

Did you ever wonder what the Google algorithm looks like and why it keeps changing?  When Google emerged in late 1997, it entered a market that was fully saturated by steep competition; the likes of which included Altavista, HotBot, Excite, Infoseek, Lycos and others. However, while all jockeyed for position, Google was able to take the biggest bite of market share! And they accomplished that feat in less than a decade.  Its success was based on developing an algorithm formula that continuously customizes search engine page results (SERPS) in accordance with the behavioral patterns of you and I, the users! In essence, WE are the reason the Algo turns!

GM Shows off Extended Range Electric Cadillac

GM has been shifting gears over the past few years to help accommodate the increase in demand for cleaner, more efficient forms of transportation. For Cadillac, it began with the Escalade hybrid and extended from there. Last week at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors unveiled the next step for their luxury brand in Hybrid technology.

Peanut Butter Pancake Batter: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6797310 refers to a 2004 invention also known as Peanut Butter Batter Pancake Mix. If you are thinking this should have been covered back in the days of the great American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor, George Washington Carver whose studies and teaching revolutionized agriculture in the Southern United States, you just may have a point. Read on for more details about the Peanut Butter Batter Pancake Mix.

China Innovation To Combat Global Crisis

Premier Wen Jiabao after visiting companies, markets, communities and rural areas in China's eastern Shandong Province, has urged Chinese companies to stress innovation policies to combat the impact of global economic instability. Read on for more information about this very noble plan.

Surgery Patients Survive Thanks To Simple Checklist

If you don't want to know too much about the state of surgical safety today, you had better not read further. Though these study results are positive, they reflect poorly on the current state of care in hospital surgical units today.

Papercuts You Want To Have - Stunning Paper Art

You have a blank sheet of paper in front of you. What do you do with it? While most people would write on it or fold it into some form of origami, artist Peter Callesen creates amazing sculptures and cut-outs from his paper.

Too Much Coffee Can Cause You To Freak Out, Man

Have you been seeing or hearing things when you drink coffee? Well, researchers now say that people who drink too much coffee are more likely to experience hallucinations.

Is This A 50,000 Yen Clock?

Time Is Money is a clock made of money, Japanese yen to be precise. There might be 50,000 yen in one of these four-inch clocks, about $550! But the clock only costs $40US.

Solar Car Kit Turns Sunlight into Zippy Fun

Research continues the search for efficient solar powered vehicles. While it may be many years before a viable solar charging system becomes a reality, toys benefit from the data. And this little car is a great example of education meets fun...

Lincoln MKT Concept Unveiled at Detroit

Alongside the C Concept, Ford also introduced the Lincoln MKT Concept. The MKT was designed with luxury and practicality in mind, offering many new features that put it well ahead of the competition.

Russian Innovation Convention Expected to Draw Vital Sponsorship

Russia’s reputation for scientific achievement is renowned. For the more than 2,000 of its brightest young scientists who gathered in Moscow to show off their work at the country's first Innovation Convention, it is hoped that vital funding and sponsorship will make their dreams possible.

Ford to Produce 2 New Electric Vehicles In North America Within 2 Years

It is well known that Ford has been developing several different forms of hybrid transportation for quite some time. Just a few days ago at the North American International Auto Show, they went into detail about how they plan on utilizing the new technology and where we can expect to see it.

Look Ahead To This Childhood Chair

Taking a glimpse at the highlights of the upcoming IMM Cologne furniture design show (January 19 - 25, 2009), I spotted the this modular chair by Herlag by KETTLER. How neat, I thought, to have a chair throughout one's life, from infancy to adulthood. But then I read the copy...

Nanotechnology In Your Vitamins

Nanctechnology may be making it's way to a vitamin near you.

Miniature Tennis Just For The Younger Generation

We've seen sports facilities for children and know it's possible to purchase miniature-sized equipment that is better suited for their small statures. Drop Shop Tennis combines these concepts, and offers a unique sporting experience in this niche market for kids aged two to ten.


Cancer-Stick Clothing, Eco-friendly?

You see them littered, in the grass, in your flowerpots, on the streets, in the sand at the playground, in the sand at the beach.... everywhere. They are an eyesore, toxic to the environment (start forest fires, small animals ingest them and die, chemicals leach into our water supply) and a daily reminder of how wasteful we can be with even the smallest of objects. What are they? Littered cigarette butts. What's being done about the litter? Alexandra Guerrero is recycling them into clothing.

