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Chemists Develop Environmentally Friendly Fireworks

Scientists are creating fireworks made of chemicals that don't pollute the atmosphere. These environmentally friendly fireworks could also offer better color quality and intensity than conventional fireworks.


The Newseum is Big News

It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public.

HondaJet Sends Honda's Car Design Philosophy Sky High!

HondaJet is a roomy, fuel-efficient and economical light jet scheduled to take to the skies in 2010. Some say the advanced passenger plane will be the Japanese automaker's "Civic of the Air".

HangBoarding: The Evolution from Skiing and Snowboarding

First came skiing, then snowboarding, now get ready to HangBoard!

Great Invention Idea? It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's You!!!

As many of you no doubt know, we here in Colorado are blessed with some of the best skiing on earth. Unfortunately, great skiing has a tendency to leave the winter enthusiast with an insatiable desire for more thrills.

Get Ready for the Underwater Digital Camera Mask

Snorkellers everywhere will likely be even more eager than ever to hop into the water this summer when they get a look at a new digital underwater camera mask that is available.

Personal Dwelling System - Fine Organic Architecture

Before Target sold energy-saving lightbulbs, before bamboo was used to make just about everything, and even before the "green" poster child Al Gore was a glimmer in his mother's eye, there was Organic Architecture.

Great Invention Idea? The Most Unremarkable Animal Toy Ever!


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My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Cow Fart Monitor & More Bad News About Cows


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As many of you know, cow gas, or bovine flatulence (farts) and eructation (burps), is suspect when determining the factors that contribute to global warming. Why? The reason is simple: cow gas emits methane gas and according to environmentalists like EarthSave, methane is by far the most important non-CO2 greenhouse gas floating around the atmosphere and threatening the ozone layer. read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards

The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuting in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year!


Boats of Tomorrow Without the Wait


Boats have come a long way since the simple Native American row-boats. We have seen complicated sailboats, luxurious steamers and the more recent diesel powed cruise-liners. So, what's next for the world of watercraft? How about boats that fly, or boats that sink? read more »

BeHive: New Ideas in Group Seating


Like finding refuge in a desert oasis, the BeHive's mission is to reproduce the luxurious feeling of lounging at a tea house somewhere in a faraway land, where everyone is focused on the sharing of good conversation and the main priority is relaxing. read more »

For the Birds: Raumhochrosen Scales Down Historic Architecture


I'm not too sure how the squirrels will feel about this, but certain feathered varieties of local wildlife could now be styling in some well-made birdhouses, modeled after historical architectural homes. read more »

New Stylus Digital Cameras From Olympus are Extremely Durable


Olympus is set to release 2 new waterproof compact digital cameras from their popular Stylus line of compacts. The 2 new models are called the Stylus 1030 SW and the Stylus 850 SW, and they are built to be durable and waterproof (the "SW" stands for "shockproof" and "waterproof"). read more »

Picture Frames and Mirrors Make Modern Day Rock Climbing Wall


Rock climbing is a wonderful form of exercise. It increases your strength, endurance, power, flexibility and balance as well as increases your level of confidence and mental discipline. No wonder a gym in Japan wants to do what it can to encourage the continuance of this form of exercise and has taken the idiom "climbing the walls" to the extreme.
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Super Soaker Squirt Gun Guy Wants More Sun


Remember the Super Soaker water gun (a.k.a Power Drencher)? It was the world's first high-performance, pressurized water gun invented by nuclear engineer Lonnie Johnson.

Mr. Johnson who once worked with the U.S Air Force and NASA has more than 100 patents to his name. His most recent invention today could drastically reduce the cost of solar energy as well as conserve heat, if it works. read more »

Can Fashion Designer and Taxi Really Warm up the Homeless?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year in celebration of 15 years of business TAXI and its executive creative director Steve Mykolyn decided to give back to the community. Steve came up with the 15 Below project and recruited Lida Baday, Canadian designer, to design a coat for the homeless. She designed the 15 Below jacket. read more »

Temporary/Portable Nuclear Fallout Shelter: Your Own Little Safety Oasis!


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If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.

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“Smart” Garage Door Opener Uses a Fingerprint Reader to Open Door


A leading developer of finger activated consumer products called bioMETRX has created a garage door opener that works by swiping your finger through the fingerprint reader. The company hopes to target people who are tired of having to remember codes, or fumble around with keys, in order to get into their garages. read more »