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World’s Tallest Building, And It Isn’t Even Finished


Our Guest Blogger, Lee Nunley, is a recent college graduate who has
lived in Cairo and Budapest. He currently resides in Denver and is
working on a book-centered Web 2.0 project. He wanted to share news about the innovations in the Middle East with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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The world’s tallest building is now located in Dubai, UAE, but the surprise is, the building is not projected to be completed until 2008. read more »

New Hand Dryer Saves Energy and Trees


Picture this, you are out eating with your family and you stop by the restroom to go "potty". When you are done with your business you wash your hands. Right!? Then you look for paper towels, except there are no paper towels to be found. You then look for a hand dryer, but instead you see a Veltia in its place. read more »

An Endless Supply of Green Energy Coming from Europe: HiPER circa 2030


Plans for a nuclear fusion reactor facility are soon to be underway, with a mission to demonstrate that inertial fusion could be used as a future energy source--to power the world. read more »

Lifesaver Can Make Soiled Water Drinkable


If you thought drinking toilet water was just for the dogs, think again. A new $300 water bottle now allows you to join in and share toilet water with your dog or anyone else you wish to share it with. Think I'm kidding? Then you probably haven't heard about the Lifesaver bottle. read more »

Hydrogen Bike Better Than Electric?


Another great bike has recently made its appearance this year. In Shanghai at the 9th China International Exhibition on Gas Technology, Equipment and Applications the hydrogen prototype bike was introduced. read more »

Japanese H-Bomb Survivor Finally Speaks Out



Nope, that's not a typo - "H" bomb is correct. Matashichi Oishi was a crewman on the Japanese fishing vessel Lucky Dragon No. 5 on March 1, 1954, when the American "Castle Bravo" hydrogen bomb test went terribly wrong. Now, he's finally telling his story.
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Cheap Ocean Energy Converter to be Used in Several Countries


An amateur engineer from Texas has developed a way to capture the energy from ocean waves in an inexpensive, simple way. His company's devices are planned for use in the future in several countries to cheaply generate electricity. read more »

Never Wash Dishes Again! New Technology Can Simply Melt Them and Create New Ones


What if you didn't have to worry about cleaning your dishes? Or finding storage space to put them away? What if you could make your dishes on demand when you needed them (like a party) and then recycled them at home when you were done? An innovative prototype called the DishMaker may make this a possibility in the future. read more »

Japan: Overcrowded from Cradle to Grave


Living in a small island nation 80% covered in forests and mountains isn't easy, especially when there are 127 million of you. Check out six ways Japan lives with overcrowd overload and see how Japan's citizens cope with overcrowding from cradle to grave. read more »

An Eco Laptop - Ways to Make Laptops Green


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual sale of laptops is expected to reach 150 million in 2009, and with the average consumer keeping their laptop for only three years, researchers are looking into laptop technology that's a little friendlier toward the environment. Popular Science has recently reported on the most ingenious ideas for the future of the green laptop. read more »

Go Raw Against Diabetes


Imagine eating raw food for 30 days? Can't do it? Well what if you were diabetic and doing this helped you cure your diabetes? Would you do it then? Can't decide? Then you may want to keep an eye out for Raw For 30 Days.
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Could a Steam Engine Under your Hood Increase Efficiency?


 

Inventor David Sakrisson claims that the engines in our cars today could readily be made more fuel efficient, more powerful, and release fewer emissions. All it takes, says Sakrisson, is a conversion method consisting of some "relatively simple bolt-on devices." read more »

Drive A Car 500 Miles on 5 Minutes of Electricity?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The greatest challenge facing the electric car industry is battery storage. But a small, reclusive start-up company in Austin, Texas shows signs to be designing a car that can plug in for 5 minutes and drive 500 miles. read more »

T.C. Williams High School Wins the Green Innovation Award


It's been proven. Schools can be green and fabulous.

A new state-of-the-art school, T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, has won the Green Innovations Award in the Best Institutional Project category at the Virginia Sustainable Building Network's annual meeting. read more »

Sony Introduces New Sugar Powered Bio Battery


Earlier this week, on August 23, Sony announced the development of a bio battery prototype that generates electricity from sugar. A bio battery is an electricity generation device that uses energy sources such as carbohydrates (ex: sugar), protein, amino acids and fat by digesting enzymes. The bio battery works by pouring sugar solution into the unit, where enzymes break it down to generate electricity. read more »

Kids Meet The Greens Online


Today, there are hundreds of websites for kids. Kids can go online and play games, learn about space, discover how-to crafts, dress up there virtual dolls, learn how to read with their favorite cartoon characters or just chat online with pen pals from all over the world. As many websites as there are for children, there are few environmentally focused websites specially made for kids, that is until The Greens came along. read more »

Londoner Sheds Light on Night Cycling


Innovative Asian Michael Chen finds inspiration in Asia and designs illuminating activewear. read more »

Billions of Discarded Chopsticks to be Turned into Biofuel



Disposable chopsticks are ubiquitous in Japan, where they're given out at restaurants, convenience stores and roadside stands. Now Japan's Agriculture Ministry is proposing to make biofuel out of the estimated 90,000 tons of wood wasted each year when disposable chopsticks are discarded.
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In “Urban Farming,” Crops Grow in Skyscrapers


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientist Dickson Despommier has designed a scheme to grow crops inside 30-story skyscrapers. This urban farm concept could help feed a rapidly growing population, leave space for forests, and supply potable water for entire cities. read more »

Lawnscaping Of The Future


Close your eyes and imagine a neighborhood without loud lawn mowers in the morning or the afternoon or the evening. Imagine a yard where your garden waters itself and saves water too. Imagine a yard that is so green even the tiles and the lighting are environmentally friendly. Now open your eyes and meet the alternative eco-friendly design, the Verdi Lawnscaping System. read more »