Good Oral Hygiene May Prevent Early Births

Another good reason to keep your mouth clean! Researchers say that bacteria in the mouth may be the cause for up to 80 percent of early preterm labor cases.

C Concept Begins New Era For Lincoln

Lincoln has been talking about doing a total revamp on their line of vehicles for quite some time. A few days ago at the North American International Auto Show they surprised everyone by unveiling the first in this new line of vehicles, the Concept C, and shared some of the intentions they have for it.

Sony's First WiFi Camera: The DSC-G3 Cybershot

How convenient can you get? A 10.1 megapixel camera with connectivity! And it's a Sony, so it's got all the other bells and whistles too!

Peanut-Shaped Prayer Cushion: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6810541 also known as the Peanut-Shaped Prayer Cushion may or may not have been divinely inspired but it is without doubt, very silly. In addition, it has also been invented before, which makes it even sillier, albeit the addition of a knee cushion makes it different than others of its ilk. Read on and pray, but for other things.

Golden Dragon Holdings Distribute HOT Chinese Energy Drink

According to at least one classic Hollywood flick, some may like it hot, even though Marilyn, Jack and Tony were all referring to jazz music in that statement. HOT today refers to a new energy drink, which is about to break loose in the Asian market place. Read on, but first… eat your vegetables.

TapTop Wins London On Tap Competition!

Several carafe designs made the short list, but it was TapTop by industrial designer Neil Barron that took top prize -- a drip-free, inverted rocket shaped carafe with a "tap top" that functions to prevent ice from flowing out with the water.

Crystal and Chocolate Dress: Every Woman’s Dream

What does a woman love as much if not more that crystal and precious gems?

I guess it would be safe to say that the answer is chocolates.


Miniature Railgun Kit Demonstrates Weapon of the Future

Magnetic acceleration could redefine weaponry and space travel. And while none of us has the multi-million dollars necessary to actually mess around with one of these things, we can afford a pint-sized example of what they do in the form of the Abong Magnetic Accelerator Kit.

Don’t Get Enough Nagging At Home? Use An Online Service To Motivate Your Weight Loss

Like many others, you may have committed to lose weight for your New Year's Resolution. And again, like many other, you may have traded the treadmill for a pint of ice cream, or your workout gear for your comfiest pair of PJs. Feel like the nagging you already receive from your spouse or family just doesn't motivate you to get back into a healthy routine? Now, a couple of progressive online services can help you by providing gentle or even forceful reminders.

What Rats Can Teach Us About City Planning

The walking patterns of rats can help us to better plan the cities of the future.

The Breville 9.6 Cordless Hand Blender Does Everything But Cook

If you're overwhelmed by food processors, but you'd like to have an appliance that performs like one, the Breville 9.6V Cordless Hand Blender is for you. It juices, chops, whips, and blends with its interchangeable attachments and you've got complete control.

Blind Leading The Blind: A New Perspective To Historical Tours

Who ever said all guided tours have to be the same? Sensorial Lisbon, organized by Portugal's renowned creative studio Cabracega, lets visitors experience one of Lisbon's boroughs Alfama, using their senses other than vision.

It Takes A Country: The 2008 Design Competitive Countries

Finding: Korea has many designers, but not very many resources from the state or major companies.

Finding : The United States supports design, but has very few designers.

A new evaluation tool for design competitiveness, shows that it takes a country to support its native designers, and it ranks the countries now leading in design competitiveness for 2008. Guess which country is number one....

The Never Ending RNA

Endlessly replicating RNA could reveal the secret of life someday.

Russian Answer to Poor Blood Donations: Synthetic Alternatives

While some progress has been made in Russia's blood transfusion services, experts say that the number of available blood donors is still way insufficient. Enter Perftoran, a synthetic blood substitute that has been around for more than a decade. (Count Dracula, read on if you are able, as this may help you and your kind out too!)

The Business of Toilets: Laughable or Innovative?

No matter your level of maturity, you might not be able to resist giggling at the word "toilet"; a residual effect of childhood. But to many companies, toilets aren't funny; they're serious business that determines their future revenue and growth success. These businesses prove that it's possible to stifle the giggles, and make toilets into innovative organizations and products.


