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World Islands - Dubai's Groundbreaking Megaproject is Completed


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The much touted World Islands in Dubai were officially completed Thursday, after the final stone in a surrounding breakwater was set. Stretching off the coast of Dubai, the World Islands are manmade islands in the formation of a map of the world. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Doggie Dust Cover and Vacuum!


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Is Fido's fur causing you to fret and frown over your furniture's future? Does the care and maintenance of your pooch's pelt leave you pooped and peeved? Well, I've discovered two patents that address some of the hygiene problems facing dog owners - dog hair, dander and fleas - in unusual ways. read more »

Styrofoam Couch Takes DIY to the Next Level


Aside from insulation, floral arrangements, and the housing of egg sandwiches, the joys of Styrofoam have apparently crossed into the realm of interior design with Kwangho Lee’s Styrofoam couch. read more »

Solar Goes Gorgeous with Sanyo's Solar Ark



Big CAN be beautiful when it comes to solar power. At over 1,000 feet wide and 120 feet tall, the Solar Ark's flowing design and unique features make it anything but an eyesore.
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Twirl N’ Take My Picture: Digital Cam Powered By Hand


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a continued environmentally conscious effort Sony has added one more hand-powered prototype to their eco-list called the "Twirl N' Take". It looks and moves kind of like a pizza cutter, but it doesn't cut pizza. It takes digital pictures instead. read more »

Great Invention Idea? A Snot Sucking Gun!


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Nowadays, the word "automatic" appears in front of almost everything we touch. Today a brief stroll around the aisles of most stores reveals a culture that can no longer, is no longer, interested in doing things the old-fashioned way: manually. Disagree? Then take a look at United States patent 6471679 . read more »

Can Fashion Designer and Taxi Really Warm up the Homeless?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year in celebration of 15 years of business TAXI and its executive creative director Steve Mykolyn decided to give back to the community. Steve came up with the 15 Below project and recruited Lida Baday, Canadian designer, to design a coat for the homeless. She designed the 15 Below jacket. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Kick Your Own Butt Device


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"I Could Just Kick Myself." Well, now you can!

Did your parents ever tell you all you needed was a swift kick in the butt? If you were in grade school around the time I was - back when no one much cared about your self-esteem or your feelings - you might have heard a teacher say these very same words to/at you. Perhaps when you've screwed up, yet again, you've even uttered these words to yourself under your breath. The obvious problem in this last scenario is that people just aren't built to accomplish such a feat. read more »

Salt Energy Meets Solar Energy


Using molten salt to store solar energy, researchers hope to implement large-scale solar power generation, with a single tower capable of producing up to 500 megawatts of peak power. read more »

Temporary/Portable Nuclear Fallout Shelter: Your Own Little Safety Oasis!


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If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.

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The Light Drop: LEDs on Tap


Turn on the faucet and let the light flow? Hmm... Seems a bit paradoxical, but the Light Drop by Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan does just that. read more »

Japan Tobacco's Delightfully Disturbing 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 1



When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten...
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Fuel Cubes: Cheap, Clean Energy Source?


Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »

Robot Snowplow from Japan Eats Up Snow, Poops Out Bricks



Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that?
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Brown goes a Little Green


Pretty much everyone is familiar with the big brown UPS trucks seen across the US. Right now, their delivery season is in full swing as Christmas presents are sent to and from every place imaginable. This year, the United Parcel Service plans on helping the environment as well as helping spread the Holiday Spirit.


 

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Five Freaky Creatures with Human Faces and Features



Creatures with human faces - whether the result of evolution or the inventive efforts of mankind - have fascinated us from time immemorial. Here are five creatures that display amusing, surprising, and disturbing human features.
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Another Step Forward in Lithium Ion Technology for Cars


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Back in May, Mitsubishi Motors publicly announced that they would be working along side Mitsubishi Corporation and a popular battery producer, GS Yuasa, to develop a better Lithium-Ion battery cell solely for automotive applications. According to a recent press release, they have some very high hopes for the future of automotive based Lithium-Ion technology. read more »

China Tries Making Bridges with Bamboo Instead of Steel


With China experiencing so much pollution and environmental depletion, it only makes sense that a group would get together to find unique uses for natural resources. The first endeavor? A durable bridge made completely out of bamboo. read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


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We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »