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September, 2008

Save Your Skin with the UV Bikini

A boon for most of us who love a bit of sunbathing, but do not know when we have had enough and end up risking ourselves to skin cancer.

Japan's Robotic Unicyclist... Yes, Wheelie

Japan is widely heralded as being in the forefront of robotic technology, and this new, self-balancing schoolgirl robot is just the latest example. "Seiko-chan" was designed to ride a unicycle because, well, we're not quite sure but we do know it's cool!

11 Bizarre Backpacks That Go Beyond the Basics

The backpack has evolved like never before. Now we have backpacks that double up as jets, bicycles, personal masseurs and even refrigerators. Take a look at 11 Bizarre examples of all that a backpack can be:

 


Don't Kick Sand in This Artist's Face!

Jim Denevan is an artist that makes freehand drawings in the sand.

Learn A New Skill Or Teach One You Have Through TeachStreet

Teachstreet allows you to learn or teach skills through an internet platform connecting learners and instructors. You can easily create a profile for free, sign up for a class or teach one from any areas of interest or expertise.

Scientists Warn of Energy Drink Intoxication

Energy drinks are quite popular these days, but scientists at the John Hopkins Medical Institutions warn that energy drinks could lead to caffeine intoxication.

Ring Cellphone: A Ring and A Phone

Technology and design along with fashion have taken a giant leap forward with this innovation: The Ring Cellphone. Designed by Industrial designer Tao Ma, the Ring Cellphone can be worn by both men or women.

Phonevite® Gets Best In Show From Public And ITEXPO West

Phonevite™, an Internet-based telephone messaging system that debuted last year, has won Best of Show at the 2008 Technology Marketing Corporation's Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) West, beating 150 other competitors for this prize. This already very popular service is just getting its recognition from the technology community.

Has the Man Powered Ferris Wheel Crossed The Green Line?

I’m afraid there isn’t much information about this man powered Ferris Wheel somewhere in Southern India. Search after search the only information I found about this green innovation is this video. Still I’ve chosen to share this innovation with you because I find it dangerously fascinating and evident that contrary to popular belief the eco-conscious do like to have fun.


Where Fish And Fowl Can Meet And Greet

Caged birds and tanked fish rarely have opportunity to visit each other, and the mere fact that these pets are contained makes them more vulnerable to boredom. French designer Constance Guisset has designed a new world for pet fish and fowl, one where the air and water world can interact a bit.

Small Bathroom? Make It Vertical With Vertabrae®

Hate your small bathroom? Vertebrae® is a new vertical bathroom design by Design Odyssey Ltd. that will give you your space!

A Touch of Style: LemonAid Crutches

Laurie decided to do something with her ‘ugly' crutches. She had them painted professionally, and covered the pads with designer fabrics, the results brought a smile to her lips, and gave a purpose to her life.

'Tamagotchi Plus Color' Updates the Original Digital Pocket Pet

Tamagotchi, the digital pet that became a Nineties icon, is making a colorful comeback! Hoping to repeat the phenomenal success of its digital pet, Bandai has added an LCD color screen and upped the digital content to match.

Socks With Holes: Innovative Fashion?

Socks with holes already built in, creating a fun pair with a ‘peep show'. You can wear them with sneakers or team them up with stilettos to reflect a fun twist to your personality.

Thanks For Coming, Now Go Away!

Don't you sometimes wish that you could tell your guests to leave? Maybe it's not that they bore you, you're just not in the mood for company. Well, come in and see this crazy doormat....

A More Efficient Hybrid on the Horizon

It is no secret that our beloved internal combustion engines are not very efficient. In fact, the average amount of energy lost is somewhere in the 65%-70% region, with most of this figure being lost in the form of heat through the exhaust system. Eric Mattessich, a senior at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has developed a way to harness some of this energy and put it back into the system.

How To Make A Toxin-Free Gold Nanoparticle

Gold nanoparticles that are used today in medicine and other fields of technology, are broken down from gold compounds, or "gold salts," with synthetic chemicals, some of which are toxic -- bad for you, bad for the environment. A research team from the University of Missouri just made big news by finding a biocompatible and environmentally friendly method of obtaining gold nanoparticles through "green" chemistry.

