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Chlorinated Bio Polymer & Chlorine Water from Euphorbia Royleana Shrub

Chlorinated Bio Polymer & Chlorine Water from Euphorbia Royleana Shrub

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Surendra Duklan, India
The latex of euphorbia royleana attracted my attention to develop a useful & environmentally friendly product from it. I develop a low molecular weight polymer from the latex then I prepared em...

Re-inventing the Screw-Propulsion Vehicle

Re-inventing the Screw-Propulsion Vehicle

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Alexey Burdin, Russian
Srew-propelled vehicles are nothing new; in fact they’ve been around for decades. But they never really took off due to the fact they are normally slow, inefficient, and unable to travel over lan...

Guidance Instrument Based on the Brain of a Shrimp

Guidance Instrument Based on the Brain of a Shrimp

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Eric Brachhausen, United States
Unknown
Like many people, I’ve always had an appreciation for the clever designs Mother Nature has created to provide such a rich and diverse pool of life on our planet. However, I never anticipated borrow...

The Buzz about Bees

The Buzz about Bees

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Harvard Microrobotics Lab, United States
Robert Wood, PhD, is fascinated with insects and what makes them so efficient. His goal is to replicate those qualities in tiny robots. His research interests include the unsteady aerodynamics of ...

The Cullector Helps You Waste Less Water

The Cullector Helps You Waste Less Water

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Peter Cullins, Australia
Peter Cullins believes his invention will help save millions of gallons of water that are literally going down the drain unused, every day. Who would knowingly be so wasteful when the world's wate...

The Mechanics of Motion

The Mechanics of Motion

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Trikinetic, United Kingdom
Mike Spindle wasn't disabled. He didn't even know anyone in a wheelchair. His background was in Formula One engineering. So what inspired him to drop everything and focus on building an all terrain wh...

Flush with Success

Flush with Success

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gDiapers, United States
Diapers. The dilemma faced by every baby's parents. Do you go for disposables that clog up landfills? Or face the stinky business of scraping and laundering cloth diapers using tons of precious water?...

Flippin' Laundry

Flippin' Laundry

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Debbee Barker, United States
$20 million
Debbee Barker had a problem. No matter how many times she scolded her two teenage daughters, she just couldn't get them to keep their clothes neat and organized. They complained it was just too har...

Better Lures help to Save the Environment

Better Lures help to Save the Environment

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Lake Resources Group, United States
You wouldn't think there would be much room to reinvent the fishing lure, but <i>Popular Science Magazine</i> dubbed the IronClad&trade;, one of its "Top Ten Inventions of the Year" for 2009. The n...

The Buzz around Boogie Wipes

The Buzz around Boogie Wipes

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Boogie Wipes, United States
Poor baby. Sore throat, nasty cough, and oh that chapped little dribbly nose. Mindee Doney and Julie Pickens, are two moms who just didn't want to see their little tykes suffer any longer by blowi...

Stephen Key: Serial Inventor

Stephen Key: Serial Inventor

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Stephen Key, United States
Stephen Key has inventing in his blood. Just take a look at his history: from selling hand-made products at fairs, to designing and sculpting plush animals, to working on best-sellers such as Teddy Ru...

BioLite creates Greener Woodburning Stove

BioLite creates Greener Woodburning Stove

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BioLite, United States
A shocking 3 billion people burn wood for fuel every day, producing emissions equal to that of a car, causing smoke-related deaths, hastening deforestation, and creating black carbon, the second highe...

Cardboard Box Bass Catches On

Cardboard Box Bass Catches On

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Bogdon Music, United States
Success can come from unexpected places. Just ask inventor Bodgon Vasquaf. He was totally broke and couldn't afford an $800 upright bass, so he invented one made up of a cardboard box, weed whacker tw...

Hot Water on Demand

Hot Water on Demand

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Dennis Metzger and William Lund, United States
In the late 1980s, Dennis Metzger and William Lund were selling their hot water saving device at trade shows. Known as the Hot Water Saver (HWS), it saved homeowners up to 40% of their water heating c...

