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May, 2013

New Anti-Malaria Vaccine Reduces Risk Of Infection By Over 70 Percent

An effective anti-malaria vaccine has been developed by a team of researchers at the Osaka University Research Institute for Microbial Diseases in Japan. The results of clinical trials conducted over a two-year period on location in Uganda, Africa, and published in the U.S. journal PLOS One confirm the BK-SE36 dry powder vaccine lowered the risk of acquiring malaria by a whopping 72 percent.

B Kids Watch Over Me Dream Station Lulls Baby To Sleep And Keeps Him Asleep Until Morning

The B Kids Watch Over Me Dream Station is different from the usual crib attachments in several ways. This unique baby sleep aid has five different light and sound phases to suit different parts of baby’s sleep cycle and the sensor monitors baby's sleep needs throughout the night.

Invent Affordable Home Security Product, Win $10,000 From Global Security Experts Inc!

The innovators behind the OnGARD Security Door Brace and SMART Dummy Camera are looking to you to invent the next big advancement in home security devices, and are willing to pay big bucks for your best idea.

Make Your Dad A Binary Star This Father's Day

Whether you dad is a science nerd or a sci fi geek he will probably get a kick out of Father's Day gifts with Dad imprinted on them in binary code. They are bound to draw comments and questions from his friends -- and even a few strangers. They will also give dad a laugh as he tries to figure out what this is all about.

Grow One Of The Tallest Trees In The World For Yourself

Trees are amazing things -- they cool us in the heat, protect us from wind, and provide us with the materials for shelter. With their ability to process carbon dioxide into oxygen they are the lungs of the Earth. One of the largest tree on the planet is the giant redwood. To do your part for the environment (and just 'cause you want to) you can grow your own redwood in your garden.

Robots Made of Gel? Yes!

A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkley Campus, have developed a gel that may be able to be used to make a robot with a soft body. The gel, which is made of a heat producing chemical and a elastic protine, may be the future of soft bots, but for now there are no prototypes in production.

ARAIG Suit Could Bring True Immersion To Gaming

So we're one step closer to true virtual reality. A Kickstarter Page just went live for the ARAIG Gaming Suit - a piece of wearable hardware designed to provide real, visceral sensory feedback. It's about as awesome as it sounds.

Spotlight On… Public Toilets? And One Public Toilet App

Public toilets are the unsung hero of modern societies. They are taken for granted in most countries but not in Singapore, where the Restroom Association Singapore (RAS) has undertaken the commitment of maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of every single public restroom in the island nation.

You're Makin' Bacon -- No Fakin'!

America has a major and passionate obsession with bacon. It is something that has reached absurd proportions when you can buy bacon wallets, bacon ties, and bacon shoes. It has become bacon-paloosa out there! Now you can indulge in your pork product passion in a more useful way by making your own bacon with The Original Baconkit.

How To Keep Watch Over Everyone And Everything, From Anywhere

What happens when you take a standard home video camera and enable it to a customized video and alarm management platform built from the ground up?. You get an easy-to-install, souped-up home surveillance system offering a boatload of features that'll help you keep an eye on people, things, and pets. Check it out and see for yourself.

Heart Attacks, Sleep Disturbances, And PTSD

Most of us don't immediately associate post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with heart attacks, but when we stop and think about it... a heart attack is a hell-of-a traumatic event, one which could certainly induce symptoms of PTSD....

Poachies Let You Create The Perfect Poached Egg With No Hassle

Egg poaching is a bit of a challenge. That’s why having some Poachies on hand can really help. Poachies are clever egg poaching bags that really simplify the process.

Huge Inflatable Rubber Ducks Now Available Online In China

Rubber duckie, you're so... BIG! Inspired perhaps by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's 16.5m (54ft) tall inflatable Rubber Duck currently afloat in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, Chinese company KK Inflatable is selling similarly sized (and larger!) blow-up ducks online at Taobao.

Your Growing Baby Can Still Rock The Tree Tops With A Treehouse Bed

Every kid needs his or her own special space to let their imaginations run wild. The dream of having their own playhouse, clubhouse, or treehouse. You may not have the right outdoor space to provide any of these for your child, but you can turn a portion of their bedroom into the house of their dreams with a Treehouse Bed from Pottery Barn.

What Microsoft Is Doing Right With The Xbox One

Ever since the Xbox One reveal last week, Microsoft has been one of the most popular whipping boys in gaming. Thing is...with everyone focusing on all the stuff the organization's doing wrong, we're losing sight of what they're doing right. Which, believe it or not...is quite a bit.

US Warns Against Self Driving Cars

The Google self driving car is a project many have great hopes for, but the US government is not satisfied by the technology quite yet, and recommends that states do not let the general public drive them quite yet.

For Your Big Blow-Out You May Need A Big Blow-Up

Having a large amount of furniture around for that occasional big bash is not all that feasible. It takes up a lot of room and requires a lot of moving back and forth. And if you want to change venues and have your party or reception at the beach or in a park it can become almost unmanageable -- that is unless you have an AirLounge XL inflatable lounger by Bench 7.

Cicadas, Going Nowhere At The Speed Of Light

In A Tale of Two Cities, when Charles Dickens penned his famous quote, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times," while he was relating how opposing factions viewed the French Revolution, one might make a similar observation regarding the return of the cicadas.

Simply Clearer: The Lucid 2 Keeps It Transparent

An advanced smartphone simply isn't for every user. That's where LG's Lucid 2 comes in. You get all the features of a modern smartphone, but with a simpler interface that should be very attractive for new smartphone users.

Get Your Balcony To Meet The Grill Of Its Dreams

When you live in a condo or apartment your balcony is rarely an expansive space for an outdoor living area. Placing a barbecue grill in that area can make it a whole lot smaller, making summer entertaining nearly impossible. One of the least used areas on your balcony is most likely the railing -- hence the invention of the Bruce Handrail Grill.

