Invention

Wingless Ladybugs Promise Lasting Pest Control

Ladybug Ladybug fly away home, your house is on fire and your children will burn... Sorry kiddies, Japanese researchers from Nagoya University have produced "wingless" ladybird beetles that stay on (or near) the plants they're supposed to protect.

Far From The Computer World, Bill Gates Is Killing Hurricanes

Ever wonder what Bill Gates was going to do after he resigned from Microsoft®?  Well, here's one thing he's doing -- inventing ways to stop hurricanes before they hit land.   Is he God or Don Quixote?

An Electronic Ruler That's Smarter, Easier, And Even FUN To Use!

Everything's going digital, why not the old wooden ruler?  That's what industrial designer Shay Shafranek was thinking when he created the Electronic Ruler, but he also thought of ways to make calculations simple, exact and fun to use for everyone from school kids to professional architects.

Humpback Whale Inspires Best Wind Power Turbines: WhalePower Tubercle Technology

The average humpback whale weighs about 36 tons, yet it is one of the most graceful swimmers, divers, and jumpers in the sea. WhalePower's new wind turbine technology owes its performance to what it has learned from from studying just what makes the humpback whale so aerodynamic.

Wearable Gadget For The World Traveler: Watch For Jetsetters

Those looking for the latest wearable gadget needn't look any further, because the Hamilton ODC X-02 Quartz is the latest gadget available for the world traveler.

Chewing Robot Chomps Away At Summer Science Exhibition

If the human jaw was not so complex, perhaps a Chewing Robot would not be an asset to dental research.  But the jaw lets us chew in so many different ways, that humans turn out to be not-so-efficient testers of dental materials.

High-Flying Kites Bring Wind Power To New Level

"Warning: Energy Kites Ahead" might read the electronic transmissions to pilots... that is if some of the wind energy producers have their way. They're trying to put their "kites" at 30,000 feet or so to harness more wind energy.  What would that mean to you? Oh, just reducing your energy bills from 11 cents per kilowatt hour to 2 to 4 cents per kilowatt hour.  Did they just win your support?

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.