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Edison 2009 Best New Product Awards: Finalists Selected!

On this day, 162 years to the date that Thomas Edison was born, the finalists of the Edison Best New Product Awards™ were announced. The Edison Awards are among the most elite acknowledgments of excellence in new product development and in services that are technologically innovative, successful in the marketplace, and have societal impact.

Beer Drops, The Ultimate Dry Beer

Candy's dandy but liquor is quicker, so the old expression goes. Now you don't have to choose, thanks to a curious combination of booze & bonbons that goes by the name of Beer Drops.

Pet Heads: Only For Cool Dogs!

When generic pet shampoo just won't do... the line of Pet Heads, Only for Cool Dogs! shampoos and conditioners just might fit the bill. Let's see.. we've got Feeling Flaky, Dirty Talk, Life's an Itch... So many shampoos, so little time...

Should You Even Ask if Your Plant is Psychic? Great Idea?

Predicting the future from crystal balls, tea leaves seers, tarot cards and prophets is a practice that is as old as time itself. So why shouldn’t plants “get into the act” as Jimmy Durante used to say? Read on and learn more about this fascinating garden game of chance that permits seedlings to determine their future.

Nine-Year-Old Designs iPhone: How Far Has it Come?

The iPhone dates back to 2007, but its application has never before expanded to the world of childhood. Ding Wen Lim of Singapore is very different from other nine year olds. This brilliant child who is in the fourth grade has gone far beyond the typical crayon canvas of others of his age and has designed an application for an iPhone specifically for kids. Read his amazing story.

Brain Helmet Could Help Save Lives Of Stroke Victims

Duke University bioengineers have created the first "brain helmet" capable of detecting a stroke in a matter of minutes, compared to the four hours it takes to detect from a traditional MRI or CT study. Particularly for the most common types of strokes, the brain helmet's rapid diagnosis could make the difference between recovery and disability, or even life and death.

Smoking Pot May Lead To Testicular Cancer

A new study says that there may be a link between testicular cancer and marijuana use.

Study Finds Smokers Would Quit For Pets

Smoking can be a hard habit to quit, but a new study finds that smokers may be willing to give up their tobacco in order to save their pet’s health.

The Complex Aromas Of French Fries... Ironing Board?

If you never made it as a wine taster, take heart; one day there may be a job for you as a french fry taster.

Organic, Urban Vegetable Gardening For Dummies

For many people who live in a city but have agricultural roots, creating an urban garden or farm can be the best way to get that rural nostalgia back without ever having to leave the city. You don't need a green thumb to get organic produce right from your own backyard. My Farm creates and maintains organic urban gardens in the backyards of city dwellers, and for those a large enough green space, there's always Gardens-in-a-Bag.


USB Plant Sensor Helps You Get A Better Green Thumb

Watching plants you broke your back to put into the ground die can be quite disheartening. You aren't sure why they died, either. Were the growing conditions not right? Did you put in the wrong type of plant for your climate? A nifty little USB device can help address these questions.

Up In Flames: The Path of Digital News Out Of China

Last night, the CCTV building in Beijing caught fire at around 9 pm, the result of an unfortunate New Years' fireworks blunder. Not surprisingly, no news report appeared on television in the initial few hours after the fire began.Anyone who pays any attention at all to China will know that bad news faces many obstacles on its way to reaching the rest of the world. But in recent years new social media tools ensure that information can spread (pardon the pun) like wildfire. Here's the path that this particular story took.

Send Your Valentine Recycled Elephant Poop

The title is meant to catch your attention and maybe even make you smile, but seriously Uncommon Goods is selling an alternative eco-friendly solution to fresh cut flowers. So, this year instead of buying your loved one perfumed pesticide-filled roses, which by the way will die in a few days, consider these roses made with elephant poop.

The Joy Of Parallel Synchronized Randomness In Design

Call it fate, call it kismet, call it parallel synchronized randomness; it is always wonderful when seemingly unrelated things just come together as if there was a divine plan for them all along. It is a romantic notion. Things or people coming into our lives are meant to be, but their discovery is always a surprise. As it is in Kacper Hamilton's design, Parallel - Synchronized - Randomness (PSR), surprise can be very rewarding.

Countdown Alarm Clock Wakes You Up Al-Qaeda Style

The Countdown Alarm Clock ticks away the seconds until your pre-set deadline, much like a rocket launch or a time bomb. Hey, it works for NASA and Al Qaeda; why not for you?

Truecall: Avoid Telemarketers With This Innovative Screening Device

Finally, a device is available on the market that screens your calls on your behalf. Caller ID, step aside, because Truecall is like having your own personal secretary, without the required small talk and paycheck.

 


Life Imitates Life:The Mysterious Mimic Octopus

While persons with dissociative disorders, or multiple personalities, have been known to have as many as 100 personalities, they have not been known to morph into totally different creatures -- except in the movies, of course. But one cephalopod, the Indo-Malayan octopus, totally transforms itself into at least 15 different sea animals. So far, at least, the Indo-Malayan octopus is the ultimate biomimic -- life imitating life.

7 Ads That Vie For Your Heart This Valentine's Day

With the dire state of today's economy, advertising agencies are having to pull out all the stops to raise product awareness in the consumer. The advent of Valentine's Day unleashes a storm of new advertising campaigns. Will any of these capture your heart?

The World's Smallest Hovercraft

There's just something neat about propelling at high speed across land (or water) on a cushion of air.  The Hover Q is touted as the world's smallest hovercraft--and it definitely slides into "cool" territory.

Retrostar: The Coolest Accessory For Your Mobile Phone!

German creator, Donkey Products has a good thing for those of us that love the comfort of the old handsets and don't want to take any unnecessary chances on microwave exposure. It's the Retrostar Telephone Handset, " the coolest accessory for your mobile phone."

Don't care for red? No problem. How about retro-orange?