Kyoto Aquarium Serving “Frog's Egg Soup” By The Tad-Bowl

Here's some news that'll have exotic food fans hopping: The Kyoto Aquarium will be serving three types of “Frog's Egg Soup” in their on-site restaurant cafe from June 1st through July 12th of 2013. The soup might look and taste a little weird but at least it won't make you croak.

I Can Has Cheeseburger To Wrap My Gifts

Other than different pretty patterns, reversible paper, and coordinating gift tags, little has changed when it comes to wrapping paper over the years. There is something new out there that is clever and whimsical with a dash of American food obsession. The five different papers make up the ingredients of a classic cheeseburger.

Xbox Tech Used to Make Bots

A look at the way that video game technology can be used to help in the creation of robots. A new robot that is being worked out by a research team at Cornell Universit that is using the set of cameras and the ability to recorgize the movement of human beings of the Microsoft Kinect to make a new robot.

One Man's Trash...The Shadow Sculptures of Diet Wiegman

Is that Michael Jackson standing in front of a mangled pile of trash? No, that's just the brilliant balance of darkness and light in Diet Wiegman's playful and profound shadow sculptures. 

Become A Musician: Learn To Play The Ruler

You may have always liked the idea of becoming a musician but mom didn't force you through those endless piano or clarinet lessons like that geeky kid up the street. Now that you are all grown up the idea of fitting all those lessons into your busy schedule is more than a little daunting. What you need is an instrument that you can learn to play while you are on the telephone on hold or during those lengthy commercial breaks on TV. You need the Musical Ruler with Songbook.

The Naughtiest Necklaces In Fashion By Nicole Locher

Nicole Locher makes pretty, dainty necklaces in womanly styles...at least that's how they look from afar. From up close, these necklace designs are the naughtiest necklaces in fashion today.

What Are The Keys To Success In Crowd Funding

Crowdfunding is a new method to raise funds for your business start-up.  How it works is that many people contribute small amounts of money to your business either as an investment or as a donation.  The donation option is obviously a lot more attractive, because a small business owner does not have to pay the money back.

Durian Pizza Picks Up Where Anchovies Leave Off

Shanghai's Blue & Brown restaurant doesn't just sell pizza, they smell it as well! The Shanghai eatery's signature dish, Durian Pizza, is an offbeat treat that aims to please every sense starting with the sense of smell.

Time To Hang Out? Do It In Your Own Cocoon

There are times when you just want to get away and find a little privacy and calm in the midst of the chaos you call a life. With a Hanging Cocoon you can have that spot just outside your home. It is sort of a swing and tent hybrid. It is a hammock that you don't have to have special skills to get into so that you don't get thrown to the ground. It is your own little hanging oasis.

Bots Buy More Tickets Than Humans for Big Shows

According to new information, released by the folks over at Ticketmaster, the majority of tickets for the big shows are sold not to human beings, but to robots. These bots without a body seek out hot shows and buy the tickets, possible for the resale of the tickets to other concert goers.

Rainshader: Umbrellas, The Next Generation

We've had a love-hate relationship with umbrellas for a long time. The contraptions have been around in one form or another in different parts of the world for thousands of years. They have long kept us protected from rain and sun. Other than making them collapsible and retractable, the basic design has changed little. That is changing as the Rainshader comes on the market.

Get Your Own Poly-Bot Kit on Kickstarter

When it comes to robots you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in research labs. Or you could just get over to kick starter. If you make a sufficent donation to the Linkbot project you could just find yourself the proud owner of a set of blocks that can be linked together, or added to, in order to make a variety of robots.

Double Duty: Is It A Picnic Table Or A Bench?

A garden bench is a wonderful accent for any garden or yard to set off that shady spot where you love to sit and enjoy a summer day. Then again, a picnic table is great for those weekend gatherings of family and friends. The problem is that you either don't have the money or the space to accommodate both. With the Merry Garden Interchangeable Picnic Table and Garden Bench you can have both in the same piece of furniture.

Your Passwords Are Weak

Our lives are increasingly online, but are your digital accounts safe from hackers? Here is why what you thought was a good password may not be.

“Attack On Titan” May Be Japan's Most Horrifying Bento Lunchbox

This “Attack On Titan” bento box isn't so much appetizing as it is appalling. How hungry (or brave) would you have to be before getting up the guts to dig into this fearsome flayed face?

Can Shepard Robots Keep The Flock In Line?

When it comes to herding sheep the job is usually done by dogs. One graduate student, currently at Harper Adams University College, has designed  a UAV, or unmanned areal vehicle, in hopes of doing the job. The bot has been successful in the controlled tests. No one has asked the sheep what they think. 

No Joke: Comfy Breasts Offer Relief For Well-Built Women

With the arrival of the Comfy Breasts™ full body pillow full-breasted women everywhere are breathing a huge sigh of relief. If there is one thing that these women are not able to do (just about the only thing other than father children) it is being able to lie face down comfortably. Comfy Breasts is here to change all of that pain and discomfort.

Dermapen Takes Anti Aging Skin Needling To The Next Level

Skin needling is a practice that’s been used for a very long time due to its ability to improve product absorption and increase collagen production, therefore plumping up the skin. Dermapen offers a gentler and, some would argue, more effective skin needling option.

The Xbox One And Indie Developers: Microsoft's Mistake

Last week, it was announced by Microsoft that the Xbox One will not allow independent developers to self-publish their own titles. Instead, any developer who wishes to publish a game on the Xbox One's marketplace will require a publishing deal. That's not their only mistake, either. Foot; meet buckshot.

