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Tokyo Metro's Manner Poster Series Scolds Subway Slobs

Tokyo's subway system is the envy of the world, thanks in part to the millions of thoughtful passengers who ride the trains each day. Not everyone is doing their part, however, so a  monthly "Manner Poster" campaign has been instituted to remind city commuters to be on their best behavior.

High Speed Trains Designed For Cold Siberian Winters

Siberian winters create quite a challenge to the makers of high-speed trains who must provide top comfort as well as speed to its passengers. Enter Conti Tech, an elastomer specialist that has developed an exceptionally cold-resistant secondary suspension system especially for these conditions. Read on and be cozy and warm.

Rain Man: The Most Refreshing Wine Decanter Ever!

Rain! It's so refreshing! It brings life and health to all of nature. What more fitting a tribute to rain than this elegant vessel for pouring wine in small smooth streams?

China Wages Never Ending War Against The Weather

Every year, China launches thousands of rockets and artillery shells into the sky in a duel without end against the powers that be, otherwise known as the weather. Read on if you dare, but not without knowing the precise location of your umbrella.

Tiny 'Mini Bee' RC Helicopter Stores in the Remote

A radio-controlled chopper that's anything but a whopper, the new Mini Bee will provide tons of fun. It's so small, it stores in its own remote control!

Japanese Fish Beer Adds a Dash of Dashi

A unique beer from Japan derives its special flavor from dashi - a pungent mix of dried seaweed and shaved Bonito fish flakes usually used in Japanese miso soup.

The Face Fornasetti Just Couldn't Forget

The other day, I wrote about Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) furniture designs that are among those recently revived by his son Barnaba. But it's hard to write more about Fornasetti's designs without sharing those that include a very special face, one that he made one of the most frequent subjects of art and design in the last 100 plus years: Lina Cavalieri.

Hijacker Injector: Great Idea?

Patent #3,841,328, the Hijack Injector, dates back to 1974, and although amusing in nature, is shrouded in a topic that couldn’t be more serious. One man’s idea about how to control a mid-air hijacking situation may be off base, but it is to be commended, sort of. Read on and watch your seat!

Russian Bulava Missile Hits Bulls-Eye

The Bulava, which is still under development, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. Its purpose is to possess defense capabilities so advanced as to make it nearly impervious to existing and future missile-defense systems. Read on, but look over your shoulder intermittently.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers is Music to Shoppers' Ears

Gwen Stefani has branched out from fronting hit band No Doubt to become a master marketer and stylish trendsetter. Now with her Harajuku Lovers brand of apparel & accessories, Stefani channels chic Japanese fashion culture from Tokyo streets to America's avenues.

Curry Soda Spices Up Japan's Soft Drink Selection

Curry soda could be shrugged off as a one-off attention grabber if there weren't at least two varieties of the fiery flavored fizzy drink heating up Japanese store shelves.

Fine Reproductions Re-Create Desire For Piero Fornisetti's Designs

A master interior designer of the 20th Century, Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) was a prolific painter, sculptor, and engraver as well. Fornasetti's works, thanks to his son Barnaba, live on in authentic reproductions of furniture that have been handcrafted and hand-colored every bit as carefully as he would have done himself.

Just Who Do You Think You Are? 3 Chairs That Tell You

In an exhibit entitled The Power Of Seat(ing) at Milan Design Week 2008, designers Sung-Hyun Kyung, Jesse Weser, and Gesthimani Papadopoulou used their collective talent to create chairs that reflect individual psyches, either who a person is, or who he wants to be.  Which of the chairs represents you? The Queen, Superman, or The Thinker?

Russia’s Aqua Star: An Original Underwater Motorcycle

Twin brothers, 34-year-old Dmitry and Timophey Ryabikiny, from the Russian city of Yeisk, have created the Aqua Star. This original underwater motorcycle has some amazing technical characteristics, including a special glass for the helmet. Read on, even if you can’t swim.

Leah McLaren: Model Entrepreneur For Young Writers

Journalism and writing are popular career aspirations for today's youth, but most don't know the right way to go about chasing their dreams. Leah McLaren is a popular columnist, magazine contributor and author who sets a model example for young entrepreneurs hoping to see their names in print.

Nissan Drops Launch Control and Warranty Issues

A few months back, owners of the Nissan GT-R were up in arms about how using launch control would void their factory warranty. Many claimed it was unfair for Nissan to use launch control for performance testing, and then post the numbers as official, mostly because to reach those numbers you would have no more warranty. Nissan responded to this by removing launch control from the GT-R completely for 2010.

China's Online Population: A Rapidly Growing Phenomenon

407 Within the span of less than ten years, China has become the world's second-largest online population. Today the country boasts of more than 100 million users which puts it second only to the United States. Read all about this growing phenomenon.

RS-24 Rocket: Will it Defeat All Anti-Missile Systems?

First tested in May of last year, this Russian MIRV-equipped thermonuclear, intercontinental ballistic missile, which can carry up to ten independently targetable warheads, was created as a direct response to the missile shield the United States wants to deploy in Europe. Read on and…shudder.

Japanese Virtual Wife Nags You to Eat Right

The Virtual Wife... no, it's not what you think, even though this new health and nutrition reminder service comes from Japan.

Is Space Turning Into the Next Tourist Hot-Spot ?

Reaching space, or more appropriately orbit, has traditionally been reserved for highly trained astronauts and billionaires who also receive extensive training. However, as our technology improves, the ability for the average person to reach the heavens is becoming more feasible. Virgin Galactic may bring us one step closer to reaching this goal with their new WhiteNightTwo Aircraft.