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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.


Electric Mustang Conversion Zooms From 0-60 In Under 2 Seconds!

Better update your whiplash insurance if you're planning on driving Mitch Medford's Zombie 222, an electrified vintage Mustang fastback that can sprint from 0 to 60mph in a neck-snapping 1.94 seconds!

Bloxels Requires Kids To Design Video Games Before Playing Them, Keeps Brain Rot Away

Not all video games will rot your child’s brain. In fact, the imaginative inventors at Pixel Press believe in the opposite. Some video games can increase problem solving skills, sharpen the analytical side of our brain, and open the door to endless creativity. Bloxels is the latest project from Pixel Press, and the promise is that it will exercise both sides of your child’s mind.

The Horrors of Skincare: Creepy 3D-Printing of Human Skin

For French cosmetic giant, L'Oreal, who banned animal tetsing back in 2003, the need for reconstucted human skin to evauate the safety of its procedures has dramatically increased. Read all about  this cosmetic company's plan to replicate the skin-engineering process on a larger, more precise scale.

Graphene In The Spotlight Again With World’s Thinnest Lightbulb

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated an “on-chip” white light source using graphene. This atomically thin lightbulb opens the door for ultra-thin, transparent and flexible displays – picture a smartphone that you can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet, t-shirts with integrated computers, or Google Glass-style eyewear that is indistinguishable from regular glasses. Not only that, but this new light source also paves the way to integrated photonic circuits, one of the most exciting ways to dramatically increase computing speeds.

Invention Of The Week? DADSS Car System Won’t Let You Drive Drunk

Pretty soon the car you own won’t start when it knows you are drunk.Yes it’s true, the Driver Alcohol Detection System For Safety (DADSS) will soon be installed in new vehicles. Question is will this new technology put an end to drunk driving for good? And will it save over 10,000 lives a year in the USA?

Super Sexy Bikini Pants Combine Low-Cut Jeans with a String Bikini

Outrageously revealing bikini jeans from Sanna's Brazil Fashion blur the line between blue jeans and a string bikini. And you know what? We're all right with that!