Eco-Brolly: Is It an Umbrella Or Not?

A skeleton umbrella, designed by Shiu Yuk Yuen, it is a ‘green' design, created to help protect the environment.


Russia’s Navy in Venezuela: What’s Really Going On?

Washington officials have not been taking the recent Russian and Venezuelan joint naval exercises being conducted close to American territorial waters very seriously. Some, however, are questioning what kind of forces these warships will present in the near future. Read on for some disturbing information.

Music To My Ears: Music-ed T-shirts

T-shirts are equipped to allow for easy listening of any portable multimedia player like iPods, MP3 players, multimedia mobile such as DVD players, portable radios, etc.

The Dazzling NEW Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD)

It's taken a few years from design to realization, but the Museum of Arts And Design (MAD) will finally re-open in its new dazzling diggs on September 27, 2008. Its new address: 2 Columbus Circle, right at the southwest corner of Central Park, and right at the heart of New York City's world stage for theatre, ballet, orchestra, opera, and now arts and design.

Fun and Functional Miniskirts

Miniskirts are fun, but functional? Not a word I would normally associate with them. But these miniskirts definitely deserve the ‘fun and functional' tag.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Russia and India Agree to Transfer of Key Technology for T-90 Tanks

It has been a difficult settlement strewn with acrimonious delays, but Russia has finally agreed to transfer to Indian armament factories the key technology needed in order for them to produce frontline T-90 tanks. Read on for the details, heavy though they may be.

SanDisk announces ‘SlotMusic’: albums on microSD cards

Could microSD cards - tiny devices the size of a fingernail - replace bulky CDs and intangible downloads for next-generation music lovers? Selling albums in microSD format is the latest concept from SanDisk, the California-based manufacturer of flash memory cards and developer of SD cards, which are now widely licensed.

The Real Effects Of Chocolate On Health:The Latest!

Chocoholics, we've been told for the last three years how our drug of choice is so beneficial to our health. "Oh, chocolate is a wonderful anti-oxidant! Eat it! It will keep you healthy," they said.

Not so fast....


Ultrasonic Sewing: Tech Breakthrough in Garment Industry

A new trend in this industry is the use of ultrasonic ‘sewing' machines which make it possible to stitch a garment together without a trace of needles or thread.


Solar Spy Com-Bat May Soon Fly For The Army

Is it a bat? A plane? It's neither yet. Instead, it's the Army's bat-shaped innovative spy plane concept. The idea is to create a miniature spy plane resembling a bat and its use of echolocation. The spy plane would run off a lithium battery recharged by wind, solar power and even vibrations.

Fix Those Heel Wedgies

Kix by Katie is a simple, affordable, cool and oh-so-innovative idea, a stick-on, lightweight, supportive strip which is applied to the inside back hemline of pants.

Russian Honeymoon Truly Out of This World

While America was first in placing a man on the moon and the very first tourist in space, Russia may make one wealthy couple the first members of the 240-mile-high club in an attempt to develop tourism in space. Read on and discover what a lot of money can really buy.

Plants Produce Aspirin to Cope With Stress

Researchers have found that plants stressed out from conditions such as drought may produce an aspirin-like chemical.

Memorialize The Banana With The DIY Chiquita Chandelier!

There's been a world-wide banana shortage since early 2008, and some have even predicted that the banana, as we know it, may become extinct. While you still can, you may want to create a memorial to the tasty, nutrient-rich banana, with this DIY project from Dutch designer Anneke Jakobs... The Chiquita Chandelier!

Mama Bear in Menopause Animates The Change

Menopause - a delicate issue for many, especially in Japan. In an effort to "humanize" women and The Change, doctor and manga writer Emi Chida has produced a curious comic featuring a menopausal mama mama bear.

Bullet Proof Bras For German Police

Bullet resistant bras are ready for delivery to about 3,000 German police women who are in frontline duty. It's about time too.


First The Knees, Then The Hips, Now Back Replacement? TFAS®!

TFAS®, a new joint procedure that can restore full use of your spine, just as knee and hip replacements can restore the functions of knees and hips, is being tested in the U.S.

