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December, 2011

Faceless, Dial-less Wristwatch Leaps From Concept to Counter

Chinavasion's “Japanese Style Inspired” LED wristwatches display time digitally without the need for a face, dial, or hands... and they're priced at under $10 per timepiece. The futuristic wristwatch's design apes that of an award-winning, one-off, 2008 concept watch from Japanese designer Hiranao Tsuboi while Chinese engineering shortcuts make it practical for mass consumption.

Will The U.S. Constitution Stay Afloat In 2012?

Well if you've been following the partisan rhetoric emanating from the Belt Way, you might not think that the government of "We The People" is going to fare too well going into a contentious election year. However, if you're one of the 99 Percenter contingency, things might be looking a little "rosier" for you . . . and they do mean that literally.

FX-Neo Eye Drops Cornea the Market on Cooling Ocular Refreshment

If you're looking to freeze the competition with a bitterly cold, icy stare, pick up FX-Neo eye drops from Japan. These cooling drops are formulated with chill minty compounds, invigorating amino acids and beneficial vitamins meant to revive and refresh your eyes.

Intel Preparing IGP-less Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel is apparently getting ready to launch three new CPUs for its desktop LGA1155 platform, with the strange quirk that these will not contain the mainstay of the Sandy Bridge design since its inception, the integrated graphics core.

Good Lighting Is Key To Staying Active In Your Hobbies

Many persons give up their hobbies or even aspects of their work or chores as they age.  While arthritis in their fingers and hands may be one reason they don't build model cars or quilt any more, for most boomers and seniors, it's because of vision changes.  As we age, we tend to need more light and more magnification to see clearly and sometimes even our prescription lenses don't quite measure up to what we need for hobby work. 

 


World's Largest Bus Seats 300, Bends Like Beckham

The 25 meter (82 ft) long Youngman JNP6250G developed by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman is the “world's largest” public bus and can carry up to 300 passengers. Don't expect to “bus da move” in luxury, however, as specs for the JNP6250G indicate it has just 40 seats... you do the math.

Pawel Grunert Still Finds Time To Design With A 'Re Purpose'

Just when you thought you'd seen the last soda bottle chandelier, table, or chair... Polish interior designer Pawel Grunert creates the bottle chair to end all bottle chairs: the Eco Chaise Lounge, a magnificent, dynamic sculptured work that's as organic in design as Grunert 's wood and steel masterpieces.

 


USB Foot Warmer Hedgehog Slippers Keep Office Workers' Tootsies Toasty

Offices can be downright chilly in winter, especially for women. Thank goodness Japan's JTT Online Shop is offering these “Hedge Hot USB” powered foot warmers in the shape of cute boy & girl hedgehogs!

Chinese Internet Retailers Now Stocking Kim Jong-Il T-shirts & Hoodies

North Korea's “Dear Leader” may be gone but online retailers at China's Taobao Internet Mall are making sure he's not forgotten by flogging Kim Jong-Il t-shirts and hoodies. Lookin' sharp, comrade!

My Favorite Gadget Gift This Christmas: The Thermos Sipp

Knowing how much I love gadgets, my family members always try to find a gadget I've never seen or used before.  No offense to the others, whose Christmas gifts were thoughtful and novel, but there was one gift from my sister that I have searched for, for years, I'd like to tell you about... a travel thermos that keeps my coffee hot for a few hours and that doesn't spill all over my car if I make a quick turn.


Nerd Jewelry from Japan Measures Your Level of Geek Chic

Geek chicks looking to flaunt some geek chic should look no further than Mass Item's “Measuring” line of math set women's jewelry from Japanese designer Kyozo Kawabe. The miniaturized and accessorized rulers, triangles and protractors come in a variety of colors and won't leak ink into your pocket protector.

What Did Poor Pets Get This Christmas?

Though it's reported that British pets suffered, gift-wise, from the downsized economy this Christmas, the American Pet Products Association estimated that 53 percent of dogs and 38 percent of cats in the U.S. received Christmas gifts this year - a relatively good stash for them, I'd say.  But what about pets from families who can hardly afford to feed them, let alone buy Santa hats for them?

 

AMD Phenom II X8 Processors Coming Soon?

AMD appears to be preparing to launch some new eight-core processors under its existing Phenom II brand, but these might not be the godsend that AMD fans have been waiting for since the release of the AMD FX.

