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Ferrari Design Students to Attend Modena University: Provide Better Cars for the Future

While most automotive designers will be happy with a job working for one of the several huge car companies across the globe, there are a few who have set their sights even higher. From them, exotics are what they want to design and they will settle for nothing else. Which raises the question: "Where do the men and women who design the exotic imports attend school?" If it's Ferrari, they will be attending the new Mille Chili Laboratory housed in Modena University.

Be The First on Your Block To Freeze Dry Dog Poop!: Great Idea?

The Doggie Poop Freeze Wand is also known to some discerning specialists of fecal matter as Patent#US 6883462. If when you hear the word, wand, you think of fairy godmothers and Tinkerbelle, you are not that far off. There is no pumpkin coach or glass slipper or even a cute prince waiting however; it’s merely a response to the call of nature that befalls all living things. Read on but…don’t buy this yet.

Lotus/Jaguar Team Up to Design Engine that Runs on Pretty Much Anything

Back in August, Lotus and Jaguar began a project, named "Omnivore," that was aimed at changing the way we think about the internal combustion engine. The engineers planned on beginning with a two stroke engine, rather than the four stroke we are used to, and redesigning it to work efficiently in their vehicles. Skip forward a few months, and now the Lotus/Jaguar team has put their "Omnivore" engine on display for the world to see.

Burial Space Running Out: Could Promession be the Right Option?

I first wrote about biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak and her cryogenic technology with dead bodies in October of 2007. She was 8th and favorite on my list of eco-friendly burial options. Nearly 2 years later her freeze-dry technology is placed top of the list as a possible eco-burial option for East Lothian. 

Taxo Tokyo Concept Blurs Line Between Bus and Taxi

Many cities have been spending quite a bit of time and money researching ways to improve their mass transportation systems. Some are looking into hybrid or all electric busses and taxis, while others are focusing on greener subways and light rails. Designer Eva Toftum may have provided another choice for cities that are trying to streamline public transit.

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Catch a Mouse Electronically?: Great Idea?

The Portable Electrical Mouse Trap, which mice refer to as they cower in dark corners as Patent#US 6865843, is a very different and quite powerful device. Adult mice warn their children to avoid the cheese fragrance, (which is not even real cheese) as we warn our children about smiling strangers in trench coats! Read on, but remember that revenge is not so sweet if you are on the receiving end.

Dog Poop Is A Growing Business

Recently, pet DNA businesses have cropped up. Not only do the DNA entrepreneurs want to clone your pets, they came up with the brilliant idea of using your dog's DNA to trace his poop back to him... to you the owner, really.

BMW Developing Navigation System that Predicts Your Destination

It seems that in car technology just keeps getting smarter with every new generation of vehicles. At the rate we are going, it won't be long until vehicles will be able to decide on a destination and drive there for us with little or no input from the driver. While this seems like something from a Science fiction movie, BMW is already working on a system that can guess where you plan on going.

Vehicle Skin to Return 25% Increase In Fuel Economy

Of all the forces present on a moving vehicle, few can reduce your fuel mileage as much a drag. For this reason, many people are beginning to modify the bodies of their vehicles to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and therefore fuel mileage. It was from this idea that a new way to improve your fuel economy, called Fast Skins, was born.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

Marketing Goes Green! Natural, Unique & Sustainable Advertising By Curb

Effective marketing strategies can make a great contribution to the success of a business. While many marketing agencies are turning to blogging and online marketing to advertise their clients' services; Curb is going green in their marketing strategies by using eco-friendly, sustainable marketing methods that rely upon nature.


Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Howie’s Hand Me Downs: Durable Fashion Designed To Last Forever

Even designer clothing isn't designed to last forever. Howie's Hand Me Downs specializes in making high-quality clothing that uses fabrics and materials made to withstand the tests of time; so not only will your fashion purchases last your lifetime, they can spend their days draped on a second generation wearer and still look great. Read on decide if this clothing manufacturer that emphasizes recycling fashion is onto a trendsetting concept, or if its classic style is a fashion flop.