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December, 2013

Need This New Concept? New Year's Non-Resolutions

It's that time of year again when we feel compelled to make New Year's Resolutions. There are so many things wrong with doing this to ourselves -- from looking at ourselves so critically that we end up aiming for a New Year's Revolution, to setting ourselves up to certain failure on an accelerated time-line. It may be time to change our way of thinking about creating our vision of the new year ahead of us.

Robots Can Probably Manage Your Finances Better Than You Can

According to entrepreneur Mike Sha, in the near future we'll be handing all our money over to robots. Sort of - the Bay Area entrepreneur's startup, SigFig, has developed a set of algorithms designed to manage a user's financial portfolio automatically. He's not the only one with the idea, either.

The Man At Arms Is Turning Fantasy Into Reality, One Weapon At A Time

Have you ever wondered what FFVII's Buster Sword might look like in real life? What about Gimli's Axe from LOTR, or the Kingslayer's Blade from Game of Thrones? Ladies and gentlemen, introducing The Man At Arms. Every week he selects a new weapon from the realm of fantasy...and forges it in reality.

Heads Up: Climate Changes Are Likely To Cause (Drinking) Water Shortages

Common sense tells us that climate changes, namely global warming, will cause glaciers to melt, rising the sea level. Another nefarious effect about which we were not so much aware of is brought by a new study, which reveals that global warming will also put more people in risk of absolute water scarcity. Read more to understand why.

China's Yutu Rover Might Be The World's First True Hibernating Robot

The moon isn't exactly known for its balmy temperature, and its nights are especially bad. They last about 14  days, during which temperatures can drop as low as -180 degrees Celsius. Scientists in China may have designed a rover capable of surviving such extreme conditions...by hibernating.

Nostalgia Kick: A Host Of Classic Video Games Are Getting Revived Online

Though the video arcades and game rooms of yesteryear are long gone, they most definitely won't be forgotten. The Internet Archive this week launched an initiative called the "Console Living Room," which offers a host of pre-Internet era games to anyone who cares to check it out.

Need This New Innovation? Flood Rum

In September of 2013 a devastating flood hit the Front Range of Colorado (the area on the eastern side of the mountains) was hit by severe flooding. It was worse than any in known history. The town of Lyons was cut off from civilization as the roads in all directions were washed out. Much of the town was washed away or heavily damaged. Spirit Hound Distillers was no exception. Now they are turning the tables on the flood to help the town move forward again.

 

Need This New Invention? The Tongue Patch For Weight Loss

It is amazing the extremes that some people will go to to lose weight. Over the years people have tried wiring their mouths shut, having liposuction, taking sometimes dangerous combinations of drugs, stomach bypass surgery, and lapband surgery. A new procedure developed over the past few years is starting to raise some eyebrows. It is called a 'tongue patch." A bit of surgical mesh is sewn onto the tongue to keep people from eating.

Want To Propose To Your Significant Other? Why Not Make A Video Game?

When you propose to someone, you're offering to pledge the rest of your life to them. It's not to be taken lightly.  For SuperGenius 3D artist and animator Robert Fink,  it wasn't enough to simply make the vow. He needed to do something more; something unique and special. He needed to create Knight Man.

NASA's Super Ball Bot Will Be Exploring The Surface Of TItan

Where the deployment of exploratory drones is concerned, one of the biggest challenges lies with getting a robot down to the surface of a planet or moon. NASA has come up with a rather novel solution: Super Ball Bot, a wire mesh, ball-shaped robot that can roll around of its own volition.

Need This New Innovation? The Concept Of Social Jet Lag

For most of us our circadian rhythms are out of sync. This makes it hard to get up in the mornings and often keep us awake at night. This is due, in part at least, to the uneven sleep schedules that most of us have by differing our sleeping hours on the weekends to accommodate social gatherings. Researchers in Europe have created the phrase "social jet lag" to describe the effects of this prevalent practice.

'Author Rank' Separating Small Business Bloggers vs Small Business Ghost Writers

While the blogosphere spawned thousands upon thousands of writers who in many instances lacked the opportunity to write for legacy publishers, ironically the major criticism levied against them came from those traditionalists. Traditionalists who critiqued bloggers as less worthy of acclaim because they were not vetted by the established press. Traditionalists, the likes of noted playwright Aaron Sorkin who agreed with Sarah Palin when their combined condescension labeled them, "pajama people."

Why 'Cyber Security' Is Becoming A Huge Deal

In an age where the Web and all its "Cyber Space" matters more than ever, it is interesting to think and understand why is it so important to be safe when browsing, this is, the importance of Cyber Security. Reasons for this go from the economical to the conjunctures of our world, and have multiple origins behind it. Let's have a look at them.

Need This New Innovation? Award-Winning Film About Eating Disorders For Teens, By Teens

Two middle school girls in Greenwood Village, Colorado, were given an assignment to make a film for their film class at Aspen Academy. They put their heads together and came up with an idea for a docu-drama on the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Their finished product, just four silent minutes long, has been making some serious waves.

Google's New Robots Dominate At The DARPA Robotic Rescue Challenge

Although Google may be entering into the manufacturing sector in the long term, for the time being, it's entering its new robots in contests. Several bots developed by Google-owned organizations today dominated the early stages of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

World Chess Champion Feels Chess Will Outlast League of Legends

While touring in South Korea, chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov visited the Youth Mind Sports Fair, where he was party to the huge popularity of eSports, particularly compared to chess. He was unfazed, and simply explained this won't always be the case. He...actually raised some really good points.

Workplace Mechanization Is The Next Frontier Of The Robot Revolution

For decades, robots and humans have worked separately from one another on factory floors as a matter of safety. Now, however, companies like GM and BMW are looking to close the gap between man and machine. They're looking to create integrated work-spaces, where robots and humans can work in tandem.

