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Top Five Science Stories This Week


 

It was a lively week for science news. From exploring dark matter to curing baldness, science continues to amaze. Below are the top five science stories that most captivated my attention this week. read more »

Locust Bike a Good Investment?


It has been years since I've ridden a bike, other than a stationary fitness bike. I've thought about it a lot, but never really did anything to get back on one. Besides, there aren't many places around where I live to ride a bike without needing to drive several miles to a park. I could risk the busy streets, but I think my bravery flew out the window as soon as I had kids.

Then a few months ago my daughter received a bike as a gift and it got me thinking about how nice it would be to go bike riding with her, even if just at the park. It would give us a chance to bond more and exercise together. read more »

Jellyfish Aquarium - Low-Maintenance Gel Friends


Ever wish you could have a low-maintenance aquarium?

Our Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Bugs Frozen to Death by The Lion Spray



Varsan Hyosatsu Jet Spray for Flying Bugs can be used on midges, fruit flies and moth flies. Varsan Hyosatsu Jet Spray for Creeping Bugs can be used on stink bugs, spiders, centipedes, house centipedes, ants and pill bugs.
What is this new spray that promises so much in insect eradication?
Read on...
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The Square Watermelon - Strange Fruit Indeed!


Craving some unusual foods?

Guest Blogger, Steve Levenstein, is a writer, copywriter and
Japanophile from Toronto, Canada. The tide of wild, wacky and wonderful
products from Japan seems to beg for commentary, and Steve has happily taken on the burden of doing just that. Steve is the Assistant Editor of The Driver Magazine and has just set up his portfolio website here.

He has some great inventions from Japan to share with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com. Here's his article: read more »

Homemade Soda Can Solar Furnace


Sometimes all you need to go green is an active imagination and some common sense. You don't need to have thousands of dollars to invest and you don't need to be an expert in any field either. Take Daniel Strohl, for example, he had inspiration from his father and a desire to warm up his garage. A few soda cans later he has a homemade solar furnace to warm it up.
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Eco-Friendly Millet Mobile Charger


The Millet Mobile Charger is like any other charger, just another gadget.

But it's special as it works anywhere and everywhere. And, more importantly, it requires no electricity! read more »

Water-Safe Baby Carrier


With summer fast-approaching, visions of the dreaded heat and humidity press tightly on my mind, like a hot, wet cloth. Oppressive and uncomfortable, the Midwest summers can nearly kill you or at least obliterate any fun outdoors - especially for my family. We all dislike the heat. Staying at home with the kids, cooped up in the deliciousness of air-conditioning can only last too long. Boredom sets in. Quick as a wink, I'm out the door, having packed everyone up for an afternoon at the pool. I love the water; its blue wetness dazzling in the glaring sun. Watching the children swimming their hearts and summer away is amazing. I love to hear their ecstatic squeals of laughter echoing off the water.
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Ewaste Makes N+ew Seat


Sometimes when in search for something, such as the remote control, what you find instead: your lucky pair of frog socks, 2 dollars worth of quarters and an unexpectedly good poem you wrote several years ago, makes your search all worth while. Whether you find what you were looking for in the first place or not it feels good to know that your search still lead you to something more exciting and possibly more valuable. A few days ago my day kind of went like that.

Reading from the About My Planet online green news, I came across a strange and funny picture of a person dressed in a Selk Bag. A Selk Bag is a wearable sleeping bag. read more »

Thirsty Plants Can Now Call for Water


For some people, gardening comes naturally. They have what's known as a "green thumb". For others...not so much and inadvertently kill plant after plant until they quit trying to ever garden again.

What if there was a way to build a relationship between a plant and its owner and help turn the owner's "death thumb" into a green one? read more »

Green Gifts for the Pets We Love


Pets are part of the family too, right? Right! But, until recently, environmentally friendly products for pets didn't even cross my mind. Then this winter season a nine week old puppy came into my life and before I could turn away from his big sad brown eyes I was hooked and the search for safer and environmentally friendly pet products began. Here are just a few of them below. From chew toys, to pet beds, cleaner litter, healthier bath time and food- pets of all kinds can live green right along with us.
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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Contraceptive Pill for Men: This Sperm-tastic Invention is Coming Soon


Scientists at King’s College London recently announced work on a new contraceptive pill for men. A male form of the birth control pill isn’t a new idea, but researches have yet to find a concoction that is safe and reliable on a long-term basis. However, by taking a different approach, King’s College thinks it’s on to something.
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Green Retreats For Scrooge


This holiday season, when you look at your reflection do you see Ebenezer Scrooge staring back at you? Chances are your probably aren't a Scrooge, but the holidays can sometimes really bring out the "Buhumbug!" in you. Greed, work, family, commercialized holidays, lack of time, wrapping paper and dead trees adding to the landfills...whatever your stressors are, they have you upset and you are just not in the mood to celebrate the holidays this year. Traditions and family are a wonderful part of your life, but sometimes a change can be a good thing too and you need a change. You need to go somewhere where you can get a way and relax for awhile. Lucky for you, the Ghost of Green is here to lead the way.
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New Anti-Flu Paint Whips the Bug


Yesterday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) scientists announced their creation of antimicrobial paint that kills the influenza virus and other harmful microbes like E. coli. Worldwide, influenza affects three to five million people and kills nearly a half a million annually, including 36,000 Americans. The groundbreaking paint’s compound mixture is thorny, stabbing holes in the membranes of the viruses and killing them. So, who’s funding the research? How will it be used? How effective is it?
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Grow a Garden From Your Soap Box


How do you get a garden from a soap box (yes, I am talking about the box your soap comes in)?

By soaking one of Pangea Organics' (an organic skincare line) biodegradable and plantable soap boxes in water for about a minute. Then plant the box in the dirt about 1 inch deep. The box will begin to decompose and within a few days you will see it grow into a flowering Amaranth. read more »

And The Big Idea from the UK is...


While those of us stateside were filling our bellies with turkey and stuffing, our counterparts across the ocean were picking the winner of The Big Idea, the UK's answer to American Inventor. Who took home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP and international (or at least European) fame and fortune? The answer is as long as you can pull your arm...
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Looking for a Bike and Stroller Combo - The TrioBike


TrioBike has come up with a three in one carrier bike. Its a regular bicycle, a carrier bike and a stroller.

Imagine taking your two kids for a bike ride in bike that has a stroller that attaches to it. After your done with your bike ride (because its pretty exhausting biking up a hill with two kids), you detach the stroller from the bike and then just push the stroller. Or maybe, you'll drop the kids off with your husband and finish that bike ride by your self, so you detach the stroller and continue biking with just the bike. Pretty cool huh? TrioBike thinks so. read more »

Looking for a New, Cool Website? Try Create A Snowflake!


Every now and then, in the course of my endless web surfing, I come across a cool new website find that hooks me for a while. So I thought, heck, why not share them with you all? This will be an “as I find them, I’ll share them” installment. And I welcome your help. If you come across a website that has some innovative technology at use, an unbelievably designed website that is inventive in it’s form, design or function, or some other site that you feel the world will love… email me at: coolwebfinds@gmail.com so I can share it with our ever growing audience.

So… in the spirit of the holiday season (which is apparently upon us by the look of the mall windows) I would like to share a fun little site where you can create your very own snowflake. read more »