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Safety Nets Keep Pedestrians Covered When Beijing Manholes Aren't

Dropping out of sight through an open manhole might be funny in cartoons but in real life, not so much. China's capital city of Beijing is testing out a possible solution, installing safety nets under 1,000 manhole covers along with a reflective pylon that pops up if the cover is removed.

Air Hockey Playing Robot Adapts to Your Game

A team of researchers at Chiba University, in the  Namiki Lab, have been working on an interesting robot. The robot, which plays air hockey for a living, is designed to do something interesting. The robot is able to adapt to the way you play and get better at the game. 

What is a Nut Milk Bag?

What is a Nut Milk bag?  Well, when I stumbled upon these words in search engine, my ideas ran from practical to just plain unsavory.  Don't ask.  What you should ask is if you want one... and if so, does it work?

How Many Pandas & Innovators Does It Take To Fill A British Airways' Plane

'Pandas' and 'Innovators' were British Airways' only passengers this week on a couple of their historic flights. In two unprecedented promotions, giant pandas boarded one flight on Tuesday, June 11th to announce BA's first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005. The very next day, 100 innovators took part in the airlines' "UnGrounded" initiative, enlishted as a think tank hackathon team.

USB Silent Desktop Fan Blows Cool, Looks Even Cooler

This USB silent desktop fan from U-Like didn't come from the future or a 1950s sci-fi flick, it just looks that way. Designed to stand without a stand, so to speak, the fan rests on its side – any side – and quietly directs air upwards where it's most wanted.

8 Great Gifts For Dads For Father's Day 2013 And Beyond

Father's Day.  When you get to my father's age, it becomes quite difficult to find something original as a gift.  Ties, while quite nice, are well-overplayed and no longer an option.  Take him out to lunch?  Sure... but again, not the most original of ideas.  Movies are a good idea... but unless it's a drafthouse, it's really not that special.

So what to get for Dad on this Father's Day?  Well, here are 8 ideas...

10 Unanswered Science Questions

Surprise!  There are a lot of things out there that we don't know--and this video will cover a wide range of topics, with links to other videos that will delve even deeper into each mystery...

Julibox: Cocktail Delivery For Experimental Alcohol Consumption

Anyone who engages in occasional (or frequent) alcohol consumption generally has a beverage of choice that is their go-to at home, or at other social events. Generally, deviation from the norm only occurs at restaurants and bars where fancy drink combinations are all too tempting not to swtich things up a little bit. But, drinking out of the house gets expensive, requires transportation planning, and pajamas aren't generally an acceptable wardrobe option. So, for those that want to live on the edge with their drink choices, without ever having to leave the house, there is Julibox.

3D Printed Bow Ties Are What All The Cool Nerds Are Wearing

Bow ties (along with pocket protectors) are the typical fashion trappings of the classic nerd, even more so if the tie is a clip-on. Now the clever designers at Monocircus have turned that tired stereotype on its head by creating what just might be the first cool clip-on tie... and it's a bow tie to boot!

As Seen on TV: The Pocket Hose -- Product Review

The Pocket Hose is quite innovative.  I own one.  It was given as a gift by my girlfriend's mother.  And before your minds go into the gutter, let's take a look at the actual product...

Bot Lets Sick Kids Go To School

Robots can do a lot of things. One of the things that you may not have given any thought to is the fact that they can help sick kids. One bot, dubbed the VGo, is designed to help sick kids get to the class and have some kind of a normal life. The bot streams classroom footage in real time.

Stoneline Frying Pans -- Are They Worth It?

I cook.  I don't mean a little.  I mean a lot.  Those that know me also know that among other things I'm a Lunch Lady (well, okay... technically a Lunch Man), a caterer, and general all around foodie.  When I saw the infomercial on the Stoneline pans, I had to look into it a bit further.  I mean, how different can they be from other non-stick pans, right?

Science Experiments That Are Awesome!

Okay, kiddies.  Don't try these at home.  Some of them like... blow up and stuff.  And that's not good.  What is good is that this brief video shows some really cool stuff about why science can be fun as well as educational...

Why Inventors are Awesome....

I think we all know that inventors are awesome.  Even when their inventions don't work, they still show an incredible amount of creativity that many people don't possess.  I'm one of those people that can't think that far out of the box to create something (other than art and fiction, that is).  This video is a salute to inventors--and it's pretty funny as well.

Zoomies -- Binocular Glasses. Stylish? Maybe... But Do They Work?

Zoomies.  Just the name inspires curiousity.  Essentially these things are binoculars that you wear like sunglasses.  Cool idea.  But do they work? Should you buy Zoomies? Here's my review.

A Shot of Life: Bubble Wrap Injection Art!

Popping bubble wrap is like a compulsive childhood addiction that never goes away, at least for some of us. You'll have to fight that temptation when you see Bradley Hart's artwork, which is made with thousands of paint-injected bubbles to create photorealistic mosaics. For all of you bubble wrap junkies, Hands Off!

Cheap Fire Finding Robots

A new robot the FFR, which is short for Fire Fighting Robot, is desgned to help the fire fighters who are battling the blaze to not only find the fires, but also the people inside of them as well. When it comes to fires, there is always a chance of destruction. So the bots are less expensive then you may think.

Playing Cards Of A Different Color

Is that weekly poker game with the guys (or gals) starting to feel just a bit lackluster? Have you tried just about every permutation of five card draw, seven card stud, and Texas hold 'em that you can think of? Perhaps it is time for a new deck of cards -- one that will really change the game. It will be tough for everyone to keep a poker face when they are trying to figure out their hand when it is all one color.

Instant Pineapple Ramen: Pineapple Express In A Styrofoam Bowl

The new instant Pineapple Ramen from Tokyo's Papapapa-Pine ramen restaurant may not be as delicious as the fruitful noodle broth served up live and in person, but it's the next best thing to being there.

Weed As A Brand: Starbucks Or Botwin Pot Stores? Fact Or Fiction? [Video]

After eight successful seasons on HBO, the acclaimed award-winning series, "Weeds" ended its run in 2012 with matriarch Nancy Botwin dealing in a world that finally legalized marijuana. With plot lines that followed a mother and widow of two children rise in the weed business, Nancy's chain of pot stores became so overwhelmingly successful by the end of Season 8, Starbucks was written into the script securing a bid to buy them.