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HD DVD vs. Blu-ray Disc - Did the Right Technology Win?


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If you've paid attention to any gadget news over the past week then you are probably aware of the big news in the format war between HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc for the title of successor to the DVD.

Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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Solutions for Negligent Plant Lovers: The I.V. Planter


As Jim Morrison so aptly phrased it, "The future's uncertain, and the end is always near." Seems to be particularly fitting for the little plant ICU that popped up on my monitor when I found the site for Vitamin, a design company whose slogan boasts "A life less ordinary." That's if you pull through! read more »

Diesels and Hybrids go Head-to-Head


New Diesel Technology: Cleaner and More EfficientNew Diesel Technology: Cleaner and More Efficient

"Clean" and "Diesel" are 2 words that, in the past, were very rarely used in the same sentence. Thanks to new technology, diesels have become cleaner and more friendly to the environment. In fact, as more research is conducted, it is becoming clear that diesels may actually be more "Green" than Hybrids. read more »

Who Ya Gonna Call? - 5 Ringworthy Cell Phone Ads


Cell phones are a part of our everyday life and culture. So, look  at how cell phone companies integrate advertising for cell phones and cell phone service into everyday life and culture as well.

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Looking For The Love Of Your Life? Try ASPCA's "Meet Your Match™"




Have you been seeking a stunning executive type? A love bug who'll cuddle all night? A constant companion or a free spirit?

Your local animal shelter may have just what you're looking for, the ASPCA's Meet Your Match™ (MYM) program. read more »

Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals



Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.
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Get Forked Up with UtiliTILE's Creative Storage Methods


Forked Up was intended as a pointedly alternative way to store silverware, created by the cats at the Toronto-based Thout design group for their UtiliTILE line. Who needs a boring old drawer when you could have this conversation piece adorning a wall, allowing you super-easy access to all your cutlery needs? read more »

Eco-Cashmere Sweater for Your Dog and You


I love my dog, but is buying him a hundred dollar Cashmere Sweater just a bit too much, even if the sweater is eco-friendly? Designer, Deborah Lindquist doesn't think so. She's made an entire line of colorful eco-friendly cashmere sweaters for dogs of all sizes.
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Malang’s Vitamin B Complex-fortified Beer?


For all the social drinkers, the alcoholics and the occasional drinkers there is now a new beer in the works to help relieve some of your drinking guilt. It’s called Vitamin Beer and is laced with Vitamin B.

What’s so special about B vitamins? The benefits of B vitamins include: maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division, reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, and they also help fight the symptoms of stress, depression, and cardiovascular disease. read more »

Have Money to Burn? Pay $140,000 for a Hot Wheels Car


Hot Wheels® cars are an essential part of childhood. I had them as a child. My husband had them as a child. And now my kids now have them. They run a couple of bucks for one.

However, this is not your ordinary Hot Wheels®. To commemorate the production of the 4 billionth Hot Wheels® vehicle, Mattel created the 18-karat white gold-jeweled car valued at $140,000. read more »

NASCAR Builds A 180mph Treadmill


NASCAR teams rely on having the fastest car on the track, which takes long hours of reviewing diagnostics and performance data. So how do you gather data when your target is traveling over 180mph? With a really big treadmill, of course. read more »

What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Bull's-eye Toilet Bowl!


Toilet Bowl with Bull's-eye TargetToilet Bowl with Bull's-eye Target


I'm afraid a quick glance at my articles might give some readers the wrong impression: that I have an affinity for anything relating to bodily functions. In particular, anything people do in the bathroom. Well, those readers are wrong. That being said, today I bring you United States patent 4044405, the toilet bowl bull's-eye! read more »

"Air Sketch" Your Scribbles Into Furniture with FRONT Design


Are you an artist that would just love to see your ideas pop off the page and come to life in the third dimension? The four members of Swedish design company FRONT might be able to help you out, especially in the realm of furniture design. read more »

RoboPorter Robot Baggage Carts Lighten Travelers' Loads



Are robots taking over Japan? "RoboPorter", currently being tested for a few hours each day at Kita Kyushu airport in southwestern Japan, is just the latest computerized contraption designed to do the types of menial jobs Japan's humans don't want to do.
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Susurrus: Lighting that Whispers Sweet Nothings


Unusual outcropping of suspended fungi? Genetically engineered Lily-of-the-Valleys lit from within? Not quite. Not exactly a member of the plant kingdom, this lovely organic-looking fixture will delight at least two of your senses with its gentle, softly lit musical dance. read more »

Where Are You Going to Put Your Drink? - 5 Cool Coaster Ads


Coasters have become a popular form of advertising around the world. The following coasters were used in bars around the world  to promote everything from beer to the prevention of drunk driving and hardware stores.

Here are 5 recent cool coaster ads:

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A New Production Method May Make Ethanol Cheaper


Ethanol Produtcion: Without CornEthanol Produtcion: Without Corn

Alternative fuels have been taking a beating in the media over the last few weeks. Scientists are providing evidence that in the long run, Ethanol won't pay off. However, a new production method from Coskata may be the answer. read more »

The Bravit Candle Spreads Like Wildfire


From a thin sheet of paraffin wax and a winding cotton wick the Bravit candle is born. Designed by German-born and Eindhoven-trained Christophe van Bömmel, the Bravit is sure to provide you with at least a few hours of entertaining candlelight, as you watch several flames pop up and disappear, then reemerge as they follow their predestined paths. read more »