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Cat Allergy Finding Sparks Potential New Drugs For Allergies & Asthma

You've heard the commercials for allergy treatments; they all promise relief  from the symptoms of allergies.  But now, researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have found the secret to what causes a very common allergy - cat allergies.  Their discovery could lead to a whole new class of drugs that attack allergies at their first point of contact, so that symptoms of allergy and asthma never develop at all.

 

Helter Shelter: A Cheap Portable House made from Packing Materials

The problem of temporarily housing refugees from natural disasters is being addressed by students from Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, who have created a cheap, lightweight house made from common packing materials.

Monitor Your Power Usage on your Monitor With Sassor's ELP Lite

Japanese homeowners can keep tabs on their domestic power consumption this summer with the “ELP Lite” Energy Literacy Platform device from Sassor. The compact hardware/software combo sends realtime energy use data to be displayed on a website or a handy iPhone app.

Anti-Aging Supplement from Squid Skin Helps Health, Reduces Waste

Squid skin, formerly disposed of as a waste product, has a lot to offer an aging population prone to degenerative diseases. Taiwan's Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) has found that processed squid skin supplements can slow down the aging process, lower blood pressure, improve learning and reduce age-related memory loss.

Macau Makes Like Manhattan with a Spectacular Central Park

Call it "Central Park East" if you like. Macau's exciting new Taipa Central Park will take a bite out of the Big Apple by providing city dwellers with an unexpected oasis of pastoral charm.

China Bans Use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Baby Bottles

Mere weeks after China's Ministry of Health announced a prohibition on the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant food containers was being considered, the Chinese government has followed up by banning the controversial plastic additive outright in new production of infant feeding bottles.

Honda Chopper Motorcycle Concept Sparked by Star Wars

“Sparked” as in electricity, that is, which provides the motive power for the futuristic Honda Chopper concept motorcycle inspired by Star Wars, Big Trak, and your fave mean manga machines.

China's Advanced Deep-Sea Oil Platform Drills Deep for Black Gold

China's innovative new Oceanic Petroleum 9-8-1 platform can boldly drill where no deep-sea oil platform has drilled before: 3,000 meters (almost 10,000 feet) below sea level!

Give This Wind-up Eco Flashlight a Spin to Let it Shine

The BunBun Eco Light from Japan works like clockwork: spinning it around like a dayglo plastic nunchuck juices up the rechargeable batteries with clean kinetic energy.

Japan's Power Plan: Solar Panels for All New Buildings

What's your roof done for you lately? If you're in Japan, it just might be collecting the Sun's most useful renewable resource, solar power. Even better, if a plan due to be announced by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France, is carried out, by 2030 every new house and building in the country will be fitted with solar panels.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair Gets Extreme Green Makeover

The iconic and ergonomic Aeron chair from American office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc is going green... at least, one of them is. The plush, verdant, one-off design by Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma brings a bit of the great outdoors to your indoor workplace.

Miles Of Styles - The 100 Mile Design Challenge

It's amazing what can be made solely from local materials - just see what these design students have done.

Fishy Finding - Students Turn Fish Into Plastic

Three kids from Thailand have turned fish scales into plastic, and have earned $50,000 for their efforts.

China's Commuters Charging to Cheap 'Knockoff' Electric Cars

China's car-crazy commuters are increasingly opting for an economical alternative to big-name, high-priced auto brands. Shanzhai (“knockoff”) electric cars charge up overnight, can be driven over 100 km per day, and cost well under $3,000.

Bye-5 Room Light Doesn't Leave You Hangin'

Everyone likes getting a high-five, and no ones likes to be left hanging. Now, with the Bye-5 light switch, you can not only feel good about the environment, you can feel good about yourself. 

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

Give As Good As You Get With GiftFlow

GiftFlow aims to create an economy of giving, which means there will be plenty to receive as well.

Panda Shorts Bring Up the Rear When it Comes to Environmental Fashion

Panda Shorts seen lately on the streets of Shanghai, China, are cute, comfortable, and might just be this spring's wildest new fashion trend. What do you say, ladies, do you dare to go bear?

That's The Spirit! - Teenagers Turn Space Waste Into Food

A group of high school students have developed a way to convert waste generated in space into food.

Part Of The Process - Participatory Budgeting And You

People all over the world are deciding how their tax dollars are spent. Why aren't you?