• Cargoshell’s Innovative Containers Collapses Flat, Leaves Smaller Footprint

    Cargoshell’s Innovative Containers Collapses Flat, Leaves Smaller Footprint

    Shipping containers have been around for over sixty years.  During that time, little has changed about the huge steel boxes that has facilitated widespread international trade.   A new company called Cargoshell is looking to replace those gigantic cargo cases with something they believe is more efficient and more attuned to the times. Huge containers take massive amounts of space.  That’s all well and good if they’re being used to transport cargo.  When they’re empty, though, that translates to a huge [...]

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  • 2009 American Silver Eagle Coins: Add A Little Precious Metal To Your Portfolio

    2009 American Silver Eagle Coins: Add A Little Precious Metal To Your Portfolio

    Looking for a place to invest all that money you collected from your previous bank heists and ponzi schemes?  How about bullion coins, specifically the hugely popular 2009 American Silver Eagle? A lot of current investments are either crap or pose too much risk.  That’s why precious metals, like these bullion coins, are taking off among folks in search of a trouble-free product to put in their liquid assets.  In fact, the 1oz Silver Eagle has seen unprecedented sales during [...]

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  • Shakti Mat, The Modern Bed Of Nails Helps You Become A Yogi

    Shakti Mat, The Modern Bed Of Nails Helps You Become A Yogi

    Despite the calm expressions on the face of mystics wearing diapers, sleeping in a bed of nails doesn’t look all that comfortable.  Regardless, there’s said to be plenty of health and relaxation benefits in that long-running Indian art of acupressure.  If you want to enjoy the same but can’t handle the idea of putting your butt anywhere near lethal pieces of metal, you should get a similar experience from the Shakti Mat, a less-intimidating, Western version of the classic prickly [...]

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  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo Unveiled, Rechristened As The Virgin Space Ship Enterprise

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo Unveiled, Rechristened As The Virgin Space Ship Enterprise

    Did you book for a seat on Virgin Galactic’s future space flights?  If you didn’t, you’ll be green with envy to know that those well-heeled folks who did are now one step closer to their space journey, after the company officially unveiled the actual ride last Monday.  Formerly called the SpaceshipTwo (SS2), it’s now been rechristened as the Virgin Space Ship (VSS) Enterprise. Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Galactic) and Burt Rutan (of Scaled Composites, the company tasked to [...]

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  • Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected

    Remember how cool Jetman Yves Rossy looked on his jet-powered wing?  Soldiers may soon be zooming across the sky on a similar-looking wingsuit with Gryphon’s new Next Generation Parachute System. Described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems, it can help soldiers glide across the sky during high altitude jumps.  On a typical 30,000 feet drop performed by US Special Forces, the wearer can glide stealthily for up to 30 miles at around 60 mph, allowing the team to launch [...]

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  • Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    Space Barley: Have A Beer…From Space…Not Really

    There are a couple brands of beer that I regularly drink.  And they’re awesome.  However, none of them are from space.  Neither is the Space Barley.  But you gotta admit – they have a good angle going.  And maker Sapporo Breweries is going to milk it to death. While it’s not technically “beer from space,” the limited-edition flavor does have a few things going for it.  The barley that was used to make the beer were apparently descended from seeds [...]

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  • Tactical Nuclear Penguin is The World’s Strongest Beer, Comes With 32% Alcohol Content

    Tactical Nuclear Penguin is The World’s Strongest Beer, Comes With 32% Alcohol Content

    Seriously, you call a 7% alcohol content beer “strong”?   Prepare to blush in shame with one swig of the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, an “uber-imperial” stout with almost enough kick as your favorite whiskey. Introduced by BrewDog, the unusually potent brew is as much a collector’s concoction as it is an exercise in decadence.  Forget about gobbling bottles upon bottles of brewskies – it’s intended to be “enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance.”  The first is [...]

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  • Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Smart Armor Tells Soldiers How Badly It’s Damaged, Just Like A Videogame Health Bar

    Robots of the future will not only fly and fire a barrage of weapons – they will even know when they’re in danger.  We’re doomed.  That last one will be courtesy of the US Army, who are developing a new Smart Armor that can do a heck of a lot more than absorb damaging blows. Designed for use in tanks and other military vehicles, as well as extra protection for soldiers (yep, imagine fighting in the ground against a team [...]

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  • Jetman Yves Rossy’s Flight Falls Short, Still Impressive

    Jetman Yves Rossy’s Flight Falls Short, Still Impressive

    Two days ago, Jetman Yves Rossy made his attempt to fly across the Atlantic Ocean on the jetwing, an operational jetpack with wings.  He failed.  Not miserably, though, so he’s alive.  No gore for you, Faces of Death fans. Sponsored by Webtel.mobi, it would have been the first intercontinental flight on such a small-scale flying device. The plan was to ride airborne from Africa to Europe, jumping out of a plane over Tangier in Morocco on to Tarifa, Spain, a [...]

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  • Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Laser Crosswalk Adds A Virtual Wall On Pedestrian Lanes

    Sure, it’s only a concept.  Regardless, the Laser Crosswalk, which adds a virtual wall of light between motorists and people crossing the street, is the single best innovation I’ve ever seen in keeping pedestrian lanes safe. If you’re from a country where people follow traffic regulations to the letter, then it probably isn’t an issue.  For many parts of the world, though, pedestrian lanes can be an unsafe place, especially at night when a lot of drivers are either sleepy [...]

