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Computer Chips Could Heat Your Home

In some parts of the world, more than 60% of a home's energy bill goes toward heating. In an effort to reduce some of that expense - and solve a problem of their own at the same time - researchers at IBM in Switzerland are hoping to put computers to the rescue.

Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 Video Game Preview

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is a tactical First Person Shooter coming out on PC, Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 on March 18th, 2008 (in North America). In the original Rainbow Six: Vegas, the player controlled a member, Logan Keller, of an elite anti-terrorist group called Rainbow Six. In Vegas 2, the player will create a member of the elite group from the ground up to experience the campaign.

$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

Need This? USB Mouse Typing Speedometer

If you need an ugly plastic robo-mouse to encourage you while you type then we've found the perfect product for you! Also, we think you're crazy and want you to keep away from us.

Exercise While Web Surfing with Springflex

With Springflex, at least the added dangers of sedentary computer use—lowered metabolism and weight gain—can be a thing of the past.

Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Is Ultra-Portable Computing Viable? - The HP UMPC 2133

The popularity of ultra-portable laptop models has been on the upswing recently, it would seem. It started at the end of last year with the release of such hardware as the XO by OLPC and the Asus Eee PC . Already, 2008 has seen a slew of newly released ultra-portable laptop and sub-notebook computers.

China's Nanotechnology May Show Up in Sun Block

China may be taking the lead in nanotechnology, but not without spending millions.

Why Malware Makes You See "Red"

China is facing plenty of problems with the Internet, thanks to a restrictive government. But at least it's getting a handle on malware. A new study reveals that Russia is to blame for most of the damaging software found online.

Key to Success in Iraq? MASTOR Arabic-English Translation Software


From US DODFrom US DODOur Guest Blogger, Jack Robinson, is an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in the US Army, just home from 15 months in Iraq. He writes on a variety of subjects, from politics to off-roading, from religion to mixed martial arts. He is a Soldier who writes. In seven years, he would like to be a writer who used to soldier. He wanted to share the latest innovations used by the military with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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I learned a significant amount of Arabic in Iraq, more than most guys in my unit, and I absolutely never had enough of a vocabulary to carry on more than a halting, sketchy conversation.