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Smart 4 Two Earns Kudos in Crash Test

Once again, we are back visiting the Smart 4Two. Even though it is currently the smallest car available for sale in the United States, it has still managed to earn some of the highest crash test ratings available. I guess bigger isn't always better.

Iceless Skating Rinks - Cool Idea for a Warming World

Winter sports like ice skating and hockey may one day be played year round in any climate, thanks to specially waxed plastic resin panels that look & feel like real ice yet do not need to be chilled.

Great Invention Idea? A Diaper for Your Bird!

Polly want a cracker? Unfortunately, it'll make Polly poop all over your house the minute you let her out of her cage! If you love your little bird and want to let it fly free all over your house from time-to-time, then I've got a patent that should serve as a happy compromise for you both.

Self-adhesive Solar Panels

Remember when the stamp became self-adhesive? It made stamp glue aftertaste a thing of the past. Well now technology is so advanced that even Solar Panel have been designed to be self-adhesive. That's right! A peel and stick solar panel is now on the solar panel option list.

Art You Can Scratch Your Head Over

Has the art world been turned upside down again? Seven Berlin artists are living it up in a museum with lice in their hair.

A Sticky Problem Solved With "Clean Gum"

In the UK, where they take clean seriously, there are Gummy Bins randomly placed around city streets to encourage folks to recycle their chewing gum. That's one solution to a very sticky problem. But another solution has been in the works in the Kingdom, the invention of Clean Gum that doesn't stick to anything ... not even your hair!

Europe Honors Its Best: European Inventor of the Year Awards For 2008

The 2008 European Inventors of the Year were awarded yesterday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even if you don't recognize the names of the inventors, you will certainly know their inventions and the contributions those inventions have made to the world during the last 10 to 15 years.

Solar Powered Outdoor Workspace

Believe it or not, many people love their jobs, but it's the location of where they must do their job that can make the job unpleasant. Cubicles, claustrophobic offices, dark libraries, rooms with no windows and dull lighting, next to dried up plants, or surrounded by stale air can drive the sanest worker insane. A little daylight, fresh air, and greenery would do wonders to a workers mentality and perhaps even increase work productivity. What if there was a way to combine work, fresh air and sunshine?

Solar Powered Plane Lands Once Every Five Years?

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense will see to the development of an aircraft that will need to land but once every five years. Yes, only once every 5 years! The project is called Project Vulture!

Clean, Green, and Mean! Lotus® Your Tap Water!

Time Magazine picked the Lotus® as one of the Best Inventions of 2006, and the inventor, Steve Hengsperger, just won the Ontario Premier's Innovator Of the Year Award, 2008, for his two Lotus inventions. What is a Lotus and why is it used as a verb?

The Uno Electric Cycle : Fun and EcoFriendly

Two wheels may be better than 4, but are 2 wheels side-by-side better than 2 in a row? The Uno, which ironically has 2 wheels, is not your normal electric cycle and if put into production, could change how we get around in the city.

Pedaled Phone Calls (Llamadas Pedaleadas)

Have you ever seen a bicycle vendor selling ice cream, popsicles, corn on the cob, hotdogs, etc? If you haven't, the vendors are usually riding a three-wheeled bike with a cargo box in the front filled with their products. Inspired by these bikes and Nicaraguan's need to make phone calls, Brian Forde created Llamadas Pedaleadas.

Aptera Hybrid Gears Up for Production

While the spotlight has been on Fisker and Tesla and their legal issues, a small company out of California has been working hard to get ahead. Aptera and their Typ-1e vehicle are set for release towards the end of the year, the best part being a $30,000 price tag.

The Answer to Gridlock in the Next Decade

So I was heading across Denver the other day and in the process I must have seen a dozen Smart for2's. So I started to think about how amusing traffic jams are going to look in the next 10 or 15 years. Assuming all of these concept cars make it into production.

11 Eco-Innovative Gifts For Mom

This year, you could go for the organic bouquet, eco-chocolate, organic clothing, recycled jewelry, tree donation, organic fruit delivery to a green spa gift ideas, if you would like. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these gifts. They are wonderful for the environment and for your mother, but the greener we become the more options we have and you should know about those options. So, if this year you want something a little more unique for your mom take a look at the gifts below.

BMW M1 Homage Concept Revealed!

Back in the mid 1970's, BMW exploded into the Midship Engine realm with a sexy little car called the M1. It has since been laid to rest and been reflected upon with sadness and envy. Jump to 2008, and BMW has released a concept design that they are dubbing the "M1 Homage."

Got Wine? Let It Flow™

Real elegance exists in simplicity, and the simply elegant design in this photo is a perfect example. It's called the Flow™ and its sensuous path was inspired by the flow of liquid. Add function to the Flow, and mysteriously, it becomes a rather elegant wine rack for the wall!

Airwaves City Car Concept Focuses on Safety

We have seen quite a few City Car Concepts over past few months. However, most of them only solve the problem of fuel consumption and harmful emissions. The new Airwaves City Car Concept was designed to not only help with fuel and pollution, but also to save lives and money.

A Slightly Fatter Honda Fit

Since its introduction a few years ago, the Honda Fit has made a huge impression on perspective car buyers. With a 5 person seating capacity and very impressive fuel economy, what's not to like? Which is why Honda decided to make a big brother for the Fit.

Recycled Weapons Calls For Peace After Long War

After more than 30 years of civil war, ending in 1998, the Cambodian government has collected and destroyed more than 160,000 weapons across the country. In the name of peace some of those weapons were donated to the PAPC. The PAPC (Peace Art Project Cambodia) is a project that was created in November of 2003 by British artist Sasha Constable, small weapons specialist with the European Union.