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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?


A "Love" Seat For Net Surfers: The Calypso Chair

When you think of a love seat, net surfing doesn't immediately come to mind. But from toddlers to seniors, between mates, friends or colleagues, most will admit that they do love the Internet. It's a good thing, because so much of our existence relies on the Internet for information and income... and more and more of us are working at home, where a traditional love seat just doesn't do the trick.

 

Russian Organization Offers Art, Healing And Innovation

Just last summer, South Ossetia was a war zone. Today, however, it marks the spot of the Inva Studio, a special place of hope and healing that helps people with disabilities develop their art skills. Read on for more details about this most unusual art center.

Loincloth Lingerie Gets Back To Basics

Wacoal is bringing back traditional practical lingerie. Japanese "fundoshi" loincloths highlight the company's new/old, all-natural Nanafun line.

New Tire Technology Could Provide Real Time Data While You Drive

Your tires are the only contact point between you and the road. While this is a simple fact of driving, many people seem to forget that the entire weight of the vehicle rests on 4 small patches of rubber, and depending on how and where you are driving, those tiny contact points can change quite a bit. A partnership between Magneti Marelli, Brembo and Pirelli has recently formed to conquer these changes and provide the driver with real time information about how the tires are behaving on the road.

Exercise in The Office: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7137935 also known as the Office Gym Exercise Kit provide a new and different way to look dumb when not in the privacy of your own home but rather in full view of your boss and co-workers! Read for more details.

Revealing Websites Help You Get Better Seats, Tables and Hotel Rooms

You never know what you're getting yourself into when you're booking your flight on an unfamiliar airline, room at a hotel or table at a restaurant. Your seat or table reservations may not be up to par, or the amenities may be unsuitable. Instead of living in fear of the unknown, visit the websites of one of these three innovative businesses that bring transparency tyranny to hospitality and travel.

Is 3D TV Ready Yet?

Holography was invented back in the 1960’s and since then people have been excited by the idea of watching images in 3D. Years later it seems we are finally on the verge of rolling out genuine 3D images via a new range of televisions which require no special glasses.