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June, 2014

Bad News, Journalists: You're About To Be Replaced By Your Future Robot Overlords...Sort Of

The Associated Press earlier today announced that its implementing an automated service which can produce up to 4400 pieces a day. According to the publication, this will (in theory) free up its journalists to focus on deeper topics. I've just one question: how long until robots can write those too?

Meet The Oculus Thrift: Here's How You Can Make A Virtual Reality Headset With $21 And A Pizza Box

I love everything about virtual reality, and its potential to change how we connect. I believe money shouldn't be an object - everyone should have access to the tech. Apparently, Google shares my sentiments: they've designed a working VR headset which you can build with twenty bucks and a pizza box.

Want This New Invention? A Circular Cubicle Workstation

There are times when it is difficult to find a quiet, private space to relax quietly and get something done -- for work or play. The Italian design firm Campeggi has created a new cubicle style that they call Tuttomio and it is something that really turns the old cubicle around. And around. And around. It rather resembles a giant Solo cup that you might play beer pong with.

Toyota FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets Pricing, 2015 Sales Date

It seems the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle concept debuted by Toyota at last year's Tokyo Motor Show was just the great-looking shape of things to come. The production FCV sedan has now been sticker priced and could be yours for the taking this coming April of 2015... that is, if you've got ¥7 million to spend.

Maywa Denki Fishbone Cord USB Charging & Communication Cable Is Bony In Ivory, Black Or Pink

The USB Fish Cord from Maywa Denki features eyes that glow when the cable's in use and comes in three color choices to complement any tech workspace's décor scheme.

A Super Cool Sprayer For Your Dog: The Doggie Drencher

Affordable Agility Inc. makes agility equipment for dogs - things like pole weaves, tunnels, teeter tots, and other equipment that gives dogs, on or off the circuit, a run for their money.  Included in the company's arsenal are water obstacles like the Puddle Jumper and the Aqua Hurdle.  But your dog doesn't need to be trained in agility to just want to chill out this summer with a cool splash from the Doggie Drencher between fetches.

Want This New Innovation? Water Cake

It looks like a giant drop of crystal clear drop of water -- a shining drop of dew perhaps, or a single tear of joy. It is actually a sweet shimmering dessert that you can only get in Japan. No, it is not some form of gelatin that comes in a package mix -- it is a spectacular delicacy of culinary cunning. It is a Water Cake.

Color-Changing Citroën's Got It Made In Two Shades

Don't it make your brown sides blue... or purple, in the case of a cool but crazy color-changing Citroën spotted in a Beijing, China, used car dealer's lot. Perhaps the owner got tired of bystanders asking what the car's true hue really is.

Resistance Training Is An Innovative New Fitness System

P90X, Zumba, Tai-Bo, Crossfit: you have probably heard of all of these or at least a couple. These are all fitness systems that became very popular--so popular that they made their founders a lot of money and one became its own sport. LoneDrone Innovations is looking for its new fitness system, Resistance, to do the same thing.

Want to Peel a Bag of Potatoes in Under One Minute? Here's How...

This is a unique innovation that I wish I had thought of when I worked in a school kitchen and had to peel enough potatoes to feed 350 kids.  I'm not sure if this device would pass a health inspection...

Dance Therapy Improves Pain And Gait In Elderly

People with a slow gait are more likely to be dependent on others for care, more prone to falls and the concomitant broken bones, and more dependent on pain relief medication.  Researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into the possibility that dance, a once very popular activity of the elderly (during the 1940's and 50's, for example), might help increase and stabilize gait as well as help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in older persons.

Nexcare Acne Covers Suck The Life Out Of Your Zits

There are a ton of creams and washes on the market that claim to combat acne. Some work; some don’t, but they are all kind of a hassle to use. Nexcare has come up with a new kind of acne product that looks to be a lot simpler.

Want This New Innovation? Titanic Gravy Boat

For some reason, despite all of our hopes, dreams, and best intentions, family dinners tend to turn into emotional disasters. With a Titanic Gravy Boat you can symbolize the impending disaster, flood your mashed potatoes, and get the kids to stop asking why it is called a gravy boat when it doesn't look like a boat. It's a win-win-win. And it's darn cute too.

MG3 Trophy Championship Concept: Like An IROC?

Meet the MG3 Trophy Championship, a track-ready concept car built to entice British racing enthusiasts into an IROC-like single manufacturer racing series. Chinese-owned MG brought the two-toned track terror to Goodwood Festival of Speed to show it off... and maybe do a little trolling in the bargain.

Cold Roller: Advanced Athletic Recovery

Name something you do for sore muscles. If you were playing Family Feud, two of the top five answers would probably be "ice" and "roll or massage them." With the Cold Roller from Trigger Point Performance, you get both of these recovery strategies in one product.

Want This New Innovation? Zombie Boot Camp

Are you really ready for a zombie apocalypse? Are you sure? You may have your zombie survival kit and your zombie survival guide, but do you have the skills in place to fight back when the war begins? You can take care of that one "minor" detail by enrolling in Zombie Boot Camp and learning all the techniques you will need to know to save the human race.

Alaska Couple Converts Pickup Truck To World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

Restoring an old Mazda pickup truck is one thing, restoring childhood memories is another. Why not both? Fred & Judy Keller of Wasilla, Alaska, answered that question in the affirmative by converting their 1976 Mazda B1600 pickup truck into running, roadable and VERY red Radio Flyer wagon.

Need This New Innovation? Beer Beards

Is your beer strong enough to grow hair on your chest? No? Then how about strong enough to grow hair on the can? Still no? Then you need to get your can of brew a Beer Beard. With this bunch of bristles your beer can can go totally redneck and stay really cool. Not only that, your beer will really look like it has flipped its wig.

Do You DeuSEL? This Bus Does, Running On Biofuel Made From Euglena Algae

Japan's Isuzu Motors and the Euglena Company have teamed up to promote the use of DeuSEL, a biofuel made from processed algae. The joint venture project's rolling ambassador is a brightly colored bio-diesel sipping Isuzu bus and efforts are underway to expand the service to public bus routes by 2018.

Want This New Innovation? Star Trek Boxer Briefs

There are times when you can really let your geek flag fly and other times, well, not so much. If you work strategically you can still be in Nerdvana on the sly so that no one will know, unless you tell them -- or give them a flash. The trek to this peace of mind starts with these cool Star Trek Boxer Briefs in the uniform colors of the original series.

5 Independence Day Beauty Looks To Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue

Celebrate in red, white, and blue style during this year's Independence Day. You can shine just as bright as the fireworks at your Fourth of July party. Some looks may be bolder than others, but hey, you need to let your country know you love it! Here are five beauty looks to inspire and get your creative juices flowing.

