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Let Them Eat Grass! 6 Grass Products You Can Grow For Your Pets

If you have any size yard at all, you probably recognize this grass, Elymus repens, aka couch grass, aka dog grass.  Dog grass?  You guessed it. Dogs, and actually cats too, love to eat this stuff. But they don't love it enough to remove the roots of this obnoxious weed that insidiously takes over your entire yard.  So, get rid of the "dog grass," and let your pets eat some other grass that's even better for them.  Here are 6 of the most popular grasses you can grow especially for your dogs, cats, and other pets.

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


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I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

June Bracelet Combines Ultra Trendy Style And Anti-Aging Benefits

Getting a new piece of jewelry is exciting! Finding a way to avoid wrinkles is, in my opinion, even more thrilling. Imagine my joy in discovering the June bracelet that combines both.

Need This New Finding? A Plant Can Learn And Remember

To most of us a Mimosa is a tasty cocktail to drink with brunch, but to researchers a Mimosa is a plant native to Central and South America that has been shown to be able to learn and remember what it learned. The Mimosa pudica is a creeping annual or perennial herb that is also known as a "touch-me-not" that closes its leaves and droops to protect itself from predators.

Another Sign Of Animal Magnetism? Dogs Line Up With Earth's Magnetic Field To Excrete

Man and animal exhibit various signs of being in tune with the universe, but recently a team of zoologists from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany made a new finding, one which provides yet another example of Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism: Under stable conditions in the Earth's magnetic field, dogs will tend to urinate and defecate in line with its magnetic field.

 

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Win Awesome Backpacking Swag From Instructable’s Outdoor Projects Contest!

The Instructables crew is seeking out seasoned outdoorsmen and backpackers with handmade projects to share to the benefit of swimmers, climbers, campers, hikers and rugged outdoorsy folks everywhere. If you share your survivalist/ outside fun expertise, you’ll earn some excellent camping gear!

Design Living Space Of The Future Via D3 Housing Tomorrow Contest

D3’s annual contest is back once again, and they’re looking for inspired minds to share incredible new ideas to revolutionize the structures that humanity calls home. If you’ve got a few cool plans to change urban sprawl, the interiors of our homes or communities as a whole, shoot for the $1,250 grand prize!

The Amazing RuffWear Web Master Multi-Functional Dog Harness

RuffWear makes many products for dogs who participate in outdoor sporting activities with their owners, but don't shy away from this harness just because your dog would rather sit on your lap than brave the Appalachian Trail. The RuffWear Web Master Dog Harness has qualities that any dog and dog owner will appreciate....

14 Awesome Hanukkah Menorahs For Pet & Animal Lovers

A menorah is a special candelabra lit for eight nights during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday is a joyous one, so it is not surprising that there are many that celebrate our relationship with our pets and our admiration and appreciation of wild animals as well.  Here are 14 wonderfully artistic animal menorahs for children and adults.

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

A Dog Knows: Wagging Tails Are Not All Happy Tails

You think your Fido will greet the dog coming towards you with enthusiasm. After all, Fido's tail is wagging.  Well, don't be so sure.  That other dog - she knows better than you do.

Need This New Invention? Sandless Sandbags From America's 2013 Top Young Scientist

When Peyton Robertson was still a toddler in 2005 he and his family waited out hurricane Wilma inside a closet. The experience had a huge effect on the lad. He focused on those big, heavy sandbags that are used to hold back the water and how inefficient they are to move and handle, and how they don't hold back all of the water. So he decided that it was up to him to come up with a solution -- and he has.

Christmas Comet May Not Live Up to Its Name

Many believed the Christmas Comet would arrive in time for the holidays. But fears are now rising that it won't be here in time for the holidays.

New Biological Clock Just Might Help Us Turn Our Clocks Back

Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),  has invented a new biological clock that accurately keeps time of nearly all tissues in the human body and how fast they age.  His clock helps us understand not only how we age, but how our biological clocks can be turned back.

Kill 'Em With Great Taste With Season Shots For Your Shotgun

Tired of having to season your bird after you've already done all the work of shooting it and plucking it? Then let Season Shotgun Shot do the work for you.

Need This New Invention? Reef In A Jar

Many people would love to have a salt water aquarium but that has always meant a huge commitement and an even larger aquarium to support the sea life. Soon, thanks to the funding of an invention on Kickstarter, PJ Reefs is bringing out their Pico Reef in a Jar. The miniature reef is small enough to fit in your hands and comes with its own LED lamp to help it thrive.

Long Live Fruits & Veggies With Innovative FreshPaper

You are looking at one of the most perishable foods we love to eat.  Raspberries are so delicious and full of anti-oxidants. But rasberries, as well as other yummy and healthy berries, seem to get bad before you can even get them home from the store.  Well, a young designer, Kavita Shukla, has invented a green product to make all your fruits and greens last 2 to 4 times longer.  It's called FreshPaper and it's produced by Shukla's new company, Fenugreen.

Need This New Invention? The World's First Bioluminescent "Pet"

Finally there is a house pet that even PETA can't object to! You don't have to pet it, walk it, and clean up after it, and yet it is very much alive. Scientists at Yonder Biology in San Diego, California, have created the first bioluminescent pet by harnessing dinoflagelltates and their bioluminescence into the shape of a little dinosaur.

7 Highly-Rated Sound Effect Sleep Inducers For Infants & Toddlers

There's nothing like a mom or dad to sing and gently rock an infant to sleep.  But parents know that, as often as babies wake up, the personal touch isn't always possible. Fortunately, there are a few parental aids on the market that are pretty effective at 'nighty-night.'  While most of them rely on relaxing sounds, such as the sound of a mother's heartbeat, other sleep inducers are multi-media.  Here are seven soothing sleep inducers for babies and toddlers that have received very positive feedback from customers.