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Great Invention Idea? The Most Practical St. Patrick's Day Accessory Ever!

This year, if you plan to mark St. Patrick's Day in the usual way, that is, somewhere other than church, then I've found the perfect accessory for you.

Innovation on the High Seas : The X-Bow

The need to conserve oil isn't limited to on-land travel. Ships of all sizes are being redesigned to increase efficiency and decrease oil consumption. The Ulstein X-Bow is just one of the innovations charged to help out.

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.

The LIFEcar : A Zero-Emissions Sports Car

A few years ago, a partership between a handful of British Companies began developing a zero-emssions sports car that was still fin to drive. The 100mph concept is finally complete and will be present at the Geneva Motor Show.

Need This? Electronic Laughter Meter

Not content with building our cars and opening our doors, now machines will tell us how funny we think things are.

Stainless Steel Gets a Facelift With Full Blown Metal Designs

British designer Stephen Newby's Full Blown Metal line redefines one's ideas about what might be expected from stainless steel, with pieces infused with such an airy quality that one could imagine they might just lift off like mylar balloons.

Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Plano Furniture is Off the Wall


Dutch designer Egbert-Jan Trijnis Lam started his company BuroJET in 2002. Trained in Eindhoven, this artist has been hard at work since the early 90s, focusing on all things related to design. One noteworthy creation is his Plano furniture, where 2D and 3D meet for a conversation. read more »

Robot Will Save (Some) Animals From Toxicity Testing



The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »

Self-Inflating Tires Will Keep You Rolling


It's a well known fact that keeping your tires properly inflated has numerous benefits. But sometimes it's just inconvenient to stop and check and re-pressurize. A new tire design from Coda Development can fix that and you don't even have to stop. read more »

China's Nanotechnology May Show Up in Sun Block

China may be taking the lead in nanotechnology, but not without spending millions.

uBox for Life : New Pillbox is Lifesaver

The Xbox is fun, but the uBox is a lifesaver. The device being tested in India now is an electronic pill box.

Bizarre Breast Massage Robot Ready to Bust Out



The Breast Massage Robot is the subject of a patent application for a robotic device which, according to the developers, is "capable to give physical massage to human breast the way professional massagers do." Considering that among the 4 types of breast massage robots currently sold in China include a "clamp type" and "electrostatic acupuncture" version, they may just have a winner on their hands!
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Why Malware Makes You See "Red"

China is facing plenty of problems with the Internet, thanks to a restrictive government. But at least it's getting a handle on malware. A new study reveals that Russia is to blame for most of the damaging software found online.

Eco-friendly Ship to Cross Ocean Powered By Waves



First there was the air-powered car, now here comes a wave-powered boat! The three-ton catamaran Suntory Mermaid II may not set any speed records on its May 2008 voyage from Hawaii to Japan but as the Tortoise once said, "slow and steady wins the race".
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British Elegance With Today's Technology


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Caterham Motors has already firmly established itself in the racing world. Apparently they questioned that and decided to create something that would make it even more definite. They joined forces with RS Performance and the Caterham RS was born. read more »

Ocean Explorers Sail into Storms to Understand Carbon Cycle


In a modern-day sea voyage, researchers plan to seek out the strongest winds in order to better understand the effect of weather conditions on the carbon cycle. read more »

Connected at the Hip: PVC-Wrapped Furniture


 

The work of Dutch designer Jurgen Bey in his Kokon line might not be anything you'd want to have gracing the inside of your home, but to be a casual observer of his unusual art is another thing. Working with layers of PVC wrapping, Bey uses techniques utilized by the aviation industry to create his somewhat disturbing hybrids of classic furniture. read more »

Zero Pollution Motors Bringing Air-Power to US


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Last year a company called Tata motors began producing the Air-Car in India. Recently, news broke that the 1000 mile-per-fill hauler will also be making an appearance in the States.

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Fioravanti Sees Future with No Windshield Wipers


If you have ever driven in the rain (I'm sure most of us have) you know that although windshield wipers are a blessing, when they don't work they are more of a curse. A concept car named the Hidra may change the way you see your wipers. read more »