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Chalktrail: Biking & Art Together At Last!

Who needs bike add-ons that require batteries, flashing lights and complicated parts that require an adult to help? Just strap a Chalktrail onto the back of your kid’s bike or scooter and the art makes itself!

Make The Manliest DIY Invention Ever For Instructables “Manly Craft Contest”

Do you have an idea for a DIY project suitable for Chuck Norris, Han Solo or Captain America? Then you’ll want to share it with Instructables and Civilware for a chance to win some ultra-manly prizes from the Manly Craft Contest!

Need This New Invention? Belly Button Cheese

Trust the Irish to try things that would make the rest of the world go "yuuuuck" Perhaps it is an innate curiosity and tolerance for the unusual, but The Science Gallery in Dublin has an exhibit of cheese on display. This isn't your run of the mill cheddar, Swiss, and Gouda show. No, this cheese has been made with, um, human bacteria collected from a variety of areas on the human body.  In short -- it is human-flavored cheese.

From Homeland To Home Deliveries, Drones Target Afghanistan & The Amazon

For those addicted to the HBO's hit series, Homeland, the writers have inserted drones into their plot lines almost as if they were dark villainous anti-heroes. Last season, lead character Sargeant Brody sought revenge for a drone attack gone sideways killing innocent Iraqi children. This season the unmanned aerial vehicle is now used as "eyes on the ground" allowing Brody to seek covert asylum in Afghanistan...

Win A Galaxy Nexus Tablet & Much More In The Instructables Holiday Contest!

Instructables is hoping to award 18 creative inventors with a slew of awesome prizes for demonstrating how to build the greatest Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza gifts of all time. Show off your special holiday themed gifts, décor and snacks for a chance to win 2 second visit from Santa!

Win Hundreds In The Airpatrol Controller Casing Design Challenge!

The AirPatrol Crew is actively looking for designers to create a controller casing for the latest model of the AirPatrol heater and air conditioning control device. They’re ready to reward up to five designers for their efforts, with a cool $750 going to the top case design…

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Win A Set Of High End DIY Goods Via The “Build My Lab Contest”

Tekla Labs and Instructables have teamed up to present the Build My Lab Contest, where they are hoping for brilliant DIY’ers to create helpful lab equipment that real scientists can use, as well as creative “Lab Hacks” to make their jobs easier. You know you want that Dremel Kit!

Win A 3D Printer & More From Maker Geeks’ Hardware Hacking Contest!

Maker Geeks and Instructables have teamed up for a contest to showcase the best ways the DIY community hacks hardware to make out-of-the-box retail goodies function exactly how we want them to. Who’s ready to share how to hack cameras, smart phones and PC’s for prizes?

Need This New Invention? Digital "Lollipop" For Your Computer

There have been jokes about creating smell and taste for television for many decades. Well, now that dream is coming true -- well, sort of. It isn't the smell part, and it isn't the television. Researchers at the University of Singapore have discovered that they can replace four of the five basic tastes by delivering a small dose of electricity to the tongue. So they can match flavors to what you see on your computer screen -- and no, you don't have to lick your computer screen to get the job done either.

Need This New Invention? Invisible Bicycle Helmet

There are several issues with using a bicycle helmet that make people really not want to use them -- they can be hot, itchy, uncomfortable, and make you look silly. Worst of all, it can ruin your hairdo and give you a terrible case of helmet head. There has to be a better out there -- and there is. It is an "invisible" bicycle helmet created by designers in Sweden.

Need This New Invention? Inexpensive Test For Cancer

A test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer that costs only 3¢ per test to produce has been discovered. It is not the product of a long-suffering scientist spending years hidden in his lab, nor that of a large medical corporation with millions of dollars to spend. No indeed. It was developed by a 14-year-old science nerd who looks like a cross between Harry Potter and actor Mitchell Musso.

Bacteria-Free Vegetables With Fresh4Longer Food Rinse

Vic Cherikoff, an expert in food microbiology as well as other disciplines, has spent a good portion of his life trying to solve food-related problems which we face every day. The latest leg on his problem solving journey finds us face to face with Fresh4Longer natural food rinse - the answer to all vegetable storage nightmares. Surely this requires further examination?

Win Awesome Backpacking Swag From Instructable’s Outdoor Projects Contest!

The Instructables crew is seeking out seasoned outdoorsmen and backpackers with handmade projects to share to the benefit of swimmers, climbers, campers, hikers and rugged outdoorsy folks everywhere. If you share your survivalist/ outside fun expertise, you’ll earn some excellent camping gear!

Enter The 3D4D Challenge & Create Protective Sunglasses For Kids!

Your mission is to design a pair of 3D printed and cost effective sunglasses to protect children from Pterygium. (Surfer’s Eye) Not only will you help kids in Guatemala, you’ll also have a chance to win a huge boost of career support from the Dreambox Team!

Design Living Space Of The Future Via D3 Housing Tomorrow Contest

D3’s annual contest is back once again, and they’re looking for inspired minds to share incredible new ideas to revolutionize the structures that humanity calls home. If you’ve got a few cool plans to change urban sprawl, the interiors of our homes or communities as a whole, shoot for the $1,250 grand prize!

Meet Quirky’s 5 Newest Inventors!

Crowd-supporting website Quirky regularly receives ideas from inventors for a chance to have their proto-inventions made into mass manufactured products. Let’s take a peek at the latest batch of innovators and their interesting ideas:

X-Out Is Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Like No Other

Representing the third installment in a not-at-all-planned series on Jim Ruck inventions, the X-Out fire extinguisher offers kitchen safety at its most modern and effective. Yep, as good as crazy food-related inventions are, there is obviously nothing better than a device which could directly save lives.

Industrial Designer Develops Wireless 'Smart Jacket" For Premature Babies

An industrial design student received her PhD cum laude last month for her design of a Smart Jacket for premature babies. Her creation will, no doubt, launch a successful career for a new graduate, but change the lives of millions of premature infants and their families...

Incredible Site Allows The Blind To Scan Cans

Site is a truly commendable project from inventor Jim Ruck. With the aim of helping blind people to solve a long standing food-related problem, the Site device offers a crucial service, and does so in an extremely practical, modern and effective way. Something tells me this bad boy will go far.