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If the crew on the International Space Station can have a zero-gravity football (aka soccer ball), they can certainly have a zero-gravity espresso machine - if no one minds drinking espresso through a straw. Two Italian companies, coffee roaster Lavazza and space food expert Argotec, have developed a special espresso maker for the ISS, they aptly named the ISSpresso.
No house or apartment seems to have enough electrical outlets for all the gadgets we have. Sure, we can plug in power strips to stretch the current, but there's one gadget that needs at least a semi-permanent home in your wall outlets - the night light. A new company called Snap Power invented a brilliant way to free your outlets for other use and still have your safety lights when it's dark in your rooms - with SnapRays Guide Lights, you just 'plug and play' them.
Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night. And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.