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14 Interior Innovations Sweep Awards At IMM Cologne 2009

The seventh IMM Cologne Interior Innovation Awards were announced today at the end of a week long home furnishings fair in Cologne, Germany. The international jury granted 25 design awards to 14 products, including three awards to young designers (the D3Awards) and five "Best of Best" awards.

Purse Security System: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6876756 refers an anti-terrorism device known as the Container Security System. The concern for security is a sad hallmark of our times, but this patent may not be able to prevent terrorists from hiding out in your purse in order to gain access into the country. Read on, but don’t expect to feel any better

Obesity May Be Caused By A Virus

Scientists say that obesity can be caught just like a common cold.

Pets Provide Many Benefits For College Students

In the interest of having something to do, I guess, researchers at Ohio State University found that pets can provide support, companionship, and stress relief for college students who live with their pets. Now more than ever, college students need whatever help they can get to overcome the stresses encountered on the bridge from home to career. Better dogs than drugs.

Toilet Annunciator: Great Idea?

Patent#US 6937155 dates back to 2005 and reflects the idea that a toilet needs a personality. The Toilet Annunciator yearns to be a part of the family it serves and not just some cold porcelain apparatus that everyone takes for granted. Read on but you may need to flush quickly.

How Sweet It Is! Chocolate Beer, Your Sinful Obsession

Chocolate beer is the latest Japanese entry in the bizarre drinks sweepstakes. Imagine the sinfully sweet combination of  rich cocoa and full-bodied beer... and thank Sapporo Brewery for bringing such a delightful nectar to market!

Symbol for Chinese New Year Becomes Stone-Age Ox

In an attempt to recapture the golden promise of the past, China’s most famous animal sculptor has created a very special ox in honor of the Lunar New Year. This not just any old ox, mind you, as not all oxen are created equal. Read on for details.

Pants With More Than One Zipper: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6789269 dates back to 2004 and concerns Pants With One or More Zippers on The Rear Thereof. For those among us who feel one zipper just doesn’t quite cut it for fashions that need “more cheek”, this may be just the thing. Others may never be convinced, no ifs and or butts about it. Read on and be amazed at the very least and whatever at the very most.

New Russian Diesel Submarines: Innovative and Very Scary

The Russian navy is creating a new diesel submarine named Lada. Although construction of these kind of submarines actually began a few decades ago, the Lada has become known as the navy’s “brightest innovative project.” Read on for more details.

Lip Enhancer: Great Idea?

Have you always wanted pouty lips? Do you secretly feel that sullen is always the way to go? Well, then, consider yourself as having arrived at your destination (wherever that is) with Patent# US 6830590, which is also known in the non plastic-surgical world as a Lip Enhancer. Read on for more vainglorious details.

Russian Chemists Develop Composite Material Better than Polyethylene

A new composite material developed by Russian chemists resembles polyethylene, but has greatly improved properties as it is much more rigid and better able to resist high temperatures. Read all about this new material’s remarkable components and what they indicate for the fields of science and technology.

New Medical Reform Plan for China

China's State Council has promised to spend 850 billion yuan (123 billion U.S. dollars) by 2011 to provide universal medical service to the country's 1.3 billion population. Read more about this long awaited medical reform plan.

Get Personal With A Towel Warmer!

Hammacher Schlemmer has some really neat gadgets, stuff you never even consider, but when you see them, you say to yourself, "Boy, that would be nice!" So, that's what I said to myself when I spotted the Personal Towel Warmer.

Pizza Prep and Delivery Unit: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6858243, also known as the Pizza Preparation and Delivery Method and Unit, involves a method for providing a consumer with a freshly-baked, pizza-type food product by using individually frozen ingredients, combining them and then baking them in less than five minutes in a mobile, compact and autonomous baking/selling unit. Read on and then inform pizza delivery places that may have failed you in the past if they should eat their hearts (or at least their pizza) out.

Chocolate By Design

Of course, design is not limited to architecture or interiors or hi-tech.... Design is not limited at all. And to prove it, some very well known interior and product designers are getting into chocolate design. How would your valentine enjoy geting one of these chocolates made by the famous French Chocolat Factory for 5.5 Designers?