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High Performing Lotus Replica For the Track

Using motorcycle engines to power lightweight 2-seater track cars is becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Most of the performance engines offer quite a bit of power for thier small displacement and low weight. Using this and a few other high-tech components, LusoMotors managed to resurrect a legend.

A Lighting Designer In A Dark Place With A Sense Of Humor

Environment can have a great impact on a designer's work. Take Ali Siahvoshi, who grew up in Iran, where it is very sunny. After moving to Britain, where it is not very sunny, Siahvoshi began designing lighting. Not just any lighting, but spirited, humorous lighting, many from objects you don't expect to see in a lamp... like funnels, and tableware, and recycled wire hangers, for example.

Puff Politely: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' ads. With a total of 73 ads making the rounds of Japanese ad space, it's unlikely you'll see the same ad twice – but you'll definitely get the message that smoking demands consideration. Here are ads 21 through 30...

Nissan Effis Getting Closer to Production

Nissan has been very actively researching alternative fuel vehicles for the past few years. One of the promising areas is known as Fuel Cells Vehicles (FCV) and a new concept vehicle called the Effis may be on the road using Nissan's fuel cell technology very soon.

Drink Up! More Coffee May Lower Risk For Liver Cancer

Think drinking coffee is bad for you? Well think again. Researchers have found that drinking more coffee may decrease your risk of liver cancer.

Eco-friendlier Fireworks May be Exploding Soon

A firework is a low explosive pyrotechnic used for entertainment such at firework displays and holiday celebrations (4th of July, New Years, etc). Brilliant in color and explosively loud fireworks bring smiles and joy to people all over the world, but as beautiful as they are to watch there is some concern that fireworks may be dangerous to our health and to our environment.

ZERO Cellphone Case Gives Old Tire Tubes the Green Light

The just-released ZERO cellphone case made from recycled tire tubes shows Japan's new generation is beginning to become environmentally aware. What better way to get consumers to think green then by giving them a product that looks cool?

Back Against The Wall? Have A Seat

One piece of molded plastic and two pieces of rubber is all it takes to make the Wall Chair. The rest of the chair is formed by any wall and any floor. In other words, if the chair is standing, have a seat.

Volkswagen Develops A New Hybrid

Volkswagen has been developing alternative fuel systems for a few years now. Recently, VW released its newest hybrid to a government sponsored forum and if all goes well it will be available within the next 3 years.

Cloths Absorb Mercury from Broken Fluorescent Bulbs

Researchers at Brown University have been creating prototypes of mercury-absorbent cloths and packaging that would make it much easier and safer to clean up broken fluorescent bulbs.

Satellite Dish a Sight for Sore Eyes? Sqish it!

Is your satellite dish an eyesore? Let's face it, they ALL are, and due to their nature they have to be mounted in high visibility areas with clear sightlines. The solution? Sqish your dish!

Scorpion Sportscar to Burn Gasoline and Hydrogen

Adding Hydrogen to an internal combustion engine is no new idea, gearheads have been tinkering the garage with it for years. Ronn Motor Company out of Texas hopes to be the first to put that into use in a production car that still offers a respectable performance edge.

$300 Million to Inventor of More Efficient Car-Battery

In an effort to help Americans be less dependant on foreign oil John McCain has made a $300 million proposal. He announced his proposal recently at an event at the student union at California State University in Fresno. This $300 million proposal is to be rewarded to the inventor of a more efficient car-battery to power hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Slimbus : Maximum Capacity using Minimal Space

Busses play a huge role in helping to reduce the number of cars in cities. They do however have some drawbacks. They are large and sometimes expensive to operate and due road configuration they can only be a certain length before special modifications need to be made. A new design called the Slimbus may solve many of these issues.

Reincarnating The Voluptuous Madam Rubens... From A Mattress

If you remember your art history, Peter Paul Rubens was the 17th century Dutch artist best known for his paintings of cherubic children and voluptuously chubby young women. The Madam Rubens created by Frank Willems, a modern Dutch designer, is definitely voluptuous. She's in the form of a chair created from layers of recycled mattresses.

Shed Some Light On This: The Transforming, Energy Efficient Lamp

A Chinese college student has created an energy-saving lamp that brings in more light the bigger you make the lamp shade. And it has a smiley face!

An Electric Tandem Bike for Those Long Rides in the Park

Since originally being designed, tandem bicycles haven't changed that much. When Jiang Qian, a designer based in Shanghai decided it was time to fix that and the electric tandem bicycle was born.

Egg-cellent Street Art Made For Google Earth

Dutch artist Henk Hofstra has created an environmental art project called “Art Eggcident” in which he spreads large 'eggs' throughout a city in the Netherlands.

A New Way to Look at Public Transportation

When we think of public transportation, images of crowded buses and cramped subways come to mind. And even though the public transit systems are better for the environment than everyone driving, they still produce emissions. However, a new design may change the way we look at transportation available to everyone.

Profile of Innovation: New Thinking About Cars with Think

With the message is "Don't just drive - THINK!", Think Global AS is being positioned as the car company of the 21st century. Their vision is to provide carefree, carbon-free mobility - a better way of moving