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Mangosteen, the Queen of Fruits!

Mangosteen, a small purple fruit relatively unknown outside of East Asia owing to its perishable nature, is about to make a big impact as a health enhancer. "Mangosteen Mania" has struck Japan - your country may be next!

Agave Sweetens Naturally; Just Taste Your Tequila

What does Wholemato Ketchup have in common with your favorite tequila? A succulent plant called the agave. The natural sweetener that Wholemato Ketchup uses is agave nectar culled from the flower of the agave plant. Tequila is distilled from sap in the heart of the blue agave.

Bring Home Harmony With a Weekend Zen Garden

Got a yen for Zen? We're talking about the garden-variety type here; a little piece of heaven just steps from your back door. Though the art of Japanese gardening is many centuries old, in just one weekend you can create a reasonable facsimile of a classic temple garden in a secluded corner of your yard. It requires a minimum of materials, not much money and best of all, needs very little maintenance.

Selling Cellphones to the Gray Generation

Society may be aging but the older generation still wants to enjoy the benefits of technology. Marketers like Japan's NTT Docomo realize this and their new Raku Raku ("Easy Easy") Phone Basic S cellphone brings hi-tech back to basics.

A Multi-Functional Hearing Aid That Makes You Really Happy!

This man is jumping for joy. He can hear all the sounds in his environment, just like fully-hearing people can. He can also wirelessly connect to his mp3 player, watch TV, and make and receive cell phone calls... all through his hearing aid!

As Phonak, the maker of his Exélia™ hearing aid, suggests, the picture represents the joy that comes from finally experiencing a full life.


Cosmetics For The Deceased Make The Late Look Great

Kotoko Sato used to do the make-up for actors who had to look injured or dead in their scenes. Upon viewing some of her work, her father asked, "If you can make people look like they are dead, could you also make the deceased look alive?"

Threat Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest And Stroke Spotted By The Endotect™

Endotect™, recently released by Israeli medical tech company Cardiatec, looks as nonthreatening as a blood pressure cuff... and it is. Endotect tests endothelial function, the function that ultimately determines whether you live or die as a result of a cardio-vascular incident, such as sudden cardiac arrest or stroke.

Wear Your Dearly Departed Pet as a Diamond Ring

It's the ultimate Pet Rock. A Japanese company specializing in crafting memorials to passed-on pets can transform your faithful furry friend into a true jewel of denial - a glittering diamond ring or pendant.

Brilliant Invention! Vanguard System For Better Breast Cancer Detection

This new MRI table and accompanying breast detection software not only take better pictures, but they allow immediate medical intervention, if needed. That's why the Vanguard System inventor, Cameron Piron, President of Sentinelle Medical Inc. just received a Best Innovator 2008 Award from the Ontario Premier.

Great Invention Idea? Easy Clean Baby for Mother's Day

Have you ever seen a kid so dirty you wish you could just tie him up to a tree and spray him down? Or perhaps the kid in question is too young for such measures, so you think about grabbing the child by the shoulders (neck?) and repeatedly dipping him into a warm tub filled with soapy water. Unfortunately, the modern tub is too big to accommodate little tykes safely for either method. Thankfully, the United States Patent Office once again comes to the rescue of American families everywhere.

Aging Skin? A New Stem Cell Rejuvenation Cream In The Pipeline

Some say that the first 1000 year-old person is already alive! If I am that person, I sure don't want to have 1,000 year old skin! Heck, I don't even want 50 year-old skin! Maybe a new stem cell cream will keep my skin as young as my uh... body.

Coffee Clash - Look Out Starbucks, Here Comes McCafé!

If your impression of McDonalds is wall-to-wall plastic, "fries with that?" and a garish clown named Ronald, then you've never enjoyed coffee at a McCafé. Which is precisely what McDonalds has in mind. Be afraid, Starbucks, be VERY afraid!

Great Invention Idea? 5 Mother's Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Mother's Day is around the corner. What better time is there to honor the women who give us life and who make up the cornerstones of psychoanalysis? That's why I'm recommending the following five patents as perfect, non-traditional gift ideas for your mom - whether you like her or not. C'mon dude, she had you!

Hey Kids! I'm Having a Mommy Makeover!

Now this is something I've never thought about, but it's good, I guess, that someone has.... A way to tell your kids that you're going to the doctor and coming home with new boobs, a flat tummy, and (why not?) a new nose. These three cosmetic surgery procedures are so common in post-childbirth women, they have their own marketing package -- mommy makeovers.


Brilliant Idea! A Cell Phone Defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is responsible for more deaths every year than AIDS, breast cancer, lung cancer and stroke combined. If the heart is not defibrillated (therapeutically shocked) within a few minutes, the victim dies. Imagine how difficult it is to reach the victims of SCA in time to save their lives.

But, suppose we each carried our own personal defibrillator, say it was a feature of our cell phones?

Smart Goggles Are No Longer Science Fiction

Smart Goggles can find your keys, connect a name and a face, and remember things you don't even know that you know.

Great Invention Idea? New & Improved Snot Rag!

Spring is here with all its usual markers: flowers, grass, pollen and hay fever! If you are looking for a handy, inexpensive, and green - as in reusable, not the color of mucus - way to blow your nose this season look no further. United States patent 7013494 promises to be easy on your face, your wallet and the environment.

Great Invention Idea? Bed Simultaneously Promotes and Repels Action!

Who among us doesn't like some action in bed? Naturally, we all do. But there's action, then there's ACTION. If you're more the "ACTION" type then United States patent 7,137,881 the Quantum Sleeper, is just the thing for you because it brings a sort of Sopranos' style edginess to the notion of a good night's sleep.

New Bizarre Beauty Trend: Placenta Drinks and Supplements

A range of drinks, jellies and supplements with placenta as their main ingredient is helping Japanese women preserve their youth and beauty. Bonus - they have a delicate Peach flavor and boast Zero calories. Yum!

TT Tetris Chairs: Great Gifts for Geeks and Gamers

These colorful TT lounge chairs inspired by the classic arcade game Tetris are the perfect present for that geek or gamer on your gift list.