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October, 2010

T6 Delivers Filtered Water At Any Temperature

Even with all of the money we put into water on a daily basis, we still have to work to get it the temperature that we want it for each particular purpose.  The T6 Water Dispenser is looking to simplify our daily water needs.  Once installed to your main water supply it will filter and dispense at four different temperatures – chilled, ambient, hot and boiling hot.

Discrete 'Toilet Paper Roll' Bathroom Deodorizer Makes Sense, Removes Scents

Cleverly disguised as a roll of toilet paper, this stealthy bathroom deodorizer from Muji incorporates a silent fan and odor-neutralizing gel.

Social Media App That Detects Apathy & Lazy Voters

Voter turn-out for mid-term elections normally - well - how should I put this… suck!  Where the 2008 national election turnout came in at 56.8 percent, the mid-terms in 2002 and 2006 averaged less than 38 percent. Why is this the case? 

Fat Foam Changes Home Hair Color Application

Fat Foam by Samy is a new type of home hair color product.  The product comes with what looks like a big drink cup.  You pour in the base solution and color powder, put the lid on and shake.  After 30 seconds of shaking you are left with a thick, rich foam that you apply with your gloved hands. 

8 Killer Heels To Complete Your Halloween Costume Ideas

A pair of killer heels can complete any outfit and this Halloween complete your killer costume with a pair designed to hurt, scare and intrigue. No one will be looking at your costume when you've got a pair of frightening, sky-high stilettos on your feet. Women sacrifice for fashion all the time, for the perfect accessory, a little bit of pain for fashion is worthwhile; but it's hard to say whether it's you that will be hurting with these frightening shoes or another guest at the Halloween party.

PeaceBomb Bracelets:

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.

Social Media's Privacy Satirized With 'Fear Medal' At DC Sanity Rally

Appropriately enough, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook were presented with a Fear Award at the first-time "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" event hosted by satirical pundits Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in DC today. In true "point-counterpoint" fashion the two venerable comedians traded barbs as to who best represented reasonableness versus those that raised the bar on ratcheting up the public's sense of fear.

Foldable Keyboard is Portable And Hygienic

None Bacteria Project Keyboard aims to reduce spread of infection using portable keyboard. Flip it out anywhere to write an email on your iPhone, or to update your latest posts.

Social Media Strategy Targeting China, Japan, India & Brazil

In June, 2010, when the Internet World Stats report published the "Top 20 Countries With Highest Number of Internet Users," it was not a surprise that China, the US, Japan, India and Brazil would take the top spots. According to the data, the highest percentage of Internet users are China with 21.4%, the USA with 12.2%, Japan with 5.0%, India with 4.1% and Brazil with 3.9%.

Doughnut To-Go Keeps Sweet Snacks Safe & Secure

Doughnut To-Go is a custom carrying case designed to hold a single doughnut in protective custody. It can even be locked, keeping your sweet snack safe from kids, co-workers and Homer Simpson. DOH!

Pick Up A DQ Blizzard Maker And Skip The Drive Thru

I am an absolute ice cream addict.  Image my delight when I saw that there is now a Dairy Queen Blizzard Maker on the market.  Oh how I would have loved to have had one of these as a kid!     

5 Places To Enter Pics of Your Homemade Halloween Costumes For Super Sweet Treats

Here is your chance to show off your homemade innovations. If you made a homemade Halloween costume this year, submit pictures of the costumes in one of the homemade costume contests below. Then cross your fingers (legs and eyes too) that your creepy creation is the most creative and unique of the entries. Why? The prizes are sweeter than that candy you are about to trick or treat for.

Diverging Diamond Interchange Keeps Traffic Moving Quickly

Ever been driving on the road and had some one make an unprotected left turn in front of you, cutting it too close for comfort? With this innovative concept for regulating traffic, you won't have to think about it. The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) traffic pattern has drivers temporarily switch sides of the road in order to keep traffic moving more quickly.

New Colon Cancer Test Disappoints Those Looking Forward To Colonoscopy

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.

 


Social Media Giant Youtube Passes 1 Billion Subscriptions

YouTube officially hits 1 billion subscriptions. If you go to the Youtube website you'll notice the logo shows off their accomplishment.On average, that's 200 million channels being subscribed to each year since Youtube was founded in 2005.

Griffin Powermate – The Art Of Being A Knob With A Twist

Sure, you can do things from your keyboard, but sometimes having a shiny metal knob is just cooler.

 

Social Media Shopping Deals For Facebook's 500+ Million Potential Buyers

Ever since the Groupon model landed on the digital landscape and captured the imagination of so many consumers so quickly, everyone seems to want a piece of  their marketshare. And that includes Facebook. Rumored reports from watchdog blog All Facebook says that local shopping deals are being tested.

The Soup And Sandwich Tray Helps You Keep Balanced

Soup and sandwich combos are perfect for fall and winter.  They make great lunches and quick, comforting dinners.  Of course, the relaxation factor is over the moment your bowl slides off your plate and lands in your lap.  The Soup and Sandwich Tray takes care of this little problem.

Cats, Dogs, & Laser Toys

I've written a lot of blogs about pet toys, including one I update every year called the 19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts, but I don't write a lot about laser toys.  There's a reason for that, and with the holidays soon upon us, I want to share my thoughts about buying laser toys as pet gifts.

Bees Solve Complicated Math Problem Faster Than Computers

The "Traveling Salesman Problem" is a complex mathematical problem that involves finding the shortest route to all destinations in the shortest amount of time.  A computer is tied up for days figuring out the solution, but not so for bumble bees! 

DSquared Skeleton Dress: Fashion Morticia Adams Would Die For!

If you're still contemplating what to wear to one of this weekend's Halloween parties, you might consider a fashion creation that is both classy and creepy! Believe me, what you're about to see is a Halloween masterpiece that even Morticia Adams would die for!

