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Elder Driver Badges 'Leaf' Japanese Seniors Cold

Anyone driving in Japan will soon notice curious badges on many of the other cars. Both are shaped like stylized leaves, with green & yellow (Wakaba) for first-year new drivers and red & yellow (Koleshiya) for seniors over 75. It's the latter that are ruffling a few feathers. After all, what person of advanced age wants to be likened to a dying leaf?

Scientists Discover Molecule That Targets Brain Tumors

Researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center have discovered a molecule that may provide hope for treating a highly deadly form of cancer.

Study Shows Brain is Affected by Seeing Family Members

Do you have a positive or negative reaction when visiting your family for the holidays? A new study shows that seeing or spending time with your family can trigger activity in your brain that affects how you feel about them.

Tokyo Tower Celebrates Golden Anniversary with 24-Carat Gold Replica

Tokyo Tower notched an important milestone this past December 23 by celebrating its 50th anniversary. In tribute, Ginza Tanaka is offering a 26.4 inch tall replica made of 24-carat gold for the towering sum of 50 million yen - about $510,000.

Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device: Great Idea?

Patent# US 682353, which refers to a Showerhead with Removable Electronic Media Device is probably as silly as any invention can be. This combination shower head and electronic media device is a space saver in its own quirky way, but that does not change the fact that the concept is absurd. Read on and sort of cleanse to the music of your favorite mp3s!

Net-A-Porter Makes Sure Travelers Always Dress Their Best!

When traveling for business, you may not be aware of all the events that will make up your journey; or their corresponding dress codes. So you can impress other attendees with your business savvy, instead of causing them to focus on your inappropriate wardrobe choices; Net-A-Porter offers emergency wardrobe solutions with delivery directly to your hotel room.

Digital Voting and Security Possible for Overseas Americans

US Citizens Abroad may soon be able to vote digitally.

Brush Less With "Breath-Less" Toothpaste For Pets

While I can't say that I like the name "Breath-Less," as bad breath is better than no breath at all, I'm willing to give this stuff a try.

Year 2036: The World According To Garth

African designers and artists are bringing their own unique talents into international design exhibitions, and the 2008 biennial St. Etienne (France) Design Show was no exception. One of the most interesting exhibits was Garth Walker's, a South African who was asked by the event organizers to create his vision of St. Etienne in 2036.

Asthma Inhalers Go Green, But At What Cost?

... Though the "green" inhalers have been on the market for a few years, and many doctors have been prescribing them, there is a sizable group of asthma patients who say they are ineffective. As the timely use of an Albuterol inhaler may make the difference between life and death, you can imagine how impassioned these patients are.

Remote Plastic Surgery: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6843793 known mysteriously only as a Surgical Instrument, is a highly complicated medical apparatus that entails the principle of remote plastic surgery. No, this is not done via a television remote or on an operating table in the rainforest in southwestern Borneo. It is, instead, a rather silly attempt to perform plastic surgery as a sort of game, like painting by numbers.

Russian Pays For Trademark Emoticon: What Will He Buy Next?

Would you buy an emoticon? One Russian businessman did, and he has trademarked that combination of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages and email. The question is… why did he do it? Read on even though the answer still may not be clear.

10 Great Toys For the Alcoholic Inside of Us All

Boozehounds and barflies, here's a comprehensive list of the 10 best drinking accessories to help turn your life into the whirling swirl of drunkenness you've always wanted. Even if you aren't a total alcoholic, you may still enjoy some of these fun innovations in beer and liquor.

IKEA Finally Brought To Nashville With ModerNash’s Convenient Delivery

ModerNash creates a smart business idea, by using someone else's to make their own. IKEA, inarguably, is one of the most popular, affordable furniture distributors around the globe. But, because locations are lacking in some regions of the United States, ModerNash offers a delivery service of their products, with no actual partnership with the company.

Making a Cyborg Brain

Researchers are making new advances in Nano brains.

Motor-Driven Ice Cream Scooper: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6840754, also known as the Motor-Driven Ice Cream Scooper, entered the world in 2005. Designed for the lazy of both heart and mind, this invention facilitates the handling of frozen ice-cream as if it were a third hand emanating from the user’s chest. Read on, no matter how you may feel about extra body parts.

China's Solar Cell Industry: A Sunny Forecast?

While experiencing a period of stable and rapid growth over the last few years, China’s solar cell industry like so many others affected by this year’s global financial crisis, is now going through a difficult time. What’s in the forecast for 2009? Read on and reach for the sun as well as the sky.

DK Travel Gets It Right With Personalized, Custom Travel Guides

I recently wrote about Offbeat Guides, which fell a bit flat on our expectations of customization. But now Dorling Kindersley Travel gets in right by bringing personalization to their custom travel guides.

Single And Lovin' It! Another Coffee Company Establishes A Lifestyle

Coffee lovers are feeling the need to be single... at least at their coffee machines. And there's one company in particular that's driving the the single-cup lifestyle. This company makes an automatic single-cup coffee maker (the "razor") and a patented package for the coffee it brews (the "razor blades").

Toothbrush With Enclosed Electronic Game: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6850167 also known as the Brushing Behavior Reinforcement Toothbrush and Enclosed Electronic Game Switch with Grid may or may not be just what the dentist ordered. It’s a reward system for brushing effectively but all in all, that doesn’t change the fact that this is one silly invention.