Need This New Innovation? Community For The Homeless In Texas

Community First! is a faith-based concept to address homelessness in Austin, Texas. The idea is to create a small community for people who are homeless. This community will consist of a wide variety of small homes, as well as help finding jobs, and medical, dental, and other services. Of course, there will also be a community church as well.

Unlock A New World Of Mobile Gaming With The NEX Wristband

There's a new video game peripheral on the way, and it's all about style. The NEX Band is a modular wristband to which one can attach a number of different charms. These aren't just for show: different charms will provide different experiences when hooked up to a mobile device. Pretty cool, right?

Need This New Invention? Watering Can That Folds Flat For Storage

Marc R. of New York City submitted his idea for a folding watering can to Quirky.com earlier this year.  His was among the lucky few that the website chooses to take on and create as a product. For many people who live in tiny homes or apartments the space-saving qualities could make it a best-seller. The designers at Quirky have been working hard to make Marc's dream a reality.

Colonel Crispy Potato Chips: A Finger-Lickin' Good Snack!

Calbee's Corporation's Colonel Crispy potato chips are what you – you in Japan, that is – get when two food colossi join forces. Featuring the familiar folksy face of Colonel Harlan Sanders himself, Calbee's limited edition Colonel Crispy Potato Chips are flavored with the delicious essence of KFC Japan's original Colonel Crispy Chicken.

Need This New Innovation? Military Escort For Santa Claus

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been on the job tracking Santa's movements since the 1950s. Military radar tracks Santa around the world from the time he leaves the North Pole on his world-wide journey. This year, due to all of the heightened security alerts, the U.S. Air Force has ordered jets to escort the jolly old elf as he tours the United States. This has led to some controversy. Does Santa really need an escort.

“Green” Low-Sulfur, Eco-Friendly Fireworks Could Be The Next Big Boom

Celebrations in China begin end with a bang thanks to the extravagant use of fireworks. Trouble is, excessive use of fireworks exacerbates the country's infamous air pollution and choking smog. Since trying to change China's traditional love of fireworks hasn't been successful, one fireworks manufacturer is trying to change their fireworks instead.

Toyota's Kirobo Has Its First Real Conversation With An Astronaut

Back in July, Toyota revealed its intent to create the first talking humanoid robot to be sent into space. Back in October, they realized that goal, and the robot said its first words. This week, they took things even further- Kirobo is no longer just talking at astronauts; it's talking with them.

Five Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Gamer In Your Life

Christmas is around the corner - do you know where your gifts are? I'm sure at least a few of you have neglected to do your shopping and are desperately scrambling to get things done now. Let me help you along - here are a few last-minute presents every gamer would love to see under their tree.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

Looking for That Last Minute Christmas Gift? Turn to the Dark Side... of Tea.

Darth Vader: "Would you care for sugar and milk?"

Emperor: "No, no thank you, Lord Vader.  I prefer my tea bitter and black."

Darth Vader: "As you wish."

Need This New Innovation? Christmas Fruitcake Rescue

There is nothing like fruitcake for Christmas, and many people are thankful for that fact. The hapless holiday dessert has fallen out of favor over the past few decades. New ideas have come up for what to do with the unfavorable baked good, including using it as a building material and launching it from a specially designed cannon just for fun. There have even been rescue organizations set up to take in unwanted fruitcakes and find them new homes.

10 Surprisingly Silly Christmas Outfits For The Entire Family

We've all see the ugly sweaters, and even the naughty sweaters. We've seen Santa costumes everywhere. And it's all one big bore.  I want to be surprised. What's truly appreciated is when people get really inventive and creative with their holiday outfits. Here's my picks for 10 Surprisingly Silly Outfts For The Enire Family For Christmas:

Americans Spent Over Twenty Billion Dollars On Video Games This Year

If any of you still doubt the legitimacy of the games industry...I've some news. According to research released by NewZoo, gamers spent over $20.5 billion on video games this year in the States. That's pretty huge, no?

Intel's Oculus Robots Are All About Playing Games

If you've ever wondered how touch screens are tested for accuracy, Intel this week provided a bit of insight into the process. Turns out, they've invented The Oculus, a simple robotic array designed for one purpose: playing video games. That's cool and all, but...how exactly does that work?

Need This New Invention? Glass Box Suspended Over The Alps

A new attraction in the French Alps opens today. It is a not-so-simple glass box that is suspended more than 3,200 feet above the valley below. The attraction, known as Step into the Void, is billed as the tallest in Europe.  The box is the newest addition to the viewing platform at the top of Aiguille du Midi. The box is glass on top and bottom, as well as three sides, so that you can see everything -- including straight down!

Getting The Concepts Straight: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks And Intellectual Property

We all know symbols like ©, ® or ™, and usually we have no difficulties relating them to ownership subjects. But do we know their actual meaning, both symbolically and legally? The terms Patents, Trademarks and Intellectual Property are often used in wrong ways, so with this article we will make a general insight over them.

French Implants First Bioprosthetic Artificial Heart

The first French Artificial Heart Implant took place successfully this week in Paris using a Carmat Bioprosthetic Device. It weighs three times a real heart, is built with bovine surfaces, and powered by lithium-ion batteries. It's designed to beat for 5 years, mimicking the real heart with sensors that adapt the blood flow to the patient.

This Interactive Petting Zoo Replaces Animals With Robots

Experimental Architecture and Design studio Minimaforms has put a new swing on the petting zoo: they've opened up one without animals. Well, sort of: instead of fluffy goats and bunnies, they offer a bizarre, slinky-like "pets," all equipped with the capacity to learn. Animals are so last decade.

Need This New Invention? The First Full-Size Lego Car That Runs!

