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Inspired By Dog Sniffing: RealNose

RealNose, a multi-institutional project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), hopes it will be able to simulate dog-sniffing ability in an electronic sniffing machine.

Inventions By Women Wanted By Bed, Bath & Beyond

Ladies, get your inventive minds in gear; a large company is actually asking you for your ideas! That's right. Today Edison Nation announced a new invention contest sponsored by Bed, Bath, and Beyond (B3) that calls for product ideas to retail in its stores. This 'for women only' invention contest is scheduled concomitant with the recognition of American Women of Invention, this year recognizing the 200th anniversary of the first woman* to receive a patent on her invention.

2009 Lemelson-Rensselaer Winner Developed Carrier For Nanoparticles

Yuehua Yu, nicknamed "Tony," arrived at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI) in 2004 with a degree in chemistry and an advanced degree in polymer science from Nankai University in China. Today he received the Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize of $30,000 for his advancement in the fields of medicine, energy production and storage, water purification, electronics, and many other fields that work with nanoparticles.

Japan's Golden Age Seniors Get Smaller Silver Cups

In 1963 it was a rare and special thing for a Japanese citizen to reach the exalted age of 100. The government of the day decided to congratulate its annual crop of elderly centenarians - all 153 of them - with a lovely sterling silver cup in a crafted wood presentation box. Fast-forward 45 years and the cash-strapped government is groaning under the weight of nearly 20,000 golden agers hitting their 100th year. DOH!

Blood Pressure Monitor Wins International Product Design Awards

If you need advice on which home medical device you should use to take your blood pressure, look no further than the iF 2009 Gold Award presented to Omron Healthcare today for its Elite 7300 Blood Pressure Monitor. The Omron Elite 7300 also won the Universal Design Consumer Favorite Award of 2008.

Kids Not Eating Their Veggies? Try Renaming Them

Scientists suggest that changing the name of vegetables may make them more enticing to young ones.

Jelly Beans, Your Way!

PartyBeans.com is a new website that has a great product and a great way to market it. The site has become my own one-stop shop for small gifts that make a huge impact on their recipients... because I get to design each package myself! And readers of this column get a 15 percent discount off their first purchases, for a limited time, so read further and get the details.

Chasing the Wind: China's Critical Pursuit of Alternative Energy

The Global Wind Energy Council just released some fascinating 2008 year-end data, and there are two big stories that are grabbing everyone's attention

China's Lunar Probe Crashes Into The Moon

The BBC reported yesterday that China, the third nation to put a man into space, has crashed a probe into the moon. But don't worry. That's totally what they meant to do.

A Gel That Cushions Falls Can Also Stop Bullets: d3o™

A gooey gel that hardens on impact enough to protect the knees and elbows of motorcycle racers, the thighs and butts of horseback riders, and the toes of ballerinas, has been chosen by the British Ministry of Defence to protect its combat troops from bullets.

Slim Rings Make You Toe the Line to Lose Weight

Slim Rings slip around your toes, forcing you to walk with a different posture that makes your thigh & belly muscles work harder - and burn fat faster.

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Biomimicry Regenerates Nerve Cells With 'Cotton Candy' In Polymer

Biomedical engineers from Perdue University have developed a method of providing nourishment to damaged nerves by mimicking the structural assembly of natural nerves. By building synthetic scaffolds of "cotton candy" and polymer around the cells, the engineers were able to attract and nourish the neurons.

Get Out Your Pen! Doodling May Help Your Memory

Do you find yourself forgetting things? New research shows that doodling while listening helps some people remember details.

Spark Awards 2009 Call For Entries

... The competition is in two phases; the first phase is now until September 11, 2009. But, early registration is definitely wise. It saves you money and it also gives you more exposure to the judges.

Study Finds That Many Diets Are Effective In Weight Loss

People are always searching for the best or fastest weight loss plan. While some may say that one diet plan is better than another, researchers have found that there are many diets out there that are effective in weight loss.

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

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.