Polymer Shown To Rehabilitate Soil After A Wildfire

Wildfires claim hundreds of thousands of farm acres yearly, causing famines and permanent devastation to the soil that produced the farmed crops.  But a graduate student at Tel Aviv University (TAU), along with his supervising professors from TAU and the University of La Coruña in Spain, has identified an anionic polymer polyacrylamide (PAM) that seems to enable reforestation more rapidly and less expensively than current methods.

Taking the High Road: Tibet Invests in 53 New School Buses

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round... even in Tibet, “the roof of the world”. The recent purchase of 53 new school buses by local authorities in Lhasa means many students in far-flung farming regions will ride to and from school in style (and safety) for the very first time.

Hello Kitty's Tribute to Visionary Apple CEO, Steve Jobs

Sanrio, Japan's kawaii character company and home of cuteness queen Hello Kitty, teamed up with California goods retailer LoungeFly to thank Apple's inspirational CEO, the late Steve Jobs, for a lifetime of creativity. The result was a bizarrely cute "Hello Stevie" love-child that ended up pleasing nobody.

New Year Time: Blancpain's Caruso 'Chinese Dragon' Limited Edition Wristwatch

The Blancpain Caruso “Chinese Dragon” Limited Edition wristwatch rings in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, in rare style... and “rare” is the watchword here. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer plans on producing just 50 of the 18k rose gold tickers, sticker priced at $219,682 each.

Newest Japanese Rice Field Art Sends Living Messages of Hope

The 2011 crop of “Tanbo” rice field art is bolder and more beautiful than ever before. This year, though, Japan's artistic rice farmers are going against the grain by growing messages of hope and perseverance meant to encourage a nation fed up with natural and unnatural disasters.

Groundbreaking Research Supports Calorie Reduction As Key To Healthy Aging

It has long been known that calorie restricted diets have positive impacts on better mental and physical health, but now a team of researchers at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome have discovered the molecule that is triggered by caloric restriction.  CREB1 is the molecule and, once activated, it triggers another group of molecules linked to longevity - the sirtuins.

Genghis Khan's Genome Successfully Sequenced by Chinese Scientists

Charlie Sheen may have Adonis DNA but when it comes to winning, Genghis Khan DNA conquers all! Chinese scientists have announced they've successfully sequenced the genome of one of the Great Khan's direct descendants, and they didn't need a fossilized mosquito to do it.

7.85" Apple iPad Coming in 2012?

The rumors are out - Apple is apparently getting ready to put out a junior model of its well-known tablet computer sometime in 2012.


McDonald's German Chicken Sausage Burger Blitzes Hong Kong

If you're hungry enough to raise the Teutonic, then we kindly ask you to get a grip... on the German Chicken Sausage Burger, an epicurious menu offering from McDonald's Hong Kong. What say ye, Actual German Folks™, das schmeckt or das boo?

LovePlus Mobile Battery Collection Redefines Girl Power

Fans of the Japanese dating simulation game LovePlus should get a charge out of this: three new mobile phone & music player batteries, each one displaying the face of their favorite female LovePlus character.

Tap Water Is OK To Drink, But Watch What You Put Up Your Nose

Neti-pot nose rinses have recently been reported to have caused the death of two persons in Louisiana.  The pots, used by many to drain their sinuses during colds, flu, or allergy flare-ups, convey salt water through the nostrils....

China's Chocolate Fashion Looks Good, Tastes Great!

A rather “tasteful” fashion show at World Chocolate Wonderland in Shanghai, China, featured clothing and accessories made from delicately (and deliciously) carved & crafted chocolate.

Holiday Social Media Competition Lights Up "Home Decoration Smackdown" In Jersey City, Newark & Roselle

What's a little friendly competition amongst neighboring towns in New Jersey? Well this Christmas season, two councilmen and one mayor have decided to lighten up this year's holiday festivities with a house decoration competition in Jersey City, Newark and Roselle.

Snore No More with the Snore Stopper Wristband

Tired of being kicked by bedmates awoken by your snoring? The Snore Stopper” from Hivox prompts snorers to shift their snore-inducing sleep positions with a gentle electrical zap from a battery-powered wristband.

