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Design Boom's 2008 Green Earth Design Winner: "Greening"

After evaluation almost 4,000 designs from 91 different countries, the judges of the 2008 Green Earth competition, sponsored by Design Boom, came down to one winner: Greening, by Ji Yoon Yang from Korea. It looks pretty simple, a green "fingerprint tree," but there's more to it than meets the eye....

A Toast to the Buddhist Beer Bottle Temple and Thai Monks

Many creative people have made many amazing new things with used material, but I have to say this one eco-friendly structure is my favorite. Take a look at this beautiful green and brown Buddhist temple, built by Thai Monks. The temple stands strong and tall with the structural help of over one million beer bottles.

Inventor's Hall of Fame Picks 2008 Collegiate Inventors Finalists

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation announced the 2008 finalists of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Sponsored by the Abbott Fund and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the competiton winners were undergraduate and graduate students whose inventions were found to meet pressing needs in our society.

New “Liquid Smoking” Drink Promises Instant High for Smokers

A company has created a drink that claims to have the same effect as smoking cigarettes.

New Purple Tomato Could Help Fight Cancer

Researchers at the John Innes Centre in Norwich have created a genetically modified purple tomato that could be used to help fight cancer.

eco:Drive To Help Reduce Fuel Consumption

With fuel prices as high as they are, many people are going to great lengths to alter their driving habits to improve the efficiency of their vehicles and stretch those gallons a little bit farther. If this sounds like you, Fiat has created a tool that can help you to improve even more.

Russian GPS System Tracks Siberian Bridge

A bridge being built over the Yenisey River in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia will have the honor of becoming the first bridge to be partly controlled by Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system. Read all about this exciting use of space technology here on earth.

US To Get Some VW Diesel Action!

Volkswagen offers an amazingly diverse array of powerplants for their vehicles. Sadly, the North American continent doesn't get to see many of the more exciting options due to different standards. That is set to change however, because VW has confirmed they will be building a plant stateside that will produce diesel engines.

Save The Trees, Use Leaves! VerTerra

VerTerra just won the Natural Products Expo East's 2008 Best New Green, Environmentally-Friendly Product Award for its paper plates -- items that are generally considered wasteful! But see how not-wasteful VerTerra is and you will understand why it won this award!


A Green And Ergonomic Toilet Combo: Washup

The Washup is a conceptual design for a toilet/washing machine combo, to conserve water, save space, and provide a more ergonomic solution to typical washing machine interfaces.

Innovative DIY Human Nest Filled with Autumn Leaves and You

It's fall and for many of us colorful leaves cover our yards, the driveway and the streets. Like every fall, some of us will rake our leaves up and put them on the curb for the trash. Some of us will rake our leaves and put them in a compost bin, and others like designer Gerard Moliné will join the birds and build a nest with the leaves. That's right a nest.

A Pistol With The Nano Crystal

Now, before you start calling this a vacuum cleaner, just hold it a minute. This big gadget is a technological first for the home: a steam disinfector that converts the minerals in tap water into nano crystals that will eliminate every bacteria and virus in its range within five seconds! Isn't it great that something can make good use of our tap water?

All Electric Mini May See Production

The Mini Cooper has captured quite a fan base since its re-introduction in 2001 and with talks of bringing out an all wheel drive version, its popularity will only increase. Another possibility on the Mini's horizon is an all-electric version that could see production in less than 2 years.

Drinking Coffee May Shrink a Woman's Breasts

A new study shows that drinking three cups of coffee a day may shrink a woman’s breasts.

Strange Holes in the Ground Discovered in Siberia

Residents of Novoselovo district in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia have discovered some strange holes in a field some 100 meters (about 400 feet) away from a major highway. What they are and what they mean remain a mystery. Read on, if you dare.

Origami Post-it® Notes Fold Under Pressure

Stuck with sticky notes and tired of trashing them? SUCK UK has the solution to problematic Post-it® notes: fold them up into neat origami designs anyone can do!

Audi’s All Electric Vehicle Will Not Be A1 Based

The rumors about Audi's all electric vehicle have been around for a while now and until just recently, they were just rumors. However, during a Q and A session at the Paris Motor Show Audi confirmed that they were in fact working on developing their own electric vehicle and they went on to share a few more details.

The House Made of Cellophane

Trying to hide from the neighbors? Well you definitely wouldn’t want to live in the cellophane house.

Instructables’s DIY Halloween Contest Includes Green Category

DIY contests are definitely increasing in popularity. This year Instructables has teamed up with many other crafty sites to bring you the 2008 DIY Halloween Contest. Contestants have had all year (since November 5th, 2007 until November 9th of this year) to send in their Halloween Instructable, photos, or videos.

The Insecta Takes Green To A Whole New Level

For the past few years, nature has been at the heart of many vehicle designs. Not just eco-friendly either, so many of the naturally occurring colors and smooth simple lines have made their way into the auto industry. A perfect example of this comes from Shao Yung Yeh, a design student who recently completed a project while working with Hartmut Ginnow-Merkert.