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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.

10 Ig Nobel Prizes For 2012: Recognition Of Funny, Obscure Research

You gotta love the Russian company SKN for converting old Russian ammunitions into diamonds, and didn't you always want to know how many steps you'd have to take to create the inevitable splash of coffee on your carpet?  But the SpeechJammer in 2012?  A machine that delays speech and makes one stutter is decades old, and it actually has the practical application of helping stutterers speak without stuttering.

 

Houston Zoo First To Successfully Breed Big-Headed Turtles In Captitivity

The Houston Zoo proudly announced the birth of five Madagascan big-headed turtles today, the eighteenth most endangered species of turtle in the world.  It was the first birth for zoos worldwide.

As The World Burns, NIST Tries To Cool It Down

On the day the National Snow And Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced the dreary news that the level of ice in the Arctic Sea is the lowest it has been since such information was recorded, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presented some positive news regarding its goal to reduce the global warming potential (GWP) of the refrigerants used in our homes and cars.

DARPA Designs New Robots After Cheetah And Pack Mule (Videos)

Biomimicry is almost a byword of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Indeed, if any group has discovered that 'nature does it better,' it's DARPA, and you have to admit the Agency is pretty adept at imitating it.  Here, are two of DARPA's latest robotic tributes to nature's designs: the Cheetah Bot and the Pack Mule Bot.

Can Nature's Forms And Sounds Help The Sleepless?

We know that art has been inspired by nature at least as far back as the Cave Man. Technology too has had a love affair with nature for thousands of years, though we are just recently experiencing a resurgence with a new 'biomimicry' movement.  But besides biomimetic art and technology, there are biomimetic exercises, such as those we find in certain yoga positions... and now, an NYU design student and insomniac, has employed the shapes and sounds of nature to help the sleepless sleep.

Calling All Inventors! Discovery Expedition Wants Your Outdoor Electronic Inventions

Discovery Expedition isn't looking for a new kind of hiking boot - unless it's electronic.  But it is looking for new ways to enhance hiking, sky-diving, camping, mining, surfing... whatever, your outdoor lifestyle needs to take it to the next level to improve your outdoor experience.

 

Tsunami Soccer Ball and Volleyball Kicked 3,100 Miles to Alaska

Now ain't that a kick: signed soccer and volleyballs found washed up on an island off Alaska several weeks apart are to be returned to their surprised but grateful owners. The balls may be the first identifiable pieces of debris from Japan's devastating March 11th, 2011 earthquake and tsunami to reach North American shores.

Enigma: Puzzling Wooden Floor Design By Jamie Beckwith

Floor tiles have moved up a few notches since the vinyl foam tiles first lined the nursery.  And, though these tiles may remind you (somewhat) of those jigsaw like EPA pieces, nowhere have I seen floor tiles so elegant that they must be the center of attention in any room they are laid - the hand-crafted wooden puzzle floor tiles of Jamie Beckwith.

Don't Kill Gambian Pouch Rats! Recruit Them

Annihilation by man or beast is not called for.  The giant African pouch rat, with its pouchy cheeks resembling a hamster, is easily trained.  So easily trained with food as treats that in its native Africa, the giant rat is used to detect land mines and tuberculosis. In Belgium, one of the countries where they are trained, the African giant pouched rat is called "heroRAT!"

Stem Cell Technology Used To Create Neuronal Model For Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a "true human neuronal model" that replicates the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in actual human brain cells.  They have accomplished this model by using adult stem cells to more accurately demonstrate the pathology of the disease.

'Dragon Tree' May Bring Good Luck to Japan's Tsunami Ravaged Coast

The massive tsunami that pounded Japan's northeastern coast following the devastating March 11th, 2011 earthquake left few trees standing along the shoreline. Among those few survivors is a battered, twisted pine that now resembles a Chinese Dragon. The so-called Dragon Tree has become a symbol of hope and renewal for the region's hard-pressed residents.

Sequinetic™ Sun Glasses Chase Away Winter Blues

... Light therapy is a traditional method of relief for SAD sufferers, but it requires its subjects to be stationary while under special lamps.  But with the help of Kickstarter, three now-happy engineers have succeeded in raising the funds to produce their answer to SAD - Sequinetic™ 'sun' glasses.