• Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Blackout Buddy H20 Emergency Lamp Runs On Water

    Stocking up on supplies for a potential apocalypse future (or just a run of the mill catastrophe) is always a good idea.  If you’re going to throw in some emergency lamps in there, then you have to make sure it’s one that’s going to light up when you actually need it.  That’s the preparedness the Blackout Buddy H20 is designed to provide. Unlike conventional emergency lamps and flashlights, it doesn’t use batteries that, due to their limited shelf life, can […]

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  • This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    This Family Tree Charts How Dinosaurs Turned Into Modern Birds

    A study recently published in the journal Current Biology included the above family tree, which shows the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and modern birds.  Basically, a long and gradual evolution from the mighty T-Rex and its kin eventually gave birth to the winged creatures you hunted with a slingshot every summer when you were a kid. Conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Swarthmore College, the study looked closely at the evolutionary links between ancient […]

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  • Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Build A Mini-City Of Gifts With The Skyline Wrapping Paper

    Whether it’s for Christmas, weddings, or any other occasion, I hate wrapping up gifts.  I’m horrible at it, they’ll tear it open anyway, and I’m really horrible at it.  Seeing this Skyline Gift Wrap, however, makes me want to get good at gift wrapping.  Seriously, I’m excited about wrapping up tons of gifts for the first time. Made by Suck UK, it’s erstwhile regular wrapping paper, the same kind you can get from any gift shop for making your crappy […]

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  • Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Celebrate The Birth Of The Start Menu With This Windows 95 Backpack

    Are you one of the people who expressed your excessively strong opinions about the lack of a Start bar in Windows 8 at any website where you can unleash an angry rant?   Are you one of those people who felt proper retribution when Microsoft backtracked and revived the Start Menu for the upcoming Windows 10?   Celebrate the momentous occasion with this homage to the operating system that debuted the desktop navigation staple that can’t be killed: the Windows 95 Backpack. […]

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  • These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    These Space Keys Let You Carry A Lightsaber In Your Pocket

    Lightsabers are awesome.  You can use them to slay enemy Siths, deflect blaster bolts, and cut through most any substance with little resistance.  Now, you can use the vaunted energy blades to open your doors, too, with these lightsaber-themed Space Keys. No these aren’t keychains.  Instead, they’re actual key blanks that you can take to the locksmith to turn into a replacement for all the other lame keys in your Keysquare.  Well, most of them, anyway — make sure to […]

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  • Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Finally, A Valid Reason To Keep Nukes Around: Giant Asteroids

    Thanks to a variety of disarmament treaties, the US has been steadily decreasing their stockpile of nuclear weapons, with a good chunk of the retired inventory expected to be fully dismantled by 2022.  A recent review from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), however, revealed that the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) has been slacking at getting rid of a handful of nukes.  Their reason?  Giant asteroids. According to the NNSA, they’re keeping the specific nukes around “for potential use in […]

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  • Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    Nixie Selfie Drone Can Strap On Your Wrist When Not In Use

    We’ve seen small quadcopters before, even ones so small that you can carry them in your pocket.  The Nixie does them one better by actually being wearable, strapping on your wrist for convenient portability when not in use. More than being a super-compact drone, it’s programmed to function as a dedicated selfie machine.  Any time it’s launched, the drone will automatically detect your presence and autonomously hover around your perimeter, filming your exploits full time (it comes with a camera […]

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  • Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    Scientists Invent Recyclable Lithium-Ion Batteries That Work At 99% Potency Post-Recycling

    A team of researchers from Uppsala University is claiming to have found a new method for producing lithium-ion batteries that allow them to be easily recycled.  The process uses alfalfa seeds and pine resin as biomaterials, with a recycling system that uses low-energy input and non-hazardous chemicals (specifically, ethanol and water). The new method claims to produce lithium-ion batteries with the same content capacity as current-generation systems, so there’s no degradation in power nor effect in size.  It does that […]

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  • OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    OPPO Quack Turns Your Dog Into A Duck

    Muzzles are great for preventing your dogs from unwanted biting and barking.   You have to admit, though, muzzles can make even the nicest canines look extremely menacing (especially when they’re sleeping in a supervillain pet crate).  That won’t be the case when your pet wears the OPPO Quack over his snout. Like regular dog muzzles, it will keep your hound from biting strangers that spook them in the park or bark with the fury of noisy fireworks at three in […]

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  • Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Rochester Cloak Uses Ordinary Lenses To Make Things Appear Invisible

    Invisibility cloaks?  Not going to happen for a long time.  Using lenses to make your presence undetectable, though, is something many people have pulled off in the past.  A new lens-based cloaking device developed at the University of Rochester, which we’re calling the Rochester Cloak, might be the best one yet. Unlike previous efforts, the device doesn’t require that viewers remain at a specific angle in order for the cloaking effect to work.  Instead, it provides continuous multi-directional cover, so […]

