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Chinese Tourists May Soon Set Out For The Final Frontier

When you have all the money in the world, what is there left to do? Go into space, apparently. A Netherlands-based tourism firm by the name of Space Exploration Corporation today signed a deal with Dexo Travel which will see it taking rich tourists into space at a premium.

Meet ColorADD, A Revolutionary Code To Help Colorblind People

Color blindness is an inability or decreased ability to see and/or perceive colors. It mostly affects males, which is easily explained by Genetics, and around 10% of males are somehow affected by it. While color blindness is not a disease or a life-threatening problem, it can sometimes play a major role in one's life. Portuguese designer Miguel Neiva developed a truly revolutionary visual code to help these people surpass their deficiency and deal with colors in the most normal way as possible.

Video Game Consoles Are Now Legal In China; That Doesn't Mean Much Yet

Last September, the Chinese government announced plans to lift a long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles. Good news, everyone: today, they've finally realized those plans. Well...at least for a little while. And there are a few strings attached.

Freshness Burger's Peanut Butter Burger Is Jammed With Asparagus

Freshness Burger's limited edition Peanut Butter Burger picks up where Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich left off. Unfortunately, the Japanese fast food chain left off the bananas and added onions, bacon, lettuce and (shudder) asparagus.

Happy Pills Candy Store: 'Cuz A Little Bit Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

You've heard the anti-sugar advocates refer to it as a drug , and there's no doubt that candy can fall under the addictive category if you are a sugar-lover. That's why one European business decided to take that notion and run - they've created a themed business that's sickly sweet.

Will Semantic Technology Make Our Smart Phones Smarter?

In the foreseeable future, search on smartphones will allow for intuitive logic not just text-matching based on keywords. But what will our smartphones offer in the Web 3.0 world of Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things?

The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese Toothpastes

When a new toothpaste hits store shelves in Japan it's expected to fight tooth and nail – especially tooth – to gain traction in an already hyper-competitive marketplace. Is it any wonder that, like Japan's many weird & bizarre soft drinks and the teeth of those who drink them, offbeat yet innovative toothpastes keep coming out?

Colonel Crispy Potato Chips: A Finger-Lickin' Good Snack!

Calbee's Corporation's Colonel Crispy potato chips are what you – you in Japan, that is – get when two food colossi join forces. Featuring the familiar folksy face of Colonel Harlan Sanders himself, Calbee's limited edition Colonel Crispy Potato Chips are flavored with the delicious essence of KFC Japan's original Colonel Crispy Chicken.

“Green” Low-Sulfur, Eco-Friendly Fireworks Could Be The Next Big Boom

Celebrations in China begin end with a bang thanks to the extravagant use of fireworks. Trouble is, excessive use of fireworks exacerbates the country's infamous air pollution and choking smog. Since trying to change China's traditional love of fireworks hasn't been successful, one fireworks manufacturer is trying to change their fireworks instead.

Woof To Wash: Laundry Machines Controlled By Dogs

Those of us with pets are aware that they live pretty cushy lives. They spend their days basking in the sun, chasing squirrels while out for walks, and barking when someone comes to the door. The average dog has few responsibilities - all we expect of them is to be semi-obedient and do their business outside. One company believes that dogs should play bigger roles when it comes to the maintenance of their households than simply licking fallen crumbs off the floor.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Dreaming Of A Red Christmas: 10 More Strange Santas From China

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in China, thanks to the country's many odd, offbeat and occasionally off-putting interpretations of Santa Claus. Though their origins can be found in traditional western depictions of Father Christmas, these sinicized Saint Nick knockoffs have strayed a lot further... into the nightmarish realm of the bizarre!

Chinese Moon Rover Replicas Ready To Roll Off Store Shelves

In celebration of China's successful landing of the Jade Rabbit moon rover, scale model replicas of “Yutu” in zinc alloy and silver have been made available for retail sale.

South Korea's Looking To Officially Classify Gaming As An Addiction

Although South Korea boasts one of the most active video game communities in the world, it also has one of the most addicted. It's not unusual to hear of people gaming themselves straight to death - which is why the country is looking to declare games as an addiction.

Luxury Fries Holder Feeds Fast Food To Fastidious One-Percenters

Listen up, fast-driving fast food fanatics: the Luxury Potato Holder will keep your fries within easy reach while freeing up your hands for more important things, like counting your money. Yes indeed, one-percenters, when the chips are down the Luxury Potato Holder cheers 'em right back up again!

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

Kigurumi Pajamas: Because Growing Up Is Overrated!

Fresh off of Japanese shelves are the expansive line of Kigurumi pajamas from Sazac; a one-size-fits-all set of PJs that doubles as a makeshift Halloween costume. Check that person who wants to go to bed as a ring tailed lemur off your Christmas list- You’ve got him covered!

New Collision-Avoidance Technology Helps Save Humanitarian Workers

A lot of good can be done with humanitarian aid, but transporting people and supplies around the world has major logistics problems. Road accidents are a leading cause of death among humanitarian workers. Now, an innovative developer of collision-avoidance technology is teaming up with a group of safety-conscious businesses and charities to help preserve the lives of aid workers -- and expand the reach of humanitarian organizations worldwide.

Burger King Japan's “King's Turkey Party Set” Lets You Party Like It's 1539!

It's good to be the king, especially if you're England's Henry the Eighth in full-on turkey leg nomming mode. Now Burger King Japan is channeling good king Hank's festive side with the “King's Turkey Party Set”, a deluxe Christmas dinner for two featuring a pair of royally massive smoked turkey drumsticks!

Vespa My Segway: Bel & Bel's Zero Scooter Adds Italian Style To Geek Travel

The Zero Scooter from Bel & Bel combines a Segway with a Vespa to create the oddest two-wheeled personal transport anyone's ever seen. This extremely cool makeover of Dean Kamen's geek icon just might be the coolest & cutest thing on two wheels.