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As Sand Through The Hourglass, So Are The Seconds Of Our Lights

Designers Jia Wen Chen and Wei-Ting Chen have created the Flat Light, a lightswitch/timer combo that helps you to save energy and gives you a visual cue as to when the lights will go dark.

Conserve Water Or The Fish Gets It

From designer Yan Lu comes the “Poor Little Fish Basin” – a concept sink to help convince consumers to control their water use.

Big Poops May Equal Big Payment

At Iowa State University, chemistry professor Walter Trahanovsky has found an unexpected way to make biomass big business.

5 More Wacky, Unusual Extreme Sports

Five of the oddest, scariest and least recommended activities that you could ever subject life and limb to.

Swimming With Crocs: Exciting Or Insane

Want to stare in the eyes of a hungry, 1,000-lb. reptile as he licks his lips fantasizing about feasting on your doughy body? Croc Cage Diving it is.

Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.

Integrated Camping Pump And Camping Mat Makes Camping Comfort Easy

The Aerobed Pakmat combines a camping mat and pump for easy storage, transport and inflation.

Pet Birds Need Personal Grooming Aids Too

Birds in the wild can groom their nails, or claws, on the rough branches of trees.  They can bathe in the rain, the ocean, bay, or brook.  But what about pet birds?  They also have a natural need to groom themselves.

 

Badass Bacteria On A Highway To Smell

Newcastle University scientists have determined that bacteria have the ability to smell you coming.

Ice Aquarium Leaves Freshly Caught Sea Creatures (and Visitors) Cold

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

From Argon Clothes To Skeleton Sleeping Pads, Klymit Delivers More Innovation

Klymit, a Utah-based company known for its funky, gas-filled clothing line, recently made a splash at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, offering what it's calling the lightest camping mat in the industry. It may look scary, but it is sure to save your back, shoulders and legs.

Substantial Number Of Girls 7 And 8 Already In Puberty

For most of us, it's hard to imagine a girl entering puberty when she's in third or fourth grade - before she's even started Algebra. But the newest data from a study that began in 2003 was just published in Pediatrics and the findings are startling.

Transparent Window Film Makes Solar Power A Possibility In Every Home

New spray-on solar coating by Norwegian company EnSol AS hopes to make windows more than the eyes of your home by giving them the ability to help power what's inside.

Sun Guard Turns Regular Clothes Into Sun Protection Pieces

We often assume that if our skin is covered by clothing that it is shielded from the damaging rays.  The truth is that different pieces of clothing offer different levels of protection, some being very low.  To enhance this protection factor you can add Sun Guard to your laundry washing routine. 

Easton's New Ultralight, Two-Lb. Tent

It's a good thing for campers and outdoor sports enthusiasts that Easton didn't remain content just churning out aluminum. Easton's latest piece of outdoor gear proves its dedication to light, innovative products. A rather revolutionary, ultralight tent, the Kilo should prove to be a quick favorite of backpackers.

Giant Lawn Chair Grown To Discourage TV Watching And Encourage More Nature Watching

I love to sit and relax in the front yard chatting with my neighbors, while my kids run around on the grass with their friends. Last year my HOA fined me for leaving my lawn chairs outside. Apparently, I have the wrong kind. The right kind isn't in my budget. So, this year, I have nowhere comfortable to sit, but what if I grew my own lawn chairs, like the ones in England?

Toxic Snails Aren't Doctors But Take Your Pain Away - Sans HMO

Turns out that marine cone snails may do more than just sting fish and reel them in for the kill with their powerful conotoxin - the same toxic can mitigate pain in humans, or paralyze your enemies for a hilarious comeuppance.

Strong Bones Or Heart Attacks? Calcium Supplements In Question

Older persons, particularly women, are urged by their doctors to increase their daily calcium to 1200 mg per day or more to compensate for the natural loss of bone that occurs as we age.  A large study now reveals that calcium supplements are not without risk... big risk.

Ice Formation Gives Room Temperature The Cold Shoulder

Tired of broken hotel ice machines, Spanish researchers went ahead and found out how to grow ice at room temperature. Seems like a slippery slope.

What Happens When You're On The Same Wavelength - And When You're Not

You seem to feel it instinctively when you and another person are on the 'same wavelength,' and equally so when the two of you are on completely different wavelengths.  Now, with new advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists at Princeton University have tested some of the theories that others have suggested for just what happens in the brain when people are on the same wavelength.