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September, 2011

Tsunami Survival Capsules Offer Hope for Japan's Next Great Wave

Ready for the next tsunami? Then you've really got balls: enhanced fiberglass “Noah” capsule balls, to be exact. Japan's Cosmo Power designed these bright yellow survival spheres so users can escape onrushing floods and ride the relentless quake-spawned tidal waves to rescue.

Wasabi Smoke Alarm Wins 2011 Ig Nobel Prize

A Japanese research team has been awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their patented invention, the Wasabi Smoke Alarm. As previously reported at InventorSpot in March of 2008, the silent alarm releases a mist of pungent wasabi oil that will wake up those with hearing disabilities in case of fire or a related emergency.

Get Smartphone: China's Counterfeiters Create an Adidas Handset

The Adidas S-808 Sneaker Flip Phone is a triumph of cellphone styling seemingly inspired by Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. Adidas, however, is less than impressed considering the Germany-based sports apparel manufacturer doesn't actually make mobile phones. Sorry about that, Chief.

New Japanese Smartphone Case Doubles as Radiation Monitor

Japan's largest mobile phone service provider, NTT DoCoMo, has produced a prototype cellphone case that adds a radiation detecting function to your smartphone.

Afinitor® Stops Tumor Growth & Lengthens Lives For Breast Cancer Patients

Afinitor®, the Novartis trademark for the cancer fighter, everolimus, is used for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), inoperable cases of certain pancreatic cancers, and to aid successful acceptance of transplants.  Now, the results of a Phase III study of Afinitor administered to women with advanced breast cancer have been announced, and the words used to describe the drug are "game changer."

 

Flag Stickers for Galaxy Phones Show Off Your Home (Button)

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners, raise the flag when you lift your phone! 'Touch Me!' Button Stickers from Japan's Strapya World allow patriotic Galaxy S and S-II owners to customize their Android handsets' Home buttons to show off their national flag.

Study Links B12 Deficiency With Low Cognition In Older Persons

Few of us will eat liver, and there are some good health reasons, as well as taste and texture concerns, why. But there are other natural sources of vitamin B12 that may not be so objectionable, and if you can get fish, meat, milk, eggs and poultry into your food regimen, you may just want to do that.

Coffee May Wig You Out Or Save You From Depression

Coffee seems to be the new miracle drug. A minimum of 4 cups of coffee has been shown to be effective in reducing risk of diabetes, skin cancers, and strokes (in women), among the other powers it possesses.  Now, the Harvard School of Public Health has explored the effects of the magic 4+ cups on depression among women... men have not been studied yet.

Seagate Planning 4TB Internal Hard Drive

In the next logical step for internal hard disk drives, industry giant Seagate is planning to introduce a new drive capable of holding 4000 gigabytes of data, in a traditional 3.5” size for easy installation into most desktop computers.


Apple 'iFoot' Shoes from China are a Logo No-No

Apple makes sneakers? Who knew? Not I, not you, and definitely not Apple Inc., holders of the logo's copyright. Not that this matters to dozens of online shoe sellers in China who've slapped the tech giant's familiar fruit on their footwear.

Flip.to Identifies Net Promoters & Streamlines Reviews On Hotel Websites

While hundreds of CRM metric systems have evolved over the years, guests have been inundated with hotel survey requests that are lengthy and antiquated. Recently, with the extensive research conducted by loyalty expert Fred Reichheld, it has been found that brands are best served when they distill the whole process down to one simple question: "Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?"

Heads Or Tails? Ritualistic Behaviors May Help You Succeed

Not everyone who engages in repetitive behavior suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  It may depend, says Professor David Eilam of Tel Aviv University (TAU), on whether it's a heads or tails activity.

Beijing's Tallest Skyscraper Takes Energy-Saving Technology to New Heights

The 108-story China Zun building will soar 510 meters (1,673 ft) into the sky over Beijing, China, when it's completed in 5 years time. The distinctively shaped, skyline-changing building has been planned from the ground up as an eco-friendly structure featuring the latest energy-saving technology.

Scientists Witness Brain Chilling Yawns

There is nothing more discouraging in human discourse than someone yawning in your face while you're speaking to him.  "Oh, excuse me," he might say, "I guess I'm just very tired."  (Yeah, sure!)

But now, scientists have evidence that your listener may not be bored at all; but just chilling... his brain.  

Tiger Woods Takes On Japan's Best Female Golfers in 9-Hole Charity Event

Tiger Woods, American professional golfer and reluctant celebrity, is taking his talents to Japan! The former World No. 1 and Japan's top 3 female pro golfers are set to tee off this November 1st in “Challenge! Tiger Woods”, a 9-hole charity event to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

Osteoporosis Drug Found To Improve Arthritis Too!

