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1 Applicants to universities should submit a business plan for their chosen career, showing their research into job prospects for their field. This may prevent some painful surprises on graduation and may steer people to better paths before it's too late. E-mail
 
2 People who don't like to argue and thus suppress their disagreements create peace on the surface but may feel angry or sad. They end up like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or more appropriately, Mr. Hide. E-mail
 
3 IPO auctions: companies lose money when their stock prices rise just after their initial public offerings. Companies should auction their shares to the highest bidders instead of the current practice of fixing a price and choosing buyers by lottery. E-mail
 
4 Office cleaner's duties could extend to turning off non-critical electrical appliances (computer monitors, lights), thereby reducing that office's green footprint. E-mail
 
5 For online jigsaw fans, certain puzzles will have a "bonus" piece (or pieces) mixed in that would be added to others collected from various other solved puzzles to form a new puzzle.
 
6 Digital vehicle traffic accident recorder: a small, digital camcorder mounted into vehicle front grill would record for 30 seconds, allowing visual recall of collision causes. E-mail
 
7 I can safely paint out of reach places without a ladder. I simply superglued a paint brush to the end of a light weight pole. Works like a charm! E-mail
 
8 Bluetooth headphones are most prevalent today for mobile phones. TV manufacturers should incorporate Bluetooth compatibility in TV sets so that head phones will work as cordless headsets. E-mail
 
9 Put shampoo and conditioner in one bottle, in separate ends with a separator in the middle so that it doesn't mix, and doesn't take up as much room in the shower. Have pop cap lids on both ends. E-mail
 
10 Vending machine manufacturers should program their vending machine dispensers to rotate past 360 degrees, like 380 degrees, then go back 20 degrees to a neutral position so that your chips or candy will fall down every time. E-mail
 
11 Use an internet homepage rotating tool like Whatpage. Link to several free click-to-donate websites, and each time you open up an internet browser a different click-to-donate website will appear.
 
12 A device on your television that, when you are watching a television program and you channel surf during the commercial break, will alert you once the commercial break is over so that you can go back to your show without missing any of it. E-mail
 
13 Aerogel made of rice husks for insulation and other applications: Green Earth Aerogel. E-mail
 
14 A high efficiency wood burning stove with a built in heat exchanger to limit the amount of heat that goes out the chimney. When the stove is burning properly the stove pipe to the chimney is cool enough to touch. E-mail
 
15 Lollipop cough drops: to prevent choking on normal cough drops that might be inhaled when sucking in air before a cough, cough drops could be made as lollipops with paper or plastic sticks or rope loops. E-mail
 
16 When a 17 year old child gets a driving license, allow him to only operate cars fitted with GPS monitors to record where they are going, and how fast they are going. Monitor is merely a cell phone equipped with GPS system. Perhaps $250 for 6 months. E-mail
 
17 Bubble Wrap, Pop and Smell: Popping bubblewrap is relaxing and stress relieving. Combine it with a smell, known for its stress-relieving properties, which is released when popped, and you have a product that delivers double the stress relief in one go. E-mail
 
18 Heavy buckets of water are very difficult for older people to carry. The manufacturers should add removable wheels so that the buckets can be rolled, then lifted. E-mail
 
19 Emotion and logic are both needed for action. Logic alone can show something is true, but so what? Logic gives no motivation to act on truth unless there's a principle to motivate action: an "e-motion". E-mail
 
20 Meter to monitor power usage (watts/amps) per outlet. Variation to be uses at circuit (fuse) panel to trace hi-use circuits. Could be simple analog or digital/programmable to compute cost of use. Could be separate attachment or built into outlet/breaker. E-mail
 
21 Car companies should build new, hybrid vehicles for the postal service, thus keeping the auto industry alive, replacing the aging postal service fleet, and putting the bailout money to constructive use.
 
22 Stores should have a small strip of one-way mirrors around the inside, where an armed guard could hide, even if a robber knew he was there, somewhere. A thief couldn't take hostages since he wouldn't know where the guard was (he might be behind him). E-mail
 
23 Make non-shaded but polarized glasses for driving at night so that reflections on the road from lights, especially when it's rainy, won't make it hard to see the lane markers, etc.
 
