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New Anti-Flu Paint Whips the Bug


Yesterday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) scientists announced their creation of antimicrobial paint that kills the influenza virus and other harmful microbes like E. coli. Worldwide, influenza affects three to five million people and kills nearly a half a million annually, including 36,000 Americans. The groundbreaking paint’s compound mixture is thorny, stabbing holes in the membranes of the viruses and killing them. So, who’s funding the research? How will it be used? How effective is it?
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What Would Santa Want to Drive?


Everyone knows Santa drives a sleigh. And, while I’m sure it’s a very nice sleigh, if he and the missus are on holiday in Monaco, Miami, or Melbourne they’re going to need something a little more practical. A little elf told me Santa’s got his eye on the Los Angeles Auto Show’s Design Challenge for a lean, green, urban machine. Santa’s naturally concerned about the environment (global warming’s not so good for the poles), and the sleigh’s speed and agility have raised the bar for how he expects an automobile to perform. Nine innovative auto company's design teams won’t disappoint the big guy. From companies known for their environmental edginess to the makers of gas-guzzling monstrosities, L.A. will provide the backdrop for them to unveil their greenest conceptions on November 30. For a sneak preview, read on. (Gloria Campos wrote about two of the nine in her article, “Lean, Green, Driving Machines”. To read that article, click here .)
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American Inventor...British Style!


We have our American Inventor, but what about innovation from our neighbors across the pond? What are the final 6 ideas from the UK's "The Big Idea" invention contest? Who takes home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP?

Doddle your snooker and click here to find out! read more »

A Better Way to Ride a Bicycle


Love the idea of feeling the wind against your face as you ride your bicycle? Hate the thought of how your face gets bright red as you try to bike up the hill?

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed has found the perfect bicycle solution to yourdilemma.

Here's his article:

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For 2007, Schwinn will release a new line of electric bicycles. The bikes will be powered by battery and come in retro-chic styles with enough options for anyone interested in riding a bike.

I remember riding a bicycle as a kid. My first time without training wheels resulted in me hitting a telephone pool and then landing on a sewer. Good times.
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10 Completely New Ways to Turn a Woman On


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You men out there who want some helpful new hints for turning a woman on have come to the right place. I cannot speak for all, but as a woman I know something about how a man can get me going. In this article I have incorporated some simple new ways using inventive products to get the woman in your life to start looking your way. If your old tricks don't seem to be doing the job, give these new ideas a whirl! read more »

Video Games That Help You Lose Weight


GameRunnerGameRunnerToo busy with that game of Madden to hit the gym? Don't want to miss the Flavor of Love II reunion? Don't worry because modern technology has you covered.

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed lets everyone know you can get some exercise in without leaving your TV.

Here's his article

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With childhood obesity setting new records every year, this was inevitable: video game workouts. Has it come to this? Is this the only way to convince us to drag ourselves off the couch and get a bit of exercise? I'm afraid so. With parents worried about the ever-changing girth of their children and video game companies worried that their consumers --no pun intended-- might actually go outside into the sunlight, we have been blessed with video game and television workouts.

Lean, Green, Driving Machines


RecyRecyDo you ever wonder what we will be driving in the future? What we will use to fuel our cars? Will we still be using gasoline or is there hope for something cheaper, better, and more environmentally friendly?

 

Yes! There are alternatives and today we can already use some of them. Electricity, solar energy, and even algae are just a few of the many options. The green doesn't just stop at the fuel tank either. Even the exteriors of vehicles are getting green makeovers. Take a look at my list below and see what I mean. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $225,000 for Tequila


Platinum BottlePlatinum BottleThere's excess and then there is real excess. Can you imagine spending $225,000 on a beverage? I complain when I go to a bar and they charge $15 for a drink. Now I just feel plain silly about complaining.

On July 20, 2006, Tequila Ley .925 sold a single Platinum and White Gold tequila bottle for $225,000 to a private collector in Mexico City, Mexico. The liquor was made out of 100% blue Agave liquid and was aged for six years.
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13 REAL Haunted Places That Will Make You Cry for Mommy


Continuing this month's apropos theme of all things haunted, I bring a list of 13 of the most haunted places in the world. Paranormal activity is an international affair, and ghosts and apparitions toy with the living everywhere from California to Mumbai. This list will have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be haunted (The White House?!), but each one comes with tale after tale of weird and terrifying experiences with the phantom world. read more »

Dripping in Trash


Bottlecap Loteria BraceletBottlecap Loteria BraceletIf you like jewelry, art, and recycling, then you should take a look at the treasures I’ve found. Very creative people have come up with very innovative ways to turn discarded items into decorative jewelry. Are they alluring? It depends on your point of view, but if nothing else, at least they are environmentally friendly. read more »

10 Types of Bosses You Need to Avoid


My boss has been really been bugging me lately. I think I spend more of my day thinking about how to avoid him than I spend working on the stuff he needs from me. So, for this week's article, I had the bright idea of giving you some sage advice on the types of bosses you need to avoid.