It is the sort of thing little kids dream of -- making something real from their Lego building blocks. Australian entrepreneur Steve Sammartino and Romanian Raul Oaida, a self-taught tech guy, met online via Skype and togethe came up with the idea to build a real, working car out of Lego bricks. They turned to funding their project, called Super Awesome Micro Project, through crowd-sourcing. The result was a life-size car that runs on compressed air.

Stop Hurting Your Back - Use Home Cargo Lifts To Move Objects Between Floors

Whether you live in a house with more than one floor or in an apartment inside a building with several floors, you almost certainly experienced the (literal) pains of moving heavy objects from one floor to another. Not only it can be dangerous, it also demands a lot of physical effort which, in the long term, can cause irreversible damages to one's health. Fortunately there is a way to avoid all this - let's meet the truly helpful home cargo lifts.

King Robota -- A Real Giant Robot?

Ranging anywhere from eight to sixteen feet in height, King Robota manufactures some amazing robots designed for corporate events and large entertainment venues.  But... how much of the robot is a robot?

Design The Ultimate Sustainable “Forever Home” For One, Win $500!

Open Tech Forever and the Denver, Colorado branch of Architecture for Humanity are waiting for you to design an environmentally sustainable and modular home that one or two people would be thrilled to spend the rest of their lives in. After all, they can’t build it until you design it!

Philips Hue Lets You Control Your Lighting From Anywhere

Hate coming home to a dark house? Ever wanted to set the mood for a special dinner or party? Maybe you are looking to compliment the furniture in your living room. If any of these scenarios apply to you, the Philips Hue might be for you. Programmable, colorful LED lighting that fits in most light sockets and can be set up from your iPhone or computer.

Need This New Invention? The Mistletoe Drone

Christmas has long been known for one of the great gateways to holiday romance -- the sprig of mistletoe. An aerial drone bearing the festive fungus recently made an appearance over the crowds at Union Square in San Francisco. Couples young and old delighted in the impromptu appearance and began locking lips when it hovered their way. It was a totally 21st century take an old holiday tradition.

LG Plans All-in-One PC Running Chrome OS

Though most people are still ambivalent toward Google's browser-first operating system, that isn't stopping the manufacturers. Here comes LG with a Chrome OS machine that looks like an iMac.

Need This New Innovation? Modamily: Co-Parenting Without Strings

So you have decided that it is time to start a family but your relationships have not been falling in line. You also aren't exactly enamored with the idea of being a single parent. You want your child to grow up with two parents and role models. So maybe it is time for a new family model to emerge. Enter Modamily -- a website that matches people ready to have children without the issues brought on by romantic entanglement.

Are We Over-Engineering Hospital Sanitizer Solutions?

The total cost of treating all healthcare-associated infections in the United States is $35 - $45 Billion. IntelligentM is a hand hygiene compliance solution where clinicians wear wristbands containing Bluetooth, RFID and accelerometers that vibrate when they forget to use hand sanitizers in hospitals.

Woof To Wash: Laundry Machines Controlled By Dogs

Those of us with pets are aware that they live pretty cushy lives. They spend their days basking in the sun, chasing squirrels while out for walks, and barking when someone comes to the door. The average dog has few responsibilities - all we expect of them is to be semi-obedient and do their business outside. One company believes that dogs should play bigger roles when it comes to the maintenance of their households than simply licking fallen crumbs off the floor.

Unfamiliar Territory: Why We Find Boston Dynamics' Robots So Unnerving

As most of you have probably noticed, everyone's still booming about the Google/Boston Dynamics acquisition. Many people seem focused on one particular: how creepy many of the designer's robots look. I won't argue with the sentiment. Instead, I'm going to look at the reason behind it.

Indie Game of The Week: Starbound

This week's indie game is what I expect you'd get if you took Terraria, pumped it full of enough science fiction tropes and tech to fill an encyclopedia, and crafted a universe of planets which is effectively infinite. What's more, it's still in beta. Ladies and gents, say hello to Starbound.

Napwell Helps You Wake Up Refreshed

Taking naps during the day can be a gift and a curse. A midday nap can lead to a more productive afternoon, but can also lead to grogginess, which in turn can lead to a lack of productivity. What if there was a product that gradually woke you up and didn't figuratively slap you with a blaring alarm? The Napwell might be the answer. Napwell hopes to eliminate nap drowsiness with a sleep mask that gradually wakes you up.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Need This New Invention? Using Bees To Detect Cancer

Bees are amazing little creatures that provide us with so much -- from honey to pollination. Now we can add one more thing that they can do for us. Portuguese scientist Susana Soares has created a device that allows specially trained bees to detect cancer in a human based on the scent of their breath. Remarkably, it only takes a mere ten minutes to train the bee to perform this valuable service.

The Female Condom Is Making A Come Back

Female condoms are making a come back. The FC2 protects women from sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, and even increases their pleasure. It competes with with more than 7 other female condoms, like VA Wow, the Woman's condom, and soon, the Origami. Popular in China, Colombia, and South Africa, they are available in 138 countries around the world.

Re-Render This RC Truck, Win $300 From Lagoa Render Wars!

Web-based 3D rendering platform Lagoa, Mega Bloks and GrabCad have teamed up to test how creative designers and innovators will reimagine their fancy 3D model of a remote controlled toy truck. They’re looking to hand out cash and great prizes to their favorite designs, so let your imagination go wild!

Need This New Invention? Online Shopping Tracking App

With just over a week to go until Christmas, you may be coming down to serious crunch time on getting those presets purchased and in the house. For a lot of people this means going online and ordering like crazy. The only problem is keeping track of all of those purchases, when they are shipping, and when they arrive. Now you can track them all with the Slice Online Shopping Tracking App on your Smartphone.

