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Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Google Flu Tracker Follows Swine Flu (AH1N1) Trends In Mexico

Google Flu Trends, which earlier this year won a coveted best digital innovations Netexplorateur Award, is being put to work to follow searches in Mexico for words or terms that are flu oriented. Though Google is calling its Flu Trends Mexico "experimental," so far, the Mexico tracker is trending true to what might be expected from the swine flu, now officially called the AH1N1 flu.

Vending Machines in Japan Offer Free Drinks in Case of Emergency

Free drinks from a beverage vending machine? It's more likely than you think - in Japan, that is. Specially labeled vending machines equipped with battery backup are programmed to offer victims of natural disasters life-giving water and soft drinks at no charge.

Hitachi Takes the Lead in Lithium Ion Battery Technology

Advances in Lithium Ion Technology have been fairly consistent, but many of them are relatively small and provide little to helping improve the overall effect of battery powered devices. Hitachi has broken this trend with a battery they say could become the new standard for the automotive industry.

NKOTB Contest Reveals Tink! & Flies Winners To NYC

In an effort to capitalize on the buzz created by "tink!" Jordan Knight and other members of the New Kids on the Block band will be flying two "contest winning"  fans to NYC. The viral social media experiment originally initiated by Jordan Knight on Twitter appears to have formulated a life of its own as NKOTB fans have been tweeting themselves silly trying to figure out just what tink! means.

Pumgo: Stairmaster Meets Scooter

Kind of a scooter, kind of a bike and kind of a stairmaster, the Pumgo is all about exercise.

Ford Fusion Hybrid Breaks 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank of Fuel

A few days ago, a team set out to try and find the maximum number of miles you could squeeze out of one of Ford's new Fusion Hybrids. After some substantial amounts of coffee and snacks, the final number is in, and it may surprise you.

All Boxed Up: The Fitness Cube Keeps Your Home From Looking Like A Gym

Most of us don't have a special space for a real home gym, but the Fitness Cube, by the French fitness club and gym equipment/sports clothing manufacturer, Domyos, is clearly made for those small home and apartment dwellers who want everything in a home gym without having it take over our living spaces.

Swim Guard Lifesaver Vest: Big Protection, Small Package

The Swim Guard Lifesaver vest offers all the protection of a traditional life vest, but keeps it wrapped up in a sleek, form-fitting package.

RockDex: A Measure for Bands Effectiveness on Social Media

Social media is one of the cheapest, most effective ways of branding.  And for musicians, branding is what it's all about.  An artist can spend time developing social media accounts and multimedia promotions to get their name out there, but how can they tell if it's effective?  Well, unless you have big money to spend on market penetration assessments, you can use RockDex.

Russian Engineers Develop Nano-Introscope to Measure Electrons

Russian engineers from the town of Dolgoprudny (Moscow Region) have a lot to celebrate as their new innovation will not only reveal atoms but even the electron shells of single atoms. Read on for more details about this exciting Russian scientific innovation.

New Formula 3 Racer to Be Fast and Friendly...to the Environment

Once again, we find ourselves returning to the realm of more environmentally friendly racing, this time with something a little faster than a vehicle that runs on wind power. This time, the brilliant minds at the University of Warwick have designed a Formula-3 Racer that runs on biodiesel and uses as many green production and assembly practices as possible.

Is KissPhone Destined To Become New Cybersex Toy?

A freelance inventor, Georges Koussouros, has come up with one of the first cyberdildonic gadgets -- the KissPhone, capable of sending the real thing by phone from his mouth to yours with all the sensory connections of a real life kiss.

What's On Your Mind? Twittering Via Brain Waves

New technology being developed by a team of researchers would allow those with locked-in syndrome to send out tweets. The technology essentially reads their minds and allows them to communicate their thoughts without the need of manually typing.

High Tech Bathroom! SmartFaucet Uses Facial Recognition To Set Water Temperature

The smartest faucet in the world is about to be turned on in the market place: the iHouse SmartFaucet.  It uses face recognition to get to your perfect water temperature right away; not only that, but it can... are you ready?  It can check your calendar, give you the outside temperature, and... check your email!