Making Wind Power More Efficent

Scientists are making getting power from wind turbines more efficent.

Neck Wrap/Brace Organizer: Great Idea?

The Neck Wrap/Brace Organizer for Holding Items and Belt Article Holder for Same (whew!) also known as Patent# US 6929164 addresses the issue of organization with a baptism by fire type of idea. There’s no question that being organized saves time, space and aggravation in our lives, but this silly patent has gone more than one step too far. Read on and draw a line somewhere in the sand…if you can find a pencil, that is.

Pearl River Delta Becomes China’s New Technological Innovation Lab

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced that the Pearl River Delta which, is an export-oriented region severely hit by the recent financial crisis, will transform itself and become a significant technological innovation center for the Asia-Pacific region of the world by the year 2020. Read all about the amazing plans for reform.

Music on The Xbox 360

Get streaming music on your Xbox 360 with the help of a third party service can help you to get your music.

Robot Receptionist SAYA - If Looks Could Kill

Robot receptionists may indeed be the coming thing, but one of the first - SAYA from Tokyo University - is desperately in need of an industrial grade facelift.

Weight Loss Could Be As Easy As Making a Phone Call

According to a new study conducted, researchers say that weight loss could be a phone call away.

Self Reparing Computer Data Centers

A newly developed data center may soon be able to repair itself.

Zeppelins: A Noble History, A Respectable Russian Comeback

If what they say about fashion being thrown into a barrel that gets turned over every half-century or so is true, does the same also apply to legendary aircraft? Well, a Russian company specializing in airships certainly thinks so, and is planning to build a zeppelin (hard-shelled) that will be capable of lifting 18 tons at a time, which is a record no modern cargo plane could ever hope to exceed. Read on for the uplifting details.

Computer Modeling Help Scientists to Better Understand Stars

We are getting more in depth information about how stars gravity effects the universe.

Will AI Soon be Deciding if You are Suspicious

Computer programs will help to find suspicious people in pubic.

Dead People Bring Heat to Crematorium

To those of you who like to begin the New Year thinking gloomy thoughts, here is an eco-gloomy issue/question to think about. Is it okay for a Crematorium to use the smoke from cremated bodies to save on their heating bill? What if in doing so they also help clean the environment?

Technology Is Helping Seniors To Live At Home Longer

Helping older Americans to stay in their homes and maintain their independance as much as possible through the use of sensor technology.

Yo Bob! You're On The Wrong Floor

"Hello Bob. You're really drunk, aren't you? Your room is on the seventh floor. This is the fifth floor. Turn around and make your first left to the elevator."

Perhaps Estonian designers Jan Graps and Ken Ruut imagined scenarios like this when they designed "Bob," an internal navigation system (INS) for hotels. But Bob is more than an INS, Bob is also a security system.

Medical Tutorial That Bleeds As You Go: Great Idea?

In keeping with those all too life-like dolls that wet and cry for mama to change them, Patent# US 6863536, also known as the Endoscopic Tutorial System with a Bleeding Complication, is like a horror movie that simulates blood and guts at the expense of the viewer. Read on, but keep your distance, as there is a new and very crazy sort-of doctor in town.

Can A Kerchief Save Lives?

A disclaimer on this product proclaims, "The store and designer take NO responsibility for schmucks and wooden-heads who feel compelled to test the endurance or resistance of the textile in any way."

Laser Safe Affords Kids Freedom to Store Treasures

When it comes to privacy, kids get the short end of the stick.  This little toy allows kids a "safe" place to store their valuables (you know... things like rocks, stickers, action figures, etc.)--all with a cool whiz-bang-neato security system.

China Scientific Innovation: The World’s Largest Telescope

With expectations for completion by 2013, preparation for the world’s largest telescope has been 14 years in the making. Read on for details and …reach for the stars.

Virtual Crash Test Dummys Keep Car Safe for Smarter Riders

New virtual crash test dummies will allow for a wider range of tests, and never need to be replaced.

Restaurant Lets Patrons Experiment With Flavors

Who doesn't like to smother their meals with ketchup, barbeque sauce, and other garnishes? Okay, well maybe that's primarily the younger generation that makes those food choices. However, now a new restaurant in Germany takes the meal flavoring concept to the new level in a classy way that appeals to the grown-up crowd by allowing diners to add flavor-infused olive oils to their meals.