Ten Signs You’ve Overdone The Holiday Decorating

Most homeowners will string some lights outside or maybe feature a blow-up Santa, but other folks plan all year for their extravagant displays. These folks who go above and beyond for extreme holiday decorating stand out from the rest. So are you doing too much? How can you tell? Here are 10 Signs You've Overdone The Holiday Decorating:

Say Hi To The World's Smallest Pacemaker & Goodbye To Surgery

The world's smallest pacemaker made it through the first-in-human implant this week. Irregular heart beats just got easier (and prettier) to manage. 

Google's Robot Army: A Look At The Google Boston Dynamics Buyout

Google today acquired Boston Dynamics, one of the worlds foremost developers of advanced robotics. This marks the eighth robotics company Google's purchased in six months, and a clear indication that the search giant has some very significant plans. Hopefully, those don't involve world conquest.

Original Programming Coming To Xbox TV By Early 2014

Microsoft announced today that in the very near future, it intends to begin introducing original, Xbox Live-exclusive TV shows to its multimedia line-up. According to television executive Nancy Tellem, everything should be more or less ready to go within the first few months of the New Year.

8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids.

Seven Gadgets That Practically Clean Your Home While You Play

Whether you live on your own or with your parents, or if your house is big or small, cleaning and maintenance are essential aspects to every home. From the seasonal cleaning to the light touch up, there is always something that needs to be cleaned. Luckily, technology is making our lives easier by creating some useful and interesting equipment that can practically clean your home for you. Here's some of the best:

Dreaming Of A Red Christmas: 10 More Strange Santas From China

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in China, thanks to the country's many odd, offbeat and occasionally off-putting interpretations of Santa Claus. Though their origins can be found in traditional western depictions of Father Christmas, these sinicized Saint Nick knockoffs have strayed a lot further... into the nightmarish realm of the bizarre!

11 Holiday Hairstyles Sure To Shock Santa

We are all in favor of joining in the Christmas spirit, celebrating with family and friends and enjoying the joys of gifting. We are even in favor of decorating for the holidays, bringing lights and cheer into a dark time of year. However, there really needs to be a limit to the festivity, don't you think?  At some point, being festive crosses the line to being ridiculous. Many folks love dressing up for the holidays, but some folks go overboard to the extreme. Doing something festive with your hair is one example of  where you can easily overdo it. Here are my picks for 11 Holiday Hairstyles Sure To Shock Santa:

Chinese Moon Rover Replicas Ready To Roll Off Store Shelves

In celebration of China's successful landing of the Jade Rabbit moon rover, scale model replicas of “Yutu” in zinc alloy and silver have been made available for retail sale.

Zehui Women's Tattoo Leggings Provide A Daring Body Art Look Without The Commitment

Tattoos aren't for everyone as they require a big commitment. What you think you want on your body today may not seem like such a good idea in another decade or two. Plus there's also that whole pain factor, and if even pulling up your big girl/boy pants doesn't make you brave enough, then no matter how much you like the look of tattoos, you'll be out of luck.

NASAs Valkyrie One Robot Will Pave The Way To Mars

This just in, folks: NASA has built Iron Man. Well, sorta. The Valkyrie One Robot is the result of a months-long secret project at the Johnson Space station. It's  six foot two, weighs one hundred twenty-five kilograms, and is completely autonomous.


16 Crazy Yet Awesome Alternate Christmas Trees

Christmas tree decorating – do you stick with a theme, let the kids do it, get creative with the tree itself? The options are endless. Here are some of most unique, awsome and a little crazy "trees" we’ve found this season.

South Korea's Looking To Officially Classify Gaming As An Addiction

Although South Korea boasts one of the most active video game communities in the world, it also has one of the most addicted. It's not unusual to hear of people gaming themselves straight to death - which is why the country is looking to declare games as an addiction.

Luxury Fries Holder Feeds Fast Food To Fastidious One-Percenters

Listen up, fast-driving fast food fanatics: the Luxury Potato Holder will keep your fries within easy reach while freeing up your hands for more important things, like counting your money. Yes indeed, one-percenters, when the chips are down the Luxury Potato Holder cheers 'em right back up again!

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

The Top 5 Software Programs A Small Business Must Have!

As you develop and build your business, you will find that you need certain types of software tools. At the initial start-up of your business, money can be tight, and many software programs offer a trial program. Once your business grows larger, you will be able to afford better software and full versions.

Innovate Transporting Party Food, Win Great Kitchen Swag From Instructables Potluck Contest!

When bringing food to a party, you’re worried about it tipping over in the car, getting too cold, melting or otherwise morphing into a gross-looking glob before you get there. If you’re perfected transporting casseroles, pies and other snacks, enter the Potluck Contest to win some sweet swag!

Airfy Is The World's First Smart Hotspot

Routers are boring. Airfy is trying to change that. Featuring a bold design, and packed with options, Airfy is looking to be THE Wi-Fi router of 2014. Still in the funding stages, Airfy plans to include an 802.11ac/n router, a point of sale for mobile shopping, commercial-based free Wi-Fi and the ability to use the router as a Bluetooth iBeacon.

10 Perfect Presents For 10 Types of Geeks

Dorks. Nerds. Geeks. If you read this site, there's a good chance you are one, or at least are friends with one. That may have been a bad thing in middle school, but in adulthood, we really start to see that thinking different is actually a great thing. Here's your chance to find some great gifts worthy of the dweebs on your list.


Introducing Automoblox: My First Custom Car Creations

Don’t be fooled- the finely crafted wooden cars made by Automoblox are much more complicated toy than you’d think. While it’s really cool to see little kids assemble their own sturdy and brilliantly designed car, the real fun starts when you mix two or more vehicles together!

10 Outdoorsy Gifts for Hikers, Campers and Other Outdoor Adventurers

Have a trail-cutting backpacker or first-tracks-etching skier on your holiday shopping list? Our list of holiday gifts includes unique ideas for water, land, snow and air. Get it done right this year.