LoveSac, The Quest for Comfort

LoveSac, The Quest for Comfort

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Shawn Nelson, United States
$40 million
Shawn Nelson, decided that watching TV on his couch just wasn't very comfortable. Envisioning something like a huge beanbag, he bought 14 yards of vinyl and spent three weeks stuffing it with foam tha...

Super Soaker®

Super Soaker®

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Dr. Lonnie Johnson, United States
$4,000,000+
Who would have ever believed that a simple toy could bring inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson, more than $400 million? Johnson, a nuclear engineer, had an ides to invent a performance toy water gun. Eight...

Bringing the BagelPod to Market

Bringing the BagelPod to Market

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Andre Nel, United States
In 1996 Andre Nel was faced with the dissolution of his marriage, and the possibility of being edged out of his job. Out of the chaos, he decided to go into business for himself. If his company could ...

Pet Loo

Pet Loo

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Tobi Skovron loved his dog Subi, but hated braving freezing cold winds, rain having to take his dog outside the apartment to do its business. Tobi and his partner Simone - a vet nurse - have come u...

Road Refresher

Road Refresher

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Natalie Ellis, United Kingdom
$3 million +
Inventor and entrepreneur Natalie Ellis endured a plethora of personal and product challenges as she navigated the product development maze to come out the other side with a multimillion dollar invent...

MagnaMole

MagnaMole

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Sharon Wright, United Kingdom
$1million +
Since her eureka moment saleswoman-turned inventor Sharon Wright has enjoyed a rapid rise to success, getting her product patented, prototyped and rolling of the production lines in under two years. ...

Swiggies, Wrist Water Bottles

Swiggies, Wrist Water Bottles

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Julie Austin, United States
$250,000
After passing out from dehydration while running I decided to come up with a hydration product that was hands-free. I came up with Swiggies, wrist water bottles. It took many years of development ...

Pool-Mate

Pool-Mate

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Lisa Irlam, United Kingdom
$1 million +
Since its launch in September 2009 Pool-Mate has been making a big splash in no fewer than 60 countries. It is a fully automatic swimming computer and prior to its invention there was nothing like...

Spiral Eye Needle

Spiral Eye Needle

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Pam Turner, United States
$250,000
Unless you posses the nimblest of fingers and sharpest of eyes threading a needle is a task guaranteed to frustrate and tie you in knots. The apparently simple procedure of putting a piece of thread ...

Mosquito Anti-Loitering System

Mosquito Anti-Loitering System

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Howard Stapleton, United Kingdom
$6 million+
Although not aware of it at the time, inventor Howard Stapleton from Wales came across the idea that was to form the basis of his innovation when he was twelve years old and visiting a factory with h...

Straight Up - Beautiful Vending Styler Machine

Straight Up - Beautiful Vending Styler Machine

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Andrew Mackay and Richard Starrett, United Kingdom
$500,000+
“Girls would walk into the toilets and scream and shout and get excited. Exactly the sort of reaction we thought it would be.” There aren’t many inventions that would elicit that kind of res...

Drainwave

Drainwave

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David Fisher and Quintin Davenport, Australia
$100,000+
Australia’s attempts to drastically reduce the amount of water it wastes has been good news for the environment, but bad news for sewage systems that need large volumes of liquid be flushed through ...

Hurphy Durphy

Hurphy Durphy

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Imogen Mirmikidis, Australia
$500,000 +
A scary moment in her car was the spark that inspired Imogen Mirmikidis to create Hurphy Durphy, a multi-award winning safety device for car child seats. Mirmikidis was driving down a busy freeway ...

Stabletable

Stabletable

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Andrew Gordon, United Kingdom
$1 million +
Andrew Gordon, a marketing manager for a large insurance company in the UK came up with the idea for his barnstorming invention after a night out and a few pints of Guinness. The table in the pub wa...

Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES)

Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES)

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Louise Stoll, United States
$3.5 million+
For Louise Stoll the “eureka” moment came as she was watching her pregnant daughter struggle to get off a plane with a toddler on her hip, a diaper slung across her shoulder, and a 20-pound car se...

Sno-Easy

Sno-Easy

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Peter Lerman, United States
$3 million +
The lush snowy landscape of a winter wonderland may look beautiful but shoveling the white stuff off your driveway can be a real pain in the back. So much so that Peter Lerman of Bethel, Connecticut ...

Angel Mop

Angel Mop

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Kathy Cioci , United States
$100,000+
According to inventor Kathy Cioci she’s come up with the first innovation in the domestic cleaning industry for over a decade. Angel Mop is a convertible cleaning gadget with flexible wings. The p...

Bheestie Bag

Bheestie Bag

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Karen Wildman, Lisa Holmes, United States
$100,000+
If you have ever dropped your cell phone down the toilet, or had your Blackberry soaked in the rain, then sisters Karen Wildman and Lisa Holmes reckon they have just the thing to save your gadgets and...

Showerdome

Showerdome

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Ken Evans, New Zealand
$4 million +
A boiling kettle and a cup of tea were the inspiration for Ken Evans’ mould-busting condensation-beating invention the Showerdome - a clear plastic dome that can be cut to fit most shower units in a...

KtraK

KtraK

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Kyle Reeves, Canada
$1 million+
Adrenalin junkies now have a new toy to play with. Skiers and snowboarders are making room on the slopes for mountain bikers with bikes specially adapted for the snow. Cool Idea Ktrak is a pat...

ExoVasc – External Aortic Root Support

ExoVasc – External Aortic Root Support

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Tal Golesworthy , United Kingdom
$100,000+
An engineer from the UK saved his own life with a repair kit he designed for people with a specific type of heart problem. Tal Golesworthy suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that aff...

Step 'n Wash

Step 'n Wash

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Joi Sumpton, United States
$1 million +
Joi Sumptons’s story will be familiar to many inventors. Her innovation was born out of a frustration in her own life. Namely, the difficulty washing her children’s hands in public restrooms. S...

i-LIMB Hand

i-LIMB Hand

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David Gow, United Kingdom
$20 million +
The i-LIMB Hand is a highly functional bionic hand that took more than 20 years to develop and was invented by a Scottish NHS (National Health Service) employee, David Gow and designed and built by To...

TripStop

TripStop

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Peter Mclean, Australia
$5 million+
Peter Mclean has taken a few tumbles in his time. But he really became aware of the scale of the problem of pavement pitfalls when he observed council employees replacing more than 80 concrete slabs ...

Slik-Stik

Slik-Stik

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Denise Anstey, United Kingdom
$400,000+
Ever since sustaining injuries in a car accident Denise Anstey has suffered from mobility problems. She was dissatisfied with the basic design and function of conventional walking sticks, and so cam...

Rebound Driveway Marker

Rebound Driveway Marker

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Arra David, United States
$1 million +
When the snow starts to fall it’s out with the driveway markers to show snowplow drivers and others where a road ends and a property begins. They are a winter necessity in many areas, but as Arra D...

Icon 3CS

Icon 3CS

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Ali Brey and Irshad Khan, South Africa
$10 million+
A jeweled parliamentary mace is an age-old symbol of authority and power, but to Ali Brey and Irshad Khan, two Cape Town-based inventors it is a dazzling demonstration of their inventing prowess and t...

Rapstrap

Rapstrap

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Andrew Harsley, United Kingdom
$10 million+
Andrew Harsley is an overnight success that’s been twenty years in the making. He first conceived the idea of a flexible fastener when he was a teenager taking out rubbish bags. “I recognized t...

Spyder Scraper

Spyder Scraper

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Justin Kuhn, United States
$1 million +
Justin Kuhn was growing increasingly frustrated by the amount of time and effort it was taking to scrape five layers of wallpaper off a farmhouse wall. And his tired hand and aching muscles were non...

