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Calling Physical & Conceptual Product Inventors To Win The Spark Design Awards 2013!

Whether you’ve been putting the finishing touches on a fantastic new product design, or if you’re knocking around a good idea, you’ll want to show off your stuff for the upcoming Spark Design Awards.

Smoked Bacon Doritos: Critical Mass Snack For Critically Massive Snackers

New Smoked Bacon Doritos from Frito-Lay Japan are a limited edition flavor from the firm's Doritos Gourmet line that's due to be discontinued on October 31st... now THAT's frightening! In related news, Japanese snackers enjoy gourmet Doritos while you can only sit there and drool, Bubba.

Design The FACE Of Modern Automatic Door Controls, Win Big Money!

Italian design company FACE is looking for designers from around the world to design the visual interface for their upcoming automatic door control system. If they really like your touch keys and layouts, you’ll earn the grand prize of €1,250!

Skolkovo, A New Silicon Valley In The (ex)-Soviet Union?

The Russian government has recently decided to create its own version of Silicon Valley outside the capital city of Moscow. But instead of Apple products, expect to see a different type of innovation emerge from within.

China's First Robot Moon Rover Needs A Name, Wants Your Input

Red rover, red rover, let... what's-it's-name come over! That's right, China's first lunar rover doesn't have a name and the China Academy of Space Technology wants the world's netizens to help fill in the name tag before the groundbreaking Chang'e-3 moon mission gets off the ground.

Drones And Jets – Russia’s Latest New Military Technology Advances

The jets and drones came out to play at Moscow's Innovation Fair. But where will they go next?

Assemble A Dinosaur With D-Torso Cardboard Model Sets!

Ever since they created a precise and puzzle-like cardboard mannequin in 1998, Japanese model making studio d-torso has continued to impress art and design fans around the world with their ever-expanding series of intricate cardboard replicas.

Schick's Slick New Quattro 5 Titanium Razor Is A Cut Above

The new Schick® Quattro® Titanium razor adds a fifth titanium-coated blade to the current cutting quartet. Maybe the real question here isn't why Schick Japan decided on a blade upgrade, but why the result isn't being called Quintro.

Superior Design: Win €50,000 Via 2014 Prix Émile Hermès International Design Award!

This international, and open-ended contest is a fantastic opportunity to get recognition for your personal reimagining of nearly any sort of care-related object, while pushing for a chance to win a whole bunch of cash!

Chinese Man Needs New Nose, Gets A Head Start

It's as plain as the nose on your... forehead? Doctors treating a young Chinese man whose nose suffered irreversible damage following an auto accident are growing him a replacement. Since it seems a mouse wasn't available, they're growing Xiaolian's new honker just above his left eye.

2013 James Dyson Award Update: America Vs. The World!

The judges of the 2013 James Dyson Award have selected the best inventions from each of the 18 nations participating in the competition, and although I’m pulling for team USA, they’ve got some serious competition for the grand prize!

Hello Kitty Beer Looks Cute, Tastes Like Fruit

Call it a case of Sanrio Meets Sangria but Hello Kitty Beer is not only real, it'll get you real drunk in a real hurry. The officially licensed wobbly pop comes in a half-dozen different tropical fruit flavors, is rated at 2.3% alcohol by volume, and is only available in Taiwan and mainland China.

British Airways Pits Tweet-Fueled Plane Against Its Own Aircraft

On the heels of a promoted tweet purchased to criticize British Airways' luggage handling processes, the airline rallies back with an unprecedented social media marketing initiative to mark the launch of two of its newest aircraft. By converting a hypothetical into an actionable challenge, BA begs the question: Who would win in a race between a Tweetliner and a Dreamliner?

Pot Stinkers: The Top 10 Weird & Bizarre Japanese Toilet Brushes

A filthy toilet bowl is disgusting and dishonorable anywhere in the world but Japan seems to take the issue extra-seriously, if the country's plethora of overly cute, overtly complex and over-engineered toilet brushes is any indication. These 10 weird & bizarre Japanese toilet brushes bristle with innovations designed to turn every bathroom in the nation into a cause for water-closet celebration.

Hello Kitty Color Contact Lenses Give You Cute Cat Eyes

Hello Kitty Color Contact Lenses are the next best thing to getting Japan's most popular anime character tattooed on your corneas. Actually ANYTHING is the next best thing to having one's corneas tattooed but we digress.

Design Stellar Seafood Dining Set & Win €10,000 Via ArtZept 2013 Contest!

If you’re a cutlery or kitchenware designer and a seafood gourmand, then I’ve got the perfect international contest for you!

The New Perspective: Art is Everywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag tweaks that slightly with his common object art installations, clearly stating that there are two other ways to live your life, as though nothing is art, or as though everything is art. You can probably guess which perspective he holds.

Coders Have Russia To Thank For A Thankless Programmers' Day

Well, Friday the 13th came and passed uneventfully this year. Internationally, there were no earth-shaking calamities. In fact, quite the contrary. Russia, America's on-again-off-again ally was instrumental in sealing the day for chemical disarmament in Syria. And unbeknownst to a lot of us folks, Russia is the only country in the world to officially recognize "Programmers Day."

Beauty And Brains: Science Award Winner Creates Bioplastic From Banana Peels

Proof that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive recently came in the form of a 16-year-old Turkish woman, Elif Bilgin. Over the summer she won the 2013 Science in Action award, part of the third annual Google Science Fair. The invention that garnered the resident of Istanbul, Turkey, the $50,000 prize was a method for turning banana peels into bioplastic.

We Are Plastic People: Bizarre Living Sculptures

The next time a trendy hipster next to you says that they are "really into art", ask them if they would like to be inside some art. If so, they might be the perfect model for Marie-Lou Desmeules' fascinating and slightly disturbing Living Sculptures, which take a shot at society and our standards of 'beauty' with their plastic facades of celebrities on top of actual people.