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Chocolate Tool Set Is The Key To His Heart

Buying a tasty Valentine's Day gift for the mechanically minded man need not be a wrenching decision, just order up these cool chocolate tools from Frantz Kobe Sweets!

Invaluable Resource On Eco-Smart Materials For Designers And Inventors

Whether you are an architect, designer, product developer, or inventor, your newest creations and those to come would do well to be made of ecologically viable materials.  Whether the materials are natural or  synthetic ones that have be recycled, worldwide consumer ethics point towards a market that prefers to purchase eco-smart materials.

'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Ibrides Animal Trays Inspired By Romantic Period Portraiture

Europe's kings and queens were never represented so brilliantly nor paid more homage than the stunning animal portrait trays of Ibrides Rachel Convers.  Though totally waterproof and dent-resistant, you might be in for some criticism if you actually allow a drink to be placed on one.

Chinese 'Bandit' Accuses Apple iPad Of Theft

Apple's iPad is barely a few days old, and it's already facing potential litigation. On the heals of China vs Google battling over censorship and Gmail hacking issues, Apple is having its own altercations with the Chinese. This time around, instead of debates with the government, Apple is being held up by bandits, literally.

Martin by Ibride: A Domesticated Donkey Cabinet Makes A Versatile Design

This is Martin - Secretaire, a domesticated donkey whose photo may not indicate his size.  Though he carries the old fashioned designation of Secretaire - what is usually assumed to be a small writing table in the corner of a living room - Martin is not petite or old fashioned.

Top Five Performances At 2010 Grammys

The 2010 Grammys seemed more like a 3 1/2 hour concert than it did an award show. For those that missed it, or those that just want to see an encore, there were five performances that stood out from the others (20 in total). As an 'invention" news site, InventorSpot  is known for finding the best of the best, and these TV performances were the most 'inventive' I have seen in a long time. Don't be surprised if you don't see the big winners of the night listed (namely Beyoncé and Taylor Swift).

Kia UVO Challenges SYNC Infotainment System

Infotainment systems are slowly but surely becoming just as common as air conditioning in today's vehicles, and for a good reason. As we become more dependent on new technologies, it only makes sense that we want to use them all the time. Advancements like these are likely why Kia has introduced their UVO system.

Volvo Looks to Replace 5-Cylinder Lineup with Turbo-4's

It seems like all of the world's automakers these days are beginning to realize the potential of smaller turbocharged engines. Thankfully, this rarely comes at the expense of performance, making them extremely versatile when it comes to sportier models. Volvo has given us yet another example of this with their latest GTDi Engine.

Australian Facial Recognition System to Halt False License Applicants

Having your driver's license suspended or revoked is a serious matter. Even more serious is the number of people who have had this happen and then successfully applied for another in a different state or even county in some instances. The Australian Police have developed a new computer system to help cut down on these occurrences which could eventually make its way into the US.

Audi Teams With NVIDIA to Bring Google Maps 3D Navigation to the 2011 Lineup

As expected, Audi has given us another upgrade to their constantly improving Multi Media Interface for the New Year. This iteration features not only a more impressive visual experience, but will also include a 3 Dimensional representation of buildings and landmarks.

Neuroimaging Can Spot Schizophrenia Before It Manifests

"Pharmacological treatments for schizophrenia remain unsatisfactory, so clinicians and researchers like myself have started to dig in another direction," says Professor Ina Weiner, lead researcher. "The big question asked in recent years is if schizophrenia can be prevented."

Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 1

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 of the 22 winning furniture designs, plus the Wallpaper* Furniture Designer of the Year winner in Part 1.

 


Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010: The Interior Design Winners, Part 2

Sure, you can get a list of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 anywhere.  But you want to see the designs, not just read their names on a list!  So, we've gathered them for you.  Focusing on the best interior design awards, here are 11 more winning furniture designs in part two of two....

BMW Brings the 5 Series into the ActiveHybrid Lineup

BMW's ActiveHybrid lineup has been slowly but surely expanding to encompass nearly every size of vehicle offered by the Bavarian Auto Maker. While the 3-Series ActiveHybrid will likely be enough for much of the market, BMW has also decided to redesign a 5-Series to offer a slightly more upscale variant.