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August, 2011

2TB USB Flash Drives – Coming Soon?

Transcend and Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute are busy making a brand new USB flash drive with a thin, stylish design, a USB 3.0 interface, and a 2TB total capacity. Wait, what?


Android App Allows Jealous Girls to Remotely Follow Their Boyfriends

Spyware just got personal. "Karelog" (Boyfriend Log) allows jealous girls to keep track of their boyfriends through their Android cell phones, without said boyfriends knowing they're being monitored from afar.

Pandas Release Secrets Of Biomass Processing - In Their Poop

Giant pandas are still very rare, so it's not likely that their poop will be used as a substitute for gasolene, but the chemical analysis of panda poop has provided new information about the microbes that assist pandas in digesting some of the roughest roughage in nature - lignocellulose - and that information could certainly lead to a biofuel that is much more efficient than any biomass fuels that are being produced currently.

Thick Fake iPhone 4 is China's Coolest Smartphone Fan

If you thought iPhones and smartphones were getting thinner with every new release, think again: the White “iPhone 4″ Air Cooler from M.I.C Gadget bucks the trend by evoking the original thick brick cell phones. It's also very cool... for a non-phone iPhone 4 fan.

Milk Mint Drink is Too Cool for School

You can't get this “cow chiller” in Chowchilla but you can in Japan! Yes indeed, Milk Mint from Nissin-York has arrived on Japanese supermarket and convenience store shelves just as another stiflingly hot and humid summer is about to close... hey, better late than never.

Domino's Pizza Japan's Moon Branch Project: 30 Light Years or it's Free!

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's... just another delivery for Domino's Pizza! It could actually happen, someday, if the Domino's Pizza Japan Moon Branch Project ever gets off the ground.

Natural Ginger Extract Reverses Prostate Cancer Cells Up To 60 Percent In Studies

Biochemistry research at Georgia State University has led to the discovery that an extract of whole ginger has both preventative and curative properties for prostate cancer. Serious research began on the tails of a project of an undergraduate chemistry major who read scientific papers about selected compounds of the ginger plant, but...

 


News 'Flash': Solid State-Only Storage Arrays from Pure Storage

A new company going by the name of Pure Storage is showing off a brand new storage array designed for the enterprise, with one big difference – this one ousts traditional hard drives for solid-state drives all the way.

Great Wall of Chinese SUVs Ready to Roll on American Roads?

Great Wall Motors has solidified its position as China's leading manufacturer of SUVs by rolling out the new Haval H6. GWM exports to over 120 countries & regions worldwide, so when will Sino-SUVs like the H6 hit the highways here?

Lobster Motorcycle? I Can Harley Believe It!

A Chinese seminar on cooking art took an unusual turn – some might say, popped a wheelie – when Taiwanese artist Huang Mingbo unveiled his carefully crafted lobster shell motorcycles.

Pink Panther Strikes Again as Cherry-Coated Cats Cavort

Blame industrial pollution in China for creating a cat of a different color. At least one cherry-coated kitten has been seen in Lanzhou, western China, and odds are it isn't there to audition for the role of a real-life Hello Kitty.

Psychologists Encourage Doodling In The Classroom - Especially In Science Class!

If you were back in school doodling what you learned, you may have chosen an entirely different career.

Point of View offers GeForce GTX 550 Ti Videocard with 4GB Memory

Graphics card manufacturer Point of View must have gotten a good deal on memory chips, as they have started to offer up a card with a seemingly pointlessly-high amount of video RAM.

Turning (Pages) Japanese: The USA's Top Ten Best-Selling Manga

One Piece? Yu-Gi-Oh!? Oh no, those and other manga titles may be loved in Japan, but they're not among the top ten in ICv2's ranking of American manga sales for the first half of 2011.

Yale Lab Succeeds In Giving New Life To Almost-Extinct Natural Alzheimer's Treatment

Chemists at Yale University have made the first commercially viable synthesization of huperzine A.  A natural enzyme inhibitor, huperzine A has been extracted from a Chinese moss, the Huperzia serrata plant, and it's been used to treat Alzheimer's disease in China.