New Heart Rate App Can Detect (And Prevent?) Heart Attacks

Detect the onset of a heart attack before it happens using your smartphone. eMotion ECG Mobile, now with FDA approval, is the first Android app to monitor your heart rate while you work, rest or play. 

Need This New Innovation? The Most Relaxing Music Ever Recorded

If there is one thing that most of us could use, it is something to help us relax and let go of the stress of our daily lives. Many of us turn to music to help us in this endeavor. Scientists are now saying that the song "Weightless" by Marconi Union is the best thing for us and is the most relaxing piece of music ever recorded. Take a listen and judge for yourself.

Thirteen Oddest, Funniest And Strangest Holiday Ornaments

Deck the halls with …. What in the world is that? Sometimes we wonder what has gotten into some people. First, the Ugly Christmas Sweater trend, the Turducken, and Christmas music piped into stores before Halloween. Now it seems all rules are forgotten and the Christmas decorating train has run off the rails.

Here's 13 of the oddest, funniest and strangest Christmas Tree Ornaments to add fun to your tree: 

Want To Get Pregnant? Track Your Fertility With Glow IPhone App

Want to increase the chances of getting pregnant? Updated Glow iPhone app helps women get pregnant by predicting their fertility. This app now includes access to other parents-to-be so you can exchange experiences and stories and get pregnant faster. 

Design 3D Printed Gear-Powered Project, Win $10,000!

GabCAD is excited to present the “Gears of Innovation” competition, where engineers, designers and inventors are challenged to create a 3D printed design that incorporates three or more functioning gears. You’re free to let your creativity wander from there, and it may just land you the $10,000 1st Place prize!

LEGO Master Builder Academy Sets Turn Kids Into LEGO Construction Pros!

If you’ve got piles of LEGOs in the house, individual models on every Christmas list and multiple bins designated to store extra bricks, you’re living with a hardcore LEGO fanatic. The LEGO Master Builder Academy series takes that passion, and teaches fans to be the best builders they can be!

Ionization, A Physical Process With Many Useful Applications

If you have a scientific background, you know what ionization is. If you do not, then most likely you have heard something about it. Either way, probably you are unaware of all the applications this physical process can have, some of which brought innovation to several areas such as medicine or industry.

Mimo Baby Monitor Tracks Your Baby's Breathing, Temperature, Activity and Sleep

Sleep easier by monitoring your baby's breathing, activity, position and temperature with the wearable Mimo Baby Monitor babysuit. Track the data captured on the Mimo app for Android and iPhone.

Share What’s In You’re Working On, Win Mega Tool Set Via Instructables Workshop Contest!

This might just be Instructables most open ended contest to date, but if you’re tinkering with something brilliant, and you can share how others can make their own version of it, you could win a huge supply of high end tools from Hand-Eye Supply for sharing!

iTAP Charging Adapter Turns On The Power With One Turn Of The Tap

Turned off by humdrum iPhone and smartphone chargers? The iTAP USB-AC Charging Adapter from Japan's Hamee turns boring to pouring with its cute yet functional faucet design. One turn of the tap is all it takes to irrigate mobile phones, MP3 music players, portable game consoles and more with fresh-flowing electronic juice!

Kigurumi Pajamas: Because Growing Up Is Overrated!

Fresh off of Japanese shelves are the expansive line of Kigurumi pajamas from Sazac; a one-size-fits-all set of PJs that doubles as a makeshift Halloween costume. Check that person who wants to go to bed as a ring tailed lemur off your Christmas list- You’ve got him covered!

When The Robots Take Our Jobs, It Might Actually Be A Good Thing

One of the greatest concerns facing the modern robotics industry is the notion that, eventually, robots might replace human laborers in many positions, leading to a huge job shortage. According to Paul Krugman, this might actually be a good thing.

Wait, what? 

Indie Game of The Week: Path of Exile

Hey there, folks! Today, I'm gonna be testing out the concept for a new series. If this takes off, each week I'll pick out an indie game which has left me particularly impressed after playing - then I'll tell you why you should play. too. Today, the game's Path of Exile

Epson Powerlite 750HD Is The Perfect Projector For Small Rooms

Projectors are no longer just for movie theaters and 9th grade English classes. In the past few years, the home projector has made great leaps and bounds, and can now be considered a viable option for home theaters and large living rooms. With the Epson Powerlite 750HD, smaller rooms, and even dorms, can reap the benefits of a projector.

What Is SaaS And What To Expect

With the advent of cloud computing, the SaaS (short for "Software as a Service") market is getting a huge boom, both in available services as well as in the number of users. It is getting more and more clearer that cloud computing and SaaS are the future, which is leading software companies to distribute their products this way.

New Collision-Avoidance Technology Helps Save Humanitarian Workers

A lot of good can be done with humanitarian aid, but transporting people and supplies around the world has major logistics problems. Road accidents are a leading cause of death among humanitarian workers. Now, an innovative developer of collision-avoidance technology is teaming up with a group of safety-conscious businesses and charities to help preserve the lives of aid workers -- and expand the reach of humanitarian organizations worldwide.

Burger King Japan's “King's Turkey Party Set” Lets You Party Like It's 1539!

It's good to be the king, especially if you're England's Henry the Eighth in full-on turkey leg nomming mode. Now Burger King Japan is channeling good king Hank's festive side with the “King's Turkey Party Set”, a deluxe Christmas dinner for two featuring a pair of royally massive smoked turkey drumsticks!

Robots Will Soon Deliver Both Medicine And Mail

A German post office is testing a delivery drone which could be used to provide remote areas with medicine and other much-needed supplies. The little yellow aircraft just completed its first flight, from a pharmacy in the city of Bonn to the company's headquarters across the Rhine.

