The 9 Most Important Inventions of 2012

Indoor Cloud

Price: Priceless


Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, has created the first indoor cloud. It appears only for a moment, but is described in TIME Magazine as "dramatic and strangely moving... [evoking] both the surrealism of Magritte and the classical beauty of the old masters while reminding us of the ephemerality of art and nature."


25 cents a bottle (estimated)

5 MIT students have created a material from which anything slides off effortlessly. From ketchup out of bottles, to ice off airplane wings, surfaces just got a whole lot cleaner (and safer).

OraQuick Home HIV Test

Price: $40

For the first time, there's a DIY HIV test. It uses the same technology that medical professionals use when conducting the test. The kit includes a 24-hour help line and resources for dealing with a positive result.

Enable Talk Gloves

Price: $75

Thanks to the work of four Ukrainian students, deaf and mute people can now communicate with those who don't know sign-language while still signing. The sensors within the gloves translate recognize the signs, translate theme into text messages and then turn the messages into spoken words. Unbelievable.

Nike Fly-Knit Racer

Price: $150

The new Nike shoe will fit your feet better what with it being made of a single layer of thread. It grips and gives despite the absence of layered materials--often the method of engineering in most shoes. To boot, it's eco-friendly, leaving less wasted material on factory floors.

Body Armor for Women

Price: $550

Having realized women are not small men, the US military has begun testing body armor suited for female bodies. The 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade will test the new armor during an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Google Glass

Price: $1,500

Google glass is basically Google in your glasses. Situated at the top corner of the right frame is a mini computer screen, which will come into focus when looked at. No doubt this one raises a controversial subject: should augmented reality become part of our reality constantly? Regardless, it's an impressive and important step in technology.


Price: $22,000

A factory-line worker that requires no hourly-wage. That is, until it develops a soul and takes revenge on its human oppressors. I'm not sayin... I'm just sayin.

The Curiosity Rover

$2.5 billion

Not only does Curiosity look like the gigantic, 1-ton offspring of the beloved Number 5 from Short Circut, it brought the U.S. to Mars in a way it had never done before. TIME points out that what might be the most "sublime" part of this creation is how it landed on mars: the rover was lowered to the ground on cables by a hovering capsule, touching down balletically in preparation for two years of exploration."

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Skid Row Carnival of Love Highlights Help for Homeless

Help us celebrate this year's 6th Annual "Skid Row Carnival of Love" on SAT January 25th, 2020. This event promotes human kindness for those experiencing homelessness in and around downtown Los Angeles. To commemorate the event, OGTV is sharing the story we premiered in June, 2019... so watch, enjoy, and support this humanitarian effort.

Skid Row – the image that immediately comes to mind is not pretty… a desolate street with boarded up windows…downtrodden people lurking in the shadows...broken glass…darkness…despair ... The Skid Row Carnival of Love is an initiative that is working to build community by providing resources and love to an often forgotten, and overlooked sector of one our largest cities: Los Angeles' homeless population of Skid Row. For one day, it's all about unconditional love and coming together as a community.

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Rescue, Transform, Share: How an Ohio Soup Shack Is Saving Lives

"It really does take a village to help people," says Sandra Lettie, a volunteer with La Soupe in Cincinnati, Ohio. La Soupe is helping to build and activate just such a "village" of compassionate people from the local area around the goal of producing food from discarded produce and providing it to families in need.

According to La Soupe's CEO, Suzy DeYoung, the organization's central mission is to "rescue, transform, and share." First, volunteers with La Soupe visit grocery stores and farms to pick up produce that was going to be discarded and "rescue" it for use in the soups that the team creates. That produce is then "transformed" into healthy, delicious food by the chefs at La Soupe. Finally, the food is "shared" with those in the local community who need it.

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Sweepstakes Winner Gets Unforgettable NASCAR Experience!

Stacy Comilang from Preston, CT., likes to think of herself as a "need for speed" kind of girl. She is a fan of NASCAR and had been to a few races while growing up in California. Even though she has never driven in a car much faster than the speed limit, or been in a race car, she would love to do both. Little did she know that when she casually entered a sweepstakes on the Coke website this past spring, that both of these dreams would soon come true!

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Man Goes on Cross-Country Hugging Tour To Spread Love

Hugging is considered to be a rather intimate form of affection across the US. Everyone hugs, but rarely do we ever hug strangers. Arie Moyal is willing to do just that. He is the founder and creator of the Hug Train, a national tour of free hugs to promote mental health awareness. Arie travels across the country giving hugs to strangers who are willing to give him an embrace.

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Dan's Coffee Runs Bring Warmth To Chemo Patients and Staff

Coffee and a smile are sometimes the best medicine. When Dan Dewey's father was being treated for cancer, Dan found himself following a routine in a situation which needed a little perking up.

Thus began what has become known as "Dan's Coffee Run". Every Thursday morning, Dan does a special coffee run for the staff and patients at the Michigan Cancer Institute in Bloomfield Hills, bringing Starbucks Coffee and a lot of smiles to the patients and providers at the cancer treatment center.

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This Organization Feeds Their Entire Community

If you are a kid and your bed is a lumpy, old couch or a cold, hard floor and you leave home for school without a regular breakfast, you will not excel in your classes. This daily struggle is shockingly common in many areas of the country and it sets many children on a downward spiral at an early age that is difficult to recover from. This is where Meals By Grace is making a difference.

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Anonymous Authors of Love Letters Uplift The Lonely

While it is exciting to see the bold type of a newly arrived email from an old friend or the pulsing dots of a long awaited text, there is still something special about the arrival of a hand written, stamped envelope in your home mailbox.

For those who are facing personal difficulties, adjusting to new circumstances, or just feeling isolated, the physical experience of handling a letter, opening the sealed side of the envelope, and sliding out a beautiful card brings the thrill and anticipation of contact with another person, something they may been missing for long time. Fulfilling this need is at the heart of an inspiring organization called "The World Needs More Love letters".

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A Father, A Son, And A Hockey Fan’s Dream Come True!

Coca-Cola, Shaw's Supermarkets, and the Boston Bruins have teamed up to make one lucky Bruins fan's dream come true. After purchasing a Coke from Shaw's in the New England area, contestants were encouraged to enter for a chance to win a "Player for a Day Experience" with the Boston Bruins.

The lucky winner's name is Mark Karolkiewicz. Mark has been a Bruins fan his whole life and even though he had the opportunity to be a Bruins Player for a Day, he selflessly gave the prize to his son Eric Karolkiewicz, also a die-hard Bruins fan!

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