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Prepare for An Earthquake or Tsunami in the Stop Disasters! Game

The number one course of action that everyone should take when it comes to disaster management is to educate themselves accordingly and know as much as possible about what to do before and when these disasters strike. A good way to do this is through the Stop Disasters! game developed jointly by the United Nations (UN) and by the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

Snowshoes Without The Bindings: Easton V60 Racing

A new bindingless snowshoe from Easton delivers a lighter, more ergonomic fit.

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

RatCAP Technology Allows Simultaneous Study Of The Brain And Behavior

In an important technology breakthrough, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and their colleagues have created a portable PET scanner for rats, which does not require anesthetic, and which can be worn by the rat during activity to show the relationship between activity and what's happening in the brain.

That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

Carbon Dioxide Eating TREEPOD Gives Shade In Light & Light At Night

Inspiration comes from all corners for the de-carbonizing artificial tree dubbed the TREEPOD.  The idea began with Dr. Klaus Lackner, whose team at Columbia University developed humidity swing technology, a  system of using evaporating humidity in the air to remove carbon dioxide. That invention inspired  the city of Boston...

Earthquake Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant has a Shaky History

The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan on March 10 of 2011 affected many nuclear power plants in the region. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is of special concern, not only due to damage to its cooling system but because of the plant's somewhat dubious safety record.

Green Plastic Althernatives: Self-Healing Plastics and Renewable Polymers

Bioplastics have been a hopeful alternative to petroleum-based plastics for some time now, but this new advancement, self-healing plastics, will outdo the competition.  Researchers at Iowa State University are developing multifunctional renewable polymers, and they are not alone in the pursuit.  Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute are developing self-healing plastic inspired by the rubber tree.

Let Your Cat Hunt For Food: The Aïkiou Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder

There are lots of puzzles on the market for dogs, but indoor cats need their noggins switched on too. And indoor cats have a tendency to gain weight, which can lead to digestive problems and less mobility. Fortunately, Aikiou didn't just design an interactive feeder for dogs, but a special feeder for cats, which slows down your pet's eating and digestion, as well as providing some fun!

 

In 300 Words Creative Greenies Can Win Vacation to an Eco-Resort

Even the eco-friendly need a vacation. Why not win a trip to an eco-resort like Chaa Creek? Chaa Creek in Belize, has been promoting responsible and eco-friendly tourism since 1981. This year in a continuous effort to promote green travel Chaa Creek is hosting a contest for an all expense paid trip to Chaa Creek.

Honey Pot Protocells May Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

Thanks to work at NIST and Weill Cornell Medical College, viruses may soon be heading for a decoy cell instead of those naturally produced by a human body. Dubbed "honey pot" protocells, these attractive antivirals may just be the next big thing in the fight against disease.

Nostalgic For Cow Farts? Get Countryside Air To Go

Oh my, I'm so happy someone is doing this.  So often I wish I could recreate the scents of my old home in Kansas, where the grass grows high and the cows fart to their bowels' content.  I'd just love to have a whiff of those odorous fumes here with me in midtown Manhattan.

PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger Uses Hydrogen For Maximum Mobility

When it comes to traveling off the grid, getting power to the people can be a difficult prospect. Now, the PowerTrekk Fuel Cell Charger offers a water-based way to get the power you need when you need it.


Jingle All The Way - Schwarzenegger Warns That Oil Dependence Will Leave Us With Just Change In Our Pockets

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants us to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Hasta la vista, baby!

The Spy Who Dressed Like A Hummingbird

Some researchers really take biomimicry seriously, like when they say, 'What we need is a hummingbird spy.' The folks at AeroVironment, under a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), approached the need for a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) very seriously.  It actually created an NAV that looks and even flies just like a hummingbird.

 

Miniature Cherry Blossom Tree Springs Into Bloom Anytime

Winter always seems to overstay its welcome, leaving us longing for the warm breezes and bright flowers of Spring. Why wait weeks when your very own artificial mini cherry blossom tree can burst into bloom in mere hours!

Handler's Beliefs May Cause Search Dog's False Results

Dogs are extremely sensitive to their owners' every move, and this sensitivity is even greater between dog handlers and their working dogs.  The question, to Dr. Lisa Lit of the University of California, Davis, was whether or not a handler's beliefs might interfere with the results of a search, say, for drugs or explosives.

 

Biomimicry Of Tiny Fly Will Lead To More Powerful Antennas

Don't tell a male cricket this, but his mating call is responsible for attracting more than a mate; it attracts a parasitic, pregnant fly called the Ormia ochracea.  Other flies would not hear the crickets, but the Ormia ochracea has unusually acute multi-directional hearing that a University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison) researcher wants to biomimic in a powerful way. 

Thar She Blows - Return To The Age Of Sailing Ships

Oceangoing technology has turned full circle, as we return to the age of sailing ships - with a difference.

New Eco-friendly Beach Toys Here in Spring

How many times have you been to the beach or taken your kids to a sand box and seen forgotten beach toys littering the place? These toys can be so much fun for children (and adults), but often end up forgotten on the beach, trashed when outgrown or broken from over use and then trashed. Zoë b biodegradable beach toys leave behind less plastic waste.