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Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Garmin Introduces Workout Watch At Moderate Pricepoint: The FR60

If you fancy a workout watch -- one that tracks your time, calories burned, and gives you a bit of training challenge -- then the new FR 60 may be for you. But for $130, don't expect it to tell you how to get where you're going or much else.

Snore Much? Here's A "Side Solution Pillow"

If you or your special other has a problem snoring, here's a new pillow that may help that. It's the Side Solution Pillow!

OLED Television Wallpaper Gives You a Room With a View

Future homes may not have televisions or room lighting, at least not as we know them. Research by Toshiba using OLED paper and nanotechnology may make tomorrow's wallpaper a glowing, interactive wonder.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Fashionable T-Shirt Subscription Delivers The News

T-Post is a fashion brand that combines fashion with news. The t-shirt subscription service sends out a unique t-shirt based on a current news story to its subscriber base every six weeks; keeping the public informed about current events while ensuring they're also dressed fashionably.


99designs®: The Crowdsourcing Spot For Graphic Designers

Leading a growing trend on the Internet for groupsourcing, the group 99designs® has set up a very popular spot for SMB's (small to medium businesses) and graphic designers to come together on projects. The idea is very simple: the business sets up a "contest" through 99designs and graphic artists from anywhere in the world can compete to win the contest. There are hundreds of contests going on at a time.

Seeing Red? Study Finds That Anger May Kill You

Have you ever been so mad that veins start popping out in your head? Researchers have found that anger and other high emotions may trigger deadly heart rhythms in certain people.

NetSquared Mobile Innovation Challenge 2009

How can mobile phone applications enrich people's lives, helping individuals or groups to live better? If you have a solution for a mobile application, and think you know how to make it work, you should enter the N2Y4 Mobile Innovation Challenge, sponsored by NetSquared.

My Dog's A 50, What's Yours? The Sleep Number Pet Bed

I stopped going to the chiropractor and acupuncturist, and my dog threw away his crutches!

Super Invention For Home Growers And Canners: The Quick-Brix™

How do small farmers and home growers know when their fruits and vegetables are perfect for picking? Mettler Toledo, a company that has helped big growers, canners, and bottlers determine this answer for many years, has now created a portable measuring gadget for us small guys: the Quick-Brix™.

Inspired By Ferns: Eric Vergne's Dystopian Farm

Global food prices have surged 75 percent since the year 2000 because of the over-foresting, over-cultivating, and global warming affecting soil conditions in farming regions throughout the world. It's very promising then that there are forward looking architects like Eric Vergne whose entry in Evolo's 2009 Skyscraper Competition is something to be seriously considered -- so seriously, that Evolo has awarded his "Dystopian Farm," third place in the competition.

Blog and Print Media Collide With The Printed Blog

Blogs aren't just online anymore! A new business model, The Printed Blog, is launching an innovative publication which will take content that is only available online, and print the articles twice-daily in newspaper form. This Printed Blog business hopes that combining new and old media outlets will make a successful venture.

Urawaza: Time Tested Tips for Troubled Times

Urawaza is Japanese for "clever lifestyle tips and tricks", and that's what this colorfully covered book by Lisa Katayama delivers in spades. What's more, the current financial crisis has made Urawaza's blend of folk wisdom and cheap fixes all that much more helpful.

New BraDryer To Be Customized To Your Bra Size!

From 32 to 44, from B to DD, the BraDryer will have a shape just like yours... or your bra's anyway.

Predicting Heart Attack Risk

New studies conducted by researchers at the University of California at Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program in conjunction with researchers at the Framingham Heart Study indicate that systolic blood pressure values alone are not the best indicators of heart attack risk.

Women More Likely To Check Up On Exes Online

How many of you have tried searching on the Internet for information about someone? Have you ever ‘Googled’ a person? If you know what ‘Googling’ someone means, then you probably have. While many of us have done this before, a new study says that women are more likely than men to stalk their exes online.

China To Create Database of Blacklisted Journalists, But Could It Backfire?

State media reported this past Friday that China plans to create a "database of [Chinese] media professionals with a bad record," this according to Business Week.  While on the surface this might look like a step up in censorship technology on the part of the Chinese government, there might be more to it than that.

Geek Blood Will Flow at the Akiba Blood Donation Room

The Akiba Blood Donation Room in the heart - sorry - of Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara has found a unique method of boosting blood donations: Stock up on manga mags, then stick in the needle.

Wake Up Seattle! Instant Starbucks Is Coming!

Huh? Oh, sorry... I was just talking to myself. Huh? Starbucks is going to market instant coffee in Seattle? The trendiest coffee town in the world? Oh, Chicago too... Well, that's alright then. (Want a free sample...?)