Anatomical, Artsy Dresses By Rachel Wright

It much just be that we're feeling a little gorier with Halloween coming up this week, but have you noticed that body parts are in fashion? Last week we saw human anatomy tees, and this week there's something for those who prefer to show off their anatomy in a more feminine way!

A Robot With Coffee-Balloon Vacuum Hands – The Future Is Upon Us!

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.


25 Free Informative Business eBooks

Thanks to the internet, business owners and entrepreneurs have a multitude of resources available at their very fingertips. The ebook niche has become quite popular in the last few years; you can find one about almost any topic.The best part is - you can get most of this information for free!

Social Media Lobbyists - Facebook Fights Big Brother?

During this past summer, Facebook reportedly spent more than $6,600 lobbying California state officials to kill the "Social Networking Privacy Act." While that doesn't seem like a lot of money, especially for Facebook, it does mark the first push-back by a social network in an attempt to quash state legislature from imposing regulations over social networking terms of service.

The Business Of Bathrooms: Atlanta Closet Luxury Loos

The business of bathrooms is an industry larger than you'd think (in fact, this isn't the first we've spotted)! Toilets are one of those things that everyone needs; but no one likes a bathroom that feels like what it is, a loo, water closet, toliet or washroom. There's a new business making a big splash in the luxury loo industry today that you can't miss.

Strollometer Helps New Moms Regain Their Pre-Pregnancy Shape

With all of the magazine covers featuring celebs who have given birth only weeks before and are now back in bikini shape, there is a lot of pressure on new moms to get back to their pre-pregnancy form.  However, if you have tried to get back your pre-bump bod and have not seen the results you were hoping for or cannot seem to keep yourself motivated then there is a new gadget that may help.   

8 Philips Products Receive 2010 Industrial Design Awards

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.

 

Picturing The iThought Around The Corner? Think Again!

Researchers at the University of California have made progress in the utilization of brain-controlled interfaces (BCIs) by getting subjects to picture what they wanted.

Toxins Present In Newborns Reach New Heights, While IQs Drop

In one study, the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies had an average of 232 toxic chemicals already present at birth. The greater the concentration of toxic chemicals in the blood, unfortunately, the greater the drop in IQ scores.

3D Poster Paint Markers Open A New Dimension In Drawing

Move over, Crayola, 3D magic markers are here! Posca 3D markers come in 8 vivid colors and include a pair of stereoscopic 3D glasses that make your creations really stand out.

A Cheap Social Media Shopping Network (Just In Time) For The Holidays!

With the holidays fast approaching, the team at blinkx.com has developed a new social shopping network, with a few extra bells and whistles than some of the others noted in my previous post  titled, "Top Ten Social Shopping Networks (Just In Time) For The Holidays." A great tool for not only comparison shopping but also an opportunity to share your shopping experiences with like-minded shoppers in the Cheep community.

Wallets2Wear: Stash Your Cash Fashionably When You Don't Have a Purse Or Pockets!

There's nothing more annoying than hoing for a night out on the town and having no place to put your cash or your door key! Over the years, we've seen many of options that provide women with insconpicuous ways to keep their important items on board that also happen to be fashionable. A new competitor has entered the world of cash toting fashions and their alternative is pretty boho-chic!

Snazzy Napper

You may think that what I'm posting is a gag costume for Halloween, and while I may have planned the timing, believe me, this fashion statement is entirely serious! I know, you don't believe it, but you still won't believe it when you see this thing in public, either!

What A Physicist Might Do In The Name Of Biomimicry

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.

 

World's Tallest Manmade Climbing Wall

The Netherlands has proved that you don't need mountains to have challenging climbing.

Pumpkin Art That Inspires Awe

What can you do to scare the crap out of little kids on Halloween? Make really scary pumpkin carvings, of course!

Sexually Agressive Men Not As Likely To Notice If You're Interested...

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.

 

Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Get Rich Quick Schemes

Virtually any online get rich quick scheme that sounds too good to be true probably is. Some people are so eager to make quick money that they don't put in the due diligence to ensure a company is legit, and they end up getting scammed and losing their money.

You Think The New MacBook Is Slim? Here's The Slim Cup...

Make it smaller, make it thinner.  That's the direction tech is taking.  Smaller batteries, thinner computers... As is customary, where goes the way of technology, so goes the way of industrial design.  So Sharona Merlin designed the Slim Cup, as a first step, to follow suit....

Social Media Virtual Currency: Does Facebook Or Zynga Hold The Purse Strings?

After Target became the first retailer to sell Facebook Credits gift cards in its stores last month, this week Walmart and Best Buy jumped into the fray selling $5, $10 and $25 denominations of FB Credits just in time for the holiday season. At the same time, Zynga filed a patent for "Virtual Playing Chips in a Multiuser Online Game Network." Are these tactics separate issues or the first signs of a strategic battle of wills between the two Internet powerhouses?

Finally! A How-To Manual For The Budding Evil Genius

Evil geniusing comes to the masses with Robert Iannini's book "Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius: 28 Build-it-yourself Projects"

Blest Machine Will Convert Your Plastic Into Your Oil

Blest, a Japanese company, presents a household machine that will turn your everyday plastic items into oil.  Saving you money and saving the planet from CO2 emissions, Ankinori Ito, CEO of Blest, developed a machine to educate and inspire people to take action.

Fridgeezoo Animals Help Keep Your Fridge Chilly

If you are sick of your kids, spouse or roommate leaving the fridge door open then you should take a look at the Fridgeezoo creations out of Japan.  These cute animal friends come in a milk carton shaped form and are meant to be placed inside your refrigerator.  They start out friendly enough, greeting you when you open the fridge, but quickly turn on you if you keep the door open for too long.

Sony Retires Their Walkman Cassette Player

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. 


Honda Japan Rolls Out Low-Tech Way To Reduce Auto Accidents

Japan's Honda Motor Co. is using testing a new and unusual passive safety technology intended to help drivers judge side distances on narrow roads: a pair of small black triangles on the windshield.