Social Media Makes Strange Bedfellows As MSN & Renren Begin An Affair

While China is the country everyone wants to get a piece of these days - the two major Internet giants in the world - namely, Google and Facebook - face major hurdles with the government's insidious "firewall" and its strict censorship regulations.

Genital Plastic Surgery On The Rise In Britain; Labial Reduction's A Favorite Among Women

The desire for cosmetic genital surgery among women in Britain has increased five-fold in the last 10 years. A study undertaken by the UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute of Women's Health, questioned 33 British women who wanted labiaplasty surgery, reduction of the labia minora.  I think you'll find the motives for electing this procedure surprising.

Call it Creepy: Human Hand iPhone 4 Case

The Hand iPhone 4 Case holds your smartphone while you hold the anatomically correct human hand affixed to its back. It's ideal for conducting long distance love affairs or creeping people out – actually, both.

Graffiti Umbrella by Liu Hsiang-Ling is Write as Rain

The Rain Brush Umbrella designed by Liu Hsiang-Ling points the way to sustainable, renewable, temporary urban graffiti: write what you like but come rain or shine, your message will vanish.

14 Best Halloween Pet Costume Winners 2011: Scariest, Sexiest, Dumbest, Most Adorable, Look-Alikes, And More!

This is the fifth year of my best Halloween costumes for pets blog.  This year I'm seeing more originality in handmade pet costumes and less in the traditional ready-to-wear pet costumes.  But it wasn't hard to find plenty of super entries vying for Best Look-Alikes, Sexiest, Dumbest, Funniest, Scariest, Best Prehistoric, and more categories...


Race To Market For The Ultimate Cavity Fighter: Tooth Regrowth Gels

Out of the lab and into the dental chair, a small group of humans with initial signs of tooth decay got to sample the 'magic fluid,' and it was successful at reversing the destiny of their teeth - without drilling and filling!

 

 


China's 'Dead Sea Water Park' is a Human Froot Loop Soup

China's largest indoor waterpark, or Godzilla's breakfast bowl of Froot Loops? Sorry big guy, the “Dead Sea of China” resort in Daying County, Sichuan Province, was visited by over one million people this summer. From the looks of it, they all came on the same day!

Japanese Restaurant Serves Super Sumo-Sized Sushi

A Japanese restaurant whose patrons' eyes must be WAY bigger than their stomachs is making a name for itself by serving up huge futomaki rolls and super-sized sushi sets. Of course, the prices are enormously inflated as well.

MSI Launches X-Slim Series X460, X460DX Notebooks

MSI has added two new 14” notebooks into its series of thin-and-light laptops. The X-Slim X460 and X460DX notebooks boast updated Intel processors and discrete graphics inside a shell no thicker than an inch.

Happiness Is Antidote To Teen Crime And Drug Use

... a University of California, Davis, study reported August 22, 2011 at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, found that kids in grades seven through nine committed fewer crimes, including drug-related crimes, if they were 'happy.'

Army of Stray Cats Battles Plague of Rats in Western China

Release the Army of Cats! Stray cats in and around the western Chinese city of Bole no longer have to “get their dinner from a garbage can” thanks to the area's booming population of rats.

Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Could Be 'Poor Man's Tamiflu'

Flu med face-off: A study comparing Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and the traditional Chinese medicinal decoction Maxingshigan–Yinqiaosan has shown both medicines are equally effective in treating H1N1 influenza.

Elecom Introduces Bluetooth Folding Keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iTouch

Elecom's Bluetooth wireless folding keyboard for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch expands your mobile computing options while keeping components compact, lightweight and portable.

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

Grilled Fish Pencil Case is Quite a Catch

Angling for an offbeat gift? OK, or rather, Hokke! This slim zippered case from Japan apes the delicious broiled “Hokke” (Atka Mackerel) served hot off the grill at Japanese izakaya pubs. The fishy fakery even extends to the inside of this funny, finny case.

China's 'Most Awesome Wall of Air Conditioners' Building

The "coolest" building in China stands in the city of Fuzhou, though not for much longer if the force of gravity has anything to say about it. Tenants frustrated by the lack of central AC in the modern office tower have festooned the 25-story building's exterior with over 500 window AC units.

