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SSC Plans another Record Breaking Supercar

When first introduced back in 2004, the Shelby Supercar (SSC) Ultimate Aero was built to be the fastest production car in the world. It took that title from the Bugatti Veyron in 2007, reaching an average top speed of 256.15mph. Last week, SSC unleashed their plans to achieve the same record, only this time it will be in the electric vehicle category.

Bees Battle Crows in the Skies Over Tokyo

Tokyo is plagued by crows. Not crowds (well, that's debatable) and definitely not cows, but crows. Noisy, aggressive flocks of crows have become such a huge problem that Tokyo city authorities have turned to nature in a desperate effort to combat the ravenous ravens – thousands of stinging bees!

Weekend Reading: Fun in the Sun

Lazy days of summer may slow some down, but these InventorSpot writers find lots of fun in the sun.

Wood By The Slice: The Graypants Slice Chair

It's the Slice Chair. Once you see it, you will never forget it.

Physical Activity of Children Is Dropping

The physical activity of children has dropped from age 9 to age 15, says a study done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Germs 101: How to Traumatize Your Children

When you think baby present, you think cute, right? Cuddly? Educational? How about infectious? Contagious? Deadly? GIANTmicrobes® are accurate and (mostly) adorable representations of germs, bacteria, viruses and other no-see-ums at 1,000,000x magnification.

Lightweight Greenhouse Waiting To Be Unfolded

I've heard a lot of complaints from people living in small spaces (dorms, apartments, condos, etc) about their inability to garden due to lack of space. I promised some of you I would keep a look out for innovative ways you can garden even with your limited space. Thanks to The Gin Lady, I have come across a possible solution for some of you. It's called the Foldable Greenhouse.

NASA Wants Your Urine

If you're in the area at the Johnson Space Center, stop by at 2200 Space Park and donate your urine for a good cause.

Going Green With Windows

MIT Scientists have taken solar powered energy and combined it with windows to make a new combination that might be greener than you think.

Tech Chair Takes in the Sun and Powers Up

If you've been to the beach or to an outside pool you've seen a lounge chairs right? Have you felt one? Lounge chairs can get pretty hot after with just a few minutes of sun exposure. So here's a thought. Wouldn't it be smart to innovative lounge chairs so that the chairs soak up the sun and then convert those rays it into electricity to power up electronics? PC World thinks so.

NASA Finds The Baby Boom Galaxy!

Naturally, NASA named the new-found galaxy after us, calling it the Baby Boom Galaxy. And, of course all the babies are stars! (We were always over-achievers!)

This Scarecrow® Really Works!

Have you exhausted your options when it comes to getting rid of pesky animals (not your own, of course) from your backyard?

Well, here's a Scarecrow® that really works!


Spectacular Light Art Brightens Up The Night

Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke are two artists that like to play with light and dark.

Nanotubes Fill Key Role in Artificial Photosynthesis

Carbon nanotubes may be the key in overcoming a challenging roadblock for scientists trying to create artificial photosynthesis.

Japan's Asbestos Cancer Time Bomb Defused Using New Technology

Japan's asbestos cancer “time bomb” ticks louder day by day as the nation's average population gets older and decades-long incubation periods for asbestos cancer and other diseases caused by asbestos exposure end. Now, several new technologies developed in Japan may make cleaning up the asbestos mess not only easier, but safer as well. Hmm, does WALL-E know about this?

Turning Hazardous Waste Into Usable Energy

An emerging Washington state company InEnTec (Integrated Environmental Technologies) has made some innovative plans for confronting the foulest problems from our industrialized world.

Chevy Volt Gets a Range Reduction

The Chevy Volt has been General Motors' centerpiece since the concept was first introduced. The Volt was supposed to be the answer to many peoples' problems with the short distance of traditional Electric Vehicles. However, GM recently went on the record to say that the range would be reduced, and it's not by a few miles.

Surfing May Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers

Researchers have found that surfing may be the key to prolonging the life of people suffering from cystic fibrosis.

High Performing Lotus Replica For the Track

Using motorcycle engines to power lightweight 2-seater track cars is becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Most of the performance engines offer quite a bit of power for thier small displacement and low weight. Using this and a few other high-tech components, LusoMotors managed to resurrect a legend.

A Lighting Designer In A Dark Place With A Sense Of Humor

Environment can have a great impact on a designer's work. Take Ali Siahvoshi, who grew up in Iran, where it is very sunny. After moving to Britain, where it is not very sunny, Siahvoshi began designing lighting. Not just any lighting, but spirited, humorous lighting, many from objects you don't expect to see in a lamp... like funnels, and tableware, and recycled wire hangers, for example.