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Researchers Have Figured Out How To Power Your Cell Phone With...Pee?

The next time you go to the bathroom, you might end up charging your phone in the process. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of West England have discovered a means of powering up a cell phone using a stream of urine; a technology known as "microbial fuel cells."

What Would You Say If You Could Tweet To An Alien?

Let's say you're suddenly equipped with the means to send a Twitter-style text message into deep space. What would you want to say? Is communication even possible?

A group of researchers at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science want to find out, using the Jamesburg Earth Station.

Hello Kitty Beer Looks Cute, Tastes Like Fruit

Call it a case of Sanrio Meets Sangria but Hello Kitty Beer is not only real, it'll get you real drunk in a real hurry. The officially licensed wobbly pop comes in a half-dozen different tropical fruit flavors, is rated at 2.3% alcohol by volume, and is only available in Taiwan and mainland China.

EnerGenie's ePP2 “E-Paper Printer” Ebook Reader Could Replace Your Inkjet

It's a curious way to market an otherwise normal e-reader. Energenie's ePP2 acts as a virtual printer when hooked to your computer, allowing you to “print” documents to it for viewing on the large e-ink display.

Seven Amazing Bedroom Technology Innovations Available Right Now

Recent innovations in bedroom stuff and sleep technology are now available to help you sleep better. Or at least sleep classier. Take a look at these seven amazing bedroom innovations.

The New Nikon 1 AW1 - World's First Underwater Digital Camera With Interchangeable Lenses

Nikon recently announced the Nikon 1 AW1, the world's first digital camera with interchangeable lenses that can all be used underwater. It will also be simultaneously launching two dedicated lenses for this camera.

Chemo Beanies: Stylish Head Coverings For Women With Cancer

One of the ways that women define themselves is through their hair. It is a major part of their individual identity. It is part of the reason that the Nazis often shaved the heads of women in concentration camps. For women undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing hair loss it compounds trauma upon trauma. Scarfs can be slippery and unstable and wigs can be uncomfortable and strange-looking. However, the love of two sisters has led to the creation of an additional option -- the Chemo Beanie.

The pBone: Plastic Powers Resurgence Of The Trombone

If you've never heard a trombone quartet, you've been missing a spectacular music experience.  There's nothing like four talented trombone-crazy musicians playing a classical or jazz piece together.  It's just - well, it's wild and infectious.. And the pBone, the world's first full-size trombone manufactured with ABS plastic, caught on so well that it became the world's best selling trombone last year partly because Bones Apart, a British trombone quartet, took it up as their cause, giving educational tours in British schools with their pBones.

 

Shwing Sneaker Wing Accessories Add Lift To Your High-top Lace-ups

Forget Red Bull, Shwing sneaker accessories give high-top lace-ups real wings in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Simple to install and remove, Shwings kick your flighty fashion sense to a new, higher level and are also a great way to add new dash to well-worn footwear.

LittleBits Brings Modular Design To Electronics Innovation

Inventor Ayah Bdeir thinks she might just have a lock on a reliable, unique way to foster electronics innovation in the average consumer: modular design. To that end, Bdeir has invented littleBits - circuit-board building blocks that quite literally make electronic design a snap.

Pot Stinkers: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese Toilet Brushes

A filthy toilet bowl is disgusting and dishonorable anywhere in the world but Japan seems to take the issue extra-seriously, if the country's plethora of overly cute, overtly complex and over-engineered toilet brushes is any indication. These 10 weird & bizarre Japanese toilet brushes bristle with innovations designed to turn every bathroom in the nation into a cause for water-closet celebration.

Samsung May Want To Buy Your Startup

Samsung is throwing $1 billion at startups in the hope of competing with Google and Microsoft after their acquisition of Motorola and Nokia, hoping small entrepreneurs are able to come up with great ideas for their products.

Poo-pourri Traps Embarrassing Bathroom Odors- No Sh*t!

Poo-pourri stops foul bathroom emissions before they have a chance to permeate their surroundings. Talk about a new idea that’ll really make waves!

The New Perspective: Art is Everywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag tweaks that slightly with his common object art installations, clearly stating that there are two other ways to live your life, as though nothing is art, or as though everything is art. You can probably guess which perspective he holds.

Beauty And Brains: Science Award Winner Creates Bioplastic From Banana Peels

Proof that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive recently came in the form of a 16-year-old Turkish woman, Elif Bilgin. Over the summer she won the 2013 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The invention that garnered the resident of Istanbul, Turkey, the $50,000 prize was a method for turning banana peels into bioplastic.

What New Innovations Are Coming Soon In Bathroom Technology

The bathroom renovation of the future will include more than just new technology. New innovations will include more customizable and programmable features than ever. Connected bathrooms will be the norm, as toilets automatically open and shut or clean themselves. Potentially offensive or embarrassing odors and noises will be a thing of the past. Your connected scale and toothbrush might monitor your hygiene habits or send reports straight to your doctor and dentist. Nope, not creepy at all. So take a look at what's coming soon:

'State Of The Art' Indoor Dog Toilet: No Smell, No Mess?

.... State-Of-The-Art claims to contain your dog's pee in a hermetically sealed tank for up to a week and, unlike indoor dog potties that are covered with artificial grass, there's no urine smell emanating through your home from the dog toilet!

Artificial Intelligence Could Replace Humans In As Little As Five Years

According to one technology engineer, machines could take the place of humans within sales, call center and customer service positions within the next five years. That's a scary thought, isn't it? Do his predictions hold water, though?

AbleGamers Launches Consultation Lab To Help Disabled Gamers

The fine folks over at the AbleGamers Foundation - an organization devoted to improving the lives of the disabled through video games - yesterday announced the opening of their first game lab, geared specifically towards gamers with special needs.

 

Chill Out With New Innovation In Sleep Technology: The ChiliPad

Innovative new sleep technology helps keep sleepers more comfortable at night. Check out this new product to cool things down - or heat them up - in bed.