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Essay Contest Asks Teens To Look Into The Future... To 2059!

Imagine what your life will be like 50 years from now? What new inventions will have changed life dramatically in 2059?  How will people do their jobs? How are they educated? How do they travel, communicate, recover from illness or injury? Teens 12 to 17 are called upon to write about one invention that they see changing their own futures.

Squad Positioning System Could Save Firefighters' Lives

It takes guts to run into a burning building.  Due to the chaotic nature of the situation, navigation through the smoke and flames is difficult.  A firefighter could benefit from a device to aid in navigation--and the Squad Position System is the gadget for the job.

New Artificial Heart Biomimics The Heart Of A Cockroach

Did you ever wonder what makes the cockroach so resilient?  Maybe it's the cockroach heart that has as many as 13 pumping chambers, as opposed to human and animal hearts that only have four pumping chambers.

One Man's Mecha Is Kind Of Heavy On His Feet

Sarah Palin may have put Wasilla, Alaska on the map, but she and her family are not the only thing that's newsworthy there.  Wasilla just may be the home of one of the heaviest "mechas" in the world -- not the kind you'd want to partner in a ballroom dance class, that's for sure!

A Memory Improvement Program Gets Big-Time Test... And Passes!

With so many marketing "specialists" trying to get at our supposed savings, all advertising directed to the boomer is straining my credulity.  But there's a memory fitness program that's been independently studied and been shown to roll back memory ability by an average of 10 years and improve mental processing by 131 percent in subjects over the age of 65!  I hype you not!

DIY Solar Charger Wins United States Of Efficiency Contest

Jerome Kelty of Boulder County, CO was so concerned about how much carbon dioxide was being released into the air simply by the charging of iPhones® and iPod Touches®, that he decided to build his own solar charger for them and a range of other devices with USB ports.  He won a new 'green' Mac computer, and you win his DIY instructions for the solar charger!


Rescue Reel Saves Your Tail

The Rescue Reel is a safety device designed for use in skyscraper catastrophies. Escape through the window and rapel down the side of the building down to safety much quicker than you could ever do in the emergency exits.


Interactive Data Glasses Bring Information to Your Eyeballs

Forget all the recent rage over electronic readers, take it a step further with these OLED Interactive Data Glasses.

Bioengineering Student Discovers Key To Early Cancer Diagnosis

Cancers that are detected early have the best chance of being cured but, until now, there were no methods of detecting cancer at its earliest stages.  Raj Krishnan, a PhD student in bioengineering at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), has created a technology for the early diagnosis of cancer, giving new hope and possibility to cures that have eluded cancer victims for years because their diagnoses were too late.

Is Your Job A Pain In The Neck? The Necprotech

All occupations can sometimes be a pain in the neck, but there are some -- like house painting, window cleaning, fruit picking, and automobile repair -- that literally leave their practitioners with a pain in the neck from looking up most of their days. This pain can be so severe as to be a safety concern, as the inventor of the Necprotech knows very well.

Where Water Is Scarce, You Can Drink The Air!

In desert climates where the ground may be too dry for even a cactus to survive, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and their colleagues at Logos Innovationen have created a method for getting drinkable water from... the air!

Grab A Cup Of Joe From The Eco-Friendly Solar Roast Coffee Company

The coffee industry, as a universal role, takes a toll on the environment for any number of reasons that go against sustainability. But that's not what we're talking about here today, instead, I present you an eco-friendly coffee company that allows you to drink that morning cup of joe without the guilt of the environmental consequences

Haygain: Unique Hay Steaming Process Brings Respiratory Relief To Your Horse

Respiratory problems affect the health and performance of one in six horses. Horses that are stabled, even part time, are even more likely to suffer from some degree of inflammation of the airways, even if they are asymptomatic. So, what's a horse lover to do?

EmWave Wins 2009 Food Innovation Award for nutraREV™ Food DryingTechnology

If you've ever eaten frozen blueberries, or paid a fortune for a small bag of dried blueberries, you will appreciate the innovative technology of nutraREV (soon, I hope).

Call For Inventors! Walmart's Innovative (GREEN) Product Search!

How are you doing on your projects for PetSmart and As Seen On TV? Because here's another Innovative Product Search, this time from Walmart! Ya Hoo! They're all calling for you and your super-duper problem solving inventions, but they have to be GREEN! Here's the nutshell version of Walmart's needs...

Bump, Bump, Bumpit Up On Your Way To Big, Beautiful Hair!

Listen up Southern Belles, there's finally a hair accessory that will allow you to set your dozen cans of hairspray aside, and once again allow you to run your fingers through your big, big hair. Get ready; it's time to bump, bump, bumpit up!

Weird Sleep Patterns May Be Helped By Special Blue Light Goggles

... Studies on the effects of this personal light treatment device will continue, but its arrival on the market can not come too soon to those whose lives are affected by sleep disorders and, in the case of elderly persons, their caregivers as well.

Heliotropic Biomimicry: Solar Panels That Follow The Sun

Solar panels that track the sun currently involve the use of motors and electronic control systems to move them and convert the power to energy.  But a team of engineering students at MIT, inspired by heliotropic plants that move in the direction of the sun all day (like a sunflower), have developed a new method of motivation for the photovoltaic cells to move.  Their invention won first place in MIT's Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest (MADMEC)  -- a $100,000 prize!

All In The Name Of Security: The 'Killer Chip' Invention

You thought you'd take a trip abroad to see some relatives in Bizwackistan. Upon your arrival, Bizwackian inspectors implant a tracking device in your arm to "make sure you don't overstay your welcome." What they don't tell you is that if you miss your flight out of the country, be you ill or otherwise indisposed, you will die.

A Bagel Slicing Technology? Meet The Not-Just-For-Bagels Bagelpod™

If you've never had a sandwich on a real New York bagel you haven't lived.  Fortunately, you don't have to live in New York anymore to get an authentic bagel; there are great bagel shops all over the country.  But bagels, like rolls, buns, muffins, scones, and other roundy breads, need to be cut through the center and as I know all too well, they don't stand up nice and straight so you can slice them easily.