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Fermented Fashion: Wearable Tech Garments Smell Like a Hangover

A dirty petri dish brought about the discovery of penicillin and in the same sort of vein, although arguably less momentous, a contaminated vat of wine was the catalyst for the phenomenon known as 'fermented fashion.' Read on for more details about this edgy Australian wearable tech innovation.

Transparent Bathrooms All The Rage At Chinese College

Inviting friends over to your dorm room just got WAY more awkward! Students checking out the newly built double-occupancy rooms at Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering were shocked to discover the bathroom walls were made from transparent glass – a design feature intended to save electricity according to college administrators.

Frog Backpack Gets The Jump On Back-to-School Fashion

Kick your schoolday fashion quotient into high gear with the Frog Backpack from Japan's Tokyo Otaku Mode. The shiny (not slimy) backpack features straps disguised as amphibian arms and “skin” as green as a new lily pad.

The Mink 3-D Make Up Printer: Wearable Tech’s Cosmetic Innovation

Harvard graduate, Grace Choi, has invented a 3-D prototype printer called Mink that enables users to print any form of makeup right from their home. Read on to learn more about this amazing wearable tech innovation.

School Running Track Sports Innovative Rooftop Design

A four-story tall Chinese elementary school with space issues and an oval roof solved the former by utilizing the latter, laying down a rubberized rooftop track surface and securely fencing it in.

Curry Restaurant Background Music CDs Are So Hot Right Now

Opening up a curry restaurant in Japan? Unless you've already arranged for a house band to soothe diners ears while your food sears their palates, you'll want to invest in JVC Music's series of Indian Curry Music BGM CDs.

Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic Channels Classic 1980's Gamer Design

The Retro 2 Con Famicom Earphone Mic from Datel Japan evokes the Eighties 8-bit era and Nintendo's groundbreaking Famicom without sacrificing the high-tech conveniences we've all come to know and love.

New Toyota Mark X Yellow Label – A Better, Brighter Camry?

Toyota's Mark X (pronounced “Mark EX”) offers Camry-class car buyers a front engine/rear drive alternative (with optional AWD) to the popular front-drive Camry. Now Toyota's sweetening the deal by offering specially-trimmed versions of the Mark X in a choice of colors including the lemon-hued Yellow Label.

Undercover Colors Nail Polish: Wearable Tech Meets Crime Prevention

Can science combine with fashion accessories to prevent sexual assault? According to one fingernail polish start-up company, the answer, hands down, is yes. Read on for more about this unexpected collaboration.

Augmented Reality Gets Its Big Boy Pants

Still thinking Augmented Reality (AR) is a fad at worst or science fiction at best? Is it just a passing distraction-dujour for teen gamers, before they move onto the next new shiny thing? Or is truly disruptive technology that’s on the cusp of enhancing our every day lives?

Brush Hour: The World's 7 Neatest & Sweetest Street Sweepers

Street sweepers might not have the celebrity clout of other motorized vehicles but you'll appreciate them every time one of those “cool” cars doesn't leave you in its dust.

Apps Launched For Rockets Red Glare & Planet Rife With War

In the new TV show drama, “MANH(A)TTAN (a fictional accounting of the Manhattan Project’s lead-up to the Atom Bomb), Liza Winter, one of the scientist’s wives notes that in 1943, out of “75 sovereign states in existence in the world (at the time), 61 of them were at war.”

Datsun mi-DO Hatch Debuts At 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show

Datsun, once a familiar nameplate to North American carbuyers but lately reborn as Nissan's emerging market brand, unveiled the smartly styled mi-DO hatchback at the 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show. In related news, it seems Russia is considered an emerging market by the world's major automakers... better not tell Putin

MINI Businessman Concept Car Channels Tomorrow's MINI Today

If today's MINI compact car is a triumph of retro automotive style, what will BMW's boxy British brand look like tomorrow? The MINI Businessman Concept revealed by students from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France, offers us a tantalizing glimpse of MINI's future.

BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.

World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implanted Into 12-Year-Old Beijing Boy

Intel Inside? We're almost there thanks to doctors at Peking University Third Hospital who successfully implanted the world's first 3D-printed vertebra into a young Chinese boy's neck.

Toyota To Revive Classic Workhorse J70 Land Cruiser For One Year Only

Though Toyota's legendary J70 Land Cruiser hasn't been manufactured or sold in Japan since 2004, the rugged four-wheel drive pickup's domestic fan base never stopped clamoring for its return. It seems Toyota heard them after all, as the automaker is gearing up to produce around 200 J70's domestically every month for one year, and for one year only.

Get Your Gallic On: Frito-Lay Japan Introduces Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips

Frito-Lay Japan's new Doritos Gourmet Garlic & Sea Treasure Tortilla Chips evoke the rich flavor of classic French bouillabaisse served with grilled garlic bread. It's a taste you'll treasure, albeit for a limited time only.

Making it Real: A 3-D Exhibition of Print Ready Projects

Making It Real is an innovative global exhibition featuring new and edgy designs for  3-D print-ready jewelry, products, fine art and other small objects. Read on to learn more about this new and fascinating digital fabrication display that began last year.

Chinese Facekini Fad Inspires French Fashion Mag Photoshoot

Those freakish “face-kini” masks worn by legions of sun-avoiding Chinese women have made the jump to haute couture thanks to a photoshoot featured in former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book.