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Environmentally Friendly Toilet Inspired By Japanese Design

Toilets use a lot of water, even low-flow models, but Caroma's sleek new "Profile™ 5 with Integrated Hand Basin" takes green thinking one step further by mounting a sink on top of the tank. Ingenious yes, original no...

Russian Scientists Design New Chemical To Fight Oil Contamination

Oil spills can take months and sometimes even years to clean up and their terrible toll on the environment and marine life can affect the entire food chain of an afflicted area. Read all about this unique substance known as Degroil, which accelerates the decomposition of harmful elements associated with oil spills.

Vice to Business: The ‘Blow Me' Franchise

Despite the overtly sexual connotation of the brand's name, it's not what you think. But do read on, because Blow Me is a company that has found a way to make a profit from one of the other major vices on the planet; excessive alcohol consumption.

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards to The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

Russia Shows Off Its Newest Supercar

Lada is an automotive manufacturer based out of Russia. Their first vehicle was the Revolution that made its debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. For this year's Paris Motor Show, Lada unveiled the third generation Revolution and it has turned more than a few heads.

Russia’s Sausage Creations: All the Art You Can Eat!

Artists are unconventional almost by definition, and often use unexpected materials to convey their creative visions. But for some avant-garde Russian painters, the concept may have been carried just a little bit too far. Enter the world of sausage art. Come and get your red hots!

Sit On It Or Hang It Up, My Deer!

My Deer! A wall scupture you can sit on!

Design Imitates Nature in 'SunShade,' Winner 2008 Dutch Design Week!

Like a flower opening to the sun, Lianne van Genugten's SunShade design opens at daylight and closes at dusk. Its power comes from the sun, like the flower....

The Citroen Hypnos Will Challenge Your Mind

Concept cars are one of the most important aspects of most auto shows. It gives us something to look forward to or sometimes, something to dread. A few days ago at the Paris Auto Show, Citroen unveiled a vehicle that embodies both of those feelings at the same time.

Shinkansen Might Lose Title of Japan's Fastest Train

Thanks to a more comfortable riding environment and increasing availability, railway travel is becoming more popular around the world. The speed at which some of the super trains travel can easily cut the average commute time in half and they are only getting faster. This can be seen by Kawasaki's proposal to build a new super train that will capture Japan's current record.

Start-up Ecovative Design Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design has come up with a bio-degradeable solution to insulation called Greensulate and recently won $750,000 in an international competition to reduce CO2 with a new product.

Stay Always Hot with the "Pop-Up" Nightclub Concept

What happens when that formerly happening nightclub no longer attracts its elite clientele, or normal club goers like you and I? What if one day West Hollywood is no longer such a popular party destination? What becomes of those businesses?

Healthy French Fries Are Just The Beginning For Actifry

If you love french fries or "chips" as the British call them, but you don't want to wear the grease on your belly or hips, Tefal has the perfect deep fryer for you. It's called the Actifry and it will cook fries for four with only one tablespoon of oil!

Killing Time with the Alarming Gun O'Clock

Shoot, it's time to wake up... Japan's Bandai has a better idea: Wake up, it's time to shoot!

Flatshare Refrigerator Wins 2008 Best iGeneration Design

Out of nine tremendously creative and functional household designs produced by the finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition, one design really stood out in the judges minds: The "Flatshare" Refrigerator, by Austrian design student, Stefan Buchberger, whose inspiration came from sharing a flat, of course.

Electronic Virtual Candy Box Opener from Bandai

Let 'er rip! That's what Bandai's "Peri Peri" electronic candy box ripper let's you do, virtually, without actually opening any cardboard boxes of sweet, delicious candy. This is one toy idea Pavlov (and his dog) would approve of!

Russian Scientists Design Mechanical Nurse: Is the Doctor In?

Whoever would have thought a visit to the doctor’s office might end up being a journey into the world of sci-fi? Read all about this new medical appliance from Moscow State University that will be capable of taking blood samples and delivering the results without the assistance (or salary) of a nurse.

12 Jaw-Dropping Lighting Designs Inspired By Sealife: Aqua Creations

Many interior designers are getting their inspirations from the sea these days, but Ayala Serfaty appears to have lived and breathed it all of her life. She and her photographer-husband, Albi Serfaty, opened their design studio, Aqua Creations, in 1994 to bring Ayala's inspirations to "light" on land.

Another Electric Vehicle from Venturi

The designers at Venturi, an automotive company based out of France, are accustomed to designing electric vehicles. The Fetish, their first electric sports car, debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. This year, they have another sport-based all electric vehicle to unleash on the world.

16 Designer Art Glass Knobs That Will Blow Your Mind!

If you love hand blown art glass, you will love what the Out Of The Blue Design Studio blows: knobs! Hundreds and hundreds of art glass knobs that open doors, showers, and cabinets. And, there are more designs to come!