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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.
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. read more »
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.
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! read more »
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. read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
The big yellow robot in the picture above has the potential to save at least some innocent animals from being poisoned, and that's a start. The big yeller' is a high-throughput robot capable of testing thousands of cell-based chemical tests at a time, enabling toxicity results in a matter of hours, as opposed to years of animal testing. read more »
The gases you breathe out may provide a mirror of what's going on inside your body. In an effort to detect the minute traces of gases that may point to diseases such as cancer and asthma, researchers have developed a laser for low-cost, highly sensitive breath analysis. read more »
My recent investigations into the mysteries of the United States Patent Office, well not so mysterious as it is undiscerning and undiscriminating, has unearthed a whole host of opportunistic patents. That is, the patenting of stuff we've all been doing, independent of the patent process, for centuries. And United States patent 6360693 is perhaps the best (worst?) example of this practice. read more »
Scientists show how to cut a rubberband in two, and then put it back together again. read more »
You can take a cat out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of a cat. Unless you want to mount tree branches in your home (Ooh, let me think on that!), the next best thing to satisfy his urge to climb might be a door climber. I mean, if he's climbing the walls anyway... read more »
First there was the air-powered car, now here comes a wave-powered boat! The three-ton catamaran Suntory Mermaid II may not set any speed records on its May 2008 voyage from Hawaii to Japan but as the Tortoise once said, "slow and steady wins the race". read more »
Today dear readers, I am turning my blog over to you. That's because I'm stumped. Is United States Patent 4022227 worthy of a patent? Do you consider this an invention? An innovation? Or did Frank and Donald Smith the "inventors" merely lay claim to something men have been doing for centuries? You decide; then let me know what you think. read more »
In a modern-day sea voyage, researchers plan to seek out the strongest winds in order to better understand the effect of weather conditions on the carbon cycle. read more »
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 »
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 »
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? read more »