Snowed In, A Massachusetts Man Invents 'SnowBow,' A Better Shovel

Some of us may be snowed in right now; if not, we're waiting for the next storm, and then we'll be snowed in.  Well, three years ago, industrial designer John Mosher was snowed in, in Hopington, Massachusetts,, and he went out with his snow blower to clear the driveway.  It broke down.  A 160 foot driveway is tough to clear with a shovel, and Mosher made it half way when he said that's it!  The rest made shovel history!

Inventor's 'Bedbug Detective' Sniffs Just Like A Dog!

Two years ago, when the deluge of the bedbug became the scourge of the day, Chris Goggin, a mechanical engineer, wondered if he could create a machine as sensitive to odors as a dog.  The particular sensitivity would be to the pheromones emitted by bedbugs.

 


Starting Early: Inventor Gets His First Patent At 15

Thirteen when he applied for his first patent, Kansan Zachary Smith just received it at the age of 15.  His invention? A sports chair that comes with its own blanket and carrying case that apparently no one had thought of before.  Now, with patent in hand, Smith is looking to make the most of it.

Smartfish ErgoMotion™ Mouse & Keyboard: It's The Motion, Stupid!

Stupid.  That's what you say to yourself when you read about Smartfish's patented ErgoMotion technology. Then you say, 'Of course! It's so obvious that for designs to be really ergonomic, they have to move with your body.

 


The Batmobile Inspired Tank: Even In War, Life Imitates Art

Yes, of course, inspirations can come from anywhere. But is BAE Systems taking cartoon-mimicry just a little too far with its Batman-inspired tank?

LAST CALL For HOT IDEAS! Everyday Edisons, Season 4

Deadlines are upon us for Everyday Edisons Season 4 submissions.  Don't even worry if your idea is not prototyped yet; the online submission can even be sketched out on a napkin!

Don't Let Saggy Pants Drag You Down: Get Subs™ Control

One inventor, Andrew Lewis of Harlem, has come up with a way to keep the eyesore saggies above the butt.  It was a trend many of us hoped would go away, but it has actually caught 'on fire' in urban neighborhoods.  Saggy pants.  The fat workman's 'crack,' so often hyperbolized as the height of grossness, is now considered fashion among school kids and even those in their twenties! 

 

Inventor Creates 'Corsuit' To Provide Swimming Strength & Stability

This past January performance body suits were banned from swimming competitions, leaving many competitors spineless... in a way. 

 

Calling All Inventors! Everyday Edisons Season 4 Casting Calls

Get your inventions ready for Season 4 of the Emmy award-winning show, Everyday Edisons.  Sorry, the casting directors are not coming to a city near you this year.... You're going to them... via the Internet.  That's right.  Season 4 casting will be conducted online through Edison Nation.

 


Robonaut 2 Goes To Space - With Or Without His Legs

"While it might be just a single step for this robot, it's really a giant leap forward for tinmankind," said Rob Ambrose, acting chief of Johnson Space Center's automation, robotics and simulation division in Houston. Ambrose was referring to Robonaut 2, aka R2, who may not have his legs or torso yet, but he is going into space this week on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

 


Invention Through The Eyes Of The Dean, On Planet Green

Dean Kamen, best known for the invention of the Segway personal transporter, will co-host an 8-part series on invention starting tomorrow, October 22, 2010, for Planet Green on the Discovery Channel.  The series, titled Dean of Invention, was named for and after Kamen, as he is now holds more than 400 patents himself.   Though inspiring for all, Dean of Invention is intended to inspire young persons to enter science and math so that they can be a part of shaping their own futures.

 


Eyetracker: A Wake-Up Call For Drowsy Drivers

German researchers have developed an eyetracking device that makes it loud and clear that drivers cannot sleep and drive.

Calling All Inventors: New Kitchen Tools Wanted

This is a great competition for our readers. The challenge is sponsored by World Kitchen LLC through What's Bubbling?  Your mission, should you decide to accept it,  is to invent a new kitchen tool - a new vegetable peeler, a new pasta machine, a new meat tenderizing tool... whatever kitchen tool you can improve on, either by starting from scratch or by making a significant improvement to a tool that's already in use.

 


NCIIA Initiates Student Ambassador Program For Inventors & Entrepreneurs

This Fall the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has selected its first Student Ambassador team, a group of exceptional students at 14 universities that are charged with encouraging and leading the creation of socially beneficial technologies and bringing them to commercialization. No easy feat, but the NCIIA will give them plenty of support.

 

BANG... You're Not Dead! Buoyant Bazooka Wins James Dyson 2010 Design Award

There were 15 finalists in the previous round of the 2010 James Dyson international design contest and now there is but one: Samuel Adeloju for his invention of the LONGREACH Buoyancy Deployment System.  Though the system looks like a sawed-off bazooka and the supposed emergency person operating it is depicted as warrior from Second Life, LONGREACH's highly explosive warhead is actually a rescue device.

 

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Palladium As Catalyst For Carbon Coupling

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, its seminal work by Richard F. Heck and its variations by Ei-ichi Negisi and Akira Suzuki, has been awarded for the discovery of palladium as a catalyst in forming carbon bonds.  This discovery has already impacted many areas of science, from medicine to agriculture to electronics. Like the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded yesterday, the chemistry award acknowledges advancements in carbon enhancement.

 

 

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physics: Making Graphene Technologically Accessible

A discovery with the potential to leap-frog many of today's technologies won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics today.  Many scientists tried to accomplish it, but it was two Russian-born quantum physicists, now working together in Britain, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who achieved what was thought by many to be impossible: the separation of graphene from graphite.

 

The 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine: In Vitro Fertilization

"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.

 


2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

Read this, if you want to die laughing...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about.  They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels.  So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.

 


Awesome Eyeglasses For The Future Win Wall Street Journal Tech Award

Edyeglass technology hasn't advance very much since the 19th century... until now.  TruFocals, soon to be re-branded Superfocus, are the coolest things in prescription eyeglasses since Benjamin Franklin made his own.  In fact, they are designed just like Franklin's glasses.