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The CatVantage Has Every Advantage

There's a new cat tree from DesignWerks called the CatVantage, that will fit anywhere in your home and may even blend with your decor. Sans cat, this floor to ceiling spiral, might even be mistaken for a sculpture. CatVantage is a functional sculpture, one that your cats can climb, perch, and cat-nap upon.

No More Needles? Microwave Circuit Measures Blood Sugar Without Needles

Rather than pricking a finger to do blood tests, professors at Baylor University are working on a small painless sensor that emits electromagnetic waves to test blood sugar.

Oh, I Do The Cooking And My Robot Does The Dishes

Very soon, a robot will not only be doing your dishes, but cleaning your whole kitchen! The ReadyBot, shown here, is the first working prototype of a kitchen cleaner that, with adequate resources provided, could be on the market in just two years. It walks, picks up dishes, puts them in the dishwasher, and cleans the mess on the counter. In the next version, the robot will be doing these chores better and faster, and it may even be cleaning the kitchen floor.

Computers Based on Flies’ Brains?

Researchers have discovered that the common blow-fly has a brain that fires neurons in a way that could be replicated by highly efficient next-generation computers.

Killing Me Slowly With Fred's Toothpicks

Fred's got a couple killer tooth products on the market, and there's soon to be a new one: Hokus Poke- Us. Do you think Fred has a sense of humor? Does he have a certain thing for teeth? His toothy products are covered here, so you decide.


IP Video Surveillance Space Has Just Gotten A Bit Smarter

The IP video surveillance space just got a little bit smarter with the rollout of the VideoIQ iCVR, which is being billled as the world's first high-performance, day-and-night network camera.

 

Scientists Identify New Potential Cancer Drug

Scientists at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are able to accomplish what cancer researchers have been trying to for years -- finding a potent cancer drug which doesn't kill normal cells as it does tumor cells.

Computer Chips Could Heat Your Home

In some parts of the world, more than 60% of a home's energy bill goes toward heating. In an effort to reduce some of that expense - and solve a problem of their own at the same time - researchers at IBM in Switzerland are hoping to put computers to the rescue.

The Joy of Soy - Tastes Great, Less Cancer!

Soy Milk, Tofu, Miso and Natto (strong-tasting, fermented soybeans) are essential components of the traditional Japanese diet - and they should become part of yours! Now the anti breast cancer properties of soybeans and soy products have been confirmed in a 10-year long study of 25,000 Japanese women.

Can Kitty Catch The Undercover Mouse?

This battery-operated Undercover Mouse mimics the sudden and unpredictable movements of a real mouse moving in the brush. Just as in the wild, the prey is hidden, only noticeable by its random movements. Must be why my cat loves the Undercover Mouse, a new interactive toy by Panic Mouse, Inc.

A New Kind Of Food Stamp: Tic Tac Toast

Yes, you got it right. It is a piece of toast with a tic tac toe stamp on it. It's purpose is to let you play with your food before you eat it. You can even have an opponent, so one can be the peanut butter and the other, the jelly. Or one could be the ketchup and the other the mustard. Oh my, this is fun.

HondaJet Sends Honda's Car Design Philosophy Sky High!

HondaJet is a roomy, fuel-efficient and economical light jet scheduled to take to the skies in 2010. Some say the advanced passenger plane will be the Japanese automaker's "Civic of the Air".

Does Aromatherapy Really Work?

The concept of using smells to affect one's health has been around since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Today, a small minority of people - mostly Westerners - swear by the health benefits of aromatherapy to cure a variety of ailments.


HangBoarding: The Evolution from Skiing and Snowboarding

First came skiing, then snowboarding, now get ready to HangBoard!

Great Invention Idea? It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's You!!!

As many of you no doubt know, we here in Colorado are blessed with some of the best skiing on earth. Unfortunately, great skiing has a tendency to leave the winter enthusiast with an insatiable desire for more thrills.

Gecko-fied Bandage Could Be Used for Surgery

I always maintain that looking at the animal kingdom could provide answers to a variety of issues that plagues us, humans. Indeed, it's not only me who thinks this way. Robert Langer and Jeff Karp, faculty members of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, came up with their own invention inspired by the foot of a gecko.

Beer Tender Has Arrived, But You'd Better Really Like Heineken!




Like pub style beer? Like Heineken®? Well, that's good, because Krups® and Heineken have teamed up to make Heinekin beer available to you from your own draft beer dispenser, the Beer Tender®. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the Beer Tender could add some jolly to your home celebration.
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Modified Egg For People With Egg Allergies

For some people, a delicious plate of scrambled eggs is inevitably followed by an upset stomach, severe rashes, or other allergic reactions, including death. Now, chemists have developed a process that greatly reduces the main egg allergens, resulting in eggs that are 100 times less allergenic than normal eggs.

Animal Lovers! Donate Your Weight In Food To Animal Shelters



Photo via Pedigree®Photo via Pedigree®
There is one social cause that is close to the heart of blogger, Absolutely True: shelter animals. When she heard that the Pedigree® company was no longer sending free food to pet shelters, she decided to do something about it. She is challenging all animal lovers to donate their weight in food through Pedigree, because Pedigree will match the donations to your local shelter. And True will award prizes for making the donations!
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Braille Labels Make Beer Drinking for the Blind No Accident



Thoughtful Braille identification labels impressed into the tops of Japanese beer cans help both the blind and the visually impaired distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic canned beverages.
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Shake These Salt and Pepper Maracas!



Yes, I just wrote about salt and pepper grinders, and I promise to get off the subject, but I just had to share these Fukasawa-designed Salt and Pepper Maracas with you, just for quick look at a beautiful design, but impractical concept. What can you do with these? read more »

Off-Roading with a Lunar Twist


New Lunar RoverNew Lunar Rover

The engineers at Johnson Space Center in Houston have designed a new kind of Vehicle. It has no windows, doors or even seats. Then again, it is made to be driven on the moon.Although this isn't something I would expect to see at a car dealship anytime soon, it is still an amazing step in specialized design. read more »

Call For Submissions! 2008 Canadian Invention Competition



A C$10,000 feasibility study, C$50,000 worth of design and construction on your prototype, and up to C$10,000 liability protection will go to the winner of the second annual Canadian Invention Competition, co-sponsored by Canadian Business Magazine and Nytric, a Canadian innovation engineering and consulting company.

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The 6 Innovations Of Chef'n Salt & Pepper Grinders



Pepper & Salt Balls Photos ©Chef'nPepper & Salt Balls Photos ©Chef'n

I go through two or three salt and pepper grinders a year, a ridiculous number for one who cooks only three or four meals a week. Either the tops break off or the blades get dull, or the turning mechanism fails. Another kitchen tool goes to gadget hell, where nothing is recycled. read more »

Scientists Clone Fluorescent Green Pigs

A fluorescent green mother pig has recently given birth to eleven piglets, two of which also glow green under ultra-violet light like their mother.