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October, 2012

Restored Fresco Curry: A Tasteful Tribute to a Terrible Touch-Up

Japanese artist, blogger and curry cook Takeda Take has taken the disastrously (but hilariously) botched restoration of the Spanish fresco “Ecco Homo” to a new, delicious level.

Dogstar Portable LED Searchlight Shines at RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show

Have light, will travel? With the Dogstar handheld portable LED searchlight blazing a 68,000 lumen trail, you'll go (or at least see) far indeed. Demonstrated at the 2012 RISCON Safety & Security Trade Show in Tokyo, this is one mean photonic bazooka!

Hello Kitty Bathroom Tissue Really Makes Scents

Hello Kitty doesn't just look cute, Sanrio's most popular character EVAR now enchants our olfactory bulbs with the sweet scent of strawberry or melon! And what better place for Japan's queen of cute to emanate these awesome aromas then your bathroom?

From "First Time Girls" To "First Wives Club," Protests Go Viral Prior To Election [Videos]

Women's issues move center-stage once again in the final stretch of this year's contentious Presidential campaigns -- mainly, due to Richard Mourdock's and Todd Akin's extreme views on women's rights.  On the left, the creative genius of HBO's hit comedy "Girls," Lena Dunham and 1960's pop icon Lesley Gore have released political ads that connect women of the 1960s to first-time female voters of 2012, which provided a needed counterpoint.

Lady Gaga Synthetic Leather Smartphone Pouch is Nothing Shocking

The Lady Gaga Synthetic Leather Smartphone Pouch from the pop superstar's Mobile Collection is as bland as the flamboyant mega-hitmaker is shocking... in fact, we're shocked at how plain-jane this $55 universal phone case is considering whose name is on the cover.

Burger King Japan's “BK Pumpkin” Burger is a Happy Halloween Meal

Burger King Japan is rolling out the limited edition, sliced squash embellished “BK Pumpkin” Whopper on October 26th, just in time for Halloween. Two slices of fried pumpkin not enough for you? Drop an extra 100 yen on the “Pumpkin Bomb”, a BK Pumpkin with 10 (count 'em, 10!) pumpkin slices.

Put Your Money Where Your Tweet Is? Battleships, Horses & Bayonets, Oh My!

With the presidential election only 2 weeks out, both campaigns are fully cognizant of the impact of social media and how one meme can sway opinion within minutes of it being uttered. At no other time in U.S. history has the combination of messaging on TV and Twitter become so intertwined. However instead of paying the hefty fees of a TV ad, the presidential contenders incur less cost by purchasing Promoted Tweets and Trends, and ironically utilize the free medium of a TV debate to drive the traffic.

Field Of Bad Dreams: 13 Bizarre & Creepy Japanese Scarecrows

Scarecrows are supposed to be scary... to crows. Japanese farmers take the age-old crop protecting concept to a whole, new, terrifying level with scarecrows so weird and disturbing they freak out anyone or any bird who sees them.

“Thunder God Vine” Shows Promising Results Against Pancreatic Cancer

“Thunder God Vine”, a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, has proven to be remarkably effective in destroying pancreatic cancer tumors in lab mice. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center state the next step is beginning clinical trials of the drug involving human pancreatic cancer patients.

Can 'Romnesia' Be Used In 'Words With Friends?'

Words With Friends is a multi-player word game developed by Zynga. It's popularity got a boost from Alex Baldwin's infamous riff with a stewardess when he refused to turn off the game during take-off. Similar to the rules of Scrabble, players can choose to play with a friend or a random player found online. President Obama has chosen to play the game with undecided voters using a new word he coined this past week. . . called "Romnesia"

3D Printed Resin Clock Radio Features Retro Nixie Tube Display

Japanese designer electronics manufacturer Inter-Culture has introduced a trio of retrofuturistic nylon resin clock radios that combine cutting-edge 3D printing technology with the warm Cold War-era glow of high-voltage Nixie tubes.

Attention Economy: Driver Behind Twitter's Acquisition of Video Firm Vine?

Remember the political rebuff “it’s the economy, stupid!” first coined by James Carville as a campaign strategy for Bill Clinton to use in his successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent president George H.W. Bush. Well, it's probably more applicable today then it was then, as evidenced by the vitriol spewing all over the current contentious presidential election campaigns.

“Wall Story” Removable Silhouette Stickers Turn On Your Light Switch

“Wall Story” removable wall stickers add personality to outlet cover plates, light switch covers and more. They stick without using permanent adhesives and peel right off when you're moving or redecorating.

First Warning Systems Creates Early Cancer Warning Bra (Video)

A fortunate set of circumstances put 24-year old nurse Nedra Lindsay in an investigative study linking non-circadean temperatures in breast cells to abnormal growths within the breasts  At her age, breast cancer was the last thing she expected to be faced with, but her study results indicated a follow-up with mammography....

