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Travel By Dog: Carting & Scootering Are Hot!

If your dogs just can't get enough exercise and you don't live in a very cold, wet climate where you can sled, there are snowless equivalents of dog sledding. You can go carting or scootering and leave the driving to them! Mush! Mush!

Unknown Beast Washes up on Russian Shores: What is it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that axiom is no more applicable than at this moment. For the strange and unknown creature that washed up on a Russian beach almost 5,000 miles east of Moscow, there are few words to describe its mysterious and unsettling appearance. Read on and try not to look.

Where Fish And Fowl Can Meet And Greet

Caged birds and tanked fish rarely have opportunity to visit each other, and the mere fact that these pets are contained makes them more vulnerable to boredom. French designer Constance Guisset has designed a new world for pet fish and fowl, one where the air and water world can interact a bit.

How To Make A Toxin-Free Gold Nanoparticle

Gold nanoparticles that are used today in medicine and other fields of technology, are broken down from gold compounds, or "gold salts," with synthetic chemicals, some of which are toxic -- bad for you, bad for the environment. A research team from the University of Missouri just made big news by finding a biocompatible and environmentally friendly method of obtaining gold nanoparticles through "green" chemistry.

Solar Spy Com-Bat May Soon Fly For The Army

Is it a bat? A plane? It's neither yet. Instead, it's the Army's bat-shaped innovative spy plane concept. The idea is to create a miniature spy plane resembling a bat and its use of echolocation. The spy plane would run off a lithium battery recharged by wind, solar power and even vibrations.

Plants Produce Aspirin to Cope With Stress

Researchers have found that plants stressed out from conditions such as drought may produce an aspirin-like chemical.

Russia’s Orange-Colored Snow: An interesting But Smelly Phenomenon

What is the meaning behind the orange-colored snow that has been falling over several Siberian towns? Why does it smell and why aren’t there other colors to consider? Read on whether you prefer primary or secondary colors.

New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

Electricity from Trees Could Prevent Forest Fires

MIT researchers are designing a system that uses electricity from trees to recharge batteries and generate power in remote locations. The small amounts of tree-generated electricity could be used to track forest fires and possibly "patrol" borders for smuggled radioactive materials.

An Enema For and By the People: Russian Resort Unveils Monument

No, there is no typo here. We are talking about enemas, but this one is made of bronze and was inspired by well.. inspired. It is meant for human appreciation rather than application. Read on and resist the temptation to “say it isn’t so.”

5 Awesome Designs Inspired By Nature: Enea Studio

The constellations and their stars, the sweet light of snow on the trees, falling leaves in autumn, waves in the ocean... Visuals from your latest relaxation tape? Or something more tangible, like furniture and lighting inspired by those visions?

Solar Power Production: The Wave of The Future

Solar power is taking off, and the International Energy Agency has predicted that between now and the year, 2030, global solar power production will increase 60-fold. Russian investors are ready to put their money behind this burgeoning industry, but can they convince the powers that be? Read on for details.

A Doggie 'Who Done It:' CSI To The Rescue

In the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva, just east of Tel-Aviv, dog poop was found lying near the steps of the town's library. CSI was called in, examined the dog poop and interviewed witnesses, but no dogs were seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Scientists Create First Synthetic Tree

Researchers have created a synthetic "tree" - a centimeter-sized hydrogel with nanopores that can pull water just like real trees pull moisture up their tall trunks.

Eerie Underwater Sculptures

Jason de Caires Taylor is an artist that creates unique underwater sculptures that focus on natural ecological processes.

Electricity from Dirt: Is it Possible?

It turns out wind power, solar power and lunar power are not the only possible renewable energy sources for our future. Dirt power might be next. There are already plans for use of it in places of Africa that are off-grid.

Hydrogen Bacteria: One Solution To Rising Gas Costs?

A Russian-born scientist living in the United States believes he may have found a cheap way to produce hydrogen, which may serve as a buffer against the ever-rising costs of petrol… Read on and perhaps…fill er up!

Russians Develop Hardware For Forecasting Earthquakes From Space

The “Vsplesk” (Burst) Experiment, which will involve a crew at the International Space Station, is expected to yield new methods for the real-time forecasting of earthquakes. Read on and…be amazed.

Studio Lawrence Debuts 'Dutch Flowers' Wall Tapestries At 100% Design

The Dutch design team of Bart Eijking and Patrick O’de Louwere of Studio Lawrence are readying for the debut of Dutch Flowers at the 2008 100% Design show in London in two weeks. Dutch Flowers is a series of custom-made,100 percent wool felt, wall tapestries created with a new technology, also developed by Studio Lawrence.

Typemonstriters : Jeremy Mayer Makes Frankenstein Proud

Remember typewriters? I barely do. I remember playing with one way back when and even then it was already considered old and useless.

Lovely, as the sounds were that came from pushing buttons and hearing the stop bell ring on an old typewriter, there is no denying that when computers came along typewriters just couldn't compare to computers. Since there was no more need for them typewriters were simply discarded. Fortunately Jeremy Mayer came a long and created a way to rescue some of them from the landfill.