Chinese Fitness Camps for Kids Motivate Overweight Offspring

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in China, pun intended, but fitness experts inspired by American “Fat Camps” (or the film Full Metal Jacket) have found a 28-day solution that helps China's chubby child cadres take a great leap forward on the path to healthier lifestyles.

Make Your Smartphone an Art Phone with Famous Paintings iPhone 4 Covers

There's an art to protecting your expensive Apple iPhone 4, and you'd better believe Da Vinci, Picasso, Klimt, and Van Gogh would want to press one of these miniature masterpieces to their ear... oops, sorry Vincent.

Physicists Discover How To Suppress The Coffee-Ring Effect (Video)

... .A spur-of-the-moment experiment, cracking the secret of the 'coffee-ring effect,' captured the imaginations of sophisticated scientists, and voila!   They discovered a new technique for making inks and paints that will positively impact these technologies, enhance public appreciation of the techniques, and make them some money too.

 

China's First Flying Drone Has Got its Robotic Eye on You

Watch out for the F50, China's first flying robotic drone. Small as a pizza pan and equipped with an HD video camera, you can be sure it'll be watching you!

Think 'Fish' Before You Lose Your Mind!

There's a reason why eating omega-3 fatty acids, found most commonly in certain fish, is recommended by nutritionists as well as doctors. Fish oil protects your heart.  Fish oil is also good for chronic aches and pains, such as those associated with arthritis and repetitive stress injuries.  But a new study, conducted by the Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, indicates that fish oil may keep your brain oiled.

Transparent Face Masks Shut Out Germs, Show Off Smiles

Masclear is a transparent face mask that retains the germ-blocking power of traditional cloth masks while showing society something they've never seen before: the mask-wearer's face.

LeBron James Takes His Talents to China

'The Chosen One' has chosen China – at least, for a few days. The 2011 LeBron James Basketball Tour was a promotional tour de force both for the NBA and for Nike, manufacturer of King James' new shoes.

Elecom's Designer Wireless Computer Mice Sport USB Dongle Tails

A new series of computer mice from Elecom in association with Nendo feature a choice of 8 animal tails that – besides looking SO cute – act as USB wireless dongles.

Surprising New Research On Chocolate, Coffee, Vitamin D And Skin Cancer

There's good news and bad news in three of the most recent studies on protecting your skin from sun damage and possible skin cancer. One study, in particular, may cause some concern among those with high levels of vitamin D....

Angry Birds Carnival Booth Game Features Real Slingshot, Plush Birds & Pigs

Want to play 'Angry Birds' live? Then get your apps to China! A carnival booth in the Chinese city of Guangzhou is offering fair-goers a shot at some really pretty plush pigs... with a really big real slingshot.

Sbyke--Easier To Ride Than To Say

The Sbyke takes elements from a few everyday devices and combines them into a new, innovative ride.

What A Bargain! 15 Minutes Exercise For 3 Extra Years Life

Research can be 'bought,' but when that happens the money (or prestige) tends to pour from a political or business pitcher.  Now, I'm beginning to think that fat couch potatoes have a money pitcher too, in this case, to tell them that it's okay to sit around eating and just lifting a few fingers every once in awhile.

 

The First Cardboard Radio: Now That's Green Design

....The internal wiring is all set up in a simple card structure.  There's not a lot to the Cardboard Radio; it's not a BOSE®, but it does have its own charm, as well as working parts.

Intel offers Performance Upgrades for Low-End CPUs – Via Software

CPU giant Intel tried out a special “Upgrade Service” for one of its budget processors not too long ago, and evidently that attempt was successful. Intel is beginning to put out three new processors, all of which can get a boost in their specifications using some special software – but for a price.

Does Today's Income Tax Coddle An Endangered Species?

The idea of a personal income tax is a modern invention. Throughout most of history, the record keeping of tracking individual income would been a logistical nightmare. During the Civil War, however, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1861 which instituted an income tax for the first time. Today class warfare is more of a concern to American citizens versus whether or not you hail from the North or South. . .

China's Bucks Boost Bolivia into the Space Age

Bolivia's first orbiting communications satellite will be designed with the help of Chinese technicians and launched into space atop a Chinese rocket booster in late 2013.

