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New Type of Interactive Paper Makes and Plays Sounds


No, there are no hidden wires here. It really is just the paper, along with a special conductive ink, that makes this paper listenable. read more »

Anti-Theft iPod Case Preserves Forbidden Fruit



The Elecom AVD-WLCA5G Anti-Theft iPod Case addresses a very important feature of Apple's revolutionary music storage & playing system - the ease by which they're stolen!
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LighTalk II LED Sequential Display Unit Amazes & De-Lights!



Not only can the LighTalk II LED Sequential Display Unit scan, store and display up to eight different images, it's unique Wireless Image Transfer function lets you send your designs to another LighTalk user!
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Triple Action Solar Car Kit: Review


Triple Action Solar CarTriple Action Solar CarDesigned for children ages 10 and up, the Triple Action Solar Car from OWI is a great introduction not only to the principles of solar power, but also basic electronics, switches and gears.
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Thanko's Silent Keyboard Cuts The Chatter



Silicone springing and anti-resonance technology make Thanko's Silent Keyboard 5 times quieter than a whisper!
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Light Up The Night With A Faucet Light : Product Review


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a 2005 survey of more than 1,000 moms, lots of blunders happen in the bathroom. For example, 85 percent have fallen into the toilet when the seat is left up. One quarter surveyed have resorted to using toilet paper for a wet child emerging from the bath when no towel was in sight. Better yet, 33 percent of moms have sleepily brushed their teeth with something other than toothpaste. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $50,000 for a Mattress


The Vividus, created by Swedish manufacturer Hästens, sells for just shy of $50,000. Vividus, the super-luxury mattress, uses all-natural horsehair, cotton, linen and wool in the various steps in the bed's manufacture. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $14,000 for a Tea Bag


Diamond Tea BagDiamond Tea BagPG Tips is a British company that makes tea (otherwise, this story would be even odder than it already it is).

Boodles jewelers (an exclusive jeweller based in the UK) made a diamond teabag to celebrate PG Tips 75th birthday. The tea bag was hand-crafted using 280 diamonds. The tea bag is valued at around $14,000. read more »

Better Than Coffee?


Remember Wake-Up Juice from Back to the Future III? (View a clip on YouTube here .) It was a concoction of flaming sauces that jolted Professor Brown’s body to immediate alertness after a night of whiskey sloshing. Today, dozens of energy drinks and pills flood the market claiming to keep your body jazzed up with hours of unlimited energy, but most of them have annoying side effects (rapid heartbeat, shakes), or lead to addiction (hello, coffee!). But what if there was something that kept you awake without the consequences of traditional stimulants?

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Have Money to Burn? $85,000 for a Teddy Bear


Teddy BearTeddy Bear

Steiff, a German company, has created the world's most expensive teddy bear. The £43,000 ($85,000) bear has fur made of real gold, and eyes made with sapphires and diamonds.

The new bear has a mouth made of solid gold, fur made from gold thread and eyes with pupils of sapphire and irises made from 20 tiny diamonds.

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Steiff only produced 125 of the golden Jubilee Bears. You can identify a Steiff bear by the button on its ear.

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Envirowoman Goes Plastic Less


Before you read this, I'd like for you to look around your house and take a look at all the items and products in your home that are made of plastic or contained in plastic. Start with your trashcans, your computer, your printer, the keyboard buttons, the phone, the clothes you are wearing, your pens, the fan, the remote control... How about your under-the-sink plumbing? In your kitchen, I bet there is a bunch of plastic stored away-Tupperware, dishes, cleaning products, parts of your appliances, condiments... In your bathroom: shampoo and conditioner bottles are probably made of plastic. Look in your medicine cabinets too and you'll find plastic medicine bottles and deodorants and mouth washes in plastic containers...
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Community WiFi : IdeaWatch 2.0


What's the worst part of relying on WiFi to run your business? The unpredictability! Many stores and restaurants advertise as being WiFi-ready, but you never know until you show up whether or not it actually works the way you need it to, or worse, whether or not you have to pay! Enter FON, a Spanish company backed by the likes of Skype and Google to develop a community-based WiFi network that literally spans the globe. And with limited penetration in the U.S., FON presents a unique opportunity for enterprising minds looking to make a little money on the explosion of wireless connectivity. read more »

Research Council to Fund Most Innovative Studies


The world’s most daring scientists and researchers will be chomping at the bit to obtain grants from the newly-formed European Research Council (ERC). The ERC was established to encourage exploration beyond the current boundaries of knowledge, and is part of the European Union’s Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7). FP7’s goal is to help Europe become the “most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world.” And they’re putting their money where their mouth is.
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What I Learned From...Letters from Iwo Jima


So you finally make it to the big presentation. That big sales call. Or you find yourself standing before a panel of judges in a contest. What do you do? How should you approach the situation? How do you get inside their heads? How do you convince them that your idea has value? Let's see what a recent film about one of the deadliest and most depressing battles of WWII has to say about the issue.
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What I Learned From...V for Vendetta


I'm a big believer that what you find to be true in one area of life often has far-reaching implications for other areas of your life. So I'm starting this series on little nuggets of truth, advice or experience that I come across that are relevant to the world of inventing, small business and entrepreneurship and that I hope will give all of you who have joined me in this often crazy, unpredictable and dangerously fun world something to think about. And what better way to start than with a little anarchy...
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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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Beer for the Discerning Dog


Last year, a Napa Valley woman created beer for dogs from malted barley, water, and “beef flavor.” It’s called Happy Tail Ale and a six-pack retails for $8.99 at stores across the country. However, the Happy Tail Ale now has an import rival for the dog with a discerning palate. To find out how to treat your pet to a special indulgence, read on.
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Have Money to Burn? Pay $163,000 for Hello Kitty


Who doesn't love Hello Kitty? I loved her as a child and still stop to look at her stuff.

Well, I guess its a question of how much you love Hello Kitty. I don't love her $163,000 much.

Sanrio came out with a platinum Hello Kitty. Its W3.8xH5.6cm and weighs 590g. The miniature Hello Kitty comes with seven hair ribbons made of gems including diamond, ruby, pink sapphire, amethyst and blue topaz.
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Contraceptive Pill for Men: This Sperm-tastic Invention is Coming Soon


Scientists at King’s College London recently announced work on a new contraceptive pill for men. A male form of the birth control pill isn’t a new idea, but researches have yet to find a concoction that is safe and reliable on a long-term basis. However, by taking a different approach, King’s College thinks it’s on to something.
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Solar Powered Holidays Decorations


Star on StakeStar on StakeIf you love decorating for the holidays, but would like to decorate a little more green this year, solar decorations are an option. Eco-friendly wreathes, icicles, stars, snowmen, santas, globes and even string lights are all available and ready to light up your home and garden. You won't have to mess with wires and in the long run, you will save money on your electric bill.

Take a look below at the list of solar powered decorations available.

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