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Research Council to Fund Most Innovative Studies


The world’s most daring scientists and researchers will be chomping at the bit to obtain grants from the newly-formed European Research Council (ERC). The ERC was established to encourage exploration beyond the current boundaries of knowledge, and is part of the European Union’s Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7). FP7’s goal is to help Europe become the “most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world.” And they’re putting their money where their mouth is.
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Pre-Loaded iPods : IdeaWatch 2.0


So you've been holding out for that Led Zeppelin box set, not sure if you want to drop the cash or just start downloading from iTunes. Well imagine a black iPod nano with the Zoso logo emblazoned across and the whole catalog pre-loaded. Would that make the deal a little more tempting? A recent agreement between Apple and The Beatles may pave the way for just that sort of thing, and a whole new market for enterprising minds has been created. Read on to find out how...
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Three Legged Aliens? No, They're Speakers


Looking for the coolest looking speakers?

Kavita Mathur, our Guest Blogger, is a public relations professional in the field of Education with a passion for communicating. Taking a much deserved break from her career to bring up her two children, she has gone back to her first love-writing - in her free time. She wanted to share her love for cool gadgets with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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The O'hEocha Audiophile's Speakers with its futuristic design seems to be definitely inspired by the sci-fi movies. They remind me of three-legged aliens. They are eye-catching to look at but how do they sound?

New Battery Technology Can Revolutionize the Motorcycle


Matthew Bobryk, our Gest Blogger, is an advertising writer who just so
happens to be a certified gear head and obsessed with anything with a
motor in it. He wanted to share some of the latest innovations in motorcyle design with the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

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For close to 100 years, motorcycles and cars were all dependant on a very inefficient and environmentally nasty source of electrical power: the lead acid battery. What's surprising though, is most car and motorcycle manufacturers still use lead acid batteries. There has been a huge lag in new technology for this specific need. This may be soon to change, as one inventor has invented something truly exciting in the motorcycle industry: The lithium ion polymer motorcycle battery. 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 »

Would you Wear These? Shoes Made To Vacuum


Just imagine instead of the usual scenario, shoes bringing dirt into the house, shoes that are made for cleaning up the dirt instead, as you walk around the house. Electrolux imagined it and came up with a concept for a nice clean pair - a definite "must have" for cleaning fanatics or the shoe obsessed.
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GM's Chevy Volt Could Change How We Drive


Want to know how future cars from GM may be propelled?

Our guest blogger, Chuck Arehart, is a Detroit-based freelance automotive writer with 18 years of experience in the industry. You can reach him at chuckarehart (at) comcast.net.

To get absolutely the latest news about GM's green propulsion development, he interviewed the folks at GM to get exclusive insights on what's happening for the readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

Amid unstable fuel prices, an expanding environmental consciousness and market competition, General Motors unveiled the Chevy Volt concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in January. While styling is usually the major jaw-dropping factor with most auto show concept cars, that's not the Volt's mission. The power train underneath its futuristic composite skin is even more important to GM because it may define how future vehicles are propelled. read more »

Shoes That Give You A Buzz


What Are These Shoes Hiding?What Are These Shoes Hiding?

On December 26, 2006, Dr. Richard Koenig was awarded the 7,152,345th U.S. Patent for something contained in these shoes…. No, it’s not a travel alarm… nor is it a stun gun….

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Playing God: Scientists Plan to Re-Create the Universe


While humans may not actually reconstruct the universe as it is, earlier this week the New York Times and International Herald Tribune announced the intentions of a global group of physicists to re-create the environment of the early universe so they can better understand the Big Bang. After a hundred years of theory, discussion, and lab tests, the time has come to test results at a higher level. The machine the physicists plan to build is a super-sized linear collider that is ten times the size of the largest one that currently exists. So, where will it be built, and what do we hope this new $6.7 billion machine will tell us?
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Crackdown Coming to Xbox 360 with Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta


CrackdownCrackdownThere have been some great games out over the last few months, with the biggest highlight (and my pick for Game of the Year) being Gears of War. If you missed that article, you can see it here . Looking to the future is what most people are doing nowadays, so that's what I'm doing with this preview on Crackdown . This game comes out on February 20th exclusively for the Xbox 360, and will include the much-sought-after invite to the Halo 3 multiplayer beta (the sequel to Halo and Halo 2). The Halo 3 beta isn't the only good thing about this package, however, and I'm going to tell you why.
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