Euglena Burgers: The Other Green Meat

The tiny, single-celled Euglena has a foot in both the Animal and Plant kingdoms. It could also have a hand in changing the world's meat-eating culture and vastly improving the environment.

Reptile Cafe: Something Newt in Yokohama!

Yokohama Subtropical Tea is Japan's first and only "reptile cafe", offering guests a respite from home and office stress along with the chance to warm up to the cold-blooded staff. What's more, the lounge lizards are real lizards.

Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

Hot Dog? Chill Your Collie with a Cool Pet Pad!

Summer heat and humidity is an uncomfortable for pets as it is for people, but thanks to this Fido- (or Fluffy) sized gel-filled cooling pad, chilling out the dog days of summer is the cat's pyjamas.

Marine Scientists Discover New Chemosynthesis Process In "Mussel Power"

Maybe some day we will run our cars on mussel power....

 

Graphic Covered Mug Lets You Sip with the Fishes

Oh, the Piranha Tea! This anxiety-ridden graphic covered mug from the Humania series is the perfect gift for those who hate fishing, fish, or you.

Lean Green Poop Bags - Biodegradable AND Flushable

A year ago, it was hard to find biodegradable dog poop bags.  Now, they're everywhere. In fact, many of today's biodegradables are also water soluble and, therefore, flushable.  This is great news because, according to the Enviromental Protection Agency, "Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method."  But not everyone with a toilet can flush pet poop, even in a flushable bag...

 

 


China's Swimmers Wear Weird Wetsuits to Avoid Sun, Slime & Seaweed

Tight black wetsuits sported by some Chinese swimmers are frightening to be sure, but then again so are the innumerable chemical, biological and zoological hazards lurking just off China's not-so-pristine shores. "Suit up and shut up," advise China's so-called Swimsuit Aunties.

Beetle Larva Candy... Now That's Good Grub!

A northern Japanese confectioner has got just the thing for nostalgic Japanese looking to relive childhood memories of raising stag beetles... delicious chocolate beetle larvae!

New SATA Express & µSSD Interface Standards Pave Way for Faster and Smaller SSDs

Solid-state drive transfer rates continue to rise, and the need for smaller physical sizes to fit shrinking notebook profiles is also becoming important. Thankfully, the organization behind the well-known Serial ATA interface has two new connectivity standards to address both of these wants.

Ghost Of Guy Fawkes Evoked To Destroy Facebook?

While the blogoshere is cyberventilating once again about the imminent demise of Facebook (anybody remember the "We're Quitting Facebook Day" scheduled for May 31, 2010?), the ghost of Guy Fawkes has been evoked to stir the conspiracy pot. Five hundred years to the day, the Hacker activist group known as Anonymous is claiming they will coincide their destruction of Facebook with Fawkes attempt to blow up the House of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

China's One-Child Policy Blamed for Widening Gender Imbalance

China's controversial One-Child Policy may have put the brakes on the country's unsustainable rate of population growth but that silver lining hides a dark cloud: a widening gender imbalance that makes it increasingly hard for a guy to find the right girl... or ANY girl, for that matter.

Japanese Nostalgic Mosquito Coil Charms Gives a Scents of Summer

Mosquitoes are an unwelcome feature of Japanese summers but for over a century people have sought to banish the biting bugs by burning green spiral pyrethrum coils inside open-ended “Katori-Buta” ceramic pigs. Now you can recall summer's lazy, hazy, buzzy days in miniature with officially authorized Kincho charms from Tokyo's Strapya World!

China Releases 600 Million Bees to Battle Invasive American White Moths

It's China vs the USA, and the Chinese have resorted to biological warfare in an all-out effort to eradicate the foreign pests! Calm down, we're not at war, it's just China's annual parasitic wasp offensive against invasive moths.

Fashion White Lab Coats Smarten Up Your Style, Get Admirers to Say 'Ahh'

What's up, doc? Japan's newest clothing trend, white 'Fashion Lab Coats', follows up the international popularity of casual surgical scrubs by adding a dash of upscale professional appeal.

7 Things Gamers Can't Live Without

Serious gamers are typically those that play more than two hours of games per day (14 hours or more per week), especially those that play competitively either online or professionally. For those of you that want more of an insight into the life of a gamer, or want to be a serious gamer, or simply want a look at some awesome electronic products, read on about the 7 Things Serious Gamers Can't Live Without.


