China's Confucius Institute Spreads Chinese Culture Around The World

Soft power, hard sell: The non-profit Confucius Institute has been promoting China's language, culture and society to people and nations the world over since 2004. Nearly 500 CI's are now open in almost 100 countries and plans are afoot to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020.

Oblo Puzzle Sphere Takes Thinking To The Third Dimension

The Oblo Puzzle Sphere is a three-dimensional way to teach kids about hand-eye coordination, motor skills and an appreciation for this crazy multi-dimensional world we live in.

Snap Circuits Junior Electrifies With Simple Fun

From Elenco comes the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100, a great way for kids age 8-12 to learn about electricity without a shocking price tag.

Biotic Video Games Bring Life To The Small Screen

At Standford University, Assistant Professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team are developing ways to take real micro-organisms and make them part of video games.

Artz Koffer From Haba – If You’re Thinking “Geshundtiet” You’re Not Far Off

Kids love to play doctor, and European toy maker Haba has created an easier-than-ever way for little ones to make house calls: the Artz Koffer.

Simple Fun - The Shape, Model And Mold Makes It Right

From high-quality toy-makers Melissa and Doug comes the Shape, Model and Mold - a hands-on way for kids to learn about shapes and create just about anything they want.

Bringing Your Inventions to Market in 2011!

Today I'd like to discuss the topic of Taking Action and bringing your inventions to market in 2011! I have been in contact with many inventors over the last year and it has been a wonderful experience.  However, I've noticed patterns in that many of you start moving toward your goals of bringing your inventions to market, and then somehow get stuck along the way.

Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

Big Dig Ride On Digger Straigtens Out The Sandbox

From Reeves International comes the Big Dig ride-on crane, perfect for budding young construction foremen and women and a ton of fun to boot!

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.

Archeology Find Indicates Original Cretans May Have Been Shipped In

In an “old gadget” find of the day, US and Greek archeologists have found evidence that humanity may have been tooling around the ocean earlier than imagined.

Repurposing Gives Literal Meaning To Library Information Desk

Hello.  Welcome to the Delft University of Technology Library. I am the Information Desk and I am full of it.  How can I help you?

Google Digests Travel Software To Fatten Its Travel Search Portal

Back in April, I speculated that Google would acquire ITA Software, the meta-search technology that drives online travel agents (OTAs) in addition to Bing Travel, and could throw a monkey-wrench into how online search would function going forward. In my post, titled, "Google & ITA Software Could Be Game Changers for OTAs. . ." I noted industry sources that predicted the buying price could go as high as US $1 billion.

Kindle Gets Booked On Several Counts Of Free Content

As popular as the iPad is for the eBook reader market, there didn't seem to be any slow down in Kindle sales this holiday season. In fact, according to media reports, Amazon was scheduled to ship more than eight million Kindle e-Readers this year - 60 percent up from previous forecasts. And not only are there now more Kindle owners, it is becoming easier to pay for your Kindle with the money you save in receiving free books.

Ridge Around The Moon – The Iapetus Mystery

In 1671, Italian astronomer Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, Saturn’s most distant moon, and correctly surmised that it was tidally locked to the planet, always showing one light and one dark face. Now, as the Cassini space mission to Saturn returns more data, it Iapetus is showing a new feature – a ridge covering 75% of its equatorial surface.