Arthritis is a joint disease that results in a progressive loss of cartilage, just as osteoporosis results in progressive loss of bone.  Though osteoporosis drugs are intended to regenerate bone growth, to date, arthritis drugs can only reduce inflammation and, thereby, reduce pain.  But observation of patients taking a certain osteoporosis drug, by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), led to the recent finding that this drug not only restored bone but cartilage as well.

 


Nissin's 'Hybrid Ramen' Fuses Fried & Unfried Noodles

Nissin Foods, Japan's instant ramen powerhouse, has found a solution to noodle-slurpers' most trying conundrum: should ramen noodles be fried or unfried? Actually it's more of a compromise, as Nissin's hard-working ramen engineers have created the world's first Hybrid Ramen.

Obama vs Osama Awesome Limited Edition Action Figure

Action figures don't get more awesome than this: U.S. President Barack Obama standing over the late (by mere seconds) Osama bin Laden, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and his trusty Blackberry clipped to his belt.

Jersey City Ignites Innovation & Waterfront Development In Reality & Fiction

The octagonal 50-foot clock remaining on the shore of the Hudson River facing Manhattan is a historical reminder of Jersey City's tenaciousness and its prominence during the 1940s & 1950s. By the 1970s, the city experienced a period of urban decline clouded by corruption held over from the Mayor "Boss" Hague reign of backroom deals and political cronyism .

AData releases SATA III-supported S510 SSD

A new solid state drive released by Taiwanese company Adata Technology offers high performance and sustained transfer rates that take advantage of the SATA III 6Gbps interface it has bolted on.

'Vampire Teeth' Take Japanese Cosmetic Dentistry into the Twilight Zone

The latest cosmetic dentistry trend out of Japan is “Yaeba”: Vampire Teeth. Dental Salon Plaisir, located in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district, specializes in this cosmetic procedure that lengthens, sharpens and enhances one's canines to fang-tastic proportions.

Gamers Build AIDS Molecule That Eluded Scientists For 10 Years

In what is believed to be the first instance of electronic gamers reaching a scientific discovery before trained research scientists, University of Washington (UW) gamers did indeed produce a model of an enzyme in AIDS and other viruses that scientists have been trying to model for more than 10 years. This was not just an academic exercise to test the new UW Fold-it game; discovery of the AIDS molecule in question opens the door to a whole new line of retroviral drugs.

 

A Very Smart Do-It-Yourself iPhone 4 Tripod Mount (Video)

Only the steadiest of hands can handle the photographic capabilities of their cellular or smart phones well - and that speaks for still photography.  But when it comes to video photography, you have to ask your viewers to bring their own sick bags to the show....

Taking The Bull By The Horns, "Occupy Wall Street" Posters Motivate Campers

On September 17th, a protest organized by several activist group will take Wall Street by storm to protest opposition to the use of corporate money in politics. Groups such as Anonymous, Adbusters, US Day of Rage are collaborating their efforts to promote a peaceful protest to attract on upwards of 20,000 to turn downtown Manhattan into a campground.

C-Mill: A Plug & Play Treadmill For Gait Training & Rehabilitation

Learning to walk again after breaking a leg or hip, having a stroke, prosthetic, or partial paralysis depends on a lot of persistence and an excellent rehabilitation program that can guide you through gait training.  Movement scientist Dr. Melvyn Roerdink from The Netherlands has developed a super smart, oversized treadmill that helps rehab patients gain confidence in their new gaits, with bells, whistles, and even light shows.

 


China Reinvents Chuck Taylor High-Tops with Even Higher Bottoms

These faux Chuck Taylor High-Tops have nothing to do with Converse or basketball, though their extraordinarily thick soles might trim a few inches off your layup.

Harvard Nutritionists Develop Their Own Plate For Healthy Eating

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revamped its healthy eating recommendations a few months ago with a new visual - an icon called 'MyPlate,' replacing the former healthy foods pyramid icon.  The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks the government's plate lacks a good bit of guidance as to which specific foods should be eaten - after all MyPlate offers no guidance.

 


Toray's Carbon Fiber Electric Sports Car: Light Weight, Heavy Performance

The innovative Teewave AR1 electric sports car concept from Japan's Toray Industries is made mainly from super-strong, lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, allowing drivers travel up to 185 km (115 miles) on a single battery charge.

iPhones Go Sleek At The Office And Go Ballistic Outdoors

Those iPhone accessories, they never stop to amaze, and the gadget market never appears to have its fill.  But here are two I am drawn to, both for their functionality and for their style: the iPhone 4 Ballistic Life Style Case and the iClooly iPhone Desktop Handset.  No, they're not mutually exclusive.

Electronic Salinity Monitor Spoon Terminates Excessive Salt Intake

The ready-for-brine-time Salinity Monitor Spoon measures how salty your soup or sauce is and displays the results on its handle. The easy to use "Stir-minator" spoon could be a boon to elderly sufferers of high blood pressure whose sense of taste isn't as sensitive as it once was.

