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February, 2009

Ferrari Design Students to Attend Modena University: Provide Better Cars for the Future

While most automotive designers will be happy with a job working for one of the several huge car companies across the globe, there are a few who have set their sights even higher. From them, exotics are what they want to design and they will settle for nothing else. Which raises the question: "Where do the men and women who design the exotic imports attend school?" If it's Ferrari, they will be attending the new Mille Chili Laboratory housed in Modena University.

A Do-It-Yourself Cat Bed: Ample Sample

Okay, I should have thought to do this cat bed myself, but I didn't. Portuguese designer, Helder L. Santos did, however; and I'm going to share his Ample Sample 2008 DIY project with you, with modified instructions. This cat bed is really easy to make!

Top Ten Twitter Songs of All Time

In Twitter's short 3-year lifespan, the rapid-growing microblogging platform has spawned over 6 million followers who not only blog in 140 characters or less, but have also penned and performed songs in its honor.

Be The First on Your Block To Freeze Dry Dog Poop!: Great Idea?

The Doggie Poop Freeze Wand is also known to some discerning specialists of fecal matter as Patent#US 6883462. If when you hear the word, wand, you think of fairy godmothers and Tinkerbelle, you are not that far off. There is no pumpkin coach or glass slipper or even a cute prince waiting however; it’s merely a response to the call of nature that befalls all living things. Read on but…don’t buy this yet.

Sound Walk: Wearable Audio Fashions For The Outdoors Plays Your iPod Music

If you're like many people these days, you're probably attached to your iPod or MP3 player 24/7, whether it's to go for a run, hike in the woods, or when you're just out and about town. A new fashionable clothing line, Sound Walk by AZA Extremes has created fashion with built in speakers which is reminiscent of the 80's, when music was made portable with large boom boxes; however with Sound Walk the clothing is more fashionable and the music is built in.

Lotus/Jaguar Team Up to Design Engine that Runs on Pretty Much Anything

Back in August, Lotus and Jaguar began a project, named "Omnivore," that was aimed at changing the way we think about the internal combustion engine. The engineers planned on beginning with a two stroke engine, rather than the four stroke we are used to, and redesigning it to work efficiently in their vehicles. Skip forward a few months, and now the Lotus/Jaguar team has put their "Omnivore" engine on display for the world to see.

Top 10 Anti-Recession Businesses of 2009: Ludicrous Luxuries

Inspired by our suffering economy, I'm counting down the top 10 anti-recession business services of 2009. These businesses are fine examples of innovative concepts; I just can't help but think that when times are tough with the economy, there are better ways to keep money in your pocket. If you're prepared to splurge, embrace these businesses with open arms. But if you need to pinch your pennies, consider a more recession-friendly alternative to these businesses services because these concepts were not created for times when money matters.

Burial Space Running Out: Could Promession be the Right Option?

I first wrote about biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak and her cryogenic technology with dead bodies in October of 2007. She was 8th and favorite on my list of eco-friendly burial options. Nearly 2 years later her freeze-dry technology is placed top of the list as a possible eco-burial option for East Lothian. 

Taxo Tokyo Concept Blurs Line Between Bus and Taxi

Many cities have been spending quite a bit of time and money researching ways to improve their mass transportation systems. Some are looking into hybrid or all electric busses and taxis, while others are focusing on greener subways and light rails. Designer Eva Toftum may have provided another choice for cities that are trying to streamline public transit.

Share Mobile Friendly Pages with Delivr

Sharing web pages with your buddies over the phone can get tricky, especially when a web site has a format that isn't very friendly to mobile browsers, which can only display so much graphical content.  Delivr looks to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile browsers by creating mobile-friendly content out of any page.

Side Effects May Include... Drug Ad Parodies To Cure What Ails You

What happens when I try to do a serious article about the possible side effects caused by prescription medicines? Well... as usual, things take a turn and become horribly strange. I just can't help myself. So, be ready to get sort'a freaked out as I take you into the world of medical side effect parodies.

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Biomimicry Regenerates Nerve Cells With 'Cotton Candy' In Polymer

Biomedical engineers from Perdue University have developed a method of providing nourishment to damaged nerves by mimicking the structural assembly of natural nerves. By building synthetic scaffolds of "cotton candy" and polymer around the cells, the engineers were able to attract and nourish the neurons.

Weird Revealing Fashion: Dissolvable Dress Offers Sexy Strip Teases From Spills

A UK designer has teamed up with leading chemists, Professor Tony Ryan and Professor Helen Storey to create a strange fashion that is also sustainable; the dissolvable dress. This unique look at strange fashion and sustainability is meant to demonstrate society's needless consumption and apt to throw things way without a second thought. Termed the Wonderland Project, this unique sustainable fashion not only creates environmental awareness; it's a well designed piece fit for the fashion runways. Wearers beware; hot spills might leave you overexposed (talk about wardrobe malfunction!).


Jones® GABA Has Every Intention Of Blowing Your Mind

You know Jones Soda, the pure cane juice soda? Well, get ready for Jones GABA, the drink that intends to blow your mind!

LeapFrog’s Zippity: Jump for Joy With the Interactive Learning and Exercise System for Kids

If your child has a habit of sitting in front of the television all day long or doesn't get quite enough exercise, this new interactive gadget may have you all jumping for joy!

3 Fun Mirrors From Suck UK

Suck UK creates so many innovative and fun products that always make you smile. Today, I fell for three fun mirrors that I'd like to share with you: Five x Five, Who Tall Are You, and the Wiper Mirror.

Catch a Mouse Electronically?: Great Idea?

The Portable Electrical Mouse Trap, which mice refer to as they cower in dark corners as Patent#US 6865843, is a very different and quite powerful device. Adult mice warn their children to avoid the cheese fragrance, (which is not even real cheese) as we warn our children about smiling strangers in trench coats! Read on, but remember that revenge is not so sweet if you are on the receiving end.

Changing Your Name After Marriage Just Got Easier With I’m A Mrs.!

Congratulations on tying the knot! Now that he's gotten that ring on your finger, you may have decided to change your last name to share it with your new husband. Getting your name changed after saying "I do" is a headache, and that's putting it lightly, so an innovative Canadian Company, I'm a Mrs. has put together a process that makes changing your name go more smoothly. While you may suffer from identity confusion due to your new role as a wife, after using I'm a Mrs.' services will make sure it doesn't occur because you haven't changed your name.


Crazy for Craigslist? Try Crazedlist!

Imagine if you could search every Craigslist listing in every state, or even the world?  Crazedlist is a site dedicated to helping users get the most out of Craigslist's massive repository of classifieds.

Get Out Your Pen! Doodling May Help Your Memory

Do you find yourself forgetting things? New research shows that doodling while listening helps some people remember details.

iDuck Waterproof Speaker System: Not Your Average Rubber Ducky!

This little yellow duck is not your average rubber ducky!  The iDuck Waterproof Speaker System is a handy wireless gadget for music lovers.

Spark Awards 2009 Call For Entries

... The competition is in two phases; the first phase is now until September 11, 2009. But, early registration is definitely wise. It saves you money and it also gives you more exposure to the judges.

Dog Poop Is A Growing Business

Recently, pet DNA businesses have cropped up. Not only do the DNA entrepreneurs want to clone your pets, they came up with the brilliant idea of using your dog's DNA to trace his poop back to him... to you the owner, really.

Study Finds That Many Diets Are Effective In Weight Loss

People are always searching for the best or fastest weight loss plan. While some may say that one diet plan is better than another, researchers have found that there are many diets out there that are effective in weight loss.

When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

BMW Developing Navigation System that Predicts Your Destination

It seems that in car technology just keeps getting smarter with every new generation of vehicles. At the rate we are going, it won't be long until vehicles will be able to decide on a destination and drive there for us with little or no input from the driver. While this seems like something from a Science fiction movie, BMW is already working on a system that can guess where you plan on going.

Vehicle Skin to Return 25% Increase In Fuel Economy

Of all the forces present on a moving vehicle, few can reduce your fuel mileage as much a drag. For this reason, many people are beginning to modify the bodies of their vehicles to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and therefore fuel mileage. It was from this idea that a new way to improve your fuel economy, called Fast Skins, was born.

Need Some Help Haunting Homes?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6776687 is what is known as a Haunting Aid, and it is one of those ideas that makes one wonder exactly how much those people down at the patent office really drink every day. Glowing eyes via an LED is hardly another world or even another invention. Read on anyway and ignore that chill that just passed over your right shoulder.

Flipping For An Upside Down Tomato Garden

The Upside Down Tomato Garden is an invention that's about time in coming. After years of trying to grow tomatoes in the ground and humanely keeping the gophers and rabbits from destroying them, I'm flipping for this gadget.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

Really Groovy Dishes From Designer Ross McBride

Sometimes just having the perfect tools is an excuse for an occasion. Like when you purchase a new barbecue grill, it's an excuse to invite friends over for a cookout. What better excuse to "dish" with a pal than these groovy dishes from Ross McBride, now designing from his studio in Tokyo.

MinMu Squishes Several Links Into One

MinMu is about as simple of a service as it gets, and not altogether not unlike TinyURL.  You take your links, input them into the generator, and out comes your abbreviated link.  But MinMu does have some features that give it a bit of an advantage over TinyURL

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

Marketing Goes Green! Natural, Unique & Sustainable Advertising By Curb

Effective marketing strategies can make a great contribution to the success of a business. While many marketing agencies are turning to blogging and online marketing to advertise their clients' services; Curb is going green in their marketing strategies by using eco-friendly, sustainable marketing methods that rely upon nature.