China's Experimental Fast Reactor Plugs Into the National Power Grid

The China Experimental Fast Reactor, or CEFR for short, has begun pumping power into China's national electric grid. By greatly increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing the discharge of long-lasting toxic waste, the CEFR pioneers the new direction nuclear power plants must take in a world where nuclear power is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Converting Anonymous Website Visitors Into Future Guests Produces ROI For Hotels

Think about a "Caller ID" system for hotel websites, and you will begin to comprehend the value of a new component being launched by Flip.to, a company that provides marketing and social media solutions for the travel industry. Google can track a website's traffic but it cannot identify the profiles of all those anonymous visitors that come and go and don't leave a calling card.

MSN Pet Search Finds Old & New Homes for Shook-Up Pets

Microsoft Japan is extending a helping paw to dogs and cats separated from their owners during and after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The MSN Pet Search website lists images and information on pets rescued after the disaster, with the hope of either reuniting them with their previous owners or finding them homes with new families.

Will Hipsters Can PBR For The 'New' Budweiser?

Bud has fallen 204 slots down to number 220 in consumer loyalty among America's top brands during the last quarter century. But a big new campaign - not a new taste, but some new marketing efforts and a newly designed can geared toward attracting young, but legal-age, drinkers - is underway for Budweiser beer.

 

Synthetic Bear Bile Compound Could Help Heart Attack Victims

Ancient Chinese secret? Exciting new research results announced by London's Imperial College indicate a compound found in bear bile could effectively treat abnormal heart rhythm in patients recovering from heart attacks.

Rare Earth Discoveries Show Promise For Eventual Brain Cancer Treatment

Natural metals are proving very effective identifiers of diseased tissue and are even used as treatment carriers in today's nanotherapies. These compounds are known as theranostic agents because of their ability to both diagnose and deliver treatment to a tumor or other diseased site.  Two Virginia universities have recently published the results of their theranostic discovery and its use for brain cancer treatment on animal models.

 

Skinput Uses Your Skin as a User Interface

Skinput, a new technology under development, may soon allow people to dial their phones using a keypad projected onto their arms, or pause and control the volume of their music just by tapping their fingers.


Chinese Taxi Drivers Strike for Higher Fares, 'Gonna Get Organezized'

“You talkin' to me?” Thousands of taxi drivers in the Chinese city of Hangzhou are about ready to go all Travis Bickle on someone after deciding 10 years without a fare increase was a fair reason to go out on  strike.

Japanese Advertisers Save Electricity & Impress Consumers with 'Powerless Ads'

“Longer, Lower, Wider”, “New & Improved”, “Supersize It!”... in the world of advertising, bigger has always been better. Not any more, as the new Japanese trend towards conservation and frugality changes the country's marketing culture.

U.S. Credit Rating Downgraded AGAIN by Chinese Credit Rating Agency

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., one of the few large non-US based credit rating agencies, announced it has downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating for the second time in under a year.

Japanese Robot Surfs the Web, Pour Drinks, Asks Whereabouts of Sarah Connor

A new robot developed by researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology can learn on its own, browse the Internet, and even pour drinks. "Bartender, I'll have a double shot of 10W30, shaken not stirred!"

The Pagani Huayra: A $1.3 Million, 700-HP Road-Jet

One of the hottest cars of the year (possibly the decade), the million-dollar Pagani Huayra made its debut in anticipation of the Geneva Motor Show.

Cool Kids: Environmental Artists Put 193 Baby Cribs on Himalayan Ice

A very 'cool' environmental awareness art project at the foot of a fast-retreating glacier in the Himalayas involved nearly 200 baby cribs emblazoned with the flags of all the world's nations.

China Or Facebook Loser Or Winner In Debt Ceiling Resolution?

During the recent Debt Ceiling debate, U.S. diplomats were vigilant in trying to convince China they had nothing to worry about: the debt ceiling will be raised and America will not default on its foreign-held loans. This should have been reassuring news for the Chinese, which by some estimates hold hundreds of billions, if not trillions in U.S. loans.  But was it, and how could Facebook possibliy fit into this equation?