Deuterium: A Tractor that Harvests the Environment

"Deuterium" is no longer just a hard to pronounce name for a hydrogren isotope.  Now, it's also the name for the latest multi-dimensional, eco-friendly concept tractor, which uses solar energy and hydrogen fuel to harvest a healthier planet.

Dreamoc Applies Incredible 3D Hologram System to Coca Cola Bottle

This amazing display of 3D graphical animation was built by a company called Dreamoc. A pyramid-like surface that's only viewable by 200 degrees allows Dreamoc to combine breathtaking animation to a real life product like this Coca Cola bottle.

2010 Trash To Treasure Competition Winners Are…

Last year, I wrote about the 2009 Design Squad Trash To Treasure Competition winner Max Wallack and his Home Dome design for homeless people. This year the Design Squad has announced the 2010 winners. The winners are Lilly, MaryAnn and Daniel. The best part is that Continuum is going to build their designs.

I Can See Your Halo – And It Looks Toasty

From designers Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica & Vinay Raj Somashekar comes the Halo flexible toaster concept.

Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With Paper.li

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, Paper.li can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with Paper.li to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.

Ergonomic & Electric: A Student Designs A 'Scooter' For Seniors

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.

 


Weaving As Architecture: David Garcia Creates Another First

David Garcia and his gang (aka Studio) have been up to their new tricks again, this time creating the first facade, roof, column and foundation to be built without nails, screws, or even glue!

Apple's New Ultra-Thin MacBook Air

Imagine the thinnest Apple laptop that could possibly be created - Steve Jobs has done it again. On Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010, Apple released their new, ultra-thin, iPad inspired MacBook Air. And you guessed it - Apple went thinner than ever. The sheer size of the Air limits the hard drive space to 256 GB, which rules out the Air as a primary computer - but it's an awesome gadget for any tech buff.

Social Media Skewered By DFW FOX Station Amidst Gunfire & Mayhem!

A satire of social media worthy of a spot on Saturday Night Live is spoofing its way across the Internet. Titled, "The Fox 4 DFW Roast of Social Media," it takes Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Skype amongst others to task on a YouTube video. Following a hostage situation and a gunman on the loose, it spots field news reporters capturing the day's tragic events while overly obsessed with their social medial channels of distribution.

Creepy Cosplay Halloween Costume Channels Your Inner Panda

Japanese Halloween costumes range from silly to strange to bizarre. This one, however, is so out there it's off the scale. At least it comes with an inflatable panda bear.

Oregon Scientific's All-Terrain 1080p Action Camera

Oregon Scientific has a new action cam that combines all the best qualities in cams: 1080p; rugged, waterproof build; TFT screen for viewing footage and even GPS.

Social Media Shopping Deals Space Goes Self-Serve With Groupon?

On the heels of posting "Social Media Deals Space Goes Ape with JungleCents" and the already crowded space of online shopping deal sites, Groupon is said to be launching its latest feature called Groupon Stores - an option that will allow businesses to created Facebook-like self-serve pages where fans and friends can follow and access discounted deals from a specific brand.

Flirty Fashion Inspires Creative Intimacy: Diesel's 'Role Playing' Underwear

While fashion is often creative, not everyone is creative when it comes to their love life between the sheets. A new ad campaign from Diesel tries to offer a little bit of spice with the introduction of underwear that's ideal for the uptight.

Drive Thru Legal Help In Conneticut

Drive thrus offer the ultimate convenience to individuals. They accommodate a society that wants to move as little as possible, so it only makes sense that a business with a drive thru window would have a leg up on the competition! The latest might surprise you..or not, because some in their industry will do anything to make a buck!

Chalkboard Placemats Keep Them At The Table - No Duct Tape Needed

It is a big step when kids graduate from sitting in the high chair to having a spot at the family table.  The novelty of being at the big table may keep them there for a little while, but soon after they have a tendency to start wandering.  Chalkboard Placemats may help hold your child’s attention, at least until dinner arrives. 

Inflatable Bike Helmet May Be The Best-Looking Helmet Yet

A new bicycle helmet design puts a helmet on your head only when you need it.

Ultimate Designer Yo-Yo Is Wheel Expensive

The made-to-order Nostalgia ultimate yo-yo by Japanese artist and designer Shinobu Konmoto is a replica of the 2007 world championship winner, so you know it can roll with the best.

The HydraBob Scuba Scooter Isn't Nearly As Cool As It Sounds

Somehow the Hydrabob manages to make a big, clunky mockery out of one of the coolest devices out there.

Social Media's Shopping Deals Space Goes Ape With JungleCents

In an already crowded space that includes major players like Groupon, Woot, Gilt Groupe and RetailMeNot, JungleCents enters the field with an inverted affiliate scheme and seed money from billionaire Mark Cuban.

Enjoy Healthy Microwave Popcorn With A Catamount Popcorn Popper

Popcorn is such a comforting snack.  Sometimes there is just nothing better, and usually when you have a craving for it you do not want to wait.  The downside here is that microwave popcorn has a lot of bad stuff in it.  If you want a quick popcorn alternative that is far safer then you should check out Catamount Microwave Popcorn Poppers. 

Just Lie Back And Leave Your Body To The Zerona® LipoLaser

Exercise and a healthy diet are regimes everyone should follow, but face it, they don't always shape your body the way you'd like it. That's why we have cosmetic surgery! Here is a cosmetic procedure that can sculpt and tone your figure without even one little incision - it's totally non-invasive!

Laptop? iPad? No Problem, The STM Revolution's Got You Covered

The average bicycle commuter has enough to worry about. The STM Revolution pack takes safely storing and transporting a computer, iPad and all accessories of his plate.

Landslide Warnings Get Down With The Sound

A new type of sub-surface, sonic detection system is making all the night noises when it comes to efficient landslide detection.

Want to Own the Most Powerful Action Figure Ever Made????

Question: How much power can an action figure with zero points of articulation have?

Answer: Unlimited.