Disco Ball Hat: Get Your Party On and Dance the Night Away

Some of us of a certain age may have fond memories of the Disco era.  Others, well, not so much.  But whether you loved Disco or hated it, this isn't your average, run-of-the-mill hat! 

10 Best Hamburger Fantasies Become A Reality

Sushi is so 2006 and bacon is totally 2008, but what random food fad is on the cool horizon this year? Burgers. Why burgers? They’re as all-American as you can get –even more American than apple pie and baseball, which are really just variations of German and British inventions respectively.

 

In honor of this great American feat of food engineering, I bring you the must-have burger gizmos of the upcoming year.

 


Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Garmin Introduces Workout Watch At Moderate Pricepoint: The FR60

If you fancy a workout watch -- one that tracks your time, calories burned, and gives you a bit of training challenge -- then the new FR 60 may be for you. But for $130, don't expect it to tell you how to get where you're going or much else.

Snore Much? Here's A "Side Solution Pillow"

If you or your special other has a problem snoring, here's a new pillow that may help that. It's the Side Solution Pillow!

Howie’s Hand Me Downs: Durable Fashion Designed To Last Forever

Even designer clothing isn't designed to last forever. Howie's Hand Me Downs specializes in making high-quality clothing that uses fabrics and materials made to withstand the tests of time; so not only will your fashion purchases last your lifetime, they can spend their days draped on a second generation wearer and still look great. Read on decide if this clothing manufacturer that emphasizes recycling fashion is onto a trendsetting concept, or if its classic style is a fashion flop.

City Night Lights Create Day Lights In Window Shades

Finish interior designer Elina Aalto has created a novel window shade that comes in cities, instead of colors!

Green Man USB Memory Flash Drive Has a Head for Data

USB memory flash drives come in just about any shape, size and/or color possible but the Green Man stands head and shoulders - mainly head - above the goofy gadget crowd.

There’s Nothing Hardboiled About This Eggshell Art

Ron Cheruka, a.k.a. “The Egg Man”, makes beautiful sculptures out of - yep, you guessed it – eggshells!

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

PolyFlav Makes Plastic Good Enough To Eat

PolyFlav is a company that believes the things found in plastic containers, just don't taste good enough on their own.  This strange company is in the business of producing flavored plastic that will keep your taste buds satisfied.

CastTV Gets You Whatever Videos You Want

Online video has enjoyed a healthy boom over the past few years, and many new websites have been popping up all over to take advantage of the growing medium.  CastTV has been designed to be a one-stop search for whatever videos you're looking for, and it seems to us like they've done the trick.

No Need for the Exterminator: HEXBUGS Won’t Bite!

Yes folks, bug season is here!  HEXBUG,  the small robotic bug from Innovation First, was a great big hit at the 2009 Toy Fair held in New York.

Live Bath Mat Dries Feet And Grows

What if you could bring that barefoot-through-the-grass feeling indoors with you? Would you do it? La Chanh Nguyen brought the feeling indoors with her except instead of grass she used moss. Then she planted the moss in a bath mat made of decay free foam. She calls her living bath mat Moss Carpet and so far, it is my favorite green find of the year.  

Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept May Become World's Fastest Hybrid

It seems as though the title of "World's Fastest Hybrid" has become one of the most sought after bragging rights across the globe. It started with a battle over fuel efficiency, but then slowly but surely it has become a race to see who can make the fastest eco-friendly people mover on the market. It seems as though this kind of competition has brought about some new contenders as well, in the form of the Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept.

10 Magical Ways To Use Mushrooms In Your Decor

In folklore, mushrooms eat bugs, or protect the leprechauns from the rain, or relish rock and roll music! But, the mushroom, in most cultures, is good, good luck, and yes, some of them are magical mushrooms. Here are 10 mushrooms that will bring magic, and maybe some good luck, into your home.

OLED Television Wallpaper Gives You a Room With a View

Future homes may not have televisions or room lighting, at least not as we know them. Research by Toshiba using OLED paper and nanotechnology may make tomorrow's wallpaper a glowing, interactive wonder.

Who Watches The Watchmen? I Know I Will...

Listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels, Watchmen has long been considered the pinnacle of graphic novel storytelling. Many considered it impossible to adapt into a film, but Zack Snyder (director of 300) has helmed a big-budget blockbuster adaptation due to hit the screens in March, 2009. An innovative marketing campaign has emerged to hype the film--and I, for one, like what I see.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Fashionable T-Shirt Subscription Delivers The News

T-Post is a fashion brand that combines fashion with news. The t-shirt subscription service sends out a unique t-shirt based on a current news story to its subscriber base every six weeks; keeping the public informed about current events while ensuring they're also dressed fashionably.


Rubberbands, Not Clothes Make The Man: Great Idea?

Patent# US D522914 represents Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands, which is an idea for an invention that raises one question above all else; namely why? The recycling of rubberbands is clever and responsibly green, but it would be an odd child indeed who would be drawn to this mummy like creature. But then again, odd is even sometimes these days.

Magic Frog to Prince: Your Very Own Prince Charming in a Box!

 Who says you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince?   With the Magic Frog to Prince kit, you get both for one low price.

Learn a New Language at Busuu

Busuu is a do-it-yourself approach to learning languages.  If you want to get a little linguistics exercise, but don't have the time or money to spend taking formal courses at your local community college (ugh), then Busuu is for you.  Right now, Busuu offers free basic courses in English, German, French, and Spanish.

The Groundbreaking Shanghai Tower

When Shanghai Tower is completed in 2014, its twisting design will be self-sustainable and able to withstand the high winds of a typhoon.

99designs®: The Crowdsourcing Spot For Graphic Designers

Leading a growing trend on the Internet for groupsourcing, the group 99designs® has set up a very popular spot for SMB's (small to medium businesses) and graphic designers to come together on projects. The idea is very simple: the business sets up a "contest" through 99designs and graphic artists from anywhere in the world can compete to win the contest. There are hundreds of contests going on at a time.

Seeing Red? Study Finds That Anger May Kill You

Have you ever been so mad that veins start popping out in your head? Researchers have found that anger and other high emotions may trigger deadly heart rhythms in certain people.

2009’s Most Fashionable Vending Machines: Shoe Dispensing Hits UK Streets & Nightclubs

After a long night of dancing and partying at the hottest nightclubs, especially if you like to let loose Studio 54 style, there's nothing worse than having to walk home in the high-fashion heels or stilettos that you started the evening with. Fashionable and convenient vending machines popping up all across the UK to give club goers (and those suffering from other emergency shoe dilemmas) the convenience of comfortable shoe dispensing when they need it most.


Torrent Relay Lets You Download Torrents Right Through Your Browser

Torrents are the biggest P2P file transfer protocol on the web.  TorrentRelay lets users connect to a torrent by using its website as a torrent client, bypassing firewalls and router port-forwarding.  You can use it from your desktop, and even your mobile device!

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker: Handheld GPS Device is a Lifesaver

If you’re a parent that has spent many a restless night worrying and wondering where your children are and if they are safe, there’s an award winning device that you may be interested in.

NetSquared Mobile Innovation Challenge 2009

How can mobile phone applications enrich people's lives, helping individuals or groups to live better? If you have a solution for a mobile application, and think you know how to make it work, you should enter the N2Y4 Mobile Innovation Challenge, sponsored by NetSquared.

World’s Fastest Electric Dirt Bike Hits the Trails

A short while back we brought you the story of the World's Fastest Electric motorcycle. While that was good news for many, others were more interested in the slightly less refined and commonly muddier cousin of the motorcycle. If this sounds like you, the 2009 Zero X has got you covered.

My Dog's A 50, What's Yours? The Sleep Number Pet Bed

I stopped going to the chiropractor and acupuncturist, and my dog threw away his crutches!

Mannequin Lamps "At Your Command"

Consistent with my theory that today's designers just want to have fun, comes Daniel Loves Objects, an industrial designer from Singapore, who clearly had a great deal of fun creating his "At Your Command" mannequin lamps.

Wear a Fin and Pretend To Be A Dolphin: Great Idea?

The Dolphin Fin Swimming Accessory known to those in the aquatic know as Patent#US D494652 is an idea whose time may or may not have arrived even though it is sort of here anyway. Perhaps someone needs to ask the dolphins how they feel about it? After all, inquiring minds always seek to know.

Strange Business Idea: Online Shopping Website Hugs Its Shipments

Soul's Calling, an online shopping website that features inspirational products, may seem like a normal business, but to see why it's so strange, you need to look at it a little bit closer. The owner of this weird and wacky home business, believes in Positive Energy Transfer which she instills in her products through prayer, meditation, and of course, hugging.

Who Needs A Canvas? Fabulous Facepainting Art

This artist paints his face with all types of cool and strange artwork, especially fruit.

Wacky Wearable Gadget: World’s Smallest Watch For Your Finger Nail

Timex and Core77 have collaborated to introduce one of the world's smallest watches. This unique, wearable gadget is disposable timepiece designed to mould to your fingernail and with its light up function makes a bold fashion statement.


Giga Pudding, the Family-sized Dessert for Really Big Families

Pudding on the Ritz? The Sahara of desserts? Pudding-zilla? Giga Pudding from Japan's Takara Tomy is the sumo-sized snack that will soon leave you as big & jiggly as IT is!

Cell Phone Data Extractor: A Spy Tool For the Masses?