Chinese Internet Entrepreneurs List Luis Suarez Biting Bottle Opener Keychains

Serial biting soccer player Luis Suarez may have been banned nine games for blatantly biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a 2014 FIFA World Cup Match but thanks to enterprising Chinese entrepreneurs marketing “The Suarez Bottle Opener”, his dastardly dental deed has achieved a sort of immortality.

Infinity Hammock Puts A Modern Twist On The Traditional Hammock

The hammock is one of the ways humans have integrated the comforts of home and nature--it's the ideal means to lounging and enjoying the breeze and scenery. The Infinity Hammock puts a modern twist on the traditional hammock and gives your backyard or patio a modern appeal.

Want This New Innovation? Hobbit Feet Socks

There is just something about The Shire from J.R.R. Tolkien's books that makes it so attractive. Perhaps it is the pastoral peacefulness. Perhaps it is the lush, green landscape with those cute Hobbit holes cut into the hillsides. Whatever it may be, to be able to fit into life in The Shire you need a nice pair of Hobbit feet -- and you can with Hobbit Feet Socks.

Zoku Fish Pop Molds Are Perfect For Little Hands

Popsicles and summer go hand in hand. Popsicles and my one-year-old twin boys go poorly. But it’s summer and they want what their big sister has. Short of using a hand-held mesh food bag that allows them to gnaw on frozen fruit or letting them lick a popsicle while I hold it, I haven’t found a way to let them enjoy one of summer’s best treats. Until now. Zoku, the company who gave us the Quick Pop Maker, now offers Fish Pop Molds. These pops are the perfect size for little hands.

Wearable Tech: Phone-Control Garments Charge Fashion Runways

You have a phone that just makes calls and allows for Inetrnet access and e-mail? How passé and non geek-chic can a person get? Read on to discover the amazing wearable tech phenomenon known as phone-control garments!

LEGO My VW! The Strange Tale Of The Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

One car two car red car blue car... make that red and green and yellow and blue car! The innovative Volkswagen Golf Harlequin was the ideal choice for indecisive carbuyers who just couldn't settle on an exterior paint color. Resplendent in blue, yellow, green and red, exactly 264 quad-hued Golf Harlequins left VW's factory in Puebla, Mexico, and 18 years later a dedicated registry devoted to them lists 116 survivors.

Aliens Unite Over The Power Nap Head Pillow

There's not much joy in travel these days, but I can see that this Power Nap Head Pillow might just make a positive dent in the otherwise dreaded train or plane ride. So what if other passengers stare at you and laugh.... You won't see or hear them!

No Robot Army Here: Google Pulls The HRP-2 Robot From The DARPA Robotics Challenge To Focus On Consumer Tech

Google is not, in fact, building an army of robots to conquer the world. The search giant today announced that Team Schaft will be withdrawing from the DARPA Robotics Challenge and turning down funding from the defense agency in order to focus on "the development of a commercial product."

Tesla Model S Could Get The Saleen Treatment

Saleen My Tesla? Please! Saleen Automotive, known for creating Lifestyle Performance Vehicles for road and track, is turning its attention to the vaunted Tesla Model S and the results (pun definitely intended) are electrifying!

Want This New Innovation? Pizza Delivery By Drone

Many companies have started thinking of how they can use unmanned drones to improve their bottom line, such as using them to make deliveries. Not having to hire drivers and maintain delivery trucks (or pay to outsource shipping) are but two savings. One of the most common daily deliveries being made throughout much of the world is pizza. Companies in at least three of those countries are actually testing the use of drones for active deliveries -- England, Russia, and India.

Want This New Innovation? Your Own Viking Ship? Uffda!

For those of us of Scandinavian descent are often interested in learning about the history of our homelands and connecting with the Viking life of our ancestors. If you've got the bucks you can have your own Viking Ship built to order, whether a Knarr, a Karve, or a Longship by contacting The Viking Ship Museum in Denmark.

Radiate Apparel Shows You What Muscles You're Working

If you had the opportunity to see what muscles you're working during training and which ones you're neglecting, you wouldn't pass that up? You would want to know whether or not you're actually training the muscles you intend to train. With Radiate Apparel's color-change technology, you can see the thermal energy from your muscles via your clothing.

Airports Could Soon Feature Robotic Valets For Your Car

Add "valet" to the list of jobs that'll soon be taken over by machines. On Tuesday, Germany's Dusseldorf Airport welcomed a new employee: Robot Ray, a mechanical valet that'll be available to fliers through a smartphone application. Safe, secure, and completely automated. Sweet, right?

Want An Athletic Scholarship, But Aren't Much For Sports? At Robert Morris University, You Can Just Play League of Legends

According to Robert Morris University-Illinois, an athlete is an athlete, whether their playing field is physical or digital. The institution this week announced that it has added the first ever eSports sector to its Athletics program. Four words, folks: League of Legends scholarships.

Throw to the Final Frontier with the U.S.S. Enterprise Flying Disc

Make it so!  A disc shaped like the flagship of the United Federation of Planets?!?!  And it actually flies?!?!?  How can any fan of Star Trek not want this?

A Really Smart Solution To The Hearing Aid: The Soundhawk

Please note: the developers of the Soundhawk, Mike Kisch and Mike Nuttall, will tell you that the Soundhawk is not a hearing aid.  Well, it's not a  traditional 'hearing aid.'  But it is a new kind of hearing aid, one which perhaps other developers will emulate in the future.  Soundhawk doesn't just help you hear; it helps you listen.  Let me explain....

Need This New Innovation? Leaf Me A Message

Sticky notes have been around for a long time -- ever since they were created by 3M in 1977. Since then they have taken on all sorts of shapes and sizes, and for all sorts of purposes. Perhaps one of the more creative lines of sticky notes is Leaf-It, a bunch of notes that look like they grow on trees. They come in oak, birch, maple, gingko, and ivy.

Strap Yourself In And Run With The FLIZ Pedal-Less Bike Concept

Is it really a bike if it doesn't have pedals? Even motorized bicycles have pedals. Even gear-less and chain-less bikes have pedals. The FLIZ Pedal-Less Bike has no pedals, yet it still calls itself a bike, though it looks more like the rider is hang-gliding.

ReStyle Restores Hope For Women

ReStyle is a company which brings Fair Trade, women artisan made products to the mainstream market. ReStyle gives women in El Salvador, Columbia, and India the ability to create art, earn money, and support their families and children. ReStyle has renewed many women’s lives by giving them the hope for a brighter and safer future by recycling and using native materials.

