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Computers Based on Flies’ Brains?

Researchers have discovered that the common blow-fly has a brain that fires neurons in a way that could be replicated by highly efficient next-generation computers.

Be the Firestarter With a Platonic Fireplace

Spearheading Platonic Fireplaces way back in 1984, Henry Harrison is a minimalist designer whose vision of the contemporary fireplace has led him into strange and wonderful territory over the years.

Great Invention Idea? It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's You!!!

As many of you no doubt know, we here in Colorado are blessed with some of the best skiing on earth. Unfortunately, great skiing has a tendency to leave the winter enthusiast with an insatiable desire for more thrills.

Gecko-fied Bandage Could Be Used for Surgery

I always maintain that looking at the animal kingdom could provide answers to a variety of issues that plagues us, humans. Indeed, it's not only me who thinks this way. Robert Langer and Jeff Karp, faculty members of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, came up with their own invention inspired by the foot of a gecko.

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Eco-friendly Ship to Cross Ocean Powered By Waves



First there was the air-powered car, now here comes a wave-powered boat! The three-ton catamaran Suntory Mermaid II may not set any speed records on its May 2008 voyage from Hawaii to Japan but as the Tortoise once said, "slow and steady wins the race".
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Ocean Explorers Sail into Storms to Understand Carbon Cycle


In a modern-day sea voyage, researchers plan to seek out the strongest winds in order to better understand the effect of weather conditions on the carbon cycle. read more »

Flower-Friendly Faucet Freelances as a Vase


I'm not altogether certain of how this slick faucet-come-vase entitled Flowater works on a technical level, but I'll bet it's not something you'll be finding at your local hardware store anytime soon. read more »

Green Air Travel with Reaction Engines's A2


Air Travel has become increasingly popular and increasingly annoying. Long waits, tight quarters and that 1 guy that always snores. Anyway, another downfall of today's air travel is the massive amount of Carbon expelled into the atmosphere everyday. A new kind of jet designed by Reaction Engine may change all of that. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Cow Fart Monitor & More Bad News About Cows


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As many of you know, cow gas, or bovine flatulence (farts) and eructation (burps), is suspect when determining the factors that contribute to global warming. Why? The reason is simple: cow gas emits methane gas and according to environmentalists like EarthSave, methane is by far the most important non-CO2 greenhouse gas floating around the atmosphere and threatening the ozone layer. read more »

Star Quest Constellation Carpets Are Out of This World


In light of the recent full lunar eclipse, it seems only natural that attentions should turn to all things celestial. It's convenient then, that I just happened upon these lovely constellation rugs by Maude Decor, bringing heaven to earth in a vibrantly practical way. read more »

Eco-Cashmere Sweater for Your Dog and You


I love my dog, but is buying him a hundred dollar Cashmere Sweater just a bit too much, even if the sweater is eco-friendly? Designer, Deborah Lindquist doesn't think so. She's made an entire line of colorful eco-friendly cashmere sweaters for dogs of all sizes.
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Great Invention Idea? Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!


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I'm afraid a quick glance at my articles might give some readers the wrong impression: that I have an affinity for anything relating to bodily functions. In particular, anything people do in the bathroom. Well, those readers are wrong. That being said, today I bring you United States patent 4044405, the toilet bowl bull's-eye! read more »

Floating Origami


Boating can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pastimes around. The only real problem ahead of you is getting a boat. You have a few options available to you here. You can outright buy one. You can opt to rent one. You can build one. What if a new boat is a little heavier than your wallet and you use one too much to rent? Building one is the logical choice. And thanks to a few very intelligent people, even that has become easier. read more »

Great Invention Idea? The Most Effective Alarm Clock Ever!


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I've read that some of the most successful inventions are those that respond to an everyday need. If that's the case, then Samuel S. Applegate holds the patent for what could be the most effective alarm clock ever. read more »

Great Invention Idea? A Musical Condom


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In my previous blog, A Big, Long D*ck for Valentine's Day, I alerted you to a patent that could help you realize your manly potential. But I'm here to tell you it's not all fun and games. Today, more than ever, sexual prowess cannot occur free of responsibility. So if you love your partner, or even if you don't and you only love yourself, you owe it to yourself to practice safe sex. That's why today I am providing you with a patent that reconciles safety with fun. read more »

True Blue Roses to be Sold First in Japan



Blue roses have long been one of the greatest goals of gardeners. Now a group of plant geneticists sponsored by Japan's Suntory Ltd has perfected the process of creating blue roses to the point where they can be sold to the public.
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A Pocket Full of Posies: 10 Cool Vases to Get You Ready for Valentine's Day


 

That time of the year has arrived yet again - time to bust out the chocolates and sentiments of undying emotion, along with the bouquets. I do love me some flowers (you can save the maudlin displays, however). They seem particularly special in winter, when they are so incongruent with the snow and bitter weather outside. These vases will help make your posies all the more special, and may inspire you to keep a fresh supply of flowers coming well past Valentine's Day. read more »

Great Invention Idea? The Modern Bathhouse!


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As many of you already know, conservationists espouse the use of car washes because the facilities recycle the water used to get your vehicle looking its squeaky-clean best. Sounds like a good idea, right? But why should such a practical idea, like recycling water, be limited to cars? After all, we don't generally wash our cars everyday. We do, however, bathe our bods (I hope) everyday. Presumably then, washing ourselves is far more wasteful of a precious natural resource - one that some people argue will be the world's next "oil" - than the occasional washing of our cars. read more »