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December, 2012

Panasonic Emergency Flashlight Runs On Batteries Of Any Size

With the BF-BM10 mix & match battery-powered emergency flashlight, Japan's Panasonic has taken an innovative approach to an all-too-common problem: having exactly the right size and number of batteries on hand to power your flashlight. Got one of these and one of those? Pop 'em in the “Any Battery Light” and let it shine!

Special MRI Correctly Diagnoses Alzheimer's Without Spinal Tap

Nothing induces quite as much fear in a patient as the words 'spinal tap' or 'lumbar puncture,' a test used to resolve diagnosis in many neurological diseases. One disease that can be absolutely diagnosed by lumbar puncture is Alzheimer's disease, and the test is currently used to distinguish it from other neurological diseases, such as Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), that commonly appear with consequent dementia. But a new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) model that distinguishes the two diseases may prove critical to the success of future focused treatment...

China's New “World's Fastest Supercomputer” Will Have Intel Inside

China is planning to use 100,000 Intel Ivy Bridge-based Xeon E5 processors to power its next supercomputer, rumored to be the world's fastest. It's a startling switch from previous statements favor the establishment of a high-end hardware industry independent of any foreign technology providers.

Acer Preparing $99 Android Tablet Computer

Those newfangled tablets seem to be all the rage these days, but there are still people who don't want to or can't put down even $199 for the cheapest Nexus 7. What will be catering to those people in a few months, if the rumours are true, is Acer with its Iconia B1.


Domestic Violence Seen As Factor In Several Mental Illnesses

While there is much evidence that child victims of domestic violence experience psychological trauma that may lead to mental illness, a just-published study looks at the prevalence of domestic violence in the lives of adult men and women with mental illnesses....

“Influsaber” Wand Safely Sterilizes Household Objects with Ultraviolet Light

The “Influsaber” Ultraviolet Light Wand from Japan's ForceMedia was designed to destroy the nasty bacterial microbes infesting your smartphone, iPad, earbuds, pretty much any oft-used everyday electronic device. Set the timer, push the button and make like a germaphobic Jedi!

5 New Year's Resolutions Every Inventor & Product Developer Should Make

Nearly everyone has at least a dozen earth-shattering inventions up their sleeve.  At least that's what they believe. But most who want to run with their ideas and make them profitable end up wasting a lot of time, especially as novices, on ideas that are already on the market or that few others want.  It's important to work smart and fast as product developers so your focus is on the new, the needed, and the profitable.  Here are five New Year's Resolutions that will boost your efforts and your results.

 

Coffee Copies: The Top 7 Chinese Starbucks Ripoffs

Starbucks, the global coffee powerhouse, is big in China and the domestic competition knows it. They also know the old adage “if you can't beat 'em, join 'em” but somewhere, somehow, something got lost in translation.

Times Change, The Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Watch Stays The Same

The exquisite Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force wristwatch is a faithful, 21-jewel replica of the unique hand-winding aviation chronograph originally created for just 1,400 elite members of the Chinese Air Force.

San-X Goes Upmarket with Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant

Dare to be bear! As Japan's birthrate falls and the core market for Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma toys ages, cute character powerhouse San-X refuses to be left behind. Case in point: the sterling silver Rilakkuma Elegant Pearl Pendant.

Nissan Raises The Curtain On “The Dark Night Rises” Juke Nismo

Nissan's “The Dark Knight Rises” Juke Nismo is one mean matte black beast! Bedecked in bat emblems and boasting a bevy of Bruce Wayne-friendly styling cues, this ultra-theatrical Juke is neither a joke nor a ride for The Joker.

Plan Z, TAX the TAX Man!

After a volatile election year, heightened bi-partisan bickering, a drift-less mandate and a still-divided government, perhaps it was senseless to think a lame duck could waddle to our fiscal rescue. On the other hand, maybe we were waiting for the wrong shoe to drop.

USB Hairbrush Humidifies Hair, Boosts Geek Cred

The USB Hairbrush from Japan's Thanko combines a standard hairbrush with a spray mist humidifier packing its own internal water tank, powered by your laptop computer or desktop PC. You may end up looking geekier than Ed Grimley but you won't have a single hair out of place, I must say.

Calling All Inventors! Dean McDermott Wants Inventions For Gourmet Dads

'Gourmet Dad' Dean McDermott has paired with invention search site Edison Nation to find the best new gadget for dads in the kitchen.  You don't have to be a dad to submit your gadget invention, just a really sharp innovator who knows what a gourmet dad would find appealing for his role as favorite chef to his family.

Calling All Inventors! Kyle Richards Wants Your Hair Care Ideas

If you have ideas for new hairdo gadgets, cool hair accessories, or hair styling products, the Kyle Richards (Real Housewives) inventor competition curls right up to you!  Run by Edison Nation, the competition is looking for the next do-it-yourself product that will make you look like you've just left the poshest hair salon.

East Pole: The Top 10 Strange Santas from China

Christmas with Chinese characteristics? Yule betcha! It's Christmas in China, where werewolves are chowing down on beef chow mein at Lee Ho Ho Ho Fooks and even the most exhausted elves don't envy their iPhone-making counterparts over at Foxconn.

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

Milk Caramel Potato Chips, the Sweeter Starchy Sliced Spud Snacks

Introducing "Milk Caramel Potato Chips", the latest improbable snack from the land that gave us Strawberry Cheetos. Blending traditional Morinaga caramels with crispy ridged potato chips doesn't seem right but hey, anything's better than pork rinds.

Ghostbusters Night Lights Illuminate Rooms Before You Enter Them

The built-in vibration sensors inside these Ghostbusters automatic night lights illuminate any room before you enter it. Then they stay on for 8 seconds, allowing you to get to a light switch before automatically switching themselves off again.

Archos Announces Android Tablet Built for Gaming

The Archos GamePad packs the variety of the Google Play store, a fairly large screen, and a multitude of physical controls all in a sleek package.

Chupa Chups Designer Wood Case Keeps Your Lolly Jolly

Have a jolly lolly Christmas with the Chupa Chups Design Wood Case! Worn on one's belt and secured with saddle leather & antiqued brass snaps, this real wooden wonder keeps your emergency lollipop safely within arm's reach.

14 Terrible Christmas Presents For 14 Terrible People

We all have horrible people in our lives that we have to buy Christmas presents for -no matter how much we actually hate them. These people can be some of the hardest people to shop for, which is annoying since you don’t really want to buy them something anyway.

We’re here to help with this year’s list of terrible Christmas presents for all the worst kind of people in your life.

Law 101 for Inventors: Legal Protection and Why You Need It

So you’ve come up with an original invention or idea, and now you're ready to go out into the world and make an impact with it. But before you can do that, you should think about the legal protection and measures that you need to set in place for your start-up.

Fashion Gets Fierce: The Fanged Fluffy Polar Bear Parka

With animal hats all the rage this winter, Japan's Ito Manufacturing is knocking animorphic fashion up a notch with their toothy “moco-moco” Fluffy Polar Bear Parka.

Audi R8 China Edition: A Supercar for China's Super Rich

The 2012 Audi R8 China Edition is a lot of car for a lot of money – almost half a million U.S. dollars buys one of the 80 available. It also highlights the German automaker's latest attempt to establish their brand in the hearts, minds and budgets of China's rapidly expanding wealthy class.