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Hydrogen-fueled Cars Enhanced with 13 Lucky Enzymes


Thirteen enzymes have been discovered-found in as diverse objects as plants, rabbits, bacteria, and yeast-which, when mixed together, could solve three major challenges on the road to a hydrogen economy. Ultimately, the chemistry experiment could enable a car to run for 300 miles for as little as $8. read more »

Go Green and Make Some Green...Dollars


Preserving the environment may have never been so lucrative. Global electronics distribution company, Premier Farnell Plc., created its first environmentally friendly competition. They are challenging electronics engineers, students, and hobbyists to roll up their sleeves and design an invention or innovation that will help the environment. read more »

Felony to Sell Video Games in New York?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Assembly passed a bill today, May 31st, 2007 that could make it possible to charge retailers who sell an M Rated game to a minor with a felony. Assemblymen from the State of New York were heard discussing the unconstitutional clauses in the law, but then turned around to say that they were voting FOR the bill. The law passed today by an overwhelming vote of 130-10. read more »

Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness


Do you know thyself? Nico does.

This robot has recently passed the self-recognition test that scientists use to determine if an animal species can recognize itself in a mirror. Only a handful of animals have passed this test, and now robots appear to be among this elite clique...or else, the test may not be all that it was once thought to be. read more »

"Shot Guard" Underwear Foils Freaky Photographers



New "ShotGuard" underwear from Cramer Japan provides female athletes, students and children with security against infrared photography.
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MediCafe Vending Machine Takes Your Time, Not Your Money


 

The old expression "Time is Money" is about to be put into practice by Japan's newest vending machine, the revolutionary MediCafe. read more »

Back(side) To The Future - A Toilet That Does Everything


With the TOTO Washlet S400, Japanese designers have shown us what the future of bathroom breaks look like while making us feel uncomfortably backward in the process. read more »

The Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge Names Top Invention of 2007


The History Channel(R) and Invent Now(R) Inc., a division of the National Inventors Hall of Fame(R) Foundation, announced the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner - the top inventions of 2007 - in the second annual Modern Marvels Invent Now(R) Challenge, a national competition in search of America's next great inventor. read more »

Wine Made Dress?


 

Have you read about the dress made from wine yet? Yes, wine! read more »

Major Decision by Supreme Court Will Impact Future of Patents


The Supreme Court has made a decision that will have dramatic impact on existing patent law. This week, the Supreme Court issued a decision in KSR v. Teleflex, which dealt with the design of the humble gas pedal, but has far greater consequences. Teleflex is the latest in a series of cases that look to better define the proper limits and roles of patents read more »

Homemade Soda Can Solar Furnace


Sometimes all you need to go green is an active imagination and some common sense. You don't need to have thousands of dollars to invest and you don't need to be an expert in any field either. Take Daniel Strohl, for example, he had inspiration from his father and a desire to warm up his garage. A few soda cans later he has a homemade solar furnace to warm it up.
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Staples® Announces 2007 Staples Invention Quest® Kid, Adult and Associate Winners


From an ingenious dry erase page called the "Problem Pad" to "No Poke Pins," an innovative twist on traditional thumbtacks, Staples Inc. today announced the winners of the third Staples Invention Quest®, its national search to find the next great product that makes school- or work-life easier. read more »

GPS Robot Wins Grand Prize at PennVention Competition


Radiosconde RecoveryRadiosconde Recovery A new robot that could assist climate-change researchers has won the grand prize at the annual PennVention competition.
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Staples Invention Quest: Finalists Announced, Voting Begins


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has announced the 15 finalists in its Invention Quest. Five finalists in each of three categories are now up for a grand prize of $25,000 each and a chance to have Staples manufacture and sell their product. You have a chance to affect the outcome (or so they say) as the online voting has begun. Read on to learn about the products that will rock your office world... read more »

New Judges and Host for American Inventor Season Two ( 2007) Announced


According to the Associated Press , George Foreman will be a Judge on `American Inventor'. The "boxing great, ordained minister and grilling guru George Foreman just added another job to his resume: reality-TV judge. "

Foreman will be joined by former NBA executive Pat Croce, British businessman Peter Jones and undergarments entrepreneur Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx. The show's new host is Nick Smith. read more »

$25 Million To Green the Earth


If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge
yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.

The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. read more »

Everyday Edisons is Auditioning Inventors in San Diego


As a update to our article "Calling All Inventors:Everyday Edisons is Looking for Inventors for Its Show", we wanted to remind inventors that Everyday Edisons®, auditions are being held in San Diego, California this Saturday, February 24th, 2007. read more »

Mothers of Invention Contest for Good Morning America


Good Morning America Weekend" kicked off its third annual Mothers of Invention Challenge today, in partnership with Mom Inventors, Inc.

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Henkel is Looking for Household Innovation Ideas


Do you have a granted patent or a published patent application, or a registered and published utility model or design? - If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are eligible to participate in the Henkel Innovation Trophy.

Henkel´s well-known brands are found in homes, retailers, and industry across North America. They include Dial® soap, Purex® laundry detergent, Renuzit® air fresheners, Soft Scrub® household cleanser, LA LOOKS®, Dep®, and got2bTM hair care products, Duck® brand duct tape, Loctite® adhesives, and LePage® adhesives. read more »

Oprah Has A Big Idea: She's Looking for Inventors


Want to be on Oraph and on QVC with your invention?

Oprah is on the search for the next Big Idea. Here's your chance to become a QVC success story. read more »

Staples Announces Invention Quest Semi-Finalists...Sort Of


Staples Invention QuestStaples Invention QuestStaples has notified the semifinalists of the 2007 Invention Quest...sort of. In a clear attempt to generate more publicity for the 07 event, they have included this year a round of semi-semi-finalists, or "nominees" who get their names in local papers, but not much else. In this post, Tim Whitney leans on his experience as 2005 Invention Quest finalist to discuss why this may not be a good thing. Read on for the rest of the scoop on the 07 Invention Quest.
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Invent -a -Toy World Games


Will the next best toy inventor be your kid?

Enter your child's Toy or Game into the 2007 Invent-A-Toy World Games. The contest is now until April 6, 2007.

ByKidsforKids is looking for ‘Toys’ or ‘Games’ inventions in these categories: read more »

Everyday Edison Auditions in Washington D.C.


Bouncing Brain Productions is coming to Washington, D.C., to give the region’s residents the opportunity to do just that – to transform their ideas into real, marketable products through its new public television series, Everyday Edisons. read more »