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nice idea... September 6, 2014 posted by

Engineering college students create smog-eating roof tile

Competition runners up or honorable mentions might just have brilliant ideas that could change the world. This past May,engineering students from the University of California Riverside received an honorable mention award for phase two of an Environmental Protection Agency student design competition for their creation of a roof tile paint that eats smog emissions equivalent to that of a car driven 11,000 miles per year. Tiles with and without the smog-eating paint This roof coating is a paint made from…


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Engineering college students create smog-eating roof tile
nice idea... July 11, 2014 posted by

The latest way to recycle – turning fishnets into skateboards

Plastic waste has become a HUGE global problem, particularly in our oceans. It’s become a scourge for marine and wildlife. Once useful fishnets are now being discarded and amount to 10% of the oceans’ plastic waste. Bureo Skateboards is trying to change this. Based in Chile, this skate company recycles discarded fishnets into stylish plastic skateboards. Started by “three crazy gringos”, they’ve created The Minnow. This product utilizes very little plastic (by weight) but has a real value to it….


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The latest way to recycle – turning fishnets into skateboards
nice idea... June 20, 2014 posted by

Lento – the smoke alarm that looks great and saves lives too

We all know what smoke alarms look like – those round ugly devices that we stick up high on a wall or ceiling. Now Finnish designer Paola Suhonen has added some whimsy to this lifesaving tool. Lento from Jalo Helsinki, is a photovoltaic smoke detector that resembles an attractive insect or art deco and features cutting-edge technology. Its entire surface acts as as a test button, so there are no push buttons. Also the external casing acts as a “press…


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Lento – the smoke alarm that looks great and saves lives too
Awesome May 13, 2014 posted by

Jak Bank – interest free ethical borrowing becomes a reality in Sweden

Ever wished there was a bank which was actually driven by more humanitarian goals than merely making more profit? Yes there are credit unions, cooperative and community banks, but they almost all still revolve around the idea of interest payments on loans and savings. What about a bank that did away with all that, and tried a different approach altogether?


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Jak Bank – interest free ethical borrowing becomes a reality in Sweden
nice idea... May 9, 2014 posted by

Stylish sneakers made from trash

Having recently judged a competition where young people are tasked with being innovative entrepreneurs, it’s clear that many of the today’s youth have creativity and passion spilling out all over the place. Such is the case of three design students at University of London who, as part of their graduate art project, creative colorfully stylish sneakers from garbage. These multi-colored sneakers, pointedly called “Everything You Buy is Rubbish” -are made of plastic debris collected after the three students scoured local…


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Stylish sneakers made from trash
nice idea... April 18, 2014 posted by

New energy saving woodstove captures and uses heat for water

Winter is still very present in many parts of the world, though there are signs that spring is coming. But a good woodstove is still an important device for heating and improvements are always welcome. Bodart & Gonay, a Belgian fireplace manufacturer, has come up with a great improvement on its Infire 680 woodstove insert. Its innovative boiler technology recovers convection heat and uses it for hot water. Combined together, this new innovative system not only heats your home, it…


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New energy saving woodstove captures and uses heat for water
nice idea... February 20, 2014 posted by

Motion-Sensing LED Track Lights – Providing light at night, but not too much light.

Night lights don’t seem to put out too much light when you test them out during the day, but those little bulbs can seem like a miniature sun when you’re trying to get some shut-eye in a dark room. Two choices – Wake others up by shattering the dark with that bright light or fumble around in the dark. Oh wait. Now there’s a third choice.


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Motion-Sensing LED Track Lights – Providing light at night, but not too much light.
nice idea... February 14, 2014 posted by

Telescoping Selfie Arm – Put some distance between the phone and your face.

The not-so-humble selfie has been elevated to an art form, becoming a standard part of social media. Unfortunately, most selfies give a too-close view up the subject’s nose because the phone is so close to your face. Now, you can add a little distance to your selfie.


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Telescoping Selfie Arm – Put some distance between the phone and your face.
nice idea... February 8, 2014 posted by

Londeners enjoy fresh produce grown underground

We’re definitely in the throws of winter – heavy snowstorms and flooding in many parts of the world. This time of year having fresh produce can be problematic. But Londoners have a new alternative. Growing Underground farm is a new 2.5-acre farm located one hundred feet below the streets of London. Located under the Northern Line near Clapham North tube station on property leased from the London Underground. Zero Carbon Food owners Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have partnered with…


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Londeners enjoy fresh produce grown underground
music January 10, 2014 posted by

Runner’s Speaker Vest – Keep your ears clear while you beat feet

You know sitting in front of the computer or TV all day is bad for you, which is why you make sure to run, walk, or jog every day. Right? Of course, nothing eases the monotony of running when nothing is chasing you like listening to your favorite tunes. Unfortunately, you take your life in your hands every time you shut out the world with earbuds or headphones.


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Runner’s Speaker Vest – Keep your ears clear while you beat feet
nice idea... January 3, 2014 posted by

Liftware – Reducing the anxiety of mealtime by reducing tremors

For many people, eating a meal is a time filled with challenges and insecurity. Tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor can make seemingly simple tasks such as using silverware a complicated endeavor that takes the joy out of mealtime. Now, the tremor can be reduced in your eating utensils even if it can’t be reduced in your hands.


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Liftware – Reducing the anxiety of mealtime by reducing tremors
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