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New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

7 Ways To Vote For President With Your Tongue

Food lovers! If you'd rather support your candidate with your taste buds than your t-shirt, here are seven hot companies cashing in on the political season and tallying your votes. Oh, you can vote more than once in these Presidential races; actually, it's encouraged.

Thirst for Health Perks Up Coca-Cola Japan's 5-Grain Tea

Soft drink companies like Coca-Cola Japan are responding to the buying preferences of an aging population and a general greater focus on health and fitness. The new 5-Grain Tea illustrates the swing from sweet, sugary "junk drinks" to more healthy - but still tasty - tonics.

Tiny Buildings Made From Business Cards

Artist Sharon Mount creates cool buildings out of business cards, packaging and other forms of paper.

New York City Tap Water - TAP'D NY™ - Now Available In Bottles!

You knew that New York City had the finest water in the world, right? You heard that from a New Yorker. Well, a new company called TAP’D NY™ has recently been formed to exploit that fact and bring that tap water to you… in a bottle. This company has been making a big splash lately, particularly in the press…..


For Inventors, Young & Old: "Prototype This" On Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel, the "number one non-fiction media company," has produced a TV series just perfect for inventors, designers, and wannabes of any age. It's called Prototype This and guess what it is not! It is NOT a reality show! Hurray!

God Bless My Computer!

Antivirus software may cure most cranky computers but that's not enough for a growing number of Japanese techies whose mantra is "in God we trust".

Pork Flavoured Toothpaste - Good Idea?

What you never knew you needed or wanted has just pumped itself into a tube and will soon be sitting on a shelf just above the basin in your bathroom.

El ZULO! An Ergonomic Chair Pod For The Power Nap

Just looking at the design for El ZULO, Spanish for "the hideout," makes me sleepy. Instead of putting my head down right here at my desk and catching a few zzz's before my stiff neck and back cry "Oooh, that hurts!," I imagine myself mustering just enough energy to get up, move a few feet away from my desk, and assume a similar, but ergonomic, position in this peaceful, padded, perfectly positioned chair pod for my power nap.

Great Green Things Ting Can Do With Old Seat Belts

Do you ever wonder what happens to old belts and seat belts? Where do they end up when no longer needed? Most likely they end up in the dump, unless someone does something about it and finds a new and beautiful way to reuse old worn belts. Ting did. Ting has made a whole line of products out of old belts and other recycled material.

Solar Powered A/C Not Just Talk Anymore

It almost seems as if you wish and ask for it enough, eventually someone will make it. The more people ask for the same thing the sooner something will be done to make it happen. At least such is the case for a solar powered A/C.

Japan's Aging Population Deals with Old Man Smell

Old Man Smell... Seems that's what's on the minds - and noses - of Japan's aging population these days. Concerned salarymen are looking to a new series of specially formulated products to eliminate age-related aromas.

Quell the Smell with Deodorant Clothing

Call it "don't mask, don't smell" clothing! Specially treated fibers used to make Aoki's summer clothing line not only absorb odors, they kill the bacteria that make them.

Ponoko Lets You Create And Sell Your Own Products

Do you have a design idea for jewelry or other products but don't know where or how to get started? There is now a solution in Ponoko, the world's largest marketplace for product plans.

Tapping Into A Creative Phone Product

Despite the controversies that come along with it, IOCELL’s latest invention is about to change the way you hear phone conversations.


Solar Powered Teepees

If you are still looking for the perfect outdoors place to vacation this summer while keeping connected with the rest of the world, check out these Solar Powered Teepees. These Teepees in Canada's Yukon are luxurious, solar powered and eco-friendly. They are perfect for anyone who loves outdoor living without roughing it.

A Call To The Hydrogen Cell Phone

Small electronic devices have become drastically more powerful in reaction to our demanding high-tech culture. Hydrogen fuel cells has for years been considered a real possibility for powering small electronics.

USB Cooler Mouse... It's The Cooler Mouse

The USB Cooler Mouse really blows... and I mean that in a good way. Well OK, I mean it literally – 5 buttons and an adjustable on-board fan make this multitasking mouse as cool as it gets!

Israel’s Marital Mitzvah Machine - The ATM

What would you think if you walked into a wedding reception and saw an ATM at the front door?

Starbucks Japan Grows While American Stores Close

Starbucks is closing over 600 stores in the USA alone this year as the coffee giant goes through a painful contraction, yet its Japanese subsidiary continues to grow while posting very tasty sales numbers. Is Starbucks Japan doing something different, or are they destined to echo the mother company's boom and bust?