Need yet another device to secure your knowledge that your spouse is cheating on you? Well... here ya go. The Cell Phone Data Extractor will insure that those nagging doubts that you've carried around for years are fact... Do I sound sarcastic? Yep. But it's still a pretty cool little gadget...

Tesla Reveals Most of Model-S All Electric Sedan...Future Still in Question

The future of Tesla Motors has been in question throughout the past few months and many are beginning to believe they will soon go out of business. However, this hasn't stopped Tesla from planning the official debut of their new Model S Sedan, which is set to happen on March 26.

Surreal Rings That Bind

Fired with creativity, tempered with nature, these rings will surely command a second glance and are guaranteed conversation makers, even if they do not take your relationship to newer heights.

Digiwall Interactive, Digital Rock Climbing: Futuristic Invention A Reality

Digiwall is another fine example of a company focused on keeping things active through interactive fun. Their digital climbing wall, which combines visual and aural experiences incorporate challenges, games and other fun activities to make indoor rock climbing even more enjoyable for children and other sport enthusiasts.

Education Begins in The Womb: Great Idea?

The Fetal Educator Strap, which is sometimes referred to as Patent# US 6840775 provides a way for a mother to discuss matters with her chlid before it enters the world. Brilliant in its simplicity, this invention may make all of us question exactly when a child’s education should begin. Read on, but watch what you say.

Rinspeed Unofficially Unveils the iChange--Talks Production

A short while back, we brought you the story of the Rinspeed iChange Concept vehicle. The iChange is essentially a single seat sports car that, when necessary, could extend the cabin area to hold up to three people. Since then, Rinspeed has refined the concept car and the time has finally come to unveil it to the world.

Super Invention For Home Growers And Canners: The Quick-Brix™

How do small farmers and home growers know when their fruits and vegetables are perfect for picking? Mettler Toledo, a company that has helped big growers, canners, and bottlers determine this answer for many years, has now created a portable measuring gadget for us small guys: the Quick-Brix™.

Inspired By Ferns: Eric Vergne's Dystopian Farm

Global food prices have surged 75 percent since the year 2000 because of the over-foresting, over-cultivating, and global warming affecting soil conditions in farming regions throughout the world. It's very promising then that there are forward looking architects like Eric Vergne whose entry in Evolo's 2009 Skyscraper Competition is something to be seriously considered -- so seriously, that Evolo has awarded his "Dystopian Farm," third place in the competition.

Sustainable Fashion: Worn Again Creates Fashionable Bags From Recycled Materials

A progressive fashion company, Worn Again, which produces sustainable fashion accessories, proves that fashion can be eco-friendly, practical and attractive. Their line of bags, the newest sustainable fashion available from their line, is made from recycled airplane seats from Virgin Atlantic and seatbelts. Worn Again's collection of luggage and handbags are proving to be trendsetters in green fashion.


Siberian UFO Sighted: Many Photos Taken

It’s getting more and more uncomfortable for those who don’t believe in ufos to deny their existence. Whatever they are or aren’t, many residents of Chita, Russia, a city with a population of about 300,000 in south-eastern Siberia, reported seeing an enormous UFO zooming across their city and disappearing into a very perplexed horizon.

Blog and Print Media Collide With The Printed Blog

Blogs aren't just online anymore! A new business model, The Printed Blog, is launching an innovative publication which will take content that is only available online, and print the articles twice-daily in newspaper form. This Printed Blog business hopes that combining new and old media outlets will make a successful venture.

Fraunhofer Institute working on 3-Dimensional Dashboard

Car dashboards are slowly but steadily becoming a conglomeration of technology. More and more information can be readily displayed upon request and in some cases, the entire thing can be customized right down to the finest detail. In keeping with this progression, Fraunhofer Institute has developed what could be the next big jump in dashboard technology.

Ford EcoBoost Lineup Gets a Twin Turbo V6

Considering how much positive feedback Ford's 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine received, the next logical step would be a V6. Ford decided to take it one step further by designing a high output EcoBoost engine that should catch the interest of performance junkies and eco-savvy people alike.

Arsenic: Is This Ancient Poison a Modern Remedy?

News sources in Hong Kong have released information concerning the success of some leukemia patients that have been treated with a combination of arsenic and vitamin A. How far has this poison dating back to an 8th century A.D Arab alchemist named Jabir really come? Read on for some startling details.

Urawaza: Time Tested Tips for Troubled Times

Urawaza is Japanese for "clever lifestyle tips and tricks", and that's what this colorfully covered book by Lisa Katayama delivers in spades. What's more, the current financial crisis has made Urawaza's blend of folk wisdom and cheap fixes all that much more helpful.

New BraDryer To Be Customized To Your Bra Size!

From 32 to 44, from B to DD, the BraDryer will have a shape just like yours... or your bra's anyway.

Amazing Space Age Ant Farm: AntWorks Illuminated Ant Farm

You probably have never seen an ant farm quite like this one before!  If you happen to know a child that is fascinated by ant hills, nature or science - and what child isn’t - this product is guaranteed to be a great big hit with kids of all ages! 

Twitter vs. Facebook - Battle of the Social Goliaths

How social are these mega social networks? Well social enough for Facebook to have courted Twitter most recently...to only be rebuffed as a lustful suitor too eager to get to third base before the first pitch was thrown. Back in fall of 2008, Facebook offered Twitter $500 million in stock to wed and bed her.

Beware Of Fakes

These non-licensed brand name products might last a few days, or if you are lucky, you might just be able to say, "I can't believe this is not the real stuff."


Do You Need Some Help Kissing?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6789799 is called the Kissing Shield Game and Method of Use Thereof. One would think that the human race has evolved far enough so that kissing is an acceptable art form, but perhaps it hasn’t. French and other type kisses spread germs and this inventor has the answer for preventing this. Read on but be careful. Germs are lurking, watching and waiting to pounce on unsuspecting lovers everywhere.

I Beams Are Right At Home In Architect's Interior Design

You wouldn't think that I beams, common beams used in construction, would make comfortable pieces of furniture and, even less so, very attractive furniture. Not until you see Filippo Ghezzani's very livable and "workable" line of interior design...

Creepiest Business of 2009: Spider Pharm Breeding Creepy Crawlies

 Charles Kristensen loves all creepy crawlies with more than four legs, which lead to him finding Spider Pharm, a home business that breeds, milks and tries to reduce cannibalism in the arachnid population. If reading about spiders and other creepy things makes you squeamish, then proceed with caution, but this one is a definite winner for the record books as 2009's creepiest business.  

Portable iPod Accessory – Building Block Speakers

If anyone in your family happens to own an iPod, check out this handy and useful little accessory.

Hello Kitty Toilet Set Adds Cute to Your Commode

There's just no escaping the Queen of Cute, even in the "throne room", as the Hello Kitty Toilet Set brings Sanrio's omnipresent ambassador of sweetness into the home's most private chamber.

Predicting Heart Attack Risk

New studies conducted by researchers at the University of California at Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program in conjunction with researchers at the Framingham Heart Study indicate that systolic blood pressure values alone are not the best indicators of heart attack risk.

Rear View Mirror Eliminates Blind Spots

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 826,000 traffic accidents every year in the U.S. that happen while changing lanes... most due to blind spots. As the population is expanding faster than the highway systems, the number of blind spot related accidents is bound to increase; that's where the No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror comes in.

Women More Likely To Check Up On Exes Online

How many of you have tried searching on the Internet for information about someone? Have you ever ‘Googled’ a person? If you know what ‘Googling’ someone means, then you probably have. While many of us have done this before, a new study says that women are more likely than men to stalk their exes online.

Mugen Tunes Honda Insight: Creates Zero-Lift

Mugen has been tuning Honda vehicles for quite a while now, and we knew it was only a matter of time until they decided to play with the Insight. What we didn't know was exactly what they had planned for the little hybrid, until just recently that is, but what they did may surprise you.

Aigo Waterproof Mini USB Memory Gets Wet, Still Works

Our new more mobile lifestyle exposes precious data to the elements, with water being the worst culprit. OTAS Corp's Aigo Micro I-Stick to the rescue! A smaller, safer USB flash drive, the 2GB Aigo can endure a dunk without turning data to junk.

Dry Erase, Talkin’ Crazy Sneakers By Reebok: Coolest Shoe Of 2009?

Talkin' Crazy by Reebok is an innovative basketball shoe. But what makes them unique has nothing to do with the shoe's technology or performance abilities; and everything to do with the interesting material they're made of and what this means to their wearers. Talkin' Crazy basketball shoes are made out of a dry-erase surface, so that players wearing the sneakers can deliver non-verbal messages to their competition while floating up at the boards for their game-winning slam dunk.

Rubik’s TouchCube: This Aint Your Mama’s Cube!

Those of us of a particular age, may remember the Rubik's Cube craze from back in the day.  While some may have fond memories of the plastic puzzle, others may have tried to completely erase it from memory. But whether you loved it or hated the old Rubik's Cube, there is a brand new cube coming to town that you will want to see.


Samsung May Provide OLED Displays for “Holographic” In-Car Display

Just in case the 3-D dashboard didn't pique your interest, Samsung has also been looking into the automotive industry to see where they can provide some improvement. Their idea of a futuristic dashboard provides a somewhat similar experience as the 3-D cousin, but is based on Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) that create pseudo-holographic image to provide you with data.

Stylish And Innovative Perfume Bottle Necklaces

The pendant along with the long delicate chain retails at $28 and looks discreet and eminently stylish...and not like a piece of cheap glass.

