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Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


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We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

The Gay Gene Found? - Scientists Discover “Genderblind” Gene in Flies


Researchers have discovered that by increasing or decreasing the synapse strength of cells by modifying a "genderblind" (GB) gene, fruit flies can be made to demonstrate either homosexual or heterosexual behavior, respectively. read more »

Energy Tower: Power for 15 Earths?


Researchers have designed a product that its inventors claim could easily produce between 15 and 20 times the total electricity the world uses today. Not only that, it could also be used as a desalination device and may be able to reverse the effects of global warming. read more »

"Smart" Beer Coasters Provide New Drinking Game Ideas!


I was intrigued by hese new smart coasters for a variety of reasons--mainly they're cool to look at, and they provide a host of new drinking game opportunities. Another cool thing about these beer coasters is that you can build them yourself! Check out the video... read more »

Magellan Roadmate 1200 Entry-Level Portable GPS Unit


Magellan is one of the largest portable GPS unit manufacturers in the World, and they have recently introduced their newest entry-level GPS device called the Roadmate 1200. This device is one of the thinnest portable GPS devices on the market right now, and best of all, it's also one of the least expensive. read more »

AquaMaker Creates Water from Thin Air


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In Israel, where water is scarce, a new device allows people to generate water from air. read more »

Israel to Install Innovative Motion Sensors


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The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is considering a move to install underground motion sensors at Israel's border with Gaza. These innovative new sensors, developed by Sonic Lynx, are capable of discerning different objects, including humans, animals, and vehicles. According to Sonic Lynx' CEO, the sensors distinguish objects by using "seismic and acoustic fluctuations". read more »

Little Robot With Big Guns Could Replace Human Soldiers


25-year-old Adam Gettings, a self-taught engineer, has recently created Robotex AH - a two-foot tall, 10-mph-traveling machine that can blow a 10-inch hole through a steel door from a quarter mile away. It's also remote-controlled over an encrypted frequency that jams nearby radios and cell phones. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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New Nokia Stereo Headsets for Music Phones


Nokia has just announced the release of 2 new stereo headsets that will make managing phone calls while listening to music a much more pleasurable experience. Scheduled for a January 2008 release, the Nokia WH-700 and the WH-600 stereo headsets will provide a good sounding, quality option for people with music phones. read more »