Apple Gets Presidential: Obama Signs The First iPad Into History

While iPads still don't support Adobe Flash - another Adobe product- the "Ideas App" appears to have received a presidential promotional push on October 21, when President signed the first iPad ever. Sylvester Cann IV came up with the idea to use the Idea App in such a fashion, and scored some major geeky street cred as a result.

Can Your Cell Phone Tell You When You're Sick?

Have you ever found yourself feeling horrible, only to go to the doctor, undergo a battery of tests and be told that there is nothing wrong?  Wouldn’t it be great if your body could be scanned and diagnosed much like your car?  It is feasible that this kind of diagnosis will soon be reality and without even having to visit the doctor’s office.

Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

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.

 


A Bone Bicycle For Green Ghouls And Goblins

Just in time for Halloween comes this skeletal bicycle design.

Before & After The TrimDog Weight Loss System

Lily, the guinea pig (dog) for her parents TrimDog Weight Loss System, releases her before and after photos to the press....

Reproductive Hormones Target Cancerous Tumors Like Magnets In Mice

This discovery raises hopes that a targeted follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) injection can not only identify human tumors, but can deliver cancer killing drugs to the identified tumors.

Viagra-Infused Sheets Make Going To Bed Harder

They started as a joke, but a line of Viagra-infused sheets has proven very popular for Spanish designer Pep Torres.


Starbuck's Social Media Menu Adds Exclusive Content & Happy Hours?

Powered by the free Starbucks WiFi and with the intent of building a round-the-clock patronage, Starbucks announced the launch of two new services this week. Starbucks Digital Network will offer exclusive content to all of its in-store customers and a barista bar is being tested in Seattle where regional wines and beers will be added to its beverage offerings.

Important Considerations For Starting A Business

So you've been thinking about starting your own business. Perhaps it's been a long term goal of yours, or just an idea that came to you recently. Either way, there's some information you should consider before taking any further steps. Take a few minutes to evaluate yourself. Ask yourself, "What am I good at? What are my talents?" Next, ask yourself, "What am I bad at? What are my weaknesses?" As you evaluate, be honest - if you're not honest you're only doing a disservice to yourself.

Kochhaus Grocery Store: Walk In Recipe Book Concept

Grocery shopping is tough! If you're like me, you likely come home with a fridge full of food but still have no idea what to make for dinner. That's because you know what components you're interested in purchasing; you just don't know what you should do with it. Yes, there are recipe books or meal planning businesses, but that's a heck of a lot of planning to do before you hit the supermarket aisles. Fortunately, an international business has a solution.

Animal Collective and Keep Company For Socorro Island Conservation Fund Charity

Many brands have released fashion lines designed to raise money for charity. Keep Company is the latest to get in on the trend, and they've done so in a bit of a different way and produced some of the wildest kicks you're likely to come across this year!

Mini Snap Dual-Mode USB Digital Camera Takes A Licking, Keeps On Clicking

The Mini-Snap USB rechargeable toy digital photo and movie camera was designed for school kids - and to survive the school of hard knocks. As for batteries, they're not included because they're not required!

5 Last Minute "Trashy" Kid Costumes Make A Green Statement

Why spend $15-20 (sometimes more) on a Halloween costume for your kid? Your child is only going to wear it once. For some ideas to make your own, take a look at the homemade eco-themed costumes below made by very innovative parents.

Site Announcement - October 20, 2010

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.


Designs By Katell Gelebert : Fashions From Recycled Food Packaging

Recycled fashions are all the rage, and sometimes designers get a little bit creative in selecting their mediums to create a unique clothing line. A hot new designer has a line that's creatively delicious!

Throw An Amazing Halloween Bash With These Creepy Treat Makers

If you are planning a Halloween shindig you are going to need some terrifying treats to serve to your guests and there are no better ghoulish goodies than the ones you make at home.  Here are a few Halloween food and gadget items to get your party prep underway.

Groundbreaking Floor Tiles by Skoda

Skoda's revolutionary Energy Producing Tiles took center stage at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.  These glass-like floor tiles use energy from human footsteps to produce electricity.  Hybrid cars took a backseat to these groundbreaking floor tiles.

'Tipsy' Gene May Lead To Treatment For Alcoholism

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!

 

The Stemie Protects Your Nuts While Cycling

There are a lot of ways you can hurt your balls on a bike. Why not make it one less.

The 2% Solution – Milk As A Styrofoam Superlative

A combination of milk protein and ordinary clay may represent a biodegradable alternative to the Styrofoam and plastics we dump in our landfills.

Christmas Comes Early For Rock Climbers: Rock Climbing Mugs

If you're a climber there should be nothing better than pairing your coffee with some early morning grip strengthening.

Wine-ing Goes Ultrasonic – Enter The Coolness Of Magnetic Aging

Wine coolers go portable, efficient and oh-so-sleek with the WAVE Ultra Sonic Wine Ager and Refrigerator from Mika Yamamato.

Social Media's Microbloggers Vote For Lady Gaga Or The Pope To Appear On Conan?

In advance of the much anticipated return to the airwaves debuting on TBS, November 8, Conan O'Brien is using social media as a thrifty advertising vehicle to promote his new show (see related post, "Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night"). With blimps flying the friendly skies, Conan is coupling his current Foursquare promo with a Twitter voting contest urging the Twitterati to vote for #ConansFirstGuest that could pit Lady Gaga against the Pope (talk about both ends of the moral spectrum)!

First Study Linking Hormone Therapy & Mortality From Breast Cancer

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.

 


iPad! Get A GRIP, Will You?

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!

 

Eyetracker: A Wake-Up Call For Drowsy Drivers

German researchers have developed an eyetracking device that makes it loud and clear that drivers cannot sleep and drive.

Social Media's Y Connect Asks The Question Why Connect?

Even with Facebook facing some additional severe privacy issues this week (see previous post, "Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook"), Yahoo is said to be launching their own version of Facebook Connect, called Y Connect. The question being - doesn't a third or fourth mover  in the 'social graph' space give one pause to ask the question "Why Connect" with yet another similar service?