Scientists Discover Six New Obesity Genes

With obesity rates on the rise, scientists have discovered six new obesity genes that may be responsible for appetite control and eating problems.

Suspend it In Space with Sound

Keeping chemical in check during space travel used to be a problem, but sound may help us do that.

Researches Identify Cancer Prevention Component Of Berries

Rasberries and other berries and fruits have been shown to have cancer preventative powers in several prior medical studies, but now researchers have isolated the precise organic compounds responsible for prevention: anthocyanins.

The Nifty "Wire Stay" Joins The Crew At Doug Mockett & Co

Doug Mockett & Company has the the largest array of wire managers I've ever seen in one place! The specialty hardware store is a wealth of small gadgets, most of which you never think about unless something breaks, or falls off, or gets lost.

Ion iType Brings Type To The IPhone

Unveiled at CES, the new Ion iType keyboard will provide some finger relief to iPhone users.

Recycled Computer Key Cell Phone Charms from Japan

There are few things modern workers & players look at more than their computer keyboards. These cool key charms strike a note of comfortable familiarity while keeping techno-waste out of our landfills - one key at a time. 

Top Ten Inventions of 2008

From Model-T’s to Push-up Bras to iPods…every year sports new innovation and the subsequent design and development of new inventions. For hundreds of years, scientific and technological advances have transformed our world, and 2008 was NO exception to the rule.  

Sexy, Sassy, And Spectacular Mosaic Pin Ups On Your Walls

When it comes to wall coverings, there's nothing quite as spectacular as mosaics, especially the centuries-honed glass tile mosaics created by Italian artisans. The highly respected designers at Sicis Art Factory utilize these very artisans, as well as the wealth of glass makers in their country. From retro to modern, the Sicis designs are brilliance. One of Sicis's latest wall design collections is this ravishing, larger-than-life, group of 50's style Pin-Ups.

Luxurious Yet Economic Flat Rate Taxi Service To Launch By Taximobil

No one likes to ride the bus, but we do it because it's convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Now, an improved service has been introduced to the transportation industry that combines the benefits of public transportation with the comforts of a standard taxi service. Taximobil will be launching a flat rate taxi service that will escort people on their intercity travel for one affordable fee.


Getting Your Holiday Photos Into Art

A new service allows you to print your photos to be printed into just about any style of art.

Slings That Explain Your Accident For You

Growing up, I was an accident-prone child and therefore broke many bones. At first it was kind of cool telling everyone my story, but after awhile it got old. For those of you that also get sick of explaining your accidents, there may now be the perfect product for you.

Combination Handcuff Key and Writing Instrument: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6880369 also known as the Combination Handcuff Key and Writing Instrument dates back to 2005 and may be just the thing for law enforcement and security personnel. To others, however, it remains a very silly patent. Read on but….watch out for those cuffs.

Meet Runflier Stalker: Russia Introduces the World’s First Airborne Car

From the maker of the flying rug, comes the flying car, much to the amazement of everyone. Read all about brilliant aircraft designer, Alexander Begak’s newest baby, Runflier Stalker, and…don’t forget to duck!

What Do Bones and Your Car Have in Common

The University of Warwick is developing new fake bones that have a stunning amount in common with the catalytic converter in your car.

Gold and Drugs. This Time It's A Good Thing

Gold could be a viable new way to deliver nantechology medical treatments to humans.

Human Hamster Ball Makes Walking on Water a Reality... Sort of

 Want to walk on water?  Well, with a little practice... maybe more like a LOT of practice... The Inflatable Water Ball may let you do just that!

 

 

 


Will Crows Work For Peanuts? Ask Joshua Klein

Joshua Klein got a crow in his bonnet about 10 years ago that wouldn't let up. It was to teach crows how to live more purposefully for man, so that man would not annihilate the pesky species. (Thank heavens it wasn't a bee in his bonnet; we've done quite enough for man, thank you.)

8-Wheels Plus 8 Motors Equals 1 Fast Hybrid

Not too long ago, we showed you the Covini CW6, the six-wheeled supercar with a top speed upwards of 180mph. For many, six wheels were more than enough to keep them occupied. For some reason though, someone out there wanted more. Enter the all electric 8-wheeled Eliica.

Can't Fasten Your Bra? Try The Magnetic CoreBra

Designed by Adaptawear's director, Kavita Chauhan, CoreBra is not your typical sagging "old lady's bra."

