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Beijing's Tallest Skyscraper Takes Energy-Saving Technology to New Heights

The 108-story China Zun building will soar 510 meters (1,673 ft) into the sky over Beijing, China, when it's completed in 5 years time. The distinctively shaped, skyline-changing building has been planned from the ground up as an eco-friendly structure featuring the latest energy-saving technology.

Obama vs Osama Awesome Limited Edition Action Figure

Action figures don't get more awesome than this: U.S. President Barack Obama standing over the late (by mere seconds) Osama bin Laden, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder and his trusty Blackberry clipped to his belt.

Jersey City Ignites Innovation & Waterfront Development In Reality & Fiction

The octagonal 50-foot clock remaining on the shore of the Hudson River facing Manhattan is a historical reminder of Jersey City's tenaciousness and its prominence during the 1940s & 1950s. By the 1970s, the city experienced a period of urban decline clouded by corruption held over from the Mayor "Boss" Hague reign of backroom deals and political cronyism .

A Very Smart Do-It-Yourself iPhone 4 Tripod Mount (Video)

Only the steadiest of hands can handle the photographic capabilities of their cellular or smart phones well - and that speaks for still photography.  But when it comes to video photography, you have to ask your viewers to bring their own sick bags to the show....

Taking The Bull By The Horns, "Occupy Wall Street" Posters Motivate Campers

On September 17th, a protest organized by several activist group will take Wall Street by storm to protest opposition to the use of corporate money in politics. Groups such as Anonymous, Adbusters, US Day of Rage are collaborating their efforts to promote a peaceful protest to attract on upwards of 20,000 to turn downtown Manhattan into a campground.

China Reinvents Chuck Taylor High-Tops with Even Higher Bottoms

These faux Chuck Taylor High-Tops have nothing to do with Converse or basketball, though their extraordinarily thick soles might trim a few inches off your layup.

Toray's Carbon Fiber Electric Sports Car: Light Weight, Heavy Performance

The innovative Teewave AR1 electric sports car concept from Japan's Toray Industries is made mainly from super-strong, lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, allowing drivers travel up to 185 km (115 miles) on a single battery charge.

iPhones Go Sleek At The Office And Go Ballistic Outdoors

Those iPhone accessories, they never stop to amaze, and the gadget market never appears to have its fill.  But here are two I am drawn to, both for their functionality and for their style: the iPhone 4 Ballistic Life Style Case and the iClooly iPhone Desktop Handset.  No, they're not mutually exclusive.

Giant Tunic Suit Salutes Sun Yat-sen and China's 1911 Revolution

A huge gray “Mao Suit” now on display in the Chinese city of Ningbo celebrates both the 1911 Revolution against China's creaky Qing Dynasty and revolutionary Father of the Nation, Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

Calling All College Students: The Biomimicry Institute Student Design Challenge

For the third year in a row, the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organication that promotes the study and imitation of designs found in nature, is sponsoring the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.  This year the Challenge, which is open to college students world-wide, is to use biomimicry to design a solution that results in more efficient use of energy and ultimately reduces greenhouse gases.  No small feat, but the Institute provides students with plenty of resources on biomimicry....

 

China's 9/11 Nirvana Rose Memorial is a Tribute to Life and Loss

A memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks by a group of Chinese artists recreates the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in handcrafted lacquer and rose petals.

Social Media Building Blocks are a Series of Cubes

An innovative system of social media cubes adds style with substance to your virtual world. Tomodachi (“friends”) Blocks, a design concept by Japanese designer Aya Shimada, allow you to build your social network with two-fisted determination.

'Time of the Sky' Watch Gives Minutemen the Blues

Watchers of the sky (even those who aren't Genesis fans) will love the “Time of the Sky” wristwatch, a small window on one's arm that distills the passage of the hours down to their essence: the changing hues and tints of the sky above.

Moon Bowls Appeal to Your Romantic Phases

Here's to you, romantic lunatics! Moon Bowls from Tale Co. Ltd are designed with a contoured bottom that becomes more exposed the more you drink. As the liquid recedes, the bowl gradually reflects the phases of the moon from full to new.

The Reading Finger Gives Barcode Information A Voice For Visually Impaired

It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files.  "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too.  The Finger Reader is at least the second design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.

 

Breakfast Time is Anytime with the Toast Clock

Ticked off by too-hard toast? Burned by boring, IKEA-style dials? Then it's time for a change, and the Toast Clock is first when it comes to seconds.

Animalia Tape Cutters Cut Through Red Tape, Green Up Your Desktop

Animalia Tape Cutters from Japan give some bite to tired old stationery styling and add a touch of the wild side to any concrete jungle.

Cool Cat Hoodie is a Back to School Faux Paws

Wanna be the teacher's pet? Then make a feline beeline for the Hachiware Cat Parka from Japan. Available in black or gray with a rose-red zipper "tongue", this cool cat hoodie is absolutely purr-fect for students looking to show some style before school's out and it's time to join the rat race.

Look Sharp: Taiwanese 'Nail Artist' Howard Chen Redefines Hammer Time

When Taiwanese artist Howard Chen decides to create a work of art, he really nails it – literally. Chen's chosen medium are iron “mosquito nails” fired into white canvas by the hundreds of thousands; one at a time.

Winnipeg Jets 'Jerseygate' Shines Spotlight on Chinese Counterfeit Clothing

Talk about prematurely dropping the puck: the NHL's Winnipeg Jets haven't unveiled their new hockey jerseys to the public but that hasn't stopped Chinese counterfeiters from knocking off new Jets jerseys by the dozen.