Hut-Hut Kids Rocker Blends With Your Contemporary Style

Kids have a lot of toys and many of those items do not fit in with a clean, sophisticated look.  Luckily there is the Hut-Hut Kids rocker.  This piece looks nothing like your conventional rocking horse, but appears to be just as much fun, if not more.

Innovation Enterprise Conference - For Inventors

Inventors with patents, new product ideas and technology that may have military or government applications will have a special opportunity to have their invention reviewed at the Innovation Enterprise 2010 Conference, November 15 - 17, in Macon, GA.

Where To Stash The Bloody Kitchen Knives

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.

 


Trying Botox For Your Migraine Headaches? All You Have To Lose Are Your Wrinkles

Are your wrinkles causing you migraine headaches? Botox is now approved to treat both of them!

 


X-RAY Phone Gives Inside Scoop On Mobile Calls

The X-RAY Phone from Tokujin Yoshioka lets you see the inner workings of your favorite telecommunications device.

Social Media Privacy Leaks Creates More Detractors Than Promoters For Facebook

In Fred Reichheld's Book, "The Ultimate Question," the author has spent the last ten years researching one simple question that can determine a company's future. The question is "how likely is it that you would recommend Company X to a friend or colleague?" Over the last six years, Facebook would not have scaled to half a billion users if the answer to that question was not a resounding "yes."

NuKME Wearable Blankets Keep You Warm, Invite Atomic Attack

Wearable blankets have invaded Japan! Even worse, these polyester Snuggie lookalikes have been given a most unfortunate name: NuKME.

Precer's Bioracer: Off-Road Vehicle Runs on Wood Pellets

The Bioracer, developed by the Precer Group, is an off-road, hybrid vehicle powered by wood pellets.  Using biofuel has its advantages and disadvantages, but this fun, 16HP vehicle is certainly headed in an environmentally friendly direction.

Site Announcement - October 18, 2010

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.

InventorSpot.com Team

Social Media Search & Data Mining Primed To Out-Google Google

By Google's algorithms being regularly and strategically updated, they've been able to maintain a leadership role in online search for over a decade. However, looking forward to the next ten years, there are road signs ahead that indicate that "keyword search" may become as hackneyed a phrase as the "information superhighway."

Unique Fast Food Wedding Venues: McDonalds Says 'I Do'

Deciding on a wedding venue is a personal choice. Some prefer the tradition of a church or the whimsy of a beach. Others like to host their ceremony or reception while taking a walk on the wild side while deep sea diving or bungee jumping. Unique wedding venue trends have caused all different sorts of businesses to offer wedding related services, and the latest may surprise you!

Is WikiLeaks' Brand Of Social Media Journalism Losing Credibility?

When stories broke back in June that WikiLeaks was releasing sensitive military documents pertaining to the War in Afghanistan (see "Social Media Journalism By Wikileaks' Whistleblower Unfolds In Real-Time"), the world was aghast that a social media site that patterns itself after Wikipedia could have gained such access at such peril. Founder Julian Assange actually had to seek protection from the authorities and Iceland initiated a proposal for their country...

BonBon Lipgloss Subscription For The Balm Addict

Lipgloss is one of those things that many women just can't live without. Makeup bags, purses, and pockets all over the world are filled with fruity, shiny, delicious glosses. For the real addicts, there's a great new cosmetics company that can keep on fueling even the worst lipgloss addiction.

Worried About Winter Germs? GetGloved And Kill Them Naturally

Gloves start out looking fresh and clean, but after a very short while end up looking pretty dirty and beat up, not to mention that they likely harbor a lot of germs.  GetGloved bamboo gloves sound like a great alternative to the usual old hand protection.  The organic bamboo material is said to be incredibly soft on the skin, eco-friendly, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.   

Meatloaf Bakery: Business Makes The Mundane Meal Exciting

We've seen a lot of fun niche food businesses that get creative transforming a basic, favorite food item into a complete menu of gourmet meal options. A new restaurant takes meat loaf meals to new levels making a boring food exciting both with taste and presentation.

Dream Machine Recycle Rally May Bring $100,000 To Your School

I love recycling fundraisers, but schools hesitate participating in recycling fundraisers because they often don't produce a lot of money and they require a lot of work on the schools part. Junk food and cheap holiday gifts make a quicker buck. This year I'm emailing information about The Dream Machine Recycle Rally to my daughters' principal. Maybe the incentives mentioned below will be mind changing.

Coffee Grinds Keep Clocks Ticking With Nespresso Batteries

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?

 


Coffin Carrier Is Just Too Ghoul For School

Got a Goth on your Halloween holiday gift list? This creepy yet cool Coffin Carrier from Japan's Village Vanguard is a great way to tote your body of work... or the odd small body.

This Smart Glass Takes The Heat For You

New Green Smart Glass is intended to make getting the perfect cup of coffee both easier and more eco-friendly.

Twittamentary, A Social Media Experiment In Search Of "Character 141"

A sneak peek preview of Twittamentary was held at the Roger Smith Hotel last evening in Manhattan. Hosted by the Singaporean award-winning movie producer Siok Siok Tan, the film which is still in post-production was offered up to a screening room full of social media types. What this filmmaker attempted to capture on film was the randomness of an ecosystem - that is so difficult for anyone to put their heads around  - let alone explain comprehensively in the body of one film.

Giant LEGO Storage Blocks Make Cleanup Fun And Creative

As we all know, LEGO has evolved since its beginnings.  There are now different sizes, colors and shapes to suit every age group and taste, but there have never been life-sized pieces until now.  Lego Storage Bricks are an ingenious idea for de-cluttering kids’ rooms.

Biomimicry At Work: Ants Inspire The A.N.T. Aid Necessities Transporter

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.

 


Calling All Inventors: New Kitchen Tools Wanted

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.

 


Suction-Cup Based Bike Rack

A new type of bike rack sticks your two-wheeler to your car using vacuum cups.

Game On, Obese Americans – A Thinning Mobile App Has Arrived!

