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Innovative Solar Panel Parking Lot Could Someday See The Light

A parking lot made from thick, hexagonal solar cells tough enough to support the weight of a tractor? It's more likely than you think.. A 12-by-36 foot prototype "solar parking lot" made from the super-tough panels can generate enough power by day to keep nearby street lamps and signs safely glowing at night.

Green Chariot E-bus Brings Ultra-Capacitor Technology To Europe's Gray Streets

Look Sofia, no batteries! After proving its all-electric, ultra-capacitor, no-batteries technology over seven years and 8 million kilometres in Shanghai, China, the innovative Chariot E-bus is bringing its talents to South Bea, er, make that Sofia, Bulgaria.

Could The World Cup's Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Be The Next Frontier Of Medical Technology?

On June 12, the World Cup in São Paulo is going to be kicked off in a very unique fashion: a paralyzed young adult will walk onto the field in a robotic exoskeleton to deliver the first kick. There are some who trumpet this as a step towards making wheelchairs obsolete...but is it?

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Vietnamese Speedboats Made From Salvaged USAF Fighter Jet Fuel Tanks Are The Bomb!

From swords into plowshares; from external fuel tanks into speedboats. USAF fighter jets jettisoned thousands of external fuel tanks over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and a significant number have been re-purposed into some of the sleekest speedboats ever to bomb down a river!

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

Chinese Winery Has A Capital Idea For Their Bathroom Design

One might say China's making progress in the field of luxury bathroom design but in reality it's the opposite: they're making congress.

+ Pool Could Be The World's First Water-Filtering Floating Pool

How many people actually swim in the Hudson and East Rivers? Not many. New York City is surrounded by water, yet the water isn't the cleanest and that deters potential swimmers. That's where the + Pool comes in. This community pool will float on one of New York's rivers and filter the river water through its walls, making the water inside the pool clean and great for swimming.

2015 Cadillac CTS-V Special Edition Coupe Limited To 500 Cars, 3 Colors

The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Special Edition is Cadillac's way of closing out this sleek two-door model in style. The all-new 2016 CTS-V is only being offered as a sedan, so a mere 500 coupe fans will have a chance to drive a very special Caddy into the sunset.

The Coolest New Dog Toy GRINZ, Bounces, And Holds Treats Too

Who can help but smile at these two happy-looking dogs?  Those are not wax Halloween teeth in their mouths, but the new Grinz Ball by lifestyle-for-dogs company, Rogz, that will surprise and delight you and your dog....

Mike Nori & Wasabi Popcorn Makes A Great Movie Munchable... Especially If The Movie's Godzilla

Snackin' on sushi: not just for one-percenters anymore! Frito-Lay Japan's new Mike brand Nori & Wasabi popcorn heats up the traditional movie-time munchable just in time for Godzilla 2014 but it'll only be available for a limited time, so get it while it's hot!

Czar & Driver: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Russian Automobiles

Russia is known more for cranking out tractors and tanks than designing and manufacturing quality motor vehicles, which might explain why the world's largest country makes some of the world's strangest cars.

Micromax X352: Dumbphone And USB Battery Charger In One Device

Micromax's new “feature” phone looks like a pretty cookie-cutter example of these devices nowadays. Except for the mammoth battery inside, that is, which you can re-purpose as a USB charging bank for your more expensive mobile devices.

Innovative Food Research: Products Reflect Changing Diets

What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.

Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo Rocks The Catwalk In Rosso & Grigio

The UK-only Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo may be the most stunning Fiat 500 variant yet. Sporting two-tone livery of metallic Rosso Officina topped by Grigio Pista, Fiat's pocket rocket has never looked so good.

Veloschmitt's KR E-250 Personal Transporter: The Messerschmitt Reloaded

If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.

Make Your Picnic Posh With The Picnic Trolley

No awkward, bulky coolers will do at a picnic where the Picnic Trolley is going! Made in Great Britain (Wales, in fact), "the mecca of high-end picnics," the Picnic Trolley is brought to you by the incredibly innovative Pro-Idee Concept Studio....

Cisco Leads The Charge In The Application Economy

It's hard to believe that mobile devices while a couple of decades in the making didn't achieve mass adoption until Apple launched their first iPhone in 2007. With it's customer-pleasing multi-touch interface and application distribution platforms, a number of competing mobile operating systems joined the fray quickly to meet the burgeoning demand. Smarphones, tablet computers and other hand-held devices ushered in tech advancement . . .

Turtle Shell Style EDAG Genesis Concept: 3D-printed Auto Body Of The Future?

The EDAG Genesis displayed at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show is to road-ready cars what a preserved turtle shell is to a living, breathing turtle. The comparison is more than cosmetic since the 3D-printing technique used to create the seamless, one-piece body was inspired by one of nature's toughest tetrapods.

Chinese Air Force Trains Monkeys To Seek & Destroy Bird Nests

China's Air Force doesn't monkey around when it comes to protecting their bases from wayward birds... scratch that, actually they do! A pair of macaques trained to seek out and eliminate bird nests near a PLAAF base are doing just that, destroying 6 to 8 nests per day each and permanently clearing 180 nests in just their first month on duty.