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  • Screw Replicas, Own A Real Bazooka For The Price Of An iPhone

    Screw Replicas, Own A Real Bazooka For The Price Of An iPhone

    Ack!  Why buy an iPhone 3GS when you can own a 50-year old rocket launcher?  On sale right now at Centerfire Systems are a number of decommissioned Spanish Bazookas that should make a nice addition to any kind of collection.  Heck, I’m buying one and putting it in the middle of my Barbie doll case.  Not that I actually collect Barbies.  Just saying. Sure, they’ve been deactivated according to BATF specs, so they probably won’t fire even if you slip [...]

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  • Blast-Proof Your Walls With The X-Flex Wallpaper

    Blast-Proof Your Walls With The X-Flex Wallpaper

    Think prayer is all you can do to keep your home safe in the middle of a warzone?  With the X-Flex bomb-surviving wallpaper, you just might have another line of defense.  It’s not exactly salvation, but it could help keep your fortress intact for just a little while longer. Invented by Berry Plastics in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the life-saving wallpaper can help keep your walls intact even after being hit by blasts.  A video on [...]

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  • The Berg Will Be The World’s Largest Fake Mountain…Right In The Middle Of Berlin

    The Berg Will Be The World’s Largest Fake Mountain…Right In The Middle Of Berlin

    No real mountain where you think one should be?  Let’s go build it.  That’s what German architect Jakob Tigges probably thought when he came up with the idea for “The Berg,” a proposed artificial mountain that’s set to be the largest in the world. The pinnacle of landscape architecture or a ridiculously insane vision that can upset the local geography?  Both claims sound valid.  Regardless of your own leanings, there’s no denying how awesome it would be to erect a [...]

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  • Robot Negotiates To End Hostage Taking; Suspect Surrenders

    Robot Negotiates To End Hostage Taking; Suspect Surrenders

    Earlier this week, a robot in Colorado successfully negotiated for the surrender of a hostage taker.  I was shocked. Robots doing good deeds like negotiating for the safety of humans?  Unheard of, right?  Everyone knows robots are evil and only aim to enslave mankind.  Of course, this one wasn’t autonomous, so everything was controlled by his benevolent human operator. According to reports, a heavily-armed 61 year old man barricaded himself inside his home, threatening to shoot anyone who comes in [...]

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  • New Contact Lens Darkens Under UV Light, Makes Wearers Look Like A Pokemon

    New Contact Lens Darkens Under UV Light, Makes Wearers Look Like A Pokemon

    Back when I wore glasses, I used to have them fitted with transition lenses, so they darkened whenever I  was under the sun.  When I shifted to contacts, I had to carry a pair of shades when I’d stay outside too long, since the same technology didn’t exactly work for those little soft things you stuck to your eyes.  Until now. Researchers in Singapore have reportedly managed to produce contact lenses that exhibit the same ability as transitional glasses, darkening [...]

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  • Sleepbox Concept Is Like A Vending Machine For Hotels

    Sleepbox Concept Is Like A Vending Machine For Hotels

    I hate traveling.  More than dealing with all the hassles associated with jumping from place to place, the sleep deprivation is really what gets to me.  Maybe the Sleepbox, a veritable vending machine that lets you sneak in a quick nap, will make it easier for me. Designed for public facilities, such as airports, malls and train stations, the concept service looks to provide a temporary sleeping area for world-weary travelers of all sorts.  Simply pay for one-time use at [...]

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  • Keep Your Coffee Scalding Hot With The Perfect Coffee Mug

    Keep Your Coffee Scalding Hot With The Perfect Coffee Mug

    Sure, the Plug Mug, Link Mug and Dunk Mug come with a unique range of features.  However, they’re as far from “perfection” as it gets.  The Perfect Coffee Mug, however, carries the highest degree of quality. What defines perfection?  In the case of this invention from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the cup is able to keep the coffee at an ideal temperature (which, according to the same guys, is 58 degrees Celsius) for up to 30 minutes, all without [...]

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  • Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Tactical RPG Airbag Protection Uses Air-Filled Cushion To Neutralize Warheads

    Airbags make awesome protection inside car cabins.  Who knew they could help protect vehicles from the outside, too?  That’s what the Tactical RPG Airbag Protection (TRAP) system does, adding an extra layer of armor using airbags to keep enemy warheads at bay. Currently a prototype under development by Textron, the system will involve both airbags and a radar that can detect incoming RPGs.  Once it recognizes a threat, armored airbags will be deployed on the side of the vehicle to [...]

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  • Intergalactic Suites Space Hotel: 3 Days In Orbit For $4.4 Million

    Intergalactic Suites Space Hotel: 3 Days In Orbit For $4.4 Million

    Aside from the end of the world, another huge event is apparently slated for 2012: the grand opening of mankind’s first outer space hotel.  According to Galactic Suite Ltd, their Intergalactic Suites project is still pushing through as originally planned, despite numerous critics questioning both its timeframe and viability. Just like other space tourism activities, enjoying the facilities will cost prospective guests a fortune.  According to the company, it will require $4.4 million from each visitor for a three-night stay, [...]

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