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Robotic Butterfly Causes An Electric Flap

The ChouChou Electric Butterfly is creating quite a flap at the 2010 Tokyo Toy Show, and it'll continue doing so as long as its batteries hold out.

Jelloware: Edible, Eco(ble), Drinking Glasses Not Made From Jell-O

A quartet of sparkling young minds form a design consultancy called The Way We See The World. Their designs are so thoughtful, so fresh and alive, you feel like you could pick them off your screen and put them to use immediately.  And this is especially true for Jelloware, the edible, eco-ble (Okay, I made that word up.) drinking glass.

 


Walk Your Way Through the Summer In Innovative Eco-Flip Flops

I love flip-flops. I know flip-flops are not good for the feet, but in my opinion neither are toe constricting high heels or sneakers. Flip-flops are easy to put on and fresh air can also circulate the feet and help them stay cool during the summer. So, in dedication to an eco- friendly summer here are a few flip-flops I found intriguing.

Emotions And Swine Flu Both Influenced By Social Networks

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, for the first time, scientifically measured the spread of emotions on the same scale that measures disease transmission.  Not only have they been successful at evaluating the spread of long term emotional states, but they actually quantify the spread of contentment versus the spread of discontentment.

 


A REAL Fish Story: Dutch Create The First Goldfish Hotel In The World

You've been boarding your dogs, cats, birds, and even snakes when you take a vacation; but now, if you're travel plans include Amsterdam, you can board your fish at the Goudvissen Hotel, the only hotel in the world exclusively for goldfish.

Mahjong Playing For Life Or Death In Competition With Cancer Cells

A new gene has been identified by biologists at Florida State University (FSU) in collaboration with colleagues at the University College London (UCL).  The gene, named Mahjong after the popular Chinese tile game, was found to be the only one that can help the good guys in the life or death 'cell competition' between healthy and cancerous cells.

Electrons Get Caught Up In The Metallic Wave - Start Cliff Diving

Always looking to get up in the face of physics, researchers at Princeton have found that electrons gliding across the surface of metals like antimony behave entirely too boldly.

Equine Dehydration: It's Not Just About Leading Your Horse To Water

Exercising, even moderately, in mid-day summer heat, you are at risk for dehydration and, possibly, heat stroke.  But your horse is 3 to 10 times more likely to succumb to heat stress than you are.  Here's what you need to know to let your horse keep his cool....

Road Surface Eats Car Waste For Breakfast - Enjoys Algae As A Light Snack

Problems caused by acid rain and smog inducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the backsides of cars may soon be in the rearview mirror thanks to a new type of concrete.

Under Pressure, Xenon Difluoride Gets Itself A Semi-Charged Kind Of (Battery) Life

Through the science and wonder of slowly crushing things into smaller things, scientists at Washington State University have created a tiny battery that is second only to the big, dangerous Kahuna of nuclear power when it comes to the storage of mechanical energy. 

Yucca Tree Bird Kabobs: Buy Them By The Dozen

If you want to watch your bird go immediately bananas for a toy, you've got to get him a Bird Kabob... but what I am really saying is you need to put this item in your bird budget, because he'll want a steady diet of these messy shredders made from the yucca tree.

 

Sugar Production Hits Sweet Spot Using Only Sun And Science

Typically, bugs in your sugar are bad things, but thanks to the combined efforts the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical school, they might just be helping out. By combining photosynthesis and genetic engineering, the researchers have found a way to produce sugar without a need for that pesky sugarcane.

Potent Potables Use Proteins To Pinpoint Your Previous Position

Turns out that your beer is following you.  As researchers in Salt Lake have discovered, where you drink your drinks has an impact on what they leave behind in your body, and that might just help police and other, less-licit government agencies find out where you been and how much you party.

Electrolux Plastic Karma Brings Vacs From The Sea

To help raise public awareness about the islands of plastic debris in the oceans Electrolux has come up with an idea that really sucks... dirt out of your carpet.

"Anything for you..." The Sun in Advertising

Marketing firms gaze up at the Sun and get ideas.  Some are cute.  Some are scary.  Either way, that giant ball of flame has become a unique image in advertising.  Come on in for a look.  But don't forget your sunscreen.

Converting Noise To Light No Longer Up In The Air - Is Plane As Day

Aside from ground zero of a nuclear explosion, airport runways are perhaps the noisiest place on earth. But instead of friendly a mascot, they're staffed by surly men with light-sticks and illuminated by the strong and electrically expensive glow of runway lights. Now, designer Jou Hung-Uei has come up with a way to capture that noise and fire up those lights simultaneously.

Conserve Leaking Breast Milk With The Milk Saver

As any breastfeeding mother knows, a lot of precious milk is lost during feeding time.  As the baby is nursing on one side the other is leaking milk too.  In those first few weeks and months especially, there is a lot of milk that is absorbed into breast pads or clothing.  Fortunately, the Milk Saver by Milkies is a gadget designed to collect this otherwise lost milk. 

'ATREE?' Grows On You In DREAM Competition

ATREE? by the Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD), based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was chosen as a finalist in the upcoming European Competition of Architecture, Design, Realisations in Eco and Agro-Materals (DREAM).  ATREE? will be one of 22 entries in the finals, and this first image suggests it will 'take a village' to grow it.

 

Movit Performance Gummies Offer An Alternative To Sugary Energy Drinks

Energy drinks have become enormously popular in recent years and not just for athletes.  The problem is that while the drinks do give a boost they often also set you up for a big crash at some point and pack in a lot of extra calories and not a lot else.  The makers of Movit Performance Gummies are hoping to offer a new option for those looking for a healthier boost.

U.S. Students Feature Breakthrough Designs At London Festival Of Architecture

Students at New Jersey's Science & Technology University (NJIT), experimenting with parametric designs in their industrial design class, were invited to display their experiments at the London Festival of Architecture, June 19 to July 4, 2010. Their architectural objects illustrate new relationships between objects in 3-dimensions.