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Innovation

'Small Business Book Awards' Ceremony Goes Virtual This Year

As a result of the burgeoning digital age, the recent eBook explosion and the opportunity for authors to by-pass the traditional publishing route, a number of Book Awards programs have grown up over the course of the last decade. The 'Small Business Book Awards' is one such platform

Chinese High School Holds Exams In A Forest To Prevent Cheating

Teachers at Chengfeng School in Jingzhou, China have come up with an innovative way to prevent plagiarism by students taking important mid-term exams: moving the students' desks outside and widely separating them within a nearby forest.

My Other Bicycle Is A Chevrolet... Wait, What??

While American cars are a tough sell in Japan, American bicycles are practically flying off the shelves. No matter that these sporty bikes emblazoned with Chevy's name, bowtie logo and “An American Revolution” slogan are actually made in China, this bizarre branding exercise is all about style, not substance.

Vanhawks Valour: A Pedal-Powered High-Tech Connected Bike

The innovative Vanhawks Valour is a high-tech connected bike with a surprisingly low-tech power source: its rider. The stylish two-wheeler is anything but primitive, however. The stealthy carbon fiber frame features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and a host of safety sensors that interact with a companion app.

SPAM & Cheese Burger Highlights Burger King Japan's New Morning Menu

Burger King Japan wants you to start your day with SPAM, whether you've checked your email or not. Highlighting a very lunch-like new morning menu, the SPAM & Cheese Burger slaps a hot, juicy & salty slab of Hormel's signature canned pork between a split whole-grain bun garnished with cheese, pickles, lettuce and mayo.

Award-winning Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Took 20,000 Hours To Build

Wouldn't you really rather have THIS Buick? A radically customized 1964 Buick Riviera named “Rivision” has won the Ridler Award for America's most creative and innovative custom car. Looks like the 20,000 hours of labor and $300,000 worth of parts Canadian car customizer J.F. Launier put into the mellow yellow retro Riv paid off big time.

Nibble Cake Pan Lets You Sample Without Ruining Your Baking

The Nibble cake pan is the perfect solution for all the premature dessert tasters out there. The non-stick pan is much like other cake pans, but with one genius addition. Off to the side it holds a small tasting cup.

Nissan Self-Cleaning Car Features Innovative “Ultra-Ever Dry” Paint

Nissan's slogan is “Innovation That Excites” and their latest innovation is exciting indeed: “Ultra-Ever Dry” paint that repels water, oil and dirt. While this is great news for car owners, car wash operators might worry they're being given the brush-off.

The New 2015 Dodge Challenger Is Even More Of A Blast From The Past

Chrysler's reborn muscle car, the Dodge Challenger, is all about performance both on the road and on the sales charts: calendar-year sales have tripled since its 2008 introduction. With Ford set to roll out the restyled 50th anniversary Ford Mustang, however, the Pentastar people dipped even deeper into the nostalgia well to create an even more muscular Challenger for 2015.

Saving Hands With Salmon Eggs: Restorsea's Innovative Hand Repairing Treatment

Not only are salmon delicious, you can now use them to restore your hands. An innovative hand treatment harnesses salmon-egg enzymes to give your hands a total makeover.

Amazing Soundwall Wireless Speakers Doubling As Works of Art

Remember the musak of a few decades ago? Standing in moving elevators or shopping in retail stores and listening to strains of Mantovani may be a thing of the past, but enter wall art/ music in a new and a most amazing package called Soundwall. Read on or should we say, hear all about it below.

Department Of Agriculture Is Fostering Innovation And Enterprise

For those of us that don't really know what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been up to lately, the Department has announced its innovative initiatives and patents acquired during fiscal year 2013, and I think you'll find some of its activities pretty impressive. And did you know that the USDA might even be a resource to get one of your own inventions off the ground?

Want This New Innovation? Wine Glasses With A Nose Job

Wine glasses have been around for a long time and while they come in different shapes and sizes, there has been little change to the basic design. That is until the Silhouette Sense-Enhancing Wine Glass came along. With its unique shape it allows the wine drinker to fully enjoy the nose. For wine drinker with big noses it allows them to enjoy the taste without hitting themselves in the nose with the glass.

The Hair Pillow: Save Your Hair As You Sleep

Bed head. We all get it, and we all hate it. Having creased, frizzy hair is not a fun way to start the day, but there's a new pillow on the market that may prevent all that. Maybe sleep and beautiful hair can finally work together.

KFC Japan Gives You Donut Balls

You'll get Donut Balls from eating at KFC Japan but fear not, the condition is harmless unless you're a tad hypoglycemic. As part of the company's “KFC × RONALDO” campaign with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, three-piece orders of Donut Balls are served hot along with a packet of gooey Honey Maple dipping sauce.

PlanToys Are More Than Toys: They Have Plans For Our Kids' Future

We love our kids. And sometimes, sometimes, we buy them stuff. But the toys our kids play with should be more than toys. PlanToys was the first company in the world to manufacture wooden toys from rubberwood, an eco-friendly wood. Through their ideas and materials, the company continues to improve their manufacturing process while providing our children with fun and sustainable toys. PlanToys have several new products on the market, but two that go above and beyond being just toys.

Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

Snack Of The Gods? Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard Tortilla Chips

The good news is, Frito-Lay Japan's Doritos Gourmet Bacon & Mustard tortilla chips hit store shelves on April 21st. The bad news is they're only available in Japan or in your wildest dreams.

World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.

Oh Snap! Chinese Public Toilet Adds Flash To Your Flush

Shutter the door and make it snappy! This curious camera-shaped public toilet in Chongqing, China perfectly fits the computer and electronics focused vibe of the neighborhood. Bonus: there's no better place to butt-dial a selfie.