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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™.

Pomegranate Phone Ad More Than Meets The Eye

The ultimate gadget has arrived! Or has it...? Welcome to the incredible Pomegranate Phone advertising campaign.

Bubble Wrap® Competition Winner Invents "Swing Thing" For Sister

The Grand Prize went to eleven-year-old Tucker Haas from Charlotte, NC. His winning entry, entitled "My Personal Swing Thing," was inspired by his younger sister Lexi, who has Kernicterus, a physical disorder similar to cerebral palsy.

Inspired By Sea Life: Biomimicry Produces Power From The Ocean

BioPower Systems is an Australian company that creates technologies to convert ocean power into a renewable source of energy for other applications. Its assumption is that oceans must have the best possible technology within them for marine life to have evolved in them for 3.8 billion years.

Brain Helmet Could Help Save Lives Of Stroke Victims

Duke University bioengineers have created the first "brain helmet" capable of detecting a stroke in a matter of minutes, compared to the four hours it takes to detect from a traditional MRI or CT study. Particularly for the most common types of strokes, the brain helmet's rapid diagnosis could make the difference between recovery and disability, or even life and death.

Oreck Vacuum Zaps Germs with UV Rays

Vacuuming the home is definitely a mundane chore, but one necessary to live in a clean environment. Do we really get all the germs when doing this though? Oreck doesn't think so, introducing this week the world's first upright vacuum which uses ultraviolet light to kill all that nasty stuff on your floor.