The World's First Ever Underwater Pogo Stick

Remember that pogo stick your parents gave you for Christmas when you were a kid? Remember how hard it was to stay on and not fall off the darn thing? Well you and thousands of others may now be able to live their childhood dream

Russia’s Orange-Colored Snow: An interesting But Smelly Phenomenon

What is the meaning behind the orange-colored snow that has been falling over several Siberian towns? Why does it smell and why aren’t there other colors to consider? Read on whether you prefer primary or secondary colors.

Never Lose the Ear Plugs: Ladybuds

Not only does Ladybuds do what every other earplug promises: taking care of your ears, it does so in a cool and classy way.

EcoCabs, the Solution for Green City Transport

Pedal-powered tricycles called EcoCabs are allowing consumers and businesses to make a dent in helping the environment.

Great Butt Service: Subtle Butt

"Subtle Butt" is a piece of fabric that has undergone activated carbon anti-microbial treatment. When inserted into underwear, these small pieces promise to absorb and neutralize gas and odors before they escape from your clothing.

New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

7 Ways To Vote For President With Your Tongue

Food lovers! If you'd rather support your candidate with your taste buds than your t-shirt, here are seven hot companies cashing in on the political season and tallying your votes. Oh, you can vote more than once in these Presidential races; actually, it's encouraged.

Japan to Draw Up Plans for a Space Elevator

The idea of a space elevator made of ultra-strong carbon nanotubes has been talked about a lot over the past several years, but recently some research groups have begun to investigate the idea as a real possibility. Most recently, scientists from Japan have started an organization called the Japan Space Elevator Association, and they plan to host an international conference in November to draw up a timetable for the machine.


Russian Nuclear Technology in China: What’s in Store?

According to Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's Federal Nuclear Power Agency, also known as Rosatom, the total worth of Russian nuclear contracts being signed in Beijing totals more than 1.5 billion. What does this mean for the rest of the world? Read on and…hope for the best.

Create Your Own Fireworks With The Bright Star 'Antares'

British lighting design company, Abraxus, has been providing festive commercial lighting for 15 years. Antares, its "star" constellation LED lighting design, is very popular in retail and hospitality settings, but this year, at London's 100% Design, Abraxus has introduced a line of more colorful and user-friendly Antares designs that can be used to create your own fireworks at home.

Blood Drip Phone Strap Charm Displays Your Scarlet Letter

Wear your heart on your sleeve, or just clip a Blood Drip Phone Strap to your cellphone and shout to the world "I'm your type!"

Sweet Smells May Give Sweet Dreams

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to control the types of dreams you have? Well now you may be able to.

Electricity from Trees Could Prevent Forest Fires

MIT researchers are designing a system that uses electricity from trees to recharge batteries and generate power in remote locations. The small amounts of tree-generated electricity could be used to track forest fires and possibly "patrol" borders for smuggled radioactive materials.

The Newest In Bathroom Tissue Couture

The creations were entirely crafted from 100 per cent pure, soft and luxurious sheets of pure White Cashmere, Canada's best-selling bathroom tissue.


10 MORE Hilarious International Pet Ads

MORE pet ads? Yes, 10 more crazy, funny, clever, right on pet advertisements, just waiting in the wings for the laughter and applause to subside from the first ten of Lady Bee's Hilarious International Pet Ads last week. This time we are heavily weighted with canine ads -- eight dog product advertisements, one cat food ad, and one bird food ad - again playfully taking jabs at man and pet.

Russian Mind-Control Research: Have They Found It Or Lost It?

A dungeon-like room located at the end of a Moscow subway line is the home of the Psychotechnology Research Institute. There, it is said, human subjects submit to experiments aimed at manipulating their subconscious minds. Learn some facts about this fascinating place that seems like something out of a science fiction novel.

Hello Kitty Roomba Robot Sucks Up Dirt, Money

Japan's relentless drive to merge terminal cuteness with ultimate technology has taken a turn for the worse, as illustrated (emphasis on "ill") by the Hello Kitty branded Roomba robot vacuum.

Deadly Dolls With a Story to Tell

Stephanie Alice Rogers makes one of a kind dolls mostly made out of items such as: paperclay, polymer clay, paint, wood, fabric, wool, human hair and found objects.