A Georgia Tech PH.D candidate has created a mobile app intended to help adults learn how to make healthy food choices.

 

Sportier Sex: MovModa "Performance Lingerie"

A new line of sport-specific lingerie makes combining sporty and sexy easier than ever.

What You Don't Learn in Art Class - Creepy Pipe Cleaner Art

Don Porcella is an artist that creates unique and sometimes disturbing sculptures out of pipe cleaners.

Social Media's Facebook/Bing "Social Search" Marriage

It's not difficult to figure out why Facebook is deepening its ties with a search engine like Microsoft's Bing versus Google. As indicated in previous posts, Facebook wants to become the next Google, and has its sights set on making that happen soon. With Google stepping up their "geolocation" game, Facebook has structured a deal with Bing where it will become the first search engine to show US users which sites Facebook friends like.

Scrap The Botox For Mejikara Anti-Wrinkle Glasses

Everyone seems to be looking for the fountain of youth, and if they can’t keep their bodies young on the inside then they at least want to look youthful on the outside.  In fact, there are plenty of people who put beauty ahead of wellbeing and risk their health by having surgeries to look younger.   From Japan comes another option that may be worth investigating, if not for the results, then at least for the amusement factor.

Cool Ceramic Knives Display Cutting Edge Artwork

A new set of three different ceramic knives from Japanese cutlery manufacturer Minova-Cera features some decidedly 'edgy' art on their blades.

Behavioral Psychology Meets Merchandising At The School Cafeteria

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.

 

Room With A View – The Hotel Industry Gets Spaced Out

Russian company Orbital Technology adds “space hotel” to its list of under-development projects.

NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

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.

 

Social Media's Geolocation To Get Jump Start By Google's Search Kingpin

Geolocation is at the forefront of Social Media today - and will be the next ecosystem to scale exponentially. While Foursquare has set the tempo, it could easily be acquired, absorbed or challenged by either of the two major Internet players. And while Google's has had a long and fruitful eleven year run, Facebook is proving to be a formidable challenger as well when it comes to who will dominate the digital landscape for the next decade.

Airport Gate G7 Designed For Your Comfort - No Kidding!

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.

 

Whale Poop Is Vital To Ocean Ecology

You probably don't think about the nutrients in whale poop very often, but biologists from the University of Vermont and Harvard University actually made a huge contribution to many scientists and fisherman, sharing what they learned studying whale poop and which way it floats.

Row, Row, Row Your...Chair?

Salim Nasser, now of NASA, has created a way for wheelchair users to "row" themselves along both efficiently and safely

Kindles, Sony & Nook e-Readers Allowing Libraries To Thrive In Information Age?

In an ironic twist, as books are slowly become a legacy artifact of the past, and  brick and mortar libraries were predicted to soon follow suit, there is a test program in a few New England towns that is stocking their library shelves with e-Readers. If you can't afford your own device - this might be a viable alternative.

Little Kid Halloween Costumes That Are Sure To Appall As Well As Frighten

Halloween will soon be upon us and the kids are busy planning out their costumes and dreaming of all of the treats they are about to receive.  Babies and toddlers often turn up on Halloween with some adorable costumes, but they are usually picked out by an adult.  Unfortunately, even for the little guys, there are some bad costume choices out there.

The Scream: Uh... What's That Under The Chair, You Say?

If the image of the Scream chair, designed by PIE Studio, takes you aback, I understand very well.  I too was having difficulty wondering where I would place such a chair in my home.

Japanese Dogs Reach Nirvana With The Dyson Dog Grooming Brush

....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.


From Finalist To First: The Snail Wins 2010 Electrolux Design Competition

Sugar may not be good for you, but it sure is expected to be very good for cooking just about everything quickly.  That was the idea behind Peter Alwin's awesome design of the Snail, the 2010 winner of the Electrolux Design Lab Award.

Analog Wall Clock Goes International With Bend Hand

Designer Giha Woo has created an easy way for humans to broaden their temporal horizons - the Bend Hand wall clock.

2 Hours Of TV Or Computer Gaming: Find Out What They Do For Your Kids

.... 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.

 


7 Stupid and Funny Halloween Costume Ideas For 2010

Halloween gives us the perfect chance to be whoever we really want to be deep down inside, which is why it's such a great holiday. Whether your inner weirdo is a guido, a washed up star, or an outdated musician, you can be certain to appease that annoying freak inside you for at least one more year.

Social Media Spoof Equates Facebook To The Invention Of The Wheel

They say that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. And while Mark Zuckerberg may be having a hard time dealing with the "sins of his past" exposed in the widely-popular film "The Social Network" - he should take solace in the fact that you know you've made it in life when you are satirized on Saturday Night Live. Zuckerberg has successfully gone from geek to pop-culture iconoclast.

Spooky EcoDecor: X-Ray Lamps

While searching the web for interesting eco-friendly Halloween décor I came across a few lamps, by different artists, reupholstered with x-rays. If x-rays weren't creepy already, have them wrapped around your lampshades for a constant reminder of skeletons and death. Take a look at these five interesting lamps below.

China's Social Media Suppress China's Nobel Prize Winner Announcement

It seems the Norwegian Nobel Committee is controversial no matter who they select to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, it was U.S. President Barack Obama for lack of international experience and this year it's Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Igniting a fury amongst Chinese politicos, the award was criticized harshly for what the Chinese view as a violation the Committees' core principles in honoring "a criminal."

Human Body T-Shirts: Get Your Education On By Wearing Body Parts!

Just in time for Halloween there's a new trend in t-shirts that will truly allow you to get in touch with your inner self; you know, those organs that you just never get to see! Whether you consider this gory or educational, there's no denying that this is pretty cool!

FatePod: Connecting You With People You Wish You'd Talked To

You know those people that you meet as you go about your day that you find yourself thinking about again? The person who helped you pick up your dropped change in the supermarket line, the gentlemen that held the coffee shop door open for you, or the person who gave you their seat on the subway? Now there's a site that allows you to do more than think about these people you connected with during chance encounters.

