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Robot Octopus Swims Like Biological Counterpart

A new octopus that is not biological swims the same way that a real one would. The bot, which was shown off at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), which takes place annually in Karlsruhe, Germany showed off the robot in a tank in order to demonstrate the swimming motion.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

Propose Efficient Energy Solutions From Latin America, Win Up To $100,000 Via 2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest!

The government of South Korea, Inter-American Development Bank, Nordic Development Fund and GDF SUEZ, have pulled together to seek out energy solutions from Caribbean, South and Central American nations, and there are huge cash prizes for the best ideas!

Demonstrate How To Build Your Green Product To Win Over $1,000 In Prizes From Instructables’ Green Design Contest!

If you can demonstrate how to build something useable that is truly worth raiding the recycle bin to create, you could win over $1,000 worth of prizes from Voltaic, REI, Nokero and more!

Propose A C02-Reducing Product Or Invention, Win € 500,000 In The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge!

If you’ve got an invention that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, pitch your idea to the judges at The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for a chance to receive € 500,000 to develop your business plans.

Sit On One Of These Feral Futons By Máximo Riera, IF YOU DARE!

When people tell you that the wheel doesn’t need to be redesigned, lean back in your biologically accurate rhinoceros throne and scold them for thinking inside the box.

Organic, Vegetable Based Wee Can Too Finger Paints Make Creative Time Safe for Babies

Created by two moms, Wee Can Too Finger Paints use vegetable and fruit powders and other plant based ingredients to take away all the worry so that kids and parents can completely enjoy finger painting time.

With $250k On The Line, One Spark 2013 Was An Inferno Of Innovation!

Jacksonville, Florida’s huge crowdsourcing event for inventors, innovators and creative dreamers has come and gone, leaving me to showcase the most popular ideas of the One Spark event.

Tea and Vodka and Brandy - Oh My!

Some artists choose to drink alcohol while they work, but British artist Carne Griffiths chooses to use vodka, brandy, and tea traditional paint to create the unique colors and textures of her eye-catching and enthralling work.

Release the Beast - 3D Animal T-Shirts

Are you an animal lover that wants to shout that fact from the footops? Well, how about shouting it from your chest instead? You can't put a hippo in a handbag, but you can certainly keep one close to your heart with these tricky 3D T-Shirts designed by Vincent Hie.

Invent An Enrichment Toy For The Hogle Zoo’s Animals Contest! (Video)

Would you like to make a zoo animal’s day even more fun? Create a fresh take on an enrichment toy for Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and you’ll do just that!

Bath Mats Are Going Green -- Literally!

For people who love the outdoors and want to bring the outdoors indoors this bathmat could be a dream come true. This bath mat is made up of several types of moss planted in a tray. You can walk on it, wiggle your toes on it, and feel nature beneath your feet. It is a houseplant that your get to walk all over. The prototype has been around for awhile, but it is now available for purchase -- if you have the Euros.

Syrup Becomes More Profitable Thanks to Tech

This piece looks at home the innovations in a field that is less than in the front of our minds when it comes to technoogy leaders. We are talking of course about the people who make maple syrup for a living and how systems of vaccum sealing have helped to make the industry more profitable for the farmers and the state.

Trendy & Tasteful: The Top 5 Trendsetting Cruelty Free Taxidermy Inventions

The popular decorative trend of displaying beautiful taxidermy animals throughout the home hasn’t slowed in 2013. Inventors were quick to jump at the chance to get a piece of the taxidermy décor craze by creating stunningly impressive one-of-a-kind animal-inspired inventions that are guaranteed to be completely cruelty free. My top five animal-free taxidermy innovations are just a click away!

The Guardians of Time - Mysterious Sculptures Traveling The World

If artists are the guardians of culture, than Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer takes that title quite seriously. His eerily beautiful and mysterious "Guardians of Time" sculptures have travelled the world and captured the attention and imagination of millions.

If Garden Space Is In Short Supply Try Going Vertical

Between the continuing financial crisis and concerns over GMO foods, more people are turning to urban farming as a way to save money and ensure the quality of their food. Not everyone has a lot of acreage to be spreading out across the land. There are ways around this problem -- such as the Free Standing Vertical Garden from Williams-Sonoma.

PVC Wentworth Miracle Vases Make Vase Storage A Snap

Vases are pretty, but they take up a lot of room and if you don’t have fresh flowers around very often it can be annoying to have to store vases for a few random occasions. Wentworth Miracle Vases are made from durable PVC and are completely flat when unfilled.

Bridgitte Bardot Will Repatriate To Russia If French Kill 2 Elephants With TB

.... Iconic French sex symbol, actress Brigitte Bardot, threatens to follow in Gerard Depardieu's footsteps if two 42-year-old circus elephants diagnosed with tuberculosis are euthanized.

Greening Up Electronics: Recycling and Reusing to Reduce Emissions

Electronic waste is one of the biggest problems that affects not only America, but also the rest of the world. Most electronics (or the parts that make them up) are full of toxins, and simply throwing them out will have detrimental impacts on the natural world. The good news is that electronics can easily be recycled, and oftentimes, they can also be reused. 

“Thunder God Vine” Shows Promising Results Against Pancreatic Cancer

“Thunder God Vine”, a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, has proven to be remarkably effective in destroying pancreatic cancer tumors in lab mice. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center state the next step is beginning clinical trials of the drug involving human pancreatic cancer patients.