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Tiny Robotic Tentacles: Good Things Do Come In Small Packages

These  innovative soft robotic tentacles could prove to be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery. They can pick up an ant without damage to its body, offering new promise to invasive surgical procedures such as the safe and intricate manipulation  of blood vessels or embryos.

Nekoashi Chair Socks: Feline Footwear For Your Furniture

Nekoashi Chair Socks from Japan's Toyo Case are designed to slip over the “feet” of your chair and table legs, keeping your floors safe from unsightly scratches while adding mass quantities of cuteness to your décor scheme.

Avakai Are Real Imaginary Friends For The Digital World

The founders of Vai Kai want to introduce us to Avakai, a play companion for kids growing up in our quickly developing digital world. Avakai are imaginary friends, interactive smart toys, and tools for social interaction. Avakai offer three distinct superpowers which allow children to speak in musical tones, share feelings, and sense proximity to other Avakai.

The Best Pizza Ovens Now Come In All Shapes And Sizes

At one time pizza ovens were luxury items few could afford. Now there are endless options for making artisan pizza at home without breaking the bank. From portable counter top versions to kettle converter kits and full-blown wood-burning pizza ovens straight out of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, now there's a pizza oven for just about any budget.

Want Help Coming Up With Better Insults? Consult An Insult Generator

There are just times in your life when you want better and more colorful insults than the usual expletives. There are times when you can't stand your kids calling each other Buffalo Breath and Pizza Face one more time. What are you to do? Well, The Insultinator is your answer with three categories of words that can add up to more than 54,000 insults. Enough for a lifetime.

Watch What Happens When A White Blood Cell Dies

Using a technique called time-lapse microscopy, scientists have actually been able to “film” the death of a white blood cell. The painstaking work involved taking hundreds of microscope photos and then viewing them sequentially in rapid succession to produce a motion picture. The result was the first true video of white blood cell death and revealed that the process is not at all what we imagined.

Trunks In Their Trunks: The Top 10 Abandoned Cars Colonized By Trees

Don't know how long a car or truck's been abandoned? Try counting the rings on the tree growing up through its bodywork.

Bibliobath: Company Turns Classic Literature Into Waterproof Books

The season of reading has arrived! With kids out of school, there's less homework and more time to journey through fantastical worlds simply by turning pages. Summer reading isn't just for kids either; summer vacations that bring you to the beach or cottage create the opportunity for you to catch a break from the craziness of daily life, which is perfectly complimented by reading. However, summertime reading does pose some hazards that one company hopes to address.

Make Your Own Carbon Nanoparticles

Carbon nanoparticles have been shown to be extremely useful in ferrying pharmaceuticals within the body. They are small enough to escape notice of the body’s immune system and reflect light in such a way that they can be easily distinguished from natural tissues. Unfortunately, their production has always involved complicated and expensive equipment and slow purification processes. Now bioengineers have found a way to produce them in just a few hours with only a microwave and simple household products like molasses and honey.

Dreambox: 3D Printer Vending Machine

I don't know about you, but 3D printing is one of those technological developments that I just can't quite wrap my head around. Don't get me wrong, I follow the concept, I just have a hard time accepting that 3D printing has become a thing while we're still driving vehicles that stay on the ground. At least at this stage, 3D printing isn't a fixture in every home (so I've got time to come to terms with the whole thing); but there is a business aiming to make it more accessible to the masses.

Invention Of The Week? Gadget Helps Blind People ‘See’ Through Their Tongues

We don’t see with our eyes, we see with our brains.The BrainPort V100 is new technology that will soon hit the market.How will it help blind people see again? And will anyone really be able to afford it?

Cheap Chinese Pickup Truck Channels Cadillac's Expensive Escalade

The Shanxi Victory X1 pickup truck looks like a Cadillac Escalade EXT – sorta – but we're guessing even Chinese rappers won't touch this cheap crew cab in a Caddy knock-off wrapper.

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.

Fashion Footprint: Clothing, This Is Your Life

Meet Norwegian diplomat turned social entrepreneur, Mariam Naqvi who has  founded Fashion Footprint, a fashion traceability app that can scan clothing  and provide ratings information on everything from factory safety to workers' health.

OWOW, Writing Hit Songs Just Got Easier

So, are you getting ready to write the next big chart-topper?If so then you will want to try out OWOW, which is a new breed of musical instruments. It’s easy to use too. Question is, will it be a 'hit' when it launches on the market?

Want More Sophistication In Your Ice Cream? Have A Gin And Tonic

Ice cream makers are always on the lookout for new flavors to entice the public. In England this year, it is Gin and Tonic ice cream that is creating a buzz. Well-known gin maker Sipsmith and British ice cream maker Jude have teamed up to create a specialty ice cream that they hope will please an over-heated public this summer. But "freezing" alcohol is a tricky business.

Unusual Japanese Restaurant: Serving A Horse Meat Exclusive Menu With Surprising Ingredients

The latest unusual business concept I've come across, not only fits perfectly with the type of ventures I normally feature on this column - but it also happens to be related to a topic I'm personally passionate about; horse slaughter. Strengthen your stomachs, readers, and prepare yourselves as we look at this unusual restaurant from a more serious perspective.

Tara-X Provides Shelter For Earthquake Survivors

The amount of catastrophic earthquakes is on the rise around the globe. This we all know. However an inventor from Germany is coming to the rescue with Tara-X – an emergency shelter that is dropped from an airplane.

Will Facebook Own Your Faceprint?

Just when we thought Facebook could not possibly take any more liberties with our privacy rights . . . oops, they did it again! For those who might not have heard, three years back when Facebook was on a buying spree, it picked up Face.com, an Israeli facial recognition technology for the paltry sum of $100 million [chump change in comparison to the acquisition of WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion]. This week . . .

An Unexpected New Source Of Sustainable Energy: Humidity

Scientists at Columbia University have shown that changes in atmospheric humidity can actually be used to generate minor amounts of electricity – enough to power small gadgets like children’s toys or environmental sensors. The system relies on bacterial spores that swell and shrink in response to changes in moisture. Adhering these spores to a polymer sheet produces what amounts to an artificial muscle that expands and contracts, much like animal muscle, as the moisture in its environment is cycled.