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Feathers For Your Head: Outdoor Research Down Beanie

There are plenty of down jackets and vests--so why not a hat?

Color Changing Plants May Serve As Chemical Agent Warnings

At Colorado State University, Dr. Judy Medford and her team are developing ways for plants to visually signal when there is a biological contaminant present.

Faux Five O'clock Shadow Fights The Snow And Cold

It's all the benefits of the beard without the itching, scratching and looking like a homeless hippie.

Mars Life - The Ultimate Manned Mars Mission Simulation

A Russian simulation of a manned mission to Mars has 'landed'.

iPhone Holder For Bikes May Confuse The Directionless

The Princeton PIP-JTK1 iPhone 4 holder for bikes lets you use your Apple smartphone as a handy, hands-free navigation system... sure it does!

You CAN Live In A Bubble! The Crystal Bubble

I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...


Djubi: Fun To Say, Fun To Play

A new game designed specifically to get kids up off the couch and out the door. The game takes the throw out of throw and catch.

Mine Detector Lets The Boom Go Off At A Distance

In Sweden, a pair of Colombian researchers have developed a way to remotely detonate land mines that is not only reliable but that is done at such a distance to keep the operator safe.

Dogs Get DERMagic Relief From Itchy Skin In Afghanistan

The severe climate of Afghanistan is sure to be hard on human skin, but it is also very damaging to dogs. That's why Pet Postcard Project included DERMagic Skin Care for Animals in care packages to military dog handlers in Afghanistan.

 

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

H3 Vest Brings Power To The Construction People

An entry into the 2011 iF Concept Design contest, the H3 Vest by Martin Gschwandtl aims at not only making a work zone safer but making workers in that zone more productive using artificial muscle technology.

Umeox's Apollo Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to the Words "Solar Cell"

Once again, groundbreaking innovation from Asia: a solar-powered cell phone that should actually reach mass-production.  Umeox, a Chinese high-tech cell phone manufacturer, recently unveiled "Apollo," complete with solar panels for charging.  This smart phone is a must-have for techies, outdoorsmen, and green fiends alike.

Shuella Is Cute And Portable Rain Protection For Your Shoes

It can be incredibly frustrating to be caught in a rainstorm when you are wearing some fabulous footwear.  So what can you do about it?  Well, you can move to the desert (but your heels will just get stuck in the sand).  You can carry an emergency pair of boots with you in case you need to change, but that is bulky and time consuming.  A third option is to keep Shuella in your purse or desk.

Invincible: Scottish Mountain Climber Takes 1,000-Foot Fall and Tells The Story Minutes Later

Imagine falling off a ten-story building and living to tell about it. And not tell about it after five years of intensive care and rehabilitation, but in the ambulance on the way to getting checked out. That's what this mountain climber did.

Jumping Rope For Big Boys: Wilde Seile

Wild ropes. Sounds wild. Sounds dangerous. Maybe a little dirty. You should hear it in German.

Tailgating Made Better: Heated, Folding Chair Keeps You Warm

I suppose what they're going for with "Chaheati" is Tahiti for your ass. We'll forgive them for that because a heated, portable chair is a great idea.

Hate Pedaling Uphill? Ego-Kits Turns Your Mountain Bike Into An Electric

Want the mountain biking without the mountain? The new German-born Ego Kit has your back.

Airbags Move Out Of Cars And Onto...Skiers?

An airbag technology developed in motorcycle racing is being adapted to ski racing. In the future, ski racers may enjoy greater impact protection thanks to a piece of airbag clothing.