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10 Hot Products to Keep Your Pets Cool


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Pets love to be outdoors in any season, but summers are especially dangerous times for them. Dogs and cats, especially, are not physiologically equipped to handle hot weather, as they can only sweat through their footpads, mouths, and noses. Here are ten innovative pet products to keep your pets cool during the dog days of summer:
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Cedarville University Wins Solar Splash 2007!


When I first read about the solar energy boat race, Solar Splash, I was immediately intrigued. Though I don't like open waters; therefore, will not get on a boat, the combination of solar energy and cleaner transportation in competition has had me tempted to face my fears and give these solar powered boats a try. I think it's an innovative idea with wonderful educational opportunities and a great start to the building and using of non-polluting, fuel-free vehicles (land, water and air) of the future. read more »

5 Innovative Ways To Light Up Your Garden


It is getting easier, cheaper (sort of) and more interesting to buy solar powered lights lately. They are in every gardening catalog, on every gardening website, and slowly popping up around homes. As Amazon.com rapidly turns green you can even find them here. Here is a quick list of solar lights that will help bring your electric bill down and light up your home in very colorful and interesting ways. read more »

New Internet Umbrellas Can Play Your Videos


Ready to upgrade from your small black umbrella that fits in your briefcase or your big green and white striped golf umbrella?

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Gof Invention Show Premieres Tonight (July 10) on Golf Channel


Just when you were ready to hang it up on invention shows, the Golf Channel is airing a new program tonight. Fore Inventors Only begins its series with inventions sure to spice up a round of golf! read more »

Waterproof 12V Solar Panel Review


I love solar energy, because it frees us from high electric bills and because it allows us to use the sun to power our electronics. If you want to learn about solar power the Waterproof 12V Solar Panel from Scientifics is a smart simple way to introduce you and your family to the power of the sun. It is light weight and 3 1/2 X 3 X ¾ inches in size. It is also encapsulated in a strong clear plastic shell which makes it durable, sturdy, waterproof and corrosion proof for outdoor use. In other words it can take the heat and a beating. read more »

Sideways Bike?


Some people like to do things differently. If they didn't we wouldn't have inventors or weird people. Michael Killian is an inventor. He is a 46 year old software engineer from Dublin, to be exact, who recently invented a Sideways Bike and, not too long ago, invented the Sideways Scooter. Some people may think a Sideways Bike is a little weird, but I think it's oddly creative. read more »

Solar Garden Light: Product Review


It was nice to finally have a chance to try out a solar garden light. I had considering purchasing one when Scientifics sent me one to review. I was impressed by the simplicity of this Solar Garden Light. There really is no wiring or assembly required. All I needed to do to make it work was take it out of the box, push a button to turn it on and then set it in the sun in my garden. read more »

Solar Dough : Product Review


If you have kids and you want to teach them hands-on about the power of the sun, Solar Dough is a good way to start. Watch them pull it apart and mash it back together as they "ooh" and "awe" over the different colors that it turns to in the sun. That's what my little ones did. They watched their solar dough turn from blue to darker blue to purple and then, just as advertised, back to blue in seconds when taken out of the sun. The smiles on their faces were enough to say to me "this is fun!" read more »

Water-Safe Baby Carrier


With summer fast-approaching, visions of the dreaded heat and humidity press tightly on my mind, like a hot, wet cloth. Oppressive and uncomfortable, the Midwest summers can nearly kill you or at least obliterate any fun outdoors - especially for my family. We all dislike the heat. Staying at home with the kids, cooped up in the deliciousness of air-conditioning can only last too long. Boredom sets in. Quick as a wink, I'm out the door, having packed everyone up for an afternoon at the pool. I love the water; its blue wetness dazzling in the glaring sun. Watching the children swimming their hearts and summer away is amazing. I love to hear their ecstatic squeals of laughter echoing off the water.
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Ball of Fun


The 84" Giga Ball is bright red and loads of fun, once it's fully inflated.

The inflation takes some time and patience as the ball does not come with a pump, but once it's done, the kids will not want to leave it. Children can crawl into the ball and roll about inside it while someone rolls the ball around.

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Lunch Box For Man’s Best Friend



The Dog Flask keeps food warm and the water fresh and portable.

Open up the containers for a snack, lunch or drink!

I can already hear the mutts barking with joy. Warm home-cooked meals and fresh water for them too, on your next road trip! read more »

Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Green Retreats For Scrooge


This holiday season, when you look at your reflection do you see Ebenezer Scrooge staring back at you? Chances are your probably aren't a Scrooge, but the holidays can sometimes really bring out the "Buhumbug!" in you. Greed, work, family, commercialized holidays, lack of time, wrapping paper and dead trees adding to the landfills...whatever your stressors are, they have you upset and you are just not in the mood to celebrate the holidays this year. Traditions and family are a wonderful part of your life, but sometimes a change can be a good thing too and you need a change. You need to go somewhere where you can get a way and relax for awhile. Lucky for you, the Ghost of Green is here to lead the way.
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Solar Powered Holidays Decorations


Star on StakeStar on StakeIf you love decorating for the holidays, but would like to decorate a little more green this year, solar decorations are an option. Eco-friendly wreathes, icicles, stars, snowmen, santas, globes and even string lights are all available and ready to light up your home and garden. You won't have to mess with wires and in the long run, you will save money on your electric bill.

Take a look below at the list of solar powered decorations available.

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Grow a Garden From Your Soap Box


How do you get a garden from a soap box (yes, I am talking about the box your soap comes in)?

By soaking one of Pangea Organics' (an organic skincare line) biodegradable and plantable soap boxes in water for about a minute. Then plant the box in the dirt about 1 inch deep. The box will begin to decompose and within a few days you will see it grow into a flowering Amaranth. read more »

And The Big Idea from the UK is...


While those of us stateside were filling our bellies with turkey and stuffing, our counterparts across the ocean were picking the winner of The Big Idea, the UK's answer to American Inventor. Who took home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP and international (or at least European) fame and fortune? The answer is as long as you can pull your arm...
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American Inventor...British Style!


We have our American Inventor, but what about innovation from our neighbors across the pond? What are the final 6 ideas from the UK's "The Big Idea" invention contest? Who takes home the grand prize of 100,000 GBP?

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A Better Way to Ride a Bicycle


Love the idea of feeling the wind against your face as you ride your bicycle? Hate the thought of how your face gets bright red as you try to bike up the hill?

Today's guest blogger, Ed Phillipps, is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh, where he writes weekly sports articles for three newspapers. He graduated with highest honors from the Community College of Allegheny County and is currently moving towards a degree in communications from the University of Pittsburgh with the speed of a glacier. Today, Ed has found the perfect bicycle solution to yourdilemma.

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For 2007, Schwinn will release a new line of electric bicycles. The bikes will be powered by battery and come in retro-chic styles with enough options for anyone interested in riding a bike.

I remember riding a bicycle as a kid. My first time without training wheels resulted in me hitting a telephone pool and then landing on a sewer. Good times.
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Have Money to Burn? Pay $1,000,000 for a Fishing Lure


When I was snorkeling in the Caribbean, someone once told me to take off any diamonds I had because fish are attracted to them. In other words, they might try to take a bite out of my diamond ring. Well, I guess this must be true because Mac Daddy's Lures has created a new fishing lure that uses gold and diamonds to attract the fish.
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