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October, 2011

'Clippy' Pocket Scissors Holster Covers All the Points

Running with scissors again? Japan has something for that: the “Clippy” pocket scissors holster! This kissin' cousin to the classic nerdy Pocket Protector makes it possible for sharp travelers to practice safe snips.

London's Iconic Red Double-Decker Buses to be Made in China

There's no better way to see the sights of London than from the open top of a red double-decker bus, no matter that the bus in question is made in China. A landmark deal signed by Britain's Big Bus Tours sightseeing company will see 34 shiny new Chinese-made buses hit the streets of swingin' London just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Do Obese Persons Lack The Guts To Lose Weight?

Determination. Willpower. Courage.  Overweight people need all of these characteristics.  But what they may need most is guts. Their guts may not be communicating certain messages to their brains, like "We're full! Stop eating now! We can't hold any more!  Now, studies conducted at the Imperial College London suggest that there may be a solution to this problem.

 


Polar Bear & Penguin Ice Cube Cups Raise Environmental Awareness While Cooling Your Drink

Global warming poses grave consequences for polar bears and penguins. Raise awareness of their plight while you raise your glass... cleverly chilled with global warming warning ice cubes from cups conceived by Japan's Atsuhiro Hayashi.

LED Emergency Flashlight Pig Needs No Batteries, Won't Hog Energy

The cute, practical & eco-friendly 'Dynamo Torch Pig Shape' from Chinese online gadget emporium Shanghai Donya may have an unwieldy name, but this flashlight swine will rise & shine when storms strike and power outages leave you in the dark.

10 Overly Cute Japanese School Buses That Go the Extra Smile

Too cute for school? Not in Japan, where settling at mere cuteness means you're not trying hard enough. That high-pitched sound you're hearing isn't a school bus in need of a brake job, just its pint-sized passengers squealing "KAWAII!" in unison.

China's First Mars Mission Prepares to Explore the Red Planet

China's first Mars exploration probe, Yinghuo-1, will be launched in early November along with Russia's Fobos-Grunt sample return spacecraft. The mission to the Red Planet is just the latest great leap forward – or should we say, outward – for the ambitious Chinese space program.

New Asus Eee Pad Transformer Coming November 9th

The launch date for Asus' followup to its popular “dockable tablet” has been set, and we've got a new exterior design coming alongside a few upgraded hardware features.

Video Game Therapy For 'Lazy Eye' Gets Cooperation From Kids

Until now, a condition known as 'lazy eye,' or amblyopia, was considered virtually un-reparable after the age of 10.  But Dr. Somen Ghosh has used an ingenious and no doubt, immensely fun, treatment for lazy eye - video games - and it has shown promise in his test groups.

 


USB Big Mouse Makes Other Computer Mice Seem Inadequate

If you're unsatisfied with your mouse, supersize it! That's what the tech tyros at Brando Workshop have done, and the result is the USB Big Mouse, a glowing blue optical mouse that's bigger, bolder, and better than before... well, bigger at least.

Sanrio Hello Kitty Monster Collection Introduces 5 Cute Scaredy Cats

Hallow Kitty? Just in time for Halloween, Japan's favorite friendly feline gets her horror on. The Sanrio Hello Kitty Monster Collection scares up 5 BOO-tiful plush dolls modeled after classic fright film stars Frankenstein, The Mummy and more.

Classy or Crass? China Cranks Out Steve Jobs Memorial iPhone and iPad Covers

Was it a crass way to commemorate a class act or a stroke of entrepreneurial genius anticipating huge public demand? Within mere hours of Apple founder and tech icon Steve Jobs passing away, memorial iPhone and iPad covers were flooding out of Chinese factories and onto retail store shelves.

Scratch Music From The World's Best Scratchers: Cats

Leave it to Suck UK to advance the cause of scratch music by creating the ultimate scratcher for the ultimate cool cat. Here's DJ Fellix with the latest in scratch technology - the Cat Scratch deck.

 


Are Men Funnier Than Women, Or Do We Just Think They Are?

... The public is largely biased toward males in the who's funnier gender debate, and rationales have ranged from the male role in biological attraction, likening male humor to a peacock's tail, to the male's willingness to be more risque with sexual language and innuendo.

Flu-fighting Egg Yolk Antibody Lozenges Help Lick Influenza

Anti-influenza lozenges made with egg yolk antibodies are now being sold in Japan, just in time for flu season. The lifesaver-shaped "Barrifull" lozenges are said to be particularly effective when you're stuck in a crowd of coughing, sneezing commuters.

