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Japanese Animated Short Film Wins Oscar

"Tsumiki no Ie" (House of Blocks) was a surprise Oscar winner in the Short Animated Film category at this year's Academy Awards. The entrancing film, directed by Kunio Kato, breaks free from the stereotypes many people have of Japanese animation.

Garmin Introduces Workout Watch At Moderate Pricepoint: The FR60

If you fancy a workout watch -- one that tracks your time, calories burned, and gives you a bit of training challenge -- then the new FR 60 may be for you. But for $130, don't expect it to tell you how to get where you're going or much else.

Snore Much? Here's A "Side Solution Pillow"

If you or your special other has a problem snoring, here's a new pillow that may help that. It's the Side Solution Pillow!

Howie’s Hand Me Downs: Durable Fashion Designed To Last Forever

Even designer clothing isn't designed to last forever. Howie's Hand Me Downs specializes in making high-quality clothing that uses fabrics and materials made to withstand the tests of time; so not only will your fashion purchases last your lifetime, they can spend their days draped on a second generation wearer and still look great. Read on decide if this clothing manufacturer that emphasizes recycling fashion is onto a trendsetting concept, or if its classic style is a fashion flop.

City Night Lights Create Day Lights In Window Shades

Finish interior designer Elina Aalto has created a novel window shade that comes in cities, instead of colors!

Green Man USB Memory Flash Drive Has a Head for Data

USB memory flash drives come in just about any shape, size and/or color possible but the Green Man stands head and shoulders - mainly head - above the goofy gadget crowd.

There’s Nothing Hardboiled About This Eggshell Art

Ron Cheruka, a.k.a. “The Egg Man”, makes beautiful sculptures out of - yep, you guessed it – eggshells!

Giving Birth Via Balloon? Great Idea?

The Balloon for Preparing for and Easing Human Birth can only make every mother in the world wonder if she did it right after all. Patent# US 6843251 provides a way to practice childbirth on a balloon which seems an odd way to learn. Perhaps the popping when the balloon bursts is apt preparation for water breaking? Don’t ask me, but read on anyway and be…not overwhelmed but just whelmed, as Mel Brooks used to say.

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

PolyFlav Makes Plastic Good Enough To Eat

PolyFlav is a company that believes the things found in plastic containers, just don't taste good enough on their own.  This strange company is in the business of producing flavored plastic that will keep your taste buds satisfied.

CastTV Gets You Whatever Videos You Want

Online video has enjoyed a healthy boom over the past few years, and many new websites have been popping up all over to take advantage of the growing medium.  CastTV has been designed to be a one-stop search for whatever videos you're looking for, and it seems to us like they've done the trick.

No Need for the Exterminator: HEXBUGS Won’t Bite!

Yes folks, bug season is here!  HEXBUG,  the small robotic bug from Innovation First, was a great big hit at the 2009 Toy Fair held in New York.

Live Bath Mat Dries Feet And Grows

What if you could bring that barefoot-through-the-grass feeling indoors with you? Would you do it? La Chanh Nguyen brought the feeling indoors with her except instead of grass she used moss. Then she planted the moss in a bath mat made of decay free foam. She calls her living bath mat Moss Carpet and so far, it is my favorite green find of the year.  

Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept May Become World's Fastest Hybrid

It seems as though the title of "World's Fastest Hybrid" has become one of the most sought after bragging rights across the globe. It started with a battle over fuel efficiency, but then slowly but surely it has become a race to see who can make the fastest eco-friendly people mover on the market. It seems as though this kind of competition has brought about some new contenders as well, in the form of the Giugiaro Frazer Nash Concept.

10 Magical Ways To Use Mushrooms In Your Decor

In folklore, mushrooms eat bugs, or protect the leprechauns from the rain, or relish rock and roll music! But, the mushroom, in most cultures, is good, good luck, and yes, some of them are magical mushrooms. Here are 10 mushrooms that will bring magic, and maybe some good luck, into your home.

OLED Television Wallpaper Gives You a Room With a View

Future homes may not have televisions or room lighting, at least not as we know them. Research by Toshiba using OLED paper and nanotechnology may make tomorrow's wallpaper a glowing, interactive wonder.

Who Watches The Watchmen? I Know I Will...

Listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels, Watchmen has long been considered the pinnacle of graphic novel storytelling. Many considered it impossible to adapt into a film, but Zack Snyder (director of 300) has helmed a big-budget blockbuster adaptation due to hit the screens in March, 2009. An innovative marketing campaign has emerged to hype the film--and I, for one, like what I see.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Fashionable T-Shirt Subscription Delivers The News

T-Post is a fashion brand that combines fashion with news. The t-shirt subscription service sends out a unique t-shirt based on a current news story to its subscriber base every six weeks; keeping the public informed about current events while ensuring they're also dressed fashionably.


Rubberbands, Not Clothes Make The Man: Great Idea?

Patent# US D522914 represents Homunculus Constructed from Common Rubberbands, which is an idea for an invention that raises one question above all else; namely why? The recycling of rubberbands is clever and responsibly green, but it would be an odd child indeed who would be drawn to this mummy like creature. But then again, odd is even sometimes these days.

Magic Frog to Prince: Your Very Own Prince Charming in a Box!

 Who says you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince?   With the Magic Frog to Prince kit, you get both for one low price.