Kiss My Ass! - 10 Great Hot Butt Ads (SFW)

Ah, the glory that is the human butt. Not only is it functional as a portable seating device, but it's also (in the right circumstances) easy on the eye. And as such, marketing firms the world over use ass to sell us all sorts of stuff. But... sometimes it isn't a pretty sight...

Save Electricity With Combination Soap and Vibrator: Great Idea?

The Novelty Bar of Soap Having Low Cost Electro-Mechanical Vibrating Assembly is basically a traveling vibrator that makes its home in a bar of soap. Or better put, consider Patent# US 6802819 is the newest thing in making soap a “dirty toy.” Read on for some small shocks and a few details.

8 Crafty Cookware Products Every Witches' Kitchen Needs

If you are a witch, wizard, or descendant of either one, you will be delighted at these wonderful Witches' Kitchen items, guaranteed to entice your ancestors right into your home for a cooked toad or two.

Mouth Watering Fashion Comes To Life With Chocolate Clothing

Until recently, chocolate has simply been a sweet indulgence. Now chocolate is a material used to create other items that typically aren't meant for eating, including clothing. These innovative, strange and delicious fashion items will make your mouth water.

Hmm…Who To LayOff? You Choose. Yeah; You!

Layoffs suck, and choosing who to fire when all of your employees are doing a good job sucks even more for businesses stuck with the decision of who to layoff.  A new website, You Choose We Fire, takes the decision of who to layoff out of their own hands, and allows web surfers to choose the unlucky employee who will be fired.

China To Create Database of Blacklisted Journalists, But Could It Backfire?

State media reported this past Friday that China plans to create a "database of [Chinese] media professionals with a bad record," this according to Business Week.  While on the surface this might look like a step up in censorship technology on the part of the Chinese government, there might be more to it than that.

Don't Go Bump In The Night! Get Stair Lights

First Street carries a pretty neat set of Stair Lights that come in a kit with a light for each step and they are pretty high tech!

Geek Blood Will Flow at the Akiba Blood Donation Room

The Akiba Blood Donation Room in the heart - sorry - of Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara has found a unique method of boosting blood donations: Stock up on manga mags, then stick in the needle.

Do You Look Like Your Dog? Make Something From It!

Paul and his dog Buddy from San Diego, California had their pictures taken at the beach and submitted one to Jet Blue Airway's Pet Look-Alike photo contest. Next thing they knew they each had a free round-trip ticket to any of 51 cities on Jet Blue's fly-to list.

Who Is That? Hoodies With A Twist

At first glance you might think Barrack Obama is sitting on the bench next to you, or a baby is bawling its lungs out...but don't worry...it's all an illusion.

See Disaster as it Approaches Your Surfboard Window: Great Idea?

Patent# US D503206 is a Surfboard Having a Viewing Window. For those of us out there (and we know who we are) who might be secret voyeurs, this invention is positively perfect. Not to knock it, one reviewer claims it saved his life. Read on and view.

Strange And Unique Items Found In Lost Luggage: Buy Them At Unclaimed Baggage

Millions of people lose their luggage when traveling each and every year. While 99% of lost baggage gets returned to its owner, much of it remains unclaimed. Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama collects the unclaimed luggage from airlines across the country, and sells the items contained in the unclaimed baggage at affordable prices. Talk about profiting from the misfortunate from others in a way that's still respectable.


Puke Pets: Funny Fashion Statement Salvages Stained Clothing

Stains happen, but at least now when stains don't come out in the wash you can make a funny fashion statement and salvage your clothing instead of throwing it away. Puke pets can be pinned onto your clothes when an unfortunate clothing stain happens and are sized to fit in your purse or pocket so they're ready to respond to your unexpected emergency spills.

“Fur Real” Cat: Hasbro’s High-Tech Lulu, My Cuddlin’ Kitty

Lulu, My Cuddlin Kitty is the newest addition to the high-tech FurReal Friends family.   Toy manufacturer Hasbro introduced their popular FurReal Friends line back in 2002.

Give Your Texting Thumbs a Rest with Cherple!

Text messaging got your cell phone bill going through the roof?  Save a couple bucks while you're at the computer with Cherple!  Cherple bridges the gap between text messaging and instant messaging with a simple client, and you can even demo the service without installing anything.


Comfy Kitty Cozy's Got Your Hot Water Bottle Covered

Cold got you feeling down? Warm up with Nyantomo, because there's nothing like a warm kitty to get you feline fine!

ReCork America Needs 300,000 Wine Corks to Yield a Ton

Did you know cork is ideal for recycling? Why? It is ideal for recycling because it is biodegradable, renewable, energy efficient, sustainable and 100% natural. Cork can be recycled into so many useful things, including: flooring, furniture, insulation, packaging materials and so on. Amorim understands how beneficial cork is and is why Amorim started ReCork America. 

Inspired By Nature's Shadows: Jo Angell's Solar Sanctuary

Most recently, Ms. Angell has been experimenting with the idea of solar canapies inspired by the natural shade provided by trees and plants. In fact, standing under one of her canopies, you would believe it was a tree or plant providing the shade.

Brain Games: MindFlex Literally Boggles the Mind

Have you ever wanted to move something without actually touching it?  Have you ever focused on a stationary object, willing it to move by using sheer will-power, only to be disappointed it didn’t move an inch?  The new  MindFlex game may just be the next best thing.

Globus Scriptorium Work Pod: Perfect For Agoraphobics

Extend your hand out 2.5 feet in front of you and make a 360 degree turn. That's the size of the Globus Scriptorium. Pressed for office space? This could be it. The pod you see takes up the space of a big living room pouffe and it contains a desk and chair. Is there an air vent in there? You might be able to hide in it.

Wake Up Seattle! Instant Starbucks Is Coming!

Huh? Oh, sorry... I was just talking to myself. Huh? Starbucks is going to market instant coffee in Seattle? The trendiest coffee town in the world? Oh, Chicago too... Well, that's alright then. (Want a free sample...?)

Erotic Chairs From Fabio Novembre: His & Hers

Reviewers seem to love Fabio Novembre's work or hate it; but at least they consider each design one at a time. Fabio is famous for being talented, for being "out there," and for designing exactly what he wants, not caring what reviewers think. He's a rock star.

Pomegranate Phone Ad More Than Meets The Eye

The ultimate gadget has arrived! Or has it...? Welcome to the incredible Pomegranate Phone advertising campaign.

Hands On Boob Lingerie: Wacky Hand Bra To Embrace Your Boobs!

Want to feel hands cupping your breasts everywhere you go? Since having your spouse or partner cup your boobs in lieu of a bra in public would neither be convenient nor appropriate, the Hand Bra has been introduced.


Fly And Swim Almost at The Same Time? Great Idea?

Patent#US 6938852 that some may opt to refer to as the Flying Craft Tethered to Powered Water Vehicle provides a new and different way for busy members of our modern society to multi task during leisure time. Read on, even though afterwards you may choose to return to the office.

Innovative Gloves Created For Touch Screens

The Dot Gloves not only help keep fingers warm, they also let one operate touch screen menus with élan. In case you are scared of scratches, fear not for the dots are smooth and curved so they won't scratch your screen.

Unique Travel Agency Features Tropical Vacations Where Clothing Is Optional!

Most people like to hit the beaches in their teeniest bikinis, but if you prefer to vacation in the nude, then NFN Travel.com, a popular online travel agency for nudists, will ensure that you get to your tropical travel destination where all you need to bring is your birthday suit.


Site Announcement - February 17, 2008

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce the addition of another new blogger to our writing team. 

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway is a busy freelance writer and mother of two.  For seven years, Jace taught technology to 600 young children each week.   As a child safety advocate, Jace also served as Internet Safety Coordinator for two school regions, teaching parents, educators and over 1000 children all about online safety.  She has an award-winning educational resource blog on online safety.   Although the majority of her time is spent focused on serious issues, she thoroughly enjoys finding all sorts of  innovative items for children and babies.You can read about her interesting finds at Jace's blog.

High and Dry: China Attacks The Heavens In Hopes of Rain

China is currently in the midst the most devastating drought it has seen in the last fifty years, and projections for the rest of the year show no signs of relief. The matter is of such critical importance that China cannot afford to wait for nature to take its course.

Bubble Wrap® Competition Winner Invents "Swing Thing" For Sister

The Grand Prize went to eleven-year-old Tucker Haas from Charlotte, NC. His winning entry, entitled "My Personal Swing Thing," was inspired by his younger sister Lexi, who has Kernicterus, a physical disorder similar to cerebral palsy.

Is A Part-Time Online Business Right For You?

Do you know someone who is raking in the big bucks by engaging in a part-time online business? There are just too many of them claiming to have done just that all over the Internet. In fact, I just received an email about a really successful Internet Entrepreneur has supposedly made $1,000,000 dollars in just one tele-seminar.

Good Enzyme, Bad Enzyme: Getting Closer To Alzheimer's Prevention?

In what could be a very significant discovery regarding the biochemistry of alpha-secretase in protecting our brains from Alzheimer's disease, biochemical researchers at Germany's Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz were able to determine more about what function the enzyme plays. Implications could lead to more effective treatments (and possibly prevention).

Site Announcement - February 16, 2008

InventorSpot.com is pleased to announce the addition of a new blogger to our writing team.

Austin Keenan is an aspiring professional writer.  He is currently in college as a Journalism Major with a background in online writing, although he started off his career in media production.  When he's not working to produce online videos for his own company, SomeGuys.tv, he's scouring the internet looking for cool websites to try out, and watching lots of online videos. He will be writing about innovative forms of online media, including interesting websites.