Toshiba's 'Portable Gamma Camera' Takes Snapshots of Radiation Hotspots

Toshiba has developed a portable radiation-sensing camera that overlays color-coded radioactivity measurements over visual images. The camera is a refined version of a similar concept tested and proven at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Sensing Microneedles Developed For Continuous Monitoring Of Body Chemicals

In the future, maybe not too distant, diabetics may be able to monitor their glucose levels continuously, rather than at one point in time, thanks to the researchers from North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of California, San Diego.  These researchers have incorporated sensors into multiple microneedles, each less than a millimeter long, that may make today's glucose analyzers, the annoying skin prick tests, obsolete.

 

Roll-Up Remote Control Speaker Keyboard for Well Rounded Types

Roll-Up keyboards are nothing new but the DN-SKB-MF02 Roll-Up Speaker Keyboard from Shanghai Donya takes the concept to the next level. The USB-powered and remote-control operated device features a keyboard, stereo speakers and MP3 music player compatibility all wrapped up in a sleek silvery cylinder.

Eco-Friendly Oil-Filled Space Heaters Exude Retro Radiator Styling

Cool heaters! The FZ Series Oil Radiator Heaters from Japan's Eureks may look film-noir retro but look beyond their finned skins and you'll find environmentally friendly, non-polluting, oil-filled space heaters designed to match the needs of today's power-saving, post-nuclear Japanese households.

Surgeons Check Out Donor Lungs 'Ex Vivo' Prior To Transplant

Surgeons at the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University performed the very first 'ex vivo' lung transplants yesterday, placing a deceased donor's lungs into a test dome for four hours to get the lungs in shape for their new human recipients.  Organ testing procedures have been available prior to now, but none as sophisticated as the XVIVA Perfusion System employed in these particular transplant surgeries.

 

American Freedom, Made In China? Them's Fightin' Words!

“American Freedom, Made In China?” Them's fightin' words in some parts; a sad commentary on the state of the nation's economy in others. What's behind this incendiary phrase stamped on the side of an otherwise ordinary cardboard box?

Wacky Wax 'Candelier' is one Wick-edly Clever Lamp Design

Wax on! What's bright and white but uses no light... bulbs? The Candelier, of course, a majestic (and messy) chandelier made entirely from white wax by Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa. We're certain Mr. Miyagi would approve.

Super High-DPI Samsung Tablet Coming in February?

Some new rumors are hinting that a Samsung tablet computer with a really high display resolution may launch sometime this coming February.

Chinese Medicinal Plants Garden is World's Largest According to Guinness

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short) has roots that extend back thousands of years, with seeds in folk cures that were already old when ancient Chinese scholars first began writing them down. It's no wonder, then, that one of China's oldest official medicinal plants gardens has been declared by Guinness World Records to be the world's largest of its kind.

Giant Godzilla Christmas Tree Spruces Up Tokyo Mall

Pining for those classic Japanese monster movies that had you sitting on pins and needles? Well fir not, er, fear not! The giant Godzilla Christmas Tree from the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo is the original nightmare before Christmas!

Homemade 'Hummer' Lets Chinese Chef Show Some Swagger

By night, Qu Zhibo is a chef and restaurant owner from Zigong City in China's Sichuan Province. By day, however, he's “Qu Zhibo, Hummer Driver!”... or something vaguely resembling a Hummer. Qu designed and constructed his 1-of-a-kind, 4-wheeled, 8-tired tribute to American rolling stock with GM's mighty military machine in mind.

'Pillow Talk' Phone Headrests Enable Conversations via Cushion

Old and busted: phone headsets. New hotness: phone headrests! The “Dare to Demo” star-shaped plush pillow from Willcom allows users to rest their weary heads while conducting hands-free conversations.

USB Christmas Tree Brings Holiday Cheer to Your Desktop

Celebrate digital Xmas 2011.0 with the USB Christmas Tree from Japan's Thanko! The tiny tinsel-trimmed tannenbaum merrily glows with fiber optic lighting powered by your PC or laptop computer.

Rock Star Calling: Candies Guitar Head iPhone 4s Cover

The Candies Super Rock iPhone 4s cover comes in eight different color combinations and makes your iPhone 4s look like an electric guitar head, including cool contrasting color tuning pegs.

Japanese Scientists Listen to Oysters, Pick Up Pearls of Wisdom

Put a shell to your ear and you can hear the ocean. Japanese scientists have taken that concept to a higher level, inventing a device called the “kai-lingual” that can “hear” oysters commenting on their environment. Well shucks!

