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If It Moves Like A Fish, Fish May Follow It To Safety

Wouldn't it be great if robots could lead fish and other wildlife away from the Gulf oil spill before they got a drop of oil on them?  A mechanical engineering professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a dream that his robot fish can do that and much more.

 


Fun Infects Campana Brothers' New Fossils Designs

Fernando and Humberto Campana are two design-prolific brothers from Brazil, known to have more fun doing what they do than most people in the world.  All of their designs are inspired by fun and many are inspired by toys, often in animal form.  The NativoCampana series, new for 2010, includes some pretty fun-but-creepy-looking insect and snake "Fossils" just released in limited editions yesterday!

Hurricane Alex, The First To Potentially Turn Oil Spill Into Black Surf

As of June 1, with 'Alex' as the nom de plume of the first, the hurricane season is officially underway and will run its course from now until November 30, 2010. The clock is ticking away for the BP clean-up in the Gulf to ward off any possibility of a 'perfect storm' combining the oil spill calamity with the climatic forces of hurricane winds.

Bike Helmet Bug Screen: Great For Bugs, Not So Much For Vision

Ever had a real problem of getting hit in the face with bugs on your bicycle? Me neither, but here's a solution.

Who Would Have Thought You Could Swim Off A Boat?

Want to swim in the ocean without actually being in the ocean? Try this Euroship Magic Swim pool on your next  yacht trip.

7 Works In Progress From SIAL 2010 Food Design

Food design is not just about creating a pretty plate these days.  Like any art or design form, it can be an expression of despair as well as hope, of decay as well as growth.  So don't be shocked when you read what is influencing today's student food designers as we preview 7 designs from the upcoming SIAL 2010 Food Design Show. 

 

An Efficient Solar-Hydrogen Powered Water Purifier: The HYDRA

A trio of inventors from The Essential Element (hint: H2O) have unveiled the first working model of an invention that has the potential to affect peoples throughout the world, especially people who do not have access to the a basic need that most of us take for granted... clean drinking water.  Additionally, the Hydra, can reach people in disaster situations and clean the sludgiest water on site to make it potable.

 


Chocolate Is The New Face Cream: The Acticoa Discovery

The Swiss-based Barry Callbaut, the largest chocolate distributor in the world, has discovered a process to extract the flavanols from cocoa beans and reintroduce them into processed chocolate.  The formula is called Acticoa© cocoa, and it's one of the richest known sources of flavanols.

Set Up A Bird Band In Your Own Backyard!

There was an exhibit at a London gallery by French composer Celest Boursier-Mougenot.  The exhibit, entitle 'From Here To Ear,' was an aviary filled with zebra finches, electronic instruments, and various other sound-making objects that were all connected to an audio system.  It occurred to me that a smaller scale music palace could be created for wild birds in our own yards so we can have our own bird bands. (see video)

 

10 Gadget Gifts For Boomer Dads And Grandpas

There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. (Personally, I know many dads and grandpas who don't want a new hobby for Father's Day!) Father's Day is coming soon, and these gadget gifts will be just in time to use this summer!

 

Immupure Uses Mothers' Milk To Reduce The Signs Of Aging

Immupure is an anti-aging product that contains, among other things, colostrum obtained from cows that are nursing new baby calves.  With all of its internal benefits I guess it should not come as any surprise that someone has come up with the idea of using colostrum on our skin.

Top 10 Inventions Of 2010: Popular Science's 'Garage Invention' Awards

They are not on a salary or salary/incentive basis, paid by their companies to invent; they work alone, on their own or in small groups, generally in someone's garage or other part of the home. Popular Science recognizes the accomplishments of these independent inventors yearly in the June issue of its magazine.  Here are the 10 winning inventions...

 


Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Get Schooled – Fish Everywhere Smug About It

In what was surely an act of cod, Caltech’s head of Biological Propulsion research Dr. John Dabiri was inspired by schools of fish to make current vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT)s more efficient.


Guerrilla Gardening With Flower Grenades By Suck UK

Barren spots on your neighbor's landscape? Too busy to toil the soil?  Suck UK usually has a solution to life's nemeses, and garden voids are no exception, whether they are yours or your neighbors.  Use the new guerrilla gardening technique with the 21st century power of Flower Grenades!

 


New Sharkskin Paint To Make Airplanes Faster And Sexier – No Word On A Matching Handbag

What do sharks and planes have in common? Aside from the fact that a flying shark would be totally awesome, not all that much. But, clever researchers at Fraunhofer in Germany have determined in that one of the only areas where they overlap– the ability to move quickly and efficiently through their environment – the shark is totally kicking ass. By paying homage to one of nature's most cool-guy animals in paint form, scientists hope to up the airplane's game.

Biomimetic Butterfly Model Gives Flying Lessons

In today's issues of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, a group of Japanese researchers report that they built a replica of a swallowtail butterfly and, filming it in flight, the artificial ornithopter proved that flight can occur without certain aerodynamic conditions.

A New Era In Science: "Synthia" The First Synthetic Life Is Created

Today, in Science, the first artificial cell was born.  Though theoretically, this is the first step in the creation of artificial life, the inventors are focusing their efforts on creating new fuels, effective ways to clean polluted water, and faster vaccine production....

 


Study On Newborn Learning May Lead To Early Identification Of Autism

A new study led by researchers at the University of Florida (UF) discovered that newborns learn even while they sleep, a finding that may lead to an early identification method for detecting autism, dyslexia, and other developmental disorders.

'Fountain Of Youth' Steroids Found To Help Prevent Heart Disease

The discovery from the British university came as a surprise even to the research team. Biologists at the University of Leeds have found that a steroid produced by our bodies can help prevent heart disease as well as many other downward spirals that come with age.  The fountain of youth may be just around the corner!

 


New Brain Research Center Opens: What's The Dalai Lama Got To To With It?

A new center is opening today for the study of healthy minds; that's a change from the study of addicted, obsessed, and psychopathic minds.  It may seem odd that a deeply religious and spiritual person, in fact a spiritual leader, would be the inspiration for this new center, but the Dalai Lama did lay the seeds for this endeavor by the Unversity of Wisconson's Waisman Center - about 20 years ago.