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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.

Want to live to be 500 Years Old? Call the Buck Institute for Research Aging

Could humans someday live to be 500 years old? Celebrating a birthday of that ripe old age just may become a reality, according to a team of researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California. However, would quadrupling the lifespan of humans have a detrimental effect on our environment? And, do us humans really want to live to be 500 years old to begin with?

Robot Taxi Could Bring Us Johnny Cabs On The Spot

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA and Tokyo-based autonomous vehicle technology development firm ZMP Inc. have teamed up to form Robot Taxi, a joint venture company charged with laying the groundwork for driverless urban transportation.

Let Your Toddler’s Imagination Set Sail With HABA’s Swing Ship Ahoy

HABA is known for its high-quality, wooden toys for babies and children. The company is committed to making their toys using non-toxic materials and sustainable practices. HABA’s Swing Ship Ahoy, is one of the company’s newest products in their line of award winning toys. Get ready for your toddler’s imagination to set sail with this swing perfect for sea-exploring, pirate-loving toddlers.

Sorry It's Over: Breakup Business On Demand

What can't you outsource these days? Whether you perceive that as good or bad, there are options available to hire people to do the jobs that you're not skilled for, or that you simply don't want to do. Some of them are just plain unusual, uncomfortable, and they take advantage of modern trends.

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?

The First Autonomous Semi Truck Gets Its Driver’s Licence

Automaker Daimler has revealed the first ever driverless tractor-trailer that is authorized to navigate public roadways. If you are intimidated by the notion of such a massive vehicle barreling down the highway un-manned, have no fear – the trucks still require the presence of a driver to deal with any situation more taxing than freeway cruising. The release of the autonomous Freightliner Inspiration is still notable, however, for providing long-haul truckers with the opportunity for a much more relaxing journey and giving the rest of us a glimpse into the future.