Fordite: Fossilized Finishes From Detroit's Golden Age

Fordite (also known as Motor Agate) makes the perfect jewelry for any car nut. Hard as rock but structured as intricately as the skin of an onion, Fordite was formed when accumulated layers of enamel paint overspray were repeatedly baked in automakers' paint-drying ovens, then knocked off the skids & supports to be dumped as worthless slag.

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

Ringly: Beautiful Jewelry That Alerts You To Phone Messages

Are you sick of missing text messages and phone calls when your cell is in your purse? Welcome to the world of wearable technology. Ringly jewelry looks like beautiful rings but vibrate or light up when your phone receives a message. You can stay connected while still enjoying the moment. You'll never miss another call with the subtle and fashionable Ringly.

Ping Pong Door Flips Down To Become A Ping Pong Table

Why have an ordinary door, when you can have one that flips down and becomes a ping pong table? Tobias Fraenzel's Ping Pong Door is just that. Not only does it serve you as a door, swinging open and shut and doing all the amazing things doors do, but it provides you with a fun time with the family or friends.

Want This New Invention? A Never Ending Slinky

It seems that just about everyone in the United States has owned a Slinky at one time or another. The mesmerizing toy has been around for decades and has entertained generations of young and the young at heart. The main problem with the Slinky was finding a staircase long enough to really be able to indulge in watching the metal spring "walk" its way downstairs. One company is seeking funding on Kickstarter to sell "A Never-Ending Slinky Machine" to keep those springs walking.

In-Depth Review: Gigabyte's J1800N-D2H Mini-ITX Motherboard

Intel's new Bay Trail-D family of processors have been released, and motherboard makers are putting out products with the chips soldered on. Join me as I take Gigabyte's entrant, which boasts a dual-core Celeron J1800, for a not-so-brief spin.

Ford Hopes Their New 2015 Focus ST Diesel Will Sell, Not Smell

Finally, an STD you'll want to get! Ford's been teasing us with the new, 182bhp, 2015 Ford Focus ST and the excitement is... infectious? The new Ford Focus ST Diesel, as it's currently called, probably (make that hopefully) won't be badged STD so save those burning sensations for Taco Bell.

Apparently, Pinball Machines Have Been Banned In Oakland For The Last Eighty Years

Apparently, pinball has been illegal in the city of Oakland for just shy of a century. The City Council's public safety committee just this week met to talk about the fact that just maybe the ban was a bad idea. What took so long?

Robot, Make Me A Sandwich! Tell Me Dave Is A Robot That Can Do Pretty Much Whatever You Order It To

Researchers at Cornell University are hard at work designing the next generation of housekeeper with a project called Tell Me Dave. They're using human volunteers to train robots to recognize verbal commands. Their end goal is simple: to create robots that can respond directly to a human being's request.

A Safer Way To Travel With Your Dogs: Variocage

The Variocage is not for every pet owner, although I wish it were.  It seems to be one of the safest car crates around, especially for medium to large to very large dogs.  But you really need to dedicate your cargo compartment to the  Variocage because it's not at all easy to take in and out.  Nevertheless...

Want This New Innovation? Misfortune Cookies

Fortune cookies have been around for more than 100 years and, let's face it, there is nothing new about them. Wait a minute. Apparently there is Fortune Cookies: The Next Generation. They come in the form of the old fortune cookie style, but they hold much different little pieces of paper inside. Welcome the Misfortune Cookie!

Custom Alfa Romeo-inspired Guitar Redefines High Performance

Harrison Custom Guitar Works is crafting only eleven “Alfa Romeo” guitars, one for each decade of the storied Italian marque's history. While the awesome axes pay homage to Alfa's performance on the racing circuit, Harrison's use of high quality materials ensures these rare instruments will perform with equal flair in concert halls and recording studios.

Play Golf Into The Night With Night Sports Light-Up LED Golf Balls

Golfers, have you ever started a day of golfing a little late and weren't able to get in as many holes as you would've liked? Maybe you've been itching for some golf for quite a while, but your days are so full they won't allow it. With Night Sports Light-Up LED Golf Balls, you can play golf into the night.

Want This New Innovation? Safety Bananas

It's an old bit of silent movie shtick to have someone one slip on a discarded banana peel and then do a major pratfall.  These days banana peels are out to improve their image by helping prevent slip and fall incidents. They are doing this by creating The Banana Cone -- something to replace those usual wet floor sandwich boards that we have all learned to ignore.

Bonfi Is A Table, Chair and Cooler

When packing for a camping trip, you don't want to be bogged down with gear, so it's always a good idea to consolidate The Bonfi allows you to do this by combining the functions of a cooler, table and chair in a unique, Eco-friendly design.

Wearable Tech Meets High Fashion: 3-D Printed High Heels

The apparel of the future can't help but integrate technological elements in its styles and accesories. Many unique wearable tech products have paved the way for bolder and more unusual designs. Read all about 3-D Printed High Heels, whether you think they were made for walking or not.

The Steam Summer Sale Is In Full Swing: Here's How To Avoid Destroying Your Wallet

It's that time again. Steam is having its annual summer sale. Virtually every title worth playing on the platform is getting a price cut; discounts range from 10% to a whopping 75%. With such a sale, it's easy to lose sight of how much you can actually spend...here's how to avoid doing that.

This Army Of Robots Could Be Responsible For Building The Cities Of Tomorrow

The system by which we actually put together our buildings, roads, and cities actually leaves a lot to be desired. It can be messy, inefficient, and fraught with human error.  A group of researchers is looking to remove that human element - and instead consign construction to an army of robots.

PER4M Reaction Belts Are Simple But Effective At Footwork Training

Belt yourself to your training partner. How does this strategy sound for training? It may not sound conventional, but it's actually an effective way to improve your footwork and reaction time, and you can practice this technique with the PER4M Reaction Belts.

'Hang w/' Is Little Bit Twitter, Little Bit Instagram, Little Bit Rap, Little Bit Celebrity Ham

As social apps continue to proliferate the Web and our smartphones, it's not a great surprise that a platform like Hang w/ -- the latest shiny new thing -- would inevitably roll off a developers' assembly line. Described by some, as a 'melting pot of social networks,' this app (free at Google Play and the App Store) is an intriguing proposition and a nice complement to what went before.

Want This New Invention? Monkey Brains Bowl

So you are throwing a party and you want to make it fancy enough for the Maharajah of Pankot. All right you have to be pretty nerdy to know who that is. He was the big shot in the dinner scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He was thrilled to serve chilled monkey brains for dessert and now you can be too with this really wild Monkey Brains Bowl.

Want This New Innovation? Origami Paper Razors

There is nothing worse than a paper cut. It just comes out of the blue from a seemingly innocuous source and cuts you in the most insidious way. What if this power could be harnessed for good instead of evil? How, you say? Well, designer Nadeem Haidary has taken on this very challenge and has come up with -- wait for it -- The Paper Cut Razor!