Soft Pretzels Without The Hassle Of Going To The Mall

Soft pretzels are one of those great snacks that go with baseball games, Renaissance festivals, and trips to the mall. Among all of the snacks you can purchase from vendors at these types of venues, pretzels are probably one of the healthiest when you put them up against fried pickles and fried macaroni and cheese on a stick. So why not make a few at home for special occasions like game day and any day that you survive life?

Be A Barbecue Tool Guy With a BBQ Tool Belt

Making sure that those coals are just right or the flame just so hot before you start to grill is serious business. You also have to have all the right tools for the job. Really? You can't just toss the burgers on the grill and hope for the best? Okay, I get it, it's a guy thing. For all those tool guys out there who take their summer holiday barbecuing as a mission from God, this tool belt is just the thing to help answer the call.

RentAGoat.com: When Business Innovation Meets Low Tech

Using the internet to develop and market an innovative idea doesn’t need to be a hairy experience, but this green landscaping company is the exception to that rule! Let’s take a closer look at RentAGoat.com’s innovative business:

Playing Pool Has Gone Bananas

In the right company playing pool can be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys. Even all of those monkeys will have fun on a pool table shaped like a banana. It's crazy. It's whacky. It's even a bit bizarre. That is exactly why it makes you want to at least try it out, if not actually have one of your own.

New Hybrid Car-Quadcopter

B is a new invention that combines a ground vehicle with a quadcopter, allowing it to take off anywhere to go above obstacles, using the design of the quadcopter to provide instant lift and landing.

Yesteryear's Drive-In Theater Hosts Prestige's Biannual MINI Movie Night

Drive-in theaters have been attracting motorists ever since Camden, New Jersey resident Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. first applied for a patent for his invention back in 1932. At the height of the outdoor theaters' popularity, the Warwick Drive-In Theater in Orange County, New York began operations in 1950 and is one of the few in the country to continue that tradition some 60 years later.

Take Your Beer To The Next Level With Lime Bomber

If you're struggling to get your wedge of lime inside the bottle of beer; if you're someone who's still taking a swig of beer, then sucking on the lime, then going back to the beer for another drink, welcome to the new world. Lime bomber bombs lime wedges into your beer like there's no tomorrow.

More Than Skin Deep - Spectacular and Wild Body Art!

Does Art Reflect Life? Or does Life reflect Art? The unbelievable body art of Craig Tracy will not bring that timeless paradox anywhere close to closure, because his mixture of the human form and artistic expression is nothing short of (r)Evolutionary.

Shanghai See's Your Giant Rubber Ducky & Raises You A Big Pink Piggy

Finding over 10,000 illegally dumped pigs in Shanghai's largest river and main source of drinking water? Disgusting. Poking fun at the scandal by “floating” a huge inflatable pink pig on China's largest social messaging site? Priceless!

Eatin' Cool With Eat N Tool

There is little worse than picking up some KFC for an impromptu picnic or a bit of your favorite Chinese take-away for dinner in the park only to discover once you get there that you have no utensils. In vain you desperately try to find a way to eat your food. Can you rip the lids into something resembling a spoon? Do you really want to eat those steaming mashed potatoes with your fingers? It is time for Eat N Tool XL to the rescue.

US Asks for Killer Robot Ban

A look how how the UN is hoping to prevent killer robots from making it onto the battle field. Following up after a recent report on the potential of killer robots on the fields of war, the US is asking all nations to take on a willing ban of the use of killer bots due to legal and ethical issues that surround the use of the robots in battle.

Are Video Games Ready To Go Completely Digital?

Slowly but surely, gaming is readying itself to abandon physical disks. We're already seeing signs of that trend developing with the advent of technologies like Steam, cloud storage, and digital downloads on consoles. There are some who claim the day of digital games is already here - but are we truly ready for that?

Color Your Own Wallpaper

Coloring is not just a fun activity for kids. Many of those of us who grew up coloring still find it a relaxing past time that reduces stress. Coloring books for adults are getting more and more common. Now you can blend you coloring activities with one of those things your mother would never let you do -- drawing on the walls. Burgerplex offers a couple of different designs of wallpaper just for coloring.

Camouflaged Keyboard Cover Keeps Computer Keys Clean

Like your keyboard clean enough to eat off? Then you'll love Type Wipe, an elegantly designed yet unobtrusive cover that blends in with your laptop and can double as a place mat in a pinch.

This Honey Dispenser Is One Honey Of A Gadget

For years people have been thinking that there had to be a better way to have honey on the table and ready to dispense without having to hold that little plastic bear upside down forever. Norpro has come up with the perfect answer -- a honey dispenser that keeps that golden nectar at the dispensing end. Not only that, the base is designed to hold warm water to keep your honey flowing.

Oh Splat! That's Some Wild Nail Polish

Nail polish has come a long way from the days when you rarely got to step away from clear, reds, and pinks. Now just about anything goes. Fingernails have become tiny canvasses on which people can express themselves. With Oh Splat! on your nails every day can be a fabulous party complete with shimmering confetti.

Robots Evolve!

Nick Cheney, a current candidate for a PhD at Cornell University, has shown off some pretty cool research in robotics recently. He applied the idea of evolution to the bots. A single bot, which was fairly generic, was able to reproduce into several generations of more effective models. By using breeding to respond to a single selective pressure. 

How To Work On Your iPad Or Table Device From Just About Anywhere

If you're not already as sufficiently mobile as you would like, the Monkey Kit Tablet Tail will help to turn your mobility up a notch. With its rapacious rubber-coated limb, now you can work from your iPad or other tablet device in positions and places that up until now you've only ever dreamed of.

Robot Octopus Swims Like Biological Counterpart

A new octopus that is not biological swims the same way that a real one would. The bot, which was shown off at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which takes place annually in Karlsruhe, Germany showed off the robot in a tank in order to demonstrate the swimming motion.

