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  • K-Cup creator John Sylvan regrets inventing Keurig coffee pod system

    03/06/2015 4:16:12 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 46 replies
    CBC News ^ | January 27, 2015 | Pete Evans
    The man who invented the K-Cup coffee pod almost 20 years ago says he regrets doing so, and he can't understand the popularity of the products that critics decry as an environmental catastrophe. John Sylvan worked at Keurig in the 1990s when he devised a simple product that could create a small mug of coffee out of a plastic pod. Originally aiming it at office workers, Sylvan said he thought the product might have some limited appeal to people who would normally go Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or other coffee chains in the morning, because now they could get a cup...
  • Thank a White Male

    11/27/2014 5:28:02 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 31 replies
    Do you like internal combustion engines? Thank a few white men. (Jean Lenoir, Nikolaus Otto, Karl Benz, Rudolf Diesel, Gottlieb Daimler, Emil Jellinek, Henry Ford among others.) Are you a fan of flush toilets and indoor plumbing? Thank white males Alexander Cumming, Thomas Twyford, and Isaiah Rogers Toilet paper? Thank Joseph Gayetty, W.M. How about washing machines and dryers? Thank white males Alva Fisher and J. Ross Moore. “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got just about everything” ran the tag-line in a famous Geritol commercial from the 1970s, and the guys we most have reason to be grateful for...
  • Need Help finding an article: Inventions by White Men

    01/24/2015 11:10:28 AM PST · by Maceman · 72 replies
    A while back (I think within the past three months) there was a very interesting article posted here about inventions by white men. I have not had any luck finding it through FR search. Does anyone remember it? Does anyone have it? Can anyone post a link to it? Thanks.
  • Legendary Fishing Rod Creator Shares a Special Secret

    08/01/2014 5:17:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Every week CBS News travels America fishing for interesting stories. And, once again, we've hooked a good one. A trout's brain is no bigger than a lentil, yet when it comes to outsmarting fly fishermen, it's enough. Which is why truly obsessive fishermen, like Randy Brown, seek any advantage they can -- like splurging on a $4,000 fishing pole. "It's just a pleasure to fish with. There's just no other rods like these," says Brown. "It's the best stick there is." The rods he's referencing are designed by legendary rod-maker Tom Morgan. If fly fishing is a religion, this is...
  • The Next Age of Invention: Technology’s future is brighter than pessimists allow

    03/31/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2014 | Professor Joel Mokyr
    The statement “everything that could be invented has been invented” is frequently misattributed to the late-nineteenth-century American patent commissioner Charles Holland Duell. The Economist once credited him with the remark, and sites such as “kool kwotes” still reproduce it. In fact, Duell believed the opposite. “In my opinion,” he wrote at the turn of the century, “all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.” While...
  • Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives

    03/24/2014 8:36:49 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/24/14 | n/a
    Imagine if clinics in developing countries were equipped with an inexpensive yet durable tool that could help medical personnel identify and diagnose a variety of deadly diseases like Malaria...
  • US scientists deplore ‘innovation deficit’

    03/09/2014 8:11:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 45 replies ^ | March 6, 2014 6:24 am | By Nuala Moran
    US scientists deplore ‘innovation deficit’ By Nuala Moran Scientists in the US remain the best funded in the world, but they say falling federal investment and cuts due to sequestration, coupled with the enormous resources other countries are lavishing on research, are creating an “innovation deficit”.The consequence, say the presidents of more than 200 US universities, will be fewer US scientific and technological breakthroughs, fewer US patents and fewer US start-ups, products and jobs. Investment in research is not inconsistent with deficit reduction, indeed it is vital to it, they said in an open letter to President Barack Obama...
  • How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

    02/05/2014 2:39:07 PM PST · by Altariel · 59 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 3, 2014 | Rose Pastore
    When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into the body, to stop bleeding from an artery. It’s an agonizing process that doesn't always work--if bleeding hasn't stopped after three minutes of applying direct pressure, the medic must pull out all the gauze and start over again. It’s so painful, “you take the guy’s gun away first,” says former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh. Even with this emergency treatment, many soldiers...
  • Making a splash: The world’s fastest amphibious vehicle can go from car to boat in just 15 SECONDS

