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Department Of Agriculture Is Fostering Innovation And Enterprise

For those of us that don't really know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been up to lately, the Department has announced its innovative initiatives and patents acquired during fiscal year 2013, and I think you'll find some of its activities pretty impressive. And did you know that the USDA might even be a resource to get one of your own inventions off the ground?

10 Great Invention Ideas for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

The following are my picks for the best St. Patrick's day ever, with a few post-St. Patrick's day reconciliation-style inventions thrown in for good measure.

Great Invention Idea? Human Turd Scale!


Feces ScaleFeces Scale

I have a friend who tries to calm my food fears by reassuring me that something that doesn't weigh a pound cannot make me gain a pound. Fine! But what about the bag of chocolate covered nuts (they're filled with protein) I ate this morning? The one I forgot to weigh on my food scale? How much of that have I got sitting inside of me, threatening the needle of my bathroom scale? read more »

Patent Company Goes After Podcasters

After going after podcast software makers, a patent troll may now be going after individual podcasters in an attempt to get licensing money. While many claim the patent system is broken, and President Obama recently called for a reform, it may not come fast enough for some in the podcasting community.

Can You Beerlieve It? The New Self-Cooling Beer

Truly a new beer gadget like no other, the I.C Can from Tempra Technology and Crown Holdings is set to put a smile on the faces of beer drinkers everywhere. Yep, when a new beer invention takes 20 years to perfect, you know that good, and insanely cold things are going to happen. Sick of waiting for what seems like an eternity for a cold beer? Prepare to be sick no longer!

Calling All Inventors! Casting Call For INVENTION USA!

Good news for all of you who've been sitting on your brilliant inventions! National casting calls have just been announced for the second season of Invention USA which airs on The History Channel.  There are just a few, but important steps, to apply for an interview by the show casting directors and the hosts of Invention USA, Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Garrett Lisi.

 


Wasabi Smoke Alarm Wins 2011 Ig Nobel Prize

A Japanese research team has been awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their patented invention, the Wasabi Smoke Alarm. As previously reported at InventorSpot in March of 2008, the silent alarm releases a mist of pungent wasabi oil that will wake up those with hearing disabilities in case of fire or a related emergency.

Fishy Finding - Students Turn Fish Into Plastic

Three kids from Thailand have turned fish scales into plastic, and have earned $50,000 for their efforts.

These Guys Have Cojones - Orbotix Unleashes Robotic Balls

Orbotix have plenty of balls. Robotic balls, that is.

If You Could Talk To Walls - Your Body As An Antenna

Your body is an antenna, and Microsoft Research have worked out a way for you to use it.

Can't Touch This - ZeroTouch Makes Touchscreens Redundant

ZeroTouch is a touchscreen that doesn't require touch, or a screen.

Is That A PC In Your Pocket? - The PC That's The Size Of A Flash Drive

You will soon be able to buy a PC that fits in your pocket - for under $25!

Need Some InnoCentive? Try The Popular Science Pavilion

PopSci and InnoCentive team up to give you the opportunity to turn your ideas into money.

Wicked Fast - A Robot That Springs Into Action

A new soft-bodied robot that curls into a wheel and rolls is "wicked fast," according to its creator.

New In A Light - A Coating That Heals In Light

Scientists have developed a new polymer that heals itself when exposed to light.

You Go, Girl! - Girl Scouts Design Affordable Prosthetic

A team of six Girl Scouts has made an effective prosthetic hand from moldable plastic, comfort foam and Velcro.

Flying Spry - Getting Through The Airport Fast

In a real win-win scenario, you may soon be able to get through the airport quicker, while the airport saves millions of dollars.

In Perspective - 3D Without The Glasses

French researchers have developed a way to experience 3D on your mobile device - without the glasses!

Mush Mush Vroom Vroom - Cars Made Out Of Mushrooms

If you buy a car in the near future, part of it could be made from mushrooms!

Warm Embrace - A Baby Wrap That Saves Lives

A simple new product could save the lives of thousands of babies in the developing world.