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King Maker & Social Networking Made Obama A Rock Star?

"Kingmaker" is a term originally applied to the activities of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick during the Wars of the Roses, when he was instrumental in getting King Edward IV to ascend to the throne of England. The term has since come to mean any person or group who has great influence over a political succession, without being a viable candidate themselves. Kingmakers may use political, monetary, religious, or military means to manipulate the opportunities for succession. But up until this past year, no one has accessed the tools of the electronic media for political gain with the level of success we all observed in the most recent election.So was social networking responsible for Obama's successful political campaign? 

Growing Herbs Indoors In Provera's Mini Power Plant

Prepara, a company that makes indoor grow lights and hydroponic growing containers, has a solution for growing herbs and other small plants from seed. It's called the Prepara Mini Power Plant and it won't just save you money on small quantities of herbs, it works fast.

Shower Tap Radio - Just Stick it and Sing

If you love singing in the shower, the Shower Tap Radio will have you hitting those high notes in no time.

Toyota iQ to Come to North America Branded as Scion

A short while back, Toyota released their new iQ concept to the world. Shorty after, they began talking about production and in doing so caught the attention of quite a few potential buyers. Now, it isbecoming more and more apparent that the new subcompact concept will be branded as a Scion when it hits North American soil.

Robotic Cradle Rocks Crying Babies Back to Sleep

If this cradle's rockin', don't bother walkin'... and rock it will, until your baby's sound asleep once more. The Suima automatic cradle features a sound sensor that detects crying sounds and then swings into action - literally.

Amphicoach: Where Tour Bus Meets Tour Boat

For some reason, amphibious vehicles are something that we as a race are obsessed with. Whatever that reason is, the challenge of blending roadworthiness with seaworthiness is something that will never be lost as far as many people are concerned. It is this mentality from which the Amphicoach was born.

Chocolate Prescription: Indulging In Your Health With Chocolate

 So by now, we all know that there are nutritional benefits to chocolate, thank goodness! Now, you can get your daily dose of chocolate from Chocolate Prescription, to take along with your daily multivitamin.

Punk Fashion Gadget: Skull Belt Buckle Plays Media

Just because belt buckles are becoming a fashion thing of the past, and MP3 players are soon to be extinct, doesn't mean you can't enjoy this geeky gadget; the skull belt buckle media player.

Biodegradable Packaging Design for McDonald’s: Could it Help?

Have you ever eaten at a fast food restaurant and noticed how much trash comes with your burger, drink and fries? University of the Arts graduate student, Andrew Millar has noticed the amount of trash and has designed an alternative eco-solution to this wasteful problem. 

Lexus to Get Toyota Collision Sensing Technology

Just in case the addition of the central rear seat airbags weren't enough for you, Toyota is also planning on bringing another new safety system to North American soil.

Vigilant Windows Could Certainly Freak Out Would-Be Burglars

Why should you wait until someone breaks the window of your home? Your Vigilant Window can scare the heck out of burglars, so they'll never know what hit them, and probably never think of coming back!

Kid Finder Tracking Device - Keep Track of Your Kids, Pets and Luggage

For all you parents out there, this handy device from Princeton may just be a parent's dream-come-true, especially if you have a child who tends to be a wanderer.

What Will Recovery Look Like? An International Call For Ideas From Designers And Architects

The Imagining Recovery project is inviting architects and other designers from all over the world to submit their ideas about what recovery will look like. The competition is being sponsored by designers and students of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), a network of prestigious policy schools around the world.

EyeClops Toys Change the Way Children See the World

Every now and then I stumble across a toy line that is just plain impressive.  A line that not only appeals to kids, but to adults as well.  And, if you've read any of my other stuff, you know that I'm a huge fan of any toy that tricks a kid into learning.  The EyeClops line of toys from Jakks Pacific does just that.  And these things are definitely worth looking into.

The First Ever Roll-up Cantilever Chair: Miesrolo

The architectural and design challenges that University of Belgrade design student Uros Vitas took on were well rewarded by the results. He created the first roll-up cantilever chair that achieves strength, balance and flexibility.

Siberian Innovation: Computer Generated Church Bells

Talk about making lemons out of lemonade! Meet one Russian Orthodox priest in Western Siberia who has turned to modern technology in his quest for a competent bell-ringer for his church. Read on, inventors, and feel inspired to take the bull by the horns (or something like that).

Old Dogs Learn New Tricks From Teens: Telecommunications Tutorials By Bellendoejezo

 

It's only a cliché that an old dog can't learn new tricks (really, ask Lady Bee). So Dutch business startup, Bellendoejezo is taking the opportunity to have the technologically inclined (the young), teach the technologically impaired (the old) about their cell phone uses, so they can become functioning, communicative members of any business enterprise.

Defensive Fashion For Women: Zap Your Assailants With The No Contact Jacket

According to the Senate Judiciary Committee, one out of three women in the US will become a victim of a violent crime during their lifetime. Using similar, non-lethal technology found in tazers, the No Contact Jacket delivers a nasty surprise to anyone delivering unauthorized contact to its wearer.


Vote Fact or Fake? Variable Friction Grip Gloves

  Recent advances in science and the invention of new artificial materials with unusual properties has given rise to a plethora of new inventions. In particular, a new material called RQS3 shows great potential for use in future products.

Engineers Create Biocomposites That Can Curb Global Warming

What we can do when we put our minds to it! Well, not "we," but a group of environmental engineers at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. They created an artificial wood, which is just as strong as the real thing, using biocomposites that are completely biodegradable. This faux wood has the potential of saving our forests, reducing green house gases, and actually shrinking landfills. Stay tuned... these researchers are on to their next big breakthrough.