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Ten Weird, Wild & Wonderful Japanese Cars We Never Got to Buy



Some of the best Japanese cars never made the trip across the ocean. After seeing this list, you'll wish they did!
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10 Most Brilliant Inventions of 2007 - R&D Magazine


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R&D Magazine has sponsored the "Oscars of Inventions" for 45 years. These research and design awards are coveted by government as well as private industry inventors. The 100 winners selected by R&D Magazine for 2007 are stunning innovations - resourceful, effective, inspiring. A significant portion of the 2007 awards are homeland security/military innovations; others are environmental, health, and there's even innovations for kids, like a must-have-Holiday-toy robot! Here are my picks for the top 10 inventions from R & D Magazine's list of the best of 2007: read more »

Every Dog Has His Night On A Customized Pet Bed


 

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I have a 14" by 10" photograph of my Silky Terrier hanging in a hallway. Each time my Welsh Terrier looks up at that photo, he barks... and barks...like a crazy dog! And I think he's yelling, "Alfie! Get off the wall, you stupid dog!"

So, now that I found these really cool pet beds that you can customize with your own photos, I'm wondering which pictures will let sleeping dogs lie....

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Grocery Shopping Out of a Vending Machine


With technology and tenacity, Japan has managed to all but eliminate employment for convenience store workers. read more »

Planning a Visit to (the Forests?!) of Hong Kong


An urban jungle plan to clean Hong Kong's air is being dreamed up by one innovative architecture team read more »

Genetic Testing Helping the Battle Against Counterfeiting


In light of L’Oreal’s recent lawsuit against ebay for selling fraudulent products, as well as the Colgate toothpaste recall, companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the distribution of authentic products to consumers. read more »

Millions in the Gulf to Lose Visas?


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Our Guest Blogger, Lee Nunley, is a recent college graduate who has
lived in Cairo and Budapest. He currently resides in Denver and is
working on a book-centered Web 2.0 project. He wanted to share news about the innovations in the Middle East with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Millions of expats living in the Gulf countries could lose their visas, and be forced to leave Gulf countries, if a new proposal by Bahrain is passed.

Size Matters...10 Gigantic Ads that Grab Attention



Sometimes, it does take a really big ad to make a really big presence and send a really big message. Here are my picks for some of the best in oversized advertising: read more »

Japan's InfoBar 2 Outclasses Apple iPhone



The Apple iPhone may be at the top of everyone's holiday gift list this year, but the fact remains is that it's NOT the best cell-phone you can buy - by far! Japan's KDDI has introduced the InfoBar 2, a sleek and sexy cell-phone that can do things Apple's product planners - and iPhone owners - can only dream about. Pity it's only available in Japan...
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Winners for the Best in Wacky Science Research Get Ig Nobel Award


 

Winners included the discovery that Viagra helps hamsters overcome jetlag, a method for extracting vanilla flavor from cow dung, and a study of the word "the." read more »

Facebook not Banned in UAE


Recent problems accessing the social networking site, Facebook, were not a result of censorship, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced Thursday. read more »

The Secret Life of Sunscreens - Nanoo Nano


Our Guest Blogger, Sarah Olson, originally from Chicago, is back in the States after a two-year stint in Japan and Asia. She is constantly seeking out ways to make the world more beautiful, and has a vested interested in discovering methods to enhance the feminine mystique.She wanted to share her finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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\With so many scientific advances happening left and right, it can be hard to stay on top of the latest big thing. Or the tiniest, in this case. ”What exactly is nanotechnology?” you might ask. read more »

Harley Davidson's Worst Nightmare? The Electric Motorcycle


As a nation shifts toward more fuel efficient cars, will the motorcycle industry be able to keep up? read more »

Fiber Beer: Probably Not Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You


Alcohol boosts digestion with Korea's latest contribution to the drinking world. read more »

Watch Out Disneyland, China May Be Jumping Ahead of You!


Soon you'll be able to party it up with the astronauts when Beijing opens the world's largest aeronautical theme park. read more »

I Maid Café Serves Up Japanese Weirdness in Cold Canada



Japan has exported cars and electronics to the West for decades, but it's only recently that the nation's dynamic culture, led by Pokemon and other Anime has also made the trip. Their success has led a few enterprising types to try transplanting some of the more offbeat aspects of Japanese culture into foreign soil. Can it work? Your on-the-scene reporter visited the I Maid Café in Toronto, Canada today to find out first hand!
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Have Money to Burn? Shred a Diamond in a Blender


The average person wouldn't try to ruin a 1/2 carat diamond. However, jewelers are known to do some interesting things to promote their products. read more »

No Spark Plugs…..Better Gas Mileage?


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Our Guest Blogger, George Delozier, is from Pennsylvania and recently joined the U.S. Air Force. Growing up with all types of machines, George wanted to share the newest innovations on all things motor with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently working on a engine that, under certain conditions, can move into a spark free combustion state. read more »

China Shoots for the Moon


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China prepares to launch their newest moon probe in hopes of further moon discovery and inspiration for future projects. read more »

Clean It, Wax It, Lose It, Shave It - 10 Great Hair Ads


Eyecatching ads for haircare and products are not only found in magazines and tv, but on billboards, escalators and playgrounds?! Here are my picks for some of the best in ads for hair: read more »