24 To increase lending, better guarantees are needed. Personal guarantees can be dictated as videoclips, perhaps notarised. Personal guarantees address the problem of no title books. In traditional societies, guarantors' assets are well known. E-mail
 
25 Visually impaired people still need pictures to convey things, e.g., for websites, educational coursework, or artwork. A voluntary picture finding service could be set up to facilitate this. E-mail
 
26 Printing passport sized photos on self adhesive glossy paper sheets will be really helpful to the user, as mostly we are required to stick them onto something. E-mail
 
27 Meta behaviors: some personality characteristics affect whole classes of behavior. For example, some people are more flexible in changing their behavior to get along with people; some are more sensitive to sensory input in general; etc. E-mail
 
28 Pet rental: service to rent dogs, cats, and other pets to people for an hour, a day, a week, or longer. This would let people decide whether they like and can handle pet care and would reduce abandonment. E-mail
 
29 Road Rollers are too heavy for moving from one site to another. A lightweight but strong & high-power roller can use a tank of water or sand to increase its weight & capacity at site. The same road roller can be used for various weight categories. E-mail
 
30 Focus solar energy (mirrors) to run a Stirling (heat) engine for pumping water or AC power, esp. in remote places. Use ambient air or nearby water for cold sink. Focus sunlight on water or molten salt reservoir for an even heat source (thermal inertia). E-mail
 
31 Create a flavorful dog food and cat food gravy/juice for fussy animals who don't like the cheap dry food, but will eat it with the juice on it. E-mail
 
32 Thumb print activation device on a credit card or ID/Access card. Card only works if your thumb is on the card. E-mail
 
33 Helicopter parachute. If engine fails, main rotor is fired away and a parachute is deployed. Tail rotor could be programmed to steady the craft, or it too could be fired away. Surely better than the alternative! E-mail
 
34 Just 5-10% of our party expenses can provide a lunch to more poor children than the number of guests. Try to donate after each party and have more smiling faces than just of the guests. E-mail
 
35 Salted carpet: A carpet that you can roll out before it snows, that prevents the snow from accummulating. Perfect for steps and walkways. E-mail
 
36 Teach estimation for real-life: Fermi quiz (power of 10 estimates), budgets, taxes, should I buy insurance, how likely are coincidences, how much food to make for a meal. (math,probability,statistics) E-mail
 
37 University students could start their own online job service. This would publish a complete department-wide list of students with their profiles and academics. From the published lists any recruiter could contact the students for interviews. E-mail
 
38 Teach practical history. Don't memorize dates. Generalize how people behave in similar events around the world over time: culture clashes, democracy movements vs. dictators, economic booms/busts, ethnic wars, development. Apply to future. E-mail
 
39 Save lives of heart attack victims: put defibrillators in public places and train people in their use like CPR. See this New England Journal of Medicine editorial. E-mail
 
40 Mark cell phone keys with Braille dots so that blind people can more easily use them. E-mail
 
41 Sensors mounted on the sides of escalator can sense if somebody is using it or not (like infrared signal obstructed by body). If no one is using for say 1 min. it should stop & only re-start when someone is on it. This can save power. E-mail
 
42 Instead of EPABX (Electronic Private Automatic Branch Exchange) machines, develop wireless telephone hubs, like computer network switches, intelligently diverting calls to specific extension numbers in an office. This would save much hassle for wiring. E-mail
 
43 Teach how to handle money: calculate income taxes, how to set up an IRA, how to buy stocks, how to compare returns of various investments, life insurance, annuities, how to start a business, credit cards, loans, mortgage. (practical economics) E-mail
 
44 Portable wheelchair ramp
 
45 Teach practical behavior: top reasons people divorce or stay married, or have children. Causes of spouse abuse & child abuse. Parent/teen relations. Recognizing and treating psychiatric illness. E-mail
 
46 In order to encourage drivers to keep a safe stopping distance between vehicles, a detector could be fitted to the front of vehicles and warn when a safe stopping distance is not maintained for that speed. E-mail
 
47 The buttons of TV remotes, phones etc. can be shaped as numbers and letters rather than being round, rectangular etc. New look and lesser faults when pressing inattentively. E-mail
 
48 Build cities for people and bikes - not for cars! Bicycles should have their own lane with a divider between it and the road, and also have a separate stoplight system. This is in place in parts of Europe (example: The Netherlands) and works remarkably. E-mail
 
49 A book interviewing people in various careers, and people who failed in those careers, to inform students about good and bad career choices and give hard-learned tips for succeeding. E-mail
 
50 The latest research shows that a 30%-40% decrease in caloric intake increases monkey lifespans by 30%-40%. Experiments should be done gauging what effect calorie restriction has on mental capabilities, energy, etc to see if feasible for humans. E-mail
 


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