Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

Nature

Inspired By Dog Sniffing: RealNose

RealNose, a multi-institutional project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes it will be able to simulate dog-sniffing ability in an electronic sniffing machine.

Plush Tetrapods Turn Your Couch into a Coastline

You may not have seen these odd "tetrapods" before but most anyone in Japan has - half the island nation's coast is lined with them. Now these angular wave-blockers have been reproduced in soft, comfy polyester plush.

2009 Winner Of Lemelson-MIT Award Is Not Your "Average" Student

Geoffry von Maltzahn is a man whose inventions are helping to create not one, but several different paths for successfully treating cancer. He is 28 years old, a biomedical engineer in graduate school at MIT, and he has already submitted 8 patent applications, co-authored 19 papers, founded two companies, and mentors aspiring scientists. And in his spare time...

Russian Academy of Sciences to Explore One of Jupiter’s Moons

The Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences aided by European and NASA scientists are discussing the possibility of exploring one of Jupiter’s moons. The specialists gathered to discuss the potential problems, which may appear during research missions to Europa. Read on and …be amazed.

Be The First on Your Block To Freeze Dry Dog Poop!: Great Idea?

The Doggie Poop Freeze Wand is also known to some discerning specialists of fecal matter as Patent#US 6883462. If when you hear the word, wand, you think of fairy godmothers and Tinkerbelle, you are not that far off. There is no pumpkin coach or glass slipper or even a cute prince waiting however; it’s merely a response to the call of nature that befalls all living things. Read on but…don’t buy this yet.

Burial Space Running Out: Could Promession be the Right Option?

I first wrote about biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak and her cryogenic technology with dead bodies in October of 2007. She was 8th and favorite on my list of eco-friendly burial options. Nearly 2 years later her freeze-dry technology is placed top of the list as a possible eco-burial option for East Lothian. 

Catch a Mouse Electronically?: Great Idea?

The Portable Electrical Mouse Trap, which mice refer to as they cower in dark corners as Patent#US 6865843, is a very different and quite powerful device. Adult mice warn their children to avoid the cheese fragrance, (which is not even real cheese) as we warn our children about smiling strangers in trench coats! Read on, but remember that revenge is not so sweet if you are on the receiving end.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

Marketing Goes Green! Natural, Unique & Sustainable Advertising By Curb

Effective marketing strategies can make a great contribution to the success of a business. While many marketing agencies are turning to blogging and online marketing to advertise their clients' services; Curb is going green in their marketing strategies by using eco-friendly, sustainable marketing methods that rely upon nature.


Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

Live Bath Mat Dries Feet And Grows

What if you could bring that barefoot-through-the-grass feeling indoors with you? Would you do it? La Chanh Nguyen brought the feeling indoors with her except instead of grass she used moss. Then she planted the moss in a bath mat made of decay free foam. She calls her living bath mat Moss Carpet and so far, it is my favorite green find of the year.  

Wear a Fin and Pretend To Be A Dolphin: Great Idea?

The Dolphin Fin Swimming Accessory known to those in the aquatic know as Patent#US D494652 is an idea whose time may or may not have arrived even though it is sort of here anyway. Perhaps someone needs to ask the dolphins how they feel about it? After all, inquiring minds always seek to know.

Siberian UFO Sighted: Many Photos Taken

It’s getting more and more uncomfortable for those who don’t believe in ufos to deny their existence. Whatever they are or aren’t, many residents of Chita, Russia, a city with a population of about 300,000 in south-eastern Siberia, reported seeing an enormous UFO zooming across their city and disappearing into a very perplexed horizon.

Arsenic: Is This Ancient Poison a Modern Remedy?

News sources in Hong Kong have released information concerning the success of some leukemia patients that have been treated with a combination of arsenic and vitamin A. How far has this poison dating back to an 8th century A.D Arab alchemist named Jabir really come? Read on for some startling details.

Creepiest Business of 2009: Spider Pharm Breeding Creepy Crawlies

 Charles Kristensen loves all creepy crawlies with more than four legs, which lead to him finding Spider Pharm, a home business that breeds, milks and tries to reduce cannibalism in the arachnid population. If reading about spiders and other creepy things makes you squeamish, then proceed with caution, but this one is a definite winner for the record books as 2009's creepiest business.  

ReCork America Needs 300,000 Wine Corks to Yield a Ton

Did you know cork is ideal for recycling? Why? It is ideal for recycling because it is biodegradable, renewable, energy efficient, sustainable and 100% natural. Cork can be recycled into so many useful things, including: flooring, furniture, insulation, packaging materials and so on. Amorim understands how beneficial cork is and is why Amorim started ReCork America. 

Inspired By Nature's Shadows: Jo Angell's Solar Sanctuary

Most recently, Ms. Angell has been experimenting with the idea of solar canapies inspired by the natural shade provided by trees and plants. In fact, standing under one of her canopies, you would believe it was a tree or plant providing the shade.