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A Time-Honored Perpetual Calendar: Timor By Enzo Mari

...perhaps it's fitting that Enzo Mari designed "Timor," a perpetual calendar displayed in many of the world's modern art galleries and museums... and one that's being produced by the Italian design store Danese.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.

Customized Travel Guides: Great Idea That Leaves Me Wanting More

Offbeat Guides may look like a typical travel guide, but it's the only version that provides up to date information to future voyageurs by allowing you to create a live version immediately.

Snowball, The Dancing Cockatoo, Disproves An Evolutionary Theory

Snowball is a dancing bird. He keeps time with his head and he dances with his legs and claws. He's precious, and it's really hard to watch him with any degree of objectivity. So I don't know how Aniruddh D. Patel, of the Neurosciences Institute and the University of California, San Diego, was able to watch Snowball's videos over and over again, in order to study the bird's movements in relation to the music he was hearing.

Bizarre 'Liquid Lamp' Puts Fright in Your Light

The Liquid Lamp from Caina, a Japanese design retailer, adds a touch of film noir surrealism to any room. Depending on whether you select white or red, the lamp appears to be spilling milk or blood.

Max Wallack Wins Grand Prize in Design Squad "Trash to Treasure" Contest

If anyone deserves a special gift this Holiday season for his kindness and his innovative ideas it's ninth-grader Max Wallack from Natick, Massachusetts. He has already won a few rewards for his inventions. His latest invention won him thousands of dollars and has the potential to help the homeless and clean the environment all at once.

Keep Time With These Samba Dancing Kitchen Timers From Pylones

"Beeeep?" "Ting-Ting?" or "La-la La-la-la. Tschoo-te-tscha-te-tscha-tscha?"

Okay, so I can't write rhythm, but you get the point? If you have a timer in your kitchen, which one would you want to hear when the hour is up? My choice is a member of the band of samba playing, dancing, wind-up dolls from the fanciful French house of Pylones.


Pillow With Retractable Umbrella: Great Idea?

United States Patent 6711769 refers to a Pillow With a Retractable Umbrella, the beach accessory to end all beach accessories. This invention is comprised of a pillow that transforms into a pillow with a retractable umbrella to offer optimum protection if a user is lying in the sun. Should you get one? I would wait if I were you.

Does Your TV Do Beer? The v-POD Does!

Does your new digital TV dispense beer?

Cell Phones in Russia: Nokia Leads The Way

Russia has a passion for cell phones, especially glitzy and different ones that enable them to keep up with the Russian equivalent of the Jones’s (whoever they are anyway.) Read on and learn about Nokia’s cultural hold over the Russian people.

Taste Sensations Better in Girls than Boys

Here is one more reason why girls are better than boys: a new study has found that girls have a better sense of taste than boys do.

Hit The Tees At New Courses That Bring Back Old Industry Trends

  In an attempt to attract the younger generation to the sport of golf during tough economic times, two innovative courses in the works plan to bring fitness back to the game by offering tee times to those looking to use their feet, rather than ride in carts.

HAL’s Ancestors are Fighting in Afghanistan

Can you imagine what HAL’s great, great grand-daddy looked like? You remember HAL, don’t you? The computer that ran the onboard operations of the doomed spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Arthur C. Clarke. This was the movie that gave us a futuristic romp and startling insights into human evolution and artificial intelligence.

Bye Bye Bypass! Hello Tissue Engineering!

An Israeli team of cardiologists at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, has created an alternative for coronary bypass surgery, by developing a tissue regeneration technique that enables the body to produce new blood vessels.

Track Your Period With iPeriod For iPhone

Guess what ladies! You've been missing something from your life... and it better not be your period. Never fear, the iPeriod has you covered... if you have an iPhone that is.

My Dog Loves This Cat Toy! Weazel Ball Product Review

The Weazel Ball is a toy for cats, and it's an ingenious toy. If you know cats, you will think, "Ah, this is the perfect toy for a cat," but your cat may not agree. Perhaps a little coaxing may help.

These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

10 Gadget Gifts For All The Fruits And Nuts On Your List

Fruits and nuts are difficult to buy for. Some of them need "special" treatment to make them more pleasing.

Innovation Is a Long and Bumpy Road for China

Can China become an innovative manufacturer of goods and rise to the top of the technological food chain? Will it be able compete with the rest of the world or will it remain a mid-level producer of products that other people design and engineer? Read on for some answers.

Drinks That Jump Across Counters: Great Idea?

Have you ever thought about how impressed friends and relatives might be if you could make your glass of whatever you are drinking jump across the nearest bar or counter? No, well, maybe you haven’t had enough drinks to consider the proposition, better known as United States Patent #5678617, the Jumping Drink Bar Device, but whether you drink or not, read on and …well, just read on.