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3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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3 reasons Quirky’s crowdsourced invention model is catching on

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The inventor of the ice scraper pictured above unsuccessfully spent 10 years trying to get his idea marketed, patented the concept and approaching both manufacturers and distributors before he decided to toss it to...

Ikea begins urban planning project

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Ikea begins urban planning project

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You get a certain feeling that you’re getting lost in a craftily designed labyrinth when you enter an Ikea store, The Globe and Mail reports. But the next question is: will that discomforting almost-warmth of a proto...

New York to London in an hour – by train

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New York to London in an hour – by train

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You could call it a pipe dream. That’s how the BBC refers to it on its website, where a feature story reports that one day soon, trains traveling through vacuum tunnels could whisk passengers from New York to Lon...

Tiny electric car folds up into itself for easy parking

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Tiny electric car folds up into itself for easy parking

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Step aside, Smart cars! Say hello to the Hiriko, the real-life result of the MIT CityCar prototype launched this week in Spain. Not only is the electric two-seater a mere 100 inches long (about the size of a Smar...

This Man Made the Coolest Cardboard Bicycle Ever!

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This Man Made the Coolest Cardboard Bicycle Ever!

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The number of assumptions involved in designing any product is staggeringly large and usually fundamental. Take bikes. You know they"ll probably be made out of some kind of metal, whether aluminum or steel, u...