Rice University Researchers Give Big Boost To Solar Power

Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light.  That's an excellent result.  But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.

MaKey MaKey Makes Everyday Objects New Inventions

Kids have been singing about the Bananaphone since Raffi released a song and album by the same name in 1994. Fast forward 20 years, and Raffi’s silly song doesn’t seem so silly. Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, two very smart and creative guys with MIT degrees, have invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer keyboards or touchpads. Move over Bananaphone, MaKey MaKey can turn bananas into a piano.

Want The Perfect Gift For Your Basketball Fan? Try The Basketball Hoop Mug

Basketball season may be over for now, but you can still have the fun and excitement of keeping your hoop dreams alive. Of course you can you sweat yourself to death this summer on the court searching for your sweet spot, or you can do it in the comfort of your own home with one of these amazing Mug With A Hoop cups.

Y'all Roll Back Now! The Top Ten Cars Of The People Of Walmart

Ever wonder how the People of Walmart got to Walmart in the first place? Wonder no longer as we present the Top Ten Cars of the People of Walmart!

Enjoy The View In The Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger

Enjoying the good outdoors often means giving up the comforts of home--a bed, television, a recliner, air conditioning or heat. It's always nice when you can bring some of those amenities with you while you explore nature. The Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Lounger is one of those outdoors amenities.

High-Res Square Display Adorns BlackBerry's Next Smartphone

The ailing Canadian smartphone shoppe's next device probably won't appeal to everyone, what with its width-heavy block of a screen and hunched demeanour, but a few key perks keep it interesting.

Want This Funny Innovation? Kaiju Garden Gnome

On Saturday the year officially switches gears from spring to summer. Your garden should be well and truly planted by now and looking fantastic. Well, maybe it needs a little something . . . something inorganic tucked away in some little corner to surprise the heck out of visitors. Perhaps something like this Rampaging Kaiju Garden Gnome.

Apparently League Of Legends Developer Riot Games Is Paying Its Employees To Quit

League of Legends developer Riot Games is trying something very, very different with its new hires: it's paying them to quit. The developer this week rolled out a new program called Queue Dodge. The premise is simple: it's paying new hires cash to quit. Wait, what?

Next Time You Get Your Audi Repaired, The Job Might Be Done By A Robot

The next time you take your Audi in for a little bit of work, there might be a rather unusual mechanic waiting to assist you. The Volkswagen Subsidiary is looking into providing telepresence robots in order to assist technicians with repairs. The droids are currently part of a pilot program at 18 dealerships, with plans to bring them to 100 in the near future.

Top 5 Best Nail DIY Tools

Looking for creative ways to do your nails at home? This top 5 list of the best nail DIY tools will have your nails looking amazing. Get ready for salon quality nails that you can do yourself with a few special tools.

Mike Butter Chicken Curry Popcorn: Not The Indian Corn You Were Looking For

Japan's Mike brand bagged popcorn is pretty much the crunchy snack food equivalent of Kit Kat chocolate bars in that every week or two, there's a new flavor to try. Mike's been doing this for a while, and they've finally got around to tackling that sublime Indian entree, Butter Chicken.

TERA By LUNAR Is A LED Yoga Mat

Exercise at home can sometimes be difficult. There's limited space, limited equipment and sometimes you just need some extra help to ensure you're performing movements and exercises correctly. With the TERA LED Yoga Mat you don't need a lot of space or equipment, and you'll be getting interactive help.

LEGO Creator MINI Cooper Mk VII Won't End Up On Blocks

Forget Grand Prix, LEGO is bringing us grand bricks! LEGO's upcoming Creator Series replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII features everything one expects in a life-sized MINI, plus a picnic basket and bottle of wine.

Remote Controlled Robot Caterpillars Will Crawl Into Your Heart

Raji Konchu RC Caterpillars from Japan's JTT Online Shop will crawl their way into your heart... not literally, because that would be weird (not to mention painful). These oversized robotic beasties will never turn into Mothra either but at least you won't have to pick up after them.

Calling All Inventors! NASA Wants Your Ideas For Mindshift

Inventors, get your minds in gear to apply NASA's Mindshift technology to your next invention.  NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has partnered with Edison Nation to identify the best consumer inventions or adaptations of products to use with its powerful mind control tool, Mindshift. 

@WikiBaghdady Tweets Reveal ISIS At Center of Iraq Coming Full Circle

As trite as it might sound, "what's old is new again," appears to be an apt description of the current status of Iraq, with the U.S contemplating the possibility of reentering an old war zone. Coupled with this controversial move is the establishment of a Twitter account with the handle @WikiBaghdady -- a profile that emerged six months ago and is providing the world with an inside snapshot of the conspiratorial ascension of a new group of terrorists. . . 

Print My Ride: 3D Printed 1971 Gran Torino Won't Amuse Clint Eastwood

Romanian-born artist Ioan Florea took a 3D printer and pimped Clint Eastwood's ride. The result – a 1971 Ford Gran Torino from the fourth dimension – can be described as being good, bad and ugly.

Paleo Barefoots Are True Minimalist Shoes

How would you like chain mail for your feet? To be able to experience the pleasures of running through nature barefoot, without running the risk of cuts and scrapes on your feet? That's what the Paleo Barefoots minimalist shoes promise--"to be close to nature is the truest sense of the word."

6 Dog Cooling Jackets That Really Work In The Dog Days Of Summer

When I see folks walking their dogs, or worse, running with their dogs, in the middle of a hot summer day, I cringe. Exercising with your dog on hot days is a recipe for disaster.  Dogs don't sweat the way humans do.  Yes, they pant, in part to cool off, but panting dehydrates them fast when they are exercising.  Older dogs are especially vulnerable in the heat and some dogs, young and old, will resist walking in the heat with all their little might - I've had a few of those.  So, what's a dog owner to do?

The Steamboy Project Is An Awesome Fusion Of PC And PSP

Although Valve and its correlators are entirely focused on dragging the PC into the living room, one group of designers is attempting to take things a step farther. They want to take PC gaming beyond the living room, and into day-to-day life.

The Next Hitchhiker You Pick Up Might Be A Robot Named Hitchbot

If you met a robot, would you give it a ride? That's the question researchers from Ontario are looking to answer with Hitchbot, a chatty little robot which will soon be hitch-hiking its way from Nova Scotia all the way to BC, sharing the experience online every step of the way.

Nissan's New Navara NP300 Pickup Truck Is The Strong & Stylish Type

The new Nissan Navara pickup truck was just unveiled in Thailand, where the smooth-looking hauler will be made at a just-built production plant in Samut Prakan. Available in King Cab and Double Cab configurations, Nissan's latest entry in the pickup wars is a winner if looks and specs are any indication.