SUV Tent: Great Idea?

Patent# US D503143, which refers to an SUV Tent is not a new idea; in fact, tents have been made for pickup tricks and station wagons for the last 40 or 50 years. The idea to patent it though, is fairly new, dating back to 2006. Read on for more details and…bring along your lunch.

Oceania: An Eco Fridge For 2020

Tez Patel, an engineer and industrial designer has created the perfect user-friendly and eco-friendly refrigerator. Though he suggests his eco-fridge, "Oceania," is designed for the year 2020, it sure would be nice if a big kitchen appliance manufacturer made it happen sooner. A fridge can use up to 15 percent of our household energy!

Gitchers.com Creates Walking Billboards With Their Free T-Shirt Directory

 At a glance, Gitchers.com may seem like an inane business idea, but its model is really aimed at connecting businesses looking to expand their marketing perspective towards a target audience, to individuals who like to wear free stuff. Want a free t-shirt? Read on!

Coffee May Protect From Certain Types of Cancer

Do you crave the fresh cup of coffee every morning to get you through the day? Even though studies before have shown that drinking coffee isn’t good for you, a new study says that coffee may protect you from certain types of cancers.

Pantone View Color Planner 2010: "Magic"

It's funny that Pantone chose the name "Magic" for 2010 colors, because I always thought that forecasting where color is going in the future is like... magic.

Esquel: A Chinese Shirt Company in Sync With the Environment

The Esquel Group is a Chinese company whose mission involves a great deal more than just the manufacture of premium cotton shirts. Its powers that be have made a serious commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable growth on the Chinese mainland. Read on for more “green” details.

The 17-Inch MacBook Pro Is The Star At MacWorld!

So what if Steve Jobs did not show up at the MacWorld Expo this year. Apple still managed to unveil a new, snazzy, and powerful version of the 17-Inch MacBook Pro.

Florida Company to Make Plug-In Porsche

Making an electric sports car that is just as much fun to drive as the traditional sports car is no easy task. So far, only a handful has managed to accomplish this, with names like Fiskar and Tesla coming to mind. A small company out of Florida has taken a different approach to this problem and come up with a promising solution.

New Type of Energy Saving Lasers Being Developed

Lasers, one the stuff of myths, now a reality. Apparently then come in many different types.

These Companies Are Getting Their Own Piece Of The Revenue Pie…With Pizza!

Pizza; a favorite meal embraced by so many people around the world. With a growing industry of its own, companies in the pizza service industry have learned how to put unique twists on their preparation and delivery methods to stand out from the rest!

10 Refreshing Designs From The Rainforest

Julia Krantz is one of the most exciting interior designers working in wood today. Trained as an architect, Ms. Krantz creates from the wood of her native Brazilian rainforests. That her designs seem to emerge from the woods themselves, rather than pre-drawn concepts, makes Ms. Krantz's work so fresh and captivating, it's almost mesmerizing.

Toyota May Be Developing a Solar Powered Prius for Production

When Toyota introduced the Prius, it quickly became one of the most highly preferred hybrids available. However, as more and more companies developed their own hybrid vehicles, the popularity of the Prius began to slip. In an attempt the regain their dominance in the alternative energy realm, Toyota has secretly been developing a solar powered vehicle they hope will see mass production.

Save the Shavings with Chocolate Pencils

Ever notice how much pencil shavings look like those chocolate curls you see on delicious cakes? This set of assorted chocolate pencils from Nendo comes with a sharpener so you can save the shavings and feed your cravings!

Rough Diamond Rings With Interchangeable Bling

Every woman loves a diamond whether she'll admit it or not, and for those who don't want the large, glittery bling, rough diamonds are another alternative. But with just one ring, the accessory can get a little boring so one designer has a solution - offering interchangeable bling.

Breath-A-Licious Has Free Bone For A Kissable Companion

Dancing Paws is offering to send you a free Breath-A-Licious bone so you can have a "kissable companion." But I'm pretty sure it intends for you to give the Breath-A-Licious to your dog, not your husband.

Don't Be a Sucker - Pucker Up to This Art

Millions of people kiss many things every day. Babies, relatives, lovers, pets, even the ground they walk on..…but a ceiling? Photographer Fred Muram has created a unique series titled ‘Kissing the Ceiling’.

