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Onion 'Future News' Replacing Social Media News For A Fee - No Joke!

The slogan for a new news format is: "A lot of networks report the news as it happens, but only one has the power to report the news before it happens." The tag line is: "To stay ahead in today's world, you have to know what's going to happen in tomorrow's." Catchy catch-phrases - but is it enough to warrant a price tag?

UC Berkeley Chemical Biologist Wins 'Oscar For Inventors'

An internationally known chemical biologist, Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, researcher, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor, from the University of California at Berkeley, has won the most prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize for $500,000, dubbed the 'Oscar for Inventors.'  This award recognizes individuals who translate their inventions and innovations into technologies that improve our world.

 

Time Magazine: Foursquare Is Narcissistic & Farmville Is A Time-Suck Addiction

Time Magazine, the legacy magazine long regarded as the hallmark for insightful lifestyle and cultural commentary seems to have missed the mark with its latest inventions rankings. In its "50 Worst Inventions," both Farmville and Foursquare are listed alongside "Smell-o-vision" and "Snuggies for Dogs" - a list that is distinguished by what Time describes as "the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb."

Top 10 Inventions Of 2010: Popular Science's 'Garage Invention' Awards

They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine.  Here are the 10 winning inventions...

 


Stanford Team Cleans Up $200,000 Winning MIT Clean Energy Prize

Three PhD students from Stanford University's chemical engineering program took $200,000 back to their new California business yesterday, after winning  MIT's Clean Energy PrizeC3Nano, a spin-off of Stanford's chemical engineering department, was started to commercialize their invention, and it could use the prize money to get things going!

 

Sealed Air Pops The Seal On Bubble Wrap Contest, 2009-2010

One of the yearly invention competitions that kids really get into is the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Out of 2500 entries to the fourth Bubble Wrap contest, Sealed Air, the inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, has announced 3 finalists and 12 semi-finalists in the 2009-2010 competition.  The neat thing for kids and grownups is that you can make them yourselves!

Patent Applications Backed Up: So Are New Jobs

Switzerland slid past the U.S. to first place in the 2009 - 2010 Global Competitiveness Report, a biannual report published by the World Economic Forum.  There are many elements that contribute to a country's competitiveness, but the Forum puts a lot of emphasis, as it should, on innovation capacity.  If innovation capacity were the only factor, the U.S. probably would not make it to the top 20.

 


Contact Lenses Correct Your Vision Overnight: PauneLens

Before I knew that you weren't supposed to sleep in your contact lenses, I did.  And boy, did it feel fantastic to open my moist eyes in the morning and see clearly without having to search for my specs. Now, a Spanish optometrist has patented a contact lense that can correct your vision problems. And he wants you to wear his lenses overnight!

 


UC Davis Team Wins Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup 2010

This past weekend at the new Newseum in Washington, DC, Microsoft sponsored the finals of its eighth U.S. Imagine Cup, one of the nation's toughest student software competitions.  After three days of demonstrating their new technologies, a few dozen team finalists were pared down to one grand prize winner....

 

Name That Lawn Mower Blade For $500!

Edison Nation is holding its fifth Name Search Challenge... this time for a new lawn mower blade.  The inventor apparently refers to it as a "Samurai" because, like a Samurai sword, the curved blade slices the grass instead of chopping it.  Ouch!

Ron Docie To Write for InventorSpot.com

InventorSpot.com is proud to announce that Ron Docie, author of  "The Inventor's Bible, How to Market and License Your Brilliant Ideas" which is considered by many to be THE definitive guide for inventors will be joining InventorSpot.com as a  regular Featured Guest Blogger.

New Desalination Membrane May Reduce Costs For Drinkable Ocean Water

...Southern Californians are told over and over again that desalination is extremely costly and that no one wants to pay for it, but we still wonder how we can sit right on the coast of the largest body in the world and not focus all of our human intelligence on getting usable, affordable water from the sea.

Adspecs: Self-Adjusting Eyeglass Lenses Bring Eye Care To 3rd World

These ad specs have nothing to do with the size of an ad you are placing with Google.  These Adspecs are self-adjusting lenses that an Oxford University physics professor, Josh Silver, invented to bring sight to millions of people in the third world, where there are few eye care professionals to meet the needs of those with refractive vision problems.

 


Big Bang Too & 'The God(damn) Particle' Were A Smashing Success!

On Tuesday, March 30  at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.

USA Today's Commitment To Social Media

In my previous blog, "Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?" I talked about how some legacy newspapers like USA Today were in somewhat stalled position as to how best to work with social media. With USA Today's launch of their Social Media Lounge, I questioned if they were simply 'testing the waters' or jumping in with both feet. In a subsequent interview with Alexandra Nicholson, manager and social media strategist for the paper, she clarified some of these points and confirmed the paper's commitment to social media.

10 Chindogu: The Art Of Intentionally Making A Useless Invention

The Japanese say they invented it, but maybe they were just the first to name it.  The name, Chindogu, is becoming universally known and used to describe inventions that are useless.  Well, I don't know about Ben Franklin or Thomas Jefferson or the prolific inventor Leonardo da Vinci, but haven't most inventors created some useless stuff?  In fact, mostly useless stuff?

 


Laid Off, A Chemist Invents A Very Relevant Gadget: The Magic Toob Lampshade Leveler

I suspect your response to a lampshade leveler is going to be "So what."  Mine was too... until I learned how universally relevant this little gadget is now, and will be in the next few years.

Calling All Inventors! Casting Invention TV Show In Chicago!

If you can create an amazing gadget out of anything... If you love tinkering with crafts... If you go by the nickname 'mad scientist'... Then, an Emmy-nominated production company is looking for you to interview for a new series with a major cable network.

Worlds Collide: BBC 'SuperPower' Meets ABC 'V' TV Show

Two ethereal female guides offer help for planet earth. Both represent super powers. Both attempt to 'shock 'n awe' us into looking at our lives in different ways. The promos are similar in their 'otherworldly' approach and mood, but the intent is much different. One looks to inform while the other to entertain. Both connect with Barack Obama. While the president is actually featured in SuperPower's promo, the 'V' series has been interpreted as an allegory of the current administration, with its allusions to "change" and "universal health care."

AT&T Wireless Data Profits At Record High, iPad Traffic On The Way

AT&T now stands to make even more money than they're making now, which they said in a press release yesterday was a record high.