Shoot and Star Rebounder

Shoot and Star Rebounder

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Glenn Hudson, United States
$1 million +
Glenn Hudson is a huge basketball fan, and back in the day at high school in the 1970s he was a pretty mean player too. Key to his success was practice, practice, practice and continually shooting ho...

SmartBurn

SmartBurn

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Peter Hutchison, Australia
$2 million+
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but fire sometimes can as Peter Hutchison found out. On two separate occasions his friend’s chimney caught fire, and he just happened to...

YabbiJab IV

YabbiJab IV

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Jag Heer and Arjun Goyal, Australia
$300,000+
It is not just patients who are worried about needles - medical students are too! The ability to give an injection without damaging the patient in the process is a challenge that many face with much a...

Hornsby Cooling Kit

Hornsby Cooling Kit

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Susan Elder, Shane Williams, Australia
$20 million +
Susan Elder has spent most of her life caring for patients in intensive care units. But the nurse turned inventor when she came up with a way of solving an age-old problem in emergency situations. Na...

ROBOSCAN

ROBOSCAN

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Mircea Tudor , Romania
$20 million+
The rise in terrorist activities, the illegal international drugs trade, and smuggling of contraband demands innovation in security systems to keep several steps ahead of the criminals. However, it i...

Stopgap

Stopgap

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Marcus Plummer, United Kingdom
$200,000+
Marcus Plummer’s innovation started out like many other brilliant ideas. He discovered a problem, couldn’t find a solution, and so he came up with his own. “People see problems as a terrible d...

trueCall

trueCall

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Steve Smith, United Kingdom
$1 million +
It is one of the frustrations of modern life; unwanted and nuisance callers, particularly telemarketers who try to sell you everything from double glazing to door hinges, a zillion things you either a...

Shadow Caddy

Shadow Caddy

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Hubert Novak, Australia
$10 million+
When a back and shoulder injury from playing sport in his youth threatened to spoil his enjoyment of golf, Hubert Novak put his thinking cap as well as his plus fours on. The result was the world’...

Liquid Granite

Liquid Granite

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Professor Pal Mangat, United Kingdom
$500,000+
Cement is considered by some to be something of an environmental menace, being responsible for 5% of the world’s carbon emissions. To make Standard/Portland cement limestone or clay is heated to ...

Nap Nanny

Nap Nanny

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Leslie Gudel, United States
$250,000 +
TV sports anchor Leslie Gudel tried everything to get her baby daughter to sleep. During the first year of her life the restless infant would only doze off in a car seat. But it isn’t an ideal cri...

Earthquake Alert

Earthquake Alert

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Meir Gitlis, Israel
$1 million +
Earthquake Alert is a device which is about the size of a shoebox and is based on the seismological principles of global earthquake monitoring systems. There is an arrangement of sensitive pendulums ...

No Frizz

No Frizz

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Professor Robert Langer, United States
$2 million +
World Renowned Scientist Robert Langer’s brain is probably one of the most powerful on the planet. The MIT professor has approximately 750 worldwide patents to his name, ranging from oral contra...

Wordlock

Wordlock

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Todd Basche, United States
$3 million +
For many years numbers were Todd Basche’s number one enemy. The former Vice President of Software Applications at Apple just couldn’t remember number combinations. His innovation was born out of...

Ortho-Glide

Ortho-Glide

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Philip Hankin, United Kingdom
$500,000+
Lying in his hospital bed in 2002 recovering from lower leg surgery Philip Hankin was frustrated by the physiotherapy devices that were on offer to speed his recovery. “I couldn’t help but noti...

Gorillapod

Gorillapod

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JoeBen Bevirt, United States
$20 million+
The Gorillapod lets you take your pocket camera to places it has never been before to get the shot you want. Hang your camera from the branch of a tree, wrap it round a railing, or leave it dangling ...