Tattoo Pens Create The Awesomeness Of Tattoos Without The Committment

Tattoos can look awesome, but they require serious committment. If you want the look for less time than say, the rest of your life, you can try tattoo pens. These cosmetic skin pens create the illusion of tattoos without the committment or the pain. Now, you can feel like a rebel without having to rebel against anything.

Want This New Invention? Bamboo Weight Calculator

It seems that just about everyone is fighting the battle of the bulge. Many of these same people are concerned about the environment. So exactly where do these two aspects of a person meet? Right here with the Bamboo Weight Calculator, also known as the Wooden Weight Calculator. This scale may not be as accurate, but it is far more fun!

GPSports Tracking Device: It's a Bra; It's a Bro; It's Wearable Tech!

Do male athletes in Australia wear sports bras? Or are things not like they seem and has a new wearable technology reared its most innovative head? Read on for details about this exciting  breakthrough in athletic sportswear.

ImagiPlanks: Outdoor Wooden Building Sets With Endless Possibilities

ImagiPlanks are wooden building sets made from American Hardwood and treated with a non-toxic, non-flaking environmentally friendly finish. These open-ended building sets are part block, part puzzle and perfect for young builders to take their imaginations outside. Think giant Lincoln Logs. ImagiPlanks can be made into forts, towers, see-saws, benches and so much more.

To The Moon, ISSpresso... Well, To The Space Station For Now

If the crew on the International Space Station can have a zero-gravity football (aka soccer ball), they can certainly have a zero-gravity espresso machine - if no one minds drinking espresso through a straw. Two Italian companies, coffee roaster Lavazza and space food expert Argotec, have developed a special espresso maker for the ISS, they aptly named the ISSpresso.

'Bionic Pancreas' Developed For Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Researchers at Boston University's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a revolutionary device equivalent to a 'bionic pancreas,' a device which does all the regulating of blood sugar that a human pancreas does when it is functioning properly.  The bionic pancreas has been tested and found superior to blood glucose pumps on the market today as well as other pumps currently being tested.

The EnChroma Cx: Eyeglasses That Correct Color Blindness

Color blindness affects nearly 8 percent of men and .5 percent of women; some people don't even know they have it.  Most color blindness is inherited, although there are several diseases and certain traumas that can cause it.  There is no cure or permanent correction of the condition currently available, but after 10 years of development, a company called EnChroma offers correction for the most common type, red-green color blindness.

Matte's Incredible! Ten Cool Cars With Matte Finishes

Whoever decided cars should have shiny, gleaming, polished skins probably never saw a well-done matte paint job or vinyl wrap. These ten cars not only sport cool matte finishes, you can bet their owners don't freak out over every little smudge or fingerprint.

Hunchback Cat Figurines Chide Computer Users To Stop Slouching

Bandai's new neko-ze figurine collection is meant to remind office workers who hunch over their computers and gamer geeks whose backs ache from poor posture to sit up, stretch out and keep their cat-like necks from straying from the straight and narrow.

Powerbreather: The Future Of Snorkeling Is Here

If you're planning a trip to any tropical location, odds are snorkeling is on your "Things To Do" list. Snorkeling makes for great, active fun, and it is a wonderful way to explore the depths of the sea. The Powerbreather makes that active and fun hobby easier, less fatiguing and less cumbersome. 

Want This New Invention? EZ Leaps Teach Shoe Tying

Growing up is full of a number of leaps and bounds: learning to crawl, learning to walk, and learning the ABCs. One of those leaps that kids often struggle with is learning how to tie their shoes. It can be a real challenge to their fledgling motor skills. EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool has been designed to help kids learn this important task in a fun and colorful way with a simple and inexpensive tool.

Next In Cat Social Media Toys: The Cat2See

"Cats are the most viral thing on the Internet after sex," Gilad Gelfand told Israeli newspaper Haaretz, as he explained how Cat2See, his remote cat play-watch-feed invention, would fit into the booming cat watching and sharing arena.  Cat2See, indeed, has its similarities to existing cat watching apps, but it has its differences too.  What I like about it most is its R2D2-looking robotic fishing rod holder!

CLUG Is The World's Smallest Bike Rack

Have a bike and need a place to store it inside? I'm sure you would rather not get the giant hooks or six foot stands that can be a pain to install and give your place that cluttered feel. A great new alternative is the CLUG, the smallest, simplest way to secure and store your bike.

Twitter Scavenger Hunt, Social Experiment For Paying-It-Forward

New Yorkers and tourists are scouring the boroughs of New York City this weekend in a massive treasure hunt created by a California millionaire and self-proclaimed 'philanthropist-for the-people' Jason Buzi. Started in San Francisco, it's a viral campaign that is prompted by posted clues on the Twitter account @HiddenCash to direct people to where Buzi buried some cash.

Want This New Innovation? Storytime Rocker, The Gift For The Awesome Dad

There is something so special about rocking your child in a rocking chair, whether it is to read a story or relax them to sleep. This is fine as long as you have only one child. With two or three children you need a new style of rocker -- one that allows everyone to see all the pictures in the book. You could do just that with this totally awesome Storytime Rocker.

Create A Moon Jump For The Kids With The Vuly Trampoline Tent

A trampoline is a great piece of fitness equipment and one of the best toys for kids. A trampoline with a tent makes this family friendly toy even better. The Vuly Trampoline Tent can turn your trampoline into a Moon Jump for the kids and give adults a place to escape the sun on hot days.

Want This New Innovation? Chopsticks Made Of Rice

Irony is a wonderful thing and this new product is definitely ironic. Chopsticks made out of rice to help you eat your rice certainly falls into this category. Okay, it is not the same part of the rice. The Solit-RiceIt chopsticks are made from the husk that has been turned into an earth-friendly bio-composite material.

Volkswagen SP2 Sports Coupe: Brazilian Beauty That's Only Skin Deep

With the world's eyes focused on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it's worth looking back to a previous Brazilian achievement, this one of the automotive variety: the gorgeous 1972-76 Volkswagen SP2 sports coupe.

Must-Have SnapRays Night Lights Really Are Brilliant!

No house or apartment seems to have enough electrical outlets for all the gadgets we have. Sure, we can plug in power strips to stretch the current, but there's one gadget that needs at least a semi-permanent home in your wall outlets - the night light. A new company called Snap Power invented a brilliant way to free your outlets for other use and still have your safety lights when it's dark in your rooms - with SnapRays Guide Lights, you just 'plug and play' them.

