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Smokeable Wearable Tech: Set the World and Other Places On Fire!

Meet the world's first (and second) smokeable hoodie. Alarm the fire department, impress your friends and read on for more on this incredible innovation.

Piñatex: Innovative Leather-Like Textile Made From Pineapple Leaves

Read all about a new leather-like textile known as Pinatex. Made from discarded pineapple leaves, this new material may well revolutionize the sustainable textile industry.

AirDye Textile Technology: Is Water Pollution Passé?

Textile manufacturing has been one of the world's largest sources of water pollution; that is, until now. Read on to learn more about AirDye technology, which utilizes no water in its production of  fabrics.

Calling All Inventors! Help Solve A Global Food System Challenge

The world's food supply and distribution methods are being challenged by a growing population, climate change, over-cropped soil, chemical contaminants and other environmental factors. The challenges are many and so are the possible efficient solutions, and you are being invited to develop a solution based on one of nature's ways of solving them. Sponsored by the Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) awaits your solution with a $100,000 "Ray of Hope" prize for the winner and access to the tools you need to get your design manufactured and ready to go to work!

Vegan Leather: Innovative Cruelty-Free Lifestyle Option

Vegan leather provides an option to those whose lifestyle and beliefs prohibit the use of animal products. Read on to learn more about this amazing fashion innovation.

Dia-Treaties: Dog Owner Invents A Treat That Solves Insulin Swings In Diabetic Dogs

When Kameron and Nancy Carlson first learned that their 9-year old Italian greyhound had diabetes, they naturally followed their veterinarian's instructions and put "Vinny" on insulin injections. Unfortunately, as in many cases of canine diabetes, Vinny's health did not suddenly rebound. His glucose levels fluctuated dramatically from having too much insulin to too little insulin in his body. Seeing their poor dog so sick inspired Kameron Carlson to find a way to give Vinny and other dogs with diabetes a normal, active life again....

VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

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.

Oxytocin: Not Just A Sex Hormone, But A 'Bonding Agent'

You know that 'love at first sight' thing?  Much of that feeling, including the feeling of sexual arousal, is due to the hormone oxytocin (not to be confused with the drug 'oxycodone'), which is produced by the hypothalmus and released by the pituitary gland.  Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently performed experiments with dogs applying an oxytocin spray to their noses, and learned that the hormone has other effects besides sexual arousal.

Can't Stand The Heat? Hug A Tree

Trees are a common hangout for many animals and insects. Under them, on top of them, next to them, around them, trees may be habitats or just places to go for temporary respite.  For some creatures trees are a source of food or a sharpening tool for their beaks, claws, or teeth. Some trees provide shade and shelter. Others provide a hiding place for certain animals.  Researchers at James Cook University in Australia recently learned of another function of trees, which they reported in the June issue of Biology Letters.

Live And In Color, McGill Neuroscientists Prove Famous Hebbian Theory Is Correct

In 1949, Donald Olding Hebb, a psychologist at McGill University proposed this theory: "Cells that fire together, wire together. Cells that fire out of sink, lose their link."  Sixty-five years later, neuroscientists from the same university, along with those from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, have finally seen the Hebbian Theory in real time, in real living creatures, in action, and in color.