An Enema For and By the People: Russian Resort Unveils Monument

No, there is no typo here. We are talking about enemas, but this one is made of bronze and was inspired by well.. inspired. It is meant for human appreciation rather than application. Read on and resist the temptation to “say it isn’t so.”

5 Awesome Designs Inspired By Nature: Enea Studio

The constellations and their stars, the sweet light of snow on the trees, falling leaves in autumn, waves in the ocean... Visuals from your latest relaxation tape? Or something more tangible, like furniture and lighting inspired by those visions?

Russian Engineers Design New Pet Tracker Collar

A four-year old Labrador named Sheldon has the honor being the first dog in the world to wear this special new device. Read on and learn more about this amazing GLONASS satellite navigation system.

Sarah Palin's Japanese Eyeglasses Spark Fashion Trend

Alaska Governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has caught the public eye in more ways than one - her stylish, made in Japan eyeglasses have struck a particular chord with middle class, midlife mamas!

For Cats Who Want To Serve Their Country There's The "Cat Playhouse"

Did you ever think of enlisting your cat in the Army or the Air Force? If I were you I'd give a Cat Playhouse some serious consideration, because your cat may have heroic ambitions one day, and not know where to turn. Our kids play at being soldiers and firemen. Why not our cats?

Prefer To Work In A Fish Bowl Or A "Jelly Box" Jell-O Mold?

Ever think about what it would be like to see the world from inside a Jell-O mold? Looking like a Jell-O mold, but calling itself the Jelly Box, this new workspace is now on display at the Truman Brewery during London 2008 Design Week. This clever design by architect David Hingamp of the London firm of Archic, has just been named runner up in the 2008 Urbantine Project.

Toys Meant To Drive You Bananas

One of the newest Japanese fads coming to America is the adorable and inventive Elite Banana series. There are multiple versions of Elite Banana, from the blushing banana to sweaty business banana to tuxedo banana. Each seems to have their own unique personality and flavor. With so many options, why not play with your food?

Thirst for Health Perks Up Coca-Cola Japan's 5-Grain Tea

Soft drink companies like Coca-Cola Japan are responding to the buying preferences of an aging population and a general greater focus on health and fitness. The new 5-Grain Tea illustrates the swing from sweet, sugary "junk drinks" to more healthy - but still tasty - tonics.

Solar Power Production: The Wave of The Future

Solar power is taking off, and the International Energy Agency has predicted that between now and the year, 2030, global solar power production will increase 60-fold. Russian investors are ready to put their money behind this burgeoning industry, but can they convince the powers that be? Read on for details.

Oven makes “fried” foods without oil

As delicious as fried food tastes, most people realize that french fries and potato chips are not the healthiest things to eat. Now, food scientists have invented an oven that produces food that looks and tastes fried, but doesn't use the fattening oil that typically gives fried food its taste.

15 Furniture Wall Stickers That Will Trick Your Eyes!

Trompe l'oeil is French for "trick of the eye." Trompe l'oeil was first mastered by Greek painters and the style became popular again among European painters during the Renaissance. It is a style of three dimensional art that is so close to the likeness of the object it represents, that it can make you believe it is the object! Here are 15 trompe l'oiel wall stickers for your home decor...

Russian Scientist Finds Cure For Smelly Feet: Bombs Away!

In keeping with the old expression about putting “one’s best foot forward,” a Russian scientist has developed a cure for smelly feet and athlete’s foot. Learn more about this new nano-technological triumph and…you won’t have to hold your nose!

Top 10 Most Unusual Rings of 2008

I realized that there are some really innovative, whacky, cool, and downright outrageous rings out there. Here is a list of my favorite Top 10 Coolest Rings of 2008.

Tiny Buildings Made From Business Cards

Artist Sharon Mount creates cool buildings out of business cards, packaging and other forms of paper.

A Doggie 'Who Done It:' CSI To The Rescue

In the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva, just east of Tel-Aviv, dog poop was found lying near the steps of the town's library. CSI was called in, examined the dog poop and interviewed witnesses, but no dogs were seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Hey Dudes! Some Foods Could Be Causing Those Moobs!

