Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

International

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!

Russians Suggest New Approach to Earthquake Prediction

Scientists from a region in Russia, which is known as one of the most volcano and earthquake-prone on the planet have suggested a new approach in their long-range prediction. Perhaps the world should take heed as they have had a lot of practice in this area. Read on, but hang onto your chairs and things.

Sleeping with the Fishes at the Hydropolis

No I'm not talking about a boring trip to the Aquarium or an episode of the Sopranos. No what I am referring to ... is literally "sleeping with the fishes".

Lamborghini Introduces their 4-Door Sports Car

Lamborghini may soon be joining Koenigsegg in the "Super Sports Sedan" arena. Using the Paris Auto Show as a stage to introduce their new 4-Door rocket, Lamborghini is already talking about production feasibility.

Designer Fly Swatter, A DIY Halloween Mask In Waiting!

Phillip Starke, prolific French designer of everything he imagines, from ktitchen gadgets to tall buildings, has created a darling fly swatter, masquerading as a mask!

Ford to Produce 3 Custom Kas

The Ford Ka has made a large impression on both the European and Latin American market since its introduction in 1996. To keep people interested and sales up, Ford introduced 3 new styles of the Ka, each with its own personality.

Russian Billionaire To Build Super Yacht Like No Other

Having money to burn must be an interesting sensation. For most of us, it is at best an illusion, but this is not the case for Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich whose new yacht is complete with anti-missile radar systems. Read on and…close your mouth.

2008 Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Work on "Jellyfish's Green Light"

The 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded today to three biochemists for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP, originating in the Aequorea victoria jellyfish. The three scientists - Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie, and Roger Y. Tsien - contributed greatly to the study of cell biology, by identifying and marking proteins that contribute to illness and disease.

Halloween in Japan - Eight Crazy Frights

Halloween has only recently been embraced by people in Japan but celebrate it they do, wholeheartedly. What's more, fun-loving Japanese have taken the pumpkin and are running with it. Here are eight eerie examples.

IT Pros: Get Out Of The U.S., Find A Future In Asia

A new study from international hiring experts shows the future of IT business is overseas.