    01/19/2014 1:32:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:28 EST, 18 January 2014 | Victoria Woollaston and Alexandra Klausner
    You no longer need to be a spy like James Bond to get your hands on an amphibious car. David March has designed the world’s fastest Jeep-style vehicle that can be driven straight from the land into the water and goes from a car to a boat in just 15 seconds. Called the Panther, the vehicle can reach water speeds of up to 45 mph—almost as fast as an average speedboat—and is fitted with a custom-made 3.7 liter V6 engine, fiberglass hull and lightweight chromoly steel chassis. …
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s viola organista debuts … 500 years after its design

    12/02/2013 9:57:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It looks and plays like a piano, but it sounds like a string quartet — and it took 500 years before anyone built it. Leonardo da Vinci’s flight of fancy in designing a hammerless piano, called a “viola organista,” has come to life half a millenium after da Vinci designed it, thanks to a Polish concert pianist and musical engineer. It couldn’t have sounded any better in da Vinci’s head (via Brad Thor and Dan Gainor): A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up...
  • Alfredo Moser: Bottle light inventor proud to be poor

    09/05/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT · by PrayAndVoteConservesInLibsOut · 76 replies
    Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity - using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year. So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the...
  • Doug Engelbart obituary: Silicon Valley visionary who invented the computer mouse

    07/04/2013 6:26:01 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7-4-13 | Jack Schoefield
    Doug Engelbart, who has died aged 88, will be remembered as the man who in 1963 invented the computer mouse, but that was incidental to his vision of computers augmenting the human intellect and increasing our "collective IQ". While he became a much-loved and oft-lauded Silicon Valley celebrity, his most visionary ideas were neglected and went unfunded.

    06/18/2013 8:46:13 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 78 replies ^ | 6/18/13 | Kitchen daily
    MAN REPLACED 90 PERCENT OF HIS MEALS WITH DRINK MIXTURE KITCHEN DAILY 6/17/13 The 24-year-old, who has difficulty finding time to shop and cook as a software engineer in Atlanta, researched what nutrients his body actually needed to get from food. He then created Soylent, which, according to Fox News, is a "drink mixture of vitamins and minerals which includes calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K." Rhinehart began swapping his daily meals for his Soylent formula. We caught up with Rhinehart to talk about his new diet.
  • This Is The World's First Practical Flying Car

    06/10/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/10/2013 | Kyle Russell
    The idea of a flying car has fascinated dreamers and aviation geeks alike since humans first got off the ground with powered flight. The concept has obvious advantages: the "go anywhere, anytime" freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis. Featured in movies like Back to the Future and Blade Runner, this mode of transportation has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction due to the complexity of the drivetrain required and the training that would be needed to operate such a vehicle. Now, a company called Terrafugia has put...
  • Connecticut Senate wipes Wright Brothers from history

    06/07/2013 7:41:22 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi ^ | June 7, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    The Connecticut state Senate recently passed a bill striking Orville and Wilbur Wright from history, and assigning credit for the first powered flight to Gustave Whitehead instead. Aviation historian John Brown found photographic evidence in March that Whitehead made a powered flight over Connecticut in 1901, "two years, four months, and three days before the Wright brothers." The relevant section of House Bill 6671 reads, "The Governor shall proclaim a date certain in each year as Powered Flight Day to honor the first powered flight by [the Wright brothers] Gustave Whitehead and to commemorate the Connecticut aviation and aerospace industry."...
  • Domino’s Pizza Testing Pizza-Delivering Drones

    06/04/2013 11:38:28 AM PDT · by drewh · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published June 04, 2013 | Mike Flacy
    Domino’s Pizza has hired a creative agency called T + Biscuits to test the feasibility of octocopter drones that deliver a hot, delicious pizza to your doorstep. Heavily branded as the DomiCopter, the current prototype can deliver two, large pizzas in about ten minutes within a four mile radius of the store. While future versions could hypothetically use GPS coordinates to deliver the pie, the existing model is piloted from the ground by someone experienced in drone flight. Other names previously batted around for the DomiCopter included the Pepperdroney and the Flyin’ Hawaiian. The DomiCopter has eight spinning blades and...
  • Invention allows clear photos in dim light (graphene 1,000x more sensitive than CCD or CMOS)

    05/31/2013 4:13:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 5/30/13
    Cameras fitted with a new revolutionary sensor will soon be able to take clear and sharp photos in dim conditions, thanks to a new image sensor invented at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The new sensor made from graphene, is believed to be the first to be able to detect broad spectrum light, from the visible to mid-infrared, with high photoresponse or sensitivity. This means it is suitable for use in all types of cameras, including infrared cameras, traffic speed cameras, satellite imaging and more. Not only is the graphene sensor 1,000 times more sensitive to light than current imaging sensors...
  • California teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds

    05/21/2013 7:24:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    SFGate ^ | 05/21/2013
    Now here’s the invention that we’ve all been waiting for: A device that instantly charges our cell phones. A gadget like this might soon be on its way thanks to a bright 18-year-old from Saratoga, Calif., who was recently honored at an international science fair. Eesha Khare is the mind behind a super-powerful and tiny gizmo that packs more energy into a small space, delivers a charge more quickly, and holds that charge longer than the typical battery. Khare showed off her so-called super-capacitor last week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. In her demonstration,...
  • College student invents gel that halts bleeding

    03/20/2013 10:42:23 AM PDT · by isthisnickcool · 13 replies
    Mothjer Nature Network ^ | Thu, Mar 07 2013 | Sean Captain, TechNewsDaily
    Joe Landolina may have invented a cure for bleeding. He claims that his creation, a substance called Veti-Gel, jump-starts the clotting and healing process so quickly that even wounds to internal organs or major arteries are able to close up instantaneously. And Joe has accomplished all this by his third year of college at NYU.
  • Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

    02/02/2013 10:45:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 01, 2013 – 04:44 PM | Christian Wüst
    The technology needed for driverless cars is here and could be ready for the market in less than a decade. Automation holds the promise of revolutionizing the automobile industry and making our streets safer, but will it spell the end of Fahrvergnügen? … Self-driving cars, long dismissed as a utopian pipe dream, are rapidly reaching the stage where they will be ready for the market. “We’re not talking about 20 years here, but more like five,” says Sebastian Thrun, initiator and director of Google's project. … No other invention in the history of civilian technology has caused as much harm...
  • 1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s Patented Diving Suit (PHOTO)

    01/21/2013 6:12:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Rebreather Site ^ | The Rebreather Site
    1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit The suit of Chester E. Macduffee is a fantastic suit to see. Although Macduffee patented 4 inventions and pictures of the actual diving suit are still available it is very strange nothing could be found about the inventor. In the book from Hermann Stelzner there are some references to Macduffee. The name of the inventor is often written in different ways. Stelzner calls him Macduff. He is also called McDuffie – MacDuffie – MacDuffy – Macduffie but the true name of the man was Macduffee. Stelzner wrote: Macduffs ADS was tested in 1915...
  • Cats' ears (vanity)

    12/14/2012 7:47:50 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 16 replies
    Quirky ^ | 12/12/12 | self
    Greetings! I just published an invention on Quirky, and would like to get some up votes, and other positive thoughts from the FR community. Thanks in advance, FRiends.
  • Mitsubishi Reports Toyota Replication [of Iwamura's LENR transmutation of elements]

    12/12/2012 4:54:03 PM PST · by TXnMA · 166 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Steve Krivit
    Dec. 7, 2012 – By Steven B. Krivit – Researchers from Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories performed an independent replication of a Mitsubishi low-energy nuclear reaction transmutation experiment, according to a physicist from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries speaking at the American Nuclear Society LENR session on Nov. 14 in San Diego, Calif. The physicist, Yasuhiro Iwamura, told the ANS audience that the Toyota researchers confirmed that nuclear changes from one element to another took place without the use of high-energy nuclear physics. Most scientists who have not followed this field closely consider such profound claims inconceivable. Toyota used a LENR...
  • US Army Announces Greatest inventions of 2011

    09/23/2012 3:03:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Defence Talk ^ | September 21,2012 | Staff
    U.S. Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Sept. 19.A team of combat veteran non-commissioned officers, as well as U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command field-grade officers, reviewed and voted for the Army Greatest Inventions of 2011. Dale Ormond, director of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, commended the scientists and engineers for their efforts to empower, unburden and protect Soldiers. “The contributions made by these teams promise to improve the well-being of Soldiers and the Army’s capability to contribute to quality of life and our national security,” Ormond said. “All of the nominated inventions...
  • Victor Poor, Who Helped Create Early Intel Chips, Dies at 79

    08/19/2012 7:43:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 19, 2012 | John Markoff
    Victor Poor, a largely self-taught computer engineer who played an early role in the development of one of Intel’s first commercial microprocessors, died on Friday in Palm Bay, Fla. He was 79.
  • The Bad History Behind ‘You Didn’t Build That’ (Obama hates entrepreneurs and innovators)

    08/04/2012 5:29:58 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    bloomberg-link only | 8/2/2012 | Virginia Postrel This is a very interesting article that ultimately argues that a society/culture's very attitude toward innovation and entrepreneurialism is what really creates wealth...and this is the very thing Obama sneers at and damages in his BELIEF (not just gaffe, but deeply held belief) that "you didn't build that."
  • Who Really Invented the Internet?