Though aging dudes like to hide it, like by never going swimming in public, there's a tendency among many to develop enlarged breasts. Though many men go to extreme measures to reduce moobs, short for man boobs, it has not been clear why they exist. However, yesterday Cambridge Medical Research Council researcher, Dr. Gunter Kuhnle, released the results of his nutritional study on the effects of certain food and drinks on the development of moobs.

"Hook And Go" Because You Can't Get An Octopus To Carry Your Grocery Bags

An octopus could easily handle my grocery bags, but one would certainly cause concern in my local market. Octopuses are terrible cleptomanics. But thanks to the Hook and Go people in San Francisco, I'm going to can the octopus.

Russian Pilot-Free Aircraft Complete Arctic Test Flights

The first testing stage for two UAVs in Arctic conditions has been completed by A-Level Aerosystems, a Russian company specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles. Read on for some fascinating details.

From The Inventor's Workshop: Dog Poo Goes Walkies

Walking your dog just got a lot easier. Having a picnic possibly just got a lot more dangerous.

Three Coffee Napkin Ads That Jolt You With Their Beauty

In New Zealand, a series of artistic ads were created for a local coffee company. Ten artists created 30 pieces of art - all made using coffee napkins. The ads were displayed in bus shelters along an Auckland Street. The effect was a series of mini art galleries to promote coffee.

What Do You Expect For $499? The "Perfect Petfeeder"

If you're going to open a new business, you might as well have a superb product as your flagship. Pillar Pet Products, Inc. has a pretty spiffy start with its first product, the Perfect Petfeeder. For a $499 introductory price tag, it better live up to its name.

New York City Tap Water - TAP'D NY™ - Now Available In Bottles!

You knew that New York City had the finest water in the world, right? You heard that from a New Yorker. Well, a new company called TAP’D NY™ has recently been formed to exploit that fact and bring that tap water to you… in a bottle. This company has been making a big splash lately, particularly in the press…..


New Russian Anti-Missile Laser Displayed Abroad

For the first time, a laser, which stops guided missiles from hitting aircraft, is being displayed abroad. Due to mounting concerns about terrorist attacks, the Russian producer of the Manta Laser is expecting sales will number in the hundreds, both to civilians as well as military craft operators. Read on and…duck!

Iraqi Expat Wins British Invention Award: An Inspiring Story

If you like stories of personal struggle that end well, you will like this one. It's about an Iraqi citizen who fled Iraq with his family to avoid the death squads of Saddam Hussein, worked day and night to support himself through the University of Derby in the East Midlands of England, invented a device....

Sharing A Meal Begins In The Oven! "Brivet" by DK Ahn

DK Ahn's new designs, debuting at the London 100% Design show, are a small but varied banquet of practical, cultural, intuitive and spiritual sides of the artist, as well as the enormous talent, both as a designer and an inventor, Ahn possesses to express those sides.

Russia’s Super Rich: Submarines Trump Yachts

What are wealthy Russians pouring their money into these days? Yachts appear to be a passing mundane fad, and one super rich man has upped the elitist ante not only by buying his own submarine but by making it himself! Read on, no matter how deep your pockets may be.

For Inventors, Young & Old: "Prototype This" On Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel, the "number one non-fiction media company," has produced a TV series just perfect for inventors, designers, and wannabes of any age. It's called Prototype This and guess what it is not! It is NOT a reality show! Hurray!

Russia’s Navy and European Scientists Unlock Secrets of Creation

A huge new contraption created by the Russian Navy may well help European scientists uncover the answers to a number of fundamental scientific questions. Read all about the world’s largest particle accelerator, a landmark of modern physics, and don’t forget to …stand back.

Origami Candidates Play Presidential Politics

Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, has now been applied to the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Are the candidates - and their wives - more than just paper tigers or do they just leave you flat? Print, fold and find out!

Close-Up of the (Soon to be in Production) Toyota iQ

Toyota has been pushing the new iQ since it was first seen at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, the little car has a full production model ready for the road and Toyota has given us a preview of what to expect at the Geneva Motor Show this year.

New Procedure Gets Rid of "Back Fat"

There's nothing like trying on an awesome new shirt only to turn around in the mirror and see rolls of skin hanging over your bra, making your shirt bulge out in the back. This is commonly referred to as "back fat".

