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Fighting Prostate Cancer with Fungus


The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)

Researchers at the University of Haifa, in Israel, have found a way to slow the progression of prostate cancer by using molecules derived from the Ganoderma lucidum fungus. read more »

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall: Narcisse Mirrors Might Be the Fairest


Designed by several different artists, the idea behind the distinguished Narcisse collection was to "free the mirror from its traditional frame" and renew its identity, rid of traditional codes... read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


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Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

The Future of Despotism: Blogging the Iranian Presidency


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While some in the U.S. may feel that a lack of governmental transparency here has led to significant shortfalls in recent policy decisions, those in Iran are getting the chance to chime in on policy while simultaneously learning a little bit about the mind of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Get A Hand On Naptime...Or Get Something Polyester To Do It


My mother was never the cuddly type when I was little, and perhaps she could have been if a product like the Zaky Infant Pillow had existed in the 1980s. Then again, I’m sort of glad it didn’t. read more »

Trendy Stun Guns for Women Now Come in Pink



"Taser", the popularly used term for any make of stun gun... it's the new buzzword (pardon the pun) on the news and online. Now stun guns are being marketed to women and the offerings run the gamut from shockingly sexist to insufferably cute.
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Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


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We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

Protecting the Environment with 5 Brilliant Ads


According to their website, the NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. They use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. read more »

To share their message, they have been known to use some very creative and nontraditional advertising techniques. Here are 5 of their best:

Sexy Lighting Comes Home with the Gilda Collection


Arturo Alvarez' latest lighting collection, Gilda, uses Italian Bisazza glass mosaic tiles in the creation of his tantalizing light fixtures. read more »

The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings


Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance? read more »

Report Cards Used for Advertising in Elementary Schools


Earlier this month, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood demanded that McDonald’s immediately stop advertising on children’s report cards. read more »

Deck the Trees: 5 Cool Holiday Ornaments


Looking for the latest and greatest ornaments around? I’ve done some investigating, and have found some clever and whimsical variations on the usual Santa and snowman theme. These funky ideas will help you to kick your holiday collection up a notch and bring some flavor to your tree-trimming. read more »

15 Best Holiday Pet Fashions & Costumes For 2007!

If you're not in the swing of the "Season" yet, maybe these adorable pets and their holiday fashions will put you in a festive mood. Christmas fashion is in for pets; the question is how will you keep up with them?

I've selected my favorite pet holiday fashions, as well as costumes, for 2007. Read on to see the awards for silliest, holiest, flashiest, most shocking, and other awards for holiday pet fashion this year, covering fashion for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and horses... the best pet Holiday outfits for 2007!

AquaMaker Creates Water from Thin Air


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In Israel, where water is scarce, a new device allows people to generate water from air. read more »

The Latest in Christmas Trees: 7 Modern Replacements for the Traditional Christmas Tree


Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »

A New "Spin" On Common Amusement



Adults are rarely satisfied with old-fashioned conveniences these days, so why should you expect your baby to be impressed with the same humdrum toys?
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Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Great Invention Idea? Pee for Fun and Prizes with the Urinator!


Patent Improves with Prizes!Patent Improves with Prizes!

For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »

15 Great Holiday Pet Gift Baskets For Dogs, Cats, Horses, Birds & Their Owners!



Gift baskets are always fun to receive, and pets love them as much as we do. This year's holiday pet gift baskets are more ingenious and beautiful than ever, with special ones for the dogs, cats, birds and horses that you know and love. There are even combination gift baskets, a one-shot gift idea for pet and pet-lover for Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah!

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