Winning The Presidential Election, Gangnam Style: Obama v Romney [Videos]

Every generation has had its own dance craze, from the Charleston of the 1920s, the Jitterbug of the 1940s, the Twist (60s), the Hustle (70s) the Makarena (90s) to even the Chicken Dance still a staple at today's wedding receptions. Those that stood the test of time etch a notch into our global zeitgeist. Such is the case with "Gangnam Style," a song and dance created and popularized by South Korean Rapper Psy.

Scientific First: Turtles That Pee From Their Mouths

Biologists from the University of Singapore have discovered that a certain Chinese soft-shelled turtle, well-adapted to living at the bottom of brackish (salty) muddy swamps, coming to the surface to breathe the air, would immerse their heads in puddles when their swamps dry up.  To you and I, such an observation might not cause even the slightest curiosity, but to Y. K. Ip and his team, it was curiosity that led them to discover a truly unique animal - a turtle that pees through its mouth.

BOSS's Drive Shot Canned Coffee Contains 120% Caffeine

Stay awake like a boss with Drive Shot, the new 120% caffeinated canned coffee from Japan's BOSS. Designed for commercial commuters and others who drive for a living, Drive Shot comes in specially ribbed red 200ml cans featuring an old-school caffeine meter... whatever that is.

Students Make Transportation Energy Efficient In Viet Nam

Many international universities are fostering students' natural curiosity and ingenuity to create new products to help their fellow citizens. Such is the case at HCM City University of Transport where, as the name implies, Vietnamese students focus on developing new, efficient forms of transportation. Recently, they revealed prototypes of the students' solar-run scooter and a new battery-operated wheelchair that can be produced at a much lower cost that those produced in western countries.

 

WD Introduces 8TB My Book Duo, 4TB My Book 3.0 External Drives

Western Digital's new storage offerings are sure to satisfy those with a need for fast, reliable, high-capacity storage technology.

Researchers Develop Injection To Dissolve Body Fat At Site

Are you still hoping for a pill that will instantly get rid of your spare tire, the fat under your arms, or your oversized thighs? This is not about a pill, but an injection scientists are working on, and it doesn't work instantly, but it does seem to work  - at least on preliminary tests in mice.

Brass Knuckles iPhone Case: Tough Love for Your Smartphone

The Knucklecase for the Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S cushions your smartphone from life's hard knocks while helping callers get a grip on any situation. Sure it's as subtle as a punch in the nose but if you don't like it... tough!

Tibet Spring Bottled Water: Status Symbol or Slippery Slope?

From the “roof of the world” to the roof of your mouth, China's Tibet 5100 Water Resources Holdings Ltd. will never Everest in its quest to be the world's most desired luxury bottled water. The climb to watery wealth has a downside, however, and those who can least afford this premium product could end up paying the most.

Calling All Inventors! Edison Nation Launches Open Search For Innovative Products

Have a unique and patentable idea that you've not been able to move off first base?  Edison Nation has just the answer for you in its newest search for ideas.  It's an open search!  So, you can submit one or more of your ideas in any category of products - home, garden, office, etc. to the Open Innovative Product Search.

Child Obesity Habits Begin At Home: Study Gives Tips On Parental Control

A nation-wide study of more than 1100 pre-school children up to 5 years of age in Australia indicates that 20 percent of children are obese even before they enter school.  Particular habits formed at home were identified as leading causes of a condition that is both physically and socially deleterious to kids and can continue all their lives - obesity....

Ensuring You Get Extra Tricks This Halloween

Want to guarantee your trick or treaters will leave you with a lot of tricks? Then try giving them terrible candy like Gummy Haggis, chum mints or ghost pepper candies. You'll be sure to get all kinds of eggs and toilet paper across your front yard by the next morning.

Innovative Program For Alzheimer's Patients With Sundowning Syndrome

If you've had a loved one with advanced Alzheimer's disease, you likely know what sundowning syndrome is, even if you've never heard the term before. Alzheimer's patients with this syndrome either don't sleep at night or wake up after a short sleep and may create havoc, waking up caregivers and disturbing others in the home, possibly for hours. But a care center in New York City has an innovative program for night owl Alzheimer's patients, that lets them 'play,' while their caregivers sleep....

 

Wearable Tail Reads Your Brainwaves, Wags to Match Your Mood

Neurowear, the creators of those bizarre Necomimi cat ears, have taken the field of brainwave actuated mood indicators to a new, lower level with "Shippo", the world's first mind-controlled wearable tail!  

The Effects Of 'Cute' On Human Behavior And Performance

What about looking at this image could possibly affect your subsequent behavior?  If you think this image is cute, look at some similar ones of baby animals; they might have a positive impact on your performance at work today.