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Solar Power May Become Uniting Force Between US and China

Everything in this life has a beginning, and that includes this new agreement between the United States and China concerning solar energy research. Read on for details and let the sun shine through!

Fir Real: Free Christmas Trees from IKEA Japan

IKEA Japan's "Free Tree" offer is an economical (and ecological) way for store shoppers to celebrate the season with a real Christmas tree. That's one Swede deal!

Chinese Day of Revival and Reform: Noteworthy Beijing Festival

China’s creativity has been stifled for many years, but it is about to burst free in a very special imminent celebration. The 30th anniversary of “Reform and Opening-up” is the brainchild of visionary President Deng. Read on and learn more about this truly important festival.

High Speed Trains Designed For Cold Siberian Winters

Siberian winters create quite a challenge to the makers of high-speed trains who must provide top comfort as well as speed to its passengers. Enter Conti Tech, an elastomer specialist that has developed an exceptionally cold-resistant secondary suspension system especially for these conditions. Read on and be cozy and warm.

Art? Music? Or Just 54 Recycled Shoes?

It isn't that hard to imagine music coming from shoes, but there is usually a person wearing the shoes and using the shoes to make the music. Still an innovative person, Ingrid Bachmann, created the Symphony For 54 Shoes out of 27 pairs of recycled shoes.

You Can Have Your Media And Solar-Power It

It's about time the sun is getting back some of its due; it was the original source of light and power you know. Now, a few zillion years after it arrived, we're wooing the sun back again. Loving my solar powered radio headset, I'm thinking how neat it would be to start switching to other portable solar powered systems like the eMotion EM-Sol2GIG Solar Powered MP3/Video Portable Media Player with Solar Battery Charger and SD Card Slot. (Whew! Am I the only one bothered by these long-winded product names?)

Forget Plastic! The Brilliant Invention Of The 360 Paper Water Bottle

My colleagues and I here at InventorSpot.com have been writing about ways to recycle water bottles for years, but there's a company that doesn't believe that recycling water bottles, whether we make lamps out of them or put them in recycling bins, is the answer for the future. So this international design company, Brandimage, has invented the 360 Paper Water Bottle. Now all it needs are water bottling companies ready and willing to use it.

China Wages Never Ending War Against The Weather

Every year, China launches thousands of rockets and artillery shells into the sky in a duel without end against the powers that be, otherwise known as the weather. Read on if you dare, but not without knowing the precise location of your umbrella.

World's First All Electric Plane Takes to the Sky

While most people are focused on cleaner burning cars, there are a few who are more interested in cleaning up the skies. Randall Fisherman is one such person, and he designed what could be the first all electric fully powered airplane.

Computerized Matchmaking For Animals: Chinese Pandas Take The Lead

In China, for the last two years, breeding experts have claimed success putting giant pandas in the mood by showing them images of other pandas mating. To those who may claim this is “panda porn” you are absolutely right. Read all about the newest concept in online dating for rare species of zoo animals!

What’s That? Leave My Computer On For The Environment?

You have read and heard over and over one way to conserve energy is to turn off and unplug your computers right? Well, now World Community Grid, Harvard University and a few other sponsors are asking you to leave your computers on for their new project. The project with and eco-friendly mission is called The Clean Energy Project.

Weird New Dinosaur Found in China Formally Named

A strange, long-necked, waddling herbivore with enormous arms and claws that once waddled across China has been formally named Suzhousaurus by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. Its full name is Suzhousaurus megatherioides, which translates from Chinese into “giant sloth-like reptile from Suzhou.” Read on for details, but avoid eating green things until finished.

Cover Your Mouth! Study Finds One Sneeze Can Give Cold to 150 People

Public transportation can really stink sometimes. All those coughing, sniffling and sneezing people. Well now a new study says that one sneeze can give up to 150 people a cold in just five minutes.

Marijuana Found In Chinese Shaman’s Tomb

It looks like that mean little plant known far and wide as wackey tabackey, is even older than previously imagined. Archeologists have dug up a 2,700 year-old tomb of a shaman near Tupan (far west Xinjiang province) that reveals a few secrets about the ancient Chinese that might surprise the modern world. Then again, they might not. Read on and decide for yourself.

VAPSTER Fuel System Offers Huge Increase in Fuel Mileage

Vapor delivery systems are nothing new. It is a well known fact that the vapor from gasoline burns, not the liquid, which is why we get all the videos of people trying to put out a match in a tank of fuel. Taking this fact, it becomes apparent that we could greatly increase the efficiency of our engines by vaporizing the fuel before it is ignited. Gerald Rowley has developed a system that does just that.