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Release the Beast - 3D Animal T-Shirts

Are you an animal lover that wants to shout that fact from the footops? Well, how about shouting it from your chest instead? You can't put a hippo in a handbag, but you can certainly keep one close to your heart with these tricky 3D T-Shirts designed by Vincent Hie.

Invent An Enrichment Toy For The Hogle Zoo’s Animals Contest! (Video)

Would you like to make a zoo animal’s day even more fun? Create a fresh take on an enrichment toy for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and you’ll do just that!

Chinese Book Sterilizer Makes Dirty Books Clean Again

The IDSmart Bookshower from Taiwan's Claridy Solutions blows through a book quicker than the fastest speed-reader, leaving each and every page neatly disinfected, devoid of bacteria and magnificently microbe-free.

FireWood Faux Fireplace For Smartphones Adds Heat To The Beat

Have smartphone and fireplace, will travel! The FireWood portable personal fireplace runs off your smartphone, adjusts its light when blown on and pulsates to the beat of music played on your phone or MP3 player.

Lucky Buddha: Time To Start Upcycling Beer Bottles Instead Of Recycling

More and more people are getting into recycling these days and if they don't have home pick-up, then they haul it to the nearest recycling center. Then there is upcycling. That is taking an item and turning it into something new without having to reduce it to a bulk form for use in manufacturing. One of the cool products that has come out of upcycling is this cute and kitschy Lucky Buddha Glass, made from old bottles from Lucky Buddha Beer.

Calling All Inventors: Submit Your Best Healthcare, Education, Or Sustainability Ideas

Got an idea to change the world? Verizon wants to hear it, and it might even get you a cool $10 million.

Trendy & Tasteful: The Top 5 Trendsetting Cruelty Free Taxidermy Inventions

The popular decorative trend of displaying beautiful taxidermy animals throughout the home hasn’t slowed in 2013. Inventors were quick to jump at the chance to get a piece of the taxidermy décor craze by creating stunningly impressive one-of-a-kind animal-inspired inventions that are guaranteed to be completely cruelty free. My top five animal-free taxidermy innovations are just a click away!

Countertop Washing Machine From Japan Is A Small Wonder

A tiny washing machine on my kitchen counter? It's more likely than you think, if you live in a tiny Japanese apartment. The Swash Petite Laundry model LA5 from King Jim saves time, money and water if very small loads are all you need to wash.

Engineering Students Unite To Save The World, One Invention At A Time – Enter To Win The James Dyson Award 2013 Competition!

Since 2010, the James Dyson Award has prodded engineering and design students from around the world to create and share their unique innovations with the ultimate goal of solving problems, and they're gearing up to see what 2013 has to offer the planet...

Creating Construction Sustainability With Hempcrete

A lot of people are concerned with creating low a carbon footprint and ecological sustainability. Now you can build a home from more sustainable materials that also creates a reduced need for heating and cooling with something called hempcrete. Hemp has long been known to be a versatile and easily replenished resource for making everything from clothing and ropes to chips and buildings. Hemp has also long been vilified by the ban on marijuana.

Got A Pest Problem? Handy Bottles Of Rare Pee Can Be The Solution

If you've got a pest problem and you've tried all the usual sprays, bait traps, and sonic repellents and nothing's worked. If you're done with putting down poisons that harm the environment, now may be the time to dig deep into that arsenal of weapons and pull out the big guns. Now may be the time to instill the fear factor.

Tree Hole Paintings Add Life To China's Concrete Jungle

The drab streets of Shijiazhuang are looking a lot livelier these days thanks to 23-year-old Wang Yue, an art student at Dalian Polytechnic University. With just a little paint and a whole lot of talent, Wang has conjured up a charming world of wildlife and still life peering out from the hollows, cracks and scars of street-side trees.

Boom Times For China's Nuclear Power Industry

One might say the prospects for China's nuclear power industry are booming, and that's a good thing... so far. Only four Chinese nuclear power plants were operating at the beginning of 2012 but that number will, er, explode to 15 by the end of 2015. Put on your lead boots and join us for an in-depth look.

Aiming For Peace - Guns Transformed Into Art

Art is a product of creation. Guns are a tool of destruction. Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes brings these two opposing forces into harmony with his unique and inspiring work.

The 49ers Go Green!

The San Francisco 49ers have made a major green announcement this week,the new stadium that the team is building for itself is about to get a serious dose of solar panels, in order to help offset its carbon footprint, as well as a number of other earth friendly upgrades that will make it possible for the fans to be more responsible.

Algae Lamps Generate Energy And Use More CO2 Than Trees

There are two great environmental challenges that we face today: one is the need for clean, renewable electrical energy and the other is a way to convert massive amounts of CO2 back to oxygen in the atmosphere. French biochemist Pierre Calleja may have found the answer in his street lamp powered by microalgae.

Wash, Rinse, Dry, Complete - The Dyson Airblade Tap

Ditch your germ-covered hand towels. Forget the trails of water droplets on your bathroom floor. In only 14 seconds, the Dyson Airblade Tap leaves your hands clean and dry before you even leave the sink.

Let The Sun Shine In: Keeping Solar Panels At Their Peak

Adding solar power to your home is a great way to go green and start getting off the grid. However, solar panels do require care and upkeep to make sure that they are functioning at their peak. It may be time for you to choose your weapon in the war on grime. Here are a couple of tools that can help you really clean up.

Shanghai's New Air Quality Mascot Puts A Brave Face On Smog

Raining today? Bring an umbrella. Smoggy again? Put on a face mask. Since checking both the weather and the current level of air pollution before going out is the new normal in China, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau is making the latter a lot easier by featuring a new air quality mascot at their website.

Driverless Buses Ready To Roll On Shanghai's Streets

Be afraid, Ralph Kramdens of the world, be VERY afraid: Shanghai's imminent experiment with driverless, magnetically-guided, electric-powered buses could be the start of a new urban transportation revolution.