12 Weird, Funny & Naughty Ways To Express Yourself With A Shopping Bag

Sexy, naughty, funny, weird... shopping bags - the fashion kind, not the grocery kind -  can express the inner you.  They're more racy, more clever, more artistic, and much more revealing than clothing fashion.  Surely, you'll find one among the 14 you would love to carry.

Social Media's Geolocation Promotes Conan's Return To Late Night

Conan O'Brien is returning to the airwaves via a big ostentatious orange blimp and us Earthlings can follow its aerial whereabouts throughout  the month of October via social media. Using the creative promotion team at Foursquare, the talk-show host has struck a deal with the location-based social network and AT&T to promote his new show on TBS, debuting November 8 at 11PM ET/ 10 Central - in a most unique way.

Monster Hands Is 'Handy' Entertainment For Young Kids

I have found that sometimes the simpler things are far more intriguing to challenging little kids than fancy new toys.  With this in mind, I think that Animal Hands and Monster Hands temporary tattoos are a great baby/toddler entertainment idea.

BANG... You're Not Dead! Buoyant Bazooka Wins James Dyson 2010 Design Award

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.

 

Swabbin’ Yer Cheeks Now Quickly Reveals The Black Lung. Avast!

Early detection in lung cancer is key to survivability, and a team of researchers has developed a way to easily identify those affected.

 

Social Media's Weak Ties Cannot Lead To Social Change?

In social media, sometimes its difficult to see the forest for trees. More than often many of us (including myself) get caught up in numbers. We replace quality with quantity because social media has this inherent sense of puffing up one's ego based on amassing large followings. Weak ties or connections to many is not a bad thing as long as it can be kept in perspective.

U.S. Lags Behind Other Industrialized Nations In Survival Rates

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 CareYou may be surprised to learn why we've fallen behind.

 

Meet 'Mega Big Boy', Japan's Mammoth New Prophylactic

Tired of being the butt of 'short sword' jokes, Japan takes the bull by the tusks by rolling out Mega Big Boy prophylactics... but will anyone there buy them?

The Disposable Katpak™ Eco-Friendly Litter Box In A Box!

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...

 


Light Up With Your Own Best Memories: The Slide Light

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.

 

LUM Alarm Smokes Out Home Fire Concerns

In an effort to assist the French in limiting their house fire concerns - one every 2 minutes - designer Arthur Brault has created the eco-friendly LUM smoke detector.

Artwork Way Better Than a Mixed Tape

Cassette Tape: A recording format that contained prerecorded music. Also known as an "audio cassette" and "tape". Erika Iris Simmons is an artist that takes the out-of-date cassette tape and creates something way cooler than any song could be.

Social Media Lockdown Reveals Groups, Dashboards & Third Party Apps, Oh My!

It's been a long-standing tradition with Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebookanistas to go into "lockdown" when he wants some serious coding to be accomplished. The term  is Zuckerberg's way of proclaiming to developers and those outside their hallowed cubicles - "no distractions!"

Interactive Virtual Makeup Remover Strips Girls To The Cheekbones

A new iPhone app called 'Suppin' promises to reveal what a dozen of Japan's cutest and most fashionable girls look like without their makeup. Sorry guys, JUST without their make-up.

Grand Prizewinner An Eco-friendly eBay Box With A Virtual Community

Very soon the eBay Green Team will begin giving eBay members and eBay staff specially designed reusable shipping boxes. The innovatively green box design is the grand prize winning entry of eBay's yearly spring Innovation Expo. The travels of each box can even be tracked online.

Green Technology is the Future

In the midst of one of the worst economic periods the United States has ever seen and the increasing need for renewable energy sources, green technology will lead the way toward an environmental revolution. Throughout history it has been entrepreneurs and inventors that have pulled economies out of the gutter, not government bailouts or higher taxes. As the future innovators of the world, it is our responsibility to make sure our planet is taken care of, not taken advantage of.

Neiman Marcus Unveils The Gingerbread House Of Your Kids' Dreams

There are so many fun things about the holidays and when you are a kid the excitement is multiplied by about a million.  It is hard to imagine anything kicking that enthusiasm up another notch, but I am pretty sure that the life-sized, edible gingerbread house at Neiman Marcus would do it.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Palladium As Catalyst For Carbon Coupling

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.

 

 

Alien Umbilical Cord iPhone Charger: Slick Or Sick?

Japanese artist Mio I-zawa has created an oddly organic pulsating power charging cable inspired, perhaps, by an unborn child drawing nourishment via his/her umbilical cord. Er, hold my calls, I'll be in my womb.

Alarm Pillow Starts Your Day Off With Good Vibrations

From designer Seung Jun Jeong comes the Alarm Pillow, a way to replace the annoying audio tones of your alarm clock with a refreshing movement from underneath your noggin.

Social Media Candidate vs Rahm Emanuel Compete For Mayor Of Chicago

Obama's ex-chief of staff might get some hefty competition when he puts his hat in the ring for Mayor of Chicago. Mayorships, long an intrinsic component of location-based social network Foursquare has just launched their run for the office with a contest called "The Foursquarian Candidate" at FoursquareCandidate.com.

Looking for Investors for your New Invention

Looking for investors for your new invention can be an arduous process - by understanding what potential investors are looking for in a lender, you'll be better equip when pitching your idea. Obviously they expect the details of the business, such as organization, location, marketing strategy and implementation strategy, but investors also have specific key areas they focus on. They want to see that you know the ins and outs of the industry, how your product or service is unique, if you have researched your competition thoroughly, if they can expect a return on their investment, and how soon.

Doctors Question New Cancer Treatment Device, NanoKnife

A medical device called the NanoKnife by AngioDynamics, an innovator in the medical device field, is being questioned by members of the medical community because the device was fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and was approved without clinical studies in 2008. But...

Merrell Shoes Leave Japanese Woodblock Footprints

Merrell is bringing the soul of Japan to the soles of your shoes with a new line of footwear featuring traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock print patterned soles.

