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Marshmallows and Chocolate: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6800312 dates back to 2004 and refers to the Marshmallow System, which provides a way for the lovers of marshmallows and chocolate to enjoy them both at the same time! Read on for some unlikely but nevertheless, scrumptious details.

Greener Gadget Design Competition 2009: My 5 Favorites

The Greener Gadget Design Competition is back again. Have you voted for your favorite green designs from the list of 50 finalists yet? I have. Take a look at my picks.

Ford Makes Electric Transit Connect Official

Back in December of last year, Ford began talking about an all electric delivery can they might put into production. Since then, not much has been said about the rumored van, until recently when Ford unveiled plan to use the existing Transit Connect platform to build their all electric delivery van.

Chrysler Creates New Company Solely for Electric Vehicles

Chrysler has been working quietly on an all electric vehicle for a while now and it seems as though they have every intention of following through with the concept. The reasoning behind this comes after the news that they have created a separate company to help market the new EV and hopefully give Chrysler some footing to get back on its feet.

Is it a Parachute or a Motorcycle or Both?: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6877690, also known as the Combination Powered Parachute and Motorcycle, provides a way to simultaneously fulfill more than one fantasy. Be a Hell’s Angel and get to heaven too as you careen down the highway and fly above it at the same time! Read on but watch out!

Inspired By Scotch Pine: Lightweighting Software

The Mercedes-Benz Bionic Car used the lightweighting software to reduce its weight, yet keep the car's strength. In addition to being influenced by the Scotch Pine, the Bionic Car mimics the aerodynamic shape of the boxfish.

Russian Prison Innovation: Virtual Visits Now Allowed

For the first time in Siberia, families of prisoners are using web cameras to communicate with their families and friends. Authorities hope this innovation will soon spread to prisons throughout Russia. Read on for details.

Send Your Valentine Recycled Elephant Poop

The title is meant to catch your attention and maybe even make you smile, but seriously Uncommon Goods is selling an alternative eco-friendly solution to fresh cut flowers. So, this year instead of buying your loved one perfumed pesticide-filled roses, which by the way will die in a few days, consider these roses made with elephant poop.

Life Imitates Life:The Mysterious Mimic Octopus

While persons with dissociative disorders, or multiple personalities, have been known to have as many as 100 personalities, they have not been known to morph into totally different creatures -- except in the movies, of course. But one cephalopod, the Indo-Malayan octopus, totally transforms itself into at least 15 different sea animals. So far, at least, the Indo-Malayan octopus is the ultimate biomimic -- life imitating life.

Exercise in The Office: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7137935 also known as the Office Gym Exercise Kit provide a new and different way to look dumb when not in the privacy of your own home but rather in full view of your boss and co-workers! Read for more details.

Detachable RV May Be the Next Step in Recreational Technology

It's been a little while since we have seen anything on the RV side of the house, but after a little searching, something turned up that could easily be the future of recreational vehicle production. Of particular interest is the attention that was placed on keeping it as environmentally friendly as possible. It will be a long time before RVs are ever considered truly "green," but any progress is still progress.

Superior Comfort, Health, And Style In The Bambu Pet Lounger & Diner

Ah, lounge and dine, lounge and dine... Makes you want to be your own dog and cat. Pet Lounge Studios, a new company from sunny Florida, is making those experiences even more pleasurable for the lucky ones in your home. More pleasurable, more stylish, more eco-friendly, and more anatomically correct for our four-legged friends.

Come Out of The Rain: Great Idea?

Shelter from the storm is one of mankind’s basic needs and Patent# US 6948281 has come directly to the rescue with this different kind of Storm Shelter. Not only is this one large enough to hold an entire family, it is also capable of fitting beneath a mobile home. Read on for details, but check that water level.

New Kind of Shock Could Extend the Range of Electric Vehicles

In the never ending search for ways to make vehicles more efficient, any component large or small can become the next big step in automotive technology. Such is the case with a new suspension system that uses the vertical motion of the vehicle to recapture energy.

Breath Into the Eco-box And Make Fuel

These days it seems everything can be turned into fuel: cooking oil, garbage, corn, algae, etc. I never imaged an airport full of people's breaths could be converted into fuel too. If the idea seems a little far-fetched, it isn't. The breaths we exhale could one day be recycled into fuel. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in Liverpool, U.K will be the first to test the idea this year, with the Eco-box.