"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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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... read more »
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 »
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? read more »
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.
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. read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
According to their website, the NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. They use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. read more »To share their message, they have been known to use some very creative and nontraditional advertising techniques. Here are 5 of their best:
Over the past few years, the Hummer line from General Motors has become reasonably popular. Accordingly, GM increased R&D for the line-up to keep the customers comming, which hasn't worked out all that bad. Yesterday, the new design trio working on the next Hummer released a few teaser pictures, which looks like a competitor to the Jeep Wrangler. read more »
Researchers have designed a product that its inventors claim could easily produce between 15 and 20 times the total electricity the world uses today. Not only that, it could also be used as a desalination device and may be able to reverse the effects of global warming. read more »
India's Tata Motors blazes the automotive trail with the world's cheapest automobile. read more »
In Israel, where water is scarce, a new device allows people to generate water from air. read more »
Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »
Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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