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Pepperfruits Gum Packs Heat in Every Bite

Snacks are big business in Japan, and not a day goes by without some new gum, candy or other sweet confection hitting store shelves. Pepperfruits, the new gum from Kracie, just might be "crazy" enough to make a lasting impression.

A Time-Honored Perpetual Calendar: Timor By Enzo Mari

...perhaps it's fitting that Enzo Mari designed "Timor," a perpetual calendar displayed in many of the world's modern art galleries and museums... and one that's being produced by the Italian design store Danese.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.

Customized Travel Guides: Great Idea That Leaves Me Wanting More

Offbeat Guides may look like a typical travel guide, but it's the only version that provides up to date information to future voyageurs by allowing you to create a live version immediately.

Bizarre 'Liquid Lamp' Puts Fright in Your Light

The Liquid Lamp from Caina, a Japanese design retailer, adds a touch of film noir surrealism to any room. Depending on whether you select white or red, the lamp appears to be spilling milk or blood.

Keep Time With These Samba Dancing Kitchen Timers From Pylones

"Beeeep?" "Ting-Ting?" or "La-la La-la-la. Tschoo-te-tscha-te-tscha-tscha?"

Okay, so I can't write rhythm, but you get the point? If you have a timer in your kitchen, which one would you want to hear when the hour is up? My choice is a member of the band of samba playing, dancing, wind-up dolls from the fanciful French house of Pylones.


Cell Phones in Russia: Nokia Leads The Way

Russia has a passion for cell phones, especially glitzy and different ones that enable them to keep up with the Russian equivalent of the Jones’s (whoever they are anyway.) Read on and learn about Nokia’s cultural hold over the Russian people.

Bye Bye Bypass! Hello Tissue Engineering!

An Israeli team of cardiologists at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, has created an alternative for coronary bypass surgery, by developing a tissue regeneration technique that enables the body to produce new blood vessels.

These Apples Wear Their Hearts on Their Peels

Blog!NOBON is a Japanese Apple Computer fan site whose owner makes his own Apple apples. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Blog!NOBON's unique tribute is no more than skin deep.

Innovation Is a Long and Bumpy Road for China

Can China become an innovative manufacturer of goods and rise to the top of the technological food chain? Will it be able compete with the rest of the world or will it remain a mid-level producer of products that other people design and engineer? Read on for some answers.

Sukhoi Superjet 100: Fatigue Tests in Siberia

Sukhoi Superjet 100, a test plane formerly referred to as the Russian Regional Jet, has been transported to SibNIA (Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute) in the city of Novosibirsk for the express purpose of fatigue tests, which will confirm the increased operating life of the airframe amounting to 70,000 flight hours. Read on for details but…take a nap first.

Angel & Devil Earphones are Wicked Good

Feeling somewhat schizoid when it comes to your music? Green House has the perfect cure: cute "Angel & Devil" earphones that come in 5 color combinations though the Angel is always white.

Plastic Bottle Lifesavers Save Lives and Dollars

Coast Guard offices in Japanese seaside cities are saving money along with lives by recycling used PET plastic bottles into lifesaver flotation devices.

Support Sustainable Tibetan Culture - Put Yak on your Back

Shokay offers a huge variety of clothing and accessories made of natural Yak and bamboo fiber, made by indigenous peoples in Tibet who are able to maintain their traditional lifestyles.

Solar Power May Become Uniting Force Between US and China

Everything in this life has a beginning, and that includes this new agreement between the United States and China concerning solar energy research. Read on for details and let the sun shine through!

Rain, Sleet, Or Atomized? Your Shower, Any Way You Like It!

When it comes to intimate design, as in bathroom fixtures, some designers look like they're trying too hard. For what, I'm not sure. But the Private Wellness Shower by Gessi of Italy goes beyon a beautiful design to provide a choice of personal functions. It's a classy design that caters to every water loving creature.

Will Russia Become a Global Software Leader?

Is Russia ready to join the big leagues and become a software leader in its own right? Some say yes and some say no. Read on and form your own opinion.

Ticket To Mind Takes The Worry Out Of Gift Giving With Prepaid Packages

 Ticket To Mind takes both the stress and fun out of gift shopping, with their prepaid program. Gift givers simply pick a prepaid package for the special person they're hoping to woo and the rest of the hard work is done for them.

COLAPhone iPhone Color Case Looks Cool, Acts Tough

Custom designed to fit snug & secure, this full metal jacket comes in 5 cool colors and guards your iPhone to the Corps... that is, the core!

Fir Real: Free Christmas Trees from IKEA Japan

IKEA Japan's "Free Tree" offer is an economical (and ecological) way for store shoppers to celebrate the season with a real Christmas tree. That's one Swede deal!