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Restored Fresco Curry: A Tasteful Tribute to a Terrible Touch-Up

Japanese artist, blogger and curry cook Takeda Take has taken the disastrously (but hilariously) botched restoration of the Spanish fresco “Ecco Homo” to a new, delicious level.

ideaAPP Could Be A Game Changer For Inventors

If I were to tell you that you can get a complete, worldwide patent search conducted on your invention idea for $9.99, you would think I just swallowed a whole lot of advertising bull.  I thought it was too good to be true too, so I went to the source, the company that owns and offers the ideaAPP for Apple and PC products, and asked the founder an irritating amount of questions.  He answered.

 


What the World Would Be Like Without O-Rings

O-rings. They're those small, looped elastomers that mechanics and photography hobbyists always seem to say they need when they're in the middle of some project. I was pretty much blown away by how useful these little buggers were, which led me to think about what the world would be like without o-rings--and let me just say, it wasn't pretty.

DIY Chinese Lamborghini Lookalike is a Big Boy's Toyota, No Bull

A so-called “home automaker” has turned a sow's ear into a silk purse, in this case morphing a Toyota MR2 into a Lamborghini Murcielago LP64. The resulting Faux Lambo is said to boast 99% accurate exterior bodywork and a 70% authentic interior.

Chinese DIY Tractor Truck Gets Electrical Poles Rolling One By One

How do you get ridiculously long and massively heavy electrical poles to your construction site without hiring an expensive, purpose-built transport truck? If you're in China, DIY! Workmen in Wenzhou get their poles to the holes quickly, cheaply and one-at-a-time thanks to a little ingenuity and some very loose traffic regulations.

Consumer Gadgets I Never Thought I'd See: Hearing Aid Vacuums!

No longer just in the realm of professional hearing aid dealers, I suppose, two new devices intended for hearing aid users guarantee to clean 'em out and improve the performance of your hearing aids at a more affordable cost than the professional models.  These two items intended for home hearing aid cleaning are both made by Serene: the Re-New Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener and the Re-New Deluxe Hearing Aid Vacuum.

Wacky Wax 'Candelier' is one Wick-edly Clever Lamp Design

Wax on! What's bright and white but uses no light... bulbs? The Candelier, of course, a majestic (and messy) chandelier made entirely from white wax by Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa. We're certain Mr. Miyagi would approve.

Reactive Lighting Brings Safety, Efficiency, And The WOW Factor To Your Stairs

Traditional staircase lighting fails to impress functionally.  Even when lit with a fancy chandelier from an arched ceiling, which basement and attic stairs seldom deserve, the light cast may not be the safest.  But the Web's famous gadget hacker from Manitoba, Canada, Alan Parekh, has developed a complete kit for safe, energy-efficient, and versatile LED stair lighting that can express your individual style as well.

DIY Theremin Kit from Japan Makes Sounds Only Lenin Could Love

The Gakken Theremin Mini DIY Kit is the ideal holiday gift for your niece or nephew provided you can't stand their parents. They say Lenin loved the theremin's eerie sound the first time he heard it, so full Marx to him.

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch Owes a Debt to Credit Cards

Attention indebted guitarists, don't be so quick to cut up those maxed-out credit cards. The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch quickly recycles VISA, Master Card and other name brand credit cards into cheap “green” plastic guitar picks. Sing with me now, “E I E I Owe!”

Recolo Time Lapse Digital Recorder Camera Speeds Up Your Life

Lights, camera, inaction! If you're one of those people who enjoys watching the grass grow, you've got entirely too much time on your hands... or, you've got the Recolo Interval Recorder from Japan's Compact Impact.

A Very Smart Do-It-Yourself iPhone 4 Tripod Mount (Video)

Only the steadiest of hands can handle the photographic capabilities of their cellular or smart phones well - and that speaks for still photography.  But when it comes to video photography, you have to ask your viewers to bring their own sick bags to the show....

Solar Planet, the Interplanetary Orrery that Runs on the Sun

A solar-powered solar system might seem overly obvious but Solar Planet from Elekit ain't any ordinary orrery.

China's 'Most Awesome Wall of Air Conditioners' Building

The "coolest" building in China stands in the city of Fuzhou, though not for much longer if the force of gravity has anything to say about it. Tenants frustrated by the lack of central AC in the modern office tower have festooned the 25-story building's exterior with over 500 window AC units.

Solar Cookers Save Power in Lhasa, Tibet's 'Solar City'

Cheap and effective solar power is hot, especially in Lhasa, Tibet, where clear air and up to 3,000 hours of sunlight annually conspire to create the perfect environment for homegrown solar cookers and water purifiers.

Black Market Human Milk Being Bought by the Bag in Beijing

White milk, black market: Chinese mothers, leery of powdered milk due to a series of well-publicized scandals, are increasingly turning to online human milk sources to help feed their babies.

What I learned from the Inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress

I just came back from speaking at the Minnesota's Inventor's Congress (MIC). For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Inventors Congress is one of the oldest and most established inventor trade shows in the country. And I have to say, I learned more from the inventors who attended MIC then I ever thought possible. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to write this article and share.

First Step Toward Invention Success - Ignore The Naysayers!

As you begin your path toward bringing your invention to market, you might become keenly aware of how many naysayers suddenly show up in your life.   And when I say naysayers I mean people who don't share your vision, don't believe you can make things happen or let you know that for some reason or another you cannot actualize your invention dreams. 

'Sleeping DVD' Gently Guides You Into Dreamland

Need a little help sleeping lately? Just pop the “Sleeping DVD” into your player and drift off to slumberland, gently guided by the soft voices and easy-on-the-eyes looks of some of Japan's most alluring dreamgirls.

Aurasmic Experience - Transforming An Image Into A Clip On Your Smartphone

Aurasma merges the physical and virtual instantaneously on your smartphone.