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DK Travel Gets It Right With Personalized, Custom Travel Guides

I recently wrote about Offbeat Guides, which fell a bit flat on our expectations of customization. But now Dorling Kindersley Travel gets in right by bringing personalization to their custom travel guides.

Footwear with GPS: A Great Idea?

Patent# US 6788200 is designed for those among us who can’t find our way out of paper bags. (You don’t have to stand up. We know who you are.) This Footwear with GPS entered the weary world in 2004, and is perfect for those who can’t tell their left foot from the right. (We know who you are too.) Read on even if you do know where both your feet are.

Mysterious Dark Energy Controls Expansion of Universe

Russian scientists have recently discovered that a mysterious ‘dark energy’ is responsible for preventing galaxy clusters from getting too big. Is this new galactic diet also responsible for the expansion of the universe? Read on, but stay away from junk food and watch out for those clusters!

'Lady Guard', a Pill to Prevent Peeing

Troubled too often by the need to "go"? Try Lady Guard, a new OTC pill that calms hyperactive bladders and postpones the urinary urge to when it's more convenient.

Pocket Navigator MW-430: Russia’s Newest Car Navigator

Cars in Russia today are equipped with many different varieties of navigation software to accommodate many different tastes. Now a new model has appeared on the GPS horizon and this Pocket Navigator MW-430 is the first to include a complete software iGO8 with a map Tele-Atlas Russia. Read on for details, even if you are not sure where you are.

Rinspeed iChange is a True Transformer

While many companies are looking for ways to make their engines and transmissions more efficient, Rinspeed is working to make the overall design more aerodynamic. From this, they have decided that a vehicle that can change its shape provides the best option when it comes to overall efficiency. Enter, the Change.

Langham Hotel International: China’s Hospitality Expansion Project

Langham Hotels International (LHI) refuses to look at the facts concerning the declining occupancy rates in hotels across the Asia-Pacific region. Perhaps they know a secret they won’t tell? Read on and learn more about this hotel chain’s plans to open seven more properties by 2010.

Mercedes Develops Split View Navigation Screen

It's becoming more and more apparent that the days of long road trips spent talking to your passengers are pretty much dead. With more complicated stereo systems and in dash DVD, you can cruise along for hours without saying a word to anyone else inside the cabin. Mercedes has added another link to this chain, in the form of a multi-view LCD screen.

Progressive European Companies Offer Refund Services When Travel Plans Fall Through

Most of us are not aware of our rights to refunds and compensation when we cancel our travel plans or when weather or overbooking disrupts our airline flights. Two progressive and trendsetting new companies in the travel industry help people reclaim their rightful funds at a time when the economy requires us to watch our finances.

Are 4 Front Wheels Better than 2 ?

While the jury may still be out on that question, the Covini Engineering team is hoping to finally put their 6-wheel concept vehicle into production and maybe be able to shed some light on the paradox.

Customized Travel Guides: Great Idea That Leaves Me Wanting More

Offbeat Guides may look like a typical travel guide, but it's the only version that provides up to date information to future voyageurs by allowing you to create a live version immediately.

7 Car Safety Products For Your Pets Recommended By Bark Buckle UP™

Eighty-two percent of dogs travel in the car on a regular basis and on vacations. Fifty percent of dog owners consider their pet's comfort when buying a car. But how many pet owners consider their pet's safety when buying a car?

Tokyo Metro's Manner Poster Series Scolds Subway Slobs

Tokyo's subway system is the envy of the world, thanks in part to the millions of thoughtful passengers who ride the trains each day. Not everyone is doing their part, however, so a  monthly "Manner Poster" campaign has been instituted to remind city commuters to be on their best behavior.

High Speed Trains Designed For Cold Siberian Winters

Siberian winters create quite a challenge to the makers of high-speed trains who must provide top comfort as well as speed to its passengers. Enter Conti Tech, an elastomer specialist that has developed an exceptionally cold-resistant secondary suspension system especially for these conditions. Read on and be cozy and warm.

Pillow Crash Helmet: Great Idea?

U.S. Patent #3,538,508, also known as the Pillow Crash Helmet dates back to 1970 and is just as silly today as it was then. More than likely inspired by the courtesy pillows handed out on airplanes, this pillow goes a step further and upon command, becomes a crash helmet. Read on for some smashing details.

World's First All Electric Plane Takes to the Sky

While most people are focused on cleaner burning cars, there are a few who are more interested in cleaning up the skies. Randall Fisherman is one such person, and he designed what could be the first all electric fully powered airplane.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

Russian Bulava Missile Hits Bulls-Eye

The Bulava, which is still under development, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. Its purpose is to possess defense capabilities so advanced as to make it nearly impervious to existing and future missile-defense systems. Read on, but look over your shoulder intermittently.

DNA Reveals First Americans Came From Siberia

It has always been a moot point as to how the first humans arrived on the North American continent. Scientific findings now strongly suggest that the vehicle definitely was a temporary land bridge that spanned the Bering strait, connecting Siberia to the continent. What is the truth? Will we ever know? Read on and wonder.

VAPSTER Fuel System Offers Huge Increase in Fuel Mileage

Vapor delivery systems are nothing new. It is a well known fact that the vapor from gasoline burns, not the liquid, which is why we get all the videos of people trying to put out a match in a tank of fuel. Taking this fact, it becomes apparent that we could greatly increase the efficiency of our engines by vaporizing the fuel before it is ignited. Gerald Rowley has developed a system that does just that.