You can read more about his cool website finds and more at Austin's blog.

Clothes Hanger Promises To Sort Out Your Clothes

Each set of hangers comprises of 5 gentle satin and faux suede clothes hangers, plus a set of "planning" sheets.Get a set and get set to sort out your dresses...literally.

Scientists Discover Pill That Could Erase Bad Memories

These days doctors seem to have a pill for everything. Now, researchers have discovered a pill that could erase bad memories.

I Never Would Have Guessed! The Tufty

You know the expression, "Boys just want to have fun?" Today's interior designers, boys and girls, are having enormous amounts of fun. Just look at Tufty by Lithuanian designer Jonas Jurgaitis...

New Generation of Russian Goats Linked to Protection of Newborns

A sort of miracle will soon be occurring on a farm near Moscow where the birth of a very special new generation of goats with human genes is expected. These genes will make them produce protein lactoferrin, which is an element in human milk that protects a newborn baby until his or her own immune system starts to work. Read on for some amazing details.

Hockey Stick to Combat Yard Waste: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6926629 known as the Attachment for Blade of Hockey Stick was meant to aid the human race in dealing with an endless problem; namely, yard waste. So when you are done pucking about, you don’t have to retire that stick that lives peacefully in your upstairs closet. Make it a ninja warrior and just open your back door. Armed with this new key, you will at least be able to locate your lost kingdom. Read on, and persevere.

Natural Disaster Support Of A New Kind: Mobile Laundry Service Gets Dirty

Mo-bile Suds Laundry Service isn't afraid to get its hands dirty. This on-location laundry company takes its Laundromat on wheels to the sites of natural disasters all over the country to help clean up; starting with the laundry.

The Best Beers Of 2009: RateBeers Great Beers By Country

RateBeer members have spoken! And after 2 million beer reviews from all over the world were tabulated, the results are in. Here are just some of the winners for 2009 by country.

Improve Your Looks With Bodypainting Art

The World Bodypainting Festival is a show held every year that features artists showcasing their work on the human body.

Reverse Nose Plugs Keep the Water In!

"Pit Stopper" has less to do with racing than running - running noses, that is. Those troubled by runny noses due to allergies or colds can simply plug their nostrils... with these ingenious nostril plugs.

Iran Automaker Claims Title of World Most Powerful Compressed Natural Gas Engine

While most of the alternative energy attention is focused on electrics, there are some automakers who are looking more into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Iran Khodro, one such company based out of the Middle East, has recently released information claiming they will be producing the most powerful CNG engine available on the market. Their plan is to bring such powerplants into the spotlight and offer another viable alternative to petroleum fuels.

Man Converts Honda S2000 to All Electric Power

Over the years, the Honda S2000 has become a popular car for collectors and tuners alike. A powerful 4-cylinder engine also offers the added bonus of being somewhat eco friendly. For one man however, that wasn't enough, so he decided to convert his new S200 into an all electric roadster.

Einstein Lives and Smiles: Is Animated Life Relative?

Reincarnation, freeze-dried embryos and robots that walk, talk, smile and even kill, were at one time limited to the world of the bizarre and the cinema. Today, all of that is old hat, and it takes more and more to amaze a new-age audience. Meet Albert Einstein, the smiling robot, an empathetic genius who although he has been dead for more than 50 years, is sure to win your heart. Read on for more about the very latest in a very old concept; namely, the robot.

Find A Surrogate Mother With Rent-A-Womb Business That Outsources Indian Uteruses

Infertility is no laughing manner, and while finding a surrogate to carry your child is serious business; one just can't help but smirk at Surrogacy Abroad, a company that outsources surrogacy to India. Renting a womb, or outsourcing a uterus; no matter which way you look at it, this is one business concept that is out of this world.

Another 10 Hilarious International Pet Ads

It's been a few months since my last funny pet ads column, so I thought I would bring you some special ones for Valentine's Day... just say they're from the pets that love you so very much. This set of 10+ international ads is just as clever as the prior sets; there's something about our furry and feathered friends that brings out exceptional creativity in ad designers. See what you think...


Marshmallows and Chocolate: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6800312 dates back to 2004 and refers to the Marshmallow System, which provides a way for the lovers of marshmallows and chocolate to enjoy them both at the same time! Read on for some unlikely but nevertheless, scrumptious details.

Clothes That Say “I Love You”

The world of fashion I discovered has myriad creations which can help you do just this...express your love, in a manner that is novel, yet interesting.

Read on

Jam With Rock Stars At Home Using Virtual, Private Music Lessons

Have your heart set on receiving private music lessons from industry professionals and celebrities? Until recently, I'd tell you to keep on dreaming. Now, professional musicians come to your home; virtually of course, to teach you how to play the guitar, piano and more, or improve your singing voice with professional vocal lessons.

Greener Gadget Design Competition 2009: My 5 Favorites

The Greener Gadget Design Competition is back again. Have you voted for your favorite green designs from the list of 50 finalists yet? I have. Take a look at my picks.

A Better Pooper Scooper?

A United Kingdom man, perhaps frustrated that he couldn't avoid the little brown presents left by dogs in the park, decided to finally invent a better pooper scooper. After much research and planning, he is now ready to present his masterpiece - a tray that straps to a dog's butt.

The Perfect Food: Slim Chips

How many times have you been in the mood for potato chips or nachos, but you didn't dare eat them because of the calories. But yum... all that salt and fat. Hafsteinn Juliusson, an Icelandic product developer, has created the perfect food... well not exactly the perfect food, maybe just the perfect chip: Slim Chips.

Ford Makes Electric Transit Connect Official

Back in December of last year, Ford began talking about an all electric delivery can they might put into production. Since then, not much has been said about the rumored van, until recently when Ford unveiled plan to use the existing Transit Connect platform to build their all electric delivery van.

Chrysler Creates New Company Solely for Electric Vehicles

Chrysler has been working quietly on an all electric vehicle for a while now and it seems as though they have every intention of following through with the concept. The reasoning behind this comes after the news that they have created a separate company to help market the new EV and hopefully give Chrysler some footing to get back on its feet.

Is it a Parachute or a Motorcycle or Both?: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6877690, also known as the Combination Powered Parachute and Motorcycle, provides a way to simultaneously fulfill more than one fantasy. Be a Hell’s Angel and get to heaven too as you careen down the highway and fly above it at the same time! Read on but watch out!

Is The Recession Good For Your Sex Life?

We may have love in our hearts this Valentine's Day, but will it translate into sexual desire? That depends, according to Rutgers University Professor Helen Fisher. In a recession, generally two trends occur.

11 Ads To Disgust & Disturb You

Look at that picture. Just look at it for one second. My first reaction was, "Gahhhhhh!!!!" Sometimes advertisers come up with just plain disturbing ideas. Wanna see more? Read on...

Get Busy! Analyze & Record Your Sex Life With Bedpost Beta

 Whether you're having it or not, you can't deny that sex plays a big role in your personal life. Well, now you can take your sex obsession to the next level by using Bedpost Beta, a sexual organizer, to track and analyze just how your activities beneath the sheets rank.

Medtronic Reveal XT™ Implant Lets Doctors Monitor Heartbeats Remotely

Medtronic has announced the first U.S. implant of its Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). The medical device is a way for doctors to monitor patients with heart arrhythmias through the Medtronic Carelink® Network.

How To Ship Your Booze: The Rackpac

I'm not a big boozer, but I love wine. Living in California and coming across so many wonderful wines at such great prices, I naturally want to share them with my friends. (Wait: I've been back east, and I know you don't get the wonderful variety of California wines we do.) But shipping wine? Arrgh!

Inspired By Scotch Pine: Lightweighting Software

The Mercedes-Benz Bionic Car used the lightweighting software to reduce its weight, yet keep the car's strength. In addition to being influenced by the Scotch Pine, the Bionic Car mimics the aerodynamic shape of the boxfish.

Masculine Valentine’s Day Gifts: Unique Scented Candles For Your Macho Dude

During Valentine's Days past, candles may have been a gift given from man to woman since scents available tend to cater towards the fairer sex. This year, get your man a masculine candle of his very own as his Valentine's Day gift and give into the stereotype by shopping at the Manly Man Candle Company.


A Special Deal On This Engagement Ring

It's so hard on guys nowadays if they want to propose marriage. The economy is terrible, jobs are uncertain... it's just tough to get by. But, well, you know how it is, you have to give your girl something when you ask her hand in marriage... and it better be something to put on that hand.

Russian Prison Innovation: Virtual Visits Now Allowed

For the first time in Siberia, families of prisoners are using web cameras to communicate with their families and friends. Authorities hope this innovation will soon spread to prisons throughout Russia. Read on for details.

Should You Sue Via Board Game?: Great Idea?

The Lawsuit Board Game also known as Patent# US 6805351 is the perfect way to introduce children to the process of suing their friends and neighbors instead of trying to get along with them. (Of course, if both litigants play this game together, that could still happen as well although it would be an accident.) Read on but please don’t sue the messenger.

Elegant Punk: The Darwin Bracelet Celebrates Man And The Man

With replicas of our predecessors, including the skulls of Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens, the Darwin Bracelet is not only evolutionary, it's revolutionary... Darwin's Bracelet is elegant punk!

Too Much Soda Pop Increases Risk For Early Kidney Disease In Women

A new study has found that women who drink two or more cans of pop a day increase their risk for early kidney disease.

