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Salt Energy Meets Solar Energy


Using molten salt to store solar energy, researchers hope to implement large-scale solar power generation, with a single tower capable of producing up to 500 megawatts of peak power. read more »

Waterfall Bar Looks Wet, You Stay Dry


Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka blurs elemental lines with the Waterfall, bringing new meaning to the term "wet bar." read more »

Saudi Blogger Detained Indefinitely


Fouad al-Farhan (center)Fouad al-Farhan (center)

On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »

New Apple MacBooks Will Feature Blu-ray DVD Support to Watch HD movies


With the Macworld Expo fast approaching (January 15, 2008), Apple is expected to unveil their latest crop of their ultra-popular MacBooks. These new MacBooks are expected to feature support for Blu-ray DVD movies, which will bring HD content to MacBook users by way of traditional DVD's and digital movies via iTunes. read more »

New Wireless Mouse Ditches Batteries in Exchange for Electromagnetic Induction Technology


More and more people are choosing to "cut the cord" when it comes to their choice of computer mouse. Wireless mice are becoming increasingly standard in the computer world, and for good reason. They are typically easier to use, more convenient, and less of a hassle than the wired variety. They do have one drawback, though - they've always required batteries - until now... read more »

Temporary/Portable Nuclear Fallout Shelter: Your Own Little Safety Oasis!


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If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.

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The Light Drop: LEDs on Tap


Turn on the faucet and let the light flow? Hmm... Seems a bit paradoxical, but the Light Drop by Brazilian designer Rafael Morgan does just that. read more »

Lemon Tree in Japan Bears Eleven Kinds of Fruit!



A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree!
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The Aliens Aren't Responding - And Russia's Pissed


 

There are plenty of mysteries out there for scientists to worry about. Finding the cure for cancer or discovering a way to reverse ozone damage would be a good start. However, over in Russia they are concerned about something else: Saying hello to an alien read more »

Use Your Nintendo Wii as a Stereo to Play Your MP3 Music Collection


If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii this holiday season, you may have gotten more than just a gaming system. A recent press release has stated that certain gaming consoles, like the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3, are able to act as a stereo receiver to play your online music collection. Find out how... read more »

Swedish Building Heated With Body Heat


More than 250,000 people pass through the Stockholm Central Station every day. In the past, the body heat they release has posed problems, requiring open windows to air it out. But soon, the excess heat will be used to provide heating for a new office building nearby. read more »

New Combi Baby Buggy Boasts Luxury Features



Baby oh baby, now this is one sweet ride! The name "Combi LX-720" may sound like a new Lexus 4x4 but about all it has in common with the high-end luxocruiser is its 4-wheeled layout... and, luxury.  
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The Love Mattress: Modern Sleeping Solutions for Couples


Sleeping entwined with another is a novel concept, but there's always the problem of that extra arm. Where does one put it? Mehdi Mojtabvi's Love Mattress offers a simple solution for the chronic limp arm that often results from sleeping while wrapped in a prolonged embrace. read more »

The Never-Ending Fun of Lego Mindstorms (Book Review)


The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (300 pages)
David J. Perdue
(No Starch Press)

Lego Mindstorms is one of the latest educational toys aimed at getting kids interested in high-tech subjects the fun way: by building robots. Aimed at kids 10 years old and up, the robotics kit teaches young students about building, programming, and electronics. read more »

Japan Tobacco's Delightfully Disturbing 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 1



When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten...
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Fuel Cubes: Cheap, Clean Energy Source?


Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »

Robot Snowplow from Japan Eats Up Snow, Poops Out Bricks



Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that?
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2007's Most Creative Christmas Lights?

Instead of the usual tinsel, over-sized Santa Claus and multi-colored strands of Christmas Lights, Regent Street in London this year took a different approach.

Star Wars R2D2 and R2Q5 Soy Sauce Bottles



These Star Wars Droid soy sauce bottles add spice - literally - to your table while giving fans of the popular sci-fi movie series one more 'must have' collectible.
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Japan's First Maid Taxi Service Disabled by Cosplayers



The Maid Taxi was a clever concept - until hordes of "Otaku" descended upon the service, displacing those genuinely disabled people the Maid Taxi's were designed to serve.
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