China's Gift-Givers Prefer Prepaid Vouchers Over Gift Cards

With gift cards coming under increased governmental scrutiny, prepaid gift vouchers have emerged as a favorite way to give gifts in China. They make perfect sense, too: why buy a heavy box of perishable mooncakes when you can give a gift voucher that's just as valuable?

Teens With Social Anxiety Disorder At High Risk For Alcohol & Drug Abuse

A study published online October 17, 2011 in the journal Pediatrics indicates that teens with social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, tend not to receive treatment for this psychiatric disorder because parents and teachers may assume the teens are just very shy.  But shyness is not even a prerequisite for the determination of social anxiety disorder....

The Amazon Kindle Fire & Apple iPad 2: A Brief Comparison

Amazon's Kindle Fire has been officially announced, and the company is currently taking pre-orders for the device. Should you purchase one over the formidable Apple iPad? I hope this comparison article will help you with your decision.


Leg Hair Font Adds Kick to Your Cursive

Desktop publishers rejoice! If you thought every possible typeface theme had already been explored, you haven't seen Leg Hair Font. Created by 20-year-old Japanese art student Mayuko Kanazawa, Leg Hair Font is a kinky, curly, shag-adelic cursive that comes in both upper and lower case.

99 Percenters Will "Occupy Earth" To Prove The 1 Percent Wrong

Awakened like a sleeping giant, the 99 Percenters were first motivated by the Arab Spring - but now have orchestrated a movement that has taken on a whole life of their own. Commencing with a make-shift tent city constructed overnight in downtown Manhattan four weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street has caught not only America's zeitgeist but one that is cyberventilating across the globe as well.

Double-Edged Frozen Food Knife Cuts Cold Turkey and More

The innovatively designed CHIC Frozen Food Knife from Japan makes short work of ice-cold meats, poultry, seafood, bread and more thanks to its wickedly sharp, double-sided molybdenum-steel blade.

Handmade Guitar Backpack Can Carry More Than a Tune

This finely detailed, handmade Guitar Backpack from Japan's Ito Manufacturing is based on Gibson's legendary Les Paul electric guitar but gives you more... like a soft, lined interior suitable for storing all your light favorite travel needs.

Chinese Demonstrators Support 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters

Call it “Occupy Great Wall Street”: Hundreds of Chinese citizens recently held a rally in the city of Zhengzhou, ostensibly to support the ongoing and growing Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States.

Let Your iPhone Shine with The Swarovski Ball Earphone Jack Accessory

Bored with your plain-jane iPhone, smartphone, iPod or MP3 player? Check out the Swarovski Ball Earphone Jack Accessory. Plug in any one of the 15 different crystal colors and you'll be shouting “iBling, therefore iAm!”

Which Kids Are Most Likely To Be Teased By Their Peers?

Kids with any trait that's not the norm often get teased or mocked by other children.  It's an unfortunate fact of life.  But a new study conducted by psychologists at Kansas State University had some surprising results regarding which children are most likely to be chided by their peers.

 


Beijing to Build 42,000 Electric Car Charging Posts Within 5 Years

Chaaarge it!! Beijing is becoming China's “Electric City”, at least where drivers are concerned. An ambitious plan to set up 42,000 new electric car charging posts by 2015 intends to match the current number of gas stations in China's bustling capitol.

Corsair Announces Hydro H40, H70 CORE Liquid CPU Coolers

Water cooling used to be a pretty dangerous addition to a PC. While it still is, alternative self-contained designs such as Corsair's Hydro Series bring much of the advantages of liquid cooling, while allowing easy installation and zero maintenance – and now, for an even lower price than before – with the new Hydro H40 and H70 CORE.

Text Neck: Another Health Hazard Caused By Mobile & Tablet Use

Remember when your mother warned you, 'Don't make a face like that or it will stay that way?" Well, text neck is the equivalent of making that face. Keep your head forward and your chin out repeatedly while you read text messages or tablet screens and they will stay that way.

Recolo Time Lapse Digital Recorder Camera Speeds Up Your Life

Lights, camera, inaction! If you're one of those people who enjoys watching the grass grow, you've got entirely too much time on your hands... or, you've got the Recolo Interval Recorder from Japan's Compact Impact.

Real Estate Spam Drives Chinese to the Nuthouse & the Outhouse

A real estate bubble? In my China? It's more likely than you think, and real estate agents are feeling the heat. Overbuilt condo communities, housing estates and planned cities remain vacant as China's consumers keep a tight hold on their wallets while a slowing economy has got spenders spooked. The solution? Spam, spam and more spam!

Obama Fried Chicken, You're Gonna Get Served!

