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Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella Provides Cutting Edge Rain Protection

The Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella protects you from post-atomic black rain, gushing founts of enemy blood, storms of fire arrows... and the occasional mild drizzle.  

Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

Hood Mounted Air Bag Could Provide Much Needed Protection for Pedestrians

As long as there are cars on the road, there will be accidents. Because of this auto manufacturers have spent substantial amounts of time and money trying to develop safety features that will decrease the chance of a serious injury in the event of a crash. While this is all fine and dandy, what about when the object being struck by the vehicle isn't another vehicle, but rather a pedestrian? What can we do to improve their chances of survival? This is exactly the question that a team of crash specialists from Cranfield University have set out to answer.

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Google Flu Tracker Follows Swine Flu (AH1N1) Trends In Mexico

Google Flu Trends, which earlier this year won a coveted best digital innovations Netexplorateur Award, is being put to work to follow searches in Mexico for words or terms that are flu oriented. Though Google is calling its Flu Trends Mexico "experimental," so far, the Mexico tracker is trending true to what might be expected from the swine flu, now officially called the AH1N1 flu.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Hitachi Takes the Lead in Lithium Ion Battery Technology

Advances in Lithium Ion Technology have been fairly consistent, but many of them are relatively small and provide little to helping improve the overall effect of battery powered devices. Hitachi has broken this trend with a battery they say could become the new standard for the automotive industry.

NKOTB Contest Reveals Tink! & Flies Winners To NYC

In an effort to capitalize on the buzz created by "tink!" Jordan Knight and other members of the New Kids on the Block band will be flying two "contest winning"  fans to NYC. The viral social media experiment originally initiated by Jordan Knight on Twitter appears to have formulated a life of its own as NKOTB fans have been tweeting themselves silly trying to figure out just what tink! means.

Pumgo: Stairmaster Meets Scooter

Kind of a scooter, kind of a bike and kind of a stairmaster, the Pumgo is all about exercise.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Breaks 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank of Fuel

A few days ago, a team set out to try and find the maximum number of miles you could squeeze out of one of Ford's new Fusion Hybrids. After some substantial amounts of coffee and snacks, the final number is in, and it may surprise you.

All Boxed Up: The Fitness Cube Keeps Your Home From Looking Like A Gym

Most of us don't have a special space for a real home gym, but the Fitness Cube, by the French fitness club and gym equipment/sports clothing manufacturer, Domyos, is clearly made for those small home and apartment dwellers who want everything in a home gym without having it take over our living spaces.

Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest: Big Protection, Small Package

The Swim Guard Lifesaver vest offers all the protection of a traditional life vest, but keeps it wrapped up in a sleek, form-fitting package.

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.