Assassin's Creed IV Inspires An Artist To Craft Masterpieces

One of the best things about gaming is the fan creations it often tends to inspire. A digital artist from England who goes by the name of Ninjatic has created some downright awesome Assassin's-Creed-inspired artwork. Take a gander, and I'm sure you'll agree - it looks like it belongs in a gallery.

6 Popular Classic Christmas Gift Ideas That Are Still The Best


With the holiday season upon us, millions of people begin their seemingly never-ending search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Most people are out searching for the latest and greatest electronic gadget this holiday season, but some shoppers still seek that perfect retro gift from the "good ol' days". I want to take a look back in time at some of the most popular gifts of all time. These "old school" toys are all timeless classics for the holidays. read more »

The Best Top 3 Hair Dyes ... Sold On Amazon

Changing hair colors every now and then has been something we women have been doing for centuries. There are ancient civilizations where beauty products like hair color were commonplace.  Since ancient times much has changed.  The great thing nowadays is that we have so many different colors and styles and various formulations of hair dyes to suit our individual needs.. Here are my top picks for the top 3 hair dyes that will suit most folks needs.

Vespa My Segway: Bel & Bel's Zero Scooter Adds Italian Style To Geek Travel

The Zero Scooter from Bel & Bel combines a Segway with a Vespa to create the oddest two-wheeled personal transport anyone's ever seen. This extremely cool makeover of Dean Kamen's geek icon just might be the coolest & cutest thing on two wheels.

Recreate The Battle Of Reach & Beyond With Halo Mega Bloks!

If there’s one thing that the toy isle needs, it’s more thoughtfully crafted playthings based on truly great videogames. Thankfully, Mega Bloks continues to give me and the countless fans of Microsoft’s Halo series exactly what we want with a huge lineup of brilliantly designed vehicles and characters!

16 Christmas Sweaters That Are Not Just Ugly But Wrong

Ugly Christmas sweaters have become tradition in the US. Folks sponsor marathons, contests and drinking parties galore all around the concept of the ugly sweater you get for Christmas. Here at Inventor Spot, we like to keep on the cutting edge, whether in awesome tech or in the fashion world. So we wanted to share with you a newer trend we've noticed, the Ugly Christmas Sweater that is so very wrong. Here's are 16 great examples of the new trend in Ugly Christmas Sweaters: 

Memrise CatAcademy App Teaches Spanish You Won't Forget

Would you remember the phrase "Quiero vomitar" if a cute cat said it?  After seeing this image, how could you forget it?

Package Related Pollution: Problems And Solutions

In today's consumerist society, almost everything we buy comes in a package. Paper, plastic or metal, for health or just visual reasons, all the things we buy come inside something. Not only this, but we usually use other packaging (i.e., bags) to carry the products. All this has a huge impact on the environment, both in the production of these packages as well as the way they are disposed of.

10 Best Low Budget Gifts To Help With Back Pain

If you're over 30 you've probably suffered from back pain some time or other in your life.  In fact, 60 to 80 percent of adults suffer from chronic or periodic back pain, so chances are you have a friend or family member who could use some relief from his or her back pain when not at the doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist.  Here are some of the highest-rated low-budget gadgets that can be used solo, without the aid of others. 

Cleverest New Product Ideas - Winners Of Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Contest!

It’s been a long time coming, but Walmart finally picked a pair of their favorite new products as the grand prize winners for their “Get on the Shelf” contest. It won’t be too long before you’ll be able to pick up a set of SKRIBS Customizable Wristbands and the Elvis Presley Home Bedding Collection for yourself!

Need This New Invention? GoldieBlox

When it comes to girls, there has been a major problem with the toy aisle for decades, and most of it was colored pink. Many girls have long felt that they have been force-fed the toy industry's pink girl stereotype. Debbie Sterling wanted to change this and created GoldieBlox, a toy set for girls that encourages them to explore the world of engineering on their own terms. While some of the components are pink, it is not the major color of the toy to pointedly market it for girls only.

Chalktrail: Biking & Art Together At Last!

Who needs bike add-ons that require batteries, flashing lights and complicated parts that require an adult to help? Just strap a Chalktrail onto the back of your kid’s bike or scooter and the art makes itself!

Could Transgenic Mosquitoes Help In The Fight Against Dengue And Malaria?

Dengue and Malaria are two dangerous diseases with the potential to cause death. In common, they also have the lack of a vaccine, even though there is research being made in order to obtain vaccines for both diseases. Recently, a new technique using genetic engineering in order to modify vector mosquitoes can be helpful to reduce the transmission of these two diseases.

Plant Trees While Searching The Web With Ecosia

«End deforestation, one search at a time». This could well be the motto for Ecosia, a search engine which plants trees with user's searches. Even though Ecosia is not exactly new, being live a few years now, it recently has been getting attention and the user base has been expanding brutally in the last weeks.

Nelson Mandela Apps: An Icon's Footprints Across The Digital Landscape

It's difficult to say good-bye to a man as formidable as Nelson Mandela. TV, Radio and the blogosphere have been flooded with updates, and I suspect this will continue for some time. Living in the digital age, as mankind moves forward, it's apparent that we will all be memorialized when the time comes with what we leave behind on the Internet.

Best Skis For The Beginner: Here's Some Recommendations For Women

If you know me, you know that I like buying stuff. Whether it's athletic gear or perfumed soaps, it's my favorite pasttime. However let me just add that I don't go overboard. I don't have stuff I don't need and I use everything I buy. If you are still learning to ski, here is my guide on how to choose a new pair of skis and the best ones currently in the market for women.

Killer Snake Venom Provides Protein That Prevents Blood Clots

The two top causes of death in the world are heart attacks and strokes, and a research team in Toronto is onto a promising drug that could do much to reduce or delay those death by reducing their number one cause - blood clots. Ironically, the drug being tested, Anfibatide, is made from a protein extracted from a snake's venom; the snake is one of the deadliest in the world.