Move Over, Star Trek: NASA Is Developing A Fully-Functional Warp Drive

So, uh...Star Trek's warp drives might not be the domain of science fiction for much longer. The company late yesterday unveiled a "warp ship" that can legitimately travel faster than the speed of light. Guess it'll soon be time for us to explore the Final Frontier, won't it?

E3 2014: Mario Maker Started Out As A Tool For Nintendo's Developers, And Now It's An Awesome Game

As those of you who've been paying attention to E3 are no doubt already aware, one of the games unveiled by Nintendo was Mario Maker; a title which will allow players to create their own Mario levels. Turns out, it was never intended to be a game - it was originally designed as a development tool.

Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp: Cool and Convenient Light

The Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp isn’t really a lamp by itself; it’s a plastic lamp shade with a built-in LED light connected to a USB cable. It’s a modern day make your own lamp kit without the work. You use the Satechi lamp by placing the lamp shade and LED light into the top of almost any bottle or vase, making a new lamp with every new bottle you choose. Satechi Touch creates cool and convenient light when plugged into a USB port.

Trikelet: Motorized Folding Scooter

You can put a motor on just about anything wheeled nowadays. A scooter is no exception, and when you put a motor on a scooter you get a great way to commute to work. Make that motorized scooter foldable, and you can stow it just about anywhere. That's what the Trikelet is, a motorized, foldable scooter.

Wearable Tech: Intel's New And Very Snazzy Smart Bracelet

Appealing to an emerging geek-chic fashion trend, Intel has developed a new smart bracelet that will be released by the end of the year. This stylish wearable tech device is slated to be cooler than cool. Check out more details below.

ONE MORE Funny But Useful Father's Day Gift

Okay. I know it's late in the day, in the week, actually, to be announcing that I have an 11th item to add to my 10 Funny and Useful Father's Day Gift list... but I do.  It's not my fault; this item just came into the store.  And yes, it's a tie, and you don't want to give your dad a tie, not on this Father's Day, but this tie is different....

PT Cruiser Wedding Coach Is A Marriage Of All Things Ugly

Chrysler's much-maligned PT Cruiser makes an unusual limousine but Russian customizers have gone much, much further into the realm of the weird. This bizarre white wedding coach is the perfect ride for those embarking on a honeymoon from hell.

E3 2014: If You Want To Be A Couch Potato On Your PC, This Keyboard's Just The Ticket

PC gaming on a couch would be pretty awesome, save for one unpleasant little detail - couches aren't exactly made for a traditional mouse-and-keyboard setup. We've been treated to a rather elegant solution to that problem at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. I kind of want one.

VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night.  And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.

Doona Infant Car Seat. It's A Stroller Too.

There are car seats. There are strollers. There are contraptions that convert car seats into strollers. And there is Doona, an all in one infant car seat and stroller hybrid of awesomeness. Doona is the world’s first car seat with a built-in system for easy mobility. Translation: This rear facing car seat has wheels. This car seat turns into a stroller. This car seat just made life easier.

Ford & Heinz Team Up To Put Tomatoes In Tomorrow's Autos

Tomato by-products in my new Ford? It's more likely than you think, or at least it will be once H.J. Heinz and Ford Motor Company realize their plan to recycle used tomato skins, stems and seeds into car components.

Ever Wished You Could Have An Extra Pair Of Hands? Now You Can - Through The Power Of Robotics!

Wouldn't it be awesome to have an extra pair of hands? Just think about how much more you could get done - and how much easier it'd be to perform tasks like moving and construction. Two experts from MIT were thinking just that when they developed SRL - the Supernumerary Robotic Limbs.

Champ Boxing Couch Doubles As A Punching Bag

Things that have multiple uses or double for other things are awesome. I mean the Swiss Army Knife is a classic, and many a guest has saved their backs a terrible night's sleep because of the sofa bed. Tobias Franzel's Champs Boxing Couch is one of those two-in-one pieces of furniture, but it's use is more fitness and fun-based than practical.

Twitter Points To Dems Deposing Eric Cantor, Not Tea Party!

"The Tea Party is coming! The Tea Party is coming! The Tea Party is winning! The Tea Party is winning!" If you were buying into what the mainstream media was selling today, you'd might be convinced that a modern-day 'David vs Goliath' narrative was the reason behind House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's unprecedented GOP primary defeat. In reality, the voices from Twitter point to a much more plausible cause and effect.

Herb & Relax Lemorea Tea, The Anti-Energy Drink With Catnip

Hello thirsty! Herb & Relax Lemorea from Japan contains catnip and a half-dozen other herbs and extracts to keep you as cool as a cat over the dog days of summer.

Necklace Calls You Automatically So You Can Avoid Awkward Situations

Awkward situations are well, awkward. And as much as we'd like to envision turning and running away at full speed when faced with one (that can't just be mine), dealing with these things in the real world requires more tact. But there's no rule that says you have to do the mature thing and tackle awkward head on, not when a new accessory gives you the perfect out.

Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Dogs Gone Boating: 9 Must Have Dog Items To Take On A Boat

Some dogs are great swimmers; others never will be, because of fear of the water or because they are just not anatomically built for swimming (like long dogs with short legs).  But boating enthusiasts who are dog lovers find a way to take both swimmers and non-swimmers on their boats - to enjoy the water or enjoy the weather. Here are 9 must have items to bring along for your dog before you pick up anchor.

Tech-Savvy Manicures: Nano Nails Work On Your Smartphone

I love well-manicured nails. I also love my touchscreen devices, keeping my phone and Ipod attached to me at all times. For women with long nails, using their smartphone can be a bit tricky. Nano Nails created an artificial nail that also works as a stylus. Now, it seems that women can have the best of both worlds.

Kick Back In A World Cup Beanbag Chair from NewX

Will you be sitting pretty (and pretty comfortably to boot) when the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on June 12th? Answer “yes!” if you've ordered one of 32 national flag World Cup beanbag chairs from NewX of Shanghai.

IzzyBike Has No Chain

A bike without gears and a chain is like a car without an engine. Or maybe it's like a car with a hybrid engine, because the IzzyBike proves that bikes don't need chains. They can be just as efficient without that extra cog in the machinery.

Camera-Toting PocketBook Ultra eReader Scans Your Documents

It can be difficult to make a unique ebook reader these days, and that job just got a lot harder with the arrival of PocketBook's newest device. It boasts a camera paired with OCR (optical character recognition) software, alongside numerous other perks.

Want These Funny Innovations? BBQ Aprons For Dad

It can be very trying to try to find just the right gift for dad for Father's Day. Since many dads are masters of the backyard grill, you may want to consider a barbecue apron to match his personality or sense of humor. Here are a few to consider from the udderly ridiculous to "formal" attire. Then you can top it all off with one of those puffy chef's hats.