KFC To Pack Its 'Sides' In Reusable Containers

After my rant last April about KFC's latest contribution to the world of fat food, grilled bacon in cheese sandwiched between two fried chicken breasts called the 'Double Down,' today I find myself congratulating KFC.  Oh, don't get me wrong, the company has not decided to sell out to the health nuts...

Fits.Me Mannequin Gives Online Shoppers A Way To 'Try On' Clothes

Online shopping has become immensely popular in recent years, especially for the holidays.  People love the idea of avoiding the crowds and saving on gas.   One type of item that is still difficult to buy outside of the stores though, is clothing.   Well, with the new Fits.Me mannequin a person can virtually ‘try on’ clothes to find out how they will fit before ordering.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physics: Making Graphene Technologically Accessible

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.

 

New Social Media Sphinn On Social Bookmarking By SERPd.com

Even though the body isn't cold just yet, a few new start-ups are showing some real moxy in attempting to become the successors of Digg, once the preeminent social bookmarking service. While Old Dogg is doing a full frontal attack (see "Social Media News Service On A Shoestring Introduces Old Dogg With New Tricks") - SERPd.com is a new platform that focuses on stories that serve the search engine optimization  (SEO), Internet marketing and social media communities.

A Mighty Solar Wind May Power Us Up

Scientists at Washington State University have developed a semi-practical plan to take advantage of the solar wind that blows our way. 

Flatter Me: Complimentary Company For Hire!

You know how they always say that Canadians are polite and friendly? Well, there's a business that's taking that idea to new heights by offering those traits for hire.

Small Business Software to Improve Productivity

Running a business is time consuming. Since time = money, the less time you spend on busy work, the more time you will have for more important aspects of your business. By utilizing the right software programs you can effectively cut costs, increase productivity, and run a smoother operation.

A Facade Grows From The Sea To Become A Wildlife Habitat

Sometimes a design really knocks you out, and you wonder at the capability of the human mind to conceive it and create it in such a way that it serves our need to utilize renewable resources, our need for beauty and wonder, and the need to create safe refuge for the world's wildlife.  The GEOtube, a plan for the city of Dubai by California architectural firm Faulders Studio, will be such a wonder.

Make Your Food Look More Impressive With Esslack

There are all kinds of ways to show off how well you are doing, financially speaking that is.  Looking much like a graffiti artist’s tools of the trade, Esslack by The Deli Garden, is an edible food coloring spray paint that comes in gold and silver shades.  It can transform the look of pretty much any food item you choose.

Dog Poop Lights 'Eternal Lamp' For The Park Spark Project

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.

 

 

Interactive Gaming Means Interactive Paining, Study Finds

While new, interactive gaming systems can help get kids off of their backsides, they can injure the rest of them, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization

"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.

 


Icy iPad? Touch Gloves Keep Hands Warm When Touchscreens Are Cold

Touchscreen devices like Apple's popular iPad won't work well when wearing gloves because the screen responds to the electric charge of the user's fingers. Touch Gloves from Alta address that issue, keeping your fingers warm when using iPads and other tablets outdoors in cold weather.

Social Media's Dark Side Exposed On iChat, Twitter & YouTube

Home videos have served as the premise for TV games shows. Police officers use secret video tapings for surveillance which can later be presented as evidence in a court of law. YouTube allows anyone with a camera to become filmmakers.  Video taping in movies such as "Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield" actually made the video camera a cast member in their features. In turn, social media opened up channels to share videos via social networking sites globally.

Groan, Wheeze, Moan, Mutter... Tennis Player Grunts Upset Opponents

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.

 


Social Media's Largest Social Tribe Divests Its Exclusive Origins?

The paradox of the first decade of the 21st Century is what started out as the 'shiny new thing' - built on its allure and prestige of being exclusive  - is now hinged on an 'open door policy.' Human nature defines us by "tribe" - where we feel most comfortable, right, wrong or indifferent by 'our own kind.'  However from "Harvard Students" to "Ivy League Schools" to "those with an .edu email address" to the "world at large" -  within short order, Mark Zuckerberg transformed his original exclusive Facebook tribe into a true melting pot of peoples.

Take The Party Wherever You Go With The Cruzin Cooler

Have you ever been on your way to a picnic or backyard barbeque and realized that you forgot the cooler?  You know, the one with all of your special cocktails, mocktails and outdoor snacks.  To keep yourself out of this type of sticky predicament you could invest in a Cruzin Cooler.

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

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.

 


Social Media Worm That "Likes" Facebook

Worms on Facebook are becoming almost as ubiquitous as the site itself. With so many Facebook pages on the network today, and with everyone trying to get their pages additional "LIKES," it's wise in general to stay away from any page with "Shocking" in its title - let alone, if its followed by "This girl killed herself after her Dad posted this photo."

USB Toothbrush Sterilizer Case Blasts Bacteria With UV Light

The new UV light toothbrush sterilizer case from Japan Trust technology (JTT) is powered through a USB connection or by two AA batteries, allowing germophobes to wipe out 99.9% of the bacteria infesting their toothbrushes anywhere, anytime.

Got Milk? Good. Milk Helps You Lose Weight!

Milk helps advance weight loss?  That's a surprise to most of us, because many of the most popular diet programs exclude or minimize dairy products as part of their regimes.  A two-year study shows not only that milk drinkers lose more weight, but that Vitamin D has other health benefits besides preventing skin cancer.

Water-loving Robot Cuts The Cord, Gets Its Own Moist Apartment

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.


Social Media News Service On A Shoestring Introduces Old Dogg With New Tricks

The cognoscenti known as x-Diggers are populating faster than bunnies on a hot summer day. With the blogosphere cyberventilating that Digg has added its last proverbial nail, and rumors that Kevin Rose is "burned out" and potentially jumping ship, was it any wonder that some young-upstart social bookmarking services would spring up? And Old Dogg is one that's showing the world you don't need millions in VC money to make it happen.