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Shared Island between China and Russia to Become Eco-Tourist Zone

The recent agreement between China and Russia officially demarcating their 2,670-mile (4,300 km) long shared border was highlighted by an environmentally-friendly bonus: the disputed island of Heixiazi will now be shared by the two neighboring nations and jointly developed as an eco-tourism travel destination.

Honey I'm Home! Beekeeper Battle is the Calm Before the Swarm

The thrill of victory, the sting of defeat? In one of the more unusual endurance contests out there, a pair of Chinese beekeepers competed to see who could carry the heaviest load of live bees.

Geothermal Power Gets Hot as Japan's Nuclear Plants are No Longer Cool

Old & busted: Japan's nuclear plants. New hotness: geothermal power plants! Proponents of sustainable, non-polluting geothermal energy see an opportunity to grab their place in the sun as Japan deals with fallout (so to speak) from the nuclear crisis centered on the Fukushima Daiiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

China's 'Bigfoot' Leaves Big Footprints in Chinese Cornfield

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti... and now, the Shennongjia Wildman? Said to inhabit a mountainous, heavily forested area in central China, this legendary red-haired creature has once again made the news by leaving what appear to be footprints in a Chinese farmer's field.

Pacific Ocean Mud Holds a Wealth of Suddenly Not-So-Rare Earth Minerals

If the recent discovery of vast deposits of rare earth minerals on the floor of the Pacific Ocean pans out, the use of the word “rare” to describe these essential high-tech elements may prove to be the mother of all misnomers.

New Radiation Fluorescent Plastic Made From Plastic Soft Drink Bottles

A new type of radiation fluorescent plastic created by a Japanese research team from treated PET plastic soft drink bottles could lead to the manufacture of cheap, effective, visible dosimeters in the event of a nuclear accident.

Super Combo Ramen Fork Spork Keeps Your Noodles Soupy

This cool designer ramen “spork” allows slurpers to gulp their noodles with a spoonful of soup on the side. Besides dispensing with wasteful disposable chopsticks, the souped-up spork adds a dash of artistic taste to any bowl of delicious hot ramen!

China's Farmers Could Grow Foods Naturally Enriched in Selenium

Chinese geologists have announced that over 28 percent of the soil in the Chinese island province of Hainan is naturally enriched in Selenium. Farm produce grown in selenium-enriched soils incorporate this important trace element, offering health-conscious consumers a safe, environmentally-friendly way to improve their health.

China's New Icebreaker Will Paint the Poles Red

If you thought China had cold feet when it comes to polar exploration, think again. The country's State Oceanic Administration has announced that the launch of a new icebreaker in 2013 will give China the ability to monitor both the arctic and the Antarctic environment at the same time.

EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle Gives You a Boost in the Boondocks

So you want to drive an EV (electric vehicle) but worry about being stranded when the power runs out... it's a valid concern that puts off many potential EV buyers. Now a pilot project from Nissan and the JAF (Japanese Auto Federation) is addressing the issue by testing an EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle.

Chinese Caterpillars Stop Cargo Train In its Tracks

Get lost, Godzilla. Keep quiet, Kung Fu Panda. When it comes to feats of strength formidable enough to impress Frank Costanza on Festivus, you've got to give it up to millions of Chinese caterpillars.

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.