    07/23/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 239 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2012 | L. GORDON CROVITZ
    Contrary to legend, it wasn't the federal government, and the Internet had nothing to do with maintaining communications during a war. A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: "The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet." It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon...
  • Paving The Way for Driverless Cars

    07/21/2012 12:05:53 PM PDT · by garjog · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | By Clifford Winston
    California’s proposed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco—which Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign off on soon—has been characterized by the Obama administration and its other supporters as an effective way to reduce highway congestion. These costs amount to more than $100 billion annually in wasted time and higher fuel expenses. In fact, a much better technological solution is on the horizon, if we pave the way by getting rid of obsolete highway design. It is already possible to imagine a world in which you could predict exactly how long it would take to drive in your...
  • Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones

    07/20/2012 8:18:42 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI and SVEN GRUNDBERG
    More than seven years before Apple Inc. AAPL -1.63% rolled out the iPhone, the Nokia team showed a phone with a color touch screen set above a single button. The device was shown locating a restaurant, playing a racing game and ordering lipstick. In the late 1990s, Nokia secretly developed another alluring product: a tablet computer with a wireless connection and touch screen—all features today of the hot-selling Apple iPad. Former Nokia designer Frank Nuovo says the company had prototypes that anticipated the iPhone. "Oh my God," Mr. Nuovo says as he clicks through his old slides. "We had it...
  • Dog stairs help Fido get back in the boat

    04/24/2012 5:26:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-23-12 | Joe Taschler
    Germantown firm's floating stairs allows doggy paddlers to get back on boat The target market for Jim Perkins' upstart manufacturing company consists of swimmers with hairy backs who often stink when they get wet. Perkins has developed, built and begun marketing a set of floating plastic stairs designed to help dogs easily and safely climb back into a boat after going for a swim. The inspiration for the new business venture: his golden retriever, Katie. "I certainly didn't expect that the dog would cause me to pursue a second career," said Perkins, 57, a retired engineer who spent most of...
  • Hedy Lamarr’s World War II Adventure

    12/20/2011 9:27:15 PM PST · by Tex-Con-Man · 40 replies
    NYTimes ^ | December 15, 2011 | JOHN ADAMS
    ... Hedy Lamarr avoided the celebrity party circuit, preferring small gatherings with close friends. At home she set up a drafting table and devoted her downtime to inventions, including a bouillon-like cube that when mixed with water would produce an instant soft drink. It was at a dinner at the home of the actress Janet Gaynor in 1940 that she met George ­Antheil. According to Antheil’s autobiography, “Bad Boy of Music,” Hedy requested the meeting because she had read one of his Esquire articles about glands. This was Hollywood, and the most beautiful woman in the world was concerned about...
  • Newt is Right About The "Palestinians"

    12/10/2011 2:21:47 PM PST · by TBBT · 51 replies ^ | 12/10/2011 | AARON GOLDSTEIN
    Newt Gingrich is drawing fire for arguing that Palestinians are an "invented" people. In an interview with The Jewish Channel, Gingrich said, "Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community." Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erakat described Gingrich's comment as "the most racist statement I've ever seen." So not only do the Palestinians want a state but now they want to be a race unto themselves, too? Two of Mitt...
  • Palestinians attack Gingrich comment on 'invented' people (Terrorists can't handle the truth...)

