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The PiPhone – A DIY Touchscreen Smartphone

Why buy any new handset if you could just build your own? Yes, it's quite possible – Dave Hunt has done it, combining a Raspberry Pi single-board computer with a variety of off-the-shelf parts. The resulting device, while lacking in the aesthetics and software department, can actually make and receive calls.

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?

New Ultrasound Device Will Detect Risk For Heart Attack And Stroke

Plaque is not a good thing, especially when it develops in our arteries. When ultrasound procedures reveal that we have atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, or peripheral artery disease, what our doctors don't know is how likely we are to suffer a stroke or heart attack from that condition, because current ultrasound technology cannot make that assessment. 

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

New Super Oat Invention To Improve Heart Health

Science's ever-turning cogs have been at it again, and this time the cogs in question have been turning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more specifically within its team of plant breeders, led by John Mochon. Whilst many may look into their respective cereal bowls and see a bunch of simple oats, John and his team see the BetaGene, and the heathier future that their super oat can bring for us all.

Dark Energy Provides Up To A Week's Charge For Your Mobile Devices

The Dark Energy reservoir not only provides abundant charge for your favorite portable devices, but it looks great as well.

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

These Robotic Mice Are Programmed To...Uh...Mate.

So, uh...fair warning, thisz story might potentially be a little bit not-safe-for-work. Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have designed several mice-shaped robots whose only purpose is getting it on. Apparently, this is supposed to help them study evolution.

Weird. 

Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera.