Environment

Glass Glasses Anyone? BPA From Drink Containers Leaks Into Urine

A chemical in certain plastics, bisphenol A (BPA), is leaching into our urine if we drink or eat from certain plastic bottles or containers.   BPA has already been linked to diabetes and  cardiovascular disease, but the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) is calling for additional research on BPA and breast cancer, reproductive health, and on BPA's effects on infants and children using these containers.

Summer’s Hottest Fashion Accessory To Keep You Cool: Ice Jewelry!

As the temperature soars to 30 degrees Celsius here today, I am praising my air conditioner; but it also got me thinking about more fashionable and eco-friendly ways to cool off. As I searched for cooling clothing, I stumbled across designer Katharina Ludwig's unique ice jewelry, which boasts some beautiful designs that will help keep even the hottest chicks cool on a hot summer day.


Top 10 Inventions Of 'Garage Inventors' Win 2009 Popular Science Awards

Popular Science has announced the 2009 Invention Awards for the top 10 groundbreaking inventions that originated from the minds and perseverance of individual inventors.  These inventions did not have big companies behind them with a big research lab and lots of money.  You won't see the likes of Apple® or Motorola® or Honda® among this list.  Just folks like you and me whose inventions will make a major impact on the way we live, work, learn, play, and even manage intelligence in battle.


Swine Flu Spread By Baseball Game Balloons?

Osaka's Hanshin Tigers are the latest Japanese pro baseball team to ban the use of human breath powered Jet Balloons, traditionally released in mass quantities by fans, as they could conceivably spread H1N1 Swine Flu to thousands attending the games.

My Favorite 2009 Trash to Treasure Chair Design: FUNature

Once, when I was in high school a boyfriend and I were kicked out of the McDonald's playground ball pit because we were too old to play in it. It was my first time in a ball pit and though I knew we were not allowed in the ball pit something about the pit called out to me, "Play With Me!" Hugh Hayden's ball pit chairs call out to me too.

Tono 8 Cork Blocks: The Eco-Friendly Building Blocks

If you have a budding builder or wanna-be architect in your family, check out the Tono-8 Cork Blocks. These eco-friendly blocks require only one thing - imagination.

Wi-Drive: Eco-Chic Transportation Service For Executive Commuters

As businesses work to bring more environmentally friendly alternatives to their operations, there's a necessity to reconsider traditional options to cater to a more elite crowd. While the average commuter might have no problem with taking public transportation by way of a city bus, commuter train or subway; it takes a little bit more persuasion to convince some executives to give up the comfort of their Mercedes for the more eco-friendly alternative. Following of a new San Francisco law that requires companies with 20 employees or more to offer incentives to encourage employees to choose ride-sharing programs or other forms of shared transportation; Wi-Drive, an eco-chic transportation option for business executives has been created.


Ever Run Your Car On Air ... Intentionally? The STAIR Air-Fueled Battery

If you've ever run your gas tank down so low that you could swear you were driving on air, you'll be pleased to know that in the near future, you will be driving on an air-fueled battery.

Eco-Dough is Eco-Green

If your kids love to play with play dough, and what kids don't, they're going to love this environmentally friendly product from Eco-Kids.

Humminbird RF35 Fish Finder Watch

The Humminbird RF35 is a GPS fish finder watch that allows you to quickly scan your favorite fishing area for the best spots. Avoid those hopeless casts and fish with confidence.

Poo To The Rescue Once More: EcoFaeBrick

Before I tell you about this next innovation I want to inform you that I don't have a fascination with dung, despite how much I've written about it. I do however find it fascinating how many wonderful products can be made with this sort of waste. It is even more fascinating how beneficial using it can be. This next innovation, a brick made with cow manure, is a perfect example. 

Go Ahead And Tickle Someone With This Feather Art

Feather artist Julie Thompson creates gorgeous artwork painted delicately onto peacock feathers.

Japanese High School Students to Use Radiation Before Graduation

A group of science students from Japan's Hitachi 1st Senior High School may get to live out the ultimate geek fantasy by using the JRR-3 research reactor in Tokaimura to perform a set of experiments. No word if the students are pushing for a test ban treaty.

Solar Powered Apparel: Chic or Geek?

If solar powered gadgets were inconspicuously integrated into apparel or integrated into clothing in such a way that it looked more chic than geek would you wear it? Maybe you like the eco-geek gadget look. Not sure? Take a look at the cool solar powered apparel gadgets below to find out. 

Fastskinz Vehicle Wraps May Not Be an Easy Solution to Increased Miles per Gallon

Not too long ago, a company called Fastskinz released a product that was supposed to increase your average fuel mileage by up to 20%. The idea was fool proof, simply cover you vehicle with a made-to-fit skin and viola, instant boost in miles per gallon. Sure it sounds great, but does it actually work? According to a test conducted by our friends at Popular Mechanics, it may actually decrease your fuel economy.