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Put Out The Fire With Fire Hydrant Art

Bored on a Sunday afternoon and want to spice up your neighborhood? Why not paint a fire hydrant? Artists in Cleveland, Ohio painted fire hydrants as part of a project called ‘Sparx in the City’.

Brain-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics Have Arrived

An Icelandic company is helping amputees make a giant leap forward with their new brain-powered bionic foot. Ossur just unveiled an advanced version of its Proprio Foot. When will it hit the market? And will it be too expensive for amputees to buy?

The Crunch Before Lunch: Banana & Peach Flavored Breakfast Potato Chips

In an effort to jump start the so-called “morning potato chips habit”, Japan's Koikeya is rolling out two new fruit-flavored potato chips: Banana and Peach. No need to import them here – American college students have already got the morning potato chips habit down pat.

Could Bionic Plants Be The New Solar Cell?

Photosynthesis – the means by which plants are able to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to useable chemical energy -- is one of the more remarkable natural feats. Scientists have long sought to exploit the process as a method of more efficiently harvesting solar energy, but have so far been thwarted by relatively low efficiencies. Now a research team has found a nanobioengineering technique using carbon nanotubes to dramatically increase light absorption and enhance energy generation by nearly 50%.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

Wearable Tech: The New Attainable, Unstainable White Shirt

For years the clothing industry has sought a fabric that could repel stains. The white shirt particularly, has always been the most susceptible garment  to suffer from irreversible stains, but no more. Read on to learn more about the amazing unstainable white shirt.

Black Silicon Solar Cells Smash Efficiency Record

Scientists in Finland have achieved record-breaking 22.1% photovoltaic efficiency using a nanostructured material known as black silicon. In a field known for progressing in minute steps, this result, which is a full 4% higher than any previous black silicon cell is particularly remarkable and brings this new photovoltaic material very suddenly into the mainstream.

Invention Of The Week? British Engineer Develops Low-Cost Advanced Robotic Hand

It is estimated that there are nearly 11.4 million hand amputees worldwide, and most people simply can’t afford the hefty price-tag for a prosthetic hand. At present, the cost for a prosthetic hand ranges from $30,000.00 to $80,000.00 (USD), but a British inventor is hoping to change all that with his new, low-cost robotic hand.

Wristboom Is The Little Speaker That You Wear On Your Wrist

When you're mobile there is pretty much only one way to listen to music, through headphones. But tangled cords and earbuds that have an affinity for falling out is not fun. Well, Wristboom hopes to alleviate those woes. Wristboom is the portable speaker that you wear on your wrist like a traditional watch that also allows you to take calls and record surrounding conversations.


The Invention Of Coke Motivates ‘Mad Men’ Finale & ‘Happyish’ Entrée

Where an iconic TV show ends, another begins. Mad Men and Happyish are separated by eight years in real-time but actually over 50 years in their respective fictional timelines. Both plots focus on the inner-workings of an advertising agency. The former documents how we were romanced into believing in promotional hype, while the latter’s reality check is a result of a healthy dose of buyer-beware skepticism and a growing. . .

CyberPower's Trinity Gaming PC Is A Three-Armed Wonder

You won't see anything like it anywhere else: CyberPower's latest configurable computer has a funky looking case that splits its hardware between three wings. Not only does this improve cooling, but it also makes the system look more like a spaceship.

7 Top Grain-Free Dental Treats For Dogs & Cats

In the last few years, dental chew bones for dogs and cats have taken up most of the end-caps in pet retail stores. But only most recently are they are being made in various shapes, like giant toothbrushes, that challenge multiple angles of canine and feline teeth.  As hard as these dental bones are, it's been even harder to find them in grain-free versions.  Here are 7 top grain-free dental treats for dogs and cats....

Self-Braking Cars Could Greatly Reduce Collisions

Driverless vehicles? Stop right there: a study by researchers from Euro NCAP indicates widespread use of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems could reduce the frequency of rear-end crashes by 38 percent.

42 Creative Ways To Advertise Your Small Business On A Small Budget

Looking for ways to get more attention and interest for your products or business. What we lack in capital as small businesses with small budgets, we have to make up for in creativity, tenacity and effort. We have to hustle harder than everyone else out there. We have to be the champions of our cause - day in and day out. Here are 42 ways you can promote your business or products for cheap.


Don’t Like Needles? ImmunoMatrix Is The New Way To Vaccinate

A woman from Long Island, NY, has developed a needle-free patch that can deliver vaccines painlessly. We all know that most vaccines are delivered with needles and lots of us hate getting poked to feel better. So, will this new invention be a hit when it launches? And how will it help those living in third world countries?

American Green Marijuana ATM Dispenses Legal Goodies Vending Machine Style

Around here, we've seen vending machines of all categories, and they tend to be a fan favorite. The features on marijuana vending seem to have particular appeal among our readers, and with the changing laws, the competition is getting fierce when it comes to naming the most innovative concept.

Unlike The Titanic, Ships Made From This Metal Will Be Truly Unsinkable

Materials scientists have developed a new metallic foam that is less dense than water, meaning that ships built from this material can continue to float regardless of structural damage. Though this is not the first example of a lightweight metal composite, this is the first that is also strong and stable enough to endure the challenges of a marine environment making unsinkable ships a realistic application.

Tsū Goes To The Dogs For Red Nose Day USA

In its very short tenure (only 7 months old), Tsu as a social network has earned an international reputation as a donor to worthy causes. Founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak assembled a team of developers to create an ecosystem to accomplish two very unique functions. One was to pay its users 90% of its total daily ad revenues (previously unheard of in the social media space), and secondly it would distinguish itself further as a charitable. .

Photochromia: Garments Transform Patterns in Sunlight

Now you see it and now you don't. This is no rabbit pulled out of a hat but rather technology of the highest caliber. Read all about photochromia, the color-changing textile that responds to sunlight.

MediaTek Announces First Deca-Core Smartphone Chip

More cores is better. Right? MediaTek seems to think so. The Helio X20 SoC packs a whopping 10 ARM cores, and support for a certain cellular wireless standard should allow Android smartphones bearing the chip to show up in the US.