    12/10/2011 10:43:40 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/10/11 | CNN Wire Staff
    Senior Palestinian leaders on Saturday strongly criticized comments by Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich that the Palestinians are an "invented" people, calling the comments ignorant and racist. Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the Gingrich remark was "the most racist statement I've ever seen." Erakat, who has negotiated in talks with Israel and the United States, said the remarks show "how really despicable things can get" in American politics. "Such thinking should be an alarm and concern for the world," Erakat said. Gingrich made the comments in an interview that aired Friday with The Jewish Channel, a U.S. cable channel....
  • Palestinians slam Gingrich as "ignorant"

    12/10/2011 9:40:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/10/2011 | Staff
    JERUSALEM - Palestinian officials are reacting with dismay to Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's statement that they are an "invented" people. The Jewish Channel on Friday released excerpts of an interview in which the former House Speaker said Palestinians were not a people because - unlike Israelis - they never had a state. "Remember, there was no Palestine as a state," Gingrich said. "It was part of the Ottoman Empire. "I think we have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and who are historically part of the Arab community, and they had a chance to go to...
  • Gingrich Describes Palestinian People as 'Invented'

    12/10/2011 9:24:58 AM PST · by TBBT · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/10/2011 | Fox News
    Newt Gingrich declared in an interview that Palestinians are an "invented" people, though his campaign afterward claimed the candidate still supports the establishment of a Palestinian state. The front-running Republican presidential candidate made the comments in an interview with The Jewish Channel. The interview marks some of the toughest language to date any candidate has used to describe the Middle East peace process. It also comes after Gingrich pledged at a forum earlier in the week that if elected, he would name John Bolton -- a hawkish, pro-Israel former U.N. ambassador who served in the George W. Bush administration --...
  • Gingrich: "Palestinians" an "invented people"

    12/09/2011 3:19:40 PM PST · by yank in the UK · 47 replies
    Jihadwatch / AGI ^ | 9th Dec, 2011 | AGI
    Gingrich is right in this. PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein said this in 1977: The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct "Palestinian people" to oppose Zionism.
  • Gingrich says Palestianians are an ‘invented’ people

    12/09/2011 12:36:03 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 178 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 9, 2011 | Amy Gardner
    Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said in a cable television interview that Palestininans are an “invented” people with no apparent right to their own state
  • What company gave us the 21st century?

    11/16/2011 1:59:07 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    11/16/2011 | WesternCulture
    Walter Isaacsson has, recently, completed a great work on Steve Jobs. My relatives will probably force me to read it (even though Isaacson was the former head of CNN, they're Conservatives and I'm a 42 year old with a will of my own) but prefer his magnificent study of Einstein as far books go. Anyhow, what do people actually understand about how and in what ways the IT sector of the economy has transformed all of our lives? Being Swedish, I wish to draw attention to what a marvelous revolution a certain poor peasant boy from the region of Värmland...
  • Doritos Chip Creator Dies at 97

    09/26/2011 6:44:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    fOX nEWS ^ | 09-26-2011 | sTAFF
    <p>DALLAS – Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand, has died in Dallas at age 97.</p>
  • Obama signs patent reform bill

    09/16/2011 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2011 | David Goldman and Alan Silverlain
    (CNN) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952. "We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs." Obama used the occasion to promote his $447 billion jobs plan, calling patent reform a "part of our (larger) agenda for making us competitive over the long term." Among other things, the measure, dubbed the America...
  • Rolling Greens resident's invention: Trash Can Storm Shelter

    07/15/2011 9:02:15 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 48 replies (Florida) ^ | 7/15/11 | Tom McNiff
    They mocked the Wright Brothers, too. So if Laura Nell Britton’s latest invention, the Trash Can Storm Shelter, catches on, she’ll stand in good company. Britton recently sunk two large plastic trash cans into the ground outside her Rolling Greens home, then installed rebar and poured cement around it and, voila! — instant, inexpensive shelter against the power of a tornado. Now she’s hoping the idea will gain momentum and that the trash can manufacturer, Toter, will help her market this novel use for their product.
  • Carrying a paralysed man up a mountain? No problem...

    07/02/2011 10:47:18 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:17 AM on 2nd July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A Japanese man paralysed from the waist down has embarked on an ambitious trip to Normandy to climb a mountain... with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Father-of-two Seiji Uchida, 49, will be carried up Mont Saint Michel - a World Heritage site - by a companion clad in a cybernetic exoskeleton which can boost the wearer's strength tenfold. For Mr Uchida, who lost the ability to walk 28 years ago after a car accident, reaching the picturesque abbey at the top of the mountain on the French coast is just the beginning of his trip of a lifetime.
  • Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's 'JetMan'