Slingshot, Facebook's Answer To Snapchat, Disappeared Itself (Video)

Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.

Roomette: A Lightweight Trailer That's Big On Inner Space

Have Roomette, will travel... and the heck with hotels, motels and inns! This compact on the outside, spacious on the inside reinvention of the tow-able trailer lets you take your bed and lie in it when the day's driving is done.

E3 2014: Alienware's Dipping It's Toes Into The Console Space With The Alienware Alpha Steam Machine

Today - just a day before the Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off - Alienware had a pretty exciting revelation for attendees - it's releasing a Steam Machine. Dubbed the Alienware Alpha, this device combines PC-level power with the form factor and utility of a game console, enabling it to fit just about anywhere - like the living room.

How Do You Make A Robot More Human? By Making It Neurotic, Apparently

Although robots are far superior to humans where computational tasks are concerned, they're more or less useless when it comes to emotional ones. That is to say, they're almost universally awful at mimicking humans. Researchers at the University of California think they have a solution - neuroticism.

Need This New Invention? The Tactical Necktie

It is that time of year again. Time to show Dad just how much you love him by buying him a tie. Or should I say yet ANOTHER tie. Surprise Dad this year with the Tactical Necktie with Laser Pointer -- a truly different tie. It is just the thing for survival in the business or academic world. Behind the standard tie look it hides a wealth of functionality.

Love & War: Ferrari 458 Italia Camouflage Edition By Lapo Elkann

Fiat heir and possible future Ferrari boss Lapo Elkann is into camouflage these days, which one might think would conflict with his passion for all things Prancing Horse. Think again: Elkann's military makeover of a box-stock Ferrari 458 Italia – complete with chromed peace sign – would win any fashion war in a heartbeat.

'Sweat Neutrality' Exercising Net Neutrality's First Amendment Right

Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .

You Won't Need A Ping Pong Partner With Newgy Robo-Pong

Whether you're looking for something to entertain the kids or you think you could be the next Forrest Gump of the ping pong world (or Zhang Jike if you want a real analogy), you should check out the Newgy Robo-Pong--a robot that shoots ping pong balls.

Japanese Road Sign Earrings Make Admirers Stop & Look Both Ways

Japanese road sign earrings from Toumei are sold in sets of three so you can mix & match to suit your mood. Wearing them just might create more traffic jams in your personal space.

Turn Dumbbells Into Kettlebells With KettleShell

The KettleShell: it's nothing more than a sort-of handle that looks like a coat hanger. It does nothing more than attach to a regular dumbbell. However that simple design and simple concept transform one piece of exercise equipment into another and expand the variety of exercises you can perform with it, which makes it ideal for those looking to consolidate or save money in their home gym.

Eight Old Chinese Cars You've Probably Never Seen... And Never Will

In a bid to reduce smog in its major cities, China is aiming to “eliminate” more than five million older cars... sort of like Cash For Clunkers but without the cash. What's an older Chinese car look like, you ask? We found 8 examples worth a look-see before they go to the crusher.

LympheDIVA's Compression Sleeves: Medically AND Fashionably Correct

In a prior post, I covered some of the most fashionable compression socks you can find.  Today, it's all about compression sleeves for women - some of you will want to wear them even if you don't have an excuse!  (They make your arms look nice and slim!)

Bentwood Bicycle Evokes The Classic Thonet Cafe Chair

The Thonet Concept Bike by artist Andy Martin may roll on ultramodern carbon fiber wheels but its curved beechwood frame was made by a steam-bending process over 150 years old.

Mercury: New Concept For Line Skating

Line skating is fun and a great way to stay active and in shape. However, like a lot of exercises, the impact from line skating places stress on the joints, particularly the ankles and knees. That's why Pouyan Mokhtarani designed the Mercury, a concept for line skating that could reduce that joint stress.

Social Media Prenups Face Loopholes With Snapchat & MySpace

As soon as a precedent emerges in the social media space, whether it's something as innocuous as sponsored tweets or more critical such as revenge porn, folks look for loopholes to circumvent the action. Such is the case with 'social media prenups,' the latest trend to be embraced by the marriage-isn't-forever crowd.

Brazilian Chicken Cup Noodle's Goal Is To Win Over Your Taste Buds

World cup noodle anyone? Japan's Nissin Foods, the inventor of instant ramen and the cup noodle concept, is celebrating this year's 2014 FIFA World Cup with a samba-rific new flavor: Brazilian Chicken!

15 Minutes Of Play With PULSE Kinetic Jump Rope Produces Hours Of Light

The people at Uncharted Play like to integrate play with problem solving--more specifically bringing energy generating products to those off the grid. The Pulse Kinetic Jump Rope is one of those energy generating products. Just 15 minutes of play with the Pulse could mean hours of light or a 50% cell phone charge.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept: The Shape Of Things To Come?

Make no mistake, the ruby-red Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is a statement car. The ruby red souped-up sedan states quite starkly Nissan's desire to join Mercedes' AMG and BMW's M-series in the upper echelon of luxurious performance vehicles.

Built In Japan; Pepper Is A Robot That Knows How You're Feeling

According to Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, the uncanny valley shouldn't exist. Robots should make people smile - they should make humans feel happy and comfortable.

To that end, his company Softbank earlier today unveiled Pepper - a cooing little robot that's capable of understanding emotion. 

Study Ties Entitlement Beliefs To Sexism In Both Men And Women

You may be surprised to know that the prevalence of sexism is greater among the millenial generation than it is or was in the baby boomer generation. Because of the resurgence of male gender superiority as a more prevalent attitude among men and women, social scientists have been examining the trend of late, trying to ascertain why and where these attitudes come from.  A study published in the journal Sex Roles examines the role that the feeling of 'entitlement' plays.

The Smart Dog House You Really Won't Believe! The T-PAI Automatic Intelligent Dog House

.... The climate controlled T-Pai, which will be available in two sizes, small and very small, promises to automatically feed, toilet train, clean-up after, educate and play games with your pup. It will communicate with her when you are delayed or just can't be bothered by your dog.  T-Pai claims to address most, if not all, of the difficulties of owning a dog....

Don't Drive Noisy: Shanghai Authorities To Expand Ban On Horn Honking

“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.

Want This New Invention? Giant Inflatable Cockroach

Cockroaches aren't exactly the sort of creature think fondly of. After all they are vermin and we spend a great deal of time and trying to kill them off. There is one amazing, fun giant cockroach -- it is THE giant cockroach from GiantCockroach.com. It is big. It is brown. It is ready to invade the pools and beaches near you. (Insert kitschy sci-fi scream here.)

