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Be Your Own Plumber With PermaFlow

The PermaFlow sure saves the environment from the toxic liquid drain cleaners being poured into it. And it's likely to save you a few bucks in plumber's bills.

New Japanese Export: "Hako-Ie" (or) Room In A Box

A special space of one's own, where you can rest, meditate, create... is what Japanese architect Asao Sakamoto was after when he created the Hako-Ie. Literally, "room in a box," Hake-Ie won a 2008 international Good Design Gold Award for Sakamoto's do-it-yourself pre-fabricated room for your home. Like Japanese food, clothing, and cars, the Hako-Ie can be exported and enjoyed all over the world.

IKEA Finally Brought To Nashville With ModerNash’s Convenient Delivery

ModerNash creates a smart business idea, by using someone else's to make their own. IKEA, inarguably, is one of the most popular, affordable furniture distributors around the globe. But, because locations are lacking in some regions of the United States, ModerNash offers a delivery service of their products, with no actual partnership with the company.

Design Your Own Chandelier With Axi Tealight Pendants

Natural interior light created by candles puts a special topper on any evening, and the Axi Tealight Pendants are ready to provide it in some of the most elegant hanging candle cradles I've seen.

Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Plastic Bottle Lifesavers Save Lives and Dollars

Coast Guard offices in Japanese seaside cities are saving money along with lives by recycling used PET plastic bottles into lifesaver flotation devices.

Sewing Your Own Clothes Gets Modernized With SANS

We all hate seeing our favourite clothes on someone else. But in the world of mass production, it is bound to happen. And let's face it, not all of us can afford designer haute couture...

SANS is here to rescue us.


Terracycle: Education and Environment Written All Over its Garbage

When I think about good companies that have education, people and the environment in mind, one of the companies I think about first is Terracycle.

10 Best Gifts For Your Dumbest Friends

Okay, so maybe you don't have any dumb friends. Maybe the only dumb people you know are relatives or people at work. Either way, dumb is dumb, and sometimes you just can't believe you are giving them gifts at all. But it's a family Christmas party or one of those office parties where you pick a name and the one you got is the biggest jerk in the whole place.... You can probably find just the right gift for her or him pretty cheaply right here.

Like the Pontiac G8, but wish it was still a Holden?...Convert it!

The Pontiac G8 has given us another option in the performance sedan genre and many people are taking that option very seriously. Others however are very interested in the vehicle, but end up seeing only the Pontiac badge and saying "No thanks." If the G8 does strike your fancy, but the badging is something you can't get over, JHP Vehicle Enhancements may have the perfect solution.

Time Picks Best Invention Of The Year 2008: DNA Test "23andMe"

Time Magazine has announced the 50 best inventions of 2008 and at its top is a DNA test called 23andMe. It's not as well-known as the iPhone, Time's best invention of 2007, but if 23andMe catches on, it will change how much we know about ourselves, our families, and possibly, about others.

The Cardboard Cafe - All Cardboard, All Functional

Cardboard furniture is in now, especially as DIY projects. But seldom do you see cardboard structures as large as the one architect/design group B3 made for the London Design Festival last month. They made a whole Cardboard Cafe!

Need A Hand? How About A "Third Hand?"

The Third Hand Adjustable Parts Holder With Magnification is really a modest name for this smart gadget. Why "modest?" Because, the Third Hand is really like having four or even five hands!

A Toast to the Buddhist Beer Bottle Temple and Thai Monks

Many creative people have made many amazing new things with used material, but I have to say this one eco-friendly structure is my favorite. Take a look at this beautiful green and brown Buddhist temple, built by Thai Monks. The temple stands strong and tall with the structural help of over one million beer bottles.

Innovative DIY Human Nest Filled with Autumn Leaves and You

It's fall and for many of us colorful leaves cover our yards, the driveway and the streets. Like every fall, some of us will rake our leaves up and put them on the curb for the trash. Some of us will rake our leaves and put them in a compost bin, and others like designer Gerard Moliné will join the birds and build a nest with the leaves. That's right a nest.

Origami Post-it® Notes Fold Under Pressure

Stuck with sticky notes and tired of trashing them? SUCK UK has the solution to problematic Post-it® notes: fold them up into neat origami designs anyone can do!

Instructables’s DIY Halloween Contest Includes Green Category

DIY contests are definitely increasing in popularity. This year Instructables has teamed up with many other crafty sites to bring you the 2008 DIY Halloween Contest. Contestants have had all year (since November 5th, 2007 until November 9th of this year) to send in their Halloween Instructable, photos, or videos.

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards to The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

Designer Fly Swatter, A DIY Halloween Mask In Waiting!

Phillip Starke, prolific French designer of everything he imagines, from ktitchen gadgets to tall buildings, has created a darling fly swatter, masquerading as a mask!

A More Efficient Hybrid on the Horizon

It is no secret that our beloved internal combustion engines are not very efficient. In fact, the average amount of energy lost is somewhere in the 65%-70% region, with most of this figure being lost in the form of heat through the exhaust system. Eric Mattessich, a senior at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has developed a way to harness some of this energy and put it back into the system.