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Reverse Nose Plugs Keep the Water In!

"Pit Stopper" has less to do with racing than running - running noses, that is. Those troubled by runny noses due to allergies or colds can simply plug their nostrils... with these ingenious nostril plugs.

Masculine Valentine’s Day Gifts: Unique Scented Candles For Your Macho Dude

During Valentine's Days past, candles may have been a gift given from man to woman since scents available tend to cater towards the fairer sex. This year, get your man a masculine candle of his very own as his Valentine's Day gift and give into the stereotype by shopping at the Manly Man Candle Company.


Inspired By Sea Life: Biomimicry Produces Power From The Ocean

BioPower Systems is an Australian company that creates technologies to convert ocean power into a renewable source of energy for other applications. Its assumption is that oceans must have the best possible technology within them for marine life to have evolved in them for 3.8 billion years.

Should You Even Ask if Your Plant is Psychic? Great Idea?

Predicting the future from crystal balls, tea leaves seers, tarot cards and prophets is a practice that is as old as time itself. So why shouldn’t plants “get into the act” as Jimmy Durante used to say? Read on and learn more about this fascinating garden game of chance that permits seedlings to determine their future.

Life Imitates Life:The Mysterious Mimic Octopus

While persons with dissociative disorders, or multiple personalities, have been known to have as many as 100 personalities, they have not been known to morph into totally different creatures -- except in the movies, of course. But one cephalopod, the Indo-Malayan octopus, totally transforms itself into at least 15 different sea animals. So far, at least, the Indo-Malayan octopus is the ultimate biomimic -- life imitating life.

Come Out of The Rain: Great Idea?

Shelter from the storm is one of mankind’s basic needs and Patent# US 6948281 has come directly to the rescue with this different kind of Storm Shelter. Not only is this one large enough to hold an entire family, it is also capable of fitting beneath a mobile home. Read on for details, but check that water level.

Smallest Russian Submarine: Officially Registered as Boat

Mikhail Puchkov hails from St. Petersburg and he has the distinction of being the proud owner and creator of Russia’s smallest submarine. He built it himself and although it was once illegal to own a submarine, the vessel is now officially registered (albeit as a boat) with its own name and number. Read all about this most amazing man and his sub.

Inspired By The Lotus Leaf: Lotusan® Paint

The surface topography of the lotus leaf interacts with water molecules so that the water rolls off the leaf and takes the dirt with it. That was exactly what Sto® Corporation wanted for its Lotusan® sealer and paint.

10 Best Gourmet Hot Chocolates To Get You Through The Winter

Old, or should I say very old, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole today and declared, on this 168th US observance of Groundhog Day, that there will be (at least) six more weeks of Winter. To all Winter sports enthusiasts, this is great news. You and the rest of us can drink to it with a cup of fantastic gourmet hot chocolate, because we will all need something yummy and hot to stay warm. Here are 10 of the best cocoas for drinking... and the bonus feature is my favorite hot cocoa recipe!

 


Oh, You Are So GREEN! The HYmini Handheld Wind Turbine

A handheld wind turbine might be the last thing you would think of to charge your MP3, cell phone, or digital camera. How about a handheld wind turbine with mini solar panels too?

Inspired By Photosynthesis: Dye Solar Cell (DSC) Solar Panels

DSC technology still has a way to go to catch up with nature. You see, DSC technology is based on the process whereby plants convert light into energy and store it. Plants that use photosynthesis operate 24/7, even though the sun does not.

Keyboard Made of Stepping Stones: One Weird Russian Monument

Although most of us would probably agree that the computer keyboard is a symbol (or stepping stone, if you will) for universal communication, there are those Yekaterinburg, Russia who have gone a bit too far with the creation of the most unusual QWERTY Monument. Read on but avoid commands for a few moments more.

Helicopter Hunting: Dangerous and Cruel Innovative Russian Pastime

Russian ecologists and conservationists have expressed grave concern over a growing pastime among the Russian elite; namely poaching from helicopters. This disturbing practice was recently brought to light after a recent helicopter crash revealed carcasses of endangered argali sheep among the wreckage. Read on for more details on a most distressing subject.

China to Increase Solar Energy Research

In a major attempt to transform solar energy technology into a major Chinese energy source by 2050, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has launched an initiative to boost its development. Read on, but don’t get too much sun.

5 Favorite Indoor Plant Systems To Give Your Valentine

A bouquet of organic flowers is a beautiful gift of appreciation, but beautiful as it is, cut flowers die quickly. What better way to say I Love You to your loved one then to send him/her an indoor plant system that will live for months or more and at the same time serve as home décor? Help your loved one clean their indoor air quality, help the environment and decorate their home with an indoor plant system like the ones listed below.

Gravity Makes For Purity In Ovopur Water

Now here's a gadget I wouldn't mind having for my family... It's the Ovopur water purifier from Aquaovo, a Canadian company that specializes in natural purification of water. If you can overcome the initial cost, about $620, life and clean water would become a whole lot simpler.

President Obama, Please Control Your Telomeres!

The media wants to know how fast our new President, Barack Obama, will age over the next four to eight years, what with the stress of the Presidency. Practically every TV news network has a five-minute feature story on how past presidents have aged showing their pictures "before and after," the grey hair, puffy eyes, jowls, and lots of wrinkles (particularly those worry lines) have set in. And now, scientists know what causes all this to happen to Presidents and other worry warts; it's all about their telomeres.

8 Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Your Cat!

I was on the hunt for some sweet Valentine's Day gifts for the house cat, aka the resident owner of the home -- the truly lazy, lovable, still-curious beast whose wish-is-your-command kind of cat. I am pleased to say that I found 8 really special ones for that cat this Valentine's Day.

Birds And Planes: Dogs Keep Them From Colliding

Perhaps today's "miracle on the Hudson," will encourage more airport managers to look into using trained bird dogs to protect their passengers, crews, planes and the surrounding wildlife. Additionally, they would be helping to give homeless working dogs jobs they really love to do.

Zeppelins: A Noble History, A Respectable Russian Comeback

If what they say about fashion being thrown into a barrel that gets turned over every half-century or so is true, does the same also apply to legendary aircraft? Well, a Russian company specializing in airships certainly thinks so, and is planning to build a zeppelin (hard-shelled) that will be capable of lifting 18 tons at a time, which is a record no modern cargo plane could ever hope to exceed. Read on for the uplifting details.