Watch YouTube Videos On The Big Screen At Upload Cinemas

YouTube is all the rage these days. Everyone and their dog (literally) posts their homemade videos on YouTube for all the world to see. It's the era of internet celebrity, and now this has been taken to the next level by Upload Cinemas which chooses the best videos from the internet and YouTube to show on their big screen movie theatre.

Inspired By Sea Life: Biomimicry Produces Power From The Ocean

BioPower Systems is an Australian company that creates technologies to convert ocean power into a renewable source of energy for other applications. Its assumption is that oceans must have the best possible technology within them for marine life to have evolved in them for 3.8 billion years.

Edison 2009 Best New Product Awards: Finalists Selected!

On this day, 162 years to the date that Thomas Edison was born, the finalists of the Edison Best New Product Awards™ were announced. The Edison Awards are among the most elite acknowledgments of excellence in new product development and in services that are technologically innovative, successful in the marketplace, and have societal impact.

Beer Drops, The Ultimate Dry Beer

Candy's dandy but liquor is quicker, so the old expression goes. Now you don't have to choose, thanks to a curious combination of booze & bonbons that goes by the name of Beer Drops.

Pet Heads: Only For Cool Dogs!

When generic pet shampoo just won't do... the line of Pet Heads, Only for Cool Dogs! shampoos and conditioners just might fit the bill. Let's see.. we've got Feeling Flaky, Dirty Talk, Life's an Itch... So many shampoos, so little time...

Should You Even Ask if Your Plant is Psychic? Great Idea?

Predicting the future from crystal balls, tea leaves seers, tarot cards and prophets is a practice that is as old as time itself. So why shouldn’t plants “get into the act” as Jimmy Durante used to say? Read on and learn more about this fascinating garden game of chance that permits seedlings to determine their future.

Nine-Year-Old Designs iPhone: How Far Has it Come?

The iPhone dates back to 2007, but its application has never before expanded to the world of childhood. Ding Wen Lim of Singapore is very different from other nine year olds. This brilliant child who is in the fourth grade has gone far beyond the typical crayon canvas of others of his age and has designed an application for an iPhone specifically for kids. Read his amazing story.

Brain Helmet Could Help Save Lives Of Stroke Victims

Duke University bioengineers have created the first "brain helmet" capable of detecting a stroke in a matter of minutes, compared to the four hours it takes to detect from a traditional MRI or CT study. Particularly for the most common types of strokes, the brain helmet's rapid diagnosis could make the difference between recovery and disability, or even life and death.

Smoking Pot May Lead To Testicular Cancer

A new study says that there may be a link between testicular cancer and marijuana use.

Study Finds Smokers Would Quit For Pets

Smoking can be a hard habit to quit, but a new study finds that smokers may be willing to give up their tobacco in order to save their pet’s health.

The Complex Aromas Of French Fries... Ironing Board?

If you never made it as a wine taster, take heart; one day there may be a job for you as a french fry taster.

Organic, Urban Vegetable Gardening For Dummies

For many people who live in a city but have agricultural roots, creating an urban garden or farm can be the best way to get that rural nostalgia back without ever having to leave the city. You don't need a green thumb to get organic produce right from your own backyard. My Farm creates and maintains organic urban gardens in the backyards of city dwellers, and for those a large enough green space, there's always Gardens-in-a-Bag.


USB Plant Sensor Helps You Get A Better Green Thumb

Watching plants you broke your back to put into the ground die can be quite disheartening. You aren't sure why they died, either. Were the growing conditions not right? Did you put in the wrong type of plant for your climate? A nifty little USB device can help address these questions.

Up In Flames: The Path of Digital News Out Of China

Last night, the CCTV building in Beijing caught fire at around 9 pm, the result of an unfortunate New Years' fireworks blunder. Not surprisingly, no news report appeared on television in the initial few hours after the fire began.Anyone who pays any attention at all to China will know that bad news faces many obstacles on its way to reaching the rest of the world. But in recent years new social media tools ensure that information can spread (pardon the pun) like wildfire. Here's the path that this particular story took.

Send Your Valentine Recycled Elephant Poop

The title is meant to catch your attention and maybe even make you smile, but seriously Uncommon Goods is selling an alternative eco-friendly solution to fresh cut flowers. So, this year instead of buying your loved one perfumed pesticide-filled roses, which by the way will die in a few days, consider these roses made with elephant poop.

The Joy Of Parallel Synchronized Randomness In Design

Call it fate, call it kismet, call it parallel synchronized randomness; it is always wonderful when seemingly unrelated things just come together as if there was a divine plan for them all along. It is a romantic notion. Things or people coming into our lives are meant to be, but their discovery is always a surprise. As it is in Kacper Hamilton's design, Parallel - Synchronized - Randomness (PSR), surprise can be very rewarding.

Countdown Alarm Clock Wakes You Up Al-Qaeda Style

The Countdown Alarm Clock ticks away the seconds until your pre-set deadline, much like a rocket launch or a time bomb. Hey, it works for NASA and Al Qaeda; why not for you?

Truecall: Avoid Telemarketers With This Innovative Screening Device

Finally, a device is available on the market that screens your calls on your behalf. Caller ID, step aside, because Truecall is like having your own personal secretary, without the required small talk and paycheck.

 


Life Imitates Life:The Mysterious Mimic Octopus

While persons with dissociative disorders, or multiple personalities, have been known to have as many as 100 personalities, they have not been known to morph into totally different creatures -- except in the movies, of course. But one cephalopod, the Indo-Malayan octopus, totally transforms itself into at least 15 different sea animals. So far, at least, the Indo-Malayan octopus is the ultimate biomimic -- life imitating life.

7 Ads That Vie For Your Heart This Valentine's Day

With the dire state of today's economy, advertising agencies are having to pull out all the stops to raise product awareness in the consumer. The advent of Valentine's Day unleashes a storm of new advertising campaigns. Will any of these capture your heart?

The World's Smallest Hovercraft

There's just something neat about propelling at high speed across land (or water) on a cushion of air.  The Hover Q is touted as the world's smallest hovercraft--and it definitely slides into "cool" territory.

Retrostar: The Coolest Accessory For Your Mobile Phone!

German creator, Donkey Products has a good thing for those of us that love the comfort of the old handsets and don't want to take any unnecessary chances on microwave exposure. It's the Retrostar Telephone Handset, " the coolest accessory for your mobile phone."

Don't care for red? No problem. How about retro-orange?


A "Love" Seat For Net Surfers: The Calypso Chair

When you think of a love seat, net surfing doesn't immediately come to mind. But from toddlers to seniors, between mates, friends or colleagues, most will admit that they do love the Internet. It's a good thing, because so much of our existence relies on the Internet for information and income... and more and more of us are working at home, where a traditional love seat just doesn't do the trick.

 

Russian Organization Offers Art, Healing And Innovation

Just last summer, South Ossetia was a war zone. Today, however, it marks the spot of the Inva Studio, a special place of hope and healing that helps people with disabilities develop their art skills. Read on for more details about this most unusual art center.

Loincloth Lingerie Gets Back To Basics

Wacoal is bringing back traditional practical lingerie. Japanese "fundoshi" loincloths highlight the company's new/old, all-natural Nanafun line.

New Tire Technology Could Provide Real Time Data While You Drive

Your tires are the only contact point between you and the road. While this is a simple fact of driving, many people seem to forget that the entire weight of the vehicle rests on 4 small patches of rubber, and depending on how and where you are driving, those tiny contact points can change quite a bit. A partnership between Magneti Marelli, Brembo and Pirelli has recently formed to conquer these changes and provide the driver with real time information about how the tires are behaving on the road.

Exercise in The Office: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7137935 also known as the Office Gym Exercise Kit provide a new and different way to look dumb when not in the privacy of your own home but rather in full view of your boss and co-workers! Read for more details.

Revealing Websites Help You Get Better Seats, Tables and Hotel Rooms

You never know what you're getting yourself into when you're booking your flight on an unfamiliar airline, room at a hotel or table at a restaurant. Your seat or table reservations may not be up to par, or the amenities may be unsuitable. Instead of living in fear of the unknown, visit the websites of one of these three innovative businesses that bring transparency tyranny to hospitality and travel.

Is 3D TV Ready Yet?

Holography was invented back in the 1960’s and since then people have been excited by the idea of watching images in 3D. Years later it seems we are finally on the verge of rolling out genuine 3D images via a new range of televisions which require no special glasses.

The 10 Best Digital Innovators Of The Year: 2009 Netexplorateur Awards

This weekend in Paris, Netexplorateur announced its ten top picks for the most influential digital media programs. The winners, chosen by a global committee of pioneers in business and media, will be promoted during the next year in an effort to obtain global understanding of new ways to conduct digital activities and business.

Detachable RV May Be the Next Step in Recreational Technology

It's been a little while since we have seen anything on the RV side of the house, but after a little searching, something turned up that could easily be the future of recreational vehicle production. Of particular interest is the attention that was placed on keeping it as environmentally friendly as possible. It will be a long time before RVs are ever considered truly "green," but any progress is still progress.

Share The Profits Of Fashion Designers & Fashionistas With CatwalkGenius.com

When I heard about Catwalk Genius' adopt a designer program, I thought "what a business concept!" My imagination ran wild with the possibilities of such an innovative idea, but after reading about in depth, I have to say, I'm not quite so impressed. Don't let that stop you from reading on, however, because I will reveal my expectations regarding Catwalk Genius' implications of adopting a designer and how it just doesn't live up.