IGo's On A MIssion To Reduce Vampire Energy

This week at the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, iGo® will release several new products, including the new laptop charger with IGo Green™. IGo Green is garlic and cross to the energy vampire, the electricity sucker who bites at night, when your gadgets aren't even awake.

Stunt Granny: A Myth in the Making

Want to see an eighty-year-old woman on a motorcycle hurtle through a blazing hoop of fire? Well... you might not find that here. But rest assured: this Stunt Granny has the guts to jump INCHES into the air!

Golfers Beware! New Golf Clubs May Damage Your Ears

Those new golf clubs you bought? The ones that produce a "sonic boom" when they hit the golf ball? They can permanently damage your hearing!

What Technology Will Savvy Moms Be Using in 2009?

What gadgets will be hot with moms all over in 2009, one expert takes a stab at letting us know.

6 Eye Cakes From The Cardboad Kitchen

Patianne Stevenson sculpts her favorite foods from recycled cardboard... that is, when she is not painting them or creating new recipes for cooking and eating them. Her sculpturing skills are so satisfying to look at, that I call them eye cake! You'll see why.

No Smoking Sign Ashtray: Great Idea?

Patent# US D500166 also referred to as the No Smoking Sign Ashtray is, so they say, a design that only a New Yorker could have come up with. Being a former one (both smoker and New Yorker) I might opt to be insulted by that. Then again, I might just laugh and forget about it because this silly patent is really quite funny. Read on and see if you don’t agree.

Water Ski and Fly at the Same Time: Great idea?

Patent# US 6786785 also known as the Flying Ski is the perfect invention for the sports enthusiast with phobias. Now you can water-ski even if you are afraid of it and soar at high speeds even if heights give you agita. Read on and…be amazed.

Russian Electric-Powered Sportscar: Meet Marussia

A popular Russian singer and former car-racing champion, Nikolay Fomenko, is preparing to give Russia its very own electric sports car. Read all about the Marussia and this fascinating project that will concentrate on predominantly non-metal exchangeable bodies.

Maternity Insanity? Japan's Baby Inboard Campaign

Japan has taken the "Baby On Board" trend and backed it up a little - now pregnant women can call attention to their delicate conditions with Maternity Marks.

Be Your Own Plumber With PermaFlow

The PermaFlow sure saves the environment from the toxic liquid drain cleaners being poured into it. And it's likely to save you a few bucks in plumber's bills.

One-of Dodge Viper Concept Up for Sale

Since its introduction, the Dodge Viper has been about one thing; Raw horsepower. With a 500hp V10 under the hood and a 6-speed transmission to get the power to the ground, it's no mystery why it became so famous. Now, an even more rare and refined form of the Viper is up for grabs, but you better act fast as there is only one in existence.

Study Finds Big Butts are Healthy

Do you worry about having a big butt or those unsightly “thunder thighs”? Researchers state that having a little extra weight in the butt and hips may protect you against type 2 diabetes.

Just A Little Bit Off The Wall: "These Creatures" Hanging Feeders

The beautifully metal-sculpted designs from These Creatures are as stylish as they are functional. Attach them to the wall at just the proper feeding level for your pet, and voila! You have an off-the-wall pet feeder!

World’s Largest Dinosaur Site Uncovered in China

Chinese scientists claim that they have discovered the world's largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong. This is a most interesting development for a country that up until recently has been a relative latecomer to the field of archaeology. Read on for more details.

Behold The Power of Nanotubes

A new thing Nano technology disk that could have applications from lighting to computer screens and even car windshields is in development.

Scent Delivery System: Great idea?

Patent# US 6842218 known to some as the Scent Delivery System, is a 2005 invention that involves a flow of air via a single conduit with a nasal interface at one end and a fan or canister of compressed air at the other end. Read on for more details even though they already seem superfluous.

Pity These Businesses: It’s Their Job To Hear You Complain

Who doesn't like to complain? We take pride in our ability to whine, moan, and gripe to whoever will listen. The people hearing our issues can become tired of it; but they might not if they're getting paid. Two innovative businesses have kept this in mind, and not only will they hear out your annoying ranting, they also help you solve your problems.