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  • AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    AlumaSki Brings Jet Skiing To Shallow Waters

    While jet skis can work great for navigating the narrow confines of rivers and streams, they present a problem when you end up in shallow areas of the water.  Simply put, all those rocks are likely to render your QuadSki’s fiberglass hull beat down, banged up, and heavily damaged.  The AlumaSki, a new personal watercraft, offers a more durable alternative. Combining the shallow water durability and payload of an aluminum river boat with the affordability and fuel efficiency of jet […]

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  • Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    Harvard Offers Free Soft Robotics Toolkit For Building Your Own Bio-Mimicking Robot Army

    If you’ve already come to terms with a future filled with robots that look like the hunks of steel they’ve always been depicted in the movies, you’ll probably be very upset when the future comes.  Why?  Because instead of shiny tempered steel shells, they’ll likely be decked in shells as soft as human skin.  And they’ll have soft, flexible body tissues, rather than the rigid mechanisms inside factory machines that allow them to move like real living creatures.  Yeah, the […]

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  • MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    MV Recyclone Is Dyson’s Concept Vacuum Barge For Cleaning Up Rivers

    High-end home vacuum cleaners are near-synonymous with the Dyson brand, but that doesn’t mean indoors is where the company plans to stay.  James Dyson revealed long-term plans to build a new product called the MV Recyclone, a giant vacuum cleaner that will siphon plastic out of our increasingly-polluted rivers. Since it will need to navigate bodies of water, the giant cleaning machine comes in the form of a barge rather than a typical vacuum cleaner.  The waste-sucking boat will run […]

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  • This Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton Will Be All You Want For Christmas

    This Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton Will Be All You Want For Christmas

    Tired of buying yourself a new supercar every Christmas?  Yeah, after a few years expanding your fleet of exotics as a gift to yourself, it can get kind of trite.  This year, why not change things up and get yourself this Prehistoric Mammoth Skeleton instead? That’s right, a near-complete skeleton (it has a couple of toes missing, but that’s it) of the wooly mammoth.  Not just a tusk, a head, or some other body part like you’d normally get in […]

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  • Krazy Beaver Super Shovel Comes With Sharp Teeth For Chomping On Clay And Ice

    Krazy Beaver Super Shovel Comes With Sharp Teeth For Chomping On Clay And Ice

    Shovels are extremely useful in the garden, apart from serving as a makeshift weapon in a time of need.  Only problem?  It looks about as intimidating as a wheelbarrow to strike enough fear at anyone intending to do you harm.  The Krazy Beaver Super Shovel changes that. From the handle down to the shoulder, it looks just like every other shovel you can get from the hardware store, ready to dig deep into any pile of dirt.  Unlike ordinary digging […]

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  • Please Call Key Helps Nice People Return Your Lost Keys

    Please Call Key Helps Nice People Return Your Lost Keys

    It’s not uncommon to lose your keys.  Sometimes, you drop them while reaching for bills in your pocket.  Other times, you get too drunk and don’t notice stuff falling out of your pants.  On occasion, you’d set them down on a public bathroom sink and forget about them until you’re at the front door, unable to enter your house.  While the Please Call Key won’t keep those things from happening again, it might give you a shot at getting an […]

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  • 10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    10 Coolest, Funkiest, Most Interesting Things We Saw At Maker Faire NY Over The Weekend

    Self-described as “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” (and we agree with that statement) Maker Faire returned to  New York this past weekend, bringing with it a wide array of fascinating new technology, impressive DIY projects, and oddball curiosities that have all become a trademark of the ever-growing maker movement. Like every Maker Faire, the event brought together a wide cross-section of people, including engineers, craftsmen, educators, tech enthusiasts, artists, science fans, and the occasional indescribable figure. Most importantly, […]

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  • Mighty Mug Eliminates Coffee Spills Forever

    Mighty Mug Eliminates Coffee Spills Forever

    Sometimes, we act clumsy and we make a mess.  It happens and it’s our fault.  Then, again, maybe we should blame bad design.  You know, like, why the heck isn’t my Starbucks Tumbler designed to stay on its feet when I bump into it?  Well, someone thought that way about coffee mugs and sought out to build one that will stay standing even in your clumsiest moments: the Mighty Mug. A mug that can’t be knocked over, it eliminates spills […]

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  • 137-Feet Y-40 Is The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

    137-Feet Y-40 Is The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

    Sorry Nemo 33, your claim to fame just got usurped.  Four-star Hotel Terme Millepini in Montegrotto Terme, Italy is now host to the new record holder for the deepest swimming pool in the world.  Called Y-40 The Deep Joy, the insane facility has a bottom floor that extends 137 feet deep. Designed by renowned architect Emanuele Boaretto, the pool has the diving height of a 12-story building, making it perfectly suitable for recreational diving activities.  Wetsuits aren’t required (thank God, […]

