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11 Bizarre Backpacks That Go Beyond the Basics

The backpack has evolved like never before. Now we have backpacks that double up as jets, bicycles, personal masseurs and even refrigerators. Take a look at 11 Bizarre examples of all that a backpack can be:

 


Ring Cellphone: A Ring and A Phone

Technology and design along with fashion have taken a giant leap forward with this innovation: The Ring Cellphone. Designed by Industrial designer Tao Ma, the Ring Cellphone can be worn by both men or women.

Where Fish And Fowl Can Meet And Greet

Caged birds and tanked fish rarely have opportunity to visit each other, and the mere fact that these pets are contained makes them more vulnerable to boredom. French designer Constance Guisset has designed a new world for pet fish and fowl, one where the air and water world can interact a bit.

Small Bathroom? Make It Vertical With Vertabrae®

Hate your small bathroom? Vertebrae® is a new vertical bathroom design by Design Odyssey Ltd. that will give you your space!

'Tamagotchi Plus Color' Updates the Original Digital Pocket Pet

Tamagotchi, the digital pet that became a Nineties icon, is making a colorful comeback! Hoping to repeat the phenomenal success of its digital pet, Bandai has added an LCD color screen and upped the digital content to match.

Thanks For Coming, Now Go Away!

Don't you sometimes wish that you could tell your guests to leave? Maybe it's not that they bore you, you're just not in the mood for company. Well, come in and see this crazy doormat....

How To Make A Toxin-Free Gold Nanoparticle

Gold nanoparticles that are used today in medicine and other fields of technology, are broken down from gold compounds, or "gold salts," with synthetic chemicals, some of which are toxic -- bad for you, bad for the environment. A research team from the University of Missouri just made big news by finding a biocompatible and environmentally friendly method of obtaining gold nanoparticles through "green" chemistry.

Russia’s Navy in Venezuela: What’s Really Going On?

Washington officials have not been taking the recent Russian and Venezuelan joint naval exercises being conducted close to American territorial waters very seriously. Some, however, are questioning what kind of forces these warships will present in the near future. Read on for some disturbing information.

The Dazzling NEW Museum Of Arts And Design (MAD)

It's taken a few years from design to realization, but the Museum of Arts And Design (MAD) will finally re-open in its new dazzling diggs on September 27, 2008. Its new address: 2 Columbus Circle, right at the southwest corner of Central Park, and right at the heart of New York City's world stage for theatre, ballet, orchestra, opera, and now arts and design.

Fun and Functional Miniskirts

Miniskirts are fun, but functional? Not a word I would normally associate with them. But these miniskirts definitely deserve the ‘fun and functional' tag.

9 Design Lab '08 Finalists: Brilliant Kitchen Appliances For The IGeneration

Wow! The finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition sure are some tough competition for their more seasoned colleagues. These undergraduate and graduate students in industrial design programs have created some awesome designs for the techie kitchen. I don't know how the judges will pick a winner this year. See if you have a favorite.

Russia and India Agree to Transfer of Key Technology for T-90 Tanks

It has been a difficult settlement strewn with acrimonious delays, but Russia has finally agreed to transfer to Indian armament factories the key technology needed in order for them to produce frontline T-90 tanks. Read on for the details, heavy though they may be.

The Real Effects Of Chocolate On Health:The Latest!

Chocoholics, we've been told for the last three years how our drug of choice is so beneficial to our health. "Oh, chocolate is a wonderful anti-oxidant! Eat it! It will keep you healthy," they said.

Not so fast....


Russian Honeymoon Truly Out of This World

While America was first in placing a man on the moon and the very first tourist in space, Russia may make one wealthy couple the first members of the 240-mile-high club in an attempt to develop tourism in space. Read on and discover what a lot of money can really buy.

Memorialize The Banana With The DIY Chiquita Chandelier!

There's been a world-wide banana shortage since early 2008, and some have even predicted that the banana, as we know it, may become extinct. While you still can, you may want to create a memorial to the tasty, nutrient-rich banana, with this DIY project from Dutch designer Anneke Jakobs... The Chiquita Chandelier!

Mama Bear in Menopause Animates The Change

Menopause - a delicate issue for many, especially in Japan. In an effort to "humanize" women and The Change, doctor and manga writer Emi Chida has produced a curious comic featuring a menopausal mama mama bear.

Bullet Proof Bras For German Police

Bullet resistant bras are ready for delivery to about 3,000 German police women who are in frontline duty. It's about time too.


First The Knees, Then The Hips, Now Back Replacement? TFAS®!

TFAS®, a new joint procedure that can restore full use of your spine, just as knee and hip replacements can restore the functions of knees and hips, is being tested in the U.S.

Russian Nuclear Technology in China: What’s in Store?

According to Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's Federal Nuclear Power Agency, also known as Rosatom, the total worth of Russian nuclear contracts being signed in Beijing totals more than 1.5 billion. What does this mean for the rest of the world? Read on and…hope for the best.

Create Your Own Fireworks With The Bright Star 'Antares'

British lighting design company, Abraxus, has been providing festive commercial lighting for 15 years. Antares, its "star" constellation LED lighting design, is very popular in retail and hospitality settings, but this year, at London's 100% Design, Abraxus has introduced a line of more colorful and user-friendly Antares designs that can be used to create your own fireworks at home.