Can Design Teach Us Better Judgment? The "View" by DK Ahn

It's rare for such a young designer to communicate a profound behavioral observation about people and attempt to teach them an opposite behavior all at once in the same design. Does DK Ahn succeed?

Scientists Create First Synthetic Tree

Researchers have created a synthetic "tree" - a centimeter-sized hydrogel with nanopores that can pull water just like real trees pull moisture up their tall trunks.

Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher: Product Review

Everyone who is reading this knows how hard it is to please a cat for longer than a few minutes. The Petlinks System Dream Curl Curvy Two-Surface Scratcher (I think I got that all in) will likely please your cat for a longer period of time. How long, as always, depends on your cat and what else she has to scratch.

Mirror, Mirror, On The... Ball Light Stand

Tom Dixon's newest addition to his Mirror Ball lighting series is an awesome space-age collection of Mirror Balls ... On A Stand! You can drop kick it if you like. You never have to worry about seven years of bad luck.

Scientists Launch Largest Study of Near-Death Experiences

Death is not a specific moment, but a process, researchers explain. They're investigating the experiences of people during cardiac arrest who begin that process, and "come back."

Creator of World’s First Spaceship Honored on Moscow’s City Day

The first weekend in September is important in Moscow, for it marks the birth of the Russian capital with parades and entertainment. Read all about the famous Russian rocket scientist pioneer being honored at this special celebration.

Marketing With a Conscience - 7 Great Ads Promoting Social Change

Sometimes advertising isn't about selling a product, but promoting an idea. Here are seven remarkable ads promoting social and environmental awareness.

Eerie Underwater Sculptures

Jason de Caires Taylor is an artist that creates unique underwater sculptures that focus on natural ecological processes.

Electricity from Dirt: Is it Possible?

It turns out wind power, solar power and lunar power are not the only possible renewable energy sources for our future. Dirt power might be next. There are already plans for use of it in places of Africa that are off-grid.

Proving That Size Matters: A Mega USB 16 Port Hub

Although this gadget won't be winning a prize for best looking tech product of the year, its functionality definitely makes it a winner amongst its competitors.

USBs and Phones and Bears -Oh My!

Ever wish technology could cuddle? Not to worry, with these new gadgets, you can take care of business while enjoying cute, soft snuggles....or, if you prefer, bear torture.

Early Detection Of Alzheimer's Just A Blood Test Away?

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that a simple blood test might have major implications for the early detection and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, before symptoms even occur.

Edgy Japanese Eraser Has 28 Corners

Students, businessmen, artists, basically anyone who uses a pencil will at some point need an eraser, and the best eraser to use is a new one with sharp corners - which quickly get rounded with use. Not so with the Kadokeshi Plastic Eraser from Japan, which has - count 'em - 28 corners!

Hydrogen Bacteria: One Solution To Rising Gas Costs?

A Russian-born scientist living in the United States believes he may have found a cheap way to produce hydrogen, which may serve as a buffer against the ever-rising costs of petrol… Read on and perhaps…fill er up!

Playful Storage Solutions For The Future At 100% Design

Though only two years old, Creosa was chosen by 100% Design to participate in its 100% Futures show, representing the best of what's to come. Creosa has created some very playful, downright fun, storage designs you've got to see!

 

Software Measures Light Pollution, Optimizes Lighting Design

In response to the growing concern of light pollution in urban areas, researchers have developed a system that automatically measures light pollution and optimizes lighting design. This quantitative data is the first published information that the researchers know of showing how much light escapes from outdoor lighting installations.

Moscow’s Fiberglass Pyramid: New Harmony, Ancient Secrets

Russia’s new age healing trend has its roots in the ancient worlds of Egypt and Mexico, and is centered in Moscow and a fiberglass pyramid that promises positive energy. Can it be so? Read on and learn more about the potentially magical powers of harmony.

There's Always Room For J-E-L-L-O Art

People over the years have found many uses for Jell-O, some more vulgar than others, but artist Liz Hickok has created an entire scene of San Francisco out of Jell-O.

