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$21 million for Cool Earth’s Solar Balloons



What has inflatable lightweight mirrors and captures the same amount of energy from the sun, as traditional flat panel PV systems, while using 500 times less solar cell material? Cool Earth's cool Solar Balloons do and they're about to expand. read more »

Zero Pollution Motors Bringing Air-Power to US


The Air CarThe Air Car

Last year a company called Tata motors began producing the Air-Car in India. Recently, news broke that the 1000 mile-per-fill hauler will also be making an appearance in the States.

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Fioravanti Sees Future with No Windshield Wipers


If you have ever driven in the rain (I'm sure most of us have) you know that although windshield wipers are a blessing, when they don't work they are more of a curse. A concept car named the Hidra may change the way you see your wipers. read more »

Video Games Controlled by Your Mind - And That's Just the Beginning!


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First, there were video games, and they were good. Then, they evolved into a console system like the Nintendo Wii, and there was much rejoicing. Now, they have evolved again.

Key to Success in Iraq? MASTOR Arabic-English Translation Software


From US DODFrom US DODOur Guest Blogger, Jack Robinson, is an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in the US Army, just home from 15 months in Iraq. He writes on a variety of subjects, from politics to off-roading, from religion to mixed martial arts. He is a Soldier who writes. In seven years, he would like to be a writer who used to soldier. He wanted to share the latest innovations used by the military with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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I learned a significant amount of Arabic in Iraq, more than most guys in my unit, and I absolutely never had enough of a vocabulary to carry on more than a halting, sketchy conversation.

Just Add Sunlight for Clean Clothes


Researchers have developed self-cleaning wool, where all that is needed to get rid of stains and dirt is sunlight. Instead of throwing your clothes in the washing machine, you'd just hang them up in the sun for a few hours. read more »

Outer Space Underwear to Fly in Final Frontier



Takao Doi, the Japanese astronaut who'll be testing whether a boomerang will fly in space, now has something else to live down: he'll be the living test-bed for a new underwear fabric said to provide "high levels of deodorant, antiseptic and antistatic effect" in space. Don't laugh - how'd you like to be docking a visiting space shuttle while dealing with static cling below the asteroid belt?
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Great Invention Idea? Cure Hiccups with a Zap!


Cure for Hiccups?Cure for Hiccups?

 

We've all heard that a good fright is one way to cure a bout of the hiccups. Admittedly, that's never worked for me, but I'm not the kind of girl who scares easily. (The nutrition label on a bag of Cheetos notwithstanding.) Well it seems back in 2003, Philip Ehlinger, Jr., in the style of a pre-Discovery Channel MythBuster, or an obstinate inventor, you decide, felt this urban legend was worth validating, so he came up with United States patent 7062320 . read more »

Thinness and Flexibility of Paper with the Paper Scale


 

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The people at Duck Image Studio have come up with an excellent idea, a paper scale. The scale is ultra-thin and combines pressure sensing sheets which relay information to an e-paper display.

Thinness and Flexibility of Paper with the Paper Scale

The people at Duck Image Studio have come up with an excellent idea, a paper scale. The scale is ultra-thin and combines pressure sensing sheets which relay information to an e-paper display.