Kindle Fire HDX Is Coming In Hot

Amazon is back at it again, this time with the Kindle Fire HDX, an updated version of the super popular Kindle Fire HD. Available in two screen sizes, 7" and 8.9", and boasting a much higher pixel count; the HDX is a strong contender this holiday season.

Make The Manliest DIY Invention Ever For Instructables “Manly Craft Contest”

Do you have an idea for a DIY project suitable for Chuck Norris, Han Solo or Captain America? Then you’ll want to share it with Instructables and Civilware for a chance to win some ultra-manly prizes from the Manly Craft Contest!

Build Hello Kitty’s World One Mega Blok At A Time!

Hello Kitty, the worldwide cultural icon, cartoon star and ambassador from Japan to China and Hong Kong, has an immensely huge following, and it’s only natural that fans would want to personally take part in building her little world. Mega Bloks to the rescue!

CAIPORA, A Robot To Help In Dangerous Situations

There are situations which require human intervention in order to be solved. However, some of them might represent dangers which can be avoided by using another mechanism of action. CAIPORA, a robot developed in Brazil, aims to be used in these situations, whether it is for military or safety goals. From firing weapons to disable explosive devices, CAIPORA replaces humans in those precarious scenarios.

Introducing Microsoft’s “The Prime Challenge” - A Challenge To Find The Lost Primes!

It’s up to you, the dedicated math geek, to help Microsoft to discover the “lost primes!” While people have searched tirelessly to discover the largest prime numbers possible, untold amounts of perfectly prime numbers are waiting to be found with the aid of cloud computing!

Win A Professional Gardening Kit From Instructables “Hydroponics and Indoor Gardening Contest”

It’s nearly time to put away your spade and watering can, and let nature reclaim your garden for the Winter season. But with the science of hydroponics and other indoor gardening techniques, your green thumb can shine all year. Share your best indoor gardening techniques, and you could win a nice prize pack!

'Proteja Brasil', The Brazilian App Against Juvenile Violence

An application for smartphones and tablets is the new ally in the fight violence against Brazilian infants and juveniles. 'Proteja Brasil' (literally meaning Protect Brazil) aims to be an help to these violence victims, providing vital informations on the go, which might be critical in a country with such high rates of violence.

Who's on First? Competing Santa Trackers: NORAD vs Google

Perhaps not as funny as the classic 1938 comedy sketch "Who's on First?" popularized by Abbott and Costello, but it does bring a smile to one's face when anybody is able to give Google a run for their money. Such is the case when the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) backed by Microsoft and Bing take on the Granddaddy of search engines in a face-off that pits one Santa Tracker against another.

New Aluminum-Air Battery Makes Electric Cars Worry-Free

There are plenty of electric cars on the market today, but most of us are still driving the traditional gas-guzzlers. Why? Lack of recharging infastructure and so-called "range-anxiety" are two primary reasons for dismal electric car usage right now, but the future is coming. A new battery for electric cars may solve both problems and usher in a new age of worry-free transportation.

Need This New Invention? Belly Button Cheese

Trust the Irish to try things that would make the rest of the world go "yuuuuck" Perhaps it is an innate curiosity and tolerance for the unusual, but The Science Gallery in Dublin has an exhibit of cheese on display. This isn't your run of the mill cheddar, Swiss, and Gouda show. No, this cheese has been made with, um, human bacteria collected from a variety of areas on the human body.  In short -- it is human-flavored cheese.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Image Used To Promote Chinese Online Sale

“I have a dream...” of great savings! The stylized image of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. has begun appearing in ads for Chinese internet mall Taobao's upcoming Sales Day.

Need A Little Kabbage To Finance Your Small Business?

Even with the economy relaxing somewhat, bank loans are still a little tight and VC money is not always available for small businesses. So SME entrepreneurs today are seeking more creative ways to obtain capital to finance their business. One such new method to secure funds is from the appropriately named platform, Kabbage.

Shine Activity Monitor Is More Than Meets The Eye

With exercise and fitness ever increasing in popularity, many products have been released over the past couple years that track user's activities. But many of them have at least one downfall; you either have to strap it on your wrist, or it requires the conscious effort to remember to charge the device. Enter the Shine. An activity monitor that is not limited to tracking running and walking, and stays charged for close to six months at a time.

Coral Species From Brazil Useful To Fight Hospital Superbacteria

Despite our huge breakthroughs involving Health, Medicine and Science, Hospitals still are places highly contaminated with all sorts of prejudicial agents. Bacterias and viruses, from the common cold to pneumonia, roam through Hospital buildings almost everywhere and there is no easy way to prevent them from being them. Luckily, there are several ways of treating them - one of the last discoveries in this area was made in Brazil, where scientists used a coral to fight infection caused by a "superbacteria".

Top 10 Ugly Outfits For The Holiday Season: Ugly Christmas Sweaters And More!

We all know someone who just loves the holiday season so much that their daily wardrobe selection really reflects it. Yes, we're talking about Christmas sweaters, and while they have long since been a holiday wardrobe staple for misfits and holiday enthusiasts; they're also becoming trendy. Ugly Christmas sweater and outfit parties are becoming an annual tradition amongst people of all ages. If you're attending one of these gatherings, or simply have an old-fashioned love of the season and want to show it in your wardrobe choices; here are some great ideas for you!


Just Like Google, Brazilian Government Is Testing Balloons To Provide Internet In Remote Locations

Back in the Summer of 2013, Google presented the "Project Loon", which aims to provide Internet access to rural and remote areas. To achieve so, Google will use high-altitude balloons to create a wireless network, which will then provide up to 3G-like speeds. With the same goal in mind, the Brazilian Government has recently began tests in order to set up a similar network in the country.

Hey Ash, What Game Are You In?