Lenovo Preps New ThinkPad X130e Ultraportable for Schools

Lenovo is showing off a new 11.6” laptop aimed towards elementary and high school students. The ThinkPad X130e pairs a durable exterior design with power-efficient Intel or AMD processors in an attempt to appease the IT departments of schools everywhere.

With IPOs & Bankruptcy In The Air, Zynga Soars, American Airlines Zags & Alec Baldwin Zings

There's seems to be a glint of irony taking to the not-so-friendly skies, or so one popular TV-star would like the world to believe. While online gaming giant Zynga hopes to reap between $850 million and $1.15 billion with its impending IPO offering on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, the venerable American Airlines files Chapter 11 to reorganize its massive debt. So what's the connection between the two companies where one's on an uptick and the other is in dire straits financially? Well… Alec Baldwin, oddly, it seems!

Reactive Lighting Brings Safety, Efficiency, And The WOW Factor To Your Stairs

Traditional staircase lighting fails to impress functionally.  Even when lit with a fancy chandelier from an arched ceiling, which basement and attic stairs seldom deserve, the light cast may not be the safest.  But the Web's famous gadget hacker from Manitoba, Canada, Alan Parekh, has developed a complete kit for safe, energy-efficient, and versatile LED stair lighting that can express your individual style as well.

Year of the Dragon Ready to Roar with 2012-shaped Solid Gold Statue

An exquisite, 24-karat gold statue of a Chinese dragon was recently unveiled by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery in Hong Kong. The dragon's sinuous coils form the numerals "2012", the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.

Family Violence Is Risk Factor For Psychological Disorders Later In Life

Scientists at the University College of London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Center liken the impact of family violence on the brains of children to the brains of soldiers exposed to combat.  Both kinds of combat result in hypersensitivity to danger and put subjects at risk for developing anxiety disorders.

Japanese Earthquake Seismogram Sculpture Created by Luke Jerram

Dry statistics and flat printouts do little to convey the awesome destructive power of earthquakes. British multimedia artist Luke Jerram has found a way to bring data to life, as it were, and by doing so express not only the measured progress of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake over 9 minutes terrifying but also display the pure esthetic beauty of nature's fury in action.

Colored Car Tires from China Look Wheel Strange

Black tires too dull & gloomy for you? Double Star Tires is hoping their colorful new line of Rainbow Tires will replace basic boring black rubber road rollers wheel, er, real soon.

Cooler Master Announces Elite 431 Plus Case; Low Price and Premium Features

Those looking to build themselves or their relatives a new computer for the holiday season now have another good option for a case. The new Elite 431 Plus may have a bargain bin price tag, but it will allow users to install high-end videocards and CPU heatsinks without any space concerns.

USB Hand Warmer Mouse Keeps Your Clicking Fingers in the Pink

Cold hands, warm mouse? Yes please! The USB Hand Warmer Mouse from Ever Green features an adjustable built-in heater powered from your computer's or laptop's USB port.

Nissin's Big Cheese Meat Cup Noodle Gives Cheeseburgers Stiff Competition

Cup Noodle can really hit the spot when you're studying, gaming or satisfying the between-meal munchies but it's not really a “meal”, is it? If you believe that, you haven't seen Big Cheese Meat Cup Noodle! Japan's newest flavor sensation is the closest thing yet to a cheeseburger in a cup.

New Year, Next Dimension: China's First 3D Television Channel Rings In 2012

A dozen years into the 21st century and just over 50 years after citizens watched their first nationally broadcast programs, China boasts over 3,000 TV stations. Now Chinese television is about to enter the third dimension with the country's first 3D TV channel set to hit the airwaves on January 1st, 2012.

Innovative 'Shoe Socks' Show Off Japan's Sole

Like the look of wearing shoes but prefer to leave those dirty soles in the vestibule? Try Kutsu Kutsushita “Shoe Socks”, snazzy socks from Japan designed to look like your usual socks & sneakers combo!

10 Bizarre Christmas Party Costumes from Japan

If you haven't been asked to join in any reindeer games, get your antlers to Japan where the Christmas costumes are unlike any those found anywhere else. Check out ten of Japan's oddest seasonal costumes and accessories, offered by the fine folks at Village Vanguard in the spirit of “St. Christmas”... whoever or whatever that is.

Is Cleanliness Next To Godliness? Not According To Your Average Medical Student

Some med students might think they are gods, but a new study conducted by the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology at Hannover Medical School suggests that they may never have heard the old proverb cleanliness is next to godliness.