Life in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other United Arab Emirates can be very good indeed but the fun can come to a screeching halt should you bounce a check or miss a credit card payment. Non-payment of debt – any debt, any amount – is a criminal offense in the UAE and rather than face the music an astonishing number of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other high-end car owners park their pricy rides at the airport and hop on an outbound jet, never to return.
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Most of us that use taxi services have one core expectation - that we will get to our intended destination just as fast as traffic allows, while taking the most direct route possible. But if we've learned anything by now, it's that not everyone is quite so traditional.
The Majestic Drink Holder is to standard auto cup-holders what the Luxury Fries Holder is to McDonalds' cheesy red plastic Potato Holder, offering awesome looks augmented with a Swarovski-studded padlock. Hey, at least your secured soda will have some taste.
The annual “Chimelong 10,000 People's Bikini” event at Guangzhou, China's Chimelong Water Park involved thousands of bikini-clad girls assembling to form the shape of a leaping dolphin. The stunt's stated porpoise, er, purpose was to raise awareness of environmental causes.
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.
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!
by T Goodman
An international group of inter-disciplinary scientists in oncology, plasmonics, nano-fabrication, microfluids, and surface chemistry have developed a detection device that can identify cancer in the blood long before any detection device available now. Though many years and many scientists have contributed to its development, the cancer detector and tracker is deceptively simple-looking and fits on a chip that's only a few square centimeters in size.
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.
by Tech Light
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?
by Ron Callari
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 . . .
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!
by Steve Levenstein
The makers of oddly-named Japanese sports drink Pocari Sweat have committed themselves to achieving the goal, before 2015 is out, of landing a can on the moon.
A half-century ago, Jaguar built 12 “Lightweight” E-types for the 1964 racing season. The original plans called for 18 cars, however. Now Jaguar plans to complete, by hand, the remaining 6 Special GT E-Types using the originally designated chassis numbers.
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.
by Steve Levenstein
Snackin' on sushi: not just for one-percenters anymore! Frito-Lay Japan's new Mike brand Nori & Wasabi popcorn heats up the traditional movie-time munchable just in time for Godzilla 2014 but it'll only be available for a limited time, so get it while it's hot!
Russia is known more for cranking out tractors and tanks than designing and manufacturing quality motor vehicles, which might explain why the world's largest country makes some of the world's strangest cars.
by M Dee Dubroff
What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.
The UK-only Fiat Abarth 595 Turismo may be the most stunning Fiat 500 variant yet. Sporting two-tone livery of metallic Rosso Officina topped by Grigio Pista, Fiat's pocket rocket has never looked so good.
Due to an unexpected lack of visitors, operations at the Mechanical Clock Theme Park project in Ganzhou, China have been suspended. The clock-themed recreational complex brought in only a fraction of predicted revenues so city authorities wisely suggested a time out.
If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.