In some alternative programming to the iPhone 5, the Smithsonian has rounded up a list of inventions that have mostly gone under the radar. Included are wind turbines with all of the moving parts contained, to save flying animals and reduce noise. And optical fibers in a smart carpet can detect when unfamiliar steps are near or someone has fallen. Check out the rest of their finds in the first link after the jump.
In other news, the 9/11 Museum progress is un-stalled, and check out a 19th century millionaire's underwater billiard room. See the headlines after the jump.
• 10 Inventions You Haven't Heard About | Smithsonian
• 9/11 Museum Un-Stalled: Cuomo, Bloomberg Agree To Stop Bickering, Restart Building | Gothamist
• Underwater Billiard Room Brings New Meaning To The Phrase "Card Shark" | Architizer
(Image: Catching Wind Power via Smithsonian)