Discarded Dreams Mattress Competition Is Here

Today I came across a mattress recycling competition post and I was delighted to see it. Finally someone is doing something to spark more interest in new ways to recycle used beds. Who? Architecture for Humanity and Rubicon National Social Innovations is inviting people to enter the Discarded Dreams Mattress Competition.

10 Hilarious International Pet Ads

Whether we have pets or not, most of us are familiar with their idiosyncracies, as well as those of their owners. Like great cartoonists, pet product advertisers exaggerate, or play on, the absurdity of those idiosyncracies... and that's what makes the ads so darn funny. Here are 10 ads you've got to see!

Nosebleeds Stopped Cold by NoseBudd

Thanks to the NoseBudd, developed by a man who was born with severe hemophilia, nosebleed attacks are stopped cold.


Solitude Bathtub Sets Sail At 100% Design

Ok, so first you're going to ask yourself, what does this Solitude Bathtub have that I don't already have. You know the answer? Everything!

BlackBerry Technology Now in Russia: Encryption Delays Ended

BlackBerry technology has been delayed in Russia but that’s all over now. Read all about the several thousand BlackBerry smart phones that are expected to go on sale via Russia’s two leading mobile operators.

God Bless My Computer!

Antivirus software may cure most cranky computers but that's not enough for a growing number of Japanese techies whose mantra is "in God we trust".

10 Masterpieces of Contemporary Design From Christie's Historic Sale

Christie's, the London-based auction house, which has restricted itself to the sale of original antique art and design for 250 years, will be auctioning its first outstanding pieces of contemporary design at Rockefeller Center in New York City on September 8, 2008. This gives private design collectors the opportunity to bid on items from some of the most renowned furniture designers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Russian Re-armament: Are Long Range Goals Too Long for the Su-34 Bomber?

Russia’s re-armament program has been approved until the year 2015. The replacement of Su-24 Fencers with SU-34 Fullback Fighter-Bombers has begun, but some say the process is taking too long. Read on for details, and…bombs away!

Russians Develop Hardware For Forecasting Earthquakes From Space

The “Vsplesk” (Burst) Experiment, which will involve a crew at the International Space Station, is expected to yield new methods for the real-time forecasting of earthquakes. Read on and…be amazed.

Lisco: Multi-purpose USB Cable and Bracelet

Though I know that I require USB cables to do almost anything from charging my mobiles, iPod, to transferring pictures from my camera to the laptop, I wish there was an innovative way to use and carry these cables.


MBI: The Newest Technology In Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The American Society of Clinical Oncology conference, meeting in Washington, DC this weekend, will be hearing about the results of experiments with a new technology for detecting breast cancers in women with dense breasts. It is called Molecular Breast Imaging, MBI, and it employs a radioactive tracer that is absorbed more by abnormal cells than healthy cells.

Angel To Get Wings At 100% Design!

Ms. Kimberley Langstone,19, began what was to be the Angel project while at Stratford-upon-Avon College studying Fashion and Textiles. It was there that she perfected a special sewing method to make Angel. Now, exclusively handled by Within4Walls, the interior couture Angel is certain to take on wings!

Folding Light Could Lead to Tiny Cell Phone Cameras

In a standard camera lens, light is focused onto a single point in order to magnify a scene. In telescopes, on the other hand, lenses work differently, by reflecting light back and forth to achieve greater magnification. This idea can also be thought of as "folding" light.


Russian Chairs To Reduce Spinal Strain: A Couch Potato’s Dream

Reducing the strain on our spines is very important to those among us who lead a more sedentary life. Read about the Russian engineers from Belgorod who have invented a new type of chair to help care for that same old spine.

Innovative Cow Bone Jewelry

A really innovative feature of Ross's work is that his project shows a variety of alternative uses for cow bones rather than sending them to the dump.

Too Much Thinking May Cause Obesity

A study in Canada has shown that too much thinking may lead to overeating.

Is Your Dog A Genius? Buy A "Leo" Dog Toy And Find Out!

I'd like to think my dog is a genius even if he can't find the treat that has slipped from Leo to Leo in whatever way I arrange the Leos. Leo, short for Leonardo da Vinci, is the name of this challenging toy from (who else?) Canine Genius!

Sony Bravia Waterproof TV Gets Wet With You

Sony's new Bravia XDV-W600 portable digital TV isn't afraid to get wet, so channel surf to your heart's content - ocean optional!

