Food and Drink
If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.
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A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree! read more »
These Star Wars Droid soy sauce bottles add spice - literally - to your table while giving fans of the popular sci-fi movie series one more 'must have' collectible. read more »
DekoChoco, an innovative Japanese company, provides you with the tools to create personalized chocolates featuring your own photo, name and decorative design - right from your home or workplace! read more »
Researchers at the University of Haifa, in Israel, have found a way to slow the progression of prostate cancer by using molecules derived from the Ganoderma lucidum fungus. read more »
They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »
We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »
As an avid coffee and tea drinker, I am well acquainted with the joy of small things. Nothing quite satisfies like that first mug of morning joe, or cozying up with a hot cup of tea on a cold night. Given the enormous growth in the beverage industry, I know I am not alone in my fondness for these infusions. So, here are some of my top picks (in no particular order) for this year's wish list. Perhaps your favorite coffee or tea drinker would enjoy these in their daily imbibing as well. read more »
Earlier this month, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood demanded that McDonald’s immediately stop advertising on children’s report cards. read more »
Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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If you are still shopping for green gifts this year and have no idea where to look consider a green gift basket. Today’s gift baskets are as green as they are unique and they aren’t just about chocolates, coffee and popcorn anymore. Check out some of the innovative gift baskets below. read more »
For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »
Gift baskets are always fun to receive, and pets love them as much as we do. This year's holiday pet gift baskets are more ingenious and beautiful than ever, with special ones for the dogs, cats, birds and horses that you know and love. There are even combination gift baskets, a one-shot gift idea for pet and pet-lover for Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukah!
Artist Hannes Broecker's installation of colorful blocks of drinkable art opened in Dresden, Germany earlier this week, enticing gallery attendees to partake of the fine art of drinking, alongside the mighty fine art itself. read more »
There is an ongoing doubt about the environmentally friendliness of biodegradable plastic as compared to petroleum made plastic. Do they really biodegrade? Does it take more land, resources and energy to make biodegradable plastic than it does to make petroleum made plastic? The following review is not meant to confirm or deny this doubt, but simply to review an innovative biodegradable corn based products produced and sold by Trellis Earth. read more »
Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »
Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »
Japan's renewed whaling activity has generated loud protests from the world at large. One wonders, just what is done with the meat from hundreds of "scientifically killed" whales? Japanese food company Asian Lunch offers a spicy solution, Whale Curry, though there's something fishy about efforts to curry favor with hungry diners! read more »
Scientists noticed that old, dirty water filters seemed to make water taste better. They investigated this peculiarity, and found that tiny bacteria that thrive on dirty water filters can reduce the distasteful earthy tinge in tap water. read more »
My mother always says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I don't know about all that, but thanks to Mr. Hirsch I do know the way to my heart is through my man's stomach! United States patent 5,885,614 was issued on March 23, 2000 to Mr. Hirsch for the "Use of Odorants to Treat Male Impotence." That's right, the scents of the season are what really get a guy going! What can I say? ‘Tis really is the season to be jolly! read more »