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Girls Get the Anime Look with Extra-Wide Contact Lenses

Anime girls are known for their big-eyed beauty; so much so that Japanese girls are now trying to snag anime-obsessed Otaku by wearing extra-wide tinted contact lenses.

Handy Bikes Is Bringing Mobile Bike Repair To DC

Handy Bikes DC has only been around for about two years, however in that time, they have become DC's highest rated bicycle repair shop. Now, they are taking their business to the streets. Among the many food trucks in DC, residents may soon see a "mobile repair unit," able to service cyclists who need emergency repairs.

Therapy By Text: Where iMessage Replaces The Doctor's Couch

What comes to mind when you hear the words "therapy session"? If the portrayal in mainstream media has anything to say about it, you're probably envisioning being stretched out on a leather couch, sharing your darkest secrets while your therapist continues to provide you with a constant flow of new Kleenex as you deposit tear stained ones into the trash. But in today's world where technology and detachment are favored over face-to-face interactions that's an archaic method for improving mental health. I bet you can guess here this is heading...

‘WellBe’ Calm Then: New Bracelet Helps Your Well-Being

Do you want to kick stress in the butt? What would you say if a small bracelet and app could help you become more calm and relaxed? Soon WellBe will hit the market. But will it really help improve your well-being?

Thermo Tent: Always The Right Temperature

What if you could have a tent that will keep you warm at night, instead of bundled in your sleeping bag, shivering? How about one that stays cool on a hot summer day by your favorite body of water? If you have the Thermo Tent, you'll have one that maintains a pleasant temperature, no matter the conditions.

Razer Firefly Mousepad Lights Desks With Any Of 16.7 Million Colors

In case you wanted to have the most eye-catching mousepad imaginable, Razer's gaming-centric Firefly floats above configurable RGBLED lighting. Holding the exact shade of your favorite color for all to see isn't the only thing it can do, either.

Tattly: Custom Temporary Tattoos Lets You Test Out Your Tattoo Ideas

Getting a tattoo takes both bravery and commitment, and for those reasons, many people remain tattoo admirers only. You know, from a distance, where there's no needle poking involved. While temporary tattoo alternatives are available on the market, they rarely provide the look and feel of the real thing. Until now.

Unhappy Meals: China's Top 10 Fake Foods

China's 1.3 billion people are hungry for wealth and riches. Too often, however, making a buck means taking a buck by foisting imitation nutrition on the unwary. These top 10 Chinese fake foods and drinks may leave a bad taste in your mouth but consider yourself lucky you're just reading, not eating.

Mattel And Google Revive Vintage Toy With Virtual Reality View-Master

View-Master is back, and will show us a new way to look at 3-D images. Mattel and Google have swapped ideas to recreate one of the best children’s toys of all time. The new View-Master will allow kids to experience interactive, educational, and immersive scenes through virtual and augmented reality. No need to insert a cardboard reel, the new View-Master inserts you into an experience that provides sound effects, moving images, and informational pop-ups.


No More IVF Mix-ups: Barcode Your Sperm And Eggs

It may sound like something out of science fiction, but researchers in Barcelona have found a way to attach unique barcodes to sperm and egg cells in order to eliminate in vitro fertilization mix-ups. Though said mix-ups are rare, the consequences can be emotionally devastating for those involved. Scientists have now created microscale polysilicon chips that attach to individual sex cells allowing a foolproof means of identification with no apparent health side-effects.

10 Of The Best Cheap and Easy To Use Solar Chargers

There are a variety of solar charges on the market today for charging a variety of battery types as well as all types of portable electronic. How you choose which charger to buy depends on what you need it for, how strong you want it to be, the price and the size you need it to be. The solar charges below look great and are cheap, all for under $75.

Put Out The Fire With Fire Hydrant Art

Bored on a Sunday afternoon and want to spice up your neighborhood? Why not paint a fire hydrant? Artists in Cleveland, Ohio painted fire hydrants as part of a project called ‘Sparx in the City’.

Brain-Controlled Bionic Prosthetics Have Arrived

An Icelandic company is helping amputees make a giant leap forward with their new brain-powered bionic foot. Ossur just unveiled an advanced version of its Proprio Foot. When will it hit the market? And will it be too expensive for amputees to buy?

The Crunch Before Lunch: Banana & Peach Flavored Breakfast Potato Chips

In an effort to jump start the so-called “morning potato chips habit”, Japan's Koikeya is rolling out two new fruit-flavored potato chips: Banana and Peach. No need to import them here – American college students have already got the morning potato chips habit down pat.

Could Bionic Plants Be The New Solar Cell?

Photosynthesis – the means by which plants are able to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide to useable chemical energy -- is one of the more remarkable natural feats. Scientists have long sought to exploit the process as a method of more efficiently harvesting solar energy, but have so far been thwarted by relatively low efficiencies. Now a research team has found a nanobioengineering technique using carbon nanotubes to dramatically increase light absorption and enhance energy generation by nearly 50%.

Live In The Future Nightly At Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower

The historic Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in 1972... imagine how futuristic it looked then! Care to spend a night or two in retro-futuristic Tokyo? Now you can, thanks to one enterprising apartment owner who's renting out his cube via Airbnb.

Wearable Tech: The New Attainable, Unstainable White Shirt

For years the clothing industry has sought a fabric that could repel stains. The white shirt particularly, has always been the most susceptible garment  to suffer from irreversible stains, but no more. Read on to learn more about the amazing unstainable white shirt.

Black Silicon Solar Cells Smash Efficiency Record

Scientists in Finland have achieved record-breaking 22.1% photovoltaic efficiency using a nanostructured material known as black silicon. In a field known for progressing in minute steps, this result, which is a full 4% higher than any previous black silicon cell is particularly remarkable and brings this new photovoltaic material very suddenly into the mainstream.

Invention Of The Week? British Engineer Develops Low-Cost Advanced Robotic Hand

It is estimated that there are nearly 11.4 million hand amputees worldwide, and most people simply can’t afford the hefty price-tag for a prosthetic hand. At present, the cost for a prosthetic hand ranges from $30,000.00 to $80,000.00 (USD), but a British inventor is hoping to change all that with his new, low-cost robotic hand.

Wristboom Is The Little Speaker That You Wear On Your Wrist

When you're mobile there is pretty much only one way to listen to music, through headphones. But tangled cords and earbuds that have an affinity for falling out is not fun. Well, Wristboom hopes to alleviate those woes. Wristboom is the portable speaker that you wear on your wrist like a traditional watch that also allows you to take calls and record surrounding conversations.