    05/11/2011 12:51:05 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 1:34 AM on 11th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    It was a feat that would have made Buzz Lightyear proud...or extremely envious. But for Yves Rossy, who finally completed his flight over the Grand Canyon in a jet suit, it must have been a relief. For the Swiss adventurer, dubbed JetMan, was forced to cancel his daring spectacle at the last minute on Friday due to red tape and safety issues. Despite the setback Rossy did not give up and on Saturday strapped on his wings and took to the skies for a spectacular eight-minute flight over a five-mile radius
  • A Message To Congress: Keep Your Hands Off The Patent Office

    04/22/2011 6:39:34 AM PDT · by technonerd · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4-4-11 | Eric Savitz
    It is axiomatic that the struggling U.S. economy is slowly climbing out of its hole. President Obama and our elected representatives regularly wax eloquent about job growth, innovation and the opportunity and future for the once-great United States. But the recovery, critics say, given the depths of the worldwide economic melt-down of 2008, is far too anemic, and job growth too stunted, all because of cumbersome, growth-stifling laws and policies. It is also axiomatic that most, if not all, net job creation in the U.S. today comes from small, entrepreneurial companies less than five years old. As Kauffman Foundation economist...
  • Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman working to develop lighter armor for U.S. military vehicles

    04/13/2011 2:53:55 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 18 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | April 12, 2011 | Brian Wang
    Jamie Hyneman is on the right, beside costar Adam Savage. Register UK - Jamie Hyneman has been working with the US government to devise lightweight armor for US military vehicles in Afghanistan and Iraq, all thanks to his work with materials such as TNT and C4 in the frankly unconventional setting of MythBusters. Hyneman's armor had to be ultra-lightweight so the vehicle doesn't get bogged down, but also capable of standing up the shrapnel and blast damage from a powerful IED while protecting the humans inside the vehicle from the pressure wave accompanying a blast. Hyneman was contacted by a...
  • Harry Coover, creator of Super Glue, dies at 94

    03/27/2011 3:07:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2011
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Harry Wesley Coover Jr., known as the inventor of Super Glue, has died at his home in Kingsport, Tenn. He was 94. Coover was working for Tennessee Eastman Company when an accident resulted in Super Glue, according to his grandson, Adam Paul of South Carolina.
  • Innovation Far Removed From the Lab

    02/10/2011 6:07:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2011 | Patricia Cohen
    Daniel Reetz loves trash bins. A big one in Fargo, N.D., was where he found most of the materials he used to build a scanner that was fast enough to scan a 400-page book in about 20 minutes without cracking the binding. The two Canon PowerShot A590 cameras and two lights that he lashed together with a few pieces of acrylic and wood cost him about $300 in all, considerably less than the $10,000 commercial book scanners on the market. When he was finished, Mr. Reetz, now 29 and working at Disney Research’s laboratories, put his 79-step how-to guide on...
  • Look what I made, mum! Teenager builds 'death-ray' which can burn through almost anything

    02/03/2011 5:15:15 AM PST · by numberonepal · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 31st January 2011 | John Hutchinson
    Eric Jacqmain, from Indiana in the US, covered an ordinary fibreglass satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirror tiles - and made his very own 'death ray'. When aligned correctly it can generate a heat spot a couple of centimetres across, with an intensity of 5,000 shining suns, the 19-year-old claims. The inventor then posted video of his invention on YouTube, with people commenting in awe of the power of the satellite. The ray generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. It stands at 5ft 9ins...
  • Lunacy dims Edison's invention (GE bulb factory to close - Algore's fault)

    09/27/2010 10:16:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    TriValley Central ^ | 9/21/10 | Alan Levine
    Lunacy dims Edison's inventionAlan Levine Casa Grande Dispatch Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 10:33 AM MST The General Electric factory in Winchester, Va., the last major U.S. plant making standard incandescent light bulbs, is scheduled to close at the end of the month. When it does, the remaining 200 workers will lose their jobs, marking a rather ignominious end for a company that produced a product that Thomas Alva Edison gave to us and the rest of the world back in the late 1870s. This is a direct result of Al Gore’s global-warming scare tactic, which is largely responsible for...
  • 1962 glass could be Corning's next bonanza seller

    08/02/2010 2:48:22 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies · 3+ views
    YAHOO FINANCE ^ | 02 AUGUST 2010 | AP
    CORNING, N.Y. (AP) -- An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc. The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs. Gorilla showed early promise in the '60s, but failed to find a commercial use, so it's been biding its time in a hilltop research lab for almost a half-century. It picked up its first customer in 2008 and has quickly become a $170...