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Japanese Five-Sided Oranges Look Weird, Taste Great, Won't Roll Off The Table

These new and “improved” five-sided oranges from Japan look weird, taste great and they won't roll off your table. Even more awesome, an alternate way of reading the kanji characters used to describe them makes these freaky fruits great good luck gifts for anxious students.

Read This Book -- Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies

All too often, computers in the classroom are treated like typewriters or filing cabinets -- just a convenient place to type and store information. For teachers and students interested in creating better classrooms by engaging with technology in a deeper way, Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies by Scott Lloyd DeWitt is a must-read. In this book, Dewitt details why -- and how -- to use the web to transform learning.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept Is A 21st Century Baja Bug

The way VW's gorgeous new Beetle Dune Concept turned heads at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, you'd have thought a bikini-clad Kate Upton was on the reviewing stand. Unlike the pneumatic supermodel, however, a production version of Volkswagen's reimagined Baja Bug may soon show up on the streets of your town.

Design Donkey Calf Raise Attachment For Smith Machine, Win $1,000!

3D Technology and GrabCAD are looking for talented exercise equipment designers to develop an attachment for Smith machines to make donkey calf raises comfortable, safe and easy to perform. Share your fitness prowess, and you can earn up to $1,000!

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.

PetChatz Lets You Bond With Your Pet While Away

Pet parents will soon have another way to communicate with their dogs and cats while they're at work or out of town.  PetChatz, which will ship in just a few months, is now pre-selling its Greet & Treat Videophone - imagine Skype that delivers treats and scents!

Scientists Develop Spider-Man Robot For Space Exploration

Many of the distant planets researchers want to know more about aren't really great for wheeled probes. In order to pore over the surface of thes worlds, scientists have to get a little creative. Take researchers in London, for example, who just developed a robot based on the superhero Spider-Man.

Design Razor’s Latest PowerWing Scooter, Win Big!

Hey inventors! How would you like to innovate the classic three wheeled body-powered scooter for Razor USA, Siemens, Luxion and GrabCAD? There’s cash and prizes if you impress the iconic scooter makers!

SAGE: A Self-Administered Test For Alzheimer's Disease

I have mixed feelings about taking tests to see if I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease or some other age-related cognitive problem. The thought scares me to death - like most of you, probably.  But rationally, I know it's best to learn about it early if you have it.  This particular test, the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE), was so readily available I couldn't not take it, especially if I wanted to share it with you....

 

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

Are Yakuza Action Figures Pokemon For Adults?

Gotta catch 'em all... before they catch up to YOU! These new Yakuza action figures bring the gritty intensity, tattooed imagery and distinctive fashion sense of Japan's criminal underworld to every collector's display shelf.

Need This New Innovation: The Revolving Cradle, A Drop Box For Unwanted Infants

The baby drop box, revolving cradle, baby hatch, or stork's cradle is actually something that had been around in one form or another for many centuries. They were very popular during the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries when they were called foundling wheels. The custom has been coming back in the past few years and bringing with it controversy over making it "too easy" for women to abandon their children.

Innovative Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

Unveiled at the Spring 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System has all the indications of a gadget that might actually help consumers. The Smart Sleep System monitors your sleep experience and actively works to improve it using light and sound.

Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.

Georgia Tech's Using Human Arms To Make Robots More Accurate

One of the biggest driving forces in robotics innovation is the manufacturing industry. See, the machinery used to construct cars could easily tear a human apart of miscalibrated. The latest development comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a control system developed using the human arm.

Need This New Innovation? Marijuana Vending Machine

As of January first the state of Colorado is either going to pot or up in smoke. Maybe both! The state had already made history by becoming one of the first two states to legalize the medical use of medical marijuana. As of the New Year the state became the first to legalize the drug for recreational use. Within days the marijuana dispensaries faced shortages and sold out. It may be time for a new distribution system for this hot (or pot) commodity -- vending machines.

For Peace Of Mind, Buy A Security Wallet! (Product Reviews)

.... You can go to your credit card issuer and ask to have your debit and credit cards re-issued without an RFID chip or you can protect your cards, all of them, by buying a secure wallet or credit card case to protect the cards from e-thiefs. I don't often carry my money and my credit cards in the same case, so I ordered a well-reviewed wallet and a few credit card security cases to try them out.  Here's what I like...

 


Valve Creates A Holo Deck; Gives The Technology To Oculus

Today at Steam Developer Days, Valve reportedly unleashed a 'holodeck-level' virtual reality demo on attendees. The bad news is that this demo won't be made available to the general public. Instead, Valve will be providing the tech to Oculus, with whom the studio collaborate on future VR hardware.

Open Wide For the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush

It seems like practically everything has Bluetooth capabilities these days, but there is one place the technology hasn’t hit yet- your mouth. That is, until now. Get ready; coming soon to a mouth near you is the Kolibree Bluetooth Toothbrush.

Your Own Video Game Cloud: Steam Home Streaming Service Now In Beta

As Valve's Steam Developer Days conference kicks into full gear in Seattle, the studio began sending out the first invites for Steam's in-home streaming beta. Pretty soon, Steam gamers will be able to play games in their library on other systems, even if said games aren't installed.