Can the Xbox One Stand Up To The PS4?

As many of you are no doubt already aware, the Xbox One was announced today. The press event was...interesting, to say the least. Since watching it, I can't help but wonder: has Microsoft already lost the next-gen game?

Genius In A Bottle: Amazing Wine Cork Mosaics

Lord Byron once said, "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after". Conrad Engelhardt, a London-based artist, has certainly taken that advice to heart with his stunning wine-inspired mosaics made entirely out of corks. Wine and women indeed....

The Caffeine Conundrum Is Addressed By Bottomless Coffee At Cups Tel Aviv

Coffee makes the world go 'round, and it would be a massive understatement to say that American society can't live without their caffeine fix. But, most coffee chains do not accomodate the need for coffee drinkers to be highly caffeinated 24/7 either. While it may not yet be a business structure on this continent, Tel Aviv has introduced a coffee chain that is working hard to keep caffeine addicts fueled and ready for their next fix.

HGST Travelstar 5K1500 Notebook Drive: 1.5TB in Slim 9.5mm Casing

Most laptops support hard drives of only up to a 9.5 millimetre thickness, and before now the largest data capacity available within that thickness was one terabyte. For those select few who need more than that, HGST has arrived with a solution.

Chinese Activist Artist Ai Weiwei Maps The Milk Of China's Discontent

Internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei thinks there IS a point to crying over spilled milk. His latest work, titled “Baby Formula 2013”, maps out China's discontent over multiple milk powder scandals using 1,800 cans of powdered milk.

German Industrial Robots Turned Aussie GPS Testers

It looks like robots, that were designed to do heavy work in factories in Germany, are going to be going on a new adventure. They are going to be used to help test the relability of the GPS systems down under in the outback.The systems data will be used to refine the system and help tectonic plate research in the future.

Xbox One Revealed

Today Microsoft introduced the Xbox One, its next generation gaming console, and the company aims to make it an all-in-one device for the living room with online and social features for the whole family.

The Real Story Behind the Failed Sale Of The Sega Pluto

Some time ago, a fellow on Destructoid who goes by the handle "kidvid666" made a very exciting revelation. Apparently, he owns one of the only two Sega Pluto units in existence. He decided to see what he could sell it for, and opted to put it up for auction. Unfortunately, things didn't exactly go as planned. 

The Boil Buoy Lets You Know When The Heat Is On

For busy people it is easy to get distracted while having something on the stove. To make sure you know when your water is boiling Quirky.com is bringing out the Boil Buoy. This dandy little gadget rings when your pot is boiling so that you won't miss your tea or burn your soup.

Will Robots Social Network When They Eclipse Man's Intelligence? [Videos]

'Singularity' for those mere mortals who are unaware is the theoretical emergence of a super-intelligence through technological means. First proposed by mathematician John von Neumann, it is the time when "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."

Going Green: Bamboo Calculator

Electronics are environmentally unfriendly. They usually are made up of non-renewable resources that will take thousands of years to degrade. There is one small way that you can take a step toward sustainability -- go bamboo. One of the latest twists is that outer components made of plastic and metal are now being crafted out of bamboo.

“iSpoon” Ice Cream Shovel Is One Super Duper Scooper

The limited edition, anodized aluminum, Icemania “iSpoon” from Japan's Akao Aluminum can handle the hardest, coldest ice cream around! Priced around $25 each, the super-duper scooper includes a custom carrying pouch ideal for those late night visits to Zyggie's Ice Cream Parlor.

Can Robots Care for Humans?

A look at new work that is being done by workers at the Carnegie Mellon Universityin hopes of helping older people to live at home longer and better, with the help of robots. The bot currently in development, but not in production, is designed to help clean up and bring objects. It won't replace humans, but it could help add to their efforts. 

The Foc.Us Gaming Headset Will Jolt Your Brain Awake

Good news, everyone! If you want to be a better gamer, a solution might only be a few volts away. At least, that's what Michael Oxley and Martin Skinner - inventors of the Foc.us headset - think. They've developed a device designed to jolt your brain with electricity....

And up your game in the process. 

Nicholas Cage To Act... As Chinese Automaker's Brand Ambassador

American actor, producer and director Nicholas Cage can add another line to his resume: brand ambassador. Following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, the face of Cadillac vehicles in China, the oft-controversial and occasionally IRS-investigated Cage has signed up to flog re-badged Saabs for China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

Bitcoin Creator Exposed

Ted Nelson, a pioneer in information technology, crafted a long series of investigations where he discovered who the creator of Bitcoin might be.

Develop An App For NETGEAR'S Million Dollar App Contest & Win Up To $1,000,000!

If you’re a master of creating networking apps, you’ve got a great chance to score up to one million dollars in Las Vegas for your innovative development skills.

10 Tips For Launching A Successful Business In 2013

Is it your dream to launch a business in 2013?  Many people wish they were their own boss and that they could quit their day job, but it seems completely impossible to get their idea off the ground. 

Dreams On The Wind: The Incredible Sand Art of Kseniya Simonova

Some artists use paint, while others choose charcoal. Some paintings take years, and others take hours. Some hang on gallery walls, while others simply lie forgotten on easels. Kseniya Simonova's art is different... it's made entirely of sand, she can create some of them in mere minutes, and when they are finished, she simply blows them away to start something new. 

The Business Of Butting: Disabled Escorts For Short Amusement Park Lines

"The Happiest Place on Earth" is what the Disney franchise has been called for multiple decades. Unfortunately, the long wait times can drasticaly reduce the enjoyment that visitors take from the day. Those waiting for hours can often be heard making statements like "are we there yet?", "why isn't this line moving?", "I'm hungry or have to pee" and "my feet hurt." Some travel agencies are getting fancy and are taking measures to skirt the system so that their clients do not have to wait in such long lineups.

