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Pedal-Powered DC Generator Charges Up Any USB Device

BikeCharge Dynamo from Hong Kong-based iBikeConsole has updated the bicycle wheel-mounted DC generator of your childhood. It'll fully charge most brands of mobile phone over the course of a 2- to 3-hour bike ride.

Japanese Face Slimmer Smooths Skin, Shrinks Face, Scares Everyone

Lose that Duckface and put on a Blow-up Doll face! The "Face Slimmer" may make you look silly (or worse) while you wear it but the promised reward of a bonafide “beautiful woman smile” make three minutes a day of shame more than worthwhile.

“Fat Guy” Underwear from China Pounds Home the Message

Stout men considering moving to China should be prepared some very direct critiques from the country's ad agencies. You may think you're just slightly overweight but that package of “Fat Guy Briefs” in your shopping cart dares to accuse otherwise by pulling no punches.

When It Comes to Office Chairs, One Size Does Not Fit All

If you've put on a bit of weight or have always been on the heavy side, then it might be time to go look at office chairs for large people. Not only will you find them roomier and more comfortable, you'll also be doing your body good.

Esthetic Prosthetic Designed for the Disabled

With prosthetic devices, function comes first while form too often places a poor second. Not anymore! Perhaps inspired by the footwear flaunted by footless South African runner Oscar Pistorius, a Japanese industrial designer has unveiled a very esthetic prosthetic.

Scientists Witness Brain Chilling Yawns

There is nothing more discouraging in human discourse than someone yawning in your face while you're speaking to him.  "Oh, excuse me," he might say, "I guess I'm just very tired."  (Yeah, sure!)

But now, scientists have evidence that your listener may not be bored at all; but just chilling... his brain.  

Harvard Nutritionists Develop Their Own Plate For Healthy Eating

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revamped its healthy eating recommendations a few months ago with a new visual - an icon called 'MyPlate,' replacing the former healthy foods pyramid icon.  The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks the government's plate lacks a good bit of guidance as to which specific foods should be eaten - after all MyPlate offers no guidance.

 


World Alzheimer's Report 2011 Issues Basic Minimum Guidelines For Alzheimer's Care

For the third year in a row, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) has issued global recommendations for Alzheimer's patients, medical personnel, and caregivers.  The 2011 World Alzheimer's Report focuses on "The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention," and the doctors that publish the report have gone to considerable effort to amass the volume of research that's been conducted in this area.

Adidas China Hits Overstressed Commuters with Giant Punching Bags

Adidas China has installed giant punching bags on a Shanghai subway platform as part of their interactive “Don't Waste Your Wait” ad campaign. Commuters are encouraged to take out their frustrations on the huge, three-striped bags while waiting for their train.

Chinese Fitness Camps for Kids Motivate Overweight Offspring

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in China, pun intended, but fitness experts inspired by American “Fat Camps” (or the film Full Metal Jacket) have found a 28-day solution that helps China's chubby child cadres take a great leap forward on the path to healthier lifestyles.

Sbyke--Easier To Ride Than To Say

The Sbyke takes elements from a few everyday devices and combines them into a new, innovative ride.

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.

Upper Body Aerobic Exerciser

A piece of exercise equipment you can use while sitting by the pool--and it actually increases the workout that way.

'Muscle Milk' For Baby Boomers: Ensure Muscle Health

Are you perpetually just a few days away from beginning a new diet and exercise routine? Curiously, the goal keeps moving forward on the calendar, doesn't it?  Ensure, the nutritional supplement company, has a special 'muscle milk' drink that might give you a strong push towards actually achieving your fitness goals....

'Sleeping Girl DVD' Gently Guides You Into Dreamland

Need a little help sleeping lately? Just pop the “Sleeping Girl DVD” into your player and drift off to slumberland, gently guided by the soft voices and easy-on-the-eyes looks of some of Japan's most alluring dreamgirls.

Walkie The Talkie - An App That Pays You To Use It

Gigwalk pays you to use your smartphone.

Converse Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary Collaboration Gives Gamers a Kick

Converse and Nintendo have teamed up to create the ultimate gamer's shoe: the Super Mario Bros Chuck Taylor Hi. Available in black or white, these super Super Mario shoes are due to be released this July, only in Japan.

Meet The GymyGym, The World's First Ergonomic Exercise Chair

In today's busy and office-centric culture, it's common to find men and women hunched over paperwork or typing away at a keyboard eight hours a day (or more!) And that's not necessarily good for our bodies. So to address these issues, some folks came up with the GymyGym, the world's first ever ergonomic chair that was specially designed to reduce the risks and negative effects of having to sit on a chair all day long.

The Heart Stops Here - The Biosensing Bucking Bronco

The harder you breathe, the harder the Broncomatic bucks!

Act Loqly - An App That Gives You Instant Local Knowledge

Loqly makes local knowledge available to anyone who needs it, whenever they want it.