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NAIRIT Announces Top Ten Russian Engineering and Scientific Innovations

The National Association of Innovations and Development of Information Technologies (NAIRIT) held a recent contest, and more than 3,000 applications were received from scientists and engineers all over Russia. Read all about the ten best ideas.

Stranger Than Sushi: The Buzz on Japanese Insect Foods

Insects have enjoyed a place at the Japanese dinner table for many centuries. Well, perhaps "enjoyed" is a word that could better be applied to those eating them - people!

Russian Rocket Blasts Into Space With Two Americans Onboard

The International Space Station was the destination of a Soyuz spacecraft that left Kazakhstan last week with two Americans and one Russian cosmonaut on board. Read all about this exciting and innovative launch.

New Technology Can Help Prevent Animal Related Accidents

Large animals are towards the top of the list when it comes to causing accidents in rural areas. Even though many measures are in place to keep these collisions to a minimum, some accidents are unavoidable. However, a new system is currently being tested that could help to reduce the number of animal related accidents even further.

Environmentally Friendly Toilet Inspired By Japanese Design

Toilets use a lot of water, even low-flow models, but Caroma's sleek new "Profile™ 5 with Integrated Hand Basin" takes green thinking one step further by mounting a sink on top of the tank. Ingenious yes, original no...

Russian Scientists Design New Chemical To Fight Oil Contamination

Oil spills can take months and sometimes even years to clean up and their terrible toll on the environment and marine life can affect the entire food chain of an afflicted area. Read all about this unique substance known as Degroil, which accelerates the decomposition of harmful elements associated with oil spills.

Study Claims Smarter Men Have Healthier Sperm

People say that men don’t often think with the head on their shoulders. Well, those people may be right as a new study shows that smarter men have healthier sperm.

New Device Aids in Breast Cancer Detection

To coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Avie Products has launched a new electronic waterproof device named “Cue” that mainly functions as a breast self-exam reminder.

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards to The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

My Favorite Solar Powered Halloween Lights for 2008

This year's list of Solar Powered Halloween lights is a little different than the ones in the past. This years solar powered lights are gentler in appearance and more versatile in use. In other words they can be used as more than just Halloween décor but also the entire season of autumn décor. Take a look at the list below to see what I mean.

Breath Test May Detect Cancer

British scientists are working on a breath test that may detect early signs of cancer and other serious illnesses.

New Glove Helps In Early Detection of Breast Cancer

The Donna Glove is a new tool that can be used to detect lumps in the breast.

Design Imitates Nature in 'SunShade,' Winner 2008 Dutch Design Week!

Like a flower opening to the sun, Lianne van Genugten's SunShade design opens at daylight and closes at dusk. Its power comes from the sun, like the flower....

Shinkansen Might Lose Title of Japan's Fastest Train

Thanks to a more comfortable riding environment and increasing availability, railway travel is becoming more popular around the world. The speed at which some of the super trains travel can easily cut the average commute time in half and they are only getting faster. This can be seen by Kawasaki's proposal to build a new super train that will capture Japan's current record.

Prehistoric Rock Sculptures Discovered in Ukraine: Another Stonehenge?

Archeologists have discovered more than ten prehistoric rocky sculptures in the Carpathian Mountains near the village of Snidavka, in the Ukraine. What historical significance do they have? No one really knows, but read on for some thoughts on the subject.

Solar Powered Generator Saves Green Quietly

Hurricane Ike came and went and in between left a lot of people, among other things, without electricity for days (some people weeks). If you have ever had to live without electricity you know it isn't impossible to do, but it is a hassle and it does take a lot of rethinking on how to stay cool and keep fresh food. Those who could afford it had the option of using gasoline-powered generators and the very lucky had the opportunity to use the Solar Stik.

Study Shows Too Much Drinking Shrinks Your Brain

Debating on whether or not to have that last drink for the night? A new study has found that the more alcohol you consume, the more your brain shrinks.

Start-up Ecovative Design Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design has come up with a bio-degradeable solution to insulation called Greensulate and recently won $750,000 in an international competition to reduce CO2 with a new product.

Flatshare Refrigerator Wins 2008 Best iGeneration Design

Out of nine tremendously creative and functional household designs produced by the finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition, one design really stood out in the judges minds: The "Flatshare" Refrigerator, by Austrian design student, Stefan Buchberger, whose inspiration came from sharing a flat, of course.

Study Compares Difference in Weight at Chinese Buffets

Have you ever looked at your patterns of eating when sitting down to a nice hearty buffet of food? A study shows that there is a big difference in the behavior of people concerning Chinese buffets.