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Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

Need This New Invention? Glass Made From Garbage

For most people recycling food waste has always meant tossing it into the compost heap and waiting for it to break down. That is all about to change after Ivan Cornejo, a materials engineer at the Colorado School of Mines, found a way to take the minerals from garbage like banana peels, egg shells, and rice husks and transform them into clear glass.

Christmas Comet May Not Live Up to Its Name

Many believed the Christmas Comet would arrive in time for the holidays. But fears are now rising that it won't be here in time for the holidays.

Making a Splash: Spectacular Liquid Drop Art

The rise of digital technology has expanded the range of visual art to unimaginable levels in recent years. Without ultra-sensitive photography, the mind-blowing organic forms of Corrie White's liquid drop art would be impossible. Luckily, the combination of creativity and technology has allowed her to make quite a splash in the art world, and the mesmerizing dance of water and gravity that she is able to capture makes for some truly unforgettable art.

Next-Generation Paper Cups Resist Heat & Acidity, Won't Release Plasticizers

A new type of paper cup developed in Taiwan not only stands up to high temperatures, acids and alkaline solutions, it does so without releasing dangerous plasticizers into the liquids it holds. Your double half-caf venti low-fat mochaccino just got healthier!

Reduce, Reuse And Ride: Bejiing Subway Accepts Recyclables As Payment

Society's focus on reducing environmental impact is improving, and it is an even greater priority when the people engaging in environmental programs get something out of the deal. In order to encourage commuters to reduce their environmental impact, Bejing has started to accept an unusual form of currency in exchange for their transportation services. The Bejiing Subway System is introducing a program that has been coined Recycle-to-Ride (pun intended) to encourage citizens to reduce their waste, or at least what they do with it when they produce it. Because, the subway system, which is used extensively by commuters in Bejiing, accepts plastic bottles and other recyclables in exchange for subway tokens.

New Greyp G-12 Bike Makes Urban Electric Travel A Bunch Better

The innovative and attractive Greyp G-12 Bike from Rimac is no ordinary bicycle, electric bike or motorcycle – and depending on how and where you use it, it can be all three. In a nutshell, it's “A bicycle when you want it, a motorcycle when you need it,” which just happens to be the Greyp G-12's official slogan.

Lunchskins: Saving The Earth One Sandwich At A Time!

You know the thousands of clear plastic baggies that you threw away five days a week from preschool through high school? The innovative crew at Lunchskins thought that the individual sandwich holding baggie was way overdue for an environmentally friendly update, and they were right!

2013 James Dyson Award Update: America Vs. The World!

The judges of the 2013 James Dyson Award have selected the best inventions from each of the 18 nations participating in the competition, and although I’m pulling for team USA, they’ve got some serious competition for the grand prize!

Researchers Have Figured Out How To Power Your Cell Phone With...Pee?

The next time you go to the bathroom, you might end up charging your phone in the process. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of West England have discovered a means of powering up a cell phone using a stream of urine; a technology known as "microbial fuel cells."

Poo-pourri Traps Embarrassing Bathroom Odors- No Sh*t!

Poo-pourri stops foul bathroom emissions before they have a chance to permeate their surroundings. Talk about a new idea that’ll really make waves!

Beauty And Brains: Science Award Winner Creates Bioplastic From Banana Peels

Proof that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive recently came in the form of a 16-year-old Turkish woman, Elif Bilgin. Over the summer she won the 2013 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The invention that garnered the resident of Istanbul, Turkey, the $50,000 prize was a method for turning banana peels into bioplastic.

What New Innovations Are Coming Soon In Bathroom Technology

The bathroom renovation of the future will include more than just new technology. New innovations will include more customizable and programmable features than ever. Connected bathrooms will be the norm, as toilets automatically open and shut or clean themselves. Potentially offensive or embarrassing odors and noises will be a thing of the past. Your connected scale and toothbrush might monitor your hygiene habits or send reports straight to your doctor and dentist. Nope, not creepy at all. So take a look at what's coming soon:

Bathroom Renovation: New Innovations In Bathroom Technology Today

What new innovations should you put into your bathroom renovation? What new technology have inventors created to make life in the loo better? Check out some amazing future bathroom technology you can actually own today.

Innovative Toilets Of The Future To Use New Technology - And Old

Curious as to what toilets in the future will hold? Toilet technology in the future will feature new innovations to protect public health. The emerging technology here is pretty amazing. And the names for this new technology are pretty amusing for those easily amused.

New Litmus-Paper Test Identifies Poached Marine Mammal Meat In Mere Minutes

Whale meat again? Don't know where, don't know when... until now! Thanks to a new litmus-paper test developed in Taiwan, the question of whether the catch of the day had fins or flippers can be resolved conclusively in just 10 minutes.

Design Emergency Urinal, Win €1,000 Via Public Urinal Systems Design Contest

The Emergency Sanitation team at WASTE are looking to creative inventors from around the world to develop a sanitary public urinal system to be installed in emergency situations. Do you have a golden design to share?

Want A Kitchen Renovation? Latest Technology Hints At Kitchen Of Tomorrow

What is in your dream kitchen? What would you put in your kitchen renovation if you could update your kitchen today? Today's kitchen technology is pretty amazing by traditional kitchen standards. What is available today in futuristic kitchen technology? Check out some amazing stuff and see what you should dream about in your kitchen of tomorrow!

Beijing Bets 1,000 New Electric Taxis Are An Idea Worth Hailing

The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!

Silver Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

In the aftermath of disasters, clean drinking water may be impossible to find. Now, a porous gel infused with silver nanoparticles is in development. The invention may change the way water purification happens. The gel sucks in contaminated water and squeezes out purified water in mere seconds.