Biolytix

Biolytix

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Dean Cameron, Australia
$25 million +
For more than 10 years Dean Cameron has been poking his nose into the kinds of places that would make most people shudder – cow pats and rotting animal carcasses. But it’s all been for a good re...

Motorwind Micro-Wind Turbines

Motorwind Micro-Wind Turbines

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Lucien Gambarota, Hong Kong
$10 million+
Hong Kong based Italian inventor Lucien Gambarota was not living in a mansion, castle or fortress and was therefore astonished to receive a hefty summer electricity bill of one thousand US dollars for...

AlbacMat

AlbacMat

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Allison Backhouse, Australia
$5 million+
Allison Backhouse’s innovation is a rescue mat that can slide easily over all types of surfaces, including stairs, carpets, and concrete and is designed for one person to be able to use. It consist...

RESQROLL

RESQROLL

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Brian Carlin, United Kingdom
$300,000+
During his career as a paramedic Brian Carlin has witnessed many horrendous scenes including road traffic accidents. His job was to keep seriously injured victims alive and get them to hospital as qu...

Patemm Pad

Patemm Pad

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Grace Welch, United States
$2 million+
Whilst struggling to change her daughter’s diaper one morning in 2004 Grace Welch was discussing with her sister, a researcher from Harvard Business School how she would love to start a home-based b...

Ewgeco

Ewgeco

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Tanya Ewing, United Kingdom
$200,000
Standing outside her Perthshire home in her pajamas in the freezing cold Tanya Ewing was taking a reading from her gas meter. She had just been handed a huge bill and was looking to the meter for some...

BraBall

BraBall

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Kieu Phan, United States
$100,000
Machine washing is not very bra friendly. A few spins even at low temperatures can put delicates in an even more precarious position. Bras are flattened, stretched, dented, and they quickly lose sha...

True-Cut Brick & Block Cutter

True-Cut Brick & Block Cutter

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Paul Bonner, Ireland
$200,000+
Paul Bonner has had a close working relationship with bricks all his life. A professional brick layer from Derry in Northern Ireland he’s worked on a countless number of building sites, and over th...

Transparent Anti-Contamination Stepping Plates

Transparent Anti-Contamination Stepping Plates

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Deb Leary, United Kingdom
$100,000+
In 2001 Deb Leary accompanied her policeman husband Richard to a conference in Toronto on forensic identification. During a conversation the topic of equipment came up and a British police officer men...

Disc Eraser: A Revolutionary Device that Wipes Data from Discs

Disc Eraser: A Revolutionary Device that Wipes Data from Discs

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Wade Sun, United States
$100,000+
Former test engineer turned inventor and entrepreneur Wade Sun is something of a computer geek. Over the years he has burned hundreds of CDs and DVDs containing huge volumes of data. But what do you...

Headline It

Headline It

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Jodi Pliszka, United States
$300,000+
When Jodi Pliszka was thirteen years old her mother found a bald patch whilst she was brushing her daughter’s hair. A trip to the dermatologist and Alopecia Areata was diagnosed, a condition where ...

 Add Traction Weight to Your Vehicle

Add Traction Weight to Your Vehicle

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Marty J. Carty, United States
$500,000+
It is Thanksgiving Weekend 2002, and we’re in Marty J. Carty’s Dodge Ram 1500. There’s snow on the ground and driving conditions are treacherous. Carty is worried that his truck will slide all...

Strap Tamers

Strap Tamers

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Noel Goldman, United States
$2 million+
Noel Goldman lives in Florida, and no matter where she went she used to see exposed bra straps everywhere. The failure of women to keep their undergarments under drove her crazy. The breaking poin...

Reprogram ordinary skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells

Reprogram ordinary skin cells into embryonic-like stem cells

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Dr. Andras Nagy, Canada
$1,000,000++
His breakthrough builds on 2007 advancements by Japanese and U.S. scientists who were the first to create stem cells from a patient's skin. However, that technique used viruses to insert the four repr...



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