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A Fly With Unique 'Ears' Becomes Inspiration For New Hearing Aid

Biomimicry has again inspired a creative team of scientists. This time it's the Ormia ochracea, a tiny fly with exquisitely acute directional hearing ability, that has become the model for the next generation of hearing aids being modeled by engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Enjoy Hot Beverages And Food While Camping With The Solar Kettle

How many times have you been camping only to miss the comfort of your early morning coffee? Of course you could make a fire, boil some water and have your coffee after putting some elbow grease into it. Or you could grab a Solar Kettle/Thermal Flask, fold out the reflectors and have your coffee without breaking a sweat.

Birding Is About To Become A Lot More Popular! The 'Bird Photo Booth"

After you finish reading this blog about the Bird Photo Booth, please wait at least 90 seconds before ordering it, as I want to have a head start in ordering mine.... Yes, there will be a rush, because the Bird Photo Booth is the neatest thing created for bird lovers since the invention of the telescopic lens!

Stay Cool While Camping With The Coleman Lighted Tent Fan

It's always good to have a lantern while camping. It's always good to have a fan while camping in the spring and summer. It's best to have both in one gadget. That's exactly what the Coleman Lighted Tent Fan CPX 6 is--a lantern that doubles as a fan.

Flux Snowshoe: Inspired By Origami

What do origami and a snowshoe have in common? Nothing, unless it's the Flux Snowshoe. Designed by Eric Brunt, this snowshoe promises to be less cumbersome than a regular snowshoe via an origami-inspired kinematic construction.

DEVOLRO Diablo Toyota Tundra Expedition Truck Unleashes Your Inner Beast

DEVOLRO Performance Cars Studio's motto is “unleash the beast” and with the Diablo Toyota Tundra Expedition Truck the beast isn't just unleashed, it's unfettered, unmuzzled and downright unbelievable!

Get Four Tools In One With The Green House Multi-Function Carabiner

We all love multi-function gadgets. Campers and hikers especially like tools that perform more than one function, because it conserves space. The Green House Multi-Function Carabiner is one of those gadgets that can do several jobs, four jobs to be exact.

Infinity Hammock Puts A Modern Twist On The Traditional Hammock

The hammock is one of the ways humans have integrated the comforts of home and nature--it's the ideal means to lounging and enjoying the breeze and scenery. The Infinity Hammock puts a modern twist on the traditional hammock and gives your backyard or patio a modern appeal.

Bonfi Is A Table, Chair and Cooler

When packing for a camping trip, you don't want to be bogged down with gear, so it's always a good idea to consolidate The Bonfi allows you to do this by combining the functions of a cooler, table and chair in a unique, Eco-friendly design.

Enjoy The View In The Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger

Enjoying the good outdoors often means giving up the comforts of home--a bed, television, a recliner, air conditioning or heat. It's always nice when you can bring some of those amenities with you while you explore nature. The Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Lounger is one of those outdoors amenities.

ImagiPlanks: Outdoor Wooden Building Sets With Endless Possibilities

ImagiPlanks are wooden building sets made from American Hardwood and treated with a non-toxic, non-flaking environmentally friendly finish. These open-ended building sets are part block, part puzzle and perfect for young builders to take their imaginations outside. Think giant Lincoln Logs. ImagiPlanks can be made into forts, towers, see-saws, benches and so much more.

The EnChroma Cx: Eyeglasses That Correct Color Blindness

Color blindness affects nearly 8 percent of men and .5 percent of women; some people don't even know they have it.  Most color blindness is inherited, although there are several diseases and certain traumas that can cause it.  There is no cure or permanent correction of the condition currently available, but after 10 years of development, a company called EnChroma offers correction for the most common type, red-green color blindness.

Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Dogs Gone Boating: 9 Must Have Dog Items To Take On A Boat

Some dogs are great swimmers; others never will be, because of fear of the water or because they are just not anatomically built for swimming (like long dogs with short legs).  But boating enthusiasts who are dog lovers find a way to take both swimmers and non-swimmers on their boats - to enjoy the water or enjoy the weather. Here are 9 must have items to bring along for your dog before you pick up anchor.

Planning A Hike? Try These 5 Best GPS Devices

Anytime you're planning a long hiking and camping expedition, it's a good idea to bring along a GPS. Of course, you can go rouge and pretend you're Daniel Boone, but you may wind up lost. Better to play it safe, and better to make the most of your time, and bring along one of these 5 GPS devices, each with their own perks.

How Would You Like To Sleep In This Floating Camper?

You've probably seen a house boat. Maybe you've fantasized about living in one. The Nautic Sleeper is (or could be) a house boat on a smaller scale for campers. A concept design by Ruben Oya, this floating camper could allow the camper to enjoy the open water even while resting.

Roast Marshmallows Like No Other With The Fire Fishing Poles

How many times have you burned one side of your marshmallow to a crisp trying to roast it over an open fire? How about using a stick to roast your dinner, only to have your Ballpark hotdog fall into the fire along with the charred, broken stick? With the Fire Fishing Poles from Fire Buggz you eliminate those problems and look good doing it.

Want This New Invention? 3D Printed Crab Shells

Hermit crabs are perhaps one of the most enigmatic and unusual animals in the underwater universe. Though a crustacean, it possesses no shell of its own, but takes over discarded shells of gastropods (like snails and bivalves). When such shells are in short supply the crabs will adopt other items it finds along the sea bed, including trash. Japanese artist Aki Inomata has created fantastic 3D shells specifically for hermit crabs.

Live And In Color, McGill Neuroscientists Prove Famous Hebbian Theory Is Correct

In 1949, Donald Olding Hebb, a psychologist at McGill University proposed this theory: "Cells that fire together, wire together. Cells that fire out of sink, lose their link."  Sixty-five years later, neuroscientists from the same university, along with those from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, have finally seen the Hebbian Theory in real time, in real living creatures, in action, and in color.

Campers, How Do You Like This Concept? The Bufalino Camper

Generally campers are designed to meet the needs of a few people. You can get a one-person tent, but don't look for a one person camper...until now. Though still in its conceptual stages, the Bufalino Camper, designed by German Designer Cornelius Commanns, is a small camper designed to meet the needs of one person.