The 2009 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Ribosomes Bring Life To DNA

Our DNA would mean very little if it were not for ribosomes, because ribosomes transform DNA into living matter. But scientists did not know exactly how ribosomes function or even what ribosomes look like until the works of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath shared their knowledge of the structure and workings of these life-giving structures. These scientists are the 2009 recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Perfect Natural/Unnatural Teddy Bear Gift Leads to More Sustainable Toys

In a recent skim through of environmentally friendly e-newsletters in my inbox I came across one headline that I could not skim past. What in the world is a Placenta Teddy Bear? I had to click through.

Solar Moving Musical Light For Halloween Décor?

Halloween is upon us and as the time approaches some Halloween celebrating fanatics (people I know personally) will go crazy trying to outdo their neighbor with the best Halloween decor. If only they could get their hands on a SonUmbra. They could take their décor to an eerie level.

Fascinating Sandcastle Worm Inspires Biocompatible Glue For Broken Bones

Let me introduce you to Phragmatopoma californica, the sandcastle worm, if you haven't already met. This incredibly self-contained worm, found on the southern coast of California, not only gathers its own materials to build its home, but uses its own bio-produced cement to superglue the materials together, creating its own permanent honeycomb housing - under water!

"Underwater Baited Hook" Is World Wildlife Federation's Smart Gear Winner

At the moment an albatross swoops down to the sea for a bit of fish bait, it can go from being one of the most graceful soaring and swooping birds to being "bycatch," the term for an unintended victim of a fishery net that few birds escape.  The winner of this year's World Wildlife Federation's (WWF) Smart Gear competition has tackled the problem of bird bycatch with its invention, for now called quite simply the "underwater baited hook."

Brightly Colored Solar Panels With Less Silicon Harness Indirect Sunlight

If you love solar power and solar products, but fear the impact shade from cloudy or dark days may have on your panels, your fears conquered soon. GreenSun Energy Ltd. has found a colorful and innovative new way to harness indirect sunlight.

USB Mosquito Repellant Great for Backcountry Nerds

You already use all sorts of USB devices. Why not repel mosquitoes with one?

Modern Day Eco-Friendly Skinny Dipping

If you have ever been brave enough to skinny dip into a body of water or showered in your birthday suit underneath a waterfall, you may just like this eco-friendly concept. It brings water, nature and you into your shower. It's eco-clean.

Size Of Tiger Brain Challenges Scientific Assumptions About Social Animals

At Oxford University, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) has been studying the brain size of four large cats -- leopards, jaguars, lions and tigers -- in relation to their average overall size. The largest brain by length measurement is the lion's , but the volume of the tiger's brain, contrary to the researchers' expectation, is larger than the lion's brain relative to body size. So what's the big deal?

Solar Power From Space by 2030 Possible?

What would it take to harness solar power from space then beam it down to earth? Money? Years? Super long cables? Solar panel maker Mitsubishi Electric Corp and IHI Corp would like to find out.

Human Hair in Solar Panels Make Solhair Power

Another reuse for human hair has been discovered thanks to a young bright man from Nepal. Using human hair, the young man and his friends, invented a method to power more affordable solar panels for their village and hopefully the rest of the world. Is it Solhair Power?

Crocodile Foot Charm Means 'Hands Off'

This cured crocodile foot comes in your choice of 5 pleasing colors. It also comes in handy when you want to send a message but don't have any severed horse heads around.

Wall-E’s Girl-friend’s Cousin, Le Petit Prince, a Robotic Garden For Mars

Do you remember Wall-E's girlfriend Eve? Her mission was to find plant life. Once she did, it was her mission to protect the plant. Le Petit Prince, though still a concept, is also a robot that has a similar mission, except he already has a plant inside him and it's his mission to keep it alive.

Sticky Feet Of Green Mussels Inspires New Adhesives

You've heard of 'sticky fingers?'  Well, green mussels, aka Perna viridis, have sticky feet!  And that is the secret -- just released by scientists at the University of California Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Marine Science Institute -- of their superior adhesive powers.

Wear Nature Smack In The Face, Especially If You’re an Ugly B@$tard

In the city tall buildings, busy streets, unpleasant sounds and unpleasant smells can make living or working in urban life unbearable. What if you could carry a piece of nature with you all day? Would wearing a living accessory make a difference?