Curcumin Breaks Up Signals That Encourage Cancer Growth

A pilot study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has identified and analyzed the cancer-fighting properties of curcumin (or cumin), a component of the spice turmeric, long believed by many cultures to have medicinal properties for just about everything.

Giant Tunic Suit Salutes Sun Yat-sen and China's 1911 Revolution

A huge gray “Mao Suit” now on display in the Chinese city of Ningbo celebrates both the 1911 Revolution against China's creaky Qing Dynasty and revolutionary Father of the Nation, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

World Alzheimer's Report 2011 Issues Basic Minimum Guidelines For Alzheimer's Care

For the third year in a row, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has issued global recommendations for Alzheimer's patients, medical personnel, and caregivers.  The 2011 World Alzheimer's Report focuses on "The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention," and the doctors that publish the report have gone to considerable effort to amass the volume of research that's been conducted in this area.

Watts Up! Japan's Largest Solar Power Plant Says “Let it Shine”

Clean power generation for the nation? In Japan they're just getting warmed up, as the nation's largest solar power plant begins firing on all cylinders... er, panels.

VivoSight Scanner Detects Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers In Real Time

For many of the 13 million Americans currently at risk for non-melanoma skin cancers, the VivoSight® Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner will be a blessing in their dermatologists' tool closet.  The device, just approved for clinical use by the FDA, offers real-time laser imaging of a patient's skin, enabling better, and sometimes immediate, treatment of basal or squamous cell cancers.

Round Dog Porta Potty Encourages Canine Circling Instincts

You may not have thought about this yourself, but dogs tend to circle around before they poop.  With that in mind, PupGear, one of the originators of indoor potties for dogs, has created a circular two-piece potty system it calls the Go Spot® Circular Dog Potty System.

Hitachi Ships 1TB-per-platter Desktop Hard Drives

They keep making 'em bigger and bigger. Hitachi GST's latest lines of hard disks use ultra-dense platters that can hold 1TB apiece, allowing promising future developments for media gurus and digital packrats everywhere.

Mapping Of First Neuroreceptor Expected To Revolutionize Drug Development For Neurological Diseases

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine just achieved a scientific breakthrough that has the potential to revolutionize the design of neurological drugs: they captured the first high resolution images of the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), the α7 molecule responsible for transmitting signals between neurons, particularly those associated with learning and memory.

 

Calling All College Students: The Biomimicry Institute Student Design Challenge

For the third year in a row, the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organication that promotes the study and imitation of designs found in nature, is sponsoring the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.  This year the Challenge, which is open to college students world-wide, is to use biomimicry to design a solution that results in more efficient use of energy and ultimately reduces greenhouse gases.  No small feat, but the Institute provides students with plenty of resources on biomimicry....

 

China's 9/11 Nirvana Rose Memorial is a Tribute to Life and Loss

A memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks by a group of Chinese artists recreates the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in handcrafted lacquer and rose petals.

Freedom Tower Will Tower Over NYC's Skyline

When the World Trade Center landmark twin towers were completed in May, 1973, they rose 1450 feet to become the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the Empire State Building. Its demise as the result of the horrific devastation of September 11, 2001 has launched a decade of debates as to what type of architecture could possibly replace its iconic imagery remembered by so many.

Social Media Building Blocks are a Series of Cubes

An innovative system of social media cubes adds style with substance to your virtual world. Tomodachi (“friends”) Blocks, a design concept by Japanese designer Aya Shimada, allow you to build your social network with two-fisted determination.

Reusable Eco-friendly E-Paper Could Make the Office Truly Paperless

Today's computerized and LAN-equipped “paperless offices” are far from being paper-free but thanks to rewritable and reusable electronic paper technology developed by Taiwanese think tank ITRI, trashed paper could finally become a thing of the past.

'Time of the Sky' Watch Gives Minutemen the Blues

Watchers of the sky (even those who aren't Genesis fans) will love the “Time of the Sky” wristwatch, a small window on one's arm that distills the passage of the hours down to their essence: the changing hues and tints of the sky above.

Is Alcohol Really Good For Your Heart? Check Out These Mice Studies

In the first controlled study of the effects of alcohol on the heart, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical School have shown that 14 alcoholic drinks a week can be healthy for your heart, or it can put you at high risk for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Mouse imbibers tell the story....

Adidas China Hits Overstressed Commuters with Giant Punching Bags

Adidas China has installed giant punching bags on a Shanghai subway platform as part of their interactive “Don't Waste Your Wait” ad campaign. Commuters are encouraged to take out their frustrations on the huge, three-striped bags while waiting for their train.

