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Thanks For Coming, Now Go Away!

Don't you sometimes wish that you could tell your guests to leave? Maybe it's not that they bore you, you're just not in the mood for company. Well, come in and see this crazy doormat....

A More Efficient Hybrid on the Horizon

It is no secret that our beloved internal combustion engines are not very efficient. In fact, the average amount of energy lost is somewhere in the 65%-70% region, with most of this figure being lost in the form of heat through the exhaust system. Eric Mattessich, a senior at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has developed a way to harness some of this energy and put it back into the system.

How To Make A Toxin-Free Gold Nanoparticle

Gold nanoparticles that are used today in medicine and other fields of technology, are broken down from gold compounds, or "gold salts," with synthetic chemicals, some of which are toxic -- bad for you, bad for the environment. A research team from the University of Missouri just made big news by finding a biocompatible and environmentally friendly method of obtaining gold nanoparticles through "green" chemistry.

Eco-Brolly: Is It an Umbrella Or Not?

A skeleton umbrella, designed by Shiu Yuk Yuen, it is a ‘green' design, created to help protect the environment.


The Dazzling NEW Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD)

It's taken a few years from design to realization, but the Museum of Arts And Design (MAD) will finally re-open in its new dazzling diggs on September 27, 2008. Its new address: 2 Columbus Circle, right at the southwest corner of Central Park, and right at the heart of New York City's world stage for theatre, ballet, orchestra, opera, and now arts and design.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Solar Spy Com-Bat May Soon Fly For The Army

Is it a bat? A plane? It's neither yet. Instead, it's the Army's bat-shaped innovative spy plane concept. The idea is to create a miniature spy plane resembling a bat and its use of echolocation. The spy plane would run off a lithium battery recharged by wind, solar power and even vibrations.

Plants Produce Aspirin to Cope With Stress

Researchers have found that plants stressed out from conditions such as drought may produce an aspirin-like chemical.

Memorialize The Banana With The DIY Chiquita Chandelier!

There's been a world-wide banana shortage since early 2008, and some have even predicted that the banana, as we know it, may become extinct. While you still can, you may want to create a memorial to the tasty, nutrient-rich banana, with this DIY project from Dutch designer Anneke Jakobs... The Chiquita Chandelier!

EcoCabs, the Solution for Green City Transport

Pedal-powered tricycles called EcoCabs are allowing consumers and businesses to make a dent in helping the environment.

New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

Create Your Own Fireworks With The Bright Star 'Antares'

British lighting design company, Abraxus, has been providing festive commercial lighting for 15 years. Antares, its "star" constellation LED lighting design, is very popular in retail and hospitality settings, but this year, at London's 100% Design, Abraxus has introduced a line of more colorful and user-friendly Antares designs that can be used to create your own fireworks at home.

Sweet Smells May Give Sweet Dreams

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to control the types of dreams you have? Well now you may be able to.

Electricity from Trees Could Prevent Forest Fires

MIT researchers are designing a system that uses electricity from trees to recharge batteries and generate power in remote locations. The small amounts of tree-generated electricity could be used to track forest fires and possibly "patrol" borders for smuggled radioactive materials.

5 Awesome Designs Inspired By Nature: Enea Studio

The constellations and their stars, the sweet light of snow on the trees, falling leaves in autumn, waves in the ocean... Visuals from your latest relaxation tape? Or something more tangible, like furniture and lighting inspired by those visions?

Prefer To Work In A Fish Bowl Or A "Jelly Box" Jell-O Mold?

Ever think about what it would be like to see the world from inside a Jell-O mold? Looking like a Jell-O mold, but calling itself the Jelly Box, this new workspace is now on display at the Truman Brewery during London 2008 Design Week. This clever design by architect David Hingamp of the London firm of Archic, has just been named runner up in the 2008 Urbantine Project.

Solar Power Production: The Wave of The Future

Solar power is taking off, and the International Energy Agency has predicted that between now and the year, 2030, global solar power production will increase 60-fold. Russian investors are ready to put their money behind this burgeoning industry, but can they convince the powers that be? Read on for details.

Russian Scientist Finds Cure For Smelly Feet: Bombs Away!

In keeping with the old expression about putting “one’s best foot forward,” a Russian scientist has developed a cure for smelly feet and athlete’s foot. Learn more about this new nano-technological triumph and…you won’t have to hold your nose!

A Doggie 'Who Done It:' CSI To The Rescue

In the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva, just east of Tel-Aviv, dog poop was found lying near the steps of the town's library. CSI was called in, examined the dog poop and interviewed witnesses, but no dogs were seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Russian Pilot-Free Aircraft Complete Arctic Test Flights

The first testing stage for two UAVs in Arctic conditions has been completed by A-Level Aerosystems, a Russian company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles. Read on for some fascinating details.