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Soundtracks For Your Pets, But No Earbuds... Yet

If you haven't purchased My Pet Speaker from Pet Acoustics yet, you'll be happy to know that appropriate pet-oriented relaxation songs are now available on CDs, so that pets can listen to their music without you putting out another $250 for a 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?

China To Green Western Deserts With Seawater

A radical water-moving project seeks to green the sandy expanses of Western China using seawater piped in from the Bohai Sea, more than 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) to the east.

Crack Mask – Aqua Access Rather Than Addiction Affliction

Access to water during a fire or emergency is a must, but can often be difficult to find. Now, the Crack Mask offers mobile moisture during a panic. 

Jelloware: Drinking Cups That Are Edible And Environmentally Friendly

Dixie is a company best known for their cups proving that sometimes there's one product in a line that becomes the central focus. Another business just may be following in their footsteps in that way, but the fact that cups are the face of the business is about the only shared similarities between this new one and Dixie.

Trendy Handbags Made From Trashy Plastic Bags By Sheila Odessey

Global consumption of plastic bags is estimated to be 1 million bags per minute.  When Sheila Odessey heard such startling stats, she decided to do her part by turning the trashy into the trendy.  Her line of handwoven handbags made from discarded plastic bags are both functional and fashionable.  From messenger bags to "clutchlettes" to makeup bags, Sheila's collection is sure to make an impact on both the fashion world and the environment.

Electric Car/Motorbike Combo Could Be The Ultimate Dual-Use Vehicle

Car or motorbike? Why not a car with two wheels that transform into motorbikes? That's some heavy-duty M.A.S.K. /Transformer-type action, and we hope it's the wave of the future.

Top 10 Eco-Trends in 2010

From oil spills to record-breaking earthquakes, 2010 has seen some serious environmental devastation.  However, it wasn't all bad news for our planet this year.  From small-scale advancements in sustainable streetlights to alternative fuels that will hopefully decrease the likelihood of future oil spills, 2010 has seen an abundance of improvements in all things green.  I'm pleased to bring to you what I believe are the top 10 eco-trends of 2010.

Chinese Container Homes Rent For A Dollar A Day

High housing costs and great demand for living space in China's cities has sparked a boom in so-called “Snail Houses” - modified and insulated metal shipping containers that rent for the equivalent of just a dollar a day.

Give the Gift of Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Wrapping Tips

This year don't just give green gifts, but wrap them green, too.  From purchasing specialty, eco-friendly paper to using what you already have in your home, wrapping with the environment in mind is easier and more festive than you may think.

The IKEA Bike

Unfortunately not a model that you'll be seeing in IKEA's catalog, the IKEA bike was a mass gift that the Swedish home decor company recently bestowed upon staff members as a holiday present.

GM Reuses Gulf Coast Oil Spill Materials for Chevy Volt Parts

General Motors intends to reuse 100 miles of oil-soaked plastic boom for parts in their Chevy Volt, the world's first electric vehicle with extended range. The material was originally used to absorb oil in the Gulf Coast  spill and is expected to contribute to the production of over 100,000 pounds of plastic resin for under the hood parts.

Picture This – Electronic Photo Recognition Anywhere On The Globe May Help To Save Lives

Computer games have long be heralded as having a potentially deadly effect on American culture, stupefying children and rotting their brains with mindless repetitiveness. Now, the Northeastern University is using GPUs – Graphics Processing Units – to help save the world.

Safer For Pet's Paws & The Environment Too: Safe Paw Ice Melter

Slip slidin' away.  It might be fun for kids, but it's not much fun for dogs, let me tell you....

Double Cell Phone Catches Rays To Run

From design house ZTE Corporation comes the Double Cell phone, a solar-cell using design that lets you talk as long as the sun is up and store that power for use overnight.

Eco-friendly Christmas Trees Stands in Haifa Shortly After Devastating Fire

Today in the center of Haifa there is a 38-foot Christmas tree made of 5,480 recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly tree was finished a few days after devastating fires left over 40 people dead and millions of trees destroyed. The green project could not have been done without the help of Haifa's local residents.

Better Marriage Blanket Neutralizes Nasty Gas Under The Covers

There is a little talked about problem between most couples.  Even if the rest of your relationship is sweet, sometimes the smell under the blankets is not.  The issue comes from one or both of the people emitting gas, either knowingly or unknowingly, under the sheets.  The Better Marriage Blanket was created to take care of exactly this problem.   

The Mass Electric Vehicle Era Is Underway

An historic week for mass-produced electric vehicles, the first Nissan Leaf made its way off of the lot and Chevy began shipping Volts to dealerships.

Fujitsu's Hybrid Generator: Body Heat Generates Electricity

The Hybrid Generator, introduced by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on December 9th, will do what no other energy-harvesting device can - generate energy from two ambient sources.  Using both thermoelectric (heat) and photovoltaic (light) sources to harvest energy for generating electricity, the Hybrid Generator is both cost effective and environmentally friendly.