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Mother Nature Can Be the Mother of Invention

From floodgates for homeowners to “diapers”


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A Modern Day Gold Rush

And just as strong U.S.


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Typhoon Killing Submarine

Ise Kogyo Co., a hydraulic engineering company based in Mie, central Japan, has obtained a patent for a submarine designed to dive in the path of a typhoon, pump cold water to the surface, and stop the storm in its tracks.


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Niche Biz: Upscale PortaPottys

Founded in 2006, Pretty Pottys provide elegant restrooms for any occasion, from the corporate awards ceremony that lasts two hours to the business remodel that is expected to take six months.


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From Butterflies’ Wings To Bank Notes

The striking iridescent colors displayed on beetles, butterflies and other insects have long fascinated both physicists and biologists, but mimicking nature’s most colorful, eye-catching surfaces has proved elusive.