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Pandora Box Unleashes Modern Furniture

For today's installment of the latest in innovative home design, here we find Pandora Box, a literal box full of -- no, not all the evils of the world-- but contemporary living room furniture. Ah, breathe a sigh of relief!

Crafty Fashion By Nancy Judd: The Recycled “Fan Mail” Dress

 Proving that any medium can be used to create attractive and wearable fashion is the "Fan Mail" dress by designer Nancy Judd. This crafty fashion item uses common items that can be found in most household recycling bins, so this eco-chic fashion better get more than one wear before it ends up hanging in your closet!

Solar Powered Stadium Complete and Ready To Power Itself In Time For World Games

A stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the first in the world to completely power itself 100% via solar power. The stadium was built to coincide with the 2009 World Games, which will be held at the stadium in July. When not hosting the World Games the stadium will be used (like most other stadiums) for sporting events and athletics. 

Fair Trade Soccer Balls Send Messages of Peace, Individuality and Environmental Awareness

These unique Fair Trade soccer balls support independent living through work in areas of rural Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan while providing Japanese sports fans with a good-looking, quality product.

Your iPhone Camera Needs TiltShift Generator

Go ahead, take out your iPhone.  Go try to take a good picture with it.  Are you really satisfied with those results?  Even if you are, you can get a lot more out of your iPhone's camera by putting the pictures through some simple processes to enhance the picture quality.  If you're not a big Photoshop junkie, take a look at TiltShift Generator.  It's a great little online application that makes touching up your photos a snap.

The Gadget Lover's Ultimate Dream Bed: Starry Night™

The recession hasn't deterred Leggett & Platt® from creating a bed that costs more than what most of us have left of our life savings. But heck, we can dream, especially if we're gadget lovers. Wait 'til you see what this Starry Night™ bed is hiding under its covers!

Delicious Jewelry Inspired By Food: Accessories By Top Chef Padma Lakshmi

Food inspires many things, most prominently the meals that we serve to our families on the dinner table night after night; but since you've been reading, you're well aware that food also inspires fashion, whether it's a good idea or not. Padma Lakshmi, author and contestant on Top Chef, proves that sometimes food can inspire accessories, with an attractive effect.

Blerp: Bring Your Discussion Anywhere on the Web

Link aggregators are all the rage these days.  As a blog reader, surely you frequent such sites as Digg, Reddit, and a host of others that enable users to gather things that they like from the web and share them with other users.  Blerp is an aggragator in the same vein, only it focuses on the conversations that surround shared sites, instead of merely passing the links off to users.

A Double Strand of DNA & The Art Of Origami Meet Nanotechnology

A new method of targeting drugs for delivery to cells is in development at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  The new method combines the art of DNA origami with the science of nanotechnology and is expected to result in drug-carrying nanostructures that can weather the storms of intracellular "hurricanes."

Google's Logo Winner Wishes The World A "New Beginning"

Google's home page has a new logo, but just for today.  It's the winning color drawing of the Doodle 4 Google competition, an opportunity for kids K-12 to design their own vision of the icon's logo.  Christin Engelberth, a sixth-grader at  Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, made the winning Doodle. The theme of the contest this year was "What I Wish For The World," and Ms. Engleberth's wish was "A New Beginning."

Summer’s Hottest Fashion Accessory To Keep You Cool: Ice Jewelry!

As the temperature soars to 30 degrees Celsius here today, I am praising my air conditioner; but it also got me thinking about more fashionable and eco-friendly ways to cool off. As I searched for cooling clothing, I stumbled across designer Katharina Ludwig's unique ice jewelry, which boasts some beautiful designs that will help keep even the hottest chicks cool on a hot summer day.


Kitchen of the Future: Rendez-Vous and Volare from Electrolux

Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, the Electrolux Global Design team is an international team comprised of about 150 designers with a philosophy of 'thoughtful design'.  Their latest two concepts, Rendez-vous and Volare, reflect the latest in modern lifestyle trends and consumer driven customization, and offer a sneak peek into some very futuristic kitchen design.

Take Injuries Like A Superhero: With Comic Strip Inspired Bandaids

For the Superhero in us all, I introduce you to comic strip bandages, so you can show off your injuries just like Batman with quirky, visual sound effects. No longer hide behind the same of cut and scrapes, hurry up and get your hands on these funny, fashionable bandaids and pamper your injuries vintage-style!

Stove-Seat: Multi-Functional Camping Stove

The "Relax" stove-seat is a self-contained cooking stove and camp chair designed to cut out a little bulk in your trunk or backpack.

The Camera Tripod With Simian Agility: Gorillapod

Camera tripods are so 19th century.  They're fine if you want a straight-on shot and you're shooting on level ground but, you have to admit, the tripod is somewhat limiting.  Now, along comes the multi-jointed simian tripod, otherwise known as the Gorillapod, to take over where the tripod left off more than 100 years ago.