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Peugeot Chooses Design Challenge Winner

For the past 5 years, Peugeot has held a design contest that gives young designers a chance to produce a concept for a large company. This year the theme was "imagine the Peugeot in the worldwide megalopolis of tomorrow," and the winner has been chosen.

A Rubberband Contest For Kid Inventors To Stretch Their Minds

There's a really cool contest going on now for students grades 5 through 8, challenging them to invent something with one or more rubber bands. It's the first of its kind, according to the sponsors, and just thinking about using a rubber band in something totally new has got to be a stretch.

Flatshare Refrigerator Wins 2008 Best iGeneration Design

Out of nine tremendously creative and functional household designs produced by the finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition, one design really stood out in the judges minds: The "Flatshare" Refrigerator, by Austrian design student, Stefan Buchberger, whose inspiration came from sharing a flat, of course.

Powerslides Galore on the New Leanster

When it comes to agility on the road, sport bikes are pretty hard to beat. That won't stop people from trying though, and Brudeli Tech thinks they may be close to reaching that goal. Their new bike based design, called the Leanster, adds a new level of excitement on and off the road.

Russian Scientists Design Mechanical Nurse: Is the Doctor In?

Whoever would have thought a visit to the doctor’s office might end up being a journey into the world of sci-fi? Read all about this new medical appliance from Moscow State University that will be capable of taking blood samples and delivering the results without the assistance (or salary) of a nurse.

Microchip Storage of Individual Genetic Codes: Russian Reality by 2020?

Within the dynamic world of nanotechnology, Russian experts predict that by 2020 any individual will be able to afford a microchip, which will store his or her genetic code since birth. Read on for details.

Don't Let Your Martini Suffocate!

As a red wine drinker, I know that to fully experience its bouquet and taste, red wine should be poured into a wine decanter and left to sit for between one hour and two days, depending on its age, before it is tasted. I did not know that aerating was important for white wines, champagne, and even martinis!

Russian Scientists Expand Horizons of Thermo-Diagnostics

Natural thermal sensors are a byproduct of millions of years of evolution. If you don’t believe this, just ask any law-abiding mosquito how he or she always knows just where to bite into a “fresh warm lunch” or put another way, into objects which are warmer than their environment. Read on, even if your appetite is suddenly waning.

Wall Street Journal Announces Innovation Awards For 2008

The Wall Street Journal announced the recipients of its 2008 Technology Innovation Awards. The top award went to Vidacare, a U.S. firm, that created the EZ-IO device, a high-speed drill that delivers medications and other fluids directly into bones.

Japan's Robotic Unicyclist... Yes, Wheelie

Japan is widely heralded as being in the forefront of robotic technology, and this new, self-balancing schoolgirl robot is just the latest example. "Seiko-chan" was designed to ride a unicycle because, well, we're not quite sure but we do know it's cool!

Phonevite® Gets Best In Show From Public And ITEXPO West

Phonevite™, an Internet-based telephone messaging system that debuted last year, has won Best of Show at the 2008 Technology Marketing Corporation's Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) West, beating 150 other competitors for this prize. This already very popular service is just getting its recognition from the technology community.

Small Bathroom? Make It Vertical With Vertabrae®

Hate your small bathroom? Vertebrae® is a new vertical bathroom design by Design Odyssey Ltd. that will give you your space!

Russia’s Navy in Venezuela: What’s Really Going On?

Washington officials have not been taking the recent Russian and Venezuelan joint naval exercises being conducted close to American territorial waters very seriously. Some, however, are questioning what kind of forces these warships will present in the near future. Read on for some disturbing information.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Bullet Proof Bras For German Police

Bullet resistant bras are ready for delivery to about 3,000 German police women who are in frontline duty. It's about time too.


First The Knees, Then The Hips, Now Back Replacement? TFAS®!

TFAS®, a new joint procedure that can restore full use of your spine, just as knee and hip replacements can restore the functions of knees and hips, is being tested in the U.S.

Russian Engineers Design New Pet Tracker Collar

A four-year old Labrador named Sheldon has the honor being the first dog in the world to wear this special new device. Read on and learn more about this amazing GLONASS satellite navigation system.

Russian Scientist Finds Cure For Smelly Feet: Bombs Away!

In keeping with the old expression about putting “one’s best foot forward,” a Russian scientist has developed a cure for smelly feet and athlete’s foot. Learn more about this new nano-technological triumph and…you won’t have to hold your nose!

"Hook And Go" Because You Can't Get An Octopus To Carry Your Grocery Bags

An octopus could easily handle my grocery bags, but one would certainly cause concern in my local market. Octopuses are terrible cleptomanics. But thanks to the Hook and Go people in San Francisco, I'm going to can the octopus.

From The Inventor's Workshop: Dog Poo Goes Walkies

Walking your dog just got a lot easier. Having a picnic possibly just got a lot more dangerous.