Robot Mini-Me Looks Like You, Speaks With Your Voice

If humans will someday be replaced by robots, then thanks to a Japanese company that day is drawing nearer. Don't say "Hasta la vista, baby" yet though. Little Island's talking "Look A Like Doll" robots don't look for Sarah Connor, they just look cute.

Superior Comfort, Health, And Style In The Bambu Pet Lounger & Diner

Ah, lounge and dine, lounge and dine... Makes you want to be your own dog and cat. Pet Lounge Studios, a new company from sunny Florida, is making those experiences even more pleasurable for the lucky ones in your home. More pleasurable, more stylish, more eco-friendly, and more anatomically correct for our four-legged friends.

Oh, Blackberry: From Whence Did You Come?

In light of our new president’s fondness (behind his back, some might say addiction) the Blackberry has received a great deal of media attention. Where did this phenomenon come from and why is it so popular among our upper, middle and alas, lower societal crusts? Read on for some answers, but then let them eat cake.

New NEC Mobile Processor Brings 12-Megapixels, HD Video to Phones

NEC Electronics is in the thick of the game today in regards to development of a state of the art image signal processor for mobile phones. It is unveiling with this latest processor the ability to enjoy full HD imaging on phones.

Use Your Own Handwriting to Create Fonts with YourFonts.com

Ever wish you had a font that was truly "you".  Well, now you can!

Barbie B-Nails Printer – Digital Manicures For Little Girls

For the little fashionista who loves dressing up and trying on makeup, this "handy" little gadget is sure to be a great big hit with girls of all ages! 

Ivo Vos: Kitchen Designs For The Totally Neurotic!

Despite the fact that Vos's kitchen gadgets are meant to emphasize neurotic behavior -- the perfection of mundane breakfast making activities -- they are very cool designs, and at the risk of being dubbed "eccentric," I wouldn't mind having a toaster that pops toast right on to my plate.

Want To Know If You've Found Your Soulmate? Ask Someone Around You

With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, what better way to celebrate than with a study on romantic interests? Researchers have found that when it comes to observing two people on a first date, it may be easy to tell whether or not they are interested in each other.

The Wrath of God in a Towel

Want a glimpse at what really happened to the world when Noah built the ark? Bet you didn't see a giant shammy in the scheme of things, did ya? Neither did I.

Come Out of The Rain: Great Idea?

Shelter from the storm is one of mankind’s basic needs and Patent# US 6948281 has come directly to the rescue with this different kind of Storm Shelter. Not only is this one large enough to hold an entire family, it is also capable of fitting beneath a mobile home. Read on for details, but check that water level.

New Kind of Shock Could Extend the Range of Electric Vehicles

In the never ending search for ways to make vehicles more efficient, any component large or small can become the next big step in automotive technology. Such is the case with a new suspension system that uses the vertical motion of the vehicle to recapture energy.

Creative Way To Write Your Way To Your Name in Lights

There are many people out there who dream of becoming published writers, and for most of these individuals of all ages, their creative writing pursuits never develop into anything substantial. Two businesses out there help writers establish their names in print. Cowrite is developing a community-sourced screenplay with multiple writers, and Tikatok lets kids of all ages publish their own storybooks.

Breath Into the Eco-box And Make Fuel

These days it seems everything can be turned into fuel: cooking oil, garbage, corn, algae, etc. I never imaged an airport full of people's breaths could be converted into fuel too. If the idea seems a little far-fetched, it isn't. The breaths we exhale could one day be recycled into fuel. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in Liverpool, U.K will be the first to test the idea this year, with the Eco-box.

Audi Releases Third Generation of MMI

Back in 2002 Audi released an in car multimedia system called MMI that, at the time, was considered by many to be one of the most user friendly in car systems on the market. Since then, they have redesigned the system twice, both times giving it even more features and goodies. The most recent version, MMI III, promises to be the most user-friendly and advanced system yet.

Cut The Hassle With Uncle Norman's 4-In-1 Pet Sponge

It's a hassle to bathe your pet at home, even if he's only teacup size. Not all dogs, and no cats that I know of, enjoy being bathed. Most of them don't just sit still while you wet, shampoo, rinse, rinse again, condition, rinse, etcetera. They squirm and cry and shudder, and make you believe yourself that you are wickedly mistreating them.

Income Boosting Businesses Help You Sell Your Junk

Selling things you don't need can be a great way to boost your income when times get hard during this economic downturn. These businesses may not have been created with the recession in mind, but their unique existence sure comes in handy at a time like this. Read on and learn about how you can turn items lying around your household into money in your pocket.

Electrolux Design Lab '09 Call For Entries: Design For 90 Years!

Every year the challenge gets steeper for designers entering the Electrolux Design Lab competition. Design Lab '09 is no exception. The theme: "Designs for the next 90 years." The deadline: May 31, 2009. If you are planning on entering this competition, I suggest you get started.

See Into the Dark With the PathFindIR System

Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) is a feature that has been slowly creeping into the car market. They are reserved for the highest end luxury models, but as with most technology, it will eventually trickle down to many other models as well. However, if you want FLIR without the wait, a new aftermarket system is now available.

Bandages That Are Grosser Than The Real Injury

What’s the best way to make an injury look cool? Wear disgusting looking bandages, of course! Scabs Bandages has created some gross band-aids to cover your injuries, yet still look stylish at the same time.

Sweethearts®, British Style: Love Hearts Go Gold And Silver!

Love Hearts candies are definitely the sentimental equivalent of our Sweethearts® when it comes to the role they play in the Valentine history of a Brit. That's why Suck UK's sterling silver and gold plated versions of the Love Heart make gifting so sweet!

Gum Disposal Pocket: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6830152 or the Gum Disposal Pocket answers that age-old question of where to put that gum once you have finished with it. Read on even if you have found other places.

Reverse Chocolates Say It's Good to Give Back on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day in Japan has always been about girls giving to guys. Now candy makers are hoping to double their business with chocolate packaging printed in reverse.

Mission Motorcycles Working On Fastest All Electric Cycle

While the battle to produce the fastest production electric vehicle has been heating up throughout the past few months, electric motorcycles haven't had much time in the spotlight. Thankfully, Mission Motorcycles has come forward with plans of producing the fastest all electric motorcycle on the market and they are already taking pre-orders.

More Fun Than PhotoShop? Create Images Anywhere With SumoPaint

Ever wish you had a copy of Photoshop on your work computer, just in case you get hit with inspiration in the middle of the work day?  If you're the type who needs image manipulation on the fly, then SumoPaint is for you.

Oreck Vacuum Zaps Germs with UV Rays

Vacuuming the home is definitely a mundane chore, but one necessary to live in a clean environment. Do we really get all the germs when doing this though? Oreck doesn't think so, introducing this week the world's first upright vacuum which uses ultraviolet light to kill all that nasty stuff on your floor.

Smallest Russian Submarine: Officially Registered as Boat

Mikhail Puchkov hails from St. Petersburg and he has the distinction of being the proud owner and creator of Russia’s smallest submarine. He built it himself and although it was once illegal to own a submarine, the vessel is now officially registered (albeit as a boat) with its own name and number. Read all about this most amazing man and his sub.

Wired for Weather: Mountain Hardwear Ardica Jackets

Traditionally, Mountain Hardwear had sought to fight the elements solely by using advanced shells and insulation designed to knock wind down and keep body heat in. However, they've turned to the eternal solver of all problems-electricity- to help in the good fight.

Finally! Inexpensive And GREEN Cat Furniture In One "Caboodle"

You'll have to forgive my exuberance about the new Caboodle™, Corrugated Habitats for Cats. You see, I've been waiting forever for this product!

Paro - The Seal That Heals

Many parents and grandparents will agree that stuffed animals make wonderful playmates for children.   But Paro is much more than your average stuffed toy.

Re-Gifting’s Never Been Easier and Now It Puts Money In Your Pocket

Gift Card Rescue finally solves that age old problem; getting cash back for a gift card that you just don't think you will ever use. I'm sure you've been there; stuck with money on a gift card for a place you will never shop, even if it's not your own money you have to spend. Now, instead of letting it go to waste or ineffectively negotiating with the store to receive its cash value you can use Gift Card Rescue to trade it or sell it to recoup the costs.

I Can See Your Clock From Here!

There are many things that should not be magnified as large as the Big Digital LED Calendar Clock. At more than a foot wide and 7.5 inches deep, this is a perfect gadget for a clock-watcher. I bet it can even be seen by clock-watchers in Russia.

Sony Blends Fashion Into Technology

Last week Sony teamed up with six different fashion designers to creatively advertise their new Sony VAIO P-Series Lifestyle PC.

Feast Your Eyes! The International Design Awards (iDA) 2008

The 2008 International Design Awards (iDA) have been announced in iDA's traditional categories: Interior Design, Architecture, Fashion, Product, and Graphics. One design is more breathtaking than the next, but I can't say which one!

Buffalo's New USB LCD Computer Monitor Gives You Extra Screen Time

The new FTD-W71USB secondary computer monitor from Buffalo (the company, not the city) lets busy computer users view off-topic programs from an off-screen location.

Mitsubishi Will Join the Electric Sports Car Race

While electric vehicles have become an everyday topic for most automakers, all electric sports cars have yet to become mainstream. Dodge recently unveiled the Circuit to the world and Mitsubishi may be next, with a sportier version of the i MiEV slated to be introduced at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Adaptive Alarm System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6838994 also known as the Adaptive Alarm System, is not an invention that will appeal to those of us who feel we are being watched by hidden eyes. It may, however, be just the thing for those wanna-be J. Edgar Hoover types who roam free among us. Read on, but look over your shoulder.

