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Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'

Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.

Bags Of Mountain Air Soothe Smog-Addled Chinese City Dwellers

Citizens of notoriously smoggy Zhengzhou could breathe a little easier – for a few minutes, at least – thanks to a local travel company's promotional gimmick. Staffers brought 20 big blue bags of fresh air collected 120 miles (300 km) away at Laojun Mountain to the east-central Chinese city and distributed it  to grateful mask-wearing residents.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.

China's Anti-Pollution Drone Freezes Smog To Clean The Air

China is taking the fight against smog to the next level with the SYW-1, an innovative unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) equipped to freeze particulate pollutants right out of the sky.

Hop Into Kenguru, The Electric Car Designed For Wheelchair Users

What car has four wheels, one door and no seats? The Kenguru of course! Able to cruise at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) with a range of up to 110 km (68 miles), the environmentally friendly and electrically powered Kenguru offers wheelchair users roll-in, drive-away convenience in a great-looking, affordable package.

Drones, Robots, And Scientists Join Forces For "Citizen Science"

At Lake Merritt - the oldest wildlife refuge in the U.S. - a group is exploring the future of citizen science. The Lake Merritt BioBlitz set out to explore the rich biodiversity present in this lake, allowing participants the opportunity to document the rich environment. Oh, and there were robots, too.

Israeli Satellite To Monitor Crops From Outer Space

The age of space exploration in many ways is just beginning. Although many intrepid souls have broken through the earth's atmosphere during the course of the last half-century, our thirst for what lies beyond its shadowy realm propels us to explore further and dig even deeper. Israel has taken one benevolent step in this direction aided by France; together they may change the true nature  and scope of space exploration.

Need This New Innovation? Sustainable Garden At The Airport

There are many places that you might expect to find a vegetable garden these days, from schools to rooftops. No longer are they limited to farms and backyards. Even with all of these new places opening up, it is still very odd to think of a garden at a busy airport. Not just a garden -- a vertical, aeroponic garden full of fresh vegetables that supply the restaurants inside Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


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I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

The Marsupial Robot Team Monitors Rivers From Both Land And Sky

In order to better understand our environment - and our impact on it - proper monitoring tools are absolutely essential. The more information we can gather, the more we'll be able to accomplish. That's where the Marsupial comes in - a robot team designed to monitor rivers from both air and land.

June Bracelet Combines Ultra Trendy Style And Anti-Aging Benefits

Getting a new piece of jewelry is exciting! Finding a way to avoid wrinkles is, in my opinion, even more thrilling. Imagine my joy in discovering the June bracelet that combines both.

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

"Green" Slow Cooking Invention: Buy One, Give One Free

You've heard of the Wonder Bra?  Well, this is the wonder bag. Wonderbag, to be specific. It's a slow cooking bag, a new invention with old roots, one that is bringing tasty dishes and energy savings to us in the western world, while doing the same for poor, rural African communities.

 

Farmer's Fridge: Innovative Vending Machines For The Health Conscious

Over the years, vending machines have really changed dramatically, in part due to ever-evolving technology that makes it possible for them to break away from the norm. Even movies and television shows have poked fun at traditional vending machines for their lackluster selection (chocolate raisins just aren't a meal substitute), and their disappointing trend of taking your money without actually making your selection accessible to you. Fortunately, vending machines are much more than that, but for health food enthusiasts, most leave something to be desired. At least, that was true until now.

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.