Osteoporosis Drugs Now Linked To Cases Of Esophageal Cancer

No, you're not seeing things. Osteoporosis drugs have been in the news quite a bit lately and this time the bisphosphonates -- like Fosomax, Actonel, Didronel, and Boniva -- seem to have been related to at least 50 cases of esophageal cancer since 1995.

Symbio: Plenty Of Promise, But Where Is It?

This may not look like your average advertisement for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), but the cordless Symbio is not your average phone. It's a lifestyle. This bather will be awakened by the hi-fi ringtones of the Violin Concerto in D.

Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6997070 better known as Methods of Promoting Sleep Systems is one of those things whose purpose isn’t all that clear. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen. Read on and if you can figure it out, please pass it on.

IBM to Make Hydraulic Hybrids

IBM is pairing with UPS and the Eaton Corporation to make hybrid shipping trucks.

Russia Sends the World’s Hardiest Organisms Into Space

Can the world’s hardiest organisms survive three years in outer space? This year, a Russian spaceship will send more than 10 of earth’s toughest life forms into space for the answer. These organisms will face harsh radiation, extreme temperatures and few nutrients, but scientists believe they will survive.

Trendy Textbook Rental Market Grows In Popularity

 A new solution that makes books affordable to college students, saves their cash and the environment. Textbooks aren't cheap, whether you buy new or used and sharing with a friend creates logistical issues that tears relationships apart. Now, you can rent your books through Book Renter.

The Hepper Pod Bed & Hideout For Cats

It's fun pretending to be a cat, especially when you're looking for a cozy bed and hideout!

Popular Oral Osteoporosis Drugs Contribute To Jawbone Necrosis

Under the heading of "First they do, and then they don't, and then they do..." They do.

Oral osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva or similar bisphosphonates, do contribute to the death of cells in the jaw, called jawbone necrosis.

When You Just Can't Work Enough... There's TrekDesk

"Excuse me ma'am. Did you just ask me why I was breathing so heavily? Ahh, don't hang up, ma'am. I swear, I am not...."

Ford Demonstrates New Active Park Assist

For some reason, parallel parking seems to cause problems for many drivers. Of course, there are some who have no problems with it at all, but they seem to be a minority these days. If you are among the populous that has not yet mastered the art of parallel parking, Ford has joined the handful of other manufactures to offer a solution.

Bottle Cap Necktie: Great Idea?

Patent# US D509944 represents an idea for an invention known as the Bottle Cap Necktie. If you want to buy one of these, it won’t be easy because it is not a reality and may never be. Read on anyway and be amazed at what some people can conjure even without a single drink.

Copycat “Shanzhai” Culture Becomes Innovation in China

Now innovation in China has taken on a new and strange dimension that depends upon imitation in order to flourish. If you are about to argue that this is a contradiction in terms, suffice it to say that you are right. Read on anyway, for the fickle finger of marketing and fate points to a very interesting phenomenon.

Community Toilet Scheme Gives People A Place To Go, Literally!

The Community Toilet Scheme is a not-for-profit partnership of businesses in the UK that open their doors to give the public access to their washrooms whether they're paying customers or not.

20 Awesome Icons Of Modern Design 'As Seen On TV'

You won't find them on late-night TV informercials; you may never see them advertised on TV at all! But they are seen on TV... on the production sets of your favorite TV shows... and these stunning furnishings are from the world's most renowned interior designers. Like the Akari floor lamps by Isamu Noguchi, as seen on  House, or the George Nelson wall clock, as seen on The Apprentice, or...


RORMaxx Could be First Steps to Wind Powered Sports Car

In the ongoing search for alternative energy, few things have been so overlooked as wind. Granted, many places are beginning to accept wind power as an easily accessible form of renewable energy, but still others don't see its potential. It is this problem that 2 young minds from California have set out to solve.

Garden Ornament and Cremation Container Combo: Great idea?

Patent # US 6854165 refers to the Combination Lawn/ Garden Ornament and Cremation Container, which transforms the idiom of pushing up daisies to a new but unimportant and rather silly level. Memorializing the deceased is an old ritual, but surely even the ancient world would have laughed at this garden sculpture that doubles as a cremation urn. Read on and…try to believe.

Dying to Own the Rights To Your Favorite Song? Bid On It With SongVest

Finally, a unique online auction allows music lovers to enter the industry by purchasing the rights to their favorite songs. Users bid to purchase songs as gifts for the person who has anything, or for an indulgence of their own.