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Toyota Aygo: With This City Car's Fourth Generation, X Marks The Spot

The Toyota Aygo (“I Go”, get it?) has enjoyed considerable success in its European market niche over the past decade but something's always been lacking... mainly, memorable styling. That's about to change in a big way. The fourth generation Toyota Aygo offers surprisingly bold styling (especially from the front) and a new slogan, “Go Fun Yourself”. Same to you, Toyota Aygo.

What Has Eight Wheels, Two Engines, No Doors & Can Float?

The story behind the odd but innovative 8-wheeled automobile photographed parked and neglected on a quiet Russian backstreet can finally be told, and to no-one's surprise it's as weird and bizarre as the car itself.

Get Slimed, Get Gorgeous! Chinese Salon Goes To The Shelled Source For Snail Slime Beauty Treatment

The world's trendiest skin treatment – the snail slime facial – just got a little slower and a LOT more disgusting. A beauty salon in Changsha, China has cut out the middle-man and gone straight to the source, encouraging dozens of live snails to walk back and forth across their clients' faces. Read on if you dare... and/or if you're not eating lunch.

Toshiba's Dynabook KIRA L93 Convertible Boasts 7 Usage Modes

A clever kickstand design gives Toshiba's new ultraportable PC more positioning options than its competitors. Meanwhile, the seriously high-resolution touchscreen, pen-input support, and amount of horsepower inside may appeal to those in graphic design.

Want This New Invention? The Wello Water Wheel

There are people who out there who will tell you not to reinvent the wheel. However, sometimes the wheel needs to be reinvented -- with a different purpose and to help those who don't have access to the same wheel as the rest of us do. The Wello Water Wheel is a new take on the wheel and it is out the change the world -- the Third World, that is.

Aero-X Hoverbike Is The Ultimate Off-Road Vehicle

The revolutionary Aero-X Hoverbike, “the hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle”, is now available for pre-order ahead of the personal flying machine's commercial launch in 2017.

Nimble Cargo Scooters Make Local Shopping More Fun

The California-made Nimble Cargo Scooter is a practical, fun alternative to shopping by bicycle. These sturdy, safe and simply-made scooters are ideal for local pick-ups, especially when bringing home large or unwieldy items like watermelons or cases of beer.

Stop the Swoob! Fresh Breast Lotion Prevents Sweaty, Summer Boobs

Beware the dreaded summer swoob! That's a sweaty boob, and now that warmer weather is approaching, chafing and sweat are about to becoming a big issue for "the girls." To keep the ta-tas dry, Fresh Body released Fresh Breast, a lotion that dries as a cooling powder that prevents chafing.The swoob is now a thing of the past, and this summer, you can keep your girls happy.

Sitting Too Much? Get Off Your Butt With The Varidesk®

Poor posture, bad back, stiff neck, lack of circulation in your legs.... These are just a few of the dozens of health problems that can be caused by sitting all day, especially if you're watching a screen for a good percentage of it.  You could, of course, buy a standing desk.  Or, you could look into getting one of the amazingly versatile Varidesk® designs that let you move your desk up and down as you stand or sit.  Nice to have a choice, eh?

World's First Electric Wooden Bike Leads The Charge To Sustainable Cycling

Bough Bikes is a world leader in the field of handmade all-wood bicycles, having produced over 300 pedal-powered two-wheelers from sustainably harvested French Oak. Now the Dutch manufacturer is, ahem, branching out into electrobikes, showing off two prototype electric wooden bikes at this year's NYCxDesign.

Photo Shock: Lighting A Vehicle From Beneath The Ice Of Frozen Lake Baikal

A photographer looking for an innovative new way of lighting his automotive subject decided to illuminate the vehicle from beneath... and by beneath, we mean under the yard-thick, crystal clear ice of frozen-over Lake Baikal.

Taiwan Dentist Attracts Attention, Customers With Maid-Outfitted Nurses

Patients at a dental clinic in Zhubei, Taiwan have less to fear (and more to see) now that the office's hygienists have taken to wearing skimpy French Maid outfits. The respectful nurse/maids bring slippers and serve coffee to arriving visitors who leave later with the cleanest teeth EVAR!

Innovative Solar Panel Parking Lot Could Someday See The Light

A parking lot made from thick, hexagonal solar cells tough enough to support the weight of a tractor? It's more likely than you think.. A 12-by-36 foot prototype "solar parking lot" made from the super-tough panels can generate enough power by day to keep nearby street lamps and signs safely glowing at night.

Green Chariot E-bus Brings Ultra-Capacitor Technology To Europe's Gray Streets

Look Sofia, no batteries! After proving its all-electric, ultra-capacitor, no-batteries technology over seven years and 8 million kilometres in Shanghai, China, the innovative Chariot E-bus is bringing its talents to South Bea, er, make that Sofia, Bulgaria.

Could The World Cup's Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Be The Next Frontier Of Medical Technology?

On June 12, the World Cup in São Paulo is going to be kicked off in a very unique fashion: a paralyzed young adult will walk onto the field in a robotic exoskeleton to deliver the first kick. There are some who trumpet this as a step towards making wheelchairs obsolete...but is it?

Yammer: Tower Of Babble For Private vs Public Engagement?

In the world of Web 2.0, while corporations have struggled with just how much social media their employees should be allowed to engage in, opinions differ widely as to its usage. From strict guidelines that prohibit using Facebook, Twitter, G+ or even LinkedIn at all in the workplace, to companies like Zappos that encourage their employees to become company advocates and engage to their heart's content, there a wide range . . .

Vietnamese Speedboats Made From Salvaged USAF Fighter Jet Fuel Tanks Are The Bomb!

From swords into plowshares; from external fuel tanks into speedboats. USAF fighter jets jettisoned thousands of external fuel tanks over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and a significant number have been re-purposed into some of the sleekest speedboats ever to bomb down a river!

SolePower Can't Recharge Busy Mom, But It Can Charge Her Phone With Every Step

SolePower is making it possible to charge your portable electronics by doing what most people do every day: walking. They are also feeding right into the feet of multitasking moms who never sit down. By using a power-generating insole, a portable Power Pack stores enough energy to charge a cell phone after 2.5-5 miles of walking, which is what the average person walks each day.

Chinese Winery Has A Capital Idea For Their Bathroom Design

One might say China's making progress in the field of luxury bathroom design but in reality it's the opposite: they're making congress.

+ Pool Could Be The World's First Water-Filtering Floating Pool

How many people actually swim in the Hudson and East Rivers? Not many. New York City is surrounded by water, yet the water isn't the cleanest and that deters potential swimmers. That's where the + Pool comes in. This community pool will float on one of New York's rivers and filter the river water through its walls, making the water inside the pool clean and great for swimming.