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Great Invention Idea? Cure for Numb Thumb!


A Dangerous Habit?A Dangerous Habit?

If you're anything like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time typing away at your computer. You do so knowing every keystroke brings you one step closer to a carpal tunnel disease diagnosis; every glance at the screen teases your vision with astigmatism. So you buy an ergonomic keypad and mouse pad and you force yourself to look away from the screen every 20 minutes or so. Great! But now there is something else to worry about, something that threatens the great American pastime of television viewing: B.T.N.D. or Button Thumbing Numbness Disorder. Luckily, the cure is not worse than the disease. read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards

The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuting in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year!


One Cool Ad Campaign: Take a Lick!


We've all seen scratch and sniff ads in our favorite magazines, but what about flip and lick ads?

Welch's will be running magazine ads this month that actually allows readers to sample its grape juice by licking the ad! read more »

A Satellite Shoot-Up


USS Shiloh: SM-3 Missile TestUSS Shiloh: SM-3 Missile Test

One of biggest stories in the news over the past week or so has been how to deal with a satellite on a collision couse with Earth. The final decision was to try and blast it right out of the sky. But, how does one go about shooting a 5000lb satellite that's miles above the surface of the earth?

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HD DVD vs. Blu-ray Disc - Did the Right Technology Win?


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If you've paid attention to any gadget news over the past week then you are probably aware of the big news in the format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc for the title of successor to the DVD.

Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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Solutions for Negligent Plant Lovers: The I.V. Planter


As Jim Morrison so aptly phrased it, "The future's uncertain, and the end is always near." Seems to be particularly fitting for the little plant ICU that popped up on my monitor when I found the site for Vitamin, a design company whose slogan boasts "A life less ordinary." That's if you pull through! read more »

Diesels and Hybrids go Head-to-Head


New Diesel Technology: Cleaner and More EfficientNew Diesel Technology: Cleaner and More Efficient

"Clean" and "Diesel" are 2 words that, in the past, were very rarely used in the same sentence. Thanks to new technology, diesels have become cleaner and more friendly to the environment. In fact, as more research is conducted, it is becoming clear that diesels may actually be more "Green" than Hybrids. read more »

Who Ya Gonna Call? - 5 Ringworthy Cell Phone Ads


Cell phones are a part of our everyday life and culture. So, look  at how cell phone companies integrate advertising for cell phones and cell phone service into everyday life and culture as well.

Here are 5 of the best from recent cell phone advertising campaigns:  read more »

Looking For The Love Of Your Life? Try ASPCA's "Meet Your Match™"




Have you been seeking a stunning executive type? A love bug who'll cuddle all night? A constant companion or a free spirit?

Your local animal shelter may have just what you're looking for, the ASPCA's Meet Your Match™ (MYM) program. read more »

Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals



Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.
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Get Forked Up with UtiliTILE's Creative Storage Methods


Forked Up was intended as a pointedly alternative way to store silverware, created by the cats at the Toronto-based Thout design group for their UtiliTILE line. Who needs a boring old drawer when you could have this conversation piece adorning a wall, allowing you super-easy access to all your cutlery needs? read more »

Eco-Cashmere Sweater for Your Dog and You


I love my dog, but is buying him a hundred dollar Cashmere Sweater just a bit too much, even if the sweater is eco-friendly? Designer, Deborah Lindquist doesn't think so. She's made an entire line of colorful eco-friendly cashmere sweaters for dogs of all sizes.
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Malang’s Vitamin B Complex-fortified Beer?


For all the social drinkers, the alcoholics and the occasional drinkers there is now a new beer in the works to help relieve some of your drinking guilt. It’s called Vitamin Beer and is laced with Vitamin B.

What’s so special about B vitamins? The benefits of B vitamins include: maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division, reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, and they also help fight the symptoms of stress, depression, and cardiovascular disease. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $140,000 for a Hot Wheels Car


Hot Wheels® cars are an essential part of childhood. I had them as a child. My husband had them as a child. And now my kids now have them. They run a couple of bucks for one.

However, this is not your ordinary Hot Wheels®. To commemorate the production of the 4 billionth Hot Wheels® vehicle, Mattel created the 18-karat white gold-jeweled car valued at $140,000. read more »

NASCAR Builds A 180mph Treadmill


NASCAR teams rely on having the fastest car on the track, which takes long hours of reviewing diagnostics and performance data. So how do you gather data when your target is traveling over 180mph? With a really big treadmill, of course. read more »

What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!


Toilet Bowl with Bull's-eye TargetToilet Bowl with Bull's-eye Target


I'm afraid a quick glance at my articles might give some readers the wrong impression: that I have an affinity for anything relating to bodily functions. In particular, anything people do in the bathroom. Well, those readers are wrong. That being said, today I bring you United States patent 4044405, the toilet bowl bull's-eye! read more »

"Air Sketch" Your Scribbles Into Furniture with FRONT Design


Are you an artist that would just love to see your ideas pop off the page and come to life in the third dimension? The four members of Swedish design company FRONT might be able to help you out, especially in the realm of furniture design. read more »