I don't know about you, but when I think about bosses, it makes me think of asses, and when I think of asses, I think of ___holes, and without fail, when I think of ___holes, I think of toilets. How about you?

So here's my advice on the 10 Types of Bosses You Should Avoid, as demonstrated with the help of toilets: read more »

World's First Allergy Free Cat Can Now Be Yours


ALLERCA kittensALLERCA kittensSome people who are afflicted with cat allergies get itchy or runny eyes, plugged up noses and may even be plagued with shortness of breath. I break out in hives all over my exposed areas. Our cat rubs up against my legs: bloop! bloop! bloop! You can almost instantly see the repugnant patches popping up all over the place. But there is no reason to suffer anymore. Thanks to the company Allerca, Allergy affected cat lovers like me can now purchase the world’s first hypoallergenic cats!
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Cutest Dog Halloween Parade


It’s that time of year again when ghosts and goblins and Flappers and Ninjas hit the streets in search of loot. Halloween is upon us, so it’s time to get those thinking caps on to help dream up the perfect costume for the loved ones in your family.

For years, I have gussied up our dogs for the holiday so they can join in on the festivities. We have a pair of pups, so we usually opt for theme costumes. We have had Hula Boy and Hula Girl. (Yes, my dog did don a coconut bra.) I’ve rounded up some adorable costume ideas for you here to get you going on your Halloween brainstorming. read more »

Six Fun Ways to Carry Trash


Book PurseBook Purse In my last article, I introduced you to the world of inspiring chairs and their recycled parts. This time I’d like to show you that inspiration doesn’t always have to be so big and loud. Some times something as simple as a purse can make an impact on our society and the way we think about recycling.

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10 Valuable Life Lessons... Learned From Coffins



In anticipation of my favorite holiday, I decided to write articles this entire month dedicated to the best of day of the year, Halloween. So what do I like about Halloween? One thing about Halloween I enjoy is the celebration of death and the macabre.

I started canvassing through the typical "Halloween" stuff like scary costumes but then got distracted by all the cool looking coffins I found.

I think you can learn a lot about life from almost everything if you open yourself up to what they can teach us. Being brilliant, I came up with the idea that coffins can offer up some valuable lessons about life. So here is my collection of coffins and what I think they tell you about life: read more »

Five Amazing Ways to Use Portable Solar Power


Power PursePower PurseSolar energy isn’t just for your backyard. You can carry it with you too, wherever you go. Whether you’re traveling to a remote place for business, vacationing on a mountain, shopping nonstop for hours, camping in the wild, visiting family out of town or just walking from class to class on campus, you can power up with solar energy. How? More and more, solar panels are being added to clothing, bags and accessories as people become aware of the value and convenience of solar energy. read more »

How to Be Sizzling Hot - Guide for Men


Money CologneMoney CologneWant to be sizzling hot?

If you are pining to be treated like a prime piece of steak rather than dried beef jerky, you got to change your ways and get sexy.

In my relentless pursuit to help out my readers (and of course to see what I need to do to get sexy again), I have studied up this week on how to be hot.

So after doing all this research, I decided to write an article that really addresses the challenges men face in their quest to be hot. And you know I am not going to be so lame as to suggest some excruciatingly pitiful things like diet, exercise and plastic surgery.

Here are my exclusive super secret discoveries on some nifty solutions to the challenges men commonly face in the quest for hotness or 5 Easy Ways to Get Smoking Hot: read more »

Keeping Kids Safe... by Using Their Wrists


Child ID BraceletChild ID BraceletEver wish you could attach important messages to your kids?

Karen Magarelli, our newest guest blogger, is a mother of two, community volunteer extraordinaire, a fashion jewelry diva and is always on the look-out for a great new frugal find for the family. She has the solution for readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:
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Wacky Ways to Lose Weight


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Working on my article on Weight Loss Gadgets for the Lazy and Unmotivated last week, I came upon some unusual ways for people to try to lose weight.

Here are my picks for the wackiest ways to try to lose a few pounds... read more »