GI Bike: Electric And Foldable

The GI Bike claims to be the fastest folding bike ever. If you had one, you could have it folded up by the time you read this far. Seriously. It takes 3 seconds. And another thing, it's electric. So urban commuters, if you're looking for convenience and economy, you may want to consider the GI Bike.

The Aryayek Time-Traveling Machine: A Magic Eye Or A Fantasy Carpet Ride?

While going back into time might be pure fantasy, traveling between five and eight years into the future might just prove to be a reality. Algorithims provide the venue according  to one Iranian scientist. Read on for some strange and questionable details.

Wrap Your Ear Around The New Talking Menu

UK entrepreneur Matthew Wadsworth is visually impaired, and after years of having menus read aloud to him in restaurants he had a brainwave - why not have an app which can help the visually impaired to read restaurant menus? The following months have seen him come up with Good Food Talks.

Long-Lost General Motors EV1 Electric Cars Turn Up In Overseas Parking Lot

GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history. Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.

Waiter, There's A Person In My Soup - Unique Miniature Food Art

Pierre Javelle, a French photographer of culinary magazines, and Akiko Ida, a Japanese cooker, photographer and artist have collaborated together to make these unique works of art.

Can't Stand The Heat? Hug A Tree

Trees are a common hangout for many animals and insects. Under them, on top of them, next to them, around them, trees may be habitats or just places to go for temporary respite.  For some creatures trees are a source of food or a sharpening tool for their beaks, claws, or teeth. Some trees provide shade and shelter. Others provide a hiding place for certain animals.  Researchers at James Cook University in Australia recently learned of another function of trees, which they reported in the June issue of Biology Letters.

2015 Honda Civic Type R Concept: Ready For The Road, Inspired By The Track

The good news is, the next generation of Honda's high-powered Civic Type R should look, sound and drive a lot like the wickedly stylish concept car shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The bad news is, the production 2015 Type R won't be sold in North America.

7 Rainy Day Indoor Forts Perfect For Any Day

School will be out in a couple of weeks for most kids. Between the hot temperatures, bickering siblings, or rainy days, it might be a long summer for some parents. In our house, the theme for our daughter is Keep Her Busy. If we can’t get out of the house it’s a really long day. My three-year-old is pretty good at keeping herself entertained, but she also needs extra stimulation and ways to burn some energy on those long days at home. So I did all of us a favor. I found some pretty sweet indoor forts that are perfect for rainy days. Or any day.

Planning A Hike? Try These 5 Best GPS Devices

Anytime you're planning a long hiking and camping expedition, it's a good idea to bring along a GPS. Of course, you can go rouge and pretend you're Daniel Boone, but you may wind up lost. Better to play it safe, and better to make the most of your time, and bring along one of these 5 GPS devices, each with their own perks.

Researchers Develop Predictive Test For Breast Cancer Metastasis

Most deaths from breast cancer occur because the cancer spreads, or metastasizes, to one or more vital organs.  The medical quest, therefore, has been to find the best predictor(s) of metastasis, so that appropriate intervention can occur before metastasis takes place or, at the very least, early in the process. Having determined the set of cellular circumstances that lead to the spread of breast cancer, researchers at the Einstein Cancer Center and the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, developed a test to search for these factors.

The New Ford Troller T4 Is Only Available In Brazil. Problem?

Is Ford trolling us with their new Troller T4? Yes and no... this brutish, bare-bones 4x4 Brazilian Bronco is available for purchase but buyers had best exchange their Yankee greenbacks for Brazilian reals – in Brazil – before taking delivery.

When You're Only As Good As Your Last Tweet, Voycee Your Opinion

The paradigm of ephemeral messaging that was ushered into the social media space by apps such as Snapchat appears to have influenced others who want a piece of the "now-you-see-it-now-you-don't" action. Like a modern-version of the messages received by Mr. Phelps on the popular hit TV series of the 60s Mission Impossible. . .

How Would You Like To Sleep In This Floating Camper?

You've probably seen a house boat. Maybe you've fantasized about living in one. The Nautic Sleeper is (or could be) a house boat on a smaller scale for campers. A concept design by Ruben Oya, this floating camper could allow the camper to enjoy the open water even while resting.

Alcoa & Phinergy's Innovative Aluminum-Air Battery EV Makes Successful First Test Run

Is fear of a drained battery holding you back from buying an electric car? Aluminum producer Alcoa and clean tech company Phinergy have got something for that: a revolutionary aluminum-air battery pack that promises drivers a whopping 1,000 miles between charge-ups!

This Guy Dropped $32,000 To Turn His Apartment Into A Fully-Functional Video Arcade. Jealous?

I love video games. They've been a part of my life since I was a child, and they always will be. Apparently, though, I'm not IN love with them. Not like Chris Kooluris, a man who sacrificed almost everything to turn his room into an old-school video arcade.

Ever Thought About Baked Robots? MIT Has - And They're Developing The Technology To Create Them

3-D printers are so last month. If recent research being carried out at MIT is anything to go by, it's all about ovens now. A group of scientists there is working to design a line of robots that will self-assemble when they're cooked. So...ever wanted to bake yourself a robot? 

Gory Gourmet: Zombie Food Truck Serves Braaaaiiinnss

Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.

Ab Monster Will Scare Your Abs Into Shape

Just looking at the Ab Monster may begin to tighten you core. It's a scary looking piece of equipment, but it's one with a simple design and simple to use. Using it can shape not only your core but your posterior chain, and you can use it just about anywhere.

83-Year-Old Chinese Senior Citizen Builds Electric Moped Car, Charges Across The Country

Like Ford, a spry senior citizen had a better idea (than languishing in a rest home) and had the smarts and skills to make it happen. Also like Ford, Liuzhen Han's idea was building a car.

Pocky Kicks Off The 2014 FIFA World Cup With Two New Brazilian Flavors

The makers of Pocky, Japan's much loved confectionery-coated biscuit sticks, have never shied from their goal of snack food world domination. That's why Glico has trotted out two new Pocky flavors with a tropical Brazilian theme – BerryCarnival and Coconut – just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Roast Marshmallows Like No Other With The Fire Fishing Poles

How many times have you burned one side of your marshmallow to a crisp trying to roast it over an open fire? How about using a stick to roast your dinner, only to have your Ballpark hotdog fall into the fire along with the charred, broken stick? With the Fire Fishing Poles from Fire Buggz you eliminate those problems and look good doing it.

Can A Vibrating Pill Cure Your Constipation?

Introducing the Vibrating Capsule: a pill with an engine inside that;s programmed to vibrate 6-8 hours after it's ingested to cure chronic constipation. No more gas, cramping and diarrhea for the 15% of US population who take laxatives. Soon it will be cool to be constipated.