Why call on a mere Kentucky Colonel when you can chow down on chicken cooked by the Commander In Chief? Obama Fried Chicken was set up to serve students from nearby Beijing Aerospace City College campus... unless KFC China's lawyers "serve" the store's owners first.

New Brand Advocate Platform for Hotels Generates ROE & ROI

Flip.to is a new marketing platform that helps hotels turn their guests into advocates. After completing a successful beta, today the Flip.to team is announcing a new batch of results that would make any hotelier smile.

USB to AC Wall Outlet Adapters Tap the Grid, Not Your Laptop

Eneplug USB-to-AC wall outlet adapters from Green House of Japan let any plug provide power to your electronic lifestyle devices. Anything from iPhones and iPods to MP3 players and even your USB Eyelash Curler can get hooked to the grid, so forget about flipping your laptop's lid!

New Study Proves Crows Understand the Concept of Numbers

Crows may have bird brains but they're not dummies, according to a new study by a Japanese research team. Test results published in the October issue of Animal Behavior indicate crows are able to understand the concept of numbers and can recognize symbols representing quantities.

The Aakash Tablet is The World's Cheapest – only $35!

A new tablet computer, assembled by a company in the UK, is being made available to folks in India, with a price tag of just US $35 for students, and $60 for the others.


Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs Mourned by China's New Tech Generation

Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and visionary former CEO, was tremendously admired and respected by China's newly wealthy, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy generation. In the wake of his sudden passing, a number of instant memorials paying homage to Jobs have sprung up at Apple's flagship Chinese stores.

American Farmers Eager to Fill China's Rice Bowls

Rice rice baby! China could take a big bite out of the U.S. trade deficit if they open their markets to American rice exports. It's taken years of patient and persistent negotiating but rice farmers in the United States are so close to victory they can taste it.

AshPoopie: It Locks, Loads, & Annihilates Dog Poop

There's an ingenious, green, and technologically advanced pooper scooper coming to market in 2012.  You just lock and load this gadget, called the AshPoopie, press a button, and your dog's poop turns into ash!  Green, sterile ash.

Testosterone Levels Helpful In Determining Risk Of Heart Disease

A study by the Wallenberg Laboratory for Cardiovascular Research in Sweden followed 2,400 men in their 70's and 80's for five years, comparing their testosterone levels with incidents of cardiovascular events the men experienced, such as heart attacks and strokes....

Meet 'Pepsi Pink', Japan's New Strawberry Milk Flavored Cola

Just in time for Japan's “winter party season” comes Pepsi Pink, a blush-tinted cola which should sell well in the homeland of Hello Kitty. According to Pepsi Japan, new Pepsi Pink is bursting with the rich aroma and refreshing taste of strawberry milk.

Robo-Rat: Robotic Brain Successfully Implanted In Mobility Impaired Rat

How far away are we from being able to restore damaged areas of the brain that cause paralysis or other motor disorders? Closer, now that researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have implanted a robot in the brain of a rat that successfully restored the his mobility.

Advertising's For The Dogs Says Beneful Dog Food

What input does your dog have on your choice of dog food? Absolutely none, if you ask me.  But Nestlé, maker of Beneful Dog Foods, has other ideas.  Beneful ads are now being aimed directly at European canines.  U.S. dogs are next, you wait....

Winklevii Bust A Nut While Crackin' Joke About Arch Nemesis Zuckerberg

The not-so-dynamic duo who continually fall short in bringing down the one man who stood between them and a billion dollar social network are seeking alternate means for remuneration. That's right, the Winklevoss twins have taken to the TV airwaves to zing their arch nemesis Mark Zuckerberg in a Roll Global commercial for pistachios.

Ten Even Weirder and Funnier Japanese Condoms

Following up on our previous look at The Top 10 Weirdest and Funniest Japanese Condoms, these 10 amusingly odd male contraceptive packages illustrate Japan's undeclared intent to make laughs, not babies.

Laser Beams Detect Blood Glucose In Early Experiments

For millions of people with diabetes, daily finger pricking with needles in order to get a measurement of their blood glucose is an accepted, but unpleasant, part of their lifestyles. Though physicists have been trying to come up with laser beam technology that effectively substitutes for the needle, the accomplishment has evaded them for the past 20 years.  Now, physicists at the University of Toronto (UT) have found a way to get around the most prickly problem with using a laser beam....

 


OCZ Releases Synapse Cache Solid-State Drives

Want solid-state drive caching performance akin to Intel's Smart Response, but don't want to spend extra cash for an Intel Z68-based motherboard? OCZ has an alternative for you.