Environment

Hockey Stick to Combat Yard Waste: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6926629 known as the Attachment for Blade of Hockey Stick was meant to aid the human race in dealing with an endless problem; namely, yard waste. So when you are done pucking about, you don’t have to retire that stick that lives peacefully in your upstairs closet. Make it a ninja warrior and just open your back door. Armed with this new key, you will at least be able to locate your lost kingdom. Read on, and persevere.

Reverse Nose Plugs Keep the Water In!

"Pit Stopper" has less to do with racing than running - running noses, that is. Those troubled by runny noses due to allergies or colds can simply plug their nostrils... with these ingenious nostril plugs.

Iran Automaker Claims Title of World Most Powerful Compressed Natural Gas Engine

While most of the alternative energy attention is focused on electrics, there are some automakers who are looking more into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Iran Khodro, one such company based out of the Middle East, has recently released information claiming they will be producing the most powerful CNG engine available on the market. Their plan is to bring such powerplants into the spotlight and offer another viable alternative to petroleum fuels.

Man Converts Honda S2000 to All Electric Power

Over the years, the Honda S2000 has become a popular car for collectors and tuners alike. A powerful 4-cylinder engine also offers the added bonus of being somewhat eco friendly. For one man however, that wasn't enough, so he decided to convert his new S200 into an all electric roadster.

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.