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Coeur d’Alene third-grader’s Seedboard invention wins national competition

Lash Laker gathered up some materials from around his Coeur d’Alene home – cardboard, coffee grounds, wood ash and eggshells – and made a horticultural product he calls Seedboard. The …


Procter & Gamble Develops Kit For Dry Cleaning At Home

At about $8 for a navy blazer and wool slacks, or nearly $10 for a silk blouse and jumper, the cost of dry cleaning can add up quickly. The Procter …


Budding Edisons The Coagulation Of An Idea Former Butcher Bob Foster Has Come Up With A Idea That Makes Meat Processing Safer

Bob Foster shows off his meat purge eliminator. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


In Age Of Graphite, Caddies Go Heavy Metal Club-Packing Robots Carry Golfers Into Future

It can’t do all the things the old tried-and-true, how’s-by-you, red-beezer, beer-belly, oh-God-not-the-nine-iron, rumbling, stumbling tumbleweed of a T-shirted caddie used to do. But the InteleCady can do plenty. The …


Comdex Is Stage For Key Tronic

Key Tronic Corp. unveiled its prototype fingerprint scanning recognition device at the Fall COMDEX show in Las Vegas on Monday. The Spokane-based company also displayed its universal serial bus products …


Wave Of The Future Imagine Computers Small Enough To Swallow

Thad Starner, with a video screen attached to his goggles and a computer slumg over his shoulders, lectures at a wearable computers workshop Monday in Renton. Photo by Associated Press


Opportunity Calls, And Calls And Calls

Teen-age girls of America take note: Your suffering could translate into major bucks. Two years ago, then-15-year-old Texan Jennifer Scarmardo had a controlling boyfriend and she had acquaintances who called …


Little Fuel Cell Plays Big Role Local Research Team Vies To Develop Cells Capable Of Producing Electricity Cheap Enough To Be Used Commercially

Shibli Bayyuk (left) and Bill Fuglevand are working on fuel cell development. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Intel To Unveil Videophone Pcs

After years of false starts by AT&T; and others, Intel Corp. hopes to bring videophone technology to the masses. The company plans to announce at a meeting with analysts in …


Spokane A Test Site For Hybrid Phone That Calls Internet

US West Communications will use Spokane as a test market for a hybrid phone that might become an alternative way of scouring the Internet. “You’re looking at the car of …


Lake Workshop Sports An Oscar

The Muellers with their camera and Oscar. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Thinking Pure Thoughts Spokane Man Invents New Way To Sanitize Water

B.J. Adams with his water purifier. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


Fujitsu Betting Flat Is Better

Flat televisions that hang on walls like paintings have been predicted for years, but now Japanese companies are starting to bet hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the technology …


Cash Blast Will Fuel Jet Packs

We were supposed to have jet packs by now - just like Elroy Jetson. James Bond flew one in “Thunderball.” The Robinson family buzzed distant worlds in a “Lost in …


Factory Making Wind-Up Radios

It will bring news and information to battery-poor people throughout the world, and is hailed by President Nelson Mandela as a “fantastic achievement.” No ordinary radio, it is powered by …


Speaking Software Helps Blind People Move About Easier

Most maps are worthless if you are blind. That’s a double frustration for visually impaired computer users, in the face of the popularity of mapping programs and computerized navigation systems. …


Stalking Huckleberry Nirvana

Using the Berry Master makes picking huckleberries easier, if done right. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Extension Fork: The Moocher’s Best Friend

You order the swordfish. Your companion falls for the fettuccine Alfredo. If you can’t resist reaching over for a bite, at least do it with a little class. The X-Tenda …


The Blakes Couple Invents, Markets Adjustable Belt For Hands-Free Exercise With A Dog

Deborah Blake displays her WalkinTheDog invention that allows her to exercise with Maggie (the dog) without having to hold onto a leash. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Mothers Of Invention Women Inventors Have Long List Of Accomplishments, Little Recognition

If you made drip coffee for breakfast, poured pasteurized milk on your cereal, put your lunch in a brown paper bag or used your windshield wipers on the way to …


Now There’s The Rub

Georgia-Pacific Corp. introduced Thursday a new type of paper designed to help banks verify checks and discourage forgeries. The backs of checks printed on the paper rubs off to reveal …