Thanko's USB Neck Cooler Clamps Down On Summer Heat

The bad news is, Thanko's new USB Neck Cooler makes you look like a sci-fi mecha robot's grabbed you by the throat. The good news is, you'll feel a lot less hot under the collar this summer if you're wearing one.

Space Driving Record Broken by Robot

A new record was broken recently by a robot. In addition to being able to beat the worlds champions in chess it turns out that robots may be better at distance driving, at least in the endless void of space. The 1972, human set, record for the most distance driven in space was broken by a 2004 launced rover.

There's A Rash Of 'Jash' On YouTube's First-Ever 'Comedy Week' [Videos]

To understand Jash, you need to know what the YouTube Channel Initiative is all about. Funded by Google with the specific goal of bringing innovative content to YouTube, it's a 100 million dollar program that kickstarted Google TV's entree into original programming.

$16,000 Up For Grabs Via The 2013 Mobile Dev Challenge For Best Mobile App!

Are you a stellar mobile app innovator who needs a good excuse to show off your work? Any sort of mobile app can be thrown into the running, as long as it’s excellent!

Carbon Aerogel Created By Chinese Scientists Is The World's Lightest Material

Carbon aerogel created by Chinese scientists from Zhejiang University has a measured density of 0.16 mg/cubic centimeter or one-sixth as dense as air! The ultra-light synthetic material is also able to absorb up to 900 times its own weight, offering environmentalists a potentially useful tool for cleaning up oil spills and hazardous waste leaks.

Stone Age Swiss Army Knife Design Revealed

You just know that Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble each carried one of these in their pockets just for those prehistoric caveman emergencies. This Stone Age Swiss Army Knife comes with all of the tools a hairy Neanderthal just might need in a long day of hunting, foraging, and what-have-you. It is a must-have for that prehistoric man on the go.

7 Foot Tall DIY Robot from China

Tao Xiangli, an inventor of some note from China, has once again unveiled a new DIY creation. His newest work is a seven foot tall working robot. The bot, which is made from old parts, cost just under $25,000 and is teh second invention from this intredpid man. His first was a working submarine.

Nvidia Tackles the Uncanny Valley with New Rendering Tech

The Uncanny Valley - when something appears almost human, but not quite - might well be one of the most prevalent (and somewhat disturbing) trends in gaming. Tackling the valley is a challenge - how do you make something undeniably artificial look well and truly human? Nvidia may well have the answer.

Panther 3D Printer Brings Your Visions To Life

Have you ever wanted to really bring an idea to life? The Panther 3D Printer gives you the tools to make this a reality.

Dinosaur Fossils Transformed Into A Tasty Treat

If there are two things that pretty much everyone loves on some level they are cookies and dinosaurs. This is especially true of kids. WIth Dig-Ins you can bring these two things together and make dinosaur cookies. You can also make your choice between decorating them to be living dinosaurs or just a bunch of old fossils.

Google I/O 2013 Summary

Google I/O is the yearly conference from Google where new developer features are introduced. This year, many new features and services have been shown. Here is a summary of them.

Ekoore Python S3 Convertible Tablet Juggles Windows 8, Android, Ubuntu Linux

The unique Python S3 hybrid tablet computer from Ekoore appears to be the only example of its kind that can be factory shipped with three switchable operating systems.

These Thumb Tacks Are All Thumbs!

Sometimes there is nothing more fun that taking things literally. It is the stuff from which puns are made. These divine little thumb tacks are very "punny" all by themselves. They aren't the standard little round dots of your grandparent's time. Nor are they the plastic push pins that make you think that you will one day need thumb surgery. They are actually "thumbs."

Propose Efficient Energy Solutions From Latin America, Win Up To $100,000 Via 2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest!

The government of South Korea, Inter-American Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund and GDF SUEZ, have pulled together to seek out energy solutions from Caribbean, South and Central American nations, and there are huge cash prizes for the best ideas!

MIT Shows Off Robot Cheetah

A look at a new cheetah robot that came from the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT. The researchers, who showed off the robot at the  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation this year have managed to create the second fastest robot in the world. The bot tops speeds of about 14 MHP by using electric motors, instead of hydraulics.

Star Ball Soccer Ball From Perrocaliente Gives Futsal Some Star Power

The Star Ball, a futsal-sized soccer ball from Tokyo, Japan-based Perrocaliente, features a striking pattern of five-pointed stars and irregular nonagons designed for, er, universal appeal.

Arena.XLsm Receives a Huge Content Update

 Arena.XLsm - a game created and played entirely in Microsoft Excel - enjoyed a rather considerable content update today. I've talked about the title before, but it's definitely worth mentioning again. After all, Walkin - the accountant responsible for the title's development - has changed quite a bit.

Are You Hungry Enough To Eat A Horse? Measure Accordingly!

Calling all pasta-holics! As you know it can be tough making sure that you make just the right amonut of pasta to go with your favorite sauce. Every kitchen can also use a bit of whimsy and this cute tool for measuring out your spaghetti, angel hair, or linguini will really get that done.

ZipNiqab: An Innovative Soution For Discreet Muslim Women

Niqabs are worn by many women from the Muslim community that are focused on modesty. The goal of the Niqab is to cover the lower part of their face - but this garment poses a challenge when it comes time to eat in public. Women are then force to choose between a messier mealtime, or sacrificing their modesty and pulling the religiously motivated apparel away from their faces. Neither is the most desirable way to proceed, which is why the ZipNiqab was created.

Showcase Your Pioneering Invention At The 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition & Win Up To $10,000!

