We've come across all sorts of jewelry made out of unique materials that have a history.The latest creation is simple in design but it has a significant purpose.
Bad news for those who were looking forward to a colonoscopy, the colon examination recommended for those over 50, which severely interrupts your regularly scheduled life for 36 hours, calls for you to take a sickening solution to remove every iota from your bowel, limits your diet, and makes you lie on your side, fortunately sedated, while a camera-equipped tube is inserted up your rear to take pictures of the inside of your colon. Sorry folks, a new colon cancer screening test looks like it might soon replace the colonoscopy.
Sure, you can do things from your keyboard, but sometimes having a shiny metal knob is just cooler.
You’d think that was a typo, but not so much. Scientists from Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot have created human-analogue hands using nothing but coffee grounds, party balloons and a vacuum pump.
This year, six of Philips' eight Good Industrial Designs just happen to make great holiday gifts, if they can be found for sale. Most of them are so new, that they haven't reached all of Philips many markets. But if you know an infant, a mother, an elderly person, someone who loves to cook, watch TV, or needs motivation to exercise, you'll find a new gift here.
A physics grad student at Georgia Tech, Andrew Dickerson, conducted an interesting animal experiment in the hopes of it leading to a new design for a washing machine or something, perhaps, that had not been invented yet. He studied the number of shakes it takes for various animals to dry off.
The study, undertaken at the University of Iowa and Indiana University, not only reinforces what we've already learned in behavioral psychology, that we notice what we are primed to notice, but also that we don't notice what we are not primed to notice.
Due to the emergence of new technologies, Sony says their Walkman is outdated and can no longer compete in a digital market.The last Walkmans were shipped out of Japan in April and once that batch sells out, the Walkman is offically retired.
Thank heavens for grandchildren. If we didn't have them, there wouldn't be many designers bothering about how new technologies can be applied to the needs of seniors. Patrick Leyendecker is just one of the many young designers who are trying to moderate the pain and stress that comes with aging and having to adjust one's ways to so many of life's daily needs.
Question: How much power can an action figure with zero points of articulation have?
Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel. The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself. Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.
They started as a joke, but a line of Viagra-infused sheets has proven very popular for Spanish designer Pep Torres.
InventorSpot.com is excited to announce that Spencer Lanoue will be joining our writing team as our small business blogger. Spencer Lanoue is a college student working on his business administration degree. He is excited to be working with InventorSpot and is open to all constructive criticism from experienced writers and of course, our readers.
You can find his small business blog here. We hope you enjoy his articles.
Some of us tend to stop drinking before we cross that line... when we are just feeling a bit 'tipsy,' rather than roaring drunk. Girls who drank like that in college were known as 'cheap dates,' because the guys didn't have to ply them with alcohol to loosen them up!
A combination of milk protein and ordinary clay may represent a biodegradable alternative to the Styrofoam and plastics we dump in our landfills.
Another study from the Women's Health Initiative 11 year follow-up has revealed, for the first time, that women who receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are twice as likely to die from breast cancer than those who do not receive the therapy. This information is contrary to the prevailing notion that estrogen plus progesterone therapy has little impact on severity or mortality of breast cancer.
How awkward anyway is carrying around a computer notebook tucked under your arm? It's not just awkward, it's not a secure way to carry an electronic device. ColorWare created an ingenious Grip that encases the iPad™'s perimeter, so you can handle it easily while making it stylishly more secure. ColorWare just sold me an iPad!
I'm really sick of looking at those bloody Ex Knives, so this Halloween, I set out to find some new ghoulish place to stash the bloody knives when I'm done with my dissections.
Are your wrinkles causing you migraine headaches? Botox is now approved to treat both of them!
InventorSpot.com is happy to announce that a new writer will be joining our team.
Amanda Hinski, will be focusing on environmental innovations. Amada is a Writing Arts undergrad student from New Jersey and avid blogger. You can see her blog here.
We hope you will enjoy her articles.
Design trends are all about sustainability these days, and repurposing what would otherwise be garbage fits right in. So why shouldn't we expect to discover that an Austrian design company, Mischer' Traxler, created batteries from Nespresso's used coffee capsules to power clocks and small radios?
