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Europe Honors Its Best: European Inventor of the Year Awards For 2008

The 2008 European Inventors of the Year were awarded yesterday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Even if you don't recognize the names of the inventors, you will certainly know their inventions and the contributions those inventions have made to the world during the last 10 to 15 years.

Driving for Pregnant Women Becomes Safer

Becoming a first time mother is full of new experiences and worries, starting from the moment you discover you’ve conceived. Everyday activities such as driving can become worrisome, especially when you find that everything from your favorite jeans to your seatbelt no longer fit the way they used to!


Hold Me, Hug Me, Touch Me... The HeartBeans Coffee Grinder

You are not, by far, the only one who can't survive without your morning coffee. But is your love of that bring-me-into-the-world-of- the-living cup of coffee strong enough to power a coffee grinder with your heart?

Coffin Couches Take Resting to New Levels

Next time you want to take a load off, how about stretching out on a casket that has been converted into a couch?

Brilliant Invention! Vanguard System For Better Breast Cancer Detection

This new MRI table and accompanying breast detection software not only take better pictures, but they allow immediate medical intervention, if needed. That's why the Vanguard System inventor, Cameron Piron, President of Sentinelle Medical Inc. just received a Best Innovator 2008 Award from the Ontario Premier.

"I'll Take the Stealth Spray Paint Please"

Stealth technology is easily in the top 3 most important technological breakthroughs of the century. Without it, countless more lives would have been lost over the years. Recently, Werner Nickel, a German Inventor and scientist, took the design a step farther by making the same technology available in paint form.

A Fighter Jet Inspired Jet Trike

Not everyone can fly a jet fighter. But if you put your mind and wallet to it, you can come close. Which is exactly what Rich Hanner of Philadelphia, PA decided to do. The final result was a Jet-Trike modeled after an F-14 Tomcat that turns more than a few heads.


MimicCreme™ Scores Best Of Show At Expo West 2008

MimicCreme™, the all vegetarian real cream substitute by Green Rabbit, LLC, was anointed Best of Show today by VegNews, a vegetarian lifestyle magazine. The 2008 Expo West, one of the largest natural product trade shows, was held in March this year, in Anaheim, CA.

Got Allergies? Stick a Filter Up Your Nose

Prevent allergens from triggering your allergies by...sticking a filter up your nose?

Clean, Green, and Mean! Lotus® Your Tap Water!

Time Magazine picked the Lotus® as one of the Best Inventions of 2006, and the inventor, Steve Hengsperger, just won the Ontario Premier's Innovator Of the Year Award, 2008, for his two Lotus inventions. What is a Lotus and why is it used as a verb?

Great Invention Idea? Easy Clean Baby for Mother's Day

Have you ever seen a kid so dirty you wish you could just tie him up to a tree and spray him down? Or perhaps the kid in question is too young for such measures, so you think about grabbing the child by the shoulders (neck?) and repeatedly dipping him into a warm tub filled with soapy water. Unfortunately, the modern tub is too big to accommodate little tykes safely for either method. Thankfully, the United States Patent Office once again comes to the rescue of American families everywhere.

Aptera Hybrid Gears Up for Production

While the spotlight has been on Fisker and Tesla and their legal issues, a small company out of California has been working hard to get ahead. Aptera and their Typ-1e vehicle are set for release towards the end of the year, the best part being a $30,000 price tag.

Aging Skin? A New Stem Cell Rejuvenation Cream In The Pipeline

Some say that the first 1000 year-old person is already alive! If I am that person, I sure don't want to have 1,000 year old skin! Heck, I don't even want 50 year-old skin! Maybe a new stem cell cream will keep my skin as young as my uh... body.

Microsoft Security Kit to Help Law Enforcement

Online crime is rising at an alarming pace. Authorities are often ill-equipped both in equipment and skills to fight these types of criminals. Microsoft has created a security tool kit called COFEE (Computer Online Forensics Evidence Extractor) that will help law enforcement agencies in investigating cyber crimes.

Crosswalks Of the Future

It's common knowledge that crosswalks, although very handy, can also be very dangerous. It only takes one driver who isn't paying attention and you have a situation that could end very badly. Thankfully, a new concept design from the mind Hanyoung Lee should help to reduce the number of such instances drastically.

Smarten Up With BabySmarts

New moms will receive a lot of advice before baby arrives, but now they can make a game of it with the high-selling BabySmarts game.

Chill Out With Wine Chilled To Perfection

Most of us don't have wine cellars or even wine refrigerators in our homes. But, never mind; the Ravi Instant Wine Chiller chills your wine in just a few seconds, takes up infinitely less space, and saves you a whole lot of money. So chill out! You can drink your wine as you like it.

The Answer to Gridlock in the Next Decade

So I was heading across Denver the other day and in the process I must have seen a dozen Smart for2's. So I started to think about how amusing traffic jams are going to look in the next 10 or 15 years. Assuming all of these concept cars make it into production.

Computers in the Palm of Your Hand - Computerized Combat Glove

Soldiers may soon be getting a wearable computer device in the form of a glove. The Handwear Computer Input Device by Rallypoint, an MIT startup, allows soldiers to initiate communication, control digital maps, and send commands all while still holding their weapon.

Dogs Cloned For Drug Sniffing Jobs

These dogs are sweet-looking, aren't they? According to the South Korean Customs Service, they are all very good natured dogs, very trainable, and exceptionally good at sniffing out drugs. They should be; they've been cloned from Korea's best drug sniffing dog.