If you’re looking to win some major cash for sharing your ground-breaking invention or product, and are able to go to Fairbanks, Alaska to do so, then I’ve got the contest for you!

The Power of Psychology: How Gaming Helps Fight Cancer

It's incredible the degree to which one's mindset can impact one's well-being. To that end,one team of doctors and programmers has devised their own unique means of attacking the Cancer: they've made a video game. Several, actually. 

BrickPi: Making Robots Out of Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi project is getting a new twist. The newest add on, dubbed BrickPi, is a sensation of Kickstarter. The project, which has raised more than $20,000 offeres users the chance to use the setup to make and control robots. The only other thing neeeded is a Lego Mindstorm set. The project is set to ship to donators in August of this month. There is still time to get your's if you want one.

Give A Solution That Is A Cut Above The Competition To Win €4.000 From The Pöttinger Engineering Contest!

European farm equipment producer Pöttinger is looking for help, and if you can revamp one of their existing harvesting tools to slice plants in a neat and orderly manner, you’ll walk away with a nice cash prize for thinking outside of the box!

Drink Mixing Robots Shown Off

The folks over at Coke and Bacard have been working with researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab to create a robot that is capabale of making you great drinks. The robot, which is currently in testing, is able to make 1000's of different types of drinks with the help of an app.

Gain Additional Clout on Klout When You Play For No Pay?

While still considered a punchline by many, for others that are happy to receive the perk of free access to American Airlines Admirals Club, Klout has been diligently trying to find ways to up its game. No longer content in just assessing one's social media score, Klout is morphing into a social network of sorts.

The Exciting New Frontier of Brainwave Control

Brain wave control is hardly a new concept. It's something scientists, designers, and inventors have been fiddling around with for years. Now, however, there might be a new source of innovation and advancement in the field: gaming.

Create Android Apps With HTML, CSS, JavaScript

A new framework called Fries allow web developers to use their existing skills with HTML, CSS and JavaScript to create native Android apps without learning any native programming code.

Demonstrate How To Build Your Green Product To Win Over $1,000 In Prizes From Instructables’ Green Design Contest!

If you can demonstrate how to build something useable that is truly worth raiding the recycle bin to create, you could win over $1,000 worth of prizes from Voltaic, REI, Nokero and more!

Up In Smoke: The Revolution of High Art

4/20, International Pot Smoking Day, has come and gone, but Chronic artist Cliff Maynard never stops celebrating the holidaze. His mind-blowing portraits made of the burnt-out roaches from thousands of joints prove that drugs don't just inspire art, sometimes they actually make it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Watch Bitcoin Mining Live With BitCam

With Bitcoin being so popular, it was only a matter of time before a live streaming webcam was setup to see coin mining in action, this one called the BitCam and set by the Wired crew.

Gaming With Spreadsheets: A Closer Look at Arena.Xlsm

Game development's big business these days, but what a lot of developers - and gamers- seem to have forgotten is that you don't need top-tier development tools to create a great game. Sometimes, all you need is an idea and a bit of knowledge: that's all it took for Cary Walkin, who created a whole RPG using nothing but Microsoft Excel.

Give It A Rest: Bamboo Kitchen Utensils

People who live in small apartments and mobile homes don't always have a lot of room for little extras -- sometimes not even a spoon rest. Even when you do have room for a spoon rest, they can get pretty messy. The answer can be found in these great Give It A Rest utensils. Each one comes with a built in spoon rest.

Sit On One Of These Feral Futons By Máximo Riera, IF YOU DARE!

When people tell you that the wheel doesn’t need to be redesigned, lean back in your biologically accurate rhinoceros throne and scold them for thinking inside the box.

Nasa Tests New Rover

A new rover named GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, is being sent to test itself in the polar ice. The robot, which will be tested in May and June is also soon to get a companion made by Dartmouth University during the summe.

Build A Fantastic Product To Create The Future For A $20,000 Prize

The Create the Future Design Contest has been pushing talented inventors to dream up incredible and innovative products since 2002, and there’s still time for you to get your idea in this heated competition!

Gecko Robot Can Climb

New work from researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology had prouced a light weight robot that is modeled after the high climbing gecko robot. The mostly plastic robot is set up with a low melting goo on its feet that allows the robot to climb vertical surfaces.

Valve Is Considering Eye-Tracking and Sweat For Gaming

In the games industry, Valve is widely known as an innovator - and one of the most beloved organizations to boot. One of their biggest focus of late is bio-feedback: control of digital devices through one's own body. To that end, they're toying with some pretty absurd concepts...including using sweat. 

Redditors Willing To Meme Their Opposition To Death

While the "Party of No" desperately seeks something to say yes to, their fight to rebrand themselves is met by aggressive social media opposition by the Redditors. While bookmarking sites the likes of Digg have withered on the digital vine over the past few years, Reddit seems to be not only the one with staying power, but the one whose "up" or "down" votes can sway public opinion quickly.

Design A New Way To Deliver Insulin & Win $5,000 Via Ignite Contest!

Sure, I came across this one very close to its deadline, but if you have a brilliant new way for diabetics to consume the insulin they need, send it to the Ignite: Diabetes Challenge for a chance to win $5,000.

DrinkSavvy: Innovative Product Line Focused On The Prevention Of Date Rape

Date rape is a serious issue, and it affects people of all ages and both genders. For the past couple of decades, women have been warned about the risks of leaving their drinks unattended at parties and bars. The result of not closely guarding a drink could be an unpleasant drug trip, and undesired sexual relations. While women can of course try and keep an eye on their beverages, those that really want to find a way to slip a date rape drug into a drink have developed sneaky ways of accomplishing their mission. It is for this reason that DrinkSavy has chosen to focus on creating products that help men and women alike detect date rape drugs in their drinks.

