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Harvard Researchers Have Turned Termites Into Robot Builders

A group of scientists at Harvard University have just developed the latest in biomimicry: a group of autonomous construction robots whose behavior is based on real-world termites. It is hopes that these TERMES, as they're called, will eventually create a fully automated work-force.

Solve The Stabilizer Leg Suspension Challenge, Win $1,000!

The crew at Novative Designs Inc. are looking for a creative solution to a problem concerning one of their hauling machine’s stabilizing legs, and if you can solve it, you could earn up to $1,000 for your design expertise!

Exercise Your Thighs Every Which Way: The Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer

Never fear, you can achieve perfectly sculpted thighs, especially now that the Omnidirectional Thigh Trainer exercises your thighs every which way and then some....

Beer Vending Machines In Sochi Spread Canadian Generosity

You don't have to look to far past television sitcoms, or big-screen comedies to see Canadians presented as generous, polite, and friendly human-beings. As an actual Canadian, won't burst your bubble and imply that these social perspectives aren't universal norms. Instead, I will further promote that ideology by showing you what Canadian is doing to encourage global connections in Sochi - through beer.

Hacker Dad Creates The Perfect Air Hockey Opponent

In a true display of Macguyver-like ingenuity, Spanish hacker Jose Julio has cobbled together an intelligent air hockey table using nothing more than a PS3 camera and a 3D printer. The table, he explains, was for his daughter - though I'm sure he enjoyed building it as much as she enjoys using it.

Get Inspired For Dutch Design Competition USA 2014!

Calling all Dutch and American inventors! Kikkerland and Shapeways are teaming up to produce 500 copies of your Dutch-inspired item. Time to bury them with an avalanche of fun ideas!

What is the Leia Display System? Well, it's... Cool.

Within the next five years we may have holographic telephone systems akin to the Dejarik game in Star Wars (you know... the one with the little monsters... "Let the Wookiee win").  I don't know about you, but I can't wait!

Need This New Innovation? A Skateboard That Stores Your Stuff

Corporate America has been changing a great deal over the past couple of decades. Unlike generations past, today's workplace is filled with adults who just don't want to scrap all the stuff they loved as a kid just for the 9 to 5. Will the briefcase go the way of the tie? Maybe not with the invention of the BriefSkate -- a skateboard with a storage compartment built right in.

Lotteria's French Fries With Chocolate Dipping Sauce: A Salty & Sweet Valentine's Day Treat

Valentine's Day is on the way and Japan's Lotteria fast food restaurants have got an extra-special unexpected sweet treat for you and your nom-nom-nomming significant other: fries with a side of chocolate dipping sauce!

Real-Life 'Breaking Bad' Kingpin Captured In The Deep Web Running eBay Of Vice

Life became stranger than fiction when federal authorities arrested the notorious hacker Ross Ulbricht [aka 'Dread Pirate Roberts'] for crimes mirroring the fictional character of Walter White in the award-winning TV drama, "Breaking Bad." Drug trafficking, money-laundering and cold-blooded murder transformed a mild-mannered physics student into an underworld kingpin, just as it had for a chemistry teacher in that five-season AMC thriller.

Here's A Tip: The Touch Point Stylus Pencil Topper

Sometimes a real simple idea can make a big difference in how we accomplish things.  I think this very small, simple gadget has the capacity to do just that, and it comes out at a time when most of us can use it - and chuckle while we do....

This Robotic Arm Is Learning To Perform Surgery By Painting

If an artist offered their steady hand to perform life-saving surgery on you, would you allow it? What if that artist were actually a robot? Turns out, the skillset required for painting and that required for surgical cuts have more in common than we thought.

June Bracelet Combines Ultra Trendy Style And Anti-Aging Benefits

Getting a new piece of jewelry is exciting! Finding a way to avoid wrinkles is, in my opinion, even more thrilling. Imagine my joy in discovering the June bracelet that combines both.

Will The Real Sherlock Holmes App Please Stand Up?

Little did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle realize when he first introduced "Sherlock Holmes" to the world in 1887, that some 125+ years later, the world would still not be able to get enough of this irascible literary character. Not only has there been over 100+ actors who have stepped into this famous detective's shoes on stage, screen, radio and TV since the early 1900s --  in just this past few years --  21st Century actors, the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. . .

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

Video Games And Security: Kinect Is Montitoring The Korean Border

If you own an Xbox, Kinect probably isn't watching you. That's a very good thing, especially considering it's definitely got the capacity to basically be Big Brother. Just how strong is that potential? Well, let me put it this way: A Kinect-based security system is now monitoring the Korean DMZ.

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!