In what surely must be a match made in heaven, Ashly, Anthony, and Papa Burch - stars of the YouTube series "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" - have been coded into Saint's Row IV's latest DLC, quirky sense of humor and all. Not surprisingly, it's an incredible fit.

The Path To Better Robots Lies In Teaching Them Human Interaction

If we're to create robots that can truly relate to human beings, they can't simply be developed in a laboratory. That's a recipe for disaster. Instead, more researchers across the world are turning to other men and women to help them develop their machines...through simple interaction.

Dump Truck Trikes Are Mini Mighty Motorcycles

“Cargo Tricycle” might sound like a Tonka toy kids would love to find under the Christmas tree but in many parts of the developing world, fathers are the ones who work these mini mighty motorcycles.

Strategies To Make Science Appealing For Youngsters

It probably went unnoticed for the outside world but, during last week, the 6th World Science Forum took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With the attendance of figures from many different countries around the world, it was discussed what is wrong and what should be improved in terms of Science-related policies. There were some conclusions drawn out which, if well applied, can be important for the future of Science in general.

Cuddly Prostate And Testicle Plushies For Everyone On Your Holiday List

What kid doesn’t long for a cuddly stuffed private part? Well, it just so happens that I Heart Guts has answered the call with their Testicle and Prostate plushies.

Win $2,000 From The 500 Group Supercar Body Challenge 2013!

Attention Gearheads, Grease Monkeys and Armchair Designers! It’s once again time for GrabCAD and the 500 Group to team up to find the best car body design for their latest 1000+hp twin turbo roadster, and they’re ready to pay thousands for a car shape that’s going to shred Germany’s Nurburgring!

From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Best Buy Guides And Gift Recommendations By Age - From 0 To 100

Now that shopping season is clearly here, I thought it would be helpful to provide an easy reference list of some of our best gift ideas and suggestions: Some of the ones listed here are cool and some are silly, but they all are innovative and inventive .Happy shopping everyone!

Brazilian Authorities To Rebuild Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station

By reading my articles on this site you have probably understood by now that Brazil is a very inventive and innovative country. Most likely only few people know that it has an "Antarctic Program", which sets foundations on the Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station. After the occurrence of a fire back in 2012, there was the need to rebuild the station. The works should start in 2013 and continue during 2014.

5 Innovative Companies Changing The Course Of Education

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." From Coursera offering first-rate college courses free of charge, to OpenStudy bringing together study buddies across the world, to Irynsoft bringing school to the palm of your hand, here are some innovative companies seeking to change the world by equalizing educational access.

Using Subway Heat To Warm Up Homes

If you ever traveled in the London subway/metro/tube/underground, then you know it can get a little bit crowded sometimes. That many people, as well as the vehicles themselves, exhale heat which is then lost and dissipated into the air. Well, not anymore - at least in London. There is a technology being developed in order to use all that heat to warm up houses nearby.

Win A Galaxy Nexus Tablet & Much More In The Instructables Holiday Contest!

Instructables is hoping to award 18 creative inventors with a slew of awesome prizes for demonstrating how to build the greatest Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza gifts of all time. Show off your special holiday themed gifts, décor and snacks for a chance to win 2 second visit from Santa!

Robots Of The Future Might Be Powered By Pee

Robots of the future might be the ultimate expression of symbiosis. That is to say, they might be powered by human waste products. Researchers in London have developed an artificial heart that pumps human urine, converting it into electricity. Quite the interesting alternative to a toilet, isn't it?

What Will History Think Of Video Games?

When future historians look back at video games, what will they think? That's exactly the question prestigious universities and museums across the country have begun to ask. The answer is surprisingly simple: they'll think whatever the evidence at their disposal leads them to think.

Artificial Intelligence Programs To Help Schools Teach Kids Writing

The artificial intelligence of machines is now being used to build real intelligence in human students, especially when it comes to developing writing skills. Three innovative software programs designed to support classroom writing instruction have been selected for nationwide classroom trials this fall. These programs give students instant feedback on their essays, helping them learn to write more effective prose.

U-CAT Is A Bionic Turtle Designed To Explore Deep Sea Shipwrecks

The job of undersea archaeologists just got a whole lot easier. A team of Estonian engineers today unveiled a small, pill-shaped turtle robot dubbed U-CAT. Equipped with four flippers and an on-board camera, U-CAT is designed to make the job of exploring deep-sea shipwrecks both easier and considerably more affordable.

8 Great Cat Lover Gifts For The Holidays

Ah, cats! They think they rule the world, and they do own whatever world, or household, they live in.  That's why gifts for cat lovers are so à propos - they reinforce the unabashed truth that those persons are dominated by their cats, and cat lovers think that this truth is funny... or cute... or karma.  Anyway, here are 8 of my favorite cat lover gifts for this holiday season....

Violent Video Games Actually Make Kids...Smarter?

You know hwo people are always saying video games are bad for children; that they rot the mind and damage one's inhibitions? Turns out that's not true. New research surfaced this week revealing that violent games are actually good for children. Wait, what?

10 Best Surveillance Systems And Mini Spy Camera To Hide In Your House

It amazes me as to the variety of survaillance cameras are on the market.  They come in almost every shape and size, can be hidden inside anything from a USB drive to car keys, to fake air fresheners.  How paranoid are we that this has become a thriving market?  Check some of these mini spy gadgets out...

New York Will Transform A Landfill Into A Solar Plant

Fresh Kills used to be New York's largest landfill, until it was shutdown back in 2001. Seven years later a project would be started - to turn this massive landfill into a park, one of the biggest around. More recently it has been announced that the construction of a solar plant is part of this landfill's conversion.

Win Hundreds In The Airpatrol Controller Casing Design Challenge!

The AirPatrol Crew is actively looking for designers to create a controller casing for the latest model of the AirPatrol heater and air conditioning control device. They’re ready to reward up to five designers for their efforts, with a cool $750 going to the top case design…