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  • Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Seatylock Bike Saddle Also Doubles As A Bike Lock

    Riding a bicycle to work is awesome.  Getting to the office and realizing you forgot to bring the bike lock?  Not so much.  Maybe it’s time you got a bike lock that’s impossible to leave at home.  That’s exactly what the Seatylock is. A bicycle saddle that’s also a bike lock, it’s the perfect way to never forget your bike lock again.  After all, you can’t possibly leave the saddle at home unless you intentionally want the seat post to […]

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  • Deska Board Lets You Windsurf Without Any Water For Miles

    Deska Board Lets You Windsurf Without Any Water For Miles

    Because the world can never have a shortage of ridiculously fun looking ways to cruise the city streets, someone made a board that you can use to windsurf on concrete roads.  Called the Deska Board, it can be armed with a sail similar to windsurfing equipment, allowing you to use the wind to propel you from the mini-mart, where you bought a six-pack of beer, to your buddy Caleb’s house, where you will drink it while playing Killzone Shadow Fall […]

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  • This Is A Beer Briefcase For The Beer-Drinking Pro

    This Is A Beer Briefcase For The Beer-Drinking Pro

    It doesn’t matter whether you carry those half-dozen bottles on their original six-pack carton, a beer coathanger, or some other specialty contraption, walking around with a six-pack of booze is never classy.  Walking around with a briefcase, on the other hand, always seems dignified.  That’s why the Beer Briefcase exists. Perfect for transporting a healthy supply of beer during a workday, the briefcase comes with designated slots that nestle each bottle around a layer of protective foam.  That way, you […]

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  • This Authentic Soviet Era Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

    This Authentic Soviet Era Dog Spacesuit Is The Cutest Dog Costume You Will See Today

      Why dress your dog in some second-rate costume from the pet store when you can deck it in a legitimate outfit used by canine cosmonauts?  That’s exactly what will happen when you dress it up in this authentic 1950s-era Soviet Dog Spacesuit. The suit is believed to have been worn by Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs to return from space back in 1960.  It was used for the USSR’s Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission during the training phase, where […]

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  • 3-in-1 Stanley Vacuum Coffee System Turns Into A Pot For Boiling Water And A French Press For Making Coffee

    3-in-1 Stanley Vacuum Coffee System Turns Into A Pot For Boiling Water And A French Press For Making Coffee

    A thermos is essential if you want to keep coffee hot when camping, yet it’s all but useless if you don’t have a way to boil water or make coffee.  That’s why the Stanley Vacuum Coffee System integrates both functions within its normal-looking thermos body. When all closed up, it looks like a regular vacuum flask – the kind where you keep the boiled water in the kitchen back home.  Except, the thing is actually designed to disassemble into three […]

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  • Schiller X1 Lets You Navigate The Water Like You’re Riding A Bicycle

    Schiller X1 Lets You Navigate The Water Like You’re Riding A Bicycle

    You love bicycles.  That’s just how you are.  When you go to work, you ride a monstrously colorful fixie.  When you hit the gym, you exercise on the stationary bike.  When you play the fairways on the weekends, you go hole to hole on a Golf Bike.  Now, you can even hit the water while bicycling with the Schiller X1. No, this isn’t a boat that got fitted with a pedal system.  Instead, it looks like they took apart a […]

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  • Velo Sock Covers Up Your Dirty Bicycle Tires During Storage

    Velo Sock Covers Up Your Dirty Bicycle Tires During Storage

    Unless you enjoy having mud, dirt, and the occasional dog poo caking on your home’s floors, you learn soon enough that taking the bicycle straight into the house after riding it outside is a horrible idea.  Cleaning up your tires before pushing the bike in, on the other hand, is so time-consuming, you’ll probably end up just taking the train the next time you go to work.  The Velo Sock offers an equally clean but faster solution. A large flexible […]

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  • Zubin Axe Hiking Pole Can Turn Into A Spear, A Slingshot, A Saw, And More

    Zubin Axe Hiking Pole Can Turn Into A Spear, A Slingshot, A Saw, And More

    Trekking poles can be plenty useful, helping you navigate rougher terrain with better balance and stability.  The Zubin Axe, however, takes the hiking stick up a notch, integrating multiple features that turn it into an indispensable outdoor multi-tool. Described as a “multi-tool survival staff,” the contraption comes with multiple modules that you can attach to turn it into something else entirely.  Like an axe.  Or a saw.  Or a fishing spear, among several others. The Zubin Axe is a two-piece […]

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