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Peace (Canal) in the Middle East?


Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)

Though similar efforts in the past have failed, a prominent Israeli, Boaz Wachtel, believes that a so-called ‘Peace Canal' can bring peace to the Middle East. Well to Israel and its neighbors at least. read more »

Made in the USA Honda Accord Celebrates 25th Anniversary



The Honda Accord first rolled off American assembly lines in Marysville, Ohio, exactly 25 years ago on November 1, 1982. Though still considered a Japanese car, nearly 9 million made-in-the-USA Accords have rolled out of the Marysville plant, doing wonders for the local economy in the process.
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Heroes Star Hayden Panettiere's Surfing Stunt Showcases Innocence and Ignorance



"Save the Cheerleader, save the whales"... Hayden Panettiere, the cute young actress who plays the cheerleader in popular American action drama Heroes recently performed another role: bringing attention to a traditional dolphin hunt in Japan.
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Great Invention Idea? Preserving the Dead in Display Cases


Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

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Halloween lovers my third, and last, spooky patent pick of the year has got it all: dead people, mummies and burning flesh!

Japan's Classic Castles Display Samurai Splendor



Japan's spectacular castles seamlessly combine breathtaking beauty with military precision. The three Japanese castles at Himeji, Matsumoto and Osaka epitomize, each in their own particular way, the historic grandeur of Japan's golden age of swords and samurai!
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Imagine Peace Tower by Yoko Ono Commemorates John Lennon



The late John Lennon and his dream of world peace were jointly celebrated Tuesday, October 9 in Reykjavik, Iceland as Yoko Ono attended the lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower.

"This column of light in Iceland will not be extinguished. It is the eternal flame we send out to the world and the universe to give light and warmth, and the hope and conviction that our dreams can come true."
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Great Invention Idea? Birth by Centrifugal Force


Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's her article:

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The Apparatus for Facilitating the Birth of a Child by Centrifugal Force, may not end the age-old debate of whether or not centrifugal force actually exists, but it sure will take a pregnant woman’s mind off the business at hand during childbirth! read more »

Much Ado About Almost Nothing by Hans Camenzind : Review


The “Nothing,” in the title of Hans Camenzind’s Much Ado About Almost Nothing, is the electron. The book is a fascinating tale about the history of that infinitesimally small, negatively charged particle around which so much of our everyday lives revolve. It’s the story of man’s effort to understand it, make sense of it, and ultimately make use of it. read more »

Facebook not Banned in UAE


Our Guest Blogger, Lee Nunley, is a recent college graduate who has
lived in Cairo and Budapest. He currently resides in Denver and is
working on a book-centered Web 2.0 project. He wanted to share news about the innovations in the Middle East with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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Recent problems accessing the social networking site, Facebook, were not a result of censorship, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced Thursday.

Any Smart and Educated People Left in the Middle East?


Our Guest Blogger, Lee Nunley, is a recent college graduate who has
lived in Cairo and Budapest. He currently resides in Denver and is
working on a book-centered Web 2.0 project. He wanted to share news about the innovations in the Middle East with the readers of InventorSpot.com.

Here's his article:

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While it has long been known that there is a serious shortage of educated talent in much of the Middle East, a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit has painted a gloomy picture of the region’s ability to attract and retain educated workers.

Learn Your Genetic Ancestry With a Saliva Swipe


While we're waiting on the thousand-dollar genome sequencing, researchers have recently designed a new program that lets you learn your genetic ancestry right now with a quick cheek swab. The results take just minutes, and are 99% accurate. read more »

Ear Wax Reveals Ancient History of Japan



Ear wax... what is it good for? Absolutely nuthin', say it again... OK, it sounded better in the original version by Edwin Starr, but humble ear wax IS good for somethin', at least according to a team of Japanese high school students.
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Art of the Yakuza: Japan's Tattooed Men & Women

Japanese gangsters, or "Yakuza", display colorful tattoos as part of a longstanding underworld tradition. Their wives, mistresses and girlfriends often sport similar body art, often intricately detailed and breathtakingly beautiful.

Japanese H-Bomb Survivor Finally Speaks Out



Nope, that's not a typo - "H" bomb is correct. Matashichi Oishi was a crewman on the Japanese fishing vessel Lucky Dragon No. 5 on March 1, 1954, when the American "Castle Bravo" hydrogen bomb test went terribly wrong. Now, he's finally telling his story.
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Experiments with Flying Cars


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When most people think of flying cars, they think of the Jetsons TV show, and speculate that, maybe one day in the far-off future, people may drive flying cars. You might be surprised to know that flying cars have been in development since the 1930s--even before the Jetsons. read more »

Go Raw Against Diabetes


Imagine eating raw food for 30 days? Can't do it? Well what if you were diabetic and doing this helped you cure your diabetes? Would you do it then? Can't decide? Then you may want to keep an eye out for Raw For 30 Days.
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Top 10 Strange & Unusual Japanese Police Stations



"Koban", or Japanese Police Boxes, are commonly found on street corners in cities or towns, large or small, across Japan. Not to be confused with the Doctor Who's Tardis style police call boxes formerly common in Great Britain, Japanese Koban are larger, display a red light and five-pointed gold police badge outside - and often feature unusual styling... here are the Top Ten!
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New JASDF Stealth Fighter Jet to be "Made In Japan"



Return of the "Zero"? Shut out of the bidding for America's high tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, Japan's military planners are considering a home-grown solution to the problem of replacing the nation's fleet of aging jet fighters.
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Japan's TV Samurai Dramas Stand the Test of Time



As television continues to lose both audience and relevance in a society increasingly fascinated with online and wireless media offerings, Japan's classic "Samurai Dramas" buck the trend by providing exciting and engrossing entertainment the old fashioned way.
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Suspicions Surround Water-Fueled Car and The Death of its Inventor


 

 

 

 

 

A man from Columbus, Ohio spent more than 20 years tinkering with an idea scorned by professionals: a car that uses water for fuel. After making progress, and declining billion-dollar offers for giving up, the eccentric inventor died after a celebratory sip of cranberry juice with two investors who haven't been heard from since. Here's his story... read more »