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Hair and Feathers: Do They Share The Same Roots?

Are hair and feathers related? How did they first appear and why are Russian scientists so curious about answering this question? Read on whether or not you like caps and no matter who your hairdresser may be.

Hiroshima's Hippo Car, Dispensing Sweets and Dispersing Sadness

Growing up amid the radioactive ashes of war, children in 1940s Hiroshima had little to smile about... until the Kabaya "Hippo Car" cruised through their shattered neighborhoods. Sixty-plus years on, an updated custom sound truck still roams city streets, dispensing sweet caramels to a new generation.

Slumber Like a Mummy with the King Tut Sleeping Bag

The King Tut sleeping bag keeps young princes or princesses snug as a pharaoh's mummy during each night's journey from dusk to golden dawn.

Ancient Chinese Puzzle Brings New Characters To Your Walls

Tangram puzzles are still made and still played all over the world. But designer Daniele Lago has put together some elegant geometric shapes that you can play with on your walls, making real characters out of the components, and some extra storage room for books, cd's, office files, and curios.

Hair a Renewable Resource Makes Oil Cleaning Mat

As we have learned in the, past human hair can be recycled and used to make many creative things such as art and even clothes, but did you know it could also be used to clean up oil spills? It's true.

Tokidoki Turntable Watch is Simply Divinyl!

The Tokidoki Turntable Watch recalls the good old days of vinyl records and record turntables... without all the scratching, warping and bulky cardboard sleeves.

Sock It To Me! Fashion Footwear Takes a Leap Back

After seemingly taking modern fashion as far as it can possibly go, many in Japan are looking back to traditional styles of clothing. Take these distinctive "tabi" socks, for example, updated with pleasing colors and attractive patterns.

Sleep Apnea Linked to Higher Risk of Death

New results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort have found that sleep apnea is associated with a high risk of death.

8 Sports That Never Made It Into The Summer Olympics

Ever wondered what happened to the sports that didn't make it into the Summer Olympics? The following are just some that tried their best, but ended up only being classified as a demonstration sport.

15 Crystal Chandeliers That Blind You With Their Brilliance

Hans van Bentem, using fine Bavarian crystal and cutting techniques learned from generations of crystal makers, creates grandiose chandeliers for private and corporate clients, but van Bentem's works don't have the look or feel of their wide-skirted predecessors. They just may plant some new images of "chandeliers" in your mind.

6 Exclusive Dog Houses, Because 'Dog Is A God®'

Marco Morosini is a successful Italian artist and designer who expresses what he perceives around him through lively graphics, a line of clothing and accessories, poignant photographs of the Bosnian War, and just about anything he puts his attention to. Giving his wink and a nod to the god-like way dogs are treated in modern society, Morosini has created six godly temples to honor dogs in his series Dog Is A God®.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve

Baseball in Japan has evolved quite a lot since Horace Wilson first introduced the sport in 1872, yet foreigners still find many aspects of Japanese baseball confusing – not least the the odd names of the teams. Let's run down the dozen Nippon Professional Baseball league teams (without actually running them down) and clear up any misconceptions.

Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve - Part 2, the Pacific League

Part Two of Baseball in Japan Can Throw You a Curve looks at the six teams in NPB's Pacific League. The Pacific League corresponds to MLB's American League as a Designated Hitter is used – in the Central League, pitchers must hit. Leading off the sextet are the amusingly named Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, league champions in 2007.

 

New Travel Ad Campaign Highlights Reliability

An innovative new ad campaign for Cox & Kings Travel focuses on the company's longevity in the hopes of building trust in its services.

NASA Finds The Baby Boom Galaxy!

Naturally, NASA named the new-found galaxy after us, calling it the Baby Boom Galaxy. And, of course all the babies are stars! (We were always over-achievers!)

Countdown To Beijing: Water Polo

Water polo may seem like a boring water sport, but it's actually an interesting Olympic event any sports fan can dive into.

Countdown To Beijing: Indoor Volleyball

Despite being overshadowed by its popular variation, Beach Volleyball, the indoor sport has always attracted thousands of fans and created careers for students across the world.

Gargoyle Lighting And Furniture Design: 10 To Keep Evil Away

When it comes to chasing evil spirits away from your home, there's nothing like a gargoyle. People think of gargoyles and dragons going with Medieval or Gothic design, but a gargoyle doesn't need to match anything else in your home, not in color or design. A gargoyle just has a place, in its own right, because it has a job to do; it's your security system.

Learn American History Through Online Time Machine

Before the BBQs are lit or the bonfires set ablaze during this Fourth of July weekend, it might be nice to brush up on some American history. What better way to do that than to go back in time?

The History of Beer - Summer's Favourite Invention

With summer gearing up, billions of people around the world are undoubtedly turning to a frosty, refreshing mug of beer. Not only is beer popular today, but it also has historical significance. Since its invention in ancient times, beer has been a favourite drink around the world.