A multipurpose aid and rescue vehicle, the Aid Necessities Transporter, alias ANT, was designed by Brian Lee, a 24 year-old design student at Monash University in Australia when he submitted his entry to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Target 2020 competition. It was announced this week that Lee's ANT design, inspired by the anatomy and mentality of ants, won the competition.
This is a great competition for our readers. The challenge is sponsored by World Kitchen LLC through What's Bubbling? Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to invent a new kitchen tool - a new vegetable peeler, a new pasta machine, a new meat tenderizing tool... whatever kitchen tool you can improve on, either by starting from scratch or by making a significant improvement to a tool that's already in use.
A Georgia Tech PH.D candidate has created a mobile app intended to help adults learn how to make healthy food choices.
You can lead a kid to salad, but can you make him eat it? That is the question the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is exploring, providing $2 million in grants to food psychology experts to explore.
This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics has a rare esprit. It caters to people, folks like you and me, in a way many other companies don't even aspire to. This time Philips designed an airport gate that is passenger focused and friendly, rather than expedient, one that cares about our comfort and well-being, unlike the airline you are about to board.
....The trick will be to hunt your dog down when you take out your vacuum so he will let you brush his fur with a vacuum cleaner.
.... The PEACH Project was to determine if watching TV and/or using computers for non-educational purposes was the cause for psychological difficulty scores or if the scores were caused by being sedentary as a bi-product of watching TV or using the computer. The study results were surprising and should be of concern to parents.
There were 15 finalists in the previous round of the 2010 James Dyson international design contest and now there is but one: Samuel Adeloju for his invention of the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System. Though the system looks like a sawed-off bazooka and the supposed emergency person operating it is depicted as warrior from Second Life, LONGREACH's highly explosive warhead is actually a rescue device.
Early detection in lung cancer is key to survivability, and a team of researchers has developed a way to easily identify those affected.
As of September 23, 2010, the United States ranked forty-ninth internationally for both male and female life expectancy combined. If you want evidence that our health care system is not providing health care to our citizens, look no further than the results of this study, published online today in Health Affairs: What Changes In Survival Rates Tell Us About US Health Care. You may be surprised to learn why we've fallen behind.
Buy your cat any toy you want; in a few days he won't want anything to do with it. But cats never seem to tire of playing with paper bags and cardboard boxes. So, a cat litter box made of cardboard seems an obvious solution for two purposes. Of course the Katpak, with some eco-friendly kitty litter, is a clean ecological potty for home and for travel. But the other purpose, as you'll see in the video...
This photo may let on that the Slide Light was designed by SUCK UK. Yes, the image is goofy and it's sacrilegious, but when the designer is SUCK UK, it's what you come to expect. Nevertheless, the Slide Light really does have an indoor lighting function for home and office and, what's more, it makes a fun project for you to fill with your own wild images.
The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, its seminal work by Richard F. Heck and its variations by Ei-ichi Negisi and Akira Suzuki, has been awarded for the discovery of palladium as a catalyst in forming carbon bonds. This discovery has already impacted many areas of science, from medicine to agriculture to electronics. Like the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded yesterday, the chemistry award acknowledges advancements in carbon enhancement.
A discovery with the potential to leap-frog many of today's technologies won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics today. Many scientists tried to accomplish it, but it was two Russian-born quantum physicists, now working together in Britain, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who achieved what was thought by many to be impossible: the separation of graphene from graphite.
Instead of trying to identifying the culprits of that poop on the grass, dog poop is actually a welcome sight to the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are happily participating in the Park Spark Project. The objective of the project is to turn dog poop into methane gas and use it for energy. A relatively small amount of dog poop is already lighting one of the city's lamps - an eternal light from the power of dog poop.
"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Venus Williams are two of the biggest grunters in professional tennis. Grunting seems to come naturally to tennis players because it acts as a form of tension release when they are physically working hard. But recently published research examined the effects of grunting on the opponents of the grunters in a controlled setting.
Read this, if you want to die laughing...
Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about. They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels. So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.
A triumvirate of Universities has pooled their collective knowledge to create AQUA, an amphibious robot, as well as the AQUATablet – a way for the robot to get out and live underwater life on its own.