Roll 20 is Bringing the Spirit of D&D to the Silicon Screen

Although this isn't necessarily my regular fare (if indeed I can be said to have anything of the sort), I'd argue that it's close enough to video games that it qualifies for this blog. After all, a great many video games could very well be said to owe their roots to table-top roleplaying; D&D is considered the grandfather of all RPGs by many. But we're getting a touch off track, dear readers. Today, I'd like to discuss an innovative new tool known as Roll 20. 

Let The Soundwagon Drive Your Music

Back in the day our tunes only came on vinyl and there are those afficionados who say that vinyl is the only true and pure way to listen to music. If you can still find vinyl albums this is great. What can be even harder to find is something to play them on. Well, how about something to play on them? The Soundwagon will drive your music right to your ears.

Tired of Torn Toast? Try the Butter Cheese Grater

Cold butter is practically impossible to spread, but not with the help of the butter cheese grater that helps soften things up in no time.

Lytro-style Camera Technology On Smartphones Soon

Pelican Imaging, inventor of array camera technology for mobile devices,  recently announced a $20M investment by cellphone manufacturer Nokia. A representative of Nokia Growth Partners noted, "Pelican Imaging's computational camera solutions are at the cutting edge of mobile camera technologies. We believe they're positioned to lead the next wave in video and image capture; they're a great addition to our portfolio of innovators in the imaging space." If this is any indication, we may see Lytro-style camera technology on smartphones in the very near future.

Can Robots Help Aussie Manufacturing?

A white paper put out by CSIRO is positing the idea that robots will be good for the workers in the manufacturing sector in Australia, but the real question is, can it actually happen that way? This piece looks at the state of the industry and ponders how robots might help, without replacing, workers in a flagging field.

Is The OUYA Worth Buying?

The OUYA looked incredibly promising when it first debuted on Kickstarter. Since then, a series of unfortunate revelations have made it look less and less impressive. At this point, one can't help but question if it's even worth the purchase.

5 Things To Do In Picking A Product Name

Choosing a name for your product can be one of the most agonizing and challenging things that you will do when it comes to your business.  If you choose wrong, the result can be that your product fails miserably.

Straighten Yourself Out With Spine-Worx

No matter what you do for a living, life can be a real pain in the back. Pain killers and muscle relaxants can only help so much. Chances are what you really need is to have your vertebrae returned to proper alignment. Regular chiropractic care can be costly. Take control of your own back health with Spine-Worx,

Site Provides Status Of 196 Web APIs

Zapier has a new API status board that helps you keep track of almost 200 popular web services, giving you a central location to keep an eye on your cloud services, making sure your own web app does not go down without you knowing it.

Promising Gray Hair Cure On The Horizon

In a recent report published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a group of European researchers believes they’ve found a cure to the graying process.

Sometimes Innovation Means Less Not More for Farms

A new conference, the Tanzania Agro-Business Expo 2013, hopes to get farmers to not till thier soli. The educational conference is touting the idea of a much less invasive method of sowing seeds. The only question is will the farmers take to the idea? We will find out this summer. 

Feeling Hungry? Try These Video-Game Themed Bento Boxes

For the uninitiated, Bento is a type of lunch-time meal which consists of rice, meat, and vegetables, the whole array arranged together in a box. It's a fairly traditional dish, often prepared for school and work lunches; it's also available at most restaurants which serve Japanese food. Those mass-produced meals rather pale in comparison to the stuff I'd like to share with you folks today - calling the ordinary stuff downright inadequate wouldn't be much of a stretch.

Google Glass Sees Its Users As Big Brother [Video]

Quicker than George Orwell's ink could dry on the page, "1984" introduced the world to a whole new level of paranoia that's kept us looking over our shoulders for the last sixty years or so. From the "Red scare" of the 1950s to Presidents justifying unjustifiable wars in the 21st Century, to the Patriot Acts's reduction of citizen rights -- right up to today's CCTV cameras surveilling us à la 'Person of Interest,' Big Brother has carved out a permanent foothold in our society.

How To Get Ready For Angel Investing

When you are getting ready to launch your business, you will need many things in place. One of the most important pieces is financing. Most entrepreneurs have already borrowed funds from friends and family, and may have a small amount of financing from a financial institution as well as their own hard earned money.

Show Off Your Invention At The Invention & New Product Exposition, This June!

There’s still plenty of time to register a booth to showcase your latest invention at the 2013 INPEX, as you’ll definitely want to impress the various product manufacturing giants who will be combing the event for superstar innovations…

Drinking Fudge: Not Your Average Hot Chocolate

If you are a chocoholic and you love those decadent moments of relaxation with a mug of hot cocoa it may be time to take the experience up a notch -- or ten. Drinking Fudge is a whole different experience in liquid chocolate. Not only is it thicker and richer than your usual cup of Swiss Miss, it has an entire line of different flavors to entice the palates of even the most die-hard chocolate lovers.

The Neon Lovechild of Modern Art

Paint splatters and graffiti might look like accidents or vandalism to some people, but the eye-catching, genre-bending artwork of Rowena Martinich is redefining ideas of art and beauty, while answering one very important question; what would it look like if Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso got together and went wild on a wall?

The Grizzly Bear Bean Bag: The Teddy Bear Is All Grown Up

The bean bag chair was all the rage back in the 60s and 70s. They came in one basic shape -- round. They came in a limited range of colors. For many years nothing changed and the chairs fell out of popularity as more and more people realized how stupid they looked trying to get out of them. Now the bean bag chair met your childhood teddy bear and created something new for you to love.

Lytro Launches Light Field Photography Contest

Win up to $500 in Lytro's first International Photography Contest! Submit your pictures now for Lytro's first international light field photography contest. Use any of the Lytro camera's features, including Living Filters and Perspective Shiftas as well as Manual Controls to show your creativity. Five finalist will each win $250. One finalist will take the grand prize, doubling the cash prize to $500 and garnering an invitation to Lytro's Pro Shooter Program. Best of all, no entry fee.

