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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.

 


Solar Cells To Break Out Of Low-Efficiency Prison - Chance Of Capture Looks Sunny

At the University of Minnesota, sunbathing is a big deal. After six years of soaking up the rays, a team spearheaded by graduate student William Tisdale has discovered a way to potentially double the energy captured by solar cells - giving cells with up to 66% efficiency a bright outlook.

Outdoor Cat Enclosures: How To Go From Patio To Catio

Take the 'P' from 'Patio,' substitute a 'C' and you get a suitably named Catio, an outdoor cat house. Catio is where indoor cats can hang outside of their houses or apartments in an outdoor enclosure that safely keeps them in and predators out.  If you have time to build a catio, you can do-it-yourself, but there are several options.

Acquacalda Uses Applied Physics To Create Practical Gadgets

If you are a closet nerd who loves to entertain or a geek who happens to have a lot of friends you are sure to appreciate the One For All, All For One design by Acquacalda.  This unique wine pourer uses the Pascal Principle to equally pour four glasses of wine at once.  In fact, this design is only one in a series of science principle based household gadgets.  

The Mysterious Illness Hitting Gulf Workers Now Identified As 'TILT'

For a few days now, we've been hearing and reading about Gulf cleanup workers and people living close to the Gulf coming down with strange 'flu-like' symptoms.  The true diagnosis was difficult, because flu symptoms are common in the illness that's actually overcoming these workers - now patients.  It's called TILT, short for Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance.  What are the causes and symptoms?

 

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gulf Oil Spill- YouTube Tonight!

Our 'Social Media' President has engaged with various social networks to get himself elected, communicate to the public and present himself in an open and transparent way. Tonight on YouTube, he continues on that track - and the lyrics from "Something Funny Happened On The Way To Forum,"  somehow seem to play well into the proceedings and what might unfold this evening.

Google BrinBots To Transcend Limitations Of Man's Mortality?

A scientific think-tank in the Silicon Valley, funded by Google, run by thought-leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics and computing - may be man's answer to Ponce de León 's Fountain of Youth.

Otarian Carbon Footprints Every Item On The Menu

Would you be more likely to visit a restaurant if the menu offered the carbon footprint information of each meal? Would the meal you order depend on its sustainability? Not sure. If you happen to have the opportunity to dine at restaurant called Otarian you can find out.

Drift Innovation Introduces World's First Wearable HD Action Cam With LCD Screen and Wireless Remote

The soon-to-launch Drift HD170 action cam is the first of its kind to feature remote control functionality and an LCD screen for fast, seamless viewing.

Scientists Now Understand Phenomenon Of Coming Back From The Frozen Dead

There are several reported cases of persons who froze to death and lived to tell about it.  This phenomenon has disturbed the reasonable mind for centuries, but somehow some frozen dead persons, animals, and even fruit flies have come back to their normal, healthy lives after they went through extensive periods of no heart rate or respiration.