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His Inventions Get You... Right In The Taste Buds

Is it every chemist's secret dream to become a chef? Think about the benefits. Virtually unlimited ingredients, immediate feedback, safer work environment, fewer deaths, fewer law suits... Chefs are chemists, and though their creations may not lead to patents, they are inventions. This year Time Magazine has recognized one chef's work as a Best Invention of 2008: Heston Blumenthal's Sound Enhanced Food.

Student Inventors Keep Seagulls Off Their Boat

Boat-loving seagulls will have to poop elsewhere if a team of high school students have anything to say about it. The team, named Vanish Productions, recently won the top regional prize in New Zealand's Young Enterprise contest for their Ultrasonic Bird Repeller.

Need A Hand? How About A "Third Hand?"

The Third Hand Adjustable Parts Holder With Magnification is really a modest name for this smart gadget. Why "modest?" Because, the Third Hand is really like having four or even five hands!

Capturing the Leasing Market: Profit from Shared Office Space

In Good Company, located in New York’s Manhattan, is attempting to take the shared workplace to a new level by offering space solely to female entrepreneurs. Cubes & Crayons, in Silicon Valley, provides childcare for parents who share their office.

Bubble Wrap®: Useful For More Than Popping!

Your Bubble Wrap could be worth thousands. There's only one catch - you can't pop it.

Iraqi Expat Wins British Invention Award: An Inspiring Story

If you like stories of personal struggle that end well, you will like this one. It's about an Iraqi citizen who fled Iraq with his family to avoid the death squads of Saddam Hussein, worked day and night to support himself through the University of Derby in the East Midlands of England, invented a device....

Sharing A Meal Begins In The Oven! "Brivet" by DK Ahn

DK Ahn's new designs, debuting at the London 100% Design show, are a small but varied banquet of practical, cultural, intuitive and spiritual sides of the artist, as well as the enormous talent, both as a designer and an inventor, Ahn possesses to express those sides.

Russia’s Super Rich: Submarines Trump Yachts

What are wealthy Russians pouring their money into these days? Yachts appear to be a passing mundane fad, and one super rich man has upped the elitist ante not only by buying his own submarine but by making it himself! Read on, no matter how deep your pockets may be.

Is DogPause® The Answer To Some Dog Eating Disorders?

"Wolfing down food" is instinctive to wolves because if they don't eat their prey fast, another animal will. Unfortunately for many domestic dogs, they've inherited that instinct from wolves and wild dogs, but because of the domestic dog's more delicate digestive system, wolfing it down (or "wooffing it down") might end up as dog bulimia.

Ponoko Lets You Create And Sell Your Own Products

Do you have a design idea for jewelry or other products but don't know where or how to get started? There is now a solution in Ponoko, the world's largest marketplace for product plans.

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Davidson & Associates Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million

We just received this interesting piece of news. Good news for the everyday inventor!:

Pittsburgh Invention Firm Settles With Feds For $10.7 Million Davison & Associates Was Sued By FTC -- 3:08 pm EDT July 14, 2008

Sliced Bread, Move Over: Contest for Next Best Thing

Yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of sliced bread. In honor of this momentous occasion, Times Online and News.com.au have launched a contest to find the best thing since sliced bread. Read on for details.

Great Invention Idea? Fork Timer

Are you a fast eater? Are you done with what’s on your plate before anyone else even starts eating? Don’t worry; there is a simple solution for you.

Great Invention Idea? A Birthday Cake Candle Extinguisher

If you don't want to blow out your birthday cake candles, don't fear the Birthday Cake Candle Extinguisher (Patent Number 3150831) is here. Although I don't know why you wouldn't want to blow out your candles - it's the greatest thing ever.

Shed Some Light On This: The Transforming, Energy Efficient Lamp

A Chinese college student has created an energy-saving lamp that brings in more light the bigger you make the lamp shade. And it has a smiley face!

Fashionably Scientific Butterfly Dress

Wouldn't it be great if clothes could function as an ice-breaker and literally invite a conversation - or better yet - instigate one?

The Butterfly Dress does just that.

Inventive Estonia : The Most Connected City in Europe

Estonia has been benchmarking itself against Finland, Ireland and the Asian Tigers from the point of view of raising the competitiveness of their economy.  Estonia's innovation performance currently ranks it among the "moderate innovators " -alongside the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Cyprus and Spain and improving, over recent years, compared to the EU average.

Chilly Dogs: A Cool Solution For Military Working Dogs

Military Working Dogs (MWD) are often on the front lines with our troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have saved countless lives by locating explosive-laden vehicles, improvised explosive devices (IED) and weapons caches intended for use on U.S. troups. Chilly Dogs are now helping MWDs protect our troops.

Pig Bladder Re-Grows Human Finger, Scientists Cry Foul

A man who chopped off his finger accidentally reportedly re-grew it using a "magical" substance from a pig's bladder.

Ideas Above My Station

I've gradually become aware, over the course of my last 500 or so ideas, that there are several modes of thinking from which ideas for inventions emerge.