Real or Unreal? Bacon Cooking Alarm Clock

If some random person were to walk up to you on the street and ask you, "What do you value the most?" without a second's hesitation many of you would answer "Bacon...obviously."  Well, if you're one of those individuals, heaven on Earth is finally a reality.

What Will Replace the Internet?

Historically the Internet has been around since the 1960s. Since 1994, the digerati of users has grown from approximately 13 million to more than 300 million globally. Shortly it will incorporate holographic technology. Looking beyond, it will become ubiquitous and as elusive as air, as it morphs into our biological make-up!

Do You Want To Protect Your Money? Try Stainless Steel

Money is hard to come by these days. It's a precious commodity. So why not give it the protection it deserves by nestling it snugly in a stainless steel wallet?

Creating HTML Code From Text is a Breeze With FCKEditor

We all know that coding can be tedious, but with FCKEditor you can convert any formatted text into HTML code with just a few clicks. On January 30, 2009, the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor's latest release hit the web, and we got a chance to give it a test run.

LeapFrog Text & Learn: A BlackBerry Just for Babies

Everyone knows by now President Obama loves his BlackBerry! Well, hold onto your hats. There's a new gadget in town and it is targeting the younger generation!

Cane With Three Flasks: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6745785 simply known as the Cane has the distinction of being an idea for an invention that addresses the needs of three segments of the population even if they all relate to one individual; namely the eldery, the handicapped and the alcoholic! Read on for more even if you don’t drink or walk funny.

Board Game Offers Fun Coupled With Safety Tips

"Billy, don't touch the grill." Two seconds later... "Billy! What did I tell you? Don't touch the grill!" Two seconds later... "Waaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!" Yeah. Billy touched the grill. It's difficult to get things through to kids when it comes to safety. But this game may just give parents a fighting chance.

PatientPak: A Practical Business Or A Product of Paranoia?

The PatientPak is the idea kit to help the germaphobic to help fight bacteria, viruses, fungi and superbugs during hospital stays, travel, or around the house. It's a product marketed towards seniors, expectant mothers and others living in fear of contracting deadly diseases from contaminated environments? Read on and decide if The PatientPak is practical or a product of paranoia.

Pain Patch For Horses, Dogs, And Cats: HealFast™

If you've ever had to give your dog, cat or horse pain medicine, you don't want to keep them in the resulting state of mind and body very long.

Vertical Wind Turbine Could Be Successful

Imagine spending your life savings on an invention you are sure will someday be successful, even if skeptics think it is impossible. It's pretty risky right? Well Adam Fuller from Racine, Wisconsin has done this very thing. He has spent his life savings designing an invention he believes in, a vertical wind turbine. Will it work?

Is Alzheimer's A Diabetes Type 3? Insulin Acts Like It Is!

In a study that tested the efficacy of an insulin enhancing drug in slowing or reducing the impact of Alzheimer's disease, Northwestern University has reported findings that insulin and an insulin enhancing drug can slow or prevent memory loss from Alzheimers caused by toxic proteins.

Going To The Beach May Increase Skin Cancer Risk In Children

Thinking of going to the beach this summer? Well, think again. A new study suggests that going to the beach may not be a healthy form of fun for children.

Inspired By The Lotus Leaf: Lotusan® Paint

The surface topography of the lotus leaf interacts with water molecules so that the water rolls off the leaf and takes the dirt with it. That was exactly what Sto® Corporation wanted for its Lotusan® sealer and paint.

World’s Longest Television Remote: Russian Innovation

Art Lebedev, one of Russia’s most famous design studios, continues its creative tradition of modifying the most ordinary things and transforming them into…well, something else. Read on for details about their new television remote.

Decoupage Anyone? My Best Design Gift For Valentine's Day

For Valentine's Day, Cardboard Safari has created a Heart Pattern Gift Box Puzzle and a Heart Pattern Wreath. While they are lovely as is, the heart puzzles make a super base for a decorate-it-yourself project. That you can paint, wrap, glitter, and paste-upon the puzzles while they are flat, make this DIY project an ideal one!

Fake, Fragrant Flowers: Great Idea?

Patent #US 6830733 which is also known as the Artificial Flower, does leave one wondering about the real meaning of things. An artificial flower that allows for the insertion of an artificial fragrance should perhaps require an artificial nose (or at the very least a very superficial person) to smell it, no? Read on and …continue to wonder.

Trendiest Vending Machine Of 2009: Yo! Naturals

If you don't know that healthy foods and organic eating are in, you must be living under a rock. As a result, it's no surprise how rapidly the industry has grown over the past years; and since vending machines seem to be entering the forces of many niche markets, companies like Yo! Naturals', YoZone vending machine are popping up which combine convenience with eating trends.

Q-Phone: A Cool Spy Gadget - And a Sure Path to Divorce

Get a cell phone as a gift lately? Better take a closer look at it, because it could not only be a cell phone, but also a global-wide listening device. And you're the one being listened to.

Gino The Dog's Haute Design For Rich Dogs

"If you have to ask," I told my dog, "You can't afford it. So let's just look. Appreciate the beauty of the lines, how well they would fit in a rich dog's home, and move on," I said.

Nissan Developing New Safety System to Keep Traffic Flowing in the Right Direction

Automakers have been spending millions of dollars developing ways to make everyday driving safer and more enjoyable. However, in most cases new vehicles can only be equipped with features that monitor how you drive and what is around you. This ultimately leaves it up to the other motorist to pay attention to what is around them, which we know doesn't always happen. The good news is, Nissan is developing a system that should help you to avoid those drivers that are "lacking in skill" behind the wheel and hopefully an expensive repair bill.

A Breakthrough In Pre-Testing Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

When chemotherapy is recommended as a cancer treatment, no one knows how effective it may be. One simply hopes. But in this month's journal of Radiology, researchers from Georgia Tech and Emory University describe a method of assessing whether a tumor is a good candidate for chemotherapy or not.

10 Best Gourmet Hot Chocolates To Get You Through The Winter

Old, or should I say very old, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole today and declared, on this 168th US observance of Groundhog Day, that there will be (at least) six more weeks of Winter. To all Winter sports enthusiasts, this is great news. You and the rest of us can drink to it with a cup of fantastic gourmet hot chocolate, because we will all need something yummy and hot to stay warm. Here are 10 of the best cocoas for drinking... and the bonus feature is my favorite hot cocoa recipe!

 


Back To Basics: Businesses That Emphasize Sharing

Sharing is a concept learned from a young age, and while we may not all do it well, new and innovative companies believe it's important to try to share and be a friend through use of their unique services. ParkatmyHouse.com connects drivers with parking spots, SingleSpotCamping.com takes backyard camping to a new level, and Bixi brings bike sharing to Montreal.


Whipped Cocoa Bath: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6753303 known among chocolate lovers as the Whipped Cocoa Bath, may very well take the concept of going a bit too far a bit further. If you have dreamed of sitting in a luxurious cocoa bath surrounded by suds that don’t know quite what to do, consider it within sight, but watch out for those marshmallows!

Innovative Chinese Museum Unites Mah-jong and Tea Culture

In Chengdu, the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province, there stands a one-of-a kind museum. It is the very first of its kind to combine the China’s two most popular aspects; the game of mah-jong and tea culture. Read on for some fascinating details.

Oh, You Are So GREEN! The HYmini Handheld Wind Turbine

A handheld wind turbine might be the last thing you would think of to charge your MP3, cell phone, or digital camera. How about a handheld wind turbine with mini solar panels too?

Inspired By Photosynthesis: Dye Solar Cell (DSC) Solar Panels

DSC technology still has a way to go to catch up with nature. You see, DSC technology is based on the process whereby plants convert light into energy and store it. Plants that use photosynthesis operate 24/7, even though the sun does not.

High Hormone Levels in Women May Lead To Cheating

A new study has shown that high levels of the sex hormone oestradiol may lead to a woman having an affair.

Stress Amplifies, Beta-Blockers Slow, Malignant Skin Cancer

In the third of a series of studies linking stress hormones and cancer, medical researchers at Ohio State University found that stress amplifies the progression of malignant melanoma, particularly in advanced and aggressive melanomas.

Sleipnir Charges Into The Web Browser Wars

A new web browser called Sleipnir is charging into the Japanese market and is preparing to make a global push. You may be wondering about the very un-Japanese name... Sleipnir comes from Viking mythology: he's the eight-legged horse ridden across the heavens by Odin.

Exercise Apparatus: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6979284 also known in lazy circles as the Exercise Apparatus is the almost ideal equipment for the exerciser who hates to go to the gym (I need not point fingers. You know who you are.) It is actually quite the thing for someone a bit lazy because the process can take place in your own armchair! Read on, but don’t sweat it.

Keyboard Made of Stepping Stones: One Weird Russian Monument

Although most of us would probably agree that the computer keyboard is a symbol (or stepping stone, if you will) for universal communication, there are those Yekaterinburg, Russia who have gone a bit too far with the creation of the most unusual QWERTY Monument. Read on but avoid commands for a few moments more.

Small Businesses Hope To Overcome Recessionary Times On Valentine’s Day

Recession or no recession, a recent study shows that Valentine's Day is a crucial holiday for the success of small businesses. Learn more about strategies used by businesses to boost their Valentine's Day sales and other related statistics by reading on.