E3’s Almost Upon Us: Get Ready For The Latest Videogame Tech!

It’s that time again! Videogame enthusiasts from all over the world will be tuning in to their favorite gaming websites and video portals from June 11th through the 13th for huge reveals of brand new videogames, technology and other electronic entertainment related goodies. As always, I can’t wait!

How Star Wars Got Its Own Holiday

May the 4th is a very special day for those who are fans of Star Wars. Just like the common phrase in the movies "May the Force be with you", the phrase has since been adapted to "May the Fourth be with you", making this day into an international holiday for a movie IP.

Need To Remember Something? Keep An Eye On Your Watch

Once upon a time people would tie strings to their fingers to help them remember something important. Then came the dawn of the Post-It Note and being able to stick those reminders all over the place  However, that didn't ensure that the note was going to be with you where you could find it. The problem has been solved with the Post-It Note Wrist Watch.

Game On: How Video Games Can Teach

It's said that you learn better when you're enjoying yourself - when you're passionate. Today's youth tend to be quite passionate about gaming, as a whole. It seems fitting, then that games are being used to teach - often in some very innovative ways.

The Original PotMaker: Roll Your Own

With spring comes time to plant. For plants that love the hot weather best their seeds may need to be planted indoors. To keep your garden extra "green" this year (and for years to come) you can recycle your newspapers into seedling pots with PotMaker®. Once the plants are large enough and the weather warm enough you don't have to disturb the tender new roots. Just plant the pot in the ground and it will degrade naturally into the soil.

This Summer's Number One Poop Throwing Game

With the warmer weather almost upon us, I can hardly help but be reminded of summers past and the lost innocence of childhood, when long into the evenings, the trees surrounding our happy home full with the raucous laughter of cicadas, my parents and I would challenge each other to a thrilling game of Doody Head.

UN Reports on Killer Robots

It looks like experts are starting to take the threat of killer robots seriously. A recent report, released by the U.N. Human Rights Commission has come out with some serious concerns about the use of Lethal autonomous robotics, or LARs for short. The report, which is more than 20 pages, make a series of suggestions on how to deal with the threats faced by LARs. 

Emergency Rice “Can” Be Stored Up To Five Years

Whether preparing for the apocalypse (zombie or otherwise) or merely stocking your post-Cold war bomb shelter, you'll be bowled over by soft drink can sized Emergency Rice rations from Japan. The manufacturer, CTC, designed the good-looking, no-nonsense packaging because hey – in an emergency no one has time for nonsense, amiright?

How Torment: Tides of Numenera Kicks Traditional Morality Systems Aside

Moral Choice systems have always been a bit of a sticky subject in gaming. Most of them tend to be terribly simple, and as a result, thoroughly boring. Torment: Tides of Numenera is looking to change this, with its revolutionary "Tides" system.

Mugnificant! Top 10 Crazy and Funny Mugs

There is certainly no shortage of weird and wonderful food-related things to write about, but when a friend showing you a picture of a toilet-shaped mug results in a pig-like chuckle squeezing itself out of your lungs/nostrels, there is not much thinking left to be done. So here we go - a tribute to the 15 year old schoolboy/girl in all of us. I am talking, of course, about some of the world's funniest and craziest mugs.

Retail Teller Machine: Concept Hopes To Make Cash A Thing Of The Past

We'd all like to pretend that money doesn't make the world go 'round, but this is a business blog, and the reality is that each and every one of these unique business concepts require capital for development and operations. With that said, would you believe me if I said that a new business is hoping to reinvent the wheel and release society's dependency on cash? In fact, it is a concept that involves from a booming business that is all about money. With a little luck, the Retail Teller Machine (RTM) just might replace ATMs in the future.

Marissa Mayer's Intuitive Search Meets Work Ethic At The Corner Of Bing & Yahoo

What's a $36 Million-Dollar lady to do after bailing from the world's largest search engine only to join the ranks of a bit player the likes of Yahoo? A player that was losing so much market share, it needed to enter a 10-year partnership agreement with Microsoft's Bing to stop the bleeding.

Can Bitcoin Alternatives Save The Virtual Currency?

Bitcoin is not the only virtual currency out there. Between Litecoin, Ripple, Zerocoin and so on, which will be the virtual currency of the future? Is Bitcoin able to stay the course, and gain its value back?

Solve A Big Problem, Win The Verizon Powerful Answers Award (And $1 Million Bucks!)

If you can solve a huge problem with the help of Verizon’s broadband networking, cloud storage, wireless capabilities or other technology in the fields of health care, education or sustainability, the communications giant will give you up to 1 million dollars to develop the idea.

Talking Tissue Boxes Coming Soon?

Are talking tissue boxes coming soon? Research being done by scholars over at Penn State shows that people who were confronted with a talking tissue box, one that made suggestions and blessed them, was a welcome thing by most people. The research is part of a larger project that shows how smart technology can be placed into our homes.

Marketing Secrets You May Not Know About Twitter

These days, it is important to market your web presence on Google, Twitter and Facebook. These are three of the most popular and widely used platforms that people use to market their business online. Twitter has a specific advantage over other advertising platforms that many people do not know about.

Interview with Tactical Haptics' Professor William Provancher

At GDC 2013 towards the end of March, an organization known as Tactical Haptics revealed a rather revolutionary new piece of motion control technology. It's called Reactive Grip, and combined with tech such as the Oculus Rift, it could very well revolutionize the way we game. Last week, I decided to track down Professor William Provancher, Reactive Grip's inventor, for an interview about its creation and development.