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Tsunami Survival Capsules Offer Hope for Japan's Next Great Wave

Ready for the next tsunami? Then you've really got balls: enhanced fiberglass “Noah” capsule balls, to be exact. Japan's Cosmo Power designed these bright yellow survival spheres so users can escape onrushing floods and ride the relentless quake-spawned tidal waves to rescue.

New Japanese Smartphone Case Doubles as Radiation Monitor

Japan's largest mobile phone service provider, NTT DoCoMo, has produced a prototype cellphone case that adds a radiation detecting function to your smartphone.

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.

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.

Watts Up! Japan's Largest Solar Power Plant Says “Let it Shine”

Clean power generation for the nation? In Japan they're just getting warmed up, as the nation's largest solar power plant begins firing on all cylinders... er, panels.

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....

 

Reusable Eco-friendly E-Paper Could Make the Office Truly Paperless

Today's computerized and LAN-equipped “paperless offices” are far from being paper-free but thanks to rewritable and reusable electronic paper technology developed by Taiwanese think tank ITRI, trashed paper could finally become a thing of the past.

Organic Pet Toys Are Now More Affordable & Adorable

Until recently, one could rarely find a dog toy made of natural organic materials outside of a high-end specialty pet boutique.  High end usually meant high prices, although many environmentally-conscious were willing to pay them.  But it's common now to find dog toys mass marketed with both their stuffing and the adorable, colorful character patterns in totally organic materials... and they're much more affordable.

 


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.

Pandas Release Secrets Of Biomass Processing - In Their Poop

Giant pandas are still very rare, so it's not likely that their poop will be used as a substitute for gasolene, but the chemical analysis of panda poop has provided new information about the microbes that assist pandas in digesting some of the roughest roughage in nature - lignocellulose - and that information could certainly lead to a biofuel that is much more efficient than any biomass fuels that are being produced currently.

Pink Panther Strikes Again as Cherry-Coated Cats Cavort

Blame industrial pollution in China for creating a cat of a different color. At least one cherry-coated kitten has been seen in Lanzhou, western China, and odds are it isn't there to audition for the role of a real-life Hello Kitty.

Graffiti Umbrella by Liu Hsiang-Ling is Write as Rain

The Rain Brush Umbrella designed by Liu Hsiang-Ling points the way to sustainable, renewable, temporary urban graffiti: write what you like but come rain or shine, your message will vanish.

Army of Stray Cats Battles Plague of Rats in Western China

Release the Army of Cats! Stray cats in and around the western Chinese city of Bole no longer have to “get their dinner from a garbage can” thanks to the area's booming population of rats.

The First Cardboard Radio: Now That's Green Design

....The internal wiring is all set up in a simple card structure.  There's not a lot to the Cardboard Radio; it's not a BOSE®, but it does have its own charm, as well as working parts.

Euglena Burgers: The Other Green Meat

The tiny, single-celled Euglena has a foot in both the Animal and Plant kingdoms. It could also have a hand in changing the world's meat-eating culture and vastly improving the environment.

Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

Marine Scientists Discover New Chemosynthesis Process In "Mussel Power"

Maybe some day we will run our cars on mussel power....

 

Lean Green Poop Bags - Biodegradable AND Flushable

A year ago, it was hard to find biodegradable dog poop bags.  Now, they're everywhere. In fact, many of today's biodegradables are also water soluble and, therefore, flushable.  This is great news because, according to the Enviromental Protection Agency, "Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method."  But not everyone with a toilet can flush pet poop, even in a flushable bag...

 

 


China's Swimmers Wear Weird Wetsuits to Avoid Sun, Slime & Seaweed

Tight black wetsuits sported by some Chinese swimmers are frightening to be sure, but then again so are the innumerable chemical, biological and zoological hazards lurking just off China's not-so-pristine shores. "Suit up and shut up," advise China's so-called Swimsuit Aunties.

China Releases 600 Million Bees to Battle Invasive American White Moths

It's China vs the USA, and the Chinese have resorted to biological warfare in an all-out effort to eradicate the foreign pests! Calm down, we're not at war, it's just China's annual parasitic wasp offensive against invasive moths.