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Next: a better hearing test
April 2009

0409NextEyes have been called the window to the soul and gateway to the heart, but a pathway to the ear?

 

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Next: the earthquake-proof wine rack
March 2009
WineRack.jpgWhen the ground begins to shift and the floor turns to rubber, experts say the safest place is in a doorway or under a table.
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Next: an anti-malarial drug
February 2009
mosquito.jpgIn the race to cure malaria, the devastating disease that claims 1 million lives each year, every development is critical. The deadliest strain has grown increasingly resistant to chloroquine, the safest and cheapest anti-malarial drug available.
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Next: the bike booster
January 2009
CleverCycle"The future's all yours, ya lousy bicycles." Thus spoke the late, great Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a film set when horses ruled the road.
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Next: a meth map
December 2008

methpipeWhen store employees ask for your zip code, they’re gathering data to map your travel and spending patterns so they can plan future store locations.

 

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Next: molecular glue
November 2008

ContactLensIt’s fitting that a new technology so tiny it can’t be seen by the naked eye is being used to build a better contact lens.

 

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Next: the GlideCycle
October 2008

UnbikeIn the world of odd-looking exercise contraptions, the GlideCycle fits somewhere between Suzanne Somers’ ThighMaster and your favorite treadmill at the gym.

 

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Next: labeling lasers
September 2008

NextOnionAdmit it. Peeling those little stickers off fruits and veggies is annoying.

 

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Next: a workout wheelchair
August 2008

WheelchairTwenty years ago Jerry Schaeffer, an engineer from Beaverton, fashioned the idea for a different kind of wheelchair built on the concept that wheelchairs should help, not harm, the user.

 

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Next: an electronic shoe
July 2008

SelectSole.jpgNeed to get a grip or gain a little traction? Maybe your shoes can help.

 

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Next: purple potato potential
June 2008

PurplePotatoes.jpg

Oregon State University researchers see potato potential beyond just a good curly fry.

 

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