September 2014

Summer Camp for Detectives

Summer camps aren’t just for archery and basket weaving anymore. The newest camps are borrowing from the latest television shows and replacing swimming and capture the flag with crime solving. The Wall Street Journal has more: On a summer morning in southern New Jersey, a team of crime-scene investigators gathered around a body lying face-down […]

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Just Give It Away

Mario P. DiForte, an inventor, is battling heart problems so he has decided to give away some of his patents. Of course, he isn’t handing them off to just anyone reports The Baltimore Sun. The catch: DiForte says he will hand over patents, including pending and provisional ones, on 22 products to “legitimate” companies only

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The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

Did you know that Hollywood generated 33% less revenue than the US yellow page industry last year? Neither did I until I read a fascinating new book called The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads. Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething book enthusiast. After reading

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Weight Loss Fragrance From fad diets to savvy gadgets, there are hundred of products claiming to aid the all-important weight loss. And now, the latest slimming aid comes in the form of a perfume bottle. Prends–moi is the world’s first slimming fragrance from Velds that has been developed at the French perfume house Robertet. Makers claim the

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Success With Sandals

Wicked Local: The most telling part of Juliette Bench’s office is a series of pictures, sketches and notes mounted above a fireplace across from her desk. These are not family images, to-do lists, or shots of a vacation in a distant country, but instead the culmination of two years of hard work designing a staple

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Parking With Your Tastebuds

Springwise: Brazilian company GrupoFourMidia is now including a variety of tastes and smells on parking tickets across the country. Having already experimented with unusual mediums for advertising – take its pizza boxes with sound for example – GrupoFourMidio observed that once drivers buy a parking ticket they often place it in their mouths while looking

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The Golden Age Of Coffee Lids

< p style=”text-align: center;”> According to Bloomberg Businessweek, we are living in the golden age of coffee lid design. The breakthrough lid, Solo Cup’s Traveler model, made its debut in 1986 and is now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection. “Initially the Traveler lids were a tough sell, on account of

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