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Popular Science Magazine

"Best of What's New is more than a collection of new technologies and innovative products," says Mark Jannot, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. "It's a glimpse into the future, a chance to look ahead to the ways technology will transform everything from our health and the environment to how we work, play, and communicate."

Home Technology: Beaton Innovations Waletale


Tile-setter Joel Beaton spent 17 years inhaling dust from powdered grout and mortar, which often leads to potter's rot, or silicosis, an occupational lung disease marked by asthmatic symptoms. Now Beaton has invented a vacuum attachment that snaps onto a mixing bucket and keeps dust from escaping. The tool evenly distributes the vacuum's suction so it draws in the maximum amount of dust. It's a simple idea, with brilliant results. 

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