Moon Bowls Appeal to Your Romantic Phases

Here's to you, romantic lunatics! Moon Bowls from Tale Co. Ltd are designed with a contoured bottom that becomes more exposed the more you drink. As the liquid recedes, the bowl gradually reflects the phases of the moon from full to new.

New Laser Treatment Designed To Zap Pimples At Their Roots

Experiments with acne-piercing lasers have been conducted before, but this time, the laser electron is not "the size of an entire hospital," but the size of a DVD player.  The unique laser system, the Raman Fiber Laser, has the potential to permanently alter sebaceous glands, those that give rise to pimples and acne, the bane of adolescence.

 


Creative Announces Sound Core3D Audio Processor with Four Processing Cores

PC audio giant Creative Labs has announced a brand new audio processor, dubbed the Core3D, with a whopping four processing cores and a highly integrated design to lower sound card complexity.


The Reading Finger Gives Barcode Information A Voice For Visually Impaired

It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files.  "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too.  The Finger Reader is at least the second design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.

 

Breakfast Time is Anytime with the Toast Clock

Ticked off by too-hard toast? Burned by boring, IKEA-style dials? Then it's time for a change, and the Toast Clock is first when it comes to seconds.

Organic Pet Toys Are Now More Affordable & Adorable

Until recently, one could rarely find a dog toy made of natural organic materials outside of a high-end specialty pet boutique.  High end usually meant high prices, although many environmentally-conscious were willing to pay them.  But it's common now to find dog toys mass marketed with both their stuffing and the adorable, colorful character patterns in totally organic materials... and they're much more affordable.

 


Social Media Blogger Crunching Start-Ups & Conflicts Of Interest

Traditional media has longed categorized bloggers as an unruly lot who choose to work outside of legitimate journalistic guidelines. Our editorial contributions have sometimes  been dismissed as pay-for-play fodder and at its worse - content farms - or "black hat" websites compiled for the sole purpose of stimulating Internet traffic versus publishing quality social discourse.

Animalia Tape Cutters Cut Through Red Tape, Green Up Your Desktop

Animalia Tape Cutters from Japan give some bite to tired old stationery styling and add a touch of the wild side to any concrete jungle.

George W. Bush's Autobiography is Published in Chinese

The newly released Chinese language edition of former U.S. President George W. Bush's autobiography features a unique introduction intended to appeal to readers in China.

Cool Cat Hoodie is a Back to School Faux Paws

Wanna be the teacher's pet? Then make a feline beeline for the Hachiware Cat Parka from Japan. Available in black or gray with a rose-red zipper "tongue", this cool cat hoodie is absolutely purr-fect for students looking to show some style before school's out and it's time to join the rat race.

Look Sharp: Taiwanese 'Nail Artist' Howard Chen Redefines Hammer Time

When Taiwanese artist Howard Chen decides to create a work of art, he really nails it – literally. Chen's chosen medium are iron “mosquito nails” fired into white canvas by the hundreds of thousands; one at a time.

TORS Robot Has All The Right Stuff To Remove Head & Neck Cancers

Historically, surgical removal or oral and throat cancers have not allowed patients to go back to living their normal daily lives.  Oral cancer removals caused severe pain, particularly ugly scarring, and an inability to eat, speak, or swallow normally.  Even breathing problems might result.  But now along comes TORS, the robot with the right stuff.

 

Solar Planet, the Interplanetary Orrery that Runs on the Sun

A solar-powered solar system might seem overly obvious but Solar Planet from Elekit ain't any ordinary orrery.

Winnipeg Jets 'Jerseygate' Shines Spotlight on Chinese Counterfeit Clothing

Talk about prematurely dropping the puck: the NHL's Winnipeg Jets haven't unveiled their new hockey jerseys to the public but that hasn't stopped Chinese counterfeiters from knocking off new Jets jerseys by the dozen.

Om... Om... Om - The High Tech Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat

Yes, it really is... a yoga mat wired with an internal speaker system. The Gaiam Audio Yoga Mat even comes with a downloadable yogi!

How Is An iPhone Like Kim Kardashian's Early Film Work?

Perhaps considered old hat today, but not too long ago, pseudo-celebrities and  reality stars learned early on that a sex tape could instantly make careers overnight. Famous-for-being-infamous soon became the PR ploy of many of these D-listers and helped cement their place in the America zeitgeist. Today, one has to wonder if Apple's iPhone is actually taking a page out of Paris Hilton's and Kim Kardashian's playbook.

Intravenous Viral Therapy Makes Cancer Treatment History!

Canadian researchers have made cancer treatment history with the success of an intravenous infusion of a virus, JX-594.  The virus was injected into 23 patients with advanced and metastasized cancers who had not responded to traditional therapies.  Not only was this the first test of viral therapy on human cancer patients, but the first trial to introduce a targeted virus intravenously.