I Love Big Butt Backpack

Do you love big butts and want to show off your love everywhere you go?

Studio Lawrence Debuts 'Dutch Flowers' Wall Tapestries At 100% Design

The Dutch design team of Bart Eijking and Patrick O’de Louwere of Studio Lawrence are readying for the debut of Dutch Flowers at the 2008 100% Design show in London in two weeks. Dutch Flowers is a series of custom-made,100 percent wool felt, wall tapestries created with a new technology, also developed by Studio Lawrence.

Russia’s High Tech Economy: Dubna’s Difficult Climb

The shadow of Lenin’s giant statue still towers over Dubna, a scientific town that once exemplified the Soviet Union’s achievements in the field of nuclear physics. Read all about Russia’s plans to transform it into another Silicone Valley.

A Comb That Conquers Baldness

Thousands of men and women around the world have spent a great deal of time and money in search of a cure for baldness. From painful hair transplant treatments to hyped up miracle drugs the selection of remedies are plenty. Imagine restoring hair that

Typemonstriters : Jeremy Mayer Makes Frankenstein Proud

Remember typewriters? I barely do. I remember playing with one way back when and even then it was already considered old and useless.

Lovely, as the sounds were that came from pushing buttons and hearing the stop bell ring on an old typewriter, there is no denying that when computers came along typewriters just couldn't compare to computers. Since there was no more need for them typewriters were simply discarded. Fortunately Jeremy Mayer came a long and created a way to rescue some of them from the landfill.

Friction Models and Cellphone Charms Evoke Retro Tokyo

A new series of miniature friction models and cellphone charms harken back to a time when Japan's future was bright and anything was possible. Retro Tokyo is back in style!

EcoJohn - The Incinerating Toilet

There's something comforting about the reassuring flush after you use the restroom. We like knowing the water is washing away our waste to a place we never have to think about. But what if there was no flush? What if there was instead no water at all? What if you were actually sitting on a gas-fueled toilet.

10 Stunning Fan Designs For The Modern Home, Office, or Head

After being wowed by about 40 fan designs created by second year students in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, it occurred to me why I hide all my room fans when guests come to my home. They're eyesores! They're throwbacks to the 1890's! What are they doing in my post-modern home?

Russia Is World Leader in Security Software

Russia was certainly the first in space during the Cold War years, but it would seem a rather dubious honor to lead the world in the generation of malicious software. In any case, read all about Russia’s rise as a global software leader.

 

Indoor Gnome Bowling - A Strike?

Gnomes as we know them to be are those small bearded weirdish looking little men that wear pointed hats. They can often be found nestled in gardens around the world but as of recent, they are now being sighted...

Russian Bullet-Proof Attire: Formal Wear In The Works?

The newest in Russian bullet-proof attire will hardly make the front pages of Vogue or Gentlemen’s Quarterly, but it is nevertheless a fascinating phenomenon. Read on if you dare and don’t forget to…duck!

Creepy Stuffed Animals Feature Your Child's Face

Does owning custom stuffed animals with the face of your child or significant other seem somewhat creepy? Well yeah, kind of - but you can have one anyway, courtesy of Sha@lark, the Japanese company who came up with this odd idea.

Chew Up! Study Finds Gum May Help Reduce Stress

In a study presented at the 2008 10th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, new findings showed that chewing gum may help reduce stress.

Pork Flavoured Toothpaste - Good Idea?

What you never knew you needed or wanted has just pumped itself into a tube and will soon be sitting on a shelf just above the basin in your bathroom.

Creativity Unbound: 7 Furniture Designs of Dima Loginoff

Dramatic, exhuberant, romantic, firey, eclectic, electric! Dima Loginoff's furniture designs shout volumes about him, his intelligence, spirit, creativity, and fearlessness in his work. Oh, Loginoff says, he has many fears... but they are certainly not about creating.

Russian Health Care: Renovation, Innovation Or Death

Why do some compare Russian doctors to inventors and magicians? How do they improvise every day to compensate for the lack of adequate equipment in the country’s hospitals? Read on and be grateful for whatever medical care you are lucky enough to receive.