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Engineers Create Biocomposites That Can Curb Global Warming

What we can do when we put our minds to it! Well, not "we," but a group of environmental engineers at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. They created an artificial wood, which is just as strong as the real thing, using biocomposites that are completely biodegradable. This faux wood has the potential of saving our forests, reducing green house gases, and actually shrinking landfills. Stay tuned... these researchers are on to their next big breakthrough.

Mother Is Necessity For This Invention: Escape By Nora Flood

Necessity, the saying goes, is the mother of invention. But in the case of Escape, a portable fire escape ladder, Mother was the necessity for the invention.

Vote Fact or Fake? Vivid Rainbow Colored Flowers

Don't you ever just wish that the common easy to care for and affordable flowers were beautiful and had vivid coloring? That's were Vivid Illusions comes in. Vivid Illusions comes in a wide variety of hues and promises to be able to radically alter and enhance the color of any flower it's fed to.

Dynamically Augmenting Wheel System to Change the Way We Take Our Corners

When it comes right down to it, wheels are pretty much impossible to improve on. Sure, you can reduce their overall weight or have them specially made to match you project, but for the most part wheels have stayed the same for a very long time. The Dynamically Augmenting Wheel System or DAWS is out to change that.t

Beaded Ring Around Esophagus May Prevent GERD: The LINKS™ System

You may never have heard of GERD. It's an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease; it's also known as acid reflux disease. It means that contents of your stomach re-enter your esophagus after you eat. GERD can cause serious problems in your esophagus, leading to Barrett's Esophagus, and possibly to esophageal cancer. That is why a successful trial of the LINX™ System is important.

Stop Flushing Away Money

The average person wastes almost 16 gallons of water per day - not by showering, not by bathing -but by flushing the toilet. In a move that toilet inventor Thomas Crapper could be proud of, a British man has invented a device to save some of this precious water.

Vote Fact or Fake? Awaken To Cockroaches

Most people have a love-hate relationship with both bugs and waking up on time, with one company combining the two to hopefully inspire more love in their customers than hate.

2009 Lemelson-Caltech Winner Develops Superior, Cheaper, Faster Blood Test

Ophir Vermesh today became the first winner of the $30,000 Lemelson-Caltech Student Prize for his work in developing the Integrated Blood-Barcode Chip (IBBC), as member of a team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Vermesh is a graduate student in chemistry at Caltech.

Inspired By Dog Sniffing: RealNose

RealNose, a multi-institutional project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes it will be able to simulate dog-sniffing ability in an electronic sniffing machine.

Inventions By Women Wanted By Bed, Bath & Beyond

Ladies, get your inventive minds in gear; a large company is actually asking you for your ideas! That's right. Today Edison Nation announced a new invention contest sponsored by Bed, Bath, and Beyond (B3) that calls for product ideas to retail in its stores. This 'for women only' invention contest is scheduled concomitant with the recognition of American Women of Invention, this year recognizing the 200th anniversary of the first woman* to receive a patent on her invention.

2009 Lemelson-Rensselaer Winner Developed Carrier For Nanoparticles

Yuehua Yu, nicknamed "Tony," arrived at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI) in 2004 with a degree in chemistry and an advanced degree in polymer science from Nankai University in China. Today he received the Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize of $30,000 for his advancement in the fields of medicine, energy production and storage, water purification, electronics, and many other fields that work with nanoparticles.

Vote Fact or Fake? Sleep for Charity

Ever been late to an appointment or date because you kept hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock and ended up sleeping in? Wish that you had an added incentive to get up? Well now there is a way to make snoozing become very costly with this clock.

2009 Winner Of Lemelson-MIT Award Is Not Your "Average" Student

Geoffry von Maltzahn is a man whose inventions are helping to create not one, but several different paths for successfully treating cancer. He is 28 years old, a biomedical engineer in graduate school at MIT, and he has already submitted 8 patent applications, co-authored 19 papers, founded two companies, and mentors aspiring scientists. And in his spare time...

A Gel That Cushions Falls Can Also Stop Bullets: d3o™

A gooey gel that hardens on impact enough to protect the knees and elbows of motorcycle racers, the thighs and butts of horseback riders, and the toes of ballerinas, has been chosen by the British Ministry of Defence to protect its combat troops from bullets.

Fact or Fake? Wake n' Bake, The Bacon Cooking Alarm Clock

Heaven on Earth is finally a reality as you can now wake up every morning to the refreshing smell of freshly cooked bacon.

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Spark Awards 2009 Call For Entries

... The competition is in two phases; the first phase is now until September 11, 2009. But, early registration is definitely wise. It saves you money and it also gives you more exposure to the judges.

Flipping For An Upside Down Tomato Garden

The Upside Down Tomato Garden is an invention that's about time in coming. After years of trying to grow tomatoes in the ground and humanely keeping the gophers and rabbits from destroying them, I'm flipping for this gadget.

Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Super Invention For Home Growers And Canners: The Quick-Brix™

How do small farmers and home growers know when their fruits and vegetables are perfect for picking? Mettler Toledo, a company